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An Honest Review of The Honest Company

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 by 1 Comment

By now, you’ve probably heard that celebrity supermom Jessica Alba is part owner/founder of The Honest Company.

A company that sells a line of products void of harsh chemicals. A company that focuses on families.

The Honest Company carries everything from dishwasher pods and laundry detergent to sunscreen and diapers.

What’s even better? You can actually get two trials from them, before  you make a “bigger” purchase. These two trials include the diapers/wipes and the family essentials.
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Facebook Photos and Your Kids: Where to Draw the Line

Posted on May 28, 2013 by 2 Comments

As parents, we spend a significant amount of time educating our kids on being safe. Safe at school, safe with their friends, safe in the neighborhood, and safe online.

But do we, the parents, need to heed our own advice?

Recently, my husband and I had a conversation with our teenager about a status she posted on Facebook. We discussed what can follow her online; what she wants to think about before she posts; and how, while it might seem okay right now, it might not be okay three years from now.
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The Mommy Files: Homemade Baby and Toddler Food

Posted on May 18, 2013 by No Comments

I think I’ve mentioned before that L really loves those squeeze pouch foods. I got smart though and bought some reusable squeeze pouches. The problem? I needed some recipes to make the food to fill them with.

And yes, I know I could do simple things like applesauce or pureed carrots, but she’s three. She’s eating more than just the basics.

Plus, she’s recently been on sort of a green veggie boycott, so I was hoping to find some recipes that incorporated spinach and/or kale. Read more…

The Mommy Files: Awesome Father’s Day Crafts

Posted on May 15, 2013 by 1 Comment

Now that Mother’s Day has come and gone, it’s time to think about Father’s Day. And though you can certainly buy a Father’s Day gift for your beloved, it’s nice to have the kids do a little crafting too.

At school, for Mother’s Day, the kids all put their footprints on a small art canvas and then the teacher drew the middle of a butterfly … I think it came out pretty cute, don’t you? Read more…

The Mommy Files: Summer Reading Programs

Posted on May 11, 2013 by 1 Comment

I’m a big advocate of year-round school. A lot of parents don’t agree with me, and they sometimes even accuse me of just being a lazy parent.

Like, “Wow! You don’t even want to spend time with your kids during the summer? Hm … ”

But it’s genuinely not that. It’s the fact that so much brain drain happens in the summer. It’s crazy.
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EcoJot Toddler Growth Charts

Posted on May 9, 2013 by 1 Comment

When we were kids, growth charts consisted of pen markings on a door frame.

In fact, the growth charts are still visible at my parents house.

Now, they’re cute, creative, and genuinely a piece of room decor that should be displayed proudly.
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The Mommy Files: Decorating on a Dollar Store Budget

Posted on May 8, 2013 by 1 Comment

I’m always on the lookout for cheap ways to decorate my house.

Let’s face it, with three kids (two being three or younger), there’s no point in doing anything “nice,” because it will likely get ruined anyway (says the mom who just discovered a giant pink handprint on her white bathroom door.

So here’s what I’ve discovered. You can actually do a whole lot of decorating (and organizing!) by utilizing a little creativity and your local dollar store.

Don’t believe me? You will after this.
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The Mommy Files: Building a Terrarium

Posted on May 4, 2013 by 1 Comment

I’m not good with house plants, so a terrarium is a good way to have some plants without the risk of killing them. Terrariums absorb pollution, they create a pretty centerpiece, and take very little care so you can have them anywhere, from in a house to in a cubicle.

This foolproof guide to building a terrarium in one hour has some good points regarding where to get started, and Molly over at Three Sisterz has a simple list of “ingredients” you need to start your very own. Everything she used is inexpensive and easily found at three different stores.
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The Mommy Files: Things That Make Me Laugh

Posted on May 1, 2013 by No Comments

Every now and again, I need a good laugh.

Maybe it’s because I’m the mother of a teenager, a toddler, and an infant. Maybe it’s because I have way too much to do and surfing the ‘net for something funny is a great time waster.

I have no idea.

But what I do know is that today, we’re going to be all about funny.
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