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Keeping Childhood Full of Magic
December 8, 2018 8:00 am | by

Warning: Stop reading if young eyes are reading over your shoulder. We all want the best for our kids. There are definitely different schools of thought on the magic of childhood. Do you tell your kids the 100% straightforward facts or embellish to create some childhood magic, wonder and possibly coerce them into good behavior? When it comes to science, I tell my kids the facts. We call our body parts anatomically correct names. When it comes to white lies, I am 100% guilty. We talk about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. It’s fun for them

 
Holiday Travel Tips
November 19, 2018 8:00 am | by
Be prepared for holiday travel. We made the list, you check it twice.

As we gear up for the holiday travel season, many of us are busy making plans. Whether you’re traveling near or far, there is a good chance you will be packing up the kids and heading to a relative’s house. If you have little ones, you probably need to do some extra planning and packing to make sure your kiddos have a place to sleep, a place to eat, and something to play with. To Grandmother’s House We Go If your holiday travel plans include overnight adventures, here are a few items that may help make things run a bit

 
What are you most thankful for?
November 2, 2018 2:46 pm | by
What are you most thankful for?

I love when the weather gets a chill in the air as it turns to autumn. I get so excited about Thanksgiving coming up. I look forward to spending time with my family and planning the menu for weeks ahead of time. After Thanksgiving, I love gearing up for all the holiday magic. I enjoy filling our calendar with fun events that make memories that will last a lifetime. No pressure, though, right? Ha. I try to fill these months will all of the love languages. Words of Affirmation – By offering everyone a cheerful, sincere “Happy Holidays!”, I try to

 
How to Get a Free Breast Pump from Insurance
October 12, 2018 8:00 am | by
Follow these steps to get your free breast pump that is covered by health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance plans in the United States must provide breastfeeding support, counseling and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding. That means that insurance will cover the cost of a breast pump for new moms; either a new one to keep or a rental unit. This applies to all plans with the exception of grandfathered plans. So, how do you get your free breast pump? Call your insurance company. There should be a phone number on your insurance card. Give it a call and tell them you need to find out how to get your free breast pump.

 
Growing Kids, Car Seats, and Peer Pressure
October 11, 2018 4:00 pm | by
A CPST explains why her growing kids remain in car seats. It's not just about age, it's about a child's size.

I have three growing girls and I am also a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) so car seat safety is never far from my mind. My 10-year-old in a low back booster, my almost 7-year-old in a Nuna Rava car seat that is forward facing and my 3-year-old in the same seat, but rear facing. I often get asked if my kids mind their seating arrangements, especially my older two girls. From time to time they do ask when they can ditch their car seats. I usually approach these questions from a safety standpoint. We discuss that for Emmaline, my

 
Tips for Soothing a Teething Baby
October 10, 2018 11:41 am | by
Top ways to soothe a teething baby.

As a parent, there is nothing I hate more than watching my child be in pain. A teething baby is usually miserable and fussy. I can’t say I blame them. Those sharp little teeth must feel like little razors under their gums. How to Soothe a Teething Baby What can you do to soothe a teething baby? Here are a few tips that have worked for my kids. Teething Toys There’s almost a whole aisle in big box stores dedicated to teething toys. At Cotton Babies, we carry a selection of toys that have worked for our babies. Frozen Toys

 
Gift Tips for a 3-Year-Old Girl
October 9, 2018 8:00 am | by
Gift ideas for a 3-year-old girl

I strongly believe in the power of retail therapy. Shopping is my hobby, and I love sharing all my deals and finds with friends. Since having kids, I realized how little I actually knew about shopping for gifts for kids. Will they like it? Will they play with it? Will they wear it? Is it safe for their age? Are they too old for it? Will it drive me crazy? Will the pieces go back in the box? Where will it be kept? Does it have special care instructions? Is it going to stain or stick to everything in my

 
A List of Engaging, Quiet Toys
September 7, 2018 8:00 am | by
Engaging toys for toddlers that are quiet, too!

Finding quiet toys that keep your child entertained and engaged are hard to find. Sure, it’s easy for kids to zonk out in front of the TV or video game, but it’s nice to have a toy that allows them to actively engage their imagination. Plus, it’s great if it can hold their attention longer than 5 minutes. Here are a few of my favorite quiet toys for my toddlers. They go back to these toys again and again. And one of my favorite features? They’re quiet! Some of these are quiet and portable enough to take to restaurants, church,

 
The Epic Struggle of Laundry
August 24, 2018 7:11 pm | by

Raise your hand if you are constantly falling behind on laundry. My hand is way up in the air! Even pre-kids, I had a hard time keeping up with laundry. Now, I am the main washer of clothes for my family of 4 plus pets. It’s amazing how much clothing tiny humans seem to dirty! Add cloth diaper laundry, and it’s like the mail. It just keeps coming and will never be done. Tips for Keeping Up with Laundry Make a Plan When I am getting ready, I can easily go through multiple outfits until I find something worthy of

 
Sending Kids Back to School: Time to Celebrate or Sing the Blues?
August 13, 2018 4:18 pm | by
Back to school blues

Back to Scool Blues My kids still have a few years until they start kindergarten, but last night at daycare we had a graduation party for the kids who are heading off to kindergarten. I know it’s normal for parents to feel some sadness as their kids move on from being preschoolers to kindergarten, but it hit me surprisingly hard. Back to school season turns the emotional ante way up. The kids we were celebrating were not mine, and truthfully, I barely know them other than the fact that they were in my daughter’s class. There was a sweet ceremony