And the winning recipe is ….

SmartMom hosted our first ever recipe contest! In honor of the SmartMom’s Tour of Tuscany, the theme was Italian food and the recipes had to be originals. Professional Chef Rodelio Aglibot announced the winner in the SmartMom app yesterday LIVE during our “ask me anything” event. In case you missed it, the winner is …

DJ-Nikki Hall!

Chef Rodelio commented that the reason he chose this recipe was that, “The ingredients hit home with me. I could taste the dish as I was reading the recipe. I can’t wait to try this!”

Congratulations, Nikki! Your amazing recipe will be featured on Chef Rodelio’s menu at his restaurant in Italy and he will personally prepare this meal for the group of travelers participating in the SmartMom’s Tour of Tuscany!

Without further ado, here is the winning recipe:

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6 Family Friendly Italian Recipes from Everything Erica

To celebrate our SmartMom’s Tour of Tuscany, we are sharing our some of our favorite recipes from Real Life SmartMom Erica Eckman of food blog Everything Erica! As a mother, Erica understands that a home-cooked meal isn’t always feasible with little ones running around, but it feels so good when accomplished. Her recipes are easy to make, look like a professional chef prepared them, and please everyone in the family. Enjoy!

Here are some of her easy, family friendly Italian recipes:

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“Ask Me Anything” with Chef Rodelio Aglibot, The Food Buddha

At SmartMom, we are cooking up something super special to start the new year off with an Italian twist. We are spending all of January celebrating Italian cuisine in honor of our SmartMom’s Tour of Tuscany, so we have invited an Italian chef to chat with our SmartMoms before we personally meet him in Italy!

Join us for a live chat with Chef Rodelio Aglibot, “The Food Buddha” January 11th at 3pm ET/ 2pm CT!

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How to Inspire Your Creative Kids

At an early age, I could tell that both my daughter and son had creative thinking skills, but I wasn’t sure how to inspire them. Obviously being a stay-at-home-mom of two isn’t the easiest job and definitely doesn’t come with a manual for activities and things to do to bring out the best in your children. I decided to interview a fellow SmartMom that is the daughter of a designer. She believes her mother’s natural creative thinking skills translated to her with a few simple ideas.

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SmartMom Italian Recipe Contest

In honor of SmartMom’s Tour of Tuscany, we are celebrating all things Italian: the food, the language, the beautiful scenery, and the memories we will create with our fellow SmartMoms next year.

During the month of January, SmartMom is hosting a LIVE recipe contest!

We’re calling all moms to submit an original Italian recipe to be reviewed by Chef Rodelio Aglibot, AKA The Food Buddha, and Chicago food blogger and Real Life SmartMom Erica Eckman of Everything Erica.

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Real Life SmartMom Erica Eckman

In 2017, SmartMom launched the Real Life SmartMom series featuring your favorite Mommy Bloggers, experts and influencers. We go to these women for advice, recipes, support and whenever Google comes up with an answer we don’t like. Let’s get to know these amazing mommas a bit better – why? Because they are SmartMoms; and smart moms talk to SmartMoms.

This is a particularly special interview for the SmartMom community because Erica Eckman is joining us on our SmartMom Tour of Tuscany next September! As one of our favorite food bloggers and Real Life SmartMoms,  Erica will be our personal tour guide in Italy. Before then, she’ll also be sharing her most memorable Italian recipes and serve as a judge for the SmartMom Italian Recipe Contest in January 2018. You can access Erica’s recipes on her blog Everything Erica and follow her on Instagram @everythingerica.

We are so excited for you to get to know Erica Eckman of Everything Erica – read about her daughter, learn how she balances her successful blog and motherhood, and find out her favorite gelato recipe before we go to Italy!

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Real Life SmartMom Meghan Joy Yancy

In 2017, SmartMom launched the Real Life SmartMom series featuring your favorite Mommy Bloggers, experts and influencers. We go to these women for advice, recipes, support and whenever Google comes up with an answer we don’t like. Let’s get to know these amazing mommas a bit better – why? Because they are SmartMoms; and smart moms talk to SmartMoms.

This week we invite Meghan Joy Yancy to join the SmartMom community. Meghan is currently mother to 5 beautiful kiddos, but number 6 is on the way! As “one of those hippie + holistic moms,” Meghan shows us how to use essential oils, gives us a look into homeschooling, and has successfully created a community of encouragement, love and joy in “today” through her blog and Instagram @meghanjoytoday.

Get to know each of her kids, her favorite products, and a look into her ideal day below:

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Real Life SmartMom Kaitlin Duren

In 2017, SmartMom launched the Real Life SmartMom series featuring your favorite Mommy Bloggers, experts and influencers. We go to these women for advice, recipes, support and whenever Google comes up with an answer we don’t like. Let’s get to know these amazing mommas a bit better – why? Because they are SmartMoms; and smart moms talk to SmartMoms.

This week we invite Kaitlin Duren to join the SmartMom community. She is a mother to two beautiful, chocolate milk-loving girls who you can see on her Instagram account @kaitlinallieduren as well as a digital marketer that you can find out more about on her blog xoxo, mama Kait.

Here are some questions we asked:

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SmartMom’s Trip to Italy – Registration is OPEN!

SmartMom is inviting you and your cool mom crew to join us and one of our favorite moms, Chicago food blogger Erica Eckman of Everything Erica, on a girl’s-only trip to Italy.

We are so thrilled Erica can join us in Italy because she is our go-to mama not only for recipes and amazing giveaways, but when we need a real connection. We can’t wait to travel with her, glass of wine in one hand and her recommendation for gelato in the other! We’ll make some pretty incredible memories together on this girl’s trip to Italy.

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Most Common Causes of Premature Birth

For any expectant mother the idea of having our baby born prematurely is pretty terrifying. Particularly when the usual images we see of premature babies include them hooked up to a million tubes, wires, and other life-saving machines and eighty-five percent of neonatal morbidity and mortality is a result of premature birth. We hear about family or friends giving birth too soon and all the medical issues their babies face, if they are lucky enough to survive, even throughout their adolescent years.

Even in the last weeks of pregnancy when most of us are chomping at the bit to finally hold our sweet babies, we want to ensure that they are healthy and completely ready for the outside world before they make their grand entrance. Unfortunately the issue of premature birth is on the rise in the United States, with about 1 in 10 babies being born preterm (before 37 weeks gestation) in 2015. With numbers like that you would think prematurity would be difficult to prevent but the fact is many of the causes of premature birth are preventable, if you take the time to understand them.

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