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Tag Archive: family

Real Mom Talk: Letting Kids Choose Their Own Clothes
February 23, 2015 6:46 pm | by

Getting 3 kids out of bed, dressed, fed, and out the door each morning is a circus: matching outfits, brushing teeth, combing hair, finding shoes, putting on coats. It’s chaos. A time-sucker. It’s not for the faint of heart. Mama’s always trying to find a way to make it easier. I used to pick out a week’s worth of outfits per kid every Sunday night. This way we’d have an easier time getting out the door each morning. Sometimes this would backfire. On more than one occasion, my daughter put ALL of the clothes on, as well as her brother’s

Real Mom Talk: Family New Year’s Resolutions
January 7, 2015 7:36 pm | by

Now that it’s a New Year, I’ve decided to focus more on what I can do for my family instead of what I can just do for myself. I’m not one to usually make New Year’s Resolutions because I always feel like I can and always work to improve, but I felt like I could use the new year as motivation and I’ve decided to focus on my family new year’s resolutions. This year, I’m going to improve our family life. Changing things for the whole family can be difficult if it’s too drastic or something they’re not on board with.

Real Mom Talk: Traveling with Children
December 16, 2014 8:30 pm | by

When it comes to traveling with a baby/toddler, I think I’ve become quite the pro at it. Recently, we traveled 25+ hours, by car — with an energetic 2 year old. What an experience that was. With the holidays in full swing, I know many of you will be busy traveling with your own children. Here are a few helpful tips to make getting to your destination a little smoother.  Create a “Fun Box.” This was a lifesaver on our trip. I picked up a small plastic basket from the store and filled it with things that were fun like

Real Mom Talk: Quick Holiday Recipes for the Family
December 7, 2014 3:53 pm | by

With all the hustle and bustle during the holidays, who has time to slave in the kitchen, crafting the perfect dish? In my family, quick and easy recipes are our go-to, and one of our favorites is cranberry jello! It’s an old family recipe that I learned to make when I was a little girl and now I bring it to all our holiday get togethers! Here’s what you need: The larger box of Strawberry Jello Can of crushed pineapple Can of Ocean Spray Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce At least 16oz Frozen Strawberries Crushed Pecans or Walnuts optional Directions: 1) Take 2

Real Mom Talk: What I Didn’t Know About Pregnancy
September 2, 2014 4:37 pm | by

Due Date:  I thought there was no way I was ready to be a mom but when you hit the eighth month, you are so over being pregnant.  I just wanted my body back and to be able to move again.  I would often say during pregnancy, “I don’t care if I give birth to a dinosaur, just get this baby out!” So no matter how nervous or scared I felt to be a mom at 6 weeks, by 38 weeks I was ready for anything. Weight Gain:  I always thought I could eat whatever I wanted during pregnancy and it

Real Mom Talk: My Family is Resistant to Cloth Diapers
July 7, 2014 7:33 pm | by

Why do I have to convince my mother that cloth diapering is wonderful? Out of all the things in the world that mothers should be resistant to — tick bites, sunburns, trans fats, twerking — cloth diapering should NEVER be one of them.  Why are our own mothers (and grandmothers and mothers in law and aunts and every other woman who had babies in the 70s and 80s) the hardest people to convince that cloth diapering is wonderful?  Half of them even cloth diapered their own kids! I find that most people (like my mom) who are resistant to cloth diapers have unpleasant memories.

Real Mom Talk: Family New Year’s Resolutions
January 21, 2014 9:46 am | by

Now that we’re halfway through January, it seems like a good time to check in on the resolution front.   Do you make resolutions? We don’t do resolutions in the traditional sense, as much as we like to talk about goals. My husband and I make ourselves lists of goals that we’d like to accomplish as individuals but we also like to take some time on New Year’s Day to talk with the kids about goals. We encourage them to think of some things they might like to accomplish in the new year and also talk about what we’d like to