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This review is in partnership with Beekeeper’s Naturals. I only endorse products I believe in and personally use with my family. Starting preschool triggers a whirlwind of ‘firsts’—watching your little one learn new skills, make new friends, and grow more independent. However, it also brings the unfortunate reality of dealing with frequent bouts of illness. […]

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Beekeeper's Natural Propolis Throat Spray Review
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Expert reviewed by Megan Craig PT, DPT, a Doctor of Physical Therapy Navigating the aches, pains, and acceptance of your postpartum body can be tough and unexpected. As a two-time C-section mom, I found so much support in postpartum belly wraps for my recovery. I initially misunderstood their purpose, thinking they were intended to help […]

Best postpartum belly wrap
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Expert reviewed by Dahlia Rimmon, MS, RDN. Introducing real food to your baby is an exciting journey filled with laughable messes, cute puree pictures, and precious firsts. One of these major firsts when starting solids is teaching your baby how to drink from a straw. To provide you with valuable and expert insights, we consulted […]

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If you’re a breastfeeding mom, you’re likely familiar with occasional discomfort during nursing. From the initial pain in the early days of breastfeeding a newborn or the sensation of overly full breasts, you’re experiencing many new feelings in your boobs. One of the most painful experiences I had was when I noticed signs of a […]

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Let’s talk about a game-changer for our little ones’ boo-boos: Magic Molecule. I stumbled upon this spray after seeing it on Instagram (I’m a true appreciator for good marketing and visual design), and it’s been a staple in my three-year-old Caden’s first aid kit ever since. Whether we’re at home, traveling, or just out and […]

magic molecule hypochlorous acid spray review
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Addressing a Common Potty Training Challenge Ah, the joys of parenting, right? When it’s not the late-night lullabies, it’s the potty training escapades, complete with the not-so-glamorous sidekick: toddler constipation. It’s surprisingly common, causing about 1 in every 20 pediatric visits. Trust me, I’ve been there – spending a month navigating this tricky phase with […]

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Which diapers have the best absorbency? Coterie vs. Millie Moon vs. Dyper vs. Kirkland vs. Pampers High diaper absorbency means no leakage, no blowouts, no diaper rash, and a full night’s sleep. As a busy exec, mom of two littles in diapers, and notorious over-scheduler of our social calendar, I’m looking for baby products that […]

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As a new mom, your days are filled with endless diaper changes, midnight feedings, and adjusting to your new role as a mom. Taking care of yourself often takes a backseat and carving out time to eat can feel impossible, so you grab whatever is easy (and likely unhealthy) for a quick hunger fix. Whether you […]

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Your Postpartum Nutrient Needs Congratulations on bringing a new life into the world! After this incredible yet exhausting journey, your body needs time to recover and replenish essential nutrients. During this postpartum period, also known as the fourth trimester, nutrition plays a crucial role, especially in the healing process. It’s important to provide your body […]

Expert reviewed by Dr. Madeleine Katz, PsyD. You’ve just had a baby. You’re tired, you’re overwhelmed, and amidst all the joy and cuddles, there’s a feeling you didn’t expect – resentment towards your partner. Sometimes, after your new baby arrives, instead of that romantic glow you see in movies or your friends’ Instagram, you might […]

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What Are the Top 5 Foods To Eat While Nursing? As a nursing mom, taking care of yourself sometimes takes the backseat. It’s important to nourish your body with the right foods to ensure you and your baby are getting adequate nutrition and extra calories for postpartum recovery and lactation. If you’re on the lookout […]

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Juggling the responsibilities of a nursing mother can often feel like a constant balancing act, with your baby on one side and a never-ending list of chores on the other. In the midst of this chaos, taking time for self-care can easily be overlooked. It’s essential to understand that taking care of yourself is just […]

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A couple of years ago, I found myself on a girls’ trip to Veil, Colorado, nestled cozily in condos linked to The Ritz. Picture this: snow gently falling outside, a massive fireplace roaring, and a circle of best friends catching up, laughter echoing off the grand room walls. As night fell, we decided to order […]

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In the quest to find the ideal breast pump, I know your choice often comes down to the Spectra S1 vs Spectra S2. Both are top-of-the-line models known for their performance, comfort, and efficiency in supporting nursing mothers. Understanding the key differences and unique features of each model can help in making an informed decision […]

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Ever feel like choosing a diaper is like navigating a labyrinth of trendy words and catchy claims? The industry is swarming with greenwashing and misleading marketing, so I’m here to guide you through this crazy maze. I care a lot about the products I put on my babies, so when I asked my community what […]

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned since becoming a mom, it’s that a good diaper bag is as essential as those teeny-tiny, adorable onesies your little one will soon outgrow. With so many options out there, how do you choose? We’ve done the heavy lifting for you and compiled a list of top-notch diaper bags […]

Best Diaper Bags
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Being a parent comes with its fair share of challenges, and one of the most intimidating is potty training. It’s messy, time-consuming, and can be downright frustrating, but trust me, the end result is totally worth the effort. After the toilet fills up, imagine dancing a victory dance with your beaming toddler. It’s a moment […]

Free printable potty training chart
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Not ready to stop your concert-going adventures after having a baby? I’ve seen my fair share of babies at Outside Lands, and I applaud you for not letting a baby limit your fun outings! When it comes to keeping your little one calm in loud situations, like concerts, sporting events or festivals, one of the […]

Best baby headphones

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Embarking on the adventure of parenthood doesn’t mean you have to put your wanderlust on hold; it just means your travel experiences will now include a little more planning, a few more pit stops, and a lot more joy. Learning how to road trip with a baby for the first time might seem daunting, but […]

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How to road trip with a baby
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I was told before having my first baby that you need to be cautious about using a pacifier too early to avoid nipple confusion. So I researched to understand which pacifiers are best for a breastfeeding baby. Personally, I never had a nipple confusion issue with either of my kids and honestly don’t know of […]

Best pacifiers for breastfed babies
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Finding out you’re going to have a baby is one of life’s thrilling moments, and your first thought is likely, “How do I tell him I’m pregnant?” quickly followed by panic on how your body is about to change dramatically. Sharing such big news can be an overwhelming task, especially when you want it to […]

How do I tell him I'm pregnant

Have you heard about the concept of a ‘Yes Day’? I’ve wondered what exactly all the hype is about?  Jason and I are in constant discussion about whether we “give in” to Caden too easily. Truth be told, we have differing opinions. For example, he’s okay with Caden wearing his rain boots on a sunny […]

What Is a Yes Day for Kids
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Finding the best breastfeeding snacks that are not only tasty but also promote good health and milk production can be a bit daunting. After all, when you’re juggling the responsibilities of a new baby, you crave convenience as much as nutrition. Meal prep can certainly help here, but there are tons of easy to grab […]

Best breastfeeding snacks
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As moms, we’re always on the lookout for the safest, most effective ways to take care of our little ones’ boo-boos, right? From scraped knees in the park to those mysterious little cuts they somehow always seem to get, it’s like a never-ending cycle of ‘ouchies’ and ‘uh-ohs’. I’ve always preferred to take a natural, […]

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This holiday season feels so much different than the past few. Caden is old enough (3.5 years old) to really understand that the holidays and festivities are occurring. I think all of us moms want to make this time magical for our little ones, but as usual we just can’t do all the things. So […]

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printable snowman
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Sick season is upon us, which means you’ll likely be battling your toddler to take medication sometime soon. There is nothing worse than your child having a fever, but refusing medication to help ease the temperature. They are upset, you are upset, it’s all around a frustrating experience. I want to help you understand how […]

Caden demonstrating how easy it is to get a toddler to take medicine
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If there’s one question that keeps popping up amidst my circle of expecting friends, it’s this: “Do you really like your Lalo High Chair?” And let me tell you, my response is always a resounding yes. Here’s the thing: a high chair isn’t just another baby product. It’s a piece of functional decor that’s going […]

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Oh that journey home from the hospital with your new baby is so emotional: exciting and terrifying all at the same time. Choosing the best going home outfit as a new mom is a necessary step in packing your hospital bag. You’ve just accomplished something extraordinary, and your go home outfit should make you feel […]

Mom wearing her going home outfit, holding her newborn
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I’ve got some exciting news for you! Lalo, a beloved brand among modern parents including me, just dropped their newest product, The Play Box, for babies and toddlers starting from newborn to 2 years old. And it’s giving Lovevery, the OG of subscription play boxes, a run for its money. So I decided to put […]

lalo play box vs. lovevery play box
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You’ve recently given birth and are wondering when your body’s going to start its cycle again. It’s a common question that many new moms have, and the answer isn’t always straightforward. Ovulation signs after giving birth vary from woman to woman and depend on various factors such as whether you’re breastfeeding, your overall health, and […]

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