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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

 
Baby Nursery Wall Decor for Girls
February 15, 2017 8:30 am | by

One of the best parts of preparing for a new baby is getting the baby’s room ready! I think I started planning the room décor as soon as I announced my pregnancy and created a baby registry. Here are some of our favorite baby girl nursery DIYs and resources for incredible wall art. Animal Wall Art for a Girl’s Room I love this Lewis Carroll inspired wall art – grab the digital file and then print out for a quick and easy wall décor. © Cotton Babies   This pretty silhouette is created with a customized treatment of a photograph.

 
Three Quick & Easy Dinner Recipes
January 30, 2017 8:00 am | by

It’s that time again… Dinner time. It comes at the same time every day. Everyone’s screaming. Everyone’s starving. And they’re all looking at YOU! It reminds me of a joke I heard once; “Who are these children, and why do they keep calling me MOM?!?!” Remain calm. They can smell fear. Do you know why dinnertime is the longest part of your day? Because it started three days ago, while you were grocery shopping. You said, “Maybe I’ll get a bag of chicken. We might make chicken. I should probably get a vegetable to go with that. What will we eat

 
5 Ways to Save Money with a New Baby
January 23, 2017 8:30 am | by

When you have a new baby arrive at your home, you start looking for ways to save money and stretch every dollar as far as possible. My kids are grown now, but working as a postpartum doula I’ve learned how people save money and have a few handy tips to share with you. 1. Save Money with Cloth Diapers The first way that comes to mind is by using cloth diapers. I had a postpartum doula client in the city who was using a diaper service for cloth diapers, and we did the math and this is what we came

 
Homemade Sweet Cheeks Bottom Powder
January 20, 2017 8:00 am | by

That perfect little bottom wrapped up in a super cute cloth diaper is such a sweet sight. Sometimes, that sweet little bottom gets a rash. Thankfully, we can make a natural bottom powder that is healing, safe, and smells delightful! It’s a good alternative to oils and creams you shouldn’t use on cloth diapers, and perfect for making yourself at home. This Sweet Cheeks Bottom Powder has just 3 ingredients: bentonite clay arrowroot powder lavender bud powder (or Rose powder, if you would prefer) I like to buy my ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs or the Bulk Herb Store. I have