Things to Consider Before Naming Your Baby

Things to Consider Before Naming Your Baby Naming your baby is one of the most important things you’ll ever do as a parent. A name is something your child lives with for his or her entire life! It’s definitely not a decision that should be taken lightly. You’ll want to put a lot of thought into your child’s name before the big due date comes around. Think about your own name and how it’s played a role, if any, in your life. Would you have … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Deal with Lower Back Pain After Pregnancy

5 Ways to Deal with Lower Back Pain After Pregnancy While the words “good news” and “lower back pain” have no place being in the same article — let alone the same sentence! — I’ll start things off with some information might give you a little peace of mind: lower back pain after pregnancy is surprisingly common. In fact, medical research has found that at least 50 percent of women experience some degree of lower back pain at some point during … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Kids’ Sports Equipment Tidy in Any Car

Keeping Your Kids' Sports Equipment Tidy in Any Car From the moment your kids joined the team it seems like balls, jerseys, water bottles and gear have overtaken your house, garage and vehicle. You find yourself tripping over basketballs and soccer balls and feeling buried under dirty laundry. But it doesn't have to be this way. Consider the following tips to keep your kids' sports equipment organized in any type of vehicle: Try Top Down in … [Read more...]

Read This To Save Your Marriage

Read This To Save Your Marriage There’s a big difference between the occasional minor spat between a married couple and deep rooted issues that can sink a relationship. While it can be difficult to fathom at first, a marriage is less of a formal bond and more of something that needs to be actively worked on to stay healthy. As a result, when things begin to sour, it’s key to take active steps to try and bring things back to where they … [Read more...]

Should My Child Have a Smartphone?

Should My Child Have a Smartphone? Smartphones offer an outlet for children when they're bored and looking for something fun to do. From social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, to video-sharing platforms like YouTube, to addicting games like Candy Crush and Cut the Rope, there are plenty of ways for kids to stay entertained online. While smartphones tend to keep children quiet, it's not always a good idea to introduce them to these tech … [Read more...]

4 Easy Hair Styles for Kids and How To Do Them

4 Easy Hair Styles for Kids and How To Do Them Parenting is one challenge after another. Your children evolve and grow everyday, and as soon as you feel like you've figured out what they like, their tastes change. Finding a hairstyle that they love — and that you can accomplish — is one of those challenges. Thankfully, there are great-looking kids' styles that are easy to create and sure to please even your pickiest customers. Here are four of … [Read more...]

Hacks For Getting The Kids To Sleep Through The Night

Hacks For Getting The Kids To Sleep Through The Night One of the biggest torture devices of parenthood is sleepless nights. From the moment you bring your baby home from the hospital until they are of preschool age, you don’t sleep. The only way that you can get some shut eye as a parent, especially a parent of young children, is to take the night shifts one at a time and try and snatch sleep where you can. The trouble with the phrase … [Read more...]

Seven of the Best Toys for Getting Kids Playing Outdoors

Seven of the Best Toys for Getting Kids Playing Outdoors With so many screens vying for kids’ attention, it’s no surprise that outdoor activity is on the decline among children. It’s reached the point that kids spend less time outdoors than prisoners. A survey from Unilever asked 12,000 parents about their children’s outdoor play. The survey revealed that children only spend about an hour a day outside. The health concerns over children’s … [Read more...]

25 Elf on the Shelf Ideas Your Kids Will Love

25 Elf on the Shelf Ideas Your Kids Will Love Elf on the Shelf has become on the biggest internet sensations this century. Parents near and far have brought these magical creatures into their home to wreck havoc during the night and bring order during the day. I’m assuming you’ve jumped on the Elf on the Shelf bandwagon, but has your idea pool run dry? Have no fear! We’ve searched the web to find 25 Elf on the Shelf ideas that your … [Read more...]

Saving For College #TakeSimpleSteps

Thank you to Country Financial for sponsoring this conversation. All opinions are my own. I am one of those moms that has been around the block when it comes to sending kids off to college. Two of our four children have attended college now, both at different institutions, and we have about seven more years until our third heads that direction. We learned a few things the (very) hard way when it comes to paying for college, but it doesn't … [Read more...]