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Why I Now Recommend the Graco DreamGlider Swing & Sleeper

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Why I Now Recommend the Graco DreamGlider Swing & Sleeper
  If you’ve been around this site for a while, you’ll probably know that the #1 swing I have always recommended is the Fisher Price Cradle ‘n Swing. When Sammy was small enough to use a swing (10.5 years ago!), we bought a second hand Fisher Price Aquarium cradle swing for him to sleep in. […]

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7 Moms Tested Colic Gone for Reflux & Colic | Our Review

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7 Moms Tested Colic Gone for Reflux & Colic | Our Review
I get a ton of requests to do product reviews on the blog….at least a few each week. And yet I only do 3-4 each year. This is because I’m only interested in reviewing products that are extremely relevant and potentially really helpful to parents of fussy babies. This means that when I agree to […]

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The Complete Guide to Walt Disney World Parks with Babies, Toddlers & Young Children

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The Complete Guide to Walt Disney World Parks with Babies, Toddlers & Young Children
We are very spoiled. As a family, we have visited the Disney World parks nine times in the past 12 years. But that means we have LOTS of experience visiting Disney World with a baby and doing Disney with toddlers. We all have our own opinion on which is the best Disney park. Of course, […]

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The Complete Guide to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom with Babies & Toddlers

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The Complete Guide to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom with Babies & Toddlers
Seeing Cinderella’s Castle in the distance from the start of Main Street, USA is just as magical a view from a stroller as it is from an infant carrier or your own two (little) feet. But there’s a lot riding on a visit to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. And, if you’ve got a […]

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Baby Travel Gear: The Best Baby Beach Tent, Portable Sun Shelter & Travel Beach Umbrella Options

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Baby Travel Gear: The Best Baby Beach Tent, Portable Sun Shelter & Travel Beach Umbrella Options
Shopping for a Baby Beach Tent or Travel Beach Umbrella? Shade is absolutely the most essential piece of baby beach gear required if you’re planning a family beach vacation. One resort we stayed at in Mexico had a great beach, but not much shade. There were some lovely palm trees, but the shade the trees […]

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STEAM Holiday Gift Ideas: Sphero BOLT & Sphero Mini Review

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STEAM Holiday Gift Ideas: Sphero BOLT & Sphero Mini Review
This post was sponsored by Sphero as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. We were excited to experience the Sphero products and some of the best STEAM holiday gift ideas this year! Our Sphero BOLT and Sphero Mini Review will show you why it […]

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Elf on the Shelf Letter: Printable Arrival & Goodbye Letters

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Elf on the Shelf Letter: Printable Arrival & Goodbye Letters
It’s that time again! Time for your family’s friendly elf to arrive! Some choose to let him or her arrive on Thanksgiving night, while others wait until the first week of December. Generally, the elf comes during the night after you put your Christmas tree (which would be crazy at our house since that’s usually […]

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Christmas Right/Left Gift Exchange Game & Poem

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Christmas Right/Left Gift Exchange Game & Poem
Searching for a Christmas gift exchange poem for a gift exchange game? This post explains the game and provides a free gift exchange poem that directs the game!  A few years ago we started a new tradition at our family Christmas party.  In past years, it has started to becoming confusing and time consuming to […]

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Essential Oils 101: How to Use Them & Some Fall EO Recipes

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Essential Oils 101: How to Use Them & Some Fall EO Recipes
As I look for ways to detoxify my routine and use fewer chemicals in my home, essential oils have slowly been making their way into my daily routine. At first I started using them in a diffuser, instead of candles. (many of which are full of toxic chemicals and fragrances) I have recently stepped up […]

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Add More Color & Beauty To Your Home With 20 Flowering Houseplants

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Add More Color & Beauty To Your Home With 20 Flowering Houseplants
Visit us at Mamavation.com for more updates, healthy tips and challenges. I’m always looking for more ways to bring nature and fragrance into my home. Natural fragrance is safest because it doesn’t come with a side of hormone disruption like synthetic fragrances. And houseplants are great for improved air quality. But the best part about […]

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It’s Settled. Pretty Much All Nonstick Pans & Cookware are Toxic But We Have Suggestions!

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It’s Settled. Pretty Much All Nonstick Pans & Cookware are Toxic But We Have Suggestions!
Visit us at Mamavation.com for more updates, healthy tips and challenges. Just when you thought those “nonstick” pans at Ikea were safe, some bad news hits the wire that has health-conscious moms across the globe frustrated. ALL nonstick pans are more harmful than useful. Therefore, If you want to protect your family from hormone disruption, nonstick […]

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The Discovery of a Disappointed Parent & How it Led to Limitless Love

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The Discovery of a Disappointed Parent & How it Led to Limitless Love
“Do the things you always wanted to Without me there to hold you back; don’t think, just do More than anything I want to see you, girl Take a glorious bite out of the whole world.” -Snow Patrol, You Could Be Happy Lately, I’ve been expanding my knowledge on teens. I’d like to write a […]

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Umbilical Cord Blood & Tissue – How Collection & Storage Works

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Umbilical Cord Blood & Tissue – How Collection & Storage Works
Your baby’s stem cells are powerful, unique cells that have the ability to create and regenerate the organs, blood, tissue and immune system that make up our bodies. They have the function of growth and healing throughout life. There is only one opportunity to collect your baby’s cord blood and tissue – at birth. Therefore, […]

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Apple Picking & Fog Magic & Letting Go

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Apple Picking & Fog Magic & Letting Go
Hello, my beautiful friends! I can hardly believe that the first week of October has already slipped through my fingers. Warm weather and summer temperatures have been sticking around here, but still, there are signs of autumn’s arrival all around us. Cool, wet air in the early mornings & evenings fills my lungs and it…

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POPSUGAR Must Have Winter 2018 Spoiler #1 & Coupon Code

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POPSUGAR Must Have Winter 2018 Spoiler #1 & Coupon Code
Disclosure: Post may contain affiliate links. The first Winter 2018 POPSUGAR Must Have box spoiler has been released! Each box will include the following: …a 100% Cotton Fringe Throw from Uncommon James!  — Retail value $118! Cuddle on the couch with this chic, versatile throw that Uncommon James created exclusively for our POPSUGAR Must Have Box. The piece was made in partnership with […]

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Degustabox October 2018 Subscription Box Review & First Box $12.99 Shipped

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Degustabox October 2018 Subscription Box Review & First Box $12.99 Shipped
October 2018 Degustabox review time! If you haven’t heard, Degustabox is a new subscription box that sends an assortment of food and drink products to your door every month. Each box will feature at least 10 full-sized products (as well as samples) from a variety of high quality brands. Items can include popcorn, jams, snack bars, beverages, condiments, nut butters, […]

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Sips By October 2018 Tea Subscription Box Review & Coupon Code

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Sips By October 2018 Tea Subscription Box Review & Coupon Code
October 2018 Sips By review time! If you haven’t heard, Sips By is a subscription box that sends you a personalized selection of teas on a monthly basis. Each box will contain 4 premium teas — enough to make 15 cups — that are specifically chosen for YOU based on your Sips By profile. Upon signing up, […]

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Mommy and Daughter First Mani-Pedi with Piggy Paint & SOPHi Nail Polish!

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Mommy and Daughter First Mani-Pedi with Piggy Paint & SOPHi Nail Polish!
I received these products at no cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. Ever paint your nails and get a terrible headache afterwards? I know I have and to make matters worse, the nail polish smell can hover in your house for quite a while too. I’m always having to turn on […]

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Travel Vaccinations for Babies, Toddlers & Young Children

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Travel Vaccinations for Babies, Toddlers & Young Children
I received a notice that I would have to update my son’s vaccination records before he could enter Grade 2. Yes, that adorably chubby baby who took his first trip at a mere 10 weeks (Quebec City, if you’re curious) was then 7-years-old! Fortunately, I knew he was up-to-date on his vaccinations. It was a […]

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Orange Glitter Glue Slime for Halloween & Fall Fun!

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Orange Glitter Glue Slime for Halloween & Fall Fun!
It’s that time of year — everyone is talking about pumpkins. Decorations for Fall and for Halloween are starting to appear on store shelves. Which means when my kids spotted the orange glitter glue, they wanted to make some because “it’s the color of Fall!” I can’t argue with that so we whipped up a […]

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14 Take Care of Yourself Quotes & How I’m Making It Happen

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14 Take Care of Yourself Quotes & How I’m Making It Happen
One thing I’ve learned about being a mom from my own experience and from talking to my friends is that many of us struggle with one thing — taking care of ourselves. It’s so easy to put everyone ahead of ourselves which is why I love collecting take care of yourself quotes to remind myself that […]

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STEM Lab: free, hands-on STEM activities for kids & teens

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STEM Lab: free, hands-on STEM activities for kids & teens
As a teacher and parent, I am always, always on the hunt for free, hands-on STEM activities for kids and teens. It’s always been my goal to raise confident, curious kids–children who question the world around them and want to learn how and why things work the way they do. So whenever we’ve had questions […]

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40+ Quick & Simple Ways to Brighten Your Child’s Day

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40+ Quick & Simple Ways to Brighten Your Child’s Day
Inside: A list of 40+ easy ways to brighten your child’s day today. Before I had children, I felt very confused whenever I’d encounter a grouchy kid. What’s there to be grumpy about? I’d wonder. Childhood seems like all roses and butterflies to me! That mindset (along with everything else!) changed dramatically upon becoming a parent […]

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Healthy & Spooky Foods for Halloween Parties

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Healthy & Spooky Foods for Halloween Parties
Are you looking for delicious, fun, healthy and spooky foods for Halloween parties? Look no further, here are fabulous and adorable ideas for your next party! It’s all about presentation.You don’t have to spend hours on your Halloween party food. All you need is some cute labels, table cloths and embellishments and you’re set. So, […]

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Not Made for Classrooms & Cubicles: Wanderers, the World Needs You Now

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Not Made for Classrooms & Cubicles: Wanderers, the World Needs You Now
“So young to be the words of your own song I know the rage in you is strong Write a world where we can belong To each other and sing it like no other.” -U2 “Tell me something bad that happened in the world today.” That was the request my daughter Natalie made every night, […]

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Best Baby Monitor – Reviews & Expert Buying Guide

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Best Baby Monitor – Reviews & Expert Buying Guide
How do you determine the best baby monitor to bring home? Click here to find more details on the types, their feature as well a buying guide. Most times we tend to have different views on the right time to allow our babies to sleep alone in their rooms. Some parents may want to share […]

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Cute and Original Budget Halloween Costumes for Babies, Tots & Kids

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Cute and Original Budget Halloween Costumes for Babies, Tots & Kids
Halloween: the stuff of giddy children’s dreams. From dressing up, getting the sugar high of the century, and seeing pumpkin and ghost paraphernalia everywhere, it’s hard not to enjoy the excitement most kiddos feel when this special-but-spooky holiday rolls around. Parents seem to love it, too, but the dreaded costume selection situation has gotten a […]

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