Mother’s Day Gift 2018

To celebrate Mother’s Day, we collected a series of #momhacks from our SmartMoms! With SmartMom, motherhood is a sisterhood. We share advice, answer each other’s questions, and offer support when needed. Here’s a quick list of tips, tricks and hacks as our Mother’s Day Gift to you:

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“Ask Me Anything” about Spring Clean Up with Corri McFadden

Hey SmartMoms, it’s time for a Spring Clean Up! Clear out your toy bins, your closet full of maternity clothes, and get organizing. We are calling in an expert into the app to answer all of your questions about Spring Cleaning LIVE!

Join us for a live chat with Corri McFadden Sunday, March 11th at 9pm ET/ 8pm CT!

As the founder of E Drop-Off, Corri McFadden knows how to keep her closet clean and chic. She will be answering questions about organizing your closets, homes, and play-rooms to get you ready for a SmartMom spring clean up!

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SmartMom Guide to Essential Oil Kits

essential oil kitsThe SmartMom live chat about essential oils with Meghan Yancy was a raving success! Our SmartMoms were eager to learn how to incorporate essential oils into their daily routines and are especially excited about using Young Living Essential Oil Kits. In case you missed out on the live discussion, here are the highlights and some supplemental resources you won’t want to miss:

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“Ask Me Anything” about Essential Oils with Meghan Joy Yancy

One of the most discussed topics amongst our SmartMoms is essential oils! When to use them, which ones to use, what diffuser is best, etc. We are encouraging this conversation by inviting an expert into the app to answer all of your questions LIVE!

Join us for a live chat with Meghan Joy Yancy this Sunday, February 25th at 9pm ET/ 8pm CT!

Meghan will be giving us a brief tutorial on how she uses essential oils in her everyday life as a mother of 5 (soon to be 6) and answering any and all questions you have about incorporating oils into your routine.

GIVEAWAY ALERT! Meghan will be awarding the most engaged mom with a set of oils from Young Living Essential Oils.

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SmartMom Italian Recipe Contest Winner Announcement

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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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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SmartMom’s Trip to Italy – Registration is Closed

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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