The 10 best animal apps for kids

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This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. Our kiddos are using more apps on more devices than ever before. Sure, there’s a lot of junk out there, and when it comes to animal-themed apps, there are too many to count. Some of the apps offered are educational, creative, and fun for preschool children through age twelve (and beyond). These awesome animal apps pack a lot of punch at minimal cost, and some are even free. Here’s an in-depth look at my ten Read More... {Read More...}

Traveling with baby: how to bath a baby in a room without a tub

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Traveling with a baby requires some serious packing skills. In addition to all the essentials necessary to travel with a baby, you also need to plan for all the challenges, like not having a bathtub in your hotel room. Years ago we traveled to Hawaii when our oldest daughter was just six months old. I quickly learned how a room with only a shower was not ideal for bathing a baby. Our next week away from home I packed a deflatable Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub (affiliate link). Read More... {Read More...}

Free printable Inside Out feelings journal

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Ever wonder what's going on inside someone's head? All. Day. Long. This year has been exciting for our six year old daughter. She became a big sister and graduated from kindergarten. She currently loves to play outside, swim and run through sprinklers, read, make crafts, and go to summer camp. She is most excited for a new summer camp with a best friend next week and our upcoming summer vacation. With all this excitement, she is also able to deliver some fierce emotions regarding her dislikes. Read More... {Read More...}

Formula fed babies, how to answer “are you breastfeeding?” when you are not

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Almost eight years ago when I was pregnant with my first daughter I was amazed by the many times I was asked if I was planning to breastfeed. There was no reason for me not to plan to breastfeed so my response was always welcomed with an added conversation of the many benefits. The memory of her birth and our first couple of nights in the hospital is blurry but I clearly remember the lactation consultant. From the first hour with my daughter I had someone in my room handling my breasts trying to Read More... {Read More...}

How to help your child deal with the death of a pet

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This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. A child's first experience with death is often when a pet passes away. Children have difficulty understanding death, so it can be a confusing time. As parents, we are often at a loss for how to speak to our children about it. Much of what we say to our children will depend on our religious and spiritual beliefs, but there are some overarching things we can all think and talk about with regard to the death of a Read More... {Read More...}

Stroller Essentials, a guide to purchasing the perfect stroller

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Since my first daughter was born over six years ago, many products have changed. Safety standards have improved and brands like Urbini are finding ways to make it easier for parents to satisfy their entire wish lists when purchasing baby products. From our first child to just last summer we went through several different strollers. Each had their own pros and cons but none satisfied all our needs, hence the reason why we made multiple purchases over the years. With news of expecting our Read More... {Read More...}