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Bittersweet Weaning and the End of an Era

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Bittersweet Weaning and the End of an Era
Breastfeeding my oldest son, TJ proved to be quite a challenge in the very beginning due to an undiagnosed tongue tie and a lack of professional support. Looking back, I find it a little surprising that I held on for so long, in so much pain, without giving up. I know that my husband’s unwavering […]

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Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

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Instant Pot Pork Carnitas
We make pork carnitas in our house at least a couple of times every month. My boys love the shredded pork in quesadillas, in tacos, with eggs at breakfast, and my oldest has decided he now loves nachos. I have been following a recipe I got from Serious Eats faithfully and it’s been amazing every […]

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My Journey to Fitness: Mary Ellen’s Story

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My Journey to Fitness: Mary Ellen’s Story
Mama Say What?! Mama Mary Ellen shared her Journey to Fitness with me. She is very inspiring and very relatable to my journey to fitness! Over two years ago, a co-worker of mine told me about a new fitness program that she was going to try called the 21 Day Fix and encouraged me to […]

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Matador Mini Pocket and 2.0 Blankets

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Matador Mini Pocket and 2.0 Blankets
I first discovered this brand when cruising the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City this summer. I watched a video that promoted many of their products and I immediately thought, “what great products for parents!” They make backpacks, hip packs, blankets, wet bags, and more that can be scrunched and folded down into […]

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9 Ways to Partner with Your Child’s Teacher This Year

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9 Ways to Partner with Your Child’s Teacher This Year
A guest post by Anthony D. Fredericks. As a former teacher, I am well aware of the compelling research demonstrating how involved parents have children who 1) evidence very positive attitudes towards learning, 2) have higher levels of self-esteem, and 3) demonstrate considerable engagement in academic endeavors. That parental participation assures students a most vibrant […]

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The Gardening Metaphor That Will Make You a Less Anxious Parent

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The Gardening Metaphor That Will Make You a Less Anxious Parent
My husband will always remember 2011 as the year of the spinach miracle. We were living in Baltimore City, and he wanted to try his hand at growing vegetables in pots on our itty-bitty back porch. He planted spinach in the fall, with the intention of harvesting it before the bitter winter hit. But when […]

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You Are More Than Your Worst Parenting Mistake

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You Are More Than Your Worst Parenting Mistake
It’s 11:00pm.  You know you should be sleeping. But sleep seems impossible. Every time you shut your eyes, your mind flashes a reel of your latest shortcomings. You see the moment earlier today when your patience collapsed and you screamed at your kids. You see their little eyes grow wide at your unfettered anger and […]

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Using affirmations to achieve your goals

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Using affirmations to achieve your goals
One of the key ways to stay on track with your goals and ultimately achieve them is to write them down. Using goal focused affirmations keeps your goals top of mind and so you’re far more likely to achieve them. You will also be training your mind to believe that the achievement of your goals […]

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Travel: Athens in four days

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Travel: Athens in four days
Greece is one of the most popular European destinations on any travellers bucket list, but of course, there are plenty of cities and towns that you can see there – so how are you supposed to decide where to go? Well, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the entire world, and shouldn’t be […]

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Scrapbook Loves November ’18

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Scrapbook Loves November ’18
Hello! Penultimate ‘Little Loves’ post of the year! Here’s what I’ve been enjoying this month… Read I didn’t read that many books this month, just the two below but I have almost finished a third, The Boatrunner. All three books are set in WWII, although I didn’t plan to have a war-book month, it just […]

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Everyday Us: Throwing Leaves

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Everyday Us: Throwing Leaves
My kids love to throw leaves.  They love to throw leaves at me, each other, Sam, anywhere really. I was fairly sure this big pile of leaves wouldn’t have anything too nasty lurking in it as it was at Marwell when we visited to see Father Christmas! At our local park I am always extra […]

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6 ways to save and make money this Christmas

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6 ways to save and make money this Christmas
Christmas is sneaking up on us, and as we fast approach the beginning of December, many parents will have their minds solely focused on the month ahead and what that may mean for their finances. December is traditionally an expensive month. You have Christmas, of course, but there is everything else that goes along with […]

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Christmas at Marwell 2018

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Christmas at Marwell 2018
A few days ago we got right into the festive spirit with a trip to Marwell Zoo for their Christmas Experience. It didn’t disappoint and was the perfect way to kick start the Christmas season, though I definitely will not be putting up our decorations until December don’t you worry! Both Athena’s school and Arlo’s […]

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Children’s Thanksgiving Books Focused on Gratitude

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Children’s Thanksgiving Books Focused on Gratitude
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. In the most generic terms, it revolves around family, gratitude, and eating, which pretty much sums up my favorite things in life. However, when it comes to sharing stories about Thanksgiving, it’s hard to find books that are historically accurate, especially considering the “First Thanksgiving” never happened as […]

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Tiny Changes To Earth

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Tiny Changes To Earth
I feel the need to start this story off with a lyric from one my favorite bands. The song is called “Head Rolls Off”. It’s written by Frightened Rabbit. It goes like this: You can mark my words, I’ll make tiny changes to earth And while I’m alive, I’ll make tiny changes to earth Tiny […]

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The Daycare Biter

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The Daycare Biter
Hi Amy, I have been following you and your family since I got pregnant with my daughter and I stumbled upon your Pregnancy Calendar. I feel like I’ve read darn near everything you’ve written (jeez I hope that doesn’t come off as creepy- your blog & advice column just provided a welcome distraction while I […]

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DIY Turkey Sock Puppets for Thanksgiving

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DIY Turkey Sock Puppets for Thanksgiving
We’ve all made sock puppets but have you ever made a Turkey Sock Puppet? It’s not that hard and it would be a great way to entertain little ones before and during the big Thanksgiving dinner.  Just imagine little turkey sock heads peeking around the corner asking if the pizza is ordered yet…. Supplies needed […]

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Ode To A Carseat

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Ode To A Carseat
Farewell, poor carseat, I knew you so well. I must throw you away; you’re too mouldy to sell. No more baby-sick shall I scrape from your folds, Nor chewed and dried ricecake pick from your straps. The dummies sought blindly now binned, just one kept, The mustard poo seepage now wiped from the gaps. No […]

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Wry Mummy Is On A Break

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Wry Mummy Is On A Break
If you don’t know what my title is referencing, then you’re missing a treat – go and watch the Friends boxsets immediately! But you don’t need to have been watching sitcoms in the 90s to know it’s summer! In between all the Sandwich-making Photo-taking Hair-tearing “PLEASE share!”-ing Paddling pool-ing “Still no school!”-ing Day-tripping Fizz-sipping “Mummy’s […]

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How To Win At Playdates

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How To Win At Playdates
This is just what a playdate in our house looks like. Picture credit https://www.gltc.co.uk/product/play-shop-theatre-white/10004052 Love them or hate them, you feel guilty if you don’t do them. Take the pain out of playdates with my handy guide. Choose your target with care. Does your child like the intended invitee? A simple mention of his or […]

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It’s OK to row in front of your kids, sort of

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It’s OK to row in front of your kids, sort of
It’s best to let rip, because kids pick up on suppressed rage (unlike my husband). I read this brilliant article today in the supermarket queue, that basically said it’s OK to row – even swear (lightly) – in front of your kids. I was happy to leave it at that and start making up for […]

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12 Things I Would Tell My Pre-Child Self

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12 Things I Would Tell My Pre-Child Self
1. Sleep when you can. Lie in, go to bed early, have naps. Sometimes spend the whole day in bed. Sleeping. And if you think “oh I better get up now!”. Don’t. Sleep. And then sleep some more. 2. Rather than seeing going to a supermarket as a boring chore. Treat every visit like an adventure. Peruse […]

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Mummy ‘Me Time’ At McDonald’s

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Mummy ‘Me Time’ At McDonald’s
As a family one of our favourite treats is a cheeky little McDonald’s. Whilst I usually take the children along with me for a visit, recently I was asked to go the McDonald’s in Star City to check out some of the things available that can make my life a bit easier as a Mum. […]

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A Little Christmas Home Tour

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A Little Christmas Home Tour
One of my favourite seasons of the year is winter. I’m not a huge fan of summer and running around after the kids sweating in a swimming costume. I’m more suited to snuggling under a huge couch blanket and watching something on Netflix with the kids. It seems each year I get more and more […]

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Plus Sized Christmas Party Dress Look Book!

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Plus Sized Christmas Party Dress Look Book!
Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to think about events that you have coming up. It might be that you have a few work dos to attend. Or you are planning something super fancy for New Years Eve. For me, as well as celebrating all the festivities, I will also be spending […]

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What Happened When We Let The Kids Do Our Weekly Shop!

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What Happened When We Let The Kids Do Our Weekly Shop!
One of my favourite games to play when I was little was shops and it’s something that my two also adore. There always tends to be a little scrap over who is going to be the shopkeeper and who is going to be the customer. So I was over the moon when Little Tikes got […]

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The Sign-In and Sign-Out Procedures at My Kid’s School are Driving Me Nuts!

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The Sign-In and Sign-Out Procedures at My Kid’s School are Driving Me Nuts!
A mom is venting over at Let Grow. Vent along — it’s Friday! Here’s the link! first day at school. mother leads a little child school girl in first grade

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Jonanthan “Coddling of the American Mind” On How Overprotection Hurts Our Kids

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Jonanthan “Coddling of the American Mind” On How Overprotection Hurts Our Kids
Prof. Jonathan Haidt is one of the four co-founders of Let Grow. In a new 4-minute video he discusses how American parents have been persuaded to treat their kids as fragile — and how that has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Click here to go to the video, at Let Grow.

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You Know It’s Christsmas When Your Local Facebook Page Starts Warning You About Santa

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You Know It’s Christsmas When Your Local Facebook Page Starts Warning You About Santa
All the joy of the season…is Scrooged by folks who post things like this, from a Facebook page in New Hampshire. Join the discussion at Let Grow!

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The Wicked Witch of the West Talks to Mr. Rogers About a Deep Childhood Truth

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The Wicked Witch of the West Talks to Mr. Rogers About a Deep Childhood Truth
And it’s not about fear — it’s about discovering what you love, as a kid! Check out the clip and our short analysis over at Let Grow — here’s the link!

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