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Green Holiday Gift Guide | Last Minute Edition

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Here we are, just 2 days away from Christmas. Hanukkah begins tomorrow and Kwanzaa will be celebrated this week as well. It’s time for the last minute Holiday gift rush. You may not have the time, or desire, to go out shopping all day, looking for the right gift for those last minute people you still need to get something for. Shopping is exhausting, and doing it last minute will be a double whammy. Here are a few ideas to help you cover those on your list you still aren’t sure what to get. Continue reading

Babyproofing Tips

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Having a baby around is having to constantly be aware of all the things they can get into. You even have to think about all the things you wouldn’t imagine they could find or reach. There are so many simple things that can become dangerous in a moment, but we have to maintain a calm approach as well so we don’t over react about every spot in the home. You certainly don’t need to pad your walls and furniture, but sometimes there are a few simple tips we might over look. As the holidays are approaching, you may have an additional baby or two in the house, making these tips Continue reading

Baby Wearing Options

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Wrapping your baby on your body so you can keep them close and go hands free is certainly not a new practice. It’s ancient across multiple cultures, but we’ve seen a growing trend of mother’s ‘wearing’ their babies in recent years. I get very excited as we continue to see natural and more attached methods of child rearing emerge (or re-emerge). I don’t mean Continue reading

Green Holiday Gift Guide | Digital Edition

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The Holiday season is approaching, which means you’ll most likely need to begin thinking about the gift giving season, if you haven’t already. It can be hard to successfully achieve a green gift giving experience. There are so many options available to us. So many ideas that make us think of our loved ones. So many things we may want to buy for those we care about. All in a time when many of us are not only eco conscious, but learning to live with less material items in general. Hopefully this gift guide will help you give from the heart, with some extra green effort thrown in, and encourage a sense of happiness with your choices in gift options. Continue reading

Public Transportation With Children | Tips and Tricks

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I had actually been thinking about going without a car for a few years before we finally made the decision. A major part of why we put it off for so long was due to having young children. If you have ever left the house with a child, you know exactly what I mean. Now that we are taking public transportation a lot, without a car of our own, there are quite a few things I have picked up to help make traveling easier. (Learned them the hard way, which helps it stick better) We’ve taken just about every type of mass transit available in Los Angeles and here are some of the things I have learned to help make those trips go a little more smooth. Continue reading

Be Nice to Each Other Jar

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Having two or more children is fantastic, especially when they are old enough to occupy each other and enjoy the same games. However, everything must be in balance, so when you have multiple children there will be fighting, arguing, and disagreements. While this is normal behavior for any humans who spend too much time together, it becomes a problem when they begin to act mean towards each other. Continue reading

Anti-Electronics Activity Jar

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Every day I feel like I hear these words at least once per hour; “Mama, can we watch TV?”, “Can I play Xbox?”, “Can I play on your Kindle, Mom?” I’ve tried limiting their video game time as much as I can while still letting them enjoy their games. We also utilize these printable electronics tickets the kids can earn to play their favorite games. It is fairly clear to me now that the constant stream of questions aren’t going to stop anytime soon, so I came up with another idea to help distract them from electronics. Inspired by the popular date in a jar, our family created the “Anti-Electronics Activity Jar” that gives the kids ideas on what to do with themselves when they aren’t allowed to play their video games. Continue reading

How Parents Can Find Time to Read

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One of the greatest sacrifices a person makes when they become a parent, is how much time they spend reading each day. Getting sucked into a great book is a magical experience that wraps you up so tight the world around you can disappear for a brief period of time. When you become a parent, naturally, you will end up with less time for luxuries such as reading. You may have turned to self help books once you found out you would become a parent. What will happen during pregnancy, during childbirth, once you bring baby home, and how to be the best parent you can be. Once the baby is born, your reading material takes a new path. You will Continue reading

In Case of Emergency Contact Tips – ICE

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In a world where anything is possible, and anything can happen at any time, it is wise to take steps that will help protect you, or make things easier for those around. You will want to have a way for your loved ones to be contacted if there is any type of accident you are involved in, making you unable to alert paramedics, or more likely, the hospital staff of whom to call. ICE (in case of emergency) numbers do just that. There are a few details to keep in mind though.

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