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Tag Archive: Real Mom Talk

Real Mom Talk: Valentine’s Day and Kids
February 10, 2014 5:32 pm | by

What I didn’t realize before having kids, was that traditions aren’t usually these well-planned out things that you plan on passing down to your kids. I guess maybe they can be but, for the most part, all of our family “traditions” are things that we did once, had a lot of fun doing, and decided to do again. Ta-da! Tradition is born! Making Valentine’s Day into a big deal is one of those inadvertent traditions that we’ve adopted in our family. It started with my buying a bunch of red and pink stuff in the store one year on a

Real Mom Talk: DIY Valentine’s Day Leggings
February 4, 2014 9:40 am | by

Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday and I have a DIY that’s stylish and fun. For this DIY I choose a pair of pants for the article of clothing, but you can use a tee, onesie, ect.  What you will need: Leggings Fabric of your choice Heat ‘n Bond or Iron-on Hem Tape (You can find this at any craft store and Walmart) Pencil Paper Scissors  Pins  Iron How to: 1. Using the paper, trace and cut out a heart to your desired size. 2. Pin paper heart to fabric and cut out your fabric hearts.  3. Cut small

Real Mom Talk: Winter Activites
January 28, 2014 11:59 am | by

Winter can be brutal, and it seems like this one has been worse than most. Between sub-zero temperatures, snowstorms, and icy roads, we’ve found ourselves stuck inside the house quite a few times already – and there is still plenty of winter left to go! Here are our favorite strategies for avoiding cabin fever when we’re trapped inside. Break out the crafts: I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to fit in messy crafts when we’re always running out to a playdate or preschool. So, on the days where we have nowhere to be, I turn to

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

Handmade Holiday Crafts: Salt Dough Ornaments
December 10, 2013 6:02 pm | by

The holidays are by far my favorite time of year. I love all the baking, crafting, and gathering that it brings. With the holidays, there’s gifts. And what better way to show your appreciation for someone you love than with something handmade. DIY Salt Dough Ornaments are not only a perfect keepsake, but a great little present.  As always, if you don’t have the time to create a unique gift at home, a Cotton Babies gift certificate is a thoughtful solution. Here’s What You Will Need: 4c. All-Purpose Flour 1c. Salt 1 1/2c. Warm Water (gradually added, as needed) Directions: – Preheat oven to

Real Mom Talk: Taking your kids out in public
November 5, 2013 9:12 am | by

Does the thought alone give you anxiety?  There seems to be some controversy surrounding the notion that parents should not take their kids out in public for fear of them throwing a tantrum in the middle of Target, crying loudly in a movie theater, scaling the walls of the doctor’s office, or hiding in the clothes racks at your favorite boutique to scare the other patrons (true story).  But the idea that taking your child out in public actually being controversial, well, I think it’s a little extreme.  After all, kids are people too!  And as a parent you can’t

Real Mom Talk: How Parenting Turned Halloween Around For Me
October 29, 2013 10:35 am | by

I never liked Halloween. Don’t get me wrong, when I was a kid I loved the candy part of the holiday. I liked the candy part even before I was old enough to go trick-or-treating myself: when I was 22 months old my mom walked into the kitchen to find that I had used my toddler MacGuyver skills to rig up some steps and climbed on top of the refrigerator to snack on the Halloween candy that my older brother had collected a few nights earlier. Yum! But the actual holiday itself never appealed to me. I would guess that

Real Mom Talk: Returning to the Workplace
October 22, 2013 4:04 am | by

Returning to work after maternity leave can be one of the most bittersweet parts of new-parenthood. You have this awesome new little person that you’ve snuggled with for weeks or months and the thought of leaving him or her for 8 hours a day is heart-wrenching.  But maybe you can’t imagine giving up the career you’ve worked so hard for or you can’t afford to stay at home with your child.  Whatever your situation, you are now facing the work-world once again. This isn’t an easy task, emotions aside.  Whether you’re returning to work after a few weeks, months, or

Real Mom Talk: You’re One Good Mum
October 15, 2013 4:08 am | by

It happened to me again the other day. I was in a store with both my preschoolers and they were in yet another argument with each other and with me. Someone was accusing someone else of doing something that “I don’t wike, Mommy!!”. One was shrieking and the other was bawling. We had reached this point after a series of the “I want”s on each aisle, followed by long and involved sessions of “what is that, Mommy?”s. Worst of all, I had run out of snack I found myself begging and pleading “Just five more minutes, guys! I know you

Real Mom Talk: Babywearing
October 8, 2013 6:56 am | by

I’ve been a baby-wearer since I first became a mom. That was seven years ago, when my oldest was born. I started out with a sling and then tried a Mei-Tei style carrier. Then I acquired a ring sling. And an Ergo. So it’s safe to say that I have several different baby wearing options and I love each one for different reasons.     Baby wearing was key for my sanity when my kids were infants. Three out of four of them had reflux and staying upright helped keep them comfortable and lessened the amount of crying (both theirs and