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How to Transition to a Toddler Bed

Is it time to move your toddler into a big bed?  After struggling with this transition the first time around with our oldest daughter, we’ve figured out how to make the transition to a toddler bed easier.  Thanks to REM-Fit for partnering with us to truly understand how easy the transition could be. How to Transition to a Toddler Bed First things first, my youngest, Avery, has never been a …continue reading

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How Being a Stay-at-Home Mom Saved Me

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Disney Junior at Walmart for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Many of you are aware that my life changed drastically last Spring.  I went from working full time as a reading specialist in an inner city school district living in NY to a stay-at-mom living in NC.  Our move and my reasons for leaving teaching were not taken …continue reading

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5 Tips for Preschool Playdates

We are so excited to have had the opportunity to work with Disney Junior to create the perfect preschool playdate.  Our Disney playdate was a huge success and it was largely due to these 5 Tips for Preschool Playdates. 5 Tips for Preschool Playdates Ever since my girls were little they both have loved Disney characters.  I’m pretty sure that the first dance they ever learned was the “Hot Dog …continue reading

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How to Meal Plan for Picky Eaters

Do you struggle daily at meals with your picky eaters?  These simple how to tips to meal plan for picky eaters will bring back your sanity as well as expand your weekly menu.  Plus, we’re announcing a super exciting resource for all your meal planning needs. How to Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Put something on their plate that you know they like.  When you cook a meal try to …continue reading

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How to Connect with Your Toddler

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Disney Consumer Products for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. One of my absolute favorite stages in childhood development is the toddler years.  They are quickly becoming these little people that have their own ideas and wants.  My girls are both strong communicators so they’ve always been able to articulate what it is they desire, but with the technology that …continue reading

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Tips for Photographing Winter Fun

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Panasonic LUMIX for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. As many of you know, we moved from an hour north of New York City down to just outside of Charlotte, N.C.  It has taken some adjusting, but the biggest adjustment came about two weeks ago when we had our first snow storm of the season, and when I say …continue reading

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Tips for Photographing Busy Kids

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Panasonic LUMIX for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Many of you know that I have two little girls.  One is six and the other is two and half and they are both extremely busy children and always have been.  I feel like the majority of my photos once they started moving were all a blur.  Now it’s only getting …continue reading

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9 Tips to Soothe Sick Toddlers

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Maty’s Healthy Products, but all opinions are my own. There is nothing worse than a sick kiddo.  It’s especially hard when it’s a toddler because they have a limited vocabulary as it is and it’s difficult for them to communicate how they’re feeling.  We can usually tell how our girls feel by looking at their eyes.   They get those glossy feverish …continue reading

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Tips for Soothing Winter Colds

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Member’s Mark Comfort Care Diapers. It felt as if last Winter would never end living in NY.  Now that we live in NC, I’m hoping that the winter will be a bit milder, which will hopefully reduce the number of winter colds.  Unfortunately, winter colds are highly likely regardless where you live so I’ve put together my top tips for soothing …continue reading

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3 Tips for Food Art

No matter what form of social media you are on, food art is all the rage.  There is everything from everyday bento lunches to holiday themed dinner ideas.  It’s hard to not want to jump in.  Before you do I have 3 Tips for Food Art that will make the experience better for all involved. 3 Tips for Food Art Know your audience.  My girls are two and almost six …continue reading

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Birthday Traditions

This post may contain affiliate links and I received a package of ChalkOla Markers to use to create this content. Birthdays have always been a huge ordeal in my family.  My mom always made sure that we felt special on our birthdays growing up and I want my girls to feel the same.  We usually have a fun themed birthday party for the girls, but it’s not always on the …continue reading

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Coping with Infant Stomach Problems

I received product and compensation from Mead Johnson Nutrition to create this post written by me. All experiences and opinions expressed in this post are my own and not those of Mead Johnson Nutrition.  Consult your pediatrician before making changes to your baby’s diet or if you have concerns related to your baby’s digestive health. Please see the product label/website for acceptable use and benefits. You can contact Mead Johnson …continue reading

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