Siblings Sharing a Room: How to Avoid the Drama

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Earlier this summer our family made a big move: from Connecticut to Maine. After accepting a job (my dream job!) at a newspaper, I decided that we’d have to temporarily downsize to make the move work, which means my young son and daughter are sharing a bedroom for the first time since they were toddlers. While siblings sharing a room is not ideal, we are figuring it out and have a few tips about how to make co-habitation work.  Continue reading

5 Ways to Avoid the Summer Slide

If the idea of workbooks fills you with dread and the words “the summer slide” make you want to slide into a corner and hide, don’t worry. Your kids can have a mentally engaging summer — without resorting to formalized school work style learning. Continue reading

The Best Giftable Experiences for Father’s Day

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As much as we love to spoil mom, it’s time for dads to have their day. That’s right, Father’s Day is nearly here so get ready to spoil all the dads in your life.

This year, up your the ante on your Father’s Day gift. Forget the “Sausage of the Month Club” memberships and spare dad from another year of silly ties.

This year, give dad something to really remember: an experience. Whether the leading gentleman in your life is a sports fans or a beer aficionado, there are so many wonderful experiences you can gift. Here are a few of our favorite suggestions. Continue reading

9 Free Summer Fun Activities for Kids

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Summers almost here – and that means the kids are nearly out of school. So what fun things will you be doing this summer? These ideas for free summer fun activities for kids are totally worth trying.

Take a hike – If you’ve been cooped up all winter like us, then you are probably more than ready to get outside. So what are you waiting for? Fill up the water bottles (that’s key!) and head to your favorite local trail for a hike with the kids. Don’t be afraid to make it more interesting by having them take photos of their favorite plants (or all the bugs you pass along the way!).

Catch fireflies at dusk – Grab a jar or two, and teach your kids the fine art of catching fireflies. It’s a summer tradition that’s worth passing on – and after a little teaching, they will be all about doing this one on their own. Sit back, and enjoy their joy. Continue reading

5 Last Minute Mother’s Day Celebrations

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Don’t look now, but Mother’s Day is just days away. If you aren’t sure what to do for the moms in your life yet, here are a few ideas to please, pamper and surprise her this Mother’s Day. Continue reading

7 Simple Things New Moms do to Get Back into Shape

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Hey, mama!  Looking to shape up this New Year? As long as you have your doctor’s blessing to start exercising again, these are the 7 simple things you can do to get back into shape.  Ready?

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7 Tips for New Parents to Simplify Christmas

7 Tips for New Parents to Simplify Christmas

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There’s no doubt that baby’s first Christmas is special – everything is fresh and new. And having an addition in the family inspires new parents to start new traditions.  But it is important for new parents to simplify Christmas.

See, here’s the thing: as a parent, baby’s first Christmas is a little magical. But for your baby? Well, truth be told, it’s just another day. Don’t worry – the magic, thrill and excitement will come as they get older.  But this year, amid sheer exhaustion and diaper changes, simplifying your Christmas will make it great without adding stress. Continue reading

What I Wish I Knew as a First Time Mom

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When I was 25, I became a mother. My son Will was born early one July morning by emergency c-section. He wouldn’t latch and hated breastfeeding, so right away I learned about nipple shields, breast pumps and the agony of spilled milk (yes, I sobbed).

Only one of my friends had a baby back then. It was uncharted territory in my circle of friends – no one could really relate to what I was going through. Everyone else was still in their 20-something fun stage. But I was married, settled and trying to figure out this motherhood thing. Back then, it felt very lonely. But in retrospect, I think it was just new mother nerves.

Here’s what I wish I knew as a first time mom: Continue reading