Why ‘Push Presents’ Are Insulting To First Time Moms

These days, people have made an excuse to celebrate any tiny occasion. With pregnancies, there are multiple different announcements, parties, and showers. Now the father is expected to get 'push presents' for the mother? A 'push present' or 'push gift' is a gift given to a new mother to make them feel special or rewarded for a 'job well done' giving birth. To some, a 'push present' is a fun excuse to give a gift. But to others, it's insulting to reward a mother for doing something as normal as, well, giving life. It can also be disrespectful to mothers…

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How To Encourage Communication Development In Your Young Child

Raising a little human is a tough task for any parent. We are responsible for teaching our children how to walk, talk, and be overall good human beings. A young child, as young as infancy, already begins to understand forms of communication, both verbal and non-verbal. There are several ways parents can encourage communication development in a young child. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst NameFree Resource Library Free Resource Library   Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Two Types of Communication Verbal Communication Verbal…

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Personalized Gift for Children with Hooray Heroes

I just did something for the kids and I'm so excited to share it with you. I ordered a personalized book on HoorayHeroes.com. It's a book with their names and personalized characters to look just like them full of beautifully written and illustrated stories. This is a gift we're going to treasure forever! This is a sponsored post by Hooray Heroes. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Making a Personalized Gift with Hooray Heroes Hooray Heroes offer personalized books for one child or two. Ranging between…

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Our First Preschool Experience – Finding Harmony in the Routine

This Summer I was a SAHM of two under 5. But this fall my oldest started Preschool and our daily dynamic changed. Transitioning to a part-time school routine while staying with my 2 year old has been a bit confusing. Granted, there are more positives than negatives, but we're all still trying to figure things out. Our first Preschool experience required a lot of emotional harmony between me and my two children. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. Email First Name Free Resource Library Free Resource Library Your information will be kept safe…

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17+ Powerful Guaranteed Roles Acquired as a SAHM

Parenting is likely the most difficult job out there. Parents, moms and dads alike, take on many powerful, and sometimes unexpected, roles in raising their children. A stay at home mom takes on so many roles and responsibilities between raising her children and being a homemaker.A lot of people think that stay at home moms and dads get to “stay home all day” and “have a lot of free time.” But they don’t realize that raising a child, on its own, is more than a full-time job and that stay at home parents usually take on the majority of the…

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15 Surprising Things Moms Actually Hate Hearing

Motherhood is an exciting experience. Nearby friends and strangers love to approach mothers and their children but moms hate hearing the same things. We all know that motherhood is both exhausting and amazing, which entices everyone around us to say something about it and make us uncomfortable. People love to give their opinions and unnecessary feedback at all times without realizing how often moms hate hearing it. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst NameFree Resource Library Free Resource Library   Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. * This post includes Affiliate…

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The Truth About Tinkergarten, Our Favorite Mommy and Me Activity

We recently discovered Tinkergarten and have fallen in love. Tinkergarten is a program for educating children in the natural environment through outdoor play-based activities. Initially, I signed up for a free trial class with the kids and it was so much fun. It was wonderful being part of a tight-knit community, getting dirty and exploring nature with the well-designed activities.  So we signed up for Tinkergarten's summer session. At our first class, I started to realize how much we are benefiting as a family from this program. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. Email First Name…

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Mom Sense- Heightened Senses Throughout Motherhood

I bet you've never heard of mom sense, in fact, it probably sounds like nonsense to you. A woman goes through a lot of changes when becoming a mother, mom sense is part of that process. You hear of heightened senses during pregnancy but you don't always hear about them during motherhood. It is definitely true to say that motherhood changes you in every possible way. You just probably didn't think it would involve your senses too. During pregnancy, the heightened sense of smell is the most common. In fact, it is a major cause of nausea during the first…

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Raising a Polite Toddler: How to Teach Manners

Manners take a lifetime of learning because there are always more ways to apply them. That's why it's important to teach manners to children while they're young, so that they can develop them with time. When To Teach Manners The best time to start teaching manners is within the toddler stage. At this stage, children can follow simple directions and are more eager to please adults. It is also the time when they develop habits and patterns, and you'll want them to pick up on good ones. The toddler stage is when children begin to understand the meaning of right…

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DIY Days of the Week Wooden Peg People

I don't know about you but I absolutely love these little DIY wooden peg people. I started making them for my 22-month-old a few months ago and I just can't stop making them :)Wooden toys can get a little expensive so why not making them yourself? If your child is old enough, you can even make them together and it'll be an amazing rainy day activity.They are super easy to do and you don't need a lot of supplies. I am certain that you might already have some of these at home. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Hey everyone,…

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How to Have a Cheap Staycation

Many families invest a great deal of time and money planning their vacation, only to come home with memories dominated by dirty hotels and lost luggage. On the other hand, your hometown has restaurants, museums, and activities you never have time to explore on the weekends when life gets in the way. With the same amount of planning and half the budget, your family can enjoy a staycation at home. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Hey everyone, I've got a treat for you! This wonderful article was written by my friend Tamikia from BehindTheMomBun.com especially for you. Leave us…

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50 Creative Pool Noodle Uses for Toddler Activities

Living in the 21st century, pool noodles are no longer as exciting for their intended use. People have gotten more creative with this amazing invention, particular for use in fun toddler activities. There are tons of creative ideas for pool noodles nowadays. They're so affordable and easy to find in the summer, only $1 at the dollar store or in bulk online. When cut into smaller strips, the opportunities for their use become endless. With one main tool, the pool noodle, we can have loads of fun with exciting and educational toddler activities. In this post, I've included a list…

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21 Cleaning Tips And Tricks For Moms + Free Checklist Printable

Some people really enjoy cleaning but most of us dread it because of the amount of work it takes to manage our households. Even though sometimes it feels like we never have enough space, sometimes I'm overwhelmed by the amount of bathrooms and square footage in my home just because I have to maintain it all. Every mom needs a set of tricks up their sleeves, these are my best cleaning tips for moms. Motherhood overwhelm As a stay at home mom, I'm overwhelmed with all my duties. Sure, I'm home but I'm not lounging on the couch watching TV all…

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Momxiety- Mom Anxiety As a Mom of Multiples

I'm a mom of multiples, well only two kids, and it definitely takes a toll on me because of my mom anxiety.A couple of years ago, when our daughter was born, I became a mom of two under two and everything changed. My desire to plan everything in advance, step-by-step, drove me insane because I had to figure out how to balance my new life with two small children.When I became a mom, I became anxious and paranoid and tried to have control over every possible situation. Having only two hands really stressed me out. This struggle is what I like…

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Struggling To Begin The Preschool Research Process

With my son turning four this year he becomes eligible for a free program called VPK, or Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten. I’ve been resisting the idea for months. Recently, I've come to the realization that I need to accept that my kid needs to go to school and I cannot delay it any longer. It's time for me to start the preschool research process. Deciding Whether To Send Our Kid to Preschool My husband and I have always been in agreement that we didn’t want to put our kids in daycare or preschool. We wanted our kids to enjoy their childhood as much…

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Practical Toddler “Chores” That Encourage Independence

As a stay-at-home-mom, I'm responsible for maintaining our home while taking care of our children. People don't realize that just these two tasks are full-time jobs. But I've learned that sometimes there's a way to implement doing house chores with your toddler or preschooler.  * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst NameFree Resource Library Free Resource Library   Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. Children Mimic Everything - Even Cleaning I often feel guilty when my kid asks me to play with them and I have…

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Being A Mom Is Remarkably Like Getting My Degree

People go to college to gain knowledge on different fields of study in attempt to get them into a career path. Unfortunately there ares no degrees for parenthood or being a mom.But that’s not to say that a college education doesn’t prepare you for life lessons. Architecture School definitely played a major hand in preparing me for motherhood. It even gave me some really cool skills I couldn’t possibly have had without my degree.Disclosure: All of what you are reading here is mostly completely and totally true. 😝 * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my…

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Educational Printable for Kids – Easter Theme

For this post, I've teamed up with Education.com to provide you with a great set of educational resources for Pre-K through 5th graders. Their website is full of printable worksheets, online games, lesson plans and more for parents and teachers. A lot of their resources are totally free but they offer a lot more with their monthly, annual, and lifetime membership options. They provided me with this awesome free worksheet for young toddlers to match words to images with an awesome Easter theme. They send me the free download to share with you guys as well! How cool is that? Download Printable…

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Where’d The PACI Go?

Sometimes when it's quiet and I feel a bit of boredom I grab my phone and browse through my most recent pictures. I do this for many reasons, mainly to absorb these moments but also to remind me of my blessings- my beautiful family. The other day I stumbled upon a picture I posted on Instagram a few months back, of my daughter playing peekaboo with her pacifier on her face. I decided to repost it and got carried away writing a caption that turned into the story behind her bond with that pacifier.This isn't your average pacifier addiction story,…

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8 Things I Swore I Wouldn’t Do As a Parent

Within three months of dating, my husband and I would have talks about having kids. We had goals of having our children before hitting our thirties so that we could still feel youthful by the time they would graduate from high school. It's a goal that most people set but later find more complicated due to schooling, career paths, having the right partner, and especially "being ready". My husband and I were lucky enough to have found each other at a young age and having kids just after college so we've achieved this goal twice so far, maybe even a third by…

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Kid-Approved Hidden Veggie Meatloaf or Meatballs Recipe

One of the biggest issues for feeding children is usually getting them to eat their vegetables. When kids refuse to eat their vegetables, parents have to pull out their super powers and come up with a good hidden veggie recipe.I'm super lazy when it comes to the kitchen and preparing meals so I don't often cook meals from scratch. But since having kids I want to make sure I'm feeding them right so I try to make an effort here and there. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst NameFree Resource Library Free Resource…

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Potty Training Struggles and Tips + Free Printable

Potty Training a child is a huge milestone but it is also a huge hurdle. Potty training my first child has always terrified me. I put it off because I had a feeling it would be really tricky with my stubborn boy.We went through a lot of struggles through our potty training process but I managed to pick up some good tips and tricks. I even made several homemade potty charts to try to motivate my boy. * This post includes Affiliate Links.In this post I'll cover topics like:Determining potty training readinessPotty training boys versus girlsBeginning to potty trainThe poop strugglePotty training regressionHow…

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Why Celebrate Halloween with Toddlers

Realizing Some People Do Not Celebrate This Halloween season I've been seeing some back and forth as to why people do or do not celebrate the holiday. In the past, I've always thought that not celebrating was because of cultural differences and for not condoning such a marketed holiday. Because I do not follow any religious affiliation, I wasn't fully attentive to those who do not celebrate or may even be outraged by the holiday due to religious reasons and "celebrating life and death" or "the devil." Having it Both Ways While I respect all points of view, please respect…

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Pão De Queijo Recipe

What is Pão De Queijo? Pão de queijo is a very popular Brazilian food. It is, in essence, a baked cheese bread/ball.Its not your average piece of bread, nor is it anything like a mozzarella stick.It is both soft and crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. This is due to the main ingredient, tapioca, a type of starch.It is often served for breakfast or a snack. Sometimes for dinner as well since the Brazilian culture doesn't have large meals before bed.The balls are usually about 1.5 inches in diameter, however some bakeries make much larger versions. Some people…

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Becoming Parents of Two Under Two

My husband and I always wanted to have kids close in age. We had a set goal of having about three kids with an age gap of two to four years.Even after our first child was born we still agreed we wanted a second baby at some point soon.When our son was just a few months old, I had the crazy thought to have our second child right away. Our baby was so calm and easy that we felt like we could handle another baby.Within a few months, we agreed to try for our second and suddenly we became a…

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Why I Narrate To My Kids

I often narrate what I'm doing or what I'm about to do to prepare my kids for what to expect. I usually break things down into steps. I started this to prevent a tantrum when something happens out of their expectation but it helps tremendously in enlarging their communication and vocabulary. Talking To Myself When we had our son, our first, I was told to talk to my child often but once dad went back to work and and I was alone with him we were usually in silence. I always felt awkward talking to him because he couldn't talk…

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Beating the Heat with the Best Small Cooling Fans

Living in South Florida, we get extra heat during summertime. To survive the summer with kids I decided to purchase a few small fans that I could carry in my diaper bag.I've fallen in love with these products and have decided to write a mini review. They've been perfect on day trips to the Zoo and planned a weekend trip to Disney World with the whole family.Not everyone needs to carry around a small fan, but when you reach temperatures over the mid 90s with children, you'll do anything to protect them and these options are very affordable and useful at…

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Baby Bump Photo Sequence

When you're expecting a child everything is very exciting and you cannot wait to meet your child and start a new journey of life. It takes a long time to grow a child but its also a beautiful process. Most parents like to take professional photoshoots at the beginning and end of the pregnancy as well as after the baby is born. My husband and I aren't much for professional photography but with our first I did try to do my own baby bump photo sequence throughout the whole process. I got into the same outfit each time (I made…

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15 Helpful Things To Know Before Your Trip To Disney World

My family and I planned a trip to Magic Kingdom at Disney World over the summer that was extremely exciting, yet very overwhelming. There is so much to do in such a short time that I didn't want to miss a beat.We took the whole family: me and my husband, our two young toddlers, and my husband's parents and sister. I was in charge of planning everything and did quite a bit of research to make our trip easier.For anyone planning a trip to Disney World, there are 15 things you really need to know and prepare for. Free Resource Library…

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A Day at Disney World With Toddlers

For our son's 3rd birthday we planned a family trip to Magic Kingdom for one day as a family of 7. This post is how I planned for our trip for 5 adults and 2 toddlers under the age of 3 and how our day actually went. Also see: 15 Things to Know Before Going to Disney -as I have recently split this post into two. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst NameFree Resource Library Free Resource Library   Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. Our History With…

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Toddler Birthday Parties

My little guy (our oldest) is turning 3 soon and I’ve been reminiscing. I just came across some pictures from his birthday last year and figured I’d put it together in a post. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst NameFree Resource Library Free Resource Library   Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. His birthday falls in July, which is when the weather is the most random because its horribly hot and randomly rainy. I had intended to throw him a casual playground party to keep…

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Toddler Gift Guide for One Year Old

As a child nears the end of infancy they start to develop a lot more interest in objects and toys. So much changes for children between 12-18 months and 18-24 months. This guide will help you find an appropriate gift for a one year old based on growing developmental skills and needs. With the right set of toys they can explore and learn things on their own. They go from crawling to walking, or straight to running, while developing all new skills and abilities.  Your child may still seem young for some of these at first but their brain development grows so…

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Easy DIY Toddler Bed Rail Bumper – Solution for Kids Falling Out of Bed

Our son is about to turn three and for his birthday we wanted to upgrade him from a crib with toddler rail to an adult sized (twin) bed. He's outgrowing his crib and we were lucky his came with a toddler rail so its definitely time for the upgrade. Besides cost, our biggest concern was him falling off a much larger and higher bed.I figured I'd try a simple little DIY solution to help ease our boy's transition to a big boy bed using a few cheap pool noodles to create a toddler bed rail bumper. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free…

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Baby Approved Banana Muffins Recipe

Who doesn't love muffins!?I love making mini muffins so once I find a great recipe for me and the kids I stick to it.I've made these banana muffins many times for several toddler gatherings. Both the kids and adults love them so much that I decided to share here with you guys.This recipe is baby, toddler, and adult approved. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst NameFree Resource Library Free Resource Library   Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. I'm no chef by any means, but…

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Favorite Everyday Activewear for Moms

As a human being, we all need to stay fit. As a mom, who birthed two children, I gained some weight that I'm working on losing. Having the right type of clothing for working out is ideal. My favorites are leggings and comfortable and flexible shoes, and I use these ALL the time, not just to work out. Activewear is so comfortable and adaptable that it has become my everyday mom-wear.I wear it at home, I wear it to Zumba classes, I wear it to the playground, and I especially wear it to go to the Zoo (because it's super humid…

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Visiting Zoo Miami with the Kids

Last week I took the kids on a day trip to Zoo Miami with a couple of friends and their kids. This was our second time there and we were in a hurry that time with no idea what to expect. For this trip we had a few things in mind to try differently. I also have some tips for anyone planning on going to Zoo Miami or planning a trip to any zoo with kids. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst NameFree Resource Library Free Resource Library  …

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