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...}

Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom – a survival story about a baby monkey and his momma

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I was invited to a complimentary screening of Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom before it was released in theaters. All opinions are my own. It's been over six years since I had a newborn baby at home. With the arrival of our new daughter I was quickly reminded just how exhausting it is caring for an infant. Just a couple of days after her birth, attempting to maintain some normalcy for our six year old daughter, I attended a screening of Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom. We had been looking Read More... {Read More...}

Our baby birth story

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Our new baby's birth story isn't what I expected. My pregnancy with our six year old daughter had no complications and I was induced just before her due date. The induction was quick and easy - Pitocin, broken water, delivered baby with three pushes. I had been on Pitocin for an entire day during my first daughter's induction with no real progress. Overnight I was given a break and then the doctor broke my water in the morning. Our daughter was born just a short time later with truly only three Read More... {Read More...}