By Kylie McConville for TheBump.com
Thinkstock / The BumpYou thought you'd be less stressed after New Year's, but not with all the stuff you've got lying around now -- holiday cards, gifts, packaging and old toys baby has ditched for new ones. Organizational gurus share easy tips to get your home back to its normal state (or close to it), pronto.
We get it. You're exhausted after all that holiday cheer, but the longer you take to get back on track, the more likely it is that the clutter situation will get worse before it gets better, says Jill Pollack of Consumed, an HGTV Canada show about decluttering. And especially if you have time off from work, take advantage of those days and get the chores of taking down the decorations and finding places for all the new stuff done now. Moms with busy schedules should "keep the least amount of to-dos on their to-do list," says Pollack.
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Shutterstock / The BumpFor those of you who are waiting on the arrival of a baby boy or baby girl, we've got the best holiday names to inspire you!
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Top holiday girls' names
Seraphina -- Hebrew for "powerful angel"
Gloria -- Latin for "glory"
Laila -- Hebrew for "night"
Natalia/Natalie -- Latin for "Christmas Day"
Top holiday boys' names
Kris -- after Kris Kringle
Gabriel -- responsible for telling Mary she was pregnant
Fritz -- little boy in The Nutcracker
Micah -- he foretold that the birth of Jesus would be in Bethlehem
Michael -- one of the seven archangels
Callum -- means dove, the symbol of peace
What's your favorite holiday-inspired name?
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1. He already plans to be a "hands-on" dad.
Just when we thought we couldn't swoon for Prince Will any harder, it's been said that the Duke of Cambridge wants to be present in every aspect of his new baby's life -- just like his mom.
2. He's ready to trade in his Royal Air Force duties.
When that little bundle makes its way into this world, the duke will probably make a permanent move to be closer to home and his family. Any dad who's willing to change up his work routine to be closer to his child gets an A+ in our book!
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3. We heard he wants to change "nappies."
By Lori Richmond for TheBump.comRead More »from A Survival Guide for Traveling with Kids
Photo: Matthew Richmond / The BumpHoliday travel is stressful enough -- but toss babies and kids into the mix? Now you've got the potential for a mind-numbing, stress-inducing, blood-pressure-raising disaster. Having just completed an eight-hour train ride with two kids, one husband, a stroller, a car seat, two suitcases, and backpacks and various other accoutrements in tow, I came up with a few ways to help holiday-haggard moms like me stay moderately sane during the craziest travel time of the year. (Speaking of crazy, those are my kids in the photo, about six hours into the ride.)
Your ability to entertain is the key to your survival
Surprise your child on departure day with some brand-new books and small toys. This is much more effective than bringing along the toys they're used to playing with every day. Anything that your kid hasn't seen before is guaranteed to buy you at least an extra five -- or even 10 -- minutes of entertainment! Distribute these goodies wisely throughout
Go old-school with baby's toys! These timeless picks aren't just free of annoying lights and songs (no batteries required!), they also offer a variety of learning experiences and ways to play. Oh, and did we mention? -- they're fun for baby!
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Picking up my three-year-old daughter, Lovie, from school at 3:30 p.m., like I do every day, I peeked into the window of her room and saw her sitting right in front of her teacher, who read from a book. One of her classmates saw me and feverishly started pointing in my direction while nudging Lovie. She followed the classmate's pointed finger, saw me standing there like a goofy madwoman waving and smiling, and frowned. I should've known then that the drive home would be hell-like.
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After we pulled out of the school's parking lot, Lovie asked for some water, so I gave her a bottle of water that had been sitting in my cup holder. "It's broke, Mama," she said.
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You've hired someone to take care of your baby. You've given them unfettered access to your home and your life. They know more about your daily habits than even your own mother does. But do you know how much of that information they're keeping to themselves and how much they're sharing with their online friends and followers? Here's a sampling of real tweets posted by nannies on Twitter:
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Limit time-consuming tasks.
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