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Bringing Up Bebe: Book Review

My sister (who does not even have children) read Pamela Druckerman’s Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting and could not stop talking about it. She implored me to read it, but I kept putting it off.

Finally, I received an email that a Nook book had been purchased for me: Bringing Up Bébé

Okay, fine, I thought. I’ll read it. Read More »

Me, Myself, & I Parenting Pregnancy Problems/Tips

D-MER Strikes Again

D-MER Strikes Again

I’ve been dreading writing this post for months now. I try to keep the subject matter of my blog light and funny, for the most part. Writing about sad, depressing things just isn’t my shtick.

But…I have to get this out there because maybe it will help someone else. I know that the first time I went through D-MER, I really couldn’t find a lot about it on the Internet. So by writing about it, I hope to spread the word and be a source of comfort for other women going through this. Read More »

Parenting Problems/Tips

Diapering 101

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Diapering: by now, I feel like I’m a pro. But when you’re a new mom, it takes a little while to get used to. Here are my top diaper-changing tips : Read More »

Parenting

The Best Parenting Books To Check Out

Best Parenting Books to Check Out

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My sister (who doesn’t have kids yet, mind you) has been hassling me to read this book called Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting. She said it’s a parenting game-changer.

Apparently the French are PERFECT at raising cute little croissant-eating geniuses who sleep through the night and are well-behaved. Also, the French love wine…so obviously, I trust their judgment. Read More »

Me, Myself, & I Parenting Relationships

Parenting Goals: My Happiness Project, August

 Parenting. It’s a 24/7 job that comes with no manual. No instruction book for “What to do when they won’t eat fruit. Or vegetables.”

You kind of just have to wing it. And if you’re like me, half the time you think that you’re failing. So while we all know that being a parent is ultimately rewarding and filled with many moments of joy, this month I want to address the many more moments of parenting frustration that I go through. 

Basically, I want to pay more attention to my parenting, possibly learn some new skills, and feel happier about the time spent with my children. Read More »

Activities Parenting Problems/Tips

Baby’s First Road Trip

So I was hemming and hawing over whether or not to head to Ohio for the funeral of a friend’s family member. N is only six weeks old. Do I subject him to the seven-plus hour car ride? 

I really wanted to be there for my friend, who has been a part of my life for close to twenty years. 

But I kept picturing a screaming baby, struggling to get comfortable in his car seat…and me driving, freaking out that I couldn’t soothe him from the front seat.  Read More »

Fashion Guilty Pleasures Products Reviews Shopping

My Frugal Fashion Secret: Rent The Runway

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Rent the Runway

This evening we have my hubby’s cousin’s wedding. I’m so excited to get dressed up, have some cocktails, and hopefully dance to songs from my youth like The Humpty Dance and Bust A Move.

Now, while I enjoy getting dressed up as much as the next girl, what I don’t enjoy is buying an expensive dress to only wear once or twice. Especially when I’m not quite back to my pre-baby weight.

Enter “Rent The Runway!” Read More »

Parenting Problems/Tips

To Tip Or Not To Tip?

I was cleaning out my desk drawers yesterday and came across my folder full of hospital paperwork from when I had the baby: discharge instructions, a screening for postpartum depression, information on getting the birth certificate, etc.

There was also a paper that said “Thank you from the staff of Kennedy Maternity Center for allowing us to care for you and your family!” Then it listed the names of all the nurses who cared for me during my stay. Read More »

Parenting

Jenny McCarthy, M.D.?

On Monday it was announced that Jenny McCarthy would be joining The View as a permanent co-host in September.

My reaction? Yay! Elisabeth Hasselbeck is finally gone! Seriously, though, I thought it was a great move for the talk show. Read More »

Blogging Friendship Guilty Pleasures Parenting Relationships

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things…{BLOGS}

Since Twitter has #FF (Follow Friday), where you give a shout-out to Twitter profiles that you want your followers to check out, I’d thought I’d do something similar today.

I would like to share a few of my favorite blogs with you. Some of them I go to for a recipe or a craft idea, some just make me laugh. 

Check them out and let me know what you think! Read More »

Me, Myself, & I Parenting

Shifting My Priorities

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After having a second baby, I’ve had to drastically shift my priorities.

Shifting My Priorities

In the past few weeks, I’ve had to adjust my priorities quite a bit.

I used to have very high expectations of myself on a daily basis.

I liked dinner to be ready and the house to be clean by 5:30 when my husband got home. Clean as in all toys put away in their proper places, beds made, laundry done, and the downstairs vacuumed. Read More »

Parenting Products Reviews

VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Airport Playset: Review

VTech Go Go Smart Wheels Airport Playset

This post may contain affiliate links. Read full disclosure policy here. I received a Go! Go! Smart Wheels Airport Playset from VTech for the purpose of a review. All opinions and thoughts are my own. 

My two-year-old is very into cars and trains- basically, anything with wheels. When VTech offered to send me its Go! Go! Smart Wheels Airport Playset to review, I knew my daughter would be thrilled.

She loves to point out airplanes in the sky, but she didn’t yet have any airplane toys. Read More »

Activities Parenting Places Reviews

Art Splash!

During the recent New Jersey heat wave, I had the chance to go somewhere COOL. On one of the hottest days yet this year, I ventured into the city to the lovely, air-conditioned sanctuary of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In the museum’s Perelman Building, my daughter and I were lucky enough to get a preview of Art Splash. Art Splash encompasses the museum’s summer season of exhibits, activities, and events for families to enjoy. Read More »

Books Guilty Pleasures Parenting

Carry On Warrior: Book Review

Carry On Warrior

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When I added Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts On Life Unarmed by Glennon Doyle Melton to my Goodreads “To-Read” Bookshelf, a friend asked if I was a fan of Glennon’s blog. I was not; I had only heard of Carry On, Warrior from a blurb in a parenting magazine.

I didn’t know that author Melton also had a wildly-successful blog called Momastery, with close to 100,000 fans who follow her every post. (I tell you this to explain that I was not already a pre-established Melton fan before reading her book.) I certainly am now, though!

(Note: It appears that the Carry On Warrior has since been updated and now includes the subtitle “The Power of Embracing Your Messy and Beautiful Life.” Just in case you are looking for it and get confused!) Read More »

Parenting Products Reviews

The Poochie Purse

Poochie Purse Review

This post may contain affiliate links. Read full disclosure policy here.Disclosure: Poochie & Co. sent me a purse to review. All opinions are my own.

My two-year-old daughter is obsessed with purses. Obsessed. Before we leave the house, she asks “Purse?” and then toddles off to select her bag (or three) for the outing.

When Poochie & Co. offered to send me a Poochie Purse to review, I was so excited! I knew it would be right up Lilly’s alley.

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