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Reality vs. Fiction

Parenting is challenging. Not finding the solution to world peace challenging, but more like…it’s actually near impossible to explain unless you’ve experienced it. I read a quote that said, "Having a baby is like losing your leg and winning the lottery.” I immediately understood. more

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How to Plan a First Birthday Party Without Losing Your Soul

My daughter Maya will be turning the big o-n-e next month and the pressure is mounting to plan her birthday party. I’m finding myself getting caught up in the details because I want the day to go perfectly. But let's be honest for a second, first birthday parties are really for the adults! 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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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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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

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, Mommy, Mommies, parent, Parents, parenting, Kid, Kids, child, Children, the y, YMCA, baby, babies, food, Foods, Purees, recipe, recipes, Ingredients, Herbs, Spice, Spices, Avocado, Guacamole, Eggs, Paprika, Squash, Sage, Garlic, Dill, Potatoes, Vanilla, Quinoa, Cinnamon, Curry, Lentils, Milk, Almond, Coconut (photo credit: Thinkstock/Collection: iStock)

8 Great Smartphone Apps for Creating Positive Habits

As much a I don’t want to admit it, I’m a smartphone addict. Like many moms, I have to maximize my free time as much as possible and my phone allows me to do that. Besides making phone calls and sending texts, I write blog posts, respond to emails, pay bills and everything else with my handheld device. It’s so much easier than having to pull out my laptop or sit at my desktop computer. more

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Blissful Ignorance?

I’m an avid researcher and Googler, so I’ve surprised myself with the extent I avoid reading about parenting in relation to my own child. I don’t live in a special mom bubble where I don’t let any information in. However, I tend to avoid any and all parenting books if I can help it. more

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Good Intentions

To judge other parents and how they raise their children is unfair, but often second nature. It’s oh so simple to say how you would have handled something when you are an outsider looking in. Well, I’m here to apologize to every parent i’ve silently judged or thrown an all-knowing glance in their direction.  more

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Holiday Fun

Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner and instead of getting down about the polar vortex that has enveloped much of the country, let's get excited about family, food and fun! more

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First Foods

To celebrate our daughter's 6 months on this Earth, her father and I decided to give her the gift of solid food. I had been simultaneously nervous and excited about this day. Food is my favorite and while it significantly increases the level of difficulty at mealtime, I’ve been excited to show her what she’s been missing out on. more

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