Baby photography studio session – tips to make it great!

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We have our family photos taken every year before the holidays. Working with different bloggers and creative entreprenuers has put me in touch with so many wonderfully talented people. Unfortunately both photographers we've worked with for the past few years for our family photos have moved out of state. This year I truly had no idea where I would turn when it was time for photos of my sweet daughters. Instead of trying to develop a new relationship with a local photographer, I participated in a Read More... {Read More...}

Could Your Child be Lured by a Stranger With a Puppy?

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This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. Would your child talk to a stranger? I don't know about you, but I speak to my children about "stranger danger" all the time–not every day, but quite frequently. I don't want them to be anti-social freakazoids, so we have a simple rule: If I am standing close enough for you to touch me, you may speak to whomever you like. But if I'm not within arms reach, you must ask me before you speak to anyone you don't know. Read More... {Read More...}

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...}