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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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Parenting Problems/Tips

Pick Your Battles

Toddlers. Adorable, yes. But frustrating, also a big fat YES!!!

For me, the baby stage was a bit challenging with breastfeeding and figuring out how to get L on a good sleep schedule. After we hit the one year mark, life was smooth sailing. Walking, talking, and eating grown-up foods made for a happy, fun child.

But in the past few months before L is turning two, this toddler has turned into a terror. Read More »

Activities Parenting Places Reviews

Visiting The Tuckerton Seaport

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Are you looking for something different to do with the kids this weekend? Why not head down to the Tuckerton Seaport? My family discovered this hidden gem, located in Tuckerton, NJ, last weekend.

We visited the seaport for its summer kickoff event, the Bluegrass & Barbecue Fest on May 19th. Despite the fact that it rained off and on that day, there was still much enjoyment to be had. Read More »

Activities Food Healthy-ish Parenting

Homemade Apple Chips

Homemade Apple Chips

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It has been a constant struggle in my house to get my toddler to eat fruits and veggies that are not either hidden in baked goods or served in a Happy Family pouch. Rather than just give up and let her eat Cheerios and crackers all day (which admittedly, some days I do let her), I’m always on the lookout for new ways to get her to eat healthy.

Recently I purchased a bag of apple chips from the supermarket, which she happily ate. The problem? They were $2.99 for a small bag that had only two servings in it. A quick look around Pinterest showed that I could make my own fresh, homemade apple chips, for little more than the cost of an apple.

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Parenting Pregnancy Problems/Tips

Your Daycare Questions Answered

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Get the answers to some of parents’ most commonly asked questions about daycare!

All of Your Daycare Questions Answered

While I don’t consider myself an actual “expert” on any topic (okay, maybe The Real Housewives of select cities), I do feel there are certain subject matters on which I can offer pretty good advice.

One of those is daycare.

I have worked in four different daycares at various points in my life, and most recently I was the director of one for close to three years. Read More »

Parenting Problems/Tips

Sleeping Through The Night

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It’s a six word question I have come to dread these past few months.  I get asked this question often, sometimes by complete strangers.  Then, depending on which answer I give, I am judged.  What are these terrible six words, you ask?

Is she sleeping through the night? Read More »

Parenting Pregnancy

10 Things I Can’t Wait To Do After Giving Birth

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The last few weeks of pregnancy can be BRUTAL! Here are ten things I’m looking forward to once I birth this baby…

10 Things I Can't Wait to Do After Giving Birth

Less than four weeks to go until my due date and woo hoo- today I found out I’m already one centimeter dilated!

Immediately I assumed that meant I would be going into labor soon (like tomorrow)…but then I found out it can still take weeks to get to the labor stage. Sigh. Read More »

Parenting Problems/Tips

Starting Daycare

I have literally been counting the days until my daughter started daycare. I was desperately looking forward to having some free time a few mornings a week, as well as being excited for L to have some consistent social interaction with her peers. Read More »

Parenting

Giveaway: Tickets to the Expectant Parents Baby Shower

Are you an expectant parent in the Philadelphia area? Well then save the date for this Sunday, May 19th from 1:30-4:00 P.M!

Nest, a children’s play lounge with so much more, is throwing a baby shower for all the pregnant mommies and their families (yes, kids and spouses are welcome at this fun event!).

The shower will feature knowledgeable speakers, healthy snacks for all, giveaways, and a swag bag filled with goodies from national and local vendors for all attendees. It will be held at Nest, located at 1301 Locust Street in Philadelphia, PA.

Tickets for this event cost $20 per family and can be purchased here.

One lucky winner will receive a family ticket to the Expectant Parents Baby Shower on Sunday! Winner will be notified on Friday morning via email. Good luck!

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