Author Archives: pnmag

Giving thanks

No matter how hard I tried to come up with other ideas for what to say here, I kept coming back to my family. They’re my fave, hands down. Lacey, Editor in Chief Dotty Ellipsis custom print, from $15 I … Continue reading

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Turn left, sleep right

Proper positioning throughout pregnancy can make for an optimal night’s rest. Follow these tips to get the best beauty sleep possible. Sleep for two Sleeping on your left side can benefit both you and baby. Doing so improves blood flow, … Continue reading

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November 2014 and Buyer’s Guide Free Stuff

Click below to view the giveaways for our November issue and Buyer’s Guide. You can enter all contests once daily. November 2014 Free Stuff Buyer’s Guide 2014 Free Stuff

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Find your circadian rhythm

Our internal body clocks control the production of the hormone melatonin and help regulate how much and how often we sleep. But pregnancy can—as you probably know firsthand—throw this cycle off. “Just about all pregnant women experience waking in the … Continue reading

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November 2014 Free Stuff

We have more than $3,000 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our November issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes November 30, 2014. Boppy Slipcovered Pillow and … Continue reading

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Do some good with gifts that give back

We have so much to be thankful for this time of year, and it’s easy to show our gratitude by giving back—even while stocking up for baby. As you begin thinking about gifts for the upcoming holidays, pay it forward with these charitable choices. … Continue reading

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Recipe for rest

Going through your day in a zombie-like state? Well, misery loves company. Roughly 8 out of 10 women report periods of sleep disturbance during pregnancy, citing everything from being uncomfortable at night to feelings of anxiety to restless legs as … Continue reading

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Brica ComforTemp Infant Bather

The Brica ComforTemp Infant Bather is a safe and durable bather for infants that’s easy to use from day one! This two-piece bather is incredibly simple to assemble and in just seconds is ready to use on your countertop or … Continue reading

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Pile up

Corral dirty duds in a cleanly designed hamper. ferm LIVING hamper, $115 Drape those impossibly tiny baby clothes over sweet and solid wood hangers. The Container Store wooden hangers set, $8 Skip messy measuring, and drop a good-for-you, good-for- the-environment … Continue reading

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Exhausted expectations

Your pregnancy test comes back positive, and you feel on top of the world. But then fatigue strikes. Although you’ve likely read about it (along with cravings, morning sickness and all the other early pregnancy symptoms), you probably weren’t prepared … Continue reading

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Week 35: Costumes I can pull off this Halloween

I don’t generally dress up for Halloween. So, when my 3-year-old asked me what I was going to be this season I told her, “tired.” At the time, it seemed an accurate costume to represent being almost nine months pregnant … Continue reading

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What are grandparents for?

The title of one of Wendell Berry’s books famously asks the question: “What Are People For?” I’d like to narrow the scope of that question and ask: What are grandparents for? This question is burning on my mind right now … Continue reading

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Pattern LA Classic diaper bag

When it comes to the diaper bag, there are two big options: function or style. For the no bells and whistles camp, a diaper bag is a straightforward concept. It’s a place to stash the mountain of gear you need … Continue reading

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A spooky realization

There are lots of reasons people have babies: Personal fulfillment, leaving a legacy, blessing planet Earth with the glorious byproduct of their unfathomably good genes … Sure, I mulled over a few of these sentimental baby-making mantras when we decided … Continue reading

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Week 20: For the love of pulled pork

As I stand in front of the refrigerator, the coolness wafting out, I scan the shelves. I see tons of healthy snacks including big purple grapes, cheese sticks, celery and carrots staring back at me. But, all I keep thinking … Continue reading

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Breastfeed where?

We’re four kids deep, so this is my fourth go-round with breastfeeding. You name it, I’ve probably nursed a baby there. In the car, at the park and at various sporting events? Absolutely. On the beach in Hawaii? Oh yeah. … Continue reading

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Chicco NextFit Zip Convertible Car Seat

When our son outgrew his Chicco KeyFit Infant Car Seat, we moved him up to Chicco’s NextFit Zip. I loved the idea of a zip-off washable seat cover and figured it would probably be handy in our future. After testing … Continue reading

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Our little peanut: The birth of Lydia Simone

Peanut Watch 2013 was a very watched event! No one knew when Peanut would be coming or just what kind of peanut we would be having. Micah and I had decided not to know the sex of the baby, so everyone … Continue reading

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Win it: Pattern

Whether your beautiful babe is still sporting those tiny newborn diapers or starting potty training soon, the Transitional Diaper Bag by Pattern is the carryall you’ve been looking for. Mamas can have the style and versatility of a classic (vegan leather!) tote on the … Continue reading

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Week 34: What’s my baby doing in there?

As I waddle my way to the finish line at world’s slowest speed, and with a slight limp from Relaxin-filled hips, I find myself wondering what’s going on in there. Do I really need a third trimester? If my baby’s … Continue reading

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Expressions

If you’ve ever seen the ridiculously funny movie, Zoolander, then you’ll recall the humorous facial expressions of the main character, Derek Zoolander. He has looks such as “Blue Steel” and the heroic “Magnum” look, which was so amazing that it … Continue reading

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Petunia Pickle Bottom Hideaway Hobo

I thought a stylish, designer, affordable diaper bag would be next to impossible to find; especially one that met the needs of a new mom on the go. Enter the Petunia Pickle Bottom Hideaway Hobo diaper bag. Boy, does this … Continue reading

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Busy Bea

I’m not sure why the word “schedule” is used in relation to babies. Ever. All it takes is one growth spurt, one sprouting tooth or one nighttime bout with gas for the idea of sticking to an agenda to implode … Continue reading

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Week 19: Maternity clothes and the growing bump

I have a love/hate relationship with maternity clothes. I LOVE that they are oh-so-roomy and non-constricting (Do tight clothes make anyone else feel sick to their stomachs when they are pregnant, or is that just me?) But, I hate that … Continue reading

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guzzie+Guss Perch Hanging Highchair

I am excited to be reviewing guzzie+Guss’s Perch Hanging Highchair and have enjoyed using it with our 1-year-old son. He likes sitting right at the dinner table with us, and I appreciate how the open space underneath allows us to … Continue reading

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Win it: Luca and Company

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Frieda (NE)! Mamas, your playroom is set with this week’s Win-it! Even if your little one is in the teeny stage, it might be time to start collecting some toys of the (rare) electronic-free … Continue reading

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What bravery really means: The birth of Aidan

The night it happened, I awoke in sudden pain. I instinctively grasped for the opposite side of the bed, but my husband, Chris, was gone. I remembered in a diminishing fog that he was working nights—not his favorite part of … Continue reading

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The baby goes with everything

Babywearing is the bomb. People still say that, right? Honestly, I don’t know how else to get anything done. Our girl is three months old already and as opinionated as ever. She declares her preference to be held loud and clear. … Continue reading

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Moving on up

When our girl was two weeks old, I made a list of all the important items that made life with a brand new baby easy peasy. (Spoiler alert: It’s a short list.) Twelve weeks later, here’s what we’re still using, what she’s … Continue reading

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Week 33: 12 things I never said until I was pregnant

Pregnancy is a whole different ballgame where nothing is really taboo. The closer you get to childbirth, the more comfortable you are sharing your stories of mucus plugs and bloody shows with your mailman. You want to express your opinions … Continue reading

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Summer Infant Prodigy

I can say with confidence that our preemie baby seems very happy in the Summer Infant Prodigy car seat. We feel good, too, knowing it has such a high safety rating from a top-rated brand. We love that the shoulder … Continue reading

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I like breasts

I’ve been thinking about breasts a lot lately, even more than usual. Being around my breastfeeding wife has made me more thoughtful and aware of breasts. I like breasts. In fact, I like them a lot. That may not be … Continue reading

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A pumpkin for my punkin’

It doesn’t quite feel like October in the McKinley household until we’ve been to the pumpkin patch. Although we normally hike to the farthest edges of the patch to find the untouched vines and the grandest gourds, this year we … Continue reading

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Week 18: CAUTION: Traveling while pregnant

Pregnancy changes a lot of things that normally you don’t give a second thought about: getting dressed every morning, a normal amount of trips to the bathroom and a solid night of sleep, just to name a few. Last weekend … Continue reading

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40 Weeks: 40 Reasons I’m glad I’m 40 weeks pregnant

One thing everyone loves to say when you’re at the end of pregnancy is “You’re almost at the finish line!” While I appreciate the sentiment, I don’t know very many women who are nine months pregnant and still running races. … Continue reading

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Worth waiting for: The birth of Olwethu

Well … I don’t know where to start. But then I was 40 weeks when I decided to go to the hospital. When I arrived there, there was some nurse who was helping around, so I took some time waiting … Continue reading

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New adventures

It happened. My sweet little boy turned 1! We’ve survived the first year, and I’ve lived to tell the tale week after week with you, dear readers. Pregnancy & Newborn’s “Knocked Up” and “Adventures in Motherhood” blogs allowed me to … Continue reading

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Win it: Bravado

This contest is now closed. Congratulations Lynda (CA). Just because you’re breastfeeding your bundle of joy doesn’t mean your undergarments have to be drab. There is nothing more beautiful than motherhood, and Bravado is here to help give you that extra confidence … Continue reading

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This week’s Win its!

Get excited, mamas! It’s your lucky week—we’ve upped your odds of claiming a fabulous freebie with two Win its, for a total value of more than $500 in prizes. Click below to toss your name into the hat for a chance to win … … a … Continue reading

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Maxi-Cosi Mico AP

The Maxi-Cosi Mico Air Protect (AP) arrived at my door a few days after the arrival of my gorgeous—if I do say so myself—son. (He arrived early, for the record; the car seat did not arrive late.) I was given strict … Continue reading

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Week 32: Pregnancy myths debunked

We’ve all heard the old wives tales of pregnancy. For example, if you spin a wedding ring on a strand of your hair (or a string) over your belly, the direction it moves will tell you the gender of your baby. … Continue reading

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Doing (some of) it all

I had coffee with a friend last week. She’s pregnant with her fourth boy—let’s have a moment of silence for her because you know she never gets those—and she asked me earnestly, “How do you ever get anything done? Isn’t … Continue reading

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PacaPod Firenze

Let’s start with the obvious: PacaPod’s Firenze diaper bag is absolutely stunning. It’s made of sumptuous pebble leather available in either chocolate or putty and rivals that of any designer handbag, with the gold hardware to match. This bag is … Continue reading

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There are no formulas

Generally speaking, men like to solve problems. I am no exception to this rule. To me, a crying baby, a dirty diaper, a sleep-deprived wife are all problems that need solutions. Most of the time I look to the established rule … Continue reading

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Win it: HALO Bassinest

Now your little one can sleep as close to you as you want—even right next to your bed—and still snooze safely in his own separate space, thanks to the HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper. And the more it moves, the less you … Continue reading

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Emily Robertson

Emily is currently in the process of moving to Bowling Green, Kentucky from Denver with her husband, toddler son and a baby girl on the way. Her family moves around quite a bit and has called three states and a Canadian province … Continue reading

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Starting solids

We did it! We did the thing! We started Bea on solids! Making that first bowl of cereal was a big deal in the McKinley household: washing the new baby dishes, precisely measuring the cereal, obsessively Googling “baby’s first feeding,” … Continue reading

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Week 39: Hospital bag

I have no clue how we’ll pay for my daughter’s college or wedding, and although we passed the “Infant Care” classes, I’m still not entirely positive what to do with regard to the umbilical cord stump. As far as feeling … Continue reading

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Week 17: The gender question

If you are a parent or an expectant parent, you know there are definitely some topics that divide all of us passionately when it comes to pregnancy and babies. Just a few of these issues include natural birth or epidural, to … Continue reading

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Win it: Lansinoh

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Amanda (WA)! While breastfeeding your babe comes with plenty of benefits (for moms and minis!), getting milk from breast to bottle can be a hassle—and a painful one at that! Mamas, you’ve got to … Continue reading

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