Parenting, Pregnancy, & Family

My Miracle

Posted on Jan 21st, 2013

I've already talked about the first two members of our family, but obviously, I've saved the best for last. Our little guy, Jack. A big part of…

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9 Things I Learned About Pregnancy

Posted on Jan 28th, 2013

 My pregnancy was definitely a growing experience. And not just in the belly area! I experienced depression, morning sickness, and complete…

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Pregnancy Resources

Posted on Feb 4th, 2013

There's about a billion websites about pregnancy our there, and then another mobile pregnant apps. Don't believe me? Just Google it, and you'll…

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Eight Tips for Finding A Good Pediatrician

Posted on Feb 18th, 2013

Before Jack was born, I didn't put one ounce of thought into his pediatrician. For some reason, I was under the impression that there was just one…

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Tips For Flying With a Baby

Posted on Feb 25th, 2013

Looking for tips for going on a road trip for with a baby? Be sure to check out this post Since Jack  has been born, we've driven from Utah to…

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10 Ways To Enjoy a Baby’s First Year

Posted on Mar 4th, 2013

With Jack's first year of life just about behind us, I can’t help but think how much has changed. My tiny, 6 pound 13 ounce baby, is now 19 pounds.…

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Fun Birthday Traditions

Posted on Mar 6th, 2013

Like what you see? Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+! It's hard to believe that a year ago, we were just about to…

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Best Gift Ideas for a One-Year-Old

Posted on Mar 8th, 2013

Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post  In continuation of Jack's birthday week, I decided to share some of my favorite toys for kids…

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Surviving Pregnancy: The First Trimester

Posted on Mar 11th, 2013

Surviving Pregnancy: The First Trimester. Tips on How to Make it Through those first 12 weeks!   I just wanted the glow! The one that…

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A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

Posted on Mar 14th, 2013

Disclosure: I was given a 50 percent discount from Zurchers in exchange for a post featuring some of their items. All opinions are my…

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Surviving Pregnancy: The Second Trimester

Posted on Mar 18th, 2013

If you have any questions regarding pregnancy or labor and delivery, leave it in the comments, or send it to katie @ clarkscondensed (dot) com, and…

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Tips for Cutting a Baby Boy’s Hair

Posted on Mar 21st, 2013

Cutting a baby boy's hair can be tricky - here are some tips for success! Whenever I get my haircut, I usually go to a local beauty school. It's…

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Surviving Pregnancy: The Third Trimester

Posted on Mar 25th, 2013

If you have any questions regarding pregnancy or labor and delivery, leave it in the comments, or send it to katie @ clarkscondensed (dot) com, and…

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FamilyShare.com

Posted on Mar 25th, 2013

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own Several months ago, I received an email asking me to join a community of…

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22+ Easter Basket Ideas for Babies and Toddlers

Posted on Mar 27th, 2013

Holidays are so much fun, especially when you have children. My favorite childhood memories involve holidays, and the simple, yet significant, things…

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What To Pack In Hospital Bag When Having a Baby

Posted on Apr 1st, 2013

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Tips for Taking a Road Trip With a Baby

Posted on Apr 8th, 2013

  I recently gave some of my top tips for flying with a baby. Which, I'm sure is helpful for those of you who fly. However, not everyone can…

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10 Tips For Vacationing With a Baby

Posted on Apr 15th, 2013

Some people think that having a baby is the "kiss of death" when it comes to traveling. I beg to differ. We've enjoyed traveling with both of our…

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How To Survive Attending College with a Baby

Posted on Apr 29th, 2013

Having a baby, or any number of kids, while you are in college can be rough. However, it is possible to still get a college education with a baby in…

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Homemade Graduation Cap and Gown for Baby or Toddler

Posted on May 1st, 2013

Awhile back, I saw a picture of a little baby in a graduation cap and gown at her dad's graduation ceremony. I thought this was the cutest thing…

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10 Helpful Websites for College Students

Posted on May 3rd, 2013

Since I recently graduated from BYU, I thought I might share a few things that made my life easier. There are new sites and tools that my parents…

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Thoughts on Motherhood, and FamilyShare

Posted on May 6th, 2013

Awhile back, I introduced you all the website called FamilyShare. Did you ever get a chance to check it out? If not, I encourage you to do so. I've…

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All You Need to Know About Prenatal Vitamins

Posted on May 28th, 2013

If you are pregnant, or want to be come pregnant, you're probably drowning in information overload. However, there is one topic you really shouldn't…

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What to do in Denver: Tiny Town, Colorado

Posted on May 30th, 2013

It's just about summer time -- school is out, your kids (or even just you) are looking for something to do. Sometimes it can be hard to come up with…

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What To Do in Denver: The Denver Zoo

Posted on Jun 8th, 2013

For as long as I can remember, my parents have had a membership to the Denver Zoo, and I think I've gone just about every single summer. It's…

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9 Tips For Taking a New Mom Meals

Posted on Jun 10th, 2013

I think that any new mom will agree that in those first few days after bringing home a new baby, cooking is the last thing on your mind. I know it…

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DIY Moby Wrap

Posted on Jun 13th, 2013

Today is National Sewing Day! Have you been anxiously awaiting this day all year? Yeah, me either. I didn't even know it was until this morning when…

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Where Would We Be Without Good Fathers?

Posted on Jun 16th, 2013

I just wanted to take a quick moment to say Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful fathers out there. I love this video on fathers, and as the video…

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Five Tips For Summer Sun Safety For Kids

Posted on Jun 17th, 2013

Well, last night Jack got his second hair cut. If you've been reading Clarks Condensed for awhile, you may remember this post all about his first…

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Almond Joy Coconut Macaroons

Posted on Jun 18th, 2013

On Sunday, I was cooking something with coconut oil, and my little brother, Michael, look at me and said, "You know, ever since you've gotten hear,…

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Five Ways to Make Your iPad Toddler Friendly

Posted on Jun 24th, 2013

I had these grand plans before Jack was born, that he wouldn't get to play with electronics, watch cartoons, and play outside all day long.  That…

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Loving Your Newborn’s Siblings

Posted on Jul 1st, 2013

Katelyn is a wife to a graduate student and a stay-at-home mother to fraternal twin three-year-old girls and a new baby boy, and is in love with them…

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It’s Okay To Be Shy: Raising a Shy Child

Posted on Jul 8th, 2013

Hiya Everyone! My name is Autumn and I'm super excited to be guest posting for Katie on Clarks Condensed today!! I run the blog My Kind Of…

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Cheesy Pesto Sausage Meatballs

Posted on Jul 13th, 2013

I've always been a fan of pesto sauce. My sister, Kristalyn, used to make a chicken pesto pizza which was one of my favorite meals for the longest…

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Tips for Flying With A Toddler

Posted on Jul 15th, 2013

So, I admit, when I wrote this post about flying with a baby, I thought that people with toddlers could benefit from it as well. And while I still…

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9 Topics to Consider When Choosing a Baby Doctor

Posted on Jul 22nd, 2013

Awhile ago, I described eight ways to find a good pediatrician. But long before you have to worry about choosing a pediatrician, choosing the person…

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Huggies SlipOn Review & Target Giveaway

Posted on Jul 23rd, 2013

Disclosure: This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Huggies, but all my opinions are my…

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College on a Budget: Tips for Incoming Freshman Before Heading to School

Posted on Aug 1st, 2013

Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Amazing on a Budget by Walmart.com It's the first day of August! It seems like this summer has just flown…

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Tips For Having a Successful Family Trip to the Beach

Posted on Aug 5th, 2013

Growing up in Colorado, the chances I had to go the beach were very minimal. I was able to go to Hawaii once and experience those incredible beaches,…

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Being a Mom Doesn’t Mean Being Perfect

Posted on Aug 12th, 2013

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of HUGGIES. All opinions are 100% mine. I remember the first time I saw sweet little Jack. It was…

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Dr. Seuss Baby Shower

Posted on Aug 12th, 2013

I love to plan parties. One of my (hundreds) of jobs I think I would love would have to be being an event planner. It always frustrates me when I see…

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Comcast Xfinity: The Cable Provider for Families

Posted on Aug 15th, 2013

Disclosure: Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC, through its contractor, Mom Central Consulting, provided a promotional item as a thank you…

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Walmart Family Mobile: Unlimited Plans Perfect for College Students

Posted on Aug 19th, 2013

If you are on Pinterest or Instagram you probably know this by now -- it's time for school to start again. For the first time since I started…

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Diaper Cake Tutorial

Posted on Aug 19th, 2013

So, I had entirely planned to post everything about Charbel's Baby Shower last week, but some things came up, and I just ran out of time. But there…

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Ultimate List of College Student Discounts

Posted on Aug 20th, 2013

// As a college student, I was always looking for the best deals and discounts. Fortunately, there are tons of discounts available for students --…

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50+ Easy Recipes for College Students

Posted on Aug 22nd, 2013

College can be rough when it comes to eating. I've heard countless stories of people who lived off of cream of wheat for weeks at a time, or hot dogs…

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The Best Mobile Apps for College Students

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2013

In the age of smart phones and iPads, the market for making apps for college students is booming. It was toward the end of my college career that…

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Healthier Pigs in a Blanket

Posted on Aug 29th, 2013

Have you tried my homemade hamburger bun recipe yet?  I've gotten some great response from it, and having just made them again, I can say this --…

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Tips for Overcoming a Child’s Fear of Bath Time (Featuring Disney Pixar Films)

Posted on Sep 2nd, 2013

Jack has been the perfect child, mostly. There are two things that make him just slightly not-perfect; but who wants to be totally perfect anyways?…

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Taste of Colorado and SmartStrand Silk Carpet

Posted on Sep 3rd, 2013

Even though I grew up in Colorado, I have only attended the Taste of Colorado once. And that was when I was super little and I don't even remember it…

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How to Start Your Family History

Posted on Sep 6th, 2013

I've done a little family history recently, and I thought I would share some of what I learned. One thing that I enjoy doing is trying to go as…

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Easy Mixed Berry Creamsicles

Posted on Sep 12th, 2013

Disclosure: I was given a free Zoku popsicle maker in exchange for my post. However, all opinions here are completely my own.  You know what I…

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Corn Mazes Fall 2013

Posted on Sep 15th, 2013

disclosure: I was given free admission to the corn maze of my choice for posting this list.  One of my very favorite parts of the…

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Easy and Expandable “Who Loves Baby” Book

Posted on Sep 22nd, 2013

  Since we've lived in Utah for the majority of Jack's life, we don't live near a lot of family. While we love everyone that lives nearby…

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DIY Jack Jack Incredible Costume

Posted on Oct 3rd, 2013

  I love Halloween. Growing up, I always would beg my dad to get down all the Halloween decorations from the attic, starting at the beginning…

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Surviving Labor and Delivery

Posted on Oct 7th, 2013

Labor and delivery is one of the most intense things a woman can go through and being prepared can make it so much easier. Here is everything you…

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Yiva Naturals Women’s Daily Balance

Posted on Oct 7th, 2013

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Yiva Naturals and I was compensated for it. All opinions are my own.  So last year, I attended the Build…

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You’ve Been Booed Printable and Ideas

Posted on Oct 17th, 2013

Have I mentioned how much I love Halloween? I'm sure I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but it truly is one of my favorite times of the…

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Gift Guide for a Pregnant Mama

Posted on Dec 2nd, 2013

Need some gift ideas for pregnant women? Anything on this item is sure to be a hit! So my next gift guide is for one of my favorite groups of…

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Movie Gift Basket Ideas

Posted on Dec 4th, 2013

  Do you have a movie lover in your house? We sure do.   Despite his love for movies, we sure do have a hard time keeping…

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The Basics of Babywearing

Posted on Dec 5th, 2013

  It's hard being a parent sometimes. I do my best to be patient - but I lose my temper more often than I want. Jack has chicken…

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14 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas with Children

Posted on Dec 9th, 2013

How will we worship Him this season? Endlessly shopping? Hustling about and adorning our homes? Will that be our tribute to our Savior? Or will we…

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Hot Chocolate Float Bar

Posted on Dec 17th, 2013

(all ideas for the hot chocolate float bar are at the end of this post) For me, Christmas-time is a time to get together with family, a lot. And…

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Top 10 {{non-food}} Posts from Clarks Condensed

Posted on Dec 30th, 2013

  For the past month or so, most of our posts around here have been about food. I mean, that's what most people were looking for! However,…

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The World’s Best Chocolate Cake Recipe

Posted on Jan 1st, 2014

 The best chocolate cake recipe, ever -- decadent and moist, with an incredible cream cheese frosting.  I'm just going to say it. This…

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Tips for Managing Morning Sickness

Posted on Jan 13th, 2014

I vote that they rename morning sickness.It really gives people false expectations that once they get through the sickness in the morning, it won't…

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Mini Shredded Chicken Tacos

Posted on Jan 23rd, 2014

A quick and easy lunch, snack or appetizer -- mini shredded chicken tacos. Filled with shredded chicken, a blend of spices, and cheese, these will…

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Using White Noise to Help a Child Sleep

Posted on Jan 26th, 2014

  Thank you to Mom It Forward Blogger Network and Marpac for inspiring this conversation and allowing us the chance to review the Dohm. I was…

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Gift Ideas for Toddler Boys

Posted on Mar 4th, 2014

One thing about Jack being so little is that he doesn't know how to read, therefore, he doesn't read this blog...and I can do posts about presents he…

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Preparing Children for Daylight Saving

Posted on Mar 5th, 2014

I never liked the beginning of Daylight Saving when I was growing up, especially when we had church at 8:30 in the morning. I've never been a morning…

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30 Freezer Meals for Busy Moms

Posted on Mar 16th, 2014

Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a working mom, dinner prep can be hard! Here are 30 awesome and unique freezer meals for busy moms, freezer…

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12 Tips for Baby and Toddler Dental Health

Posted on Mar 17th, 2014

When I first started going to the dentist as a young child, my mom took me to their family doctor. I mean, why not? None of the other kids really had…

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Two Ingredient Homemade Play Dough

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2014

This easy and homemade play dough recipe is made with body lotion and corn starch and provides the framework for a fun activity for children of any…

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Five Star BBQ Review

Posted on Apr 2nd, 2014

Five Star BBQ in Orem, UT is probably the best BBQ you can get in Utah County. They have a huge menu with lots of tasty options that the whole family…

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11 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Posted on Apr 7th, 2014

Here are 11 ways to have a happy and healthy pregnancy, including what foods to eat, information on prenatal vitamins, and more.  Disclosure:…

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How the Wubbanub Saved Our Sanity

Posted on Apr 21st, 2014

This was not sponsored by WubbaNub in any way. We're just obsessed with it! Jack has always been a binky baby, since the day he was born. And,…

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Urbini Hummingbird Stroller Review

Posted on Apr 24th, 2014

For anyone looking for a lightweight, modern stroller, the Urbini Hummingbird is a great contender. It's perfect for those living in urban areas, who…

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Posted on Apr 27th, 2014

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Mothers…

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My First Match It Review – Perfect for Toddlers

Posted on Apr 28th, 2014

  I sometimes have a hard time coming up with age appropriate activities for Jack. Either the activity is too simple or too advanced for him,…

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Thoughts on Motherhood: Two Years In

Posted on Apr 28th, 2014

  My baby turned two in March, and I find myself wishing every day that time would slow down. Life of a mom, right? He is truly the sweetest, most…

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7 Tips for a Successful Family Road Trip

Posted on May 1st, 2014

We take road trips all year long -- summer, spring, winter, fall...there's no real road trip season for the Clark Family. However, I know that most…

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Make Every Day the BEST Day Ever

Posted on May 4th, 2014

Forrest always teases me because I often use superlatives to describe days, food, events, etc. I'll admit, I'm a fairly dramatic person (but please…

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11 Ways to Prepare Your Family for a Disaster

Posted on May 12th, 2014

We never know when a disaster is going to hit or even what kind of disaster could happen -- natural, terror,  or even a financial crisis (such as…

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Encouraging Healthy Habits With Children with ibitz and Best Buy

Posted on May 14th, 2014

Leading a healthy lifestyle begins as a child. Here are some tips for encouraging healthy habits with children, that may, in turn, help you lead a…

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Depression During Pregnancy: My Experience, Causes, Symptoms, and Help

Posted on May 19th, 2014

Most people have heard of postpartum depression. It's a very real and often devastating problem that many women experience during their pregnancy.…

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Realistic Tips for Losing Baby Weight

Posted on May 21st, 2014

You survived your pregnancy -- way to go! If you're hoping to lose that baby weight, be sure to read these realistic tips for losing baby…

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Tips for Water Safety This Summer

Posted on May 24th, 2014

As the weather continues to heat up, your kids will most likely flock to the nearest source of water. While water can provide hours of endless summer…

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15-Minute Nursing Cover Shawl Tutorial

Posted on May 30th, 2014

Are you ready to learn how to make the best nursing cover? I hope so! When Jack was born, I looked at quite a few different styles of nursing…

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The No-Nonsense Baby Essentials List

Posted on Jun 2nd, 2014

 Babies don't have to be expensive, and they don't need a lot of stuff! Here is the no-nonsense baby essentials list you've been looking…

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DIY Toy or Lego Bag and Playmat

Posted on Jun 4th, 2014

Do you have lots of toys or legos laying around? They sure can be a pain to pick up and put away. However, with this DIY Toy or Lego Bag and play…

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Birthday Freebies For Kids

Posted on Jun 9th, 2014

A few weeks ago,  I shared (in our opinion) the best birthday freebies out there. While I still stand by those, not all of them are available to…

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Father’s Day, Aveeno Baby, and Bathtime

Posted on Jun 13th, 2014

 I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Dad Central Consulting for AVEENO. I received product samples to facilitate my review a…

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Seven Awesome Family Reunion Games

Posted on Jun 25th, 2014

Need some ideas for your next family reunion or group event? Here are some great family reunion games that are sure to be a hit! A few weeks ago we…

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Chocolate Caramel Corn Puffs and 44 Other Snacks for Family Reunions

Posted on Jun 27th, 2014

This chocolate caramel corn puff recipe is easy and incredibly addictive! It's perfect for family reunions, and, along with this great recipe, be…

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Are You Wasting Your Degree to be a Stay-at-home Mom?

Posted on Jul 7th, 2014

"You are so selfish for wasting your professors' time, scholarship money, and years of your life to get a degree that you will never use." When I…

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#BooksforJacob Request

Posted on Jul 24th, 2014

Ever since I had Jack, I've found that I have a hard time hearing any sad news, especially when children are involved. Despite my desire to know…

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Diaper Bag Necessities

Posted on Jul 28th, 2014

One item I didn't put a lot of though into when we were preparing to have Jack was my diaper bag. We just picked up one that was on clearance at…

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6 Tips for Attending an Outdoor Movie

Posted on Jul 30th, 2014

Summertime is filled with fun, outdoor movies! They are a great way to spend time with your family , get some fresh air, and  enjoy a free…

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How to Save Money on Textbooks

Posted on Jul 31st, 2014

The average student spends $1100 per year on textbooks. Don't be average. Here are some tips on how to save money on textbooks.  College is…

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Gentle Ways To Help Your Child Sleep Through the Night (Without Crying it Out)

Posted on Aug 11th, 2014

 Here are some gentle ways to help your child sleep through the night without crying it out (and if you are looking for toddler sleep tips, be sure…

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Homework Tips From a {{Former}} Teacher

Posted on Aug 16th, 2014

Hey y'all! I'm Christina from Christina, Plain and Simple. I'm so glad to be here at Clark's Condensed guest posting for Katie. While I'm a blogger…

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Stop Paying for Preschool: DIY Preschool Alternatives

Posted on Aug 18th, 2014

Preschools can be expensive. Very expensive if it is a private preschool or offers a full-day option. I have found most of my friends are paying…

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Unique Natural Morning Sickness Remedies

Posted on Aug 18th, 2014

 No matter what way you look at it, morning sickness is no fun. Here are several natural morning sickness remedies you may not have heard…

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11 Reasons to love Babywearing (And Giveaway!)

Posted on Sep 15th, 2014

Babywearing was one of my favorite things I did with Jack, and it's something I really believe in now. It's probably about as "crunchy" as I get, but…

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Our Toddler Essentials List

Posted on Sep 18th, 2014

What's on your toddler essential list?  This post brought to you by Huggies and Kleenex. All opinions are 100% mine. I loved putting together…

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13 Books Every Child Should Be Read At Least Once

Posted on Sep 29th, 2014

Here are, in my opinion, the best books for kids, and that every child should be read at least once in their lifetime! We went to the library the…

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Products Every College Student Should Have

Posted on Oct 9th, 2014

College is an interesting and excited time for most people -- here are 10+ products that make college living a little easier! College was such…

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Preparing for a Pandemic

Posted on Oct 15th, 2014

Chances are, we won't have to deal with a pandemic. But wouldn't it be better to be prepared if the worst happened? I sure think so! Here are a few…

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The Secret to Grocery Shopping with Kids but Without the Tantrums

Posted on Oct 27th, 2014

I have three young children, including a set of twins. Grocery shopping with twins, and then later with another child, has taught me a thing or two…

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How to Get Kid’s Clothes for Less

Posted on Oct 27th, 2014

Children go through clothes fast. When they are babies, they outgrow clothing so quickly, and as they get older, even if they don't grow super fast,…

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Five Fun Halloween Traditions

Posted on Oct 29th, 2014

Fall is one of the best times of year. The weather starts to cool down, the smell and taste of pumpkin is everywhere, and it's just so cozy. I…

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Toddler Chore Chart Wheel and Ideas for Toddler Chores

Posted on Nov 10th, 2014

Looking for some easy, toddler appropriate chores? Be sure to check out this post with easy ways to teach them to be responsible for themselves and…

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Important Values That My Grandfather Had

Posted on Nov 10th, 2014

On October 18th, my Grandpa Barker passed away. Although he was in his nineties, and his heart had started to fail him, it was still so sad to wake…

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45+ Inexpensive Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers

Posted on Nov 13th, 2014

It's about that time of year where I start stocking up on stocking stuffers. I don't ever think stocking stuffers need to be anything big or amazing…

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DIY Bead Ornaments

Posted on Nov 14th, 2014

As a mom of 3 kids and blogger at Practical Parenting, I feel like time gets away from me during the holidays with all the busyness of the season.…

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Cultivating a Thanksgiving Heart – Book Review

Posted on Nov 24th, 2014

We are entering the crazy rush of the holiday season. Next week marks Thanksgiving and then immediately following is Black Friday, Cyber Monday and…

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Kid-friendly Christmas Tree

Posted on Nov 25th, 2014

Hello Clarks Condensed readers! I am Melissa from My Mommy Style and I am so excited to be here today to share a Christmas craft with you. Over at My…

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25 Must Read Children’s Christmas Books

Posted on Dec 1st, 2014

The Christmas season is finally in full swing! I can finally listen to Christmas music without Forrest scowling at me, and there's just so much joy…

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Preparing Your Home for Holiday Guests

Posted on Dec 6th, 2014

It's that time of year where people are always having guests over - I love it! Even though we are usually at someone else's house for the holidays,…

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Helpful Apps for Parents

Posted on Dec 12th, 2014

I love downloading apps onto my phone and tablet. It's kind of addicting! There really is an app for just about everything. When I was pregnant with…

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Six Ways to Learn with LEGO® DUPLO® Blocks

Posted on Dec 13th, 2014

Looking for some creative ways to teach your toddler? Here are six fun ways to learn with LEGO®  DUPLO®  Blocks that your kids will…

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29+ Memorable Family Christmas Traditions

Posted on Dec 15th, 2014

One of the best parts of the Christmas season is the memorable traditions. Here are over 29 memorable family traditions everyone will remember for…

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Chex Mix Muddy Buddies S’mores Bites & Indoor Family Activities

Posted on Dec 31st, 2014

Need a quick and easy dessert recipe? These Chex Mix Muddy Buddies S'mores Bites are sure to be a huge hit! They only take a few minutes to make and…

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14 Hidden Dangers That Might Be In Your Home

Posted on Dec 31st, 2014

I've always been a somewhat anxious, paranoid person but having a child made that even worse. Even though we live in a generally safe area, and our…

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30 DIY Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids

Posted on Jan 14th, 2015

  As with most holidays, I really enjoy Valentine's Day. We don't do anything too special, but it's still fun to celebrate. Most years we…

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7 Ways to Record Personal History & RootsTech Giveaway

Posted on Jan 15th, 2015

Knowing and sharing your family history is important and fun. Make sure you leave behind a personal history for your posterity - here are a few ways…

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14 Ways to Make Moving Easier

Posted on Jan 16th, 2015

Moving is never a fun process - here are 14 ways to make moving easier.  We were lucky enough to be able to work with U-Pack during our move. Our…

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Lego Crayon Valentine

Posted on Jan 18th, 2015

 Kids love Legos and crayons so why not mix the two together to create one awesome Lego Movie inspired Valentine that everyone is sure to…

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Must-Know Tips for Baby Proofing

Posted on Jan 18th, 2015

Looking for ways to baby proof your home? Here are some must-know tips for baby proofing that every parent, grandparent, or care giver should…

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Hallmark Away and Back Premiere

Posted on Jan 20th, 2015

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hallmark Hall of Fame for IZEA. All opinions are 100% honest This is a guest post by my…

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15 Easy and Creative Pregnancy Announcement Ideas to Share the News Publicly

Posted on Jan 22nd, 2015

You're pregnant! Congratulations! Being pregnant is such a beautiful gift from God! And now you have the fun task of announcing your pregnancy to all…

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15 Things You Might Not Know About Child Birth Recovery

Posted on Jan 26th, 2015

Giving birth is an exciting event in any woman's life - but it's good to be prepared! Here are 15 things you might not know about childbirth…

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Creative Gender Reveal Ideas

Posted on Feb 2nd, 2015

Looking for some creative gender reveal ideas? Here are an assortment of fun (and sometimes, tasty) ideas to help you celebrate your exciting…

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Discounts and Freebies for Moms

Posted on Feb 12th, 2015

There are a lot of great discounts, free stuff, and perks to being a parent, especially when you are pregnant! You sometimes get better parking spots…

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Tips for Making Date Night Happen

Posted on Feb 13th, 2015

Making date night happen, despite time or finance limitations, is so important to a relationship and marriage. Such great and advice and simple tips…

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Photographing Outdoor Play

Posted on Feb 14th, 2015

I'm excited for another guest post for our Beginning Photography series! Today, Melissa from Fireflies & Mud Pies is sharing tips for…

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Toddler Snack Ideas

Posted on Feb 16th, 2015

Snack time got you down? Here are a few tips to make snack time a little easier, as well as 24 snack ideas perfect for…

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Water Exercise During Pregnancy

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2015

I'm excited to have Kaitlin Gardner from An Apple Per Day guest posting for me today! Kaitlin has a wonderful blog, and when she asked if she could…

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Help Pregnant Mother’s Get the Prenatal Care They Deserve

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2015

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central and Kangu. I received a promotional item to thank me for my…

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Four Nearly Mess Free Art Mediums for Kids

Posted on Feb 28th, 2015

I've learned from experience that it isn't easy to keep a child engaged intellectually and entertained very long. The best activities are ones that…

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Surviving Breastfeeding: Tips on Breastfeeding for Success

Posted on Mar 9th, 2015

Looking for tips on breastfeeding? You've come to the right place. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you out. Be sure to join our breastfeeding…

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Easter Advent Tree

Easter Advent Tree

Posted on Mar 11th, 2015

For so many reasons, I love Easter. It's the start of Spring, which makes me so happy for the possibilities. I spend more time outdoors and let's…

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Pregnancy Survival Kit Gift Ideas

Posted on Mar 16th, 2015

Looking for a creative baby shower gift? Here are some fun pregnancy survival kit gift ideas that any pregnant woman is sure to love!)  I always…

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Tips for College Freshman

Posted on Mar 18th, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MarchIntoSavings…

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The Real Hidden Agenda in Cinderella

Posted on Mar 19th, 2015

Am I the only person who watches a movie, enjoys it, and doesn't feel a need to find all the "hidden agendas" the movie is trying to infiltrate your…

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When a group of moms get together, chances are pregnancy horror stories, and a competition of "Who had it worst" will commence. Great piece about what to do if these conversations make you feel uneasy. Because everyone's story is uniquely theirs!

Who Had It Worst? The Pregnancy Debate I Love to Avoid

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2015

This post was written by our wonderful contributor, Katelyn! "Being Pregnant SUCKS!" "Yes, it is absolutely the worst!" Sometimes I find…

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A Freshman’s Guide to BYU

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2015

The five years I spent as a student at BYU hold some of my greatest memories. I met lifelong friends, the love of my life, and learned so much. It…

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A Freshman’s Guide to BYU: Part Two

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2015

This post turned out to be much longer than I initially anticipated, so I split it into different sections. Here are the different sections, as well…

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A Freshman’s Guide to BYU: Part Three

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2015

This post turned out to be much longer than I initially anticipated, so I split it into different sections. Here are the different sections, as well…

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A Freshman’s Guide to BYU: Part Four

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2015

This post turned out to be much longer than I initially anticipated, so I split it into different sections. Here are the different sections, as well…

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Free Diaper Raffle Tickets Printable

Posted on Mar 30th, 2015

I recently was in charge of a very last-minute baby shower (less than 24 hours). Because it was so last minute, we told everyone they could just…

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Easy Bible Quiet Book Template

Posted on Apr 6th, 2015

This easy bible quiet book template is inexpensive, super easy to put together, and helps teach your child Biblical stories in a fun and educational…

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Exciting Announcement and Deal of the Week!

Posted on Apr 10th, 2015

Today, I have two fun announcements. First off, I've decided to start sharing a fun deal of the week on Thursdays with all of you! These are deals…

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How to Get Your Toddler to Sleep

Posted on Apr 13th, 2015

Do you have a toddler who has trouble sleeping? Here's 15 simple ways to help solve toddler sleep problems and get your toddler to sleep, so everyone…

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The Secret to Potty Training Success

Posted on Apr 27th, 2015

Before Jack was even born, there was one thing I was already dreading. Potty training. Although I had worked at a daycare for several years…

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50 Ways to Enjoy Pregnancy

Posted on May 4th, 2015

Pregnancy can hold some of the best and worst times of your life - here are 50+ ways to enjoy pregnancy, even when it's hard.  Be sure to check out…

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Fun Gender Reveal Shirt and Onesie

Posted on May 9th, 2015

We just found out that we are having another little boy (read more about that here), and we are so excited! I knew that I really wanted to do some…

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We’re Having a . . .

Posted on May 9th, 2015

Today was the big 20 week ultrasound. Of course, it's always great to hear that everything looks good with the baby (and it did), but the big reason…

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Gender Prediction Tests and Myths

Posted on May 11th, 2015

Boy or girl? Here are some different gender prediction tests and myths - and which ones are more accurate than others! Since we found out I was…

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Those Funny Moments When You Kinda Forget You’re Pregnant

Posted on May 21st, 2015

It may see impossible to forget that you are growing a human child in your womb, especially after you start to experience all those fun pregnancy…

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Tips for Throwing a Family Play Date & Giveaway!

Posted on May 31st, 2015

Play dates are more fun when the whole family is involved! Here are 5 tips for throwing a successful family play date or get together, as well as a…

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Heartburn During Pregnancy: Relief, Remedies and Causes

Posted on Jun 1st, 2015

Sometimes I (semi) joke about how I definitely experience all the unpleasant side effects of pregnancy. It's all worth it, but it definitely makes…

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Creative Wedding Guest Book Ideas

Posted on Jun 3rd, 2015

Are you getting married? Why not forego the traditional guest book and use one of these creative wedding book ideas to remember those who celebrated…

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Tips for Preventing and Treating Diaper Rash

Posted on Jun 4th, 2015

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Balmex for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. All babies and toddlers will get a diaper rash at…

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25+ Easy Breakfast Ideas for Kids to Make

Posted on Jun 5th, 2015

Whether you are looking for an easy breakfast recipe for yourself, a college student, or easy breakfast ideas for kids to make, you're sure to find…

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What to Do Before You Get Pregnant (and a few things you might miss)

Posted on Jun 8th, 2015

I'm not one of those people who feels like you need to have lots of money, a big house with a dog, and to have traveled the world before you have…

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The Best Free Pregnancy Workout Videos

Posted on Jun 10th, 2015

Don't have time to the hit the gym? Here are some of the best free pregnancy workout videos to keep you active during your pregnancy! Most of them…

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8 Creative Anniversary Celebration Ideas

Posted on Jun 11th, 2015

Last December, we celebrated our fourth anniversary! It's crazy to think we are half way to celebrating our fifth. In some ways, I feel like it…

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3 Ways to Show Respect to Your Husband

Posted on Jun 12th, 2015

Father's Day is coming soon, and women around the country are searching for that perfect gift for their husband. But, chances are you, as their wife,…

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Are You a Bad Mom for Sending Your Baby to the Hospital Nursery?

Posted on Jun 16th, 2015

Rooming in or hospital nursery at night? Does choosing one over the other make you a better mom? Here's my (unscientific) thoughts on the…

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Very Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms

Posted on Jun 22nd, 2015

Despite what some people say, some women can and will experience pregnancy symptoms soon after conception - long before a pregnancy test can even be…

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My Favorite Pregnancy Exercise Outfit

Posted on Jun 25th, 2015

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the best online pregnancy workout videos, and how exercising during pregnancy is one of the only things that…

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What Not To Say to a Pregnant Woman

Posted on Jun 29th, 2015

I don't know what it is about pregnant women that makes people think it's appropriate to make whatever comments, ask whatever questions, and offer up…

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9 Fun Outdoor Family Activities

Posted on Jul 3rd, 2015

Some of the best memories you can make take place outside! Here are 9 of our favorite and fun outdoor family activities that we think create some of…

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7 Tips for Car Seat Shopping

Posted on Jul 13th, 2015

Looking to buy a car seat? Whether you are buying one for your newborn baby or you are upgrading your child to a booster seat, here are a few basic…

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American Fork Fetal Fotos Review: 3D Baby Ultrasounds in Utah

Posted on Jul 18th, 2015

One of my favorite experiences when I was pregnant with Jack was getting a 3D/4D ultrasound. It wasn't something we were planning on, as they can be…

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10 Tips for Camping While Pregnant

Posted on Jul 20th, 2015

A few weeks ago we went camping (which was the first time since we've been married!) It was a really fun weekend to spend with just Forrest and Jack,…

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Six Simple Science Experiments for Kids

Posted on Jul 28th, 2015

Six fun and simple science experiments for kids and parents to do together! These teach basic science skills in simple, yet fun, ways. Thank you to…

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Spalicious and Belly Up Lone Tree Review and Discount

Posted on Aug 2nd, 2015

A few months ago, I wrote a post about 50+ ways to enjoy pregnancy. Since I'm coming in on the last part of my pregnancy (I can't hardly believe our…

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One Dish Recipes for College Students

Posted on Aug 4th, 2015

25+ easy one dish meals for college students (and anyone else who wants an easy meal!) So many yummy options! For a limited time, you can…

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Third Trimester Checklist and Ideas

Posted on Aug 10th, 2015

Are you in the last trimester of pregnancy? It can drag on - I know. Here is a third-trimester checklist and ideas of things to do to make those last…

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Hugs and Kisses Printable and Poem

Posted on Aug 12th, 2015

This free hugs and kisses printable to help show loved yours you care has been created in partnership with Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser,…

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A Letter to My College Freshman Self: Advice for College Freshman

Posted on Aug 18th, 2015

It's been just about seven years since my freshman year of college started. I graduated over two years ago (yes, it took me five years but remember -…

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Eight Tried and True Tips For Helping Kids With Nighttime Fears

Posted on Aug 24th, 2015

Thank you to Jennifer from Mom Tricks for writing this great post on helping kids with nighttime fears! I was never afraid of the dark when I was…

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8 Tips for Road Trips with Young Children

Posted on Aug 25th, 2015

It's been awhile since I've written a post about traveling with children - my post on road tripping with a baby always seems to garner a lot of…

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12 Random Holidays to Celebrate With Your Family

Posted on Aug 26th, 2015

Who says you need a super awesome reason to celebrate?! Here are 12 random holidays to celebrate with your family to make life a little…

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Five College Essentials You May Not Have Thought Of

Posted on Aug 27th, 2015

It's been awhile since I've been in college apartments/dorms, but it hasn't been so long that I don't remember a few of the quirks and joys of it…

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12 College Care Package Ideas Your Student Will Love

Posted on Aug 28th, 2015

When I was in college, I loved getting mail. Sadly, people don't really send letters anymore, so I didn't get that much. However, whenever…

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27 Mother Recommended Baby Shower Gifts

Posted on Aug 29th, 2015

Is there anyone else out there that has a hard time picking out baby shower gifts? Look no further because, I have gathered a list of items that…

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Maternity Clothes Shopping 101: When, Where, and How to Buy Maternity Clothes

Posted on Aug 31st, 2015

Wearing maternity clothes is inevitable at some point in every woman's pregnancy - here's everything you need to know about when, where, and how to…

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5 Tips for Living with College Roommates

Posted on Sep 4th, 2015

Ah, the roommate life. As I look back on my college years, I mainly remember good memories of everything. It seems as if I've blocked out any issues…

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Halloween Don’t Eat Pete Game Board Printable

Posted on Sep 8th, 2015

Don't Eat Pete is a fun, simple game for all ages to enjoy. Here is a Halloween Don't Eat Pete Game Board printable that is perfect for school and…

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Emotions of a “Surprise” Pregnancy

Posted on Sep 9th, 2015

I remember the day I found out I was pregnant with Jack very clearly. It was the Fourth of July, and I told Forrest I thought I might be pregnant. He…

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The Fun of Getting Filthy in Sports

Posted on Sep 14th, 2015

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Maytag for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Katie and I have been married about five years. We…

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Hospital Bag Packing List for Dad

Posted on Sep 15th, 2015

Mom might be the center of the labor and delivery experience but that doesn't mean dad shouldn't be prepared! Here's what dads should pack in their…

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9 Things to Do Before You Try to Conceive

Posted on Sep 16th, 2015

So you want to have a baby? Congratulations! I hope that your journey to getting pregnant is an easy one. However, before you get pregnant, there…

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My Breech ECV Experience

Posted on Sep 18th, 2015

When we found out that baby boy #2 was breech, our physician said we could either just schedule a c-section or try what is called an External…

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Newborn Survival Guide

Posted on Sep 21st, 2015

Baby Oliver has arrived! I wrote this post a few weeks before he was born, so we'll see how good my advice is now! 🙂  With our baby due very…

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5 Ways a NOOK Can Help a New Dad

Posted on Sep 22nd, 2015

Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a chance to win a $20 NOOK giftcard!  Katie and I just had another baby boy, Oliver. Just about a day before…

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2015 Family Fall Festivals and Halloween Guide

Posted on Sep 24th, 2015

One of my favorite things to do during the fall is to go to a local Halloween or Fall Festival. Since my sophomore year of college, I always made an…

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Printable Tools Memory Game for Kids

Posted on Sep 25th, 2015

Jack is always asking me to play a game with him, and I have to admit, our kid game collection is lacking. There's only so many times in a week that…

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5 Fun Ways to Say Hello to Fall

Posted on Oct 1st, 2015

  My name is Cindy, I’m one of Katie’s older sisters and I am so excited to be writing a guest post for her while she spends time with my…

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To the Mom Who Forgot Her Child in the Car – So Did I

Posted on Oct 5th, 2015

As the weather is getting hotter--already 100 degrees in some places--here is a timely reminder to avoid a tragedy that happens far too often when…

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Kid Friendly Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Tips

Posted on Oct 12th, 2015

  One of my favorite parts of Halloween is picking out the perfect pumpkin and carving a fun design on it. Growing up, I would bug my dad on…

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8 Creative Ways to Document Your Pregnancy

Posted on Oct 16th, 2015

Hello Clarks Condensed readers!! My name is Chelsea and I blog at Life With My Littles. Today I'm helping out Katie as she takes some time off for…

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Gallery Wall

Gallery Wall

Posted on Oct 17th, 2015

We recently moved back into our home, after three years living elsewhere, and I've been working on some upgrades and home decor projects. I knew that…

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Breast Cancer Risk Factors and Lactation Cookie Recipe

Posted on Oct 19th, 2015

Information on the importance of knowing your risk of breast cancer, as well as easy lactation cookies created to boost breastmilk supply This…

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My Scariest Time as a Parent – Owlet Offers and Review

Posted on Oct 21st, 2015

Here are the best prices on Owlet monitors available right now, as well as why the Owlet monitor is the #1 product you should buy: Limited…

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Easy Yogurt Drops

Posted on Oct 23rd, 2015

Does snacktime drive you batty? These easy frozen yogurt drops are awesome for kids and adults alike, and they couldn't be easier. Combine them with…

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What They Don’t Tell You About The Week After Giving Birth

Posted on Oct 26th, 2015

Sometimes, I was on cloud nine. I couldn't have been happier. And then other times? Well, this picture speaks for itself: You know what…

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Must-Know Tips for Exercise During Pregnancy

Posted on Oct 30th, 2015

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sports Authority for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Sleep or exercise? Most pregnant…

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The Ultimate Guide to Infant Sleep

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2015

"You'll never sleep again!" How many times did you hear this before you became a parent? I know I heard it a lot. And, to be honest, at times…

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12 Sanity Saving Products for New Parents

Posted on Nov 8th, 2015

This parenting thing isn't for the weak of heart. The long, sleepless nights. Trying to figure out what cry means what. Determining the best way…

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Why We Stopped Using RedBox

Posted on Nov 8th, 2015

When it comes to returning Redbox movies...we are complete failures. Here's why we stopped using it, and what we are using instead - VidAngel. It's a…

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Oliver’s Birth Story

Posted on Nov 10th, 2015

One of my favorite things to read are birth stories. I think they are beautiful! I shared my birth story on my personal blog shortly after Oliver was…

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My Breech Baby: How to Turn a Breech Baby

Posted on Nov 11th, 2015

I knew my baby was breech. Before I went into my doctor's appointment at 37 weeks - where they would determine the position my baby was in, I just…

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A Mistake No Parent Wants to Make (Owlet Deals)

Posted on Nov 18th, 2015

Babies make you tired. And when you're tired, well, sometimes you don't always make the best decisions - or even remember making them. Especially…

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10 Memorable Christmas Eve Traditions

Posted on Nov 21st, 2015

Christmas Eve was almost more fun for me growing up than Christmas day. Of course, there's great memories associated with both, but when I think…

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The Best 11 Board Games for Groups

Posted on Nov 28th, 2015

These are 11 of the BEST family friendly games for groups! I love playing these, and I think you will, too. I LOVE playing games. I grew…

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10 Ways to Countdown to Christmas

Posted on Nov 30th, 2015

Here are 15 memorable AND magical ways to countdown to Christmas that your children will never forget!   Growing up, I always remember the…

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Five Essential Nutrients for Pregnancy (And Where to Get Them)

Posted on Dec 2nd, 2015

During pregnancy, it's more important than ever to make sure you have a balanced, healthy diet. You need to make sure your diet includes these five…

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Best Gift Ideas for Second Time Moms

Posted on Dec 11th, 2015

It's easy to know what to get a first-time mom for a gift - but a second-time mom? That can be a little trickier. Here are some of the best gift…

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Curious World Review

Posted on Dec 15th, 2015

This post was sponsored on behalf of Curious World via One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own. I try to limit Jack's screen time whenever…

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Share Goodness in the World with #WishesDelivered

Posted on Dec 15th, 2015

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPS for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. A few weeks ago, my sister, Cindy shared this post on…

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How I’m Simplifying This Year (and Free Printable!)

Posted on Jan 1st, 2016

2015 was a year that brought a lot of blessings. I am forever grateful for the birth of our sweet Oliver, moving to Colorado (despite how expensive…

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To The Mom Pregnant with Her Second

Posted on Jan 4th, 2016

"All Hell breaks loose when you have your second baby." At least, that's what an article said that I read shortly before Oliver was born. I…

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One Little Known Reason Why You Should Have a Planner

Posted on Jan 8th, 2016

Until a few years ago, I was not a fan of paper planners. I figured that setting alerts on my phone or email was good enough for me. And then,…

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Postpartum Recovery Kit: Essentials for Recovery from Childbirth

Posted on Jan 11th, 2016

Recovering from childbirth can be a little rough. Here are some postpartum recovery essentials that every mom-to-be should know about.  This…

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How Hatch Baby Helped Our Baby

Posted on Jan 15th, 2016

Failure to thrive is not a fun diagnosis. {{The latest version of the Hatch Baby Scale is available for presale for $129 - way less than the…

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10 Ways to Encourage Healthy Eating in Childdren

Posted on Feb 1st, 2016

Chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, grilled cheese — who doesn’t love these foods? A favorite among toddlers and kids, these are foods that I offer…

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No Bake Lactation Power Protein Balls

Posted on Feb 4th, 2016

[mpprecipe-recipe:415] For most of you, this recipe may sound a little out there. But I promise you - lactating mother or not...these are…

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5 Ways to Build Your Food Storage – Free Food Storage Inventory Worksheet

Posted on Feb 6th, 2016

  Last week, a large part of the country was affected by some huge snow storms - maybe you were one of those people! I watched as social…

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DIY Breastfeeding Hoodie Tutorial

Posted on Feb 8th, 2016

Nurse in style with this EASY DIY Breastfeeding Hoodie - it's super simple to make (less than an hour) and a very functional nursing…

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St. Patrick's Day Dinner

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

Posted on Feb 15th, 2016

Valentine's Day is over now, so it's time to start thinking about St. Patrick's Day. I have this fun, fun friend, who is a mom of 6, who is always…

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11 of the Best Ways to Lose Weight While Breastfeeding

Posted on Feb 16th, 2016

Struggling to lose weight while breastfeeding? You are not alone! Here are 11 of the best ways to lose weight while breastfeeding without hurting…

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Pumping 101: Tips for Breastfeeding Mothers

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2016

Breast pumping is not easy - here is a list of all the breast pumping tips a mother could use! Looking for support from other Breastfeeding mamas?…

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10+ Ways to Save Big During Baby’s First Year

Posted on Feb 29th, 2016

This post brought to you by Dollar General. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Clarks Condensed. A quick glance on Pinterest will…

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What all new parents should know about RSV

Posted on Mar 4th, 2016

If you've never heard the words "RSV" consider yourself lucky. RSV is a respiratory illness our little family knows all too well. To some, it may…

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13 Things to Know about an IUGR Diagnosis

Posted on Mar 7th, 2016

"Still birth. Disabilities. NICU." Those are the words I kept coming across as I lay in a hospital bed, waiting to hear if I was going to be…

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How We Quit Obamacare (And What We Do Instead)

Posted on Mar 11th, 2016

Have you ever put $500 in a toilet and flushed it away? Well, that's what it looked like we'd be doing when I looked at our insurance premiums…

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The Ultimate Guide to Increasing Breast Milk Supply

Posted on Mar 17th, 2016

With Jack, I never worried about my milk supply. I never wondered if he was getting enough or wished that there was some kind of ounce marker that…

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The Ultimate Guide to Bottle Feeding Your Breastfed Baby

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2016

  Jack drank from a bottle probably twice in his life. I mean, I was home with him all the time (the first time I left him overnight…

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Free Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable

Posted on Mar 25th, 2016

Even though we just got buried in over a foot of snow, I think spring might finally be getting here. We live in Colorado, where you can literally…

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60+ Fun and Inexpensive (or Free) At Home Dates

Posted on Mar 27th, 2016

At this stage in our life, it is hard to go out on dates. We have a nursing baby who doesn't love to have his mama out of sight. Babysitters are…

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What Every Parent Oughta Know About Night Terrors

Posted on Apr 4th, 2016

I heard a scream of terror come from Jack's room. "Oh no..." I thought to myself. It was happening again. I wonder how long it would go on, and…

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The Secret to Preparing your Child for a New Sibling

Posted on Apr 18th, 2016

I was so scared to have a second child. And one of my biggest fears when I was pregnant with Oliver was how Jack would react. Would he be jealous?…

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I Used to be Tall (and four other twists I didn’t expect my life to take)

Posted on Apr 22nd, 2016

In elementary school class pictures I was always one of the tall girls in the back row. In this picture, I am nine; my sister Linda on the far left…

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College Finals Survival Kit

Posted on Apr 27th, 2016

It is that time of year when students everywhere are preparing for finals and end of school year assignments. I don't think it matters if you are a…

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It Could Have Been Worse

Posted on Apr 30th, 2016

"Well, it could have been worse." How often have you been told this? Or told someone else this? Or even told yourself this? Life rarely goes…

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10 Meaningful Ways to Serve With Children

Posted on May 2nd, 2016

Serving others is one of the greatest things we can do. Here are 10 meaningful and memorable ways to serve others as a family.  I was compensated…

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What I’ve Learned (so far) From Being a Mom

Posted on May 4th, 2016

When I was a little girl I had dreams of growing up, getting married and having children. I assumed that I would get to stay at home with my children…

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Introducing Solids 101: How, When, and What

Posted on May 15th, 2016

One of the most debated topics in the parenting world is how to feed your child. I usually sit back and watch these, because they can get intense!…

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What I Learned The Day I Lost My Son

Posted on May 16th, 2016

I looked behind me, expecting to see Jack hopping along. I didn't see him. The only children I saw were my nieces, Oliver (who was in my…

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17 Tips for Surviving the Newborn Stage

Posted on May 18th, 2016

Call me crazy, but I love the newborn stage. The fresh, new baby smell (someone needs to create an air freshener with that scent!) The snuggles. A…

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Dad’s Guide to Labor and Delivery (And What to Bring)

Posted on May 21st, 2016

I (Katie) have written a few posts on what to bring to the hospital - including for dads. However, Forrest wrote this post shortly before Oliver was…

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3 Things to Buy AFTER Your Baby is Born

Posted on May 25th, 2016

Browsing through Pinterest, I often see "must-haves for babies" or "things to do before baby is born." Which are awesome - I've written a baby…

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A Call For Empathy: Response to Cincinnati Zoo Incident

Posted on May 30th, 2016

In case you haven't heard, there was an incident at the Cincinnati Zoo that resulted in an injured little boy, and the death of an endangered…

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Ten Lessons Disney is Teaching My Children

Posted on Jun 4th, 2016

Disney movies are more than just entertainment - they teach wonderful lifelong lessons. Here are ten lessons Disney is teaching my children. This…

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No Room for Groceries and Baby? Try this.

Posted on Jun 4th, 2016

Shortly before Jack was born, Forrest read an article about the dangers of putting an infant car seat in the seat of a grocery cart. Of course,…

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5 Amazing Infant Sleep Products – Owlet Promo Offers –

Posted on Jun 6th, 2016

Click here to view all of Owlet's current promo codes - as of 11/1/2016, this is the only place to find them. You can purchase a refurbished unit for…

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First Pregnancy versus Second Pregnancy

Posted on Jun 7th, 2016

All pregnancies are different - even multiple pregnancies from the same woman. For me, my two pregnancies definitely had their similarities, but…

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Husband Smells Bad During Pregnancy?

Posted on Jun 8th, 2016

Pregnancy brings on a hyper sense of smell. For those of us who have morning sickness, this can make that even worse. When I was pregnant with…

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Early Pregnancy Bloating: Why it Happens and What You Can Do

Posted on Jun 20th, 2016

My attempts to hide my pregnancy for a few more weeks seemed futile as I walked past the mirror at six weeks. The night before my stomach was flat…

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Why It’s Important to Have “Me Time”

Posted on Jun 21st, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Find Your #Aah #CollectiveBias Having…

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13 Places to Find Your Ancestors

Posted on Jun 22nd, 2016

Here are 13 places where you can find out information about your ancestors - and where you can find these records! Thank you to BonCom Influencers…

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Don’t Run Out of Essentials! Avoid the “Oops!”

Posted on Jun 27th, 2016

Here are  a few of the members of my big, happy, kind of crazy extended family who  gathered together this past Father's Day. Thank you to…

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The Ultimate Guide to Hiking with Children

Posted on Jun 29th, 2016

Hiking is an excellent outdoor activity for families - here is the ultimate guide to hiking with children so you can have the best (and safest) hike…

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The Hidden Dangers of Family Fun in the Sun

Posted on Jun 30th, 2016

As parents we do everything we can to keep our children safe and healthy. But even the parent with the best of intentions or the parent who is very…

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You are Only Four

Posted on Jul 5th, 2016

The other day I had to run upstairs for a second. I asked you to watch Oliver and make sure he didn't get close to the stairs. You said, "Okay,…

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13 Foods That Support Healthy Breast Milk Supply

Posted on Jul 9th, 2016

Here are 13 foods that support a healthy breastmilk supply - this is a must-read guide for any breastfeeding mother! I think one of the things I…

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17 Truths About Breastfeeding: The Good, The Bad, and Everything In Between

Posted on Jul 11th, 2016

I was one of those moms - the ones who didn't understand how a person could have trouble nursing. Then I had my second son, and I got a big dose of…

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Five Fun and Inexpensive Family Dates

Posted on Jul 15th, 2016

At this point in our lives, it's hard to get out of the house for a date night for just Forrest and me. Oliver is nursing, and I'm just not a big…

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How We Helped Our Son Stop Waking Up at the Crack of Dawn

Posted on Jul 17th, 2016

We've had our fair share of sleep troubles with sweet Jack (as you might remember). While most of those seemed to resolve themselves by the time…

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Preparing for A Natural Labor (Even If You Don’t Want One)

Posted on Jul 25th, 2016

It felt like someone had stabbed me in the abdomen and was twisting the knife around and around. The hospital was about 25 minutes away, and I…

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101 Lunch Box Note Ideas

Posted on Aug 1st, 2016

I remember when Jack was born, the day he started school seemed so far away. I've never been one to want to rush my children to grow up and push…

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Everything You Need to Know About Protecting Your Children Online

Posted on Aug 3rd, 2016

The Internet can be a wonderful, educational place. However, it presents many dangers for children and families. HEre is everything you need to know…

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Best Places to Find Breastfeeding Clothes 

Posted on Aug 4th, 2016

Finding maternity clothes that are cute and flattering can be annoying, but it's do-able. Most stores have a maternity section, and there are…

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5 Smart Baby Products I Wish I Knew About Sooner (Including the mamaRoo Infant Seat)

Posted on Aug 9th, 2016

Five Smart Baby Products I Wish I had With My First Baby I appreciate things that make life easier – especially when it comes to my…

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Is Your Pediatrician Breastfeeding Friendly? 13 Questions to Ask.

Posted on Aug 10th, 2016

You know how they say it takes a village to raise a child? I think in many cases, it takes a village to breastfeed a child! I was fortunate to…

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Top 5 Children Travel Essentials

Posted on Aug 12th, 2016

“This post was sponsored by Dramamine® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.” I grew up in a family with six children-…

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Breastfeeding Not Blissful? 13 Common Breastfeeding Problems

Posted on Aug 18th, 2016

So I'm not sure if this whole month is breastfeeding awareness month, or just one week earlier was...I keep hearing different things! Either way,…

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How I Discovered My Kindergartner Couldn’t See

Posted on Aug 20th, 2016

This post was sponsored by Think About Your Eyes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All thoughts and opinions are…

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Three Things I Wish I Done Before My Son Got Lost

Posted on Aug 20th, 2016

The panic I felt when Jack got lost at Disneyland was quite possibly the worst I'd ever felt. It's something I'd never wish on another parent.…

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The Best Breastfeeding Supplies to Make Nursing Easier

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2016

Breastfeeding doesn't require much...however, there are a lot of great products out there that make it a little easier and enjoyable. I thought I…

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10 Things to Do The Day Your Child Starts Preschool

Posted on Aug 24th, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Famous Footwear for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I heard someone once say that school is…

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Surviving Pregnancy for Dads: From a Father of Two

Posted on Aug 29th, 2016

So, your wife is pregnant! (I'll just refer to her as your wife, because that is simpler for me - feel free to substitute whatever title you…

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10 Preschool Soccer Coaching Tips

Posted on Sep 1st, 2016

Are you coaching preschool soccer for the the first time? Here are some MUST-KNOW preschool soccer coaching tips, from an experienced preschool…

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To the Mom Sending Her Last Baby to School: Tips to Nourish Your Soul Everyday

Posted on Sep 6th, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NourishWhatsNext #CollectiveBias Unlike…

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How to Breastfeed in an Ergo Carrier

Posted on Sep 8th, 2016

Breastfeeding in a baby carrier always seemed like such a hard thing to me. Especially when I had a hard enough time getting Oliver to eat when I…

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Breastmilk Popsicles – Great for Teething and Sick Babies

Posted on Sep 9th, 2016

Okay guys, I'll admit, I've been a little nervous about posting this one! First off, I don't want anyone to think that I'm making breastmilk…

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Breastfeeding in the NICU: What You Need to Know

Posted on Sep 14th, 2016

I'm so excited to have Rebecca Meredith share her experience and tips for breastfeeding in the NICU. This is a must-read for all…

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The Mistake You Might Be Making With your Memories

Posted on Sep 20th, 2016

Shortly before Forrest and I got married, I spent hours working on this video: The video had tons of photos from both Forrest and mine's…

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What You Need to Know About Dental Work During Pregnancy

Posted on Sep 22nd, 2016

What you need to know about dental work during pregnancy, as well as why it's so important to take care of your teeth and gums for a healthy…

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The Ultimate Playlist for Labor Music Ideas

Posted on Sep 26th, 2016

Labor music ideas for the hardest contractions! My last few weeks of pregnancy with Oliver were a little hard. We found out that he was breech. I…

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Tips for Breastfeeding a Newborn

Posted on Oct 5th, 2016

Tips for breastfeeding a newborn - from first latch to cluster feeding - how to survive those first few weeks! Breastfeeding a newborn is a pretty…

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How Safe is Your Baby’s Food?

Posted on Oct 11th, 2016

How safe is your baby's food? Find out below which baby food products are the best! As parents, we all try to do the best we can. And when it…

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Dear Mr. Trump

Posted on Oct 11th, 2016

You weren't my first (or sixteenth) choice for the Republican nominee. In fact, I kind of thought it was a joke when you started running for…

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Breastfeeding During Pregnancy: What You Should Know

Posted on Oct 13th, 2016

Breastfeeding during pregnancy is one of the most common topics I see come up in different breastfeeding support groups I'm in. It's not something…

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How Accurate is the Owlet Monitor?

Posted on Oct 14th, 2016

How accurate is the Owlet Baby Care Monitor? Here is my super non-scientific test against a medical grade pulse oximetry machine.  We have been…

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30+ Adorable Newborn Halloween Costume Ideas from Walmart.com

Posted on Oct 18th, 2016

There's nothing sweeter than a baby dressed up in a costume for their first Halloween! Here are 30+ affordable and adorable newborn Halloween costume…

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The 4-1-1 on Infant Fevers

Posted on Oct 18th, 2016

Not sure how to bring down baby fever? Not sure the best way to take your infant's temperature? This article will tell you everything you need to…

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The Best Secrets for Breastfeeding at Disneyland

Posted on Oct 20th, 2016

Hey Everyone, it’s Kimberly from Get Away Today, your Disneyland vacation experts. I am so excited to be here on Clarks Condensed sharing my…

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The Ultimate Guide to Breastfeeding as a Working Mom

Posted on Oct 24th, 2016

Are you breastfeeding as a working mom? No problem! Here is everything you need to know about pumping in the workplace, working with your care…

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11 Things I Learned About Parenting From My Mother

Posted on Oct 31st, 2016

The day I became a mother, everything seemed to make sense. I had always dreamed of becoming a mother, and despite having a very difficult…

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What You Don’t Want to Forget When Baby Proofing Your House

Posted on Nov 3rd, 2016

When I became a mom for the first time seven years ago I did everything by the book. Literally. I read the baby books,  took a  baby prep class at…

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Eight Reasons My Son’s C-Section Birth was Imperfectly Perfect

Posted on Nov 3rd, 2016

    "With that first, beautiful scream, my heart burst with joy and tears burst from my eyes, leaking pure joy and love outside for all to see.…

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The #1 Thing to Pack in Your C-section Birth Bag (plus, a few other things you might need)

Posted on Nov 19th, 2016

Preparing for a c-section? Here are the essentials of a c-section hospital bag, including one little-known item EVERY c-section mama needs to have in…

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The Secret to Getting Pregnant Faster

Posted on Nov 23rd, 2016

The day you decide you want to try and have a baby is an exciting one. I'm sure there are so many thoughts flying through your head - how long…

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Tips and Tools for Family History Interviews

Posted on Nov 26th, 2016

Tips and Tools for conducting family history interviews - questions to ask for family history interview, what family history apps exist, and how to…

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The #1 Winter Car Seat Safety Tip

Posted on Nov 30th, 2016

Keep your kids safe this winter with this winter car seat safety tip - as well as the best (and safest) ways to keep your child warm in the…

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3 Secrets to Raising Polite Children

Posted on Dec 2nd, 2016

Having polite children doesn't really happen by chance - here are three "secrets" on how to raise polite children Both Forrest and I have always…

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Missed period, negative pregnancy test – Could You Still Be Pregnant?

Posted on Dec 5th, 2016

Do you have a missed period but a negative pregnancy test? You might still be pregnant (or one of these other reasons for a missed period may be the…

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Top Tips for Traveling With Breastmilk

Posted on Dec 8th, 2016

Are you traveling with breastmilk? Are you wondering, "Can you take breastmilk on an airplane?" This post covers everything you need to know to make…

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Introducing Peanuts to Infants: What You Should Know

Posted on Dec 10th, 2016

Nervous about introducing peanuts to infants? You aren't alone. Knowledge is power, and this post may help you feel a little more at ease about…

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How to Make a Breastfeeding Tree of Life Picture

Posted on Dec 18th, 2016

Well, there's a big trend blowing up the Internet right now: Breastfeeding Tree of Life Pictures. I first started seeing these a few days ago in a…

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10 Things You Might Not Know About C-Section Recovery

Posted on Dec 28th, 2016

10 Things you Might Not Know About C-Section Recovery "It was a huge help at a moment when I needed a win. I needed anything that would help me…

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Infertility SUCKS: 12 Ways to Cope

Posted on Jan 24th, 2017

Can I be completely honest about something? Infertility sucks. It sucks the life right out of you. It sucks the joy out of your otherwise…

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New Mom Gift Basket Ideas

Posted on Jan 29th, 2017

Do you know someone who just gave birth? Here are some great new mom gift basket ideas that she is sure to love! Thank you to Rite-Aid for…

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The Best Audiobooks for Kids (by age)

Posted on Jan 30th, 2017

A while back, Jack got a book that had a CD of the audiobook inside the back cover. We put in a car, and he has loved it ever since. However,…

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What I Wish I had with My First Baby 

Posted on Feb 4th, 2017

When Jack was a baby, we really could just afford the bare minimum. I remember seeing different products and thinking, "If only!" While you can…

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13 Simple Ideas for Teaching Preschoolers About Money

Posted on Feb 7th, 2017

Smart money habits should start young - here are 13 great simple ideas for teaching preschoolers about money.  Thank you to Activate by Bloglovin'…

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The Best Tips for Packing a School Lunch

Posted on Feb 7th, 2017

My daughter started first grade this past school year. Not only does that mean she is in school all-day but it also means that she…

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Things I’ve Learned Raising my Little Boys

Posted on Feb 15th, 2017

Things I've learned from raising my little boys (so far). This post brought to you by Green Works. The content and opinions expressed below are…

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Why You Should Take Your Kids to the Dentist

Posted on Feb 17th, 2017

Since they were born, both my daughters have gone to their well-check ups at their pediatrician regularly. I religiously set up their appointments…

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Momsense – Smart Breastfeeding Meter Coupon and Review

Posted on Feb 20th, 2017

Grab 20% off and free ground shipping with this exclusive Momsense Coupon Code - Specialoffer20. Apply it at checkout! Wouldn't it be nice if the…

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Five Simple Ways to Keep and Organize Your Child’s Artwork

Posted on Feb 21st, 2017

"Mommy, come see what I made!" I think this is one of the most common things I hear come from Jack's mouth. And it never gets old. Every time I…

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The Best Baby Nasal Aspirator: Which One is Right For You?

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2017

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Common Pregnancy Sleep Issues (And How To Help Them)

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2017

3:00 AM. That's the time I would always wake up when I was pregnant with Jack. It mainly had to do with the fact that Forrest had to get up at…

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Finding Balance as a Stay-at-home Mom

Posted on Feb 27th, 2017

"Your life is over once you have a child." Well, at least that's what it felt like the world was telling me when I was pregnant with Jack. I…

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Top 15 Common Fears About Labor and Delivery

Posted on Mar 1st, 2017

The Top 15 Common Fears about Labor and Delivery - I promise, you aren't alone! Be sure to join our Pregnancy and Postpartum Moms support…

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Awesome Dollar Tree Easter Basket Ideas

Posted on Mar 8th, 2017

Dollar Tree Easter Basket Ideas Easter Basket goodies don't need to break the bank. I love finding fun things and yummy treats to put in my two…

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Motherhood: What I’ve learned five years in

Posted on Mar 8th, 2017

"God gives you what you need." It was only hours after Jack was born that I remember that thought coming to my mind, clear as a bell, as I sat…

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Childhood Memories Every Child Should Have

Posted on Mar 12th, 2017

Making memories and having long-standing traditions have always been so important to me. I have so many from when I was a child that I hold dear…

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Breast Pumping Essentials for Moms

Posted on Mar 14th, 2017

Breast Pumping Essentials for Moms Be sure to join ourbreastfeeding mama's support tribe on Facebook! Breast pumping is a necessity for many…

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How to Help Your Preschooler Learn About Time

Posted on Mar 17th, 2017

School was never very difficult for me. I often made the honor roll, participated in the spelling bee, and I could usually pass all my classes…

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Postpartum Depression: Stories of Hope and Healing

Posted on Mar 20th, 2017

600,000. That is the average number of mothers who will suffer from postpartum depression this year (source).  15% As someone who suffered…

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7 Things You May Not Know About Chuck E. Cheese’s

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2017

Chuck E. Cheese's has made some great changes lately! Here is our Chuck E. Cheese Review, along with 7 Things You May Not Know about this iconic…

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Excessive Saliva and Spitting During Pregnancy – Is it Normal?

Posted on Mar 27th, 2017

Can't stop spitting during pregnancy? Read on.  Shortly after Jack was born, we attended a family reunion. One of my cousins was pregnant, and I…

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