Category Archives: Parenting

7 Common Mistakes First-Time Parents Make

Guest Post By Lisa Pecos Parenting is one of the hardest jobs you will ever have, and no stage is more difficult than the first few months with your first child. It is easy to be led astray by misguided assumptions and poorly thought-out plans, and it ...

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Snacktime Survival Kit Giveaway {Beanstalk Express}

About the product: New information from the US Department of Health and Human Resources reveals that despite national efforts to curb childhood obesity here in the US, rates are still climbing!  Because the years of preventing childhood obesity are over by the time our children reach kindergarten, ...

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Tips To Organize Your Playroom

Even if the weather does not seem much like Spring, it is Spring! And that means it is time for some cleaning! Although the task is daunting, the results are refreshing. My greatest challenge is our playroom. The toys tend to miraculously multiply leaving a play space that is overwhelming - for both me and ...

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Puppy Bath Time!

Yesterday I woke up feeling horrible! My throat hurt, my head was throbbing and I was congested. I know it was from picking up Aiyana with an umbrella suited to cover a child - and of course, I made sure Aiyana was covered. What can I say? It does not rain in California much and ...

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When I Told…

...Aiyana we can look for one more Waldo before bedtime, I did not think she would pick this one: Needless to say, bedtime was pushed a bit. And why is it that the older I get, the harder these puzzles are?

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Our Computer Detox: Did I Fail or Succeed?

I made it through our computer detox, but not successfully. My motivation was to get my daughter to step away from the computer. Even though we limit her time on it, she was constantly asking when her computer time would start again. Kids need ...

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More Than Manners

Thanks to all the fabulous reviews I have had the pleasure of hosting, I was beginning to wonder who's visit Aiyana was more excited about - Santa Claus or the UPS man. At one point, it seemed like every time there was a knock on our door, it was something new and exciting for the kids ...

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Computer Detox

Aiyana is a 4 year-old computer wiz. And I am not just saying that because she is my daughter. The problem? She wants to play the computer all.the.time. As a solution we decided to start timing her computer ...

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Fun Ways To Motivate Your Child To Read

Reading is an important part of our day. I always read to my daughters at least 15 minutes a day. And now that Aiyana is reading, I make extra time for her to read to me. Reading a few books at bedtime is a wonderful way to unwind with my daughters at the end of ...

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The Magic of Fairy Dust

It all started with a little glass vial of fairy dust. A small surprise we purchased for Aiyana to relieve us from the guilt of taking a small staycation - without the kids. The bottle included a miniature magic wand, but with ...

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