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Tag Archive: Real Mom Talk

Real Mom Talk: Teething Toddlers
September 29, 2014 7:54 pm | by

A teething toddler can be just as tough to handle as a teething baby. Those first and second year molars can be a real bother for your energetic little and a stressful time for mama as well. Today, I’m sharing a few helpful tips that have done wonders for my (almost) two year old.  So, what are the most common teething symptoms in toddlers? Some of the most common teething symptoms include: refusal to eat biting swollen gums, sensitive gums drooling  disrupted sleep irritable  Teething Remedies Teething Toys – The Jellystone jChews are perfect for teething toddlers. They are strong enough for your little

Real Mom Talk: Fall Activities
September 23, 2014 8:34 pm | by

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. Leaves falling off the trees, windows open, candles burning, pumpkin and apple everything, ohhhh yes! Fall is here! My family has a few traditions we do every year that makes us happy that summer has ended.  Apple Picking. We love to go apple picking at a local orchard. We take pictures, eat apples while picking them, and just enjoy being outside with our family. The week after, I make a bunch of homemade applesauce, apple pies, and other apple yummy treats. Pumpkin Picking. We love picking pumpkins as well! We

Real Mom Talk: Reusable Products
September 16, 2014 6:55 pm | by

There are so many reusable products out there! Of course, my favorite would have to be cloth diapers, but I like so many others too! Reusable products help cut down on waste, save money, and can come in some cute designs and colors that throw away products don’t. Reusable sandwich bags – My husband packs his lunch almost daily. Sandwiches, chips, snacks… it really adds up. He could take up to 5 plastic bags a day. And then, they just get thrown in the trash! Who wants to literally throw money away on a daily basis? Sure, it’s only a few pennies.

Real Mom Talk: Relaxation
September 14, 2014 11:32 am | by

Relaxation and motherhood sound like an oxymoron — totally impossible. However, we must enjoy the precious times we have with our children while they are young. Let’s not think of relaxing as a luxury, but a necessity – your children want the best, most-relaxed, stress-free version of you as a parent. Here are some simple ways to maximize relaxation during the day (and night). Invest in your morning at night. It is so wonderful to wake up with the kitchen counters clean, the coffee made and dishwasher and sink empty. Spending 10 minutes each night preparing for the next day

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: Postpartum Tips
August 19, 2014 6:58 pm | by

Looking back now, there are a few things I wish I could go back and tell my postpartum self…  Soak up the moment – Of course I remember my birthing experience, but it happened so fast that some of it is a blur to me. I wish I would have taken more pictures of my little guy in the hospital and I regret not getting a picture of the 3 of us when we were in the hospital. If I had to go back and do it again I would of hired a birth photographer. They are well worth the

Real Mom Talk: Finding out the Sex of my Baby
August 5, 2014 7:16 pm | by

“When are you finding out?”  It’s the question everyone asks as soon as they find out you’re pregnant. They want to know when you’ll find out if the baby is a boy or a girl.  But what if you don’t want to find out? When you announce that, people are surprised- why wouldn’t you want to know? There are lots of reasons to find out before birth or not to, but here was the thought process that went into each of our decisions… With our first child, my husband really wanted to know. He said he didn’t like yellow or

Summer Babywearing
July 15, 2014 6:25 pm | by

Babywearing has been a lifesaver for me since my little one was a newborn. It has made my shopping trips smoother, has freed up my hands, and has allowed me to create a bond with my little one that is like no other. With that being said, babywearing during the summer months can sometimes be a little difficult. With high temperatures and humid weather it’s important to not only keep your little one cool, but yourself as well. Here are some tips for summer babywearing. Keep Cool. If you live in a rather warm climate investing in a lighter material

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: Why I Use Cloth Wipes
July 1, 2014 5:23 pm | by

Our cloth diapering story includes a few years of disposables. We had the “luxury” of wiping baby’s bum, putting the wipes in the diaper to roll up and throw away. It was easy, simple, and got rid of everything at once. Once we transitioned to cloth diapers, we were separating the disposable wipes from the cloth diaper to throw the wipes away. It felt… odd. I had to go to two different places in my house to get rid of the waste, sometimes I’d end up with poop on my hand, and I was still creating trash. Switching to cloth