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Fever on the Rise ~ How High is too High?

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Fever on the Rise ~ How High is too High?

    We’ve all been there: your little one cries in the night, you rush in to console and find their body hot to the touch. You attempt to take their temperature but in discomfort, they wiggle and squirm. Finally, after several attempts, you get a reading of 101° or was it 102°? Because you’ve learned a temperature under the armpit is typically off by a degree or two, you really begin to feel alarmed. An increase in body temperature over 100.4°F is considered a fever.  A fever can be particularly...

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How To Create The Perfect Fourth Trimester

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How To Create The Perfect Fourth Trimester

    Congratulations! After 9+ months you’ve finally met your little bundle of joy. You’re ready to settle into your new “normal” only that new normal feels utterly chaotic. How can you seamlessly transition from a crying newborn to an engaging, smiling 4-month-old?  It’s called a perfect Fourth Trimester.  The Fourth Trimester: Yes, It Does Exist! Let’s discuss what it is, how it impacts you and your baby, and how to create the perfect fourth trimester.   What Is The Fourth...

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Your Kid’s Helmet Fit Guide

Posted by on 7:00 am in Activities, Child Rearing, General Health & Safety, Topics | 0 comments

Your Kid’s Helmet Fit Guide

    Your kids are on the move. Your pediatrician has advised you to make sure they wear their safety gear, especially a safety helmet, to protect those hard heads of theirs. Now how do you make sure you’re getting the right helmet and the right helmet fit?   This is extremely important as more than 80,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to skateboarding alone.    Find the Right Helmet Fit   It’s imperative that a helmet fits your child correctly and that your...

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TOP 5 RIGHT CAR SEAT SAFETY CHECKS

Posted by on 7:00 am in Child Rearing, General Health & Safety, Postnatal Care, Prenatal & Newborn, Topics, Travel & Vacation | 0 comments

TOP 5 RIGHT CAR SEAT SAFETY CHECKS

    I have a love / hate relationship with car seats. Why? I LOVE the protection and safety they afford our little ones. But I HATE that there are a million to choose from and that the best type for your child may change as your child grows. There is one brand that checks most boxes and comes the closest to a universal seat …more on that later.   For now, let’s focus on making sure the car seat we’ve already invested in is as safe as possible.   Did you know, a whopping 73 % of car seats are not installed...

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7 Must Read Books for Expecting Moms

Posted by on 7:00 am in Books, Child Rearing, Labor & Delivery, Postnatal Care, Prenatal & Newborn, Sleep, Topics | 0 comments

7 Must Read Books for Expecting Moms

    I’m a book lover. And I research topics to no end when I want to make sure to have accurate information. As a mom, I’ve found certain books to be lifesavers for certain seasons of motherhood.   The following list of 7 books are a must read for any expecting moms, whether it’s her first or her umpteenth baby.   I’m going to present each book in a sequential order. So consider reading book number 1 before book number 7.   Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth   Ina May Gaskin Random House,...

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The No Guesswork Wine & Food Pairings Infographics

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The No Guesswork Wine & Food Pairings Infographics

  Updated from original publication on October 24, 2015 as part of a series called 31 Days of Methods In Madness. To read all the articles click here.     Wine & Food Pairings   What’s the saying…Oh yeah, “The most expensive part of having kids is all the wine you have to drink.”   There might be something said for that; I didn’t really appreciate wine until after I had children.  🙂     All kidding aside, I don’t care much for alcohol in general. Beer is not...

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5 Tested Screen Time Tips For Your Kids In This Digital Age

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5 Tested Screen Time Tips For Your Kids In This Digital Age

    Screen Time Reality   Kids today are surrounded by digital devices. They were born into a digital age. We parents continually try to navigate this reality, determining the role tablets, computers, smart phones, and television should play in the lives of our children. The advice out there on screen time seems to contradict and even shift right before our eyes.   So is there a science to screen time? How can we know for sure what is best for our children now, and as they mature? What will help us make good decisions...

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Grammar Can Be Fun!

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Grammar Can Be Fun!

    I’ve discovered grammar can be fun for kids!   I’ve laughed till tears run down my face!  My 8 and 11-year-old nephews cracked up begging for more!  My 4 and 6-year-old daughters were engaged, laughing, and wanted to do this every chance they get!  What is it?   Mad Libs Junior   I’d played Mad Libs occasionally, and yes it’s been moderately fun.  So I decided to get a Mad Libs book for a recent road trip to Florida. Little did I realize, they make these books in a...

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Parents: Is Patience Or Kindness Greater?

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Parents: Is Patience Or Kindness Greater?

    Patience or Kindness?   I’ve been tossing this question around for a while now. Some may feel these attributes are interchangeable or that one should not be greater than the other. In theory, I’d agree. And I did for many years. In application, I found something else to be true recently.   There is definitely a relationship between patience and kindness.   Without patience, a putting up with either emotionally or physically in the absence of anger, kindness can’t truly exist. Kindness though is a...

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E.A.S.Y. Sleep Training – Month 6 to Month 9

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E.A.S.Y. Sleep Training – Month 6 to Month 9

    I’m finally back from hiatus.  As I mentioned to readers, I had to take some time for various reasons to focus on my family and my health.  And now I can reveal a major reason…drum roll anyone? I’m pregnant! After multiple miscarriages, I’m hoping that this will be my rainbow baby to join my four and six-year-old. I almost feel like I’m starting all over again. So this series is as much a refresher course of what has worked for me and thousands of other mom’s and hopefully,...

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Spring’s Top 3 Storms and How To Prepare Our Homes

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Spring’s Top 3 Storms and How To Prepare Our Homes

    Spring is in the air! And it’s such a beautiful time. The trees and flowers are in bud. Warmer weather and longer days call for bike rides and hikes in the big outdoors. It’s also time for a little pedicure…but I digress.   Along with the beautiful weather comes unstable weather patterns that can result in heavy rain, high winds or even hail. Some of these weather patterns are unique to certain regions; however, lately it seems the entire country is afflicted by unstable weather patterns in the Spring....

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