This Week in Moms

How Many Kids?

Rarely a day goes by that I don’t hear it. “Are you having more kids? Maya needs a brother or sister!” I don’t have a problem with getting that question. I have siblings and my daughter has older step-siblings. However, I did begin to wonder why many people believe children need siblings. more

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Smoothie 101

I just bought my first ever blender. Crazy, right? I’ve been having a hard time getting fruit and vegetables into my diet recently so I figured making a smoothie a day would be the perfect solution.  more

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Selecting the Right Summer Camp Program

It may not feel like it, but summer will be here before you know it. And for most parents, that means finding the best summer overnight camp or day camp program for your children. Summer camp is awesome; I attended quite a few in my pre-teen years. I gained confidence and character, made long lasting relationships, accomplished things I didn't think I could, stayed active physically and mentally, and created lifelong memories. However, all kids are different and careful thought and consideration should be taken to make sure they attend a camp that is the right fit. more

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Eating Ain’t Easy

My daughter had recently graduated to eating non-pureed solids. I upped her protein intake due to her pediatrician's suggestion and she was now consistently eating chicken. Like I had been doing every day for about a week, I cut up a chicken strip and put it in a bowl for her to eat. I handed it to my mother who stopped by babysit to feed it to her.  more

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The Great Changing Table Debate

It was just one of those days. It started off well enough, but soon took a disappointing turn. I decided to stop by one of my favorite cafes to grab a cup of coffee before running a few errands. Right after I purchased a coffee, my daughter began to cry. She needed her diaper changed. more

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Adventures in Mealtime

A few months back, I wrote about my daughter’s first encounter with solids. Her palate has expanded since then, but I think I'm ready to go a step further. I want her to be an open-minded eater because I think of myself as an adventurous cook. Added sugar and salt are no-no's for babies, but herbs and spices are fair game. more

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Buy Yourself Some Time

I admit it, I’m a bit of a control freak. There have been many instances where I could have made life a lot easier by handing the reins to someone else, but I insisted on doing it myself. If there’s two things motherhood has taught me, it’s that I can’t do it all and time is often more valuable than money. more

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Snow Day!

If you are in the Northern United States, you’ve likely seen a lot of snow these past few days. I’m afraid to look, but I’m pretty sure my car is snowed-in my garage and last I heard we had a foot of snow. Many schools have already canceled classes and you may be taking a day or two off of work. If you’re like me and have no immediate plans to leave your house, you may end up with bored kids suffering from cabin fever. more

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