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The Best Books to Help Your Family Sleep

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If your family is struggling with a lack of quality sleep, these books will give you some relief.

The Best Books to Help Your Family Sleep

Sleep. We all want it. We all need it, in fact, but do we make our family’s sleep health a priority? 

I try to. Before my kids were born I read up on infant sleep because I wanted to be sure that I had kids who were good sleepers. And it worked– they are good nappers and each get 11-12 hours of sleep each night.

But when it comes to my own sleep, I’m not as conscientious. I like to get up early, but I don’t go to bed at the right time to facilitate that. If I’m tired during the day, I will almost never attempt a nap. I’d rather just have a second coffee instead of listening to my body telling me to “REST!” Read More »

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read full disclosure policy here.As a member of the Tommee Mommee program, I may receive products to review or gift cards in exchange for sharing a post with my readers. All opinions are my own, and I have been a fan of Tommee Tippee products even before joining this program.

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I am a coffee mug collector. I admit it. I have a whole cabinet full of them…none are matching, but each has a specific purpose and each is loved in its own way.

One mug is strictly for tea. Another mug is for those days when I have a deadline and need a second cup of coffee in the afternoon. Two mugs are for my husband. (He gets two, I get about 17.) 

One type of mug I don’t have currently is a photo mug. I seem to only purchase those for the grandparents, even though I always end up wanting one.  Read More »

Parenting Problems/Tips Reviews

The Hidden Cost of Moving

This post may contain affiliate links. Read full disclosure policy here.I received a copy of The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa at no cost. All opinions are my own.

Sometimes you forget that there are other costs of moving besides the obvious financial ones…

The Hidden Cost of Moving

The decision to move and uproot your family to another state is one that comes with many costs. There are the obvious financial costs, like paying movers, real estate agents, and the like.

But then there are the other costs. The ones you may not realize until weeks or months after you’ve relocated… Read More »

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7 Reasons You May Need Sleep Help From A Pro

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You can only deal with sleepless nights for so long. Here is some expert advice for figuring out when it’s time to consult a sleep professional.

7 Reasons You May Need Sleep Help From a Pro

Sleep. We all want it.

Moms, especially, are told that a lifetime of sleepless nights awaits us after having kids. But is that necessarily true? 

In my house (three kids aged 4, 2, and almost 1), we have the occasional night-waking by a child once every few weeks, but other than that, they all sleep through the night from 6 or 7:00 P.M. to 6 or 7:00 A.M.

But it wasn’t always that way. Each of my kids has gone through periods of waking several times a night or not napping or waking too early. Read More »

Guilty Pleasures Parenting Problems/Tips Products Reviews Shopping

How to Get More From Your Gift Cards

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There’s so much to love about gift cards during the holiday season…but did you know you can get even more out of your gift card with Cardpool?

How to Get More From Your Gift Cards

I had actually never heard of Cardpool when the brand reached out to me to try its online gift card site. I was intrigued…how could Cardpool be better than purchasing gift cards at the store or from a typical website?

Cardpool.com is not your average gift card retailer. Gift cards are sold at a discount– up to 35% off the value of the card!

But that’s not all. You can sell your own unused or partially used gift cards on the site and receive up to 92% of the gift card’s value! Read More »

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The Tradition of Food

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Celebrate holiday traditions with Hickory Farms and feel good about yourself! Hickory Farms is proud to support No Kid Hungry® and the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Much like children do, adults innately crave structure. Routine. Familiarity.

That is why traditions matter.

There is something inherently comforting about doing the same activity year after year. You create a shared memory with family and friends and that memory is reinforced each time you repeat it. Read More »

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Crafters & Co. Collection: Review & Giveaway

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Meet the newest member of the Hallmark family…the Crafters & Co. collection of luxurious teas, soaps, candles, and more! Keep reading to find out how you can win your own!

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With all of the lovely gifts Hallmark offers, it was only a matter of time before the company introduced a line of teas, candles, soaps, and accessories.

Introduced this year, the Crafters & Co. collection is available exclusively at Hallmark Gold Crown® stores and online at Hallmark.com. The products are made with the highest quality ingredients by companies who are passionate about how they do what they do. Read More »

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Long Beach Island, NJ: Our Favorite Spots

Long Beach Island NJ: Our Favorite Spots

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We are now in our third week of living at the beach before our big move to Virginia.

Experiencing Long Beach Island, NJ with kids is something entirely different than experiencing it in my twenties. Instead of looking up fun bars, I’m Googling new playgrounds and ice-cream shops. 

Here are some of my favorite stores and attractions on Long Beach Island, NJ…whether you have kids or not. I hope to add to this list every summer. Feel free to comment with your favorite hotspots on L.B.I.! Read More »

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Back to School with Hanna Andersson

Hanna Andersson fall lineThis post may contain affiliate links. Read full disclosure policy here.This post is sponsored by Hanna Andersson, but my love for their clothes is real and borderline obsessive. All opinions are my own.
 
I know some people might dread the summer ending, but not me! I love everything about the fall…apple-scented candles, all the holidays coming up, and especially the fall clothing.

This year the fall will be especially exciting because my family is moving to Virginia. Fresh starts abound!

Last week I visited my local Hanna Andersson store in Marlton, NJ and picked up some new back to school clothes for the kids. They have to start their new preschool in style, right? (Keep reading for a 15% off coupon at the end of the post!) Read More »

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Best Books for Potty-Training

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My two-year-old son recently alerted me that he wants to start potty-training.

He requested “Pee-pee on toilet?” several times, but I kept telling him “No, we pee-pee in our diapers!” because I wasn’t ready yet. So he just started pulling his diaper off and going on the floor.

Obviously, that wasn’t going to work, so I decided to start trying to potty-train him. He loves reading about Elmo going on the potty, especially because that book has cool sound effects.

Here are some other selections of the best books for potty-training… Read More »

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Feeding Toddlers On the Go

Feeding Toddlers on the Go

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Let’s be honest. Feeding your toddler can be a real b**** when you’re at home, but it’s even worse when you’re on the go.

And in the summer months, my family is frequently on the go. Trips to the beach, the pool, and even picnics at the park all require food.

To help feed my little ones on the go, we love the toddler line of tableware from Tommee Tippee. Every product is tailored for all the needs you have when you’re feeding away from home– portability, leak-proof, washable, and sturdy. Read More »

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Bumbo Suction Toys

Bumbo Playtop Safari ToysThis post may contain affiliate links. Read full disclosure policy here.Bumbo sent me products for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

A few months ago, I reviewed the Bumbo Multi Seat— the 3-in-1 floor seat, feeding seat, and booster seat that has become a staple in my household.

We love it because it’s so adaptable. Right now, my almost two-year-old uses it as a booster seat to eat at the table with us AND we put the foam insert in to make it a floor seat for the baby.

Now there are even more ways to entertain your child in the Bumbo Multi Seat…a new line of safari-themed toys that suction onto the tray for interactive fun. Read More »

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Fun Water Toys for Little Kids

Fun Water Toys for Little Kids

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Lately it has gotten even more difficult than usual to get my kids into the bathtub after dinner. I blame the sunlight. “It’s not nighttime, Mommy! Look outside!”

Cue me closing the shades. “Sure it is! Look how dark it is now!”

Also, we haven’t had any good bath toys in awhile…that may have been part of the problem. We were down to using old measuring cups. #momoftheyear

Luckily, TOMY sent us its newest bath toys to check out: See Under the Sea Submarine, Fountain Rocket, and Water Whistler. Keep reading to find out how you can win a set! Read More »

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A Perfect Day for a Picnic

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I seriously don’t know what I was thinking when I got rid of my double stroller a few weeks ago.

Actually, I do know what I was thinking. I never use it. It’s cluttering up the garage. I’ll just get a new one if I need one.

Obviously I was not thinking clearly. But we were having a garage sale and the stroller was out and someone wanted it. So…I sold it. Read More »

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Dyson V6 Mattress: Review

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Every Friday is “Change the Sheets Day” at my house. There’s something so comforting about going to bed in a set of crisp, clean sheets. It even makes me not mind the chore of changing the sheets as much.

I have to admit that I thought by changing my sheets, I was making my bed as clean as it could be. I had no idea that there were millions of dust mites and their droppings lurking in my mattress! Ew. Read More »

Guilty Pleasures Products Reviews

The Corona Sunrise

The Corona Sunrise

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Is there a more fun, festive, no-stress holiday than Cinco de Mayo? I think not.

There are no elaborate dinners to cook for your extended family, no presents to buy for your kids…it’s really just a great excuse to eat yummy Mexican food and drink cocktails as you celebrate an unlikely victory by Mexico back in 1852.

This year, Casa Noble wants to help you craft the perfect Cinco de Mayo beverages for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta!

How about a Corona Sunrise cocktail featuring Casa Noble Crystal and an icy-cold Corona Extra? YUM! Read More »

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Hallmark Cards Mother’s Day Giveaway

Hallmark Cards Giveaway

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True story…several years ago, my husband and I were on our way to a relative’s First Communion celebration. We were giving the child a check as a gift, but we needed a card. I told him that we could stop on the way. 

“Okay, I’ll have to see if there’s a Hallmark store on the way,” he said.

“What? A Hallmark store?” I asked. “No, just stop at a drugstore. That’s where you get cards.” Read More »

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Barbie Cash Register

Barbie Apprific Cash Register

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When I was a kid, I always wanted a cash register toy. I still remember the one girl in my fifth grade class who had one.

Of course when I went to her house, I begged to play with it. So much fun!

We recently had the chance to test out the Barbie Apprific Cash Register. Here is what me and my almost four-year-old daughter have to say about this toy… Read More »

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Last Minute Easter Baskets

Easter Baskets

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Still haven’t gotten your kids’ Easter baskets yet? Don’t worry– there’s still time (if you’re reading this before the middle of next week).

And by the way, rarely do I get a product in the mail and instantly hop online to share it or decide to quickly put up a post about it over the weekend to make sure people don’t miss out on getting one.

But these baskets are adorable and I really don’t want you to miss out on getting one before Easter! Read More »