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Mom Tips: Making Time for YOU
June 19, 2017 9:00 am | by

Self care is super important, but unfortunately many moms forget how important it is. We need to take some time for ourselves to recharge our batteries and take care of us. How are we supposed to take care of our little ones to our full potential if we’re only half-charged? Here are my a few tips to making time for you! Wake up a littler earlier. I know this is super hard – especially if you’re still waking up in the middle of the night with the baby. I’ll admit – I don’t wake up early very often because I

 
5 Things to Love about Econobum
June 7, 2017 8:00 am | by

I’ve been using cloth diapers for nearly two years. In the beginning, I had mostly Flip, a few bumGenius 4.0’s, a couple Freetimes, and one Elemental. Over the years, I’ve collected a few more of each, and picked up some Econobum when they were on sale. Flips have become my go-to diapers, so it seemed like Econobum would be a pretty easy transition… And I was right! Econobum diapers are great. Why I love Econobum 1. Change absorbency. Econobum offers a great set of prefolds, but it’s easy to switch out inserts to get the perfect level of absorbency. That goes both ways

 
Smart Family Finances for Reaching Our Traveling Goals
April 19, 2017 8:00 am | by

When you get married and have children you begin to make choices based your family’s priorities and goals. Family finances play a role in making our goals a reality. For us, providing experiences and life-memories for our children has always been one of our top priorities. And cloth diapering has been one tool we use to help make that happen. Early Family Financial Choices My husband and I married right out of college, with student loans and careers that had not yet been established. Financially, we were starting from nothing. I had accepted a teaching position right before our wedding, but knew

 
My Journey to Discovering MilkDaze Nursing Pads
April 7, 2017 9:00 am | by
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When I had my first baby, I was definitely learning everything as I went. Breast pads weren’t even on my radar before my first son was born. He surprised us by coming two weeks early and although I had everything I needed for labor and the baby, I was missing things I needed for myself. Thankfully my sweet sister offered to run out for anything I overlooked – one of which was a pack of disposable nursing pads. My first baby: disposables My milk came in pretty quickly, so I was grateful to have them on hand. I quickly discovered that I’m what

 
Easter Basket Ideas
April 4, 2017 8:00 am | by

Easter is right around the corner! Have you started thinking about what you’re putting in your little one’s Easter basket? With three little ones in our home this year, I’ve had to think through gift ideas for three separate age ranges. Then: Baby’s 1st Easter Basket… as a New Mama For my oldest son’s first Easter – and my first as a mom – I took so much time and care to make his Easter basket PERFECT! I found an adorable white wicker basket, picked fabric and sewed a basket liner, then had it embroidered with his name. I cushioned the bottom with

 
Spring-Themed Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers
March 24, 2017 8:00 am | by

Whether it’s bad weather, spring break, or just hanging around the house, here are a few screen-free crafts and activities to have some fun with the kids this spring. First, check out this lovely story, The Secret Garden by Babylit that will have your toddlers enjoying blooms and flowers of warmer weather. Then follow up with one of these spring-themed DIYs! These spring crafts for toddlers and preschoolers are the perfect way to have some hand’s on educational time with your family. Felt Easter Basket by Nap Time Creations – Create your own Easter baskets to save money and have fun at the same

 
Seven Powerful Ways to Green Your Family Guilt-Free
March 23, 2017 2:00 pm | by

Whether it’s diapering or recycling, we all have some level of ” green guilt ” surrounding our family’s use of resources and exposure to toxins. Fortunately, there are a few very easy ways to empower your family and vote with your dollars, while reducing your environmental footprint and toxicity vulnerability. 1. Get rid of anything with a strong fragrance or chemical smell — a likely sign of endocrine-disrupting phthalates. Common culprits: plastic shower curtains, plug-in air fresheners, and most scented candles. Opt for fabric shower curtains, naturally scented candles, and essential oil diffusers. 2. Pare down as much plastic as possible

 
10 Ways to Make Bath Time Fun
March 22, 2017 8:00 am | by

Bath time can be a ton of fun for kids with even just a few fun toys. I love seeing my kiddos take delight in splashing around and having fun with sensory play, stacking, pouring, and more. Here are some of our favorite toys to bring the joy back to bath time. 1. Skip Hop Sort & Spin Fishbowl Shape Sorter Make learning more fun by incorporating them during bath time. This fishbowl will let you child sort animal shapes into their color-coded slots. 2. Skip Hop Zoo Bath Stack & Pour Buckets Help enhance your child’s motor skills with

 
Wall Decor Inspirations for a Baby Boy’s Bedroom
March 20, 2017 8:00 am | by

When you are getting ready for your baby’s arrival, I think one of the things every mother wants to have ready is the bedroom or nursery area. I love these inspirational ideas for decorating a boy’s bedroom wall. Pick out the ones that will inspire you! Animal Wall Art for a Boy’s Room These beautiful wall art prints are part of the Cotton Babies genius prints. Just print out what you want, pick out your frames, and ta da! Instant personalized touches to spruce up the baby’s room. © Cotton Babies   If you want a rustic or country inspired

 
10 Steps Towards an Earth-Friendly Family
February 21, 2017 8:00 am | by

Living lightly on this earth is becoming a goal for many families today. From those living in urban areas, to those living in the in woods, being an earth-friendly family is worth the effort and pays off in not only a healthier earth, but also in your wallet. 1) Talk About It The first step is to gather your family and talk about the journey you are about to go on. Talk about why you are wanting to do this and ask for your children’s input. Get even your youngest children involved – you may be surprised at the ideas