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Full response to “An Effort to Increase Breastfeeding” in the Philadelphia Inquirer, June 2016

Full response to “An Effort to Increase Breastfeeding” in the Philadelphia Inquirer, June 2016

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Full response to “An Effort to Increase Breastfeeding” in the Philadelphia Inquirer, June 2016
An abridged version of this letter appeared in on Philly.com on June 19, mind 2016.  Breastfeeding has been a journalistic topic du jour for years now. As an author of a book about breastfeeding promotion, viagra the founder of a website supporting all methods of infant feeding, and a trained breastfeeding counselor, I read every […]
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Best Snowsuits for Toddlers

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Best Snowsuits for Toddlers
Updated November 2018 Looking for a warm hard working toddler snow suit? This is the list for you. My kids believe snow play should be a full body experience. They delight in rolling through it, building with it, and burying each other. I shiver just thinking about it, but I know they’re warm and dry […]
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What You Should Know About Meltdowns… From a Tween on the Spectrum

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What You Should Know About Meltdowns… From a Tween on the Spectrum
(Inside: Meltdowns aren’t fun, but there are a few things you should know about meltdowns, from a tween on the spectrum who just wants people to understand.) I knew who was calling before I even reached my phone. He had another meltdown. Sure enough it was another call from the school. “Your son is out of […]
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8 Casualties of Parenting an Explosive Child That No One Tells You About

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8 Casualties of Parenting an Explosive Child That No One Tells You About
(Inside: When you are parenting an explosive child, there are casualties from each and every explosion whether you can see them with your eyes or not.) One-one thousand, two-one thousand, three-one thousand, four… Breathe. Just breathe. He doesn’t mean what he says. He’s not trying to hurt you. Five-one thousand. Six. Sigh… You’ve got this.  Stay […]
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Why Your Kid Can’t Just Sit Still | The Real Reason You Should Know

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Why Your Kid Can’t Just Sit Still | The Real Reason You Should Know
(Inside: Why can’t my child just sit still?! Have you tried everything and nothing seems to help your child sit still for five minutes? This will change your life!) Do you feel like you are constantly repeating yourself with your kid? “Sit up, don’t touch that, get off the couch, put that down, quit wiggling.” I […]
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Struggle or Behavior… Where Do You Draw the Line?

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Struggle or Behavior… Where Do You Draw the Line?
(Inside: Is it a struggle or a behavior… Where do you draw the line? Is your child’s behavior your child’s fault or out of their control?) How do you know when to draw the line? When your kid is talking back to you, how do you know if they are just pushing all of your buttons […]
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The REAL Reason Your Child W-sits, Toe-Walks, and Wets the Bed

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The REAL Reason Your Child W-sits, Toe-Walks, and Wets the Bed
(Inside: Find out the real reason your child W-sits, toe-walks, and wets the bed. The underlying cause that you’ve never even heard of…) Does your child w-sit? Or walk on their toes? Does your child struggle with bed wetting, or a lack of focus? You’re not alone. But have you ever wondered what’s really causing those […]
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10 Things You Can Joyfully Miss Out On This Holiday Season

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10 Things You Can Joyfully Miss Out On This Holiday Season
At first I wanted to write 3 things we can joyfully miss out on. Then I realized that after I wrote three, I was just getting started. Hence 10 Things You Can Joyfully Miss Out On This Holiday Season. In this week’s Abundant Mama Show episode on the podcast, I’m getting into a really fun […]
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How to Be a Gratitude Role Model for Your Child 

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How to Be a Gratitude Role Model for Your Child 
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero Sometimes children seem ungrateful. There, I said it. It’s true. Actually, it’s that’s not true. Children often seem ungrateful. But guess what? That is totally normal. And, guess what else? It doesn’t mean they ARE, actually, ungrateful. […]
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How to Create Christmas Experiences Your Family Will Remember

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How to Create Christmas Experiences Your Family Will Remember
THANK YOU TO CHESAPEAKE BAY CANDLE FOR SPONSORING TODAY’S POST. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE 100% MY OWN! SEE MY FULL DISCLOSURE HERE! God created us with the ability to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch the world around us.  Our 5 senses work together to tell our brain what is happening to us and […]
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12 Ways to Hide the Christmas Gifts from Your Kids

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12 Ways to Hide the Christmas Gifts from Your Kids
We live in a super small house and it seems that every Christmas I struggle to keep the boys’ presents a surprise! So I asked a bunch of Happy Home Fairy followers to give me their best Christmas present hiding spots.  Here are 12 amazing ideas that I am excited to try this year! Neighbor’s […]
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25 Shepherd on the Search Ideas!

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25 Shepherd on the Search Ideas!
THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THIS SITE AND MY FAMILY!  SEE MY FULL DISCLOSURE HERE. FAVORITE Christmas tradition is our Shepherd On the Search!  Do you know about this?!  It is the Christ-centered (WAY less creepy) version of the Elf on the Shelf.  You can read all about it […]
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Everything You Need to Know About Having a C-Section

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Everything You Need to Know About Having a C-Section
As I went through my most recent C-section with Zion, I could not stop thinking about how I wanted to write a blog post sharing practical details about the surgery, what to expect pre- and post-op, and an insider’s encouragement/tips.  I know how nervous I was to have one with our firstborn, so my goal […]
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They Say That Time Flies..

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They Say That Time Flies..
They say that time flies, that you’ll grow so quick and to make the most of it before the years fly past. And I think that they might be right. Ethan, you’re five and a half and Logan you’re now three and yet here I am still feeling like a new Mum because, despite us […]
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How to Survive Moving House Fast Whilst Pregnant

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How to Survive Moving House Fast Whilst Pregnant
Moving house at any time is stressful. But, even more so when it’s time-limited and you’re pregnant. But as we all know, life doesn’t always go to plan. And, if you have to sell and move home quickly during your pregnancy (maybe for a new job or before the baby arrives)—don’t panic. There are lots of companies […]
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How to Add a Touch of Romance to Your Marriage

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How to Add a Touch of Romance to Your Marriage
Look at a woman’s Pinterest boards and you will see how she hopes to achieve perfection in many areas of her life. You will see boards detailing how to decorate your home for St. Patrick’s Day cleverly. You will see boards advising what type of shoe to wear with tapered jeans. And you will find […]
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9 Tips For Throwing A First Birthday Party

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9 Tips For Throwing A First Birthday Party
I always look back on my boys first birthday’s with a smile. It’s an emotional day when your baby has his or her first birthday and officially becomes a one year old. For both of our boys on their first birthdays we decided to have a little party at our house and we invited family […]
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10 Really Easy Kids Crafts For Christmas

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10 Really Easy Kids Crafts For Christmas
This time of year is all about cosy evenings and weekends at home. It’s also all about the festivities and getting ready for Christmas. The build up to Christmas is as exciting as Christmas Day itself, and none more so than for the kids. Over the past week I’ve been scouring Pinterest looking for some […]
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Everything You Wanted to Know about Christmas Markets in Germany

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Christmas Markets in Germany
One of the most magical experience we have ever had as a family was visiting Christmas Markets in Germany. While it might not seem like the most welcoming time of the year in terms of weather, I think after having experienced it that I would have to say that everyone should see the magic of […]
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Everything You Wanted to Know about Christmas Markets in Germany

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Christmas Markets in Germany
One of the most magical experience we have ever had as a family was visiting Christmas Markets in Germany. While it might not seem like the most welcoming time of the year in terms of weather, I think after having experienced it that I would have to say that everyone should see the magic of […]
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Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany with Kids

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Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany with Kids
My whole family- myself, my mom, Joe, & Lexi- all ventured to Stuttgart, Germany together. We love traveling together so it’s always an amazing time no matter what we decide to do. One of the biggest attractions in Stuttgart is the Mercedes-Benz Museum, as that is where the infamous automobile brand started. And it just […]
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Stocking stuffers for Kids and Babies

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Stocking stuffers for Kids and Babies
While you’re shopping Black Friday for some inexpensive stocking stuffers for kids and babies, consider these fun and educational gifts that would work for different ages. If you watched my Instagram stories about stocking stuffers for kids,  below are all the items featured: Stocking Stuffers for Kids Pals Socks Life is more exciting and fun […]
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20 Unique Gifts for Kids Who Have Everything

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20 Unique Gifts for Kids Who Have Everything
I love shopping for the holidays almost as much as I love seeing Lexi’s face on Christmas morning. I came up with a list of gifts that I think are just amazing for this holiday season.. Some we have tried and some we will be getting this year, but all in all these are some […]
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top 5 must-read books for kids: babies through teens

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top 5 must-read books for kids: babies through teens
Over the years, many readers and friends have asked me the about the must-read books for  kids. Every few weeks, I get asked the million dollar questions: What books should my kids read? What are the best books for 5-year-olds? Which books will my 12-year-old love to read? Please tell me how to spend my […]
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national youth science day: code your world kit giveaway

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national youth science day: code your world kit giveaway
Have you heard? You can celebrate National Youth Science Day all month long! HughesNet (America’s #1 provider of satellite Internet and a supporter of 4-H) is doing something totally awesome in celebration of NYSD. Something you don’t want to miss. 4-H has turned National Youth Science Day into a month-long celebration this year, with a […]
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Online PD for teachers: Advancement Courses

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Online PD for teachers: Advancement Courses
This year, I’m thrilled to be partnering with Advancement Courses, courses designed to be more engaging, meaningful, and enjoyable– with real feedback and application in today’s K-12 classroom. Continuing education can be one of the biggest challenges for us as teachers today. I feel like I’m always asking: Where are all the relevant, meaningful courses?  […]
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back-to-school eye exams: get kids ready for the school year

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back-to-school eye exams: get kids ready for the school year
This post was written as part of a partnership with MyEyeDr.   Did you know that kids should have their eyes examined each year before school begins? Did you know that back-to-school eye exams will help to ensure that children’s eyes are performing their best for academic success each school year? It’s true. And honestly, […]
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What I typically buy at the grocery store

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What I typically buy at the grocery store
  Okay so you’ve asked for it and I’m delivering! Y’all want to know what I buy during my weekly trip to Aldi so here’s the typical list.  Did you catch that? Typical. Meaning that this list doesn’t always stay the same but these are the things that I typically buy. I usually only shop […]
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Our Actual One-Income Budget for our Family of Five

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Our Actual One-Income Budget for our Family of Five
  To be honest, I really don’t want to publish this post. The thing is, I’ve loved sharing my family’s real (as in actual) budget over the years, but without fail, those posts receive some very harsh comments and feedback from others. Folks have literally ripped apart our budget and saying terrible things about our […]
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Life after debt. How one family found financial peace.

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Life after debt. How one family found financial peace.
Sometimes I think when people hear that we paid off over $55,000 of consumer debt in two years that we must be rich or at least make a six-figure income. But the truth is, we barely make $60,000 a year and back when we were deep in debt it was only $42,000 a year.  We […]
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5 Ways to get un-stuck and find the success you crave

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5 Ways to get un-stuck and find the success you crave
Stuck. Just stuck. Just flat-out, plain-old stuck and unable to move.  That’s exactly how I felt in my early adult life. I felt like I couldn’t move – I didn’t know how to “move up” in the sense of getting a better job or being able to afford a better life for myself.  Sure, I […]
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