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Week 31: Unexpected preview trip

Ah, week 31. It shall forever live in infamy as the week of the stomach bug. Or the food poisoning. Either way, it will live forever as the week I got to take a sneak peek at what my life will … Continue reading

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Break through

You guys, it finally happened! After weeks (or maybe months?) of drooling, gnawing and gnashing, sleepless nights and helpless cries, Akira finally cut a tooth! That’s right—a single, tiny first tooth has broken through his lower gums, and we are … Continue reading

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Week 19: The week I started to forget—everything

Upon finding out I was pregnant, I started thinking about the clichés and supposed symptoms of bodily changes I would possibly endure. Admittedly, I was a naysayer of things like cravings and the “eating for two” mentality. I believed it … Continue reading

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Week 39: The one with all the progress (and also no progress at all)

Thirty-nine weeks. No progress. My doctor’s appointments are weekly now, and last week confirmed that there’s been no progress made towards this baby’s exit. I can’t say I’m surprised.   People keep asking if I’m still working. The answer is yes. … Continue reading

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A drive-thru getaway

Bring the bubbly, fluff the pillows and draw the drapes: I’ll read The Skimm while I nosh blackberry crepes and read Yelp reviews for Barrio (fusion tacos), Barbettte (classic French), and Piccolo (Italian small plates). No concern for time, I’ll … Continue reading

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Main squeeze: The birth of Rocco

I remember when I said I couldn’t possibly love another baby as much as I love Maya. Well, I’ve never been so happy to be wrong. My heart just massively exploded and is oozing love, pride, and all that ‘head over heels’ … Continue reading

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Sympathy weight and a pregnancy update

It’s a new year, and with each new year comes resolutions. Resolutions, it seems, can only be made on/around January 1st. I’m no different—I told myself I’d begin with my kettlebell workouts again. Yup, one resolution, that happens to be … Continue reading

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Week 30: How can I possibly be this tired?

I’m currently sitting at home in Omaha and enjoying one of the blessed little treats that are occasionally awarded to us teachers—our very first snow day! Since the school districts called off school yesterday around 2 p.m., I had a … Continue reading

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It’s a win-win from Evenflo!

Enter here to win both the Evenflo ADVANCED SensorSafe™ Embrace™ DLX carseat plus the World Explorer ExerSaucer!

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Chatterbox

In what seems like a few short months, Akira has not only grown exponentially in physical size, but I also feel like his personality has really started to shine through. He loves laughing and rolling over. He coos and observes. … Continue reading

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Evenflo Platinum INVIGOR8

We are in LOVE with our Evenflo Platinum INVIGOR8! It is super easy to maneuver and very lightweight. It can support passengers up to 50 pounds, and up to 38 inches tall. (Only children who can sit unassisted can use … Continue reading

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Baby Trend Manta Snap Gear Jogger

When we received our Baby Trend Manta Snap Gear Jogger we were so excited! The manual was easy to use and assembly was very quick. There were no tools required—our tires came inflated in the box, but the manual indicated that … Continue reading

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Orbit Baby O2 Stroller Base and G3 Stroller Seat

I’ve eyed the Orbit Baby strollers from afar since I first started looking at strollers about five years ago. It’s at the top end of strollers, and I wanted to know what all the hype was about. Well, I happily … Continue reading

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Kolcraft Sprint Pro Jogging Stroller

When we got the Kolcraft Sprint Pro Jogging Stroller in the mail, it took me all of 30 seconds to get the scissors and tear open the box. My husband and I were so excited it had arrived! We have … Continue reading

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From baby to boy

What a week it has been! Within the past seven days, Graham has said a couple of words, started walking and gotten his first haircut. I’m proud and sad at the same time—I don’t know whether to laugh or cry or … Continue reading

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Week 18: Almost halfway to baby!

Hi! I’m Lauren. I am almost 19 weeks pregnant with my first baby. My husband (his name is Matt) and I are thrilled, but it certainly took time to process this change! Time is flying by, so allow me to … Continue reading

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Enter to win a phonics DVD from NCircle!

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Best buds

Clue her in You’ve both endured hangovers and breakups, and you learned from experience how to get each other through them. If your longtime gal pal hasn’t been pregnant or perpetually sleep-deprived, though, she may have a hard time knowing … Continue reading

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That’s about the size of it

Keeping tabs on your girth growth does more than clue you in to how much your wee one is changing inside you. The size of a mom-to-be’s bump can also predict troubles beneath the surface, such as slow fetal growth … Continue reading

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Week 38: The one where I’m still crazy

Thirty-eight weeks. Still pregnant. Still crazy. People keep asking me how I’m doing. Well, last week I gave the finger to a school bus. So that should tell you everything you need to know. My husband emailed me last week and … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Sound sleep tips

What are some things my partner and I can do at home to help our baby sleep soundly sooner? A: In my work with countless parents, I have seen that when baby doesn’t sleep, it is more challenging for them … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Teething timeline

Q: I think my 4-month-old daughter is in the beginning stages of teething. How can I be sure? A: Teething is the natural process of tooth eruption in babies. Symptoms usually begin about two to five days before a tooth … Continue reading

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First-timer’s primer on childbirth

This is really embarrassing to admit, but before I actually had my first baby, I didn’t fully understand what went on down there during delivery. I mean, I felt like I grasped the gist of it, but I didn’t know … Continue reading

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Febuary 2016—Kiinde giveaway

Keep it simple One lucky mom will win a Kiinde Twist Gift Set, so she can pump, store, organize, warm and serve her breast milk in a single pouch

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Cactus collection

a. Savvie Studio phone case kit, $40 I’m digging this fun little DIY project for my iPhone. —Lacey, Editor in Chief b. Illume bar soap, $12 Sneak in a momentary escape to the desert—without all that pesky sand. —Ginny, Contributing Editor c. Ahava … Continue reading

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The best laid plans

In 2012, I waddled around the halls of a sterile-but-friendly hospital on my highly anticipated birthplace tour. My husband and I proudly toted our birth plan and a list of questions, eager to gather information and piece together the puzzle of our … Continue reading

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Goodnight gear

1. A playful mobile to keep sleepyheads content. Yume twig mobile, $68, acorntoyshop.com 2. Hitting the hay is a hoot with starry skies and gentle melodies. Skip Hop light and sound machine, $40 3. A bedtime story you won’t tire … Continue reading

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Camera-ready

1. All in the bed Pile onto mom’s bed for a laid-back first family portrait. 2. Sweet dreams  There’s something classically cute about those blue and pink blankets. Swaddle your newbie up, and grab the camera. 3. The look You’ve … Continue reading

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Monkey business

According to the Chinese Zodiac calendar, today begins the Year of the Monkey. This nursery will be perfectly suited for your spunky, sweet girl—who, if she falls into true monkey character, will also be quick-witted, intelligent and just a wee … Continue reading

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Snow days

The East Coast finally got snow! Significant snow. Up where we live, we got around 6 inches of powder, which was perfect for sledding! I shoveled—with the help of N—the first two inches or so before it got dark. His help consisted … Continue reading

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Sweet dreams, Max

You cried big wet noisy tears when you woke from your nap today. You were disappointed with yourself for sleeping when you coulda been exploring the laundry pile and chasing the dog and hiding behind the curtains. Little love? You’re … Continue reading

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Made to order

Foods that should be fortifying become frightening when allergies or intolerances are thrown into the mix. The body misidentifies certain foods as malicious invaders, responding suddenly and violently with an allergic reaction. Fortunately, these reactions aren’t typically an issue for … Continue reading

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All in a day’s work: The birth of Grayson

Let’s start at my 35th week. (Let it be noted that while all of this was happening, I had a bad case of bronchitis, an upper respiratory infection and a sinus infection!) We went in for my checkup and did the basics—weight, … Continue reading

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Febuary 2016—Maty’s giveaway

Natural wonders Two fortunate families will win a selection of goods from Maty’s Healthy Products, including a supply of all-natural Baby Chest Rub and Baby Ointment, as well as a $25 gift card.

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Febuary 2016—Everly Grey giveaway

Cute to boot One happy household will win a prize package from Everly & Grey PR, with fun finds from Bery Baby, BabyPlus, Alexandra Rose Handmade, Stellar Seven, Lulu and Roo, and Radish.

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Tame the tension

You’ve spent months waiting for your little one to arrive, and although her birth day will be one for the books, the weeks after can be a rough ride for new parents. You’re at the constant beck and call of … Continue reading

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Bump on board

Whether your job requires regular travel or your budget allows for recreational trips (hello, babymoon!), jet-setting while pregnant is often a part of the modern mom-to-be’s life. And happily, that’s A-OK. “There’s really no medical reason why you can’t travel … Continue reading

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Febuary 2016—Petit Coulou giveaway

Bundle your bundle One cool babe will win a winter survival kit from Petit Coulou, featuring a racecar-inspired car seat cover, stroller cover, adult stroller mittens and four-piece gift set.

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What to eat when

Once you find out you’re dining for two, you’re likely to become more mindful of your daily diet. How can you be sure you’re getting the nutrition your peanut needs? It’s simple, really: Load your plate with fruits and vegetables, … Continue reading

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Febuary 2016—Amia giveaway

Slim lady One haute mama will win the Amia Active Band Waist Trainer, which she can wear while working out to slim her midsection and stimulate perspiration.

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February 2016 Free Stuff

We have more than $1,115 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our February issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes February 29, 2016. Everly Grey PR Prize … Continue reading

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Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper

The Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper was the first piece of baby furniture my husband and I assembled together as we wait for our little one to be born. When I first opened the box, I was overwhelmed by how … Continue reading

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Fast Fold + Go “D” is for Dino ExerSaucer

When moms typically think about ExerSaucers, you of course consider the hours of fun your baby will have entertaining herself, but let’s be honest: Our main concern is the amount of space it will take up in our living room. … Continue reading

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Week 29: How about a babymoon?

I have to admit, I’m glad I live during a time when babymoons are actually a “thing.” I know it’s a relatively modern tradition: deciding to go somewhere fun as a couple before your baby is born. I’m fairly certain my … Continue reading

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Teething troubles

For those of you who have little ones, I’m pretty sure we can all agree that teething is no joke. It’s never a fun time for any involved parties, and the only thing we can do is persevere and power … Continue reading

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If walls could talk

Start small Once you’ve perused the color-blocked strips at the hardware store, pick up samples of your top contenders. Then, head home and paint swatches on the wall to get a sense of how the colors will look on a … Continue reading

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When to wean

Now that we’re nearing Graham’s first birthday, I’m seriously plotting my strategy for weaning Graham from breastfeeding. It’s been real, but, sweet baby boy, I am done! Not only is little G going to lose his boob privileges soon, but … Continue reading

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Lauren DeBusschere

My name is Lauren, and I am boo’d up for life with my favorite person, Matt. We live in Atlanta, where I work as a marketing professional and content writer. Right now it’s just the two of us, but we … Continue reading

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Week 37: The one with all the crazy

Welp, I’m now 37 weeks pregnant and totally crazy. I knew the crazies would set in eventually, and now they’re here. Join me as we explore some of my favorites … I’m an emotional train wreck. Last week I found … Continue reading

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Off the charts

Pause the scene and rewind. Mind if we play it again and again? Put a piece of tape over fast-forward, though, because I don’t wanna miss this. Not this. I wanna remember your smile shining from your eyes, your skin … Continue reading

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