Now that Lola is older, it has become evident that she loves watermelon too. We've already enjoyed it several times this season and look forward to eating more of it. Even so, I plan
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- Ever since I was a little girl, watermelon was always one of my favorite treats. I remember sitting on my grandma's patio many summer afternoons filling my cheeks and covering my shirts with the sweet juice-filled treat. During my pregnancy with Lola, it was one of the few things I could stomach during the earlier part, and later it became one of the few things that I found to be a source of refreshment. Each week, my husband would go to the store buy watermelon and cut it up into small bite sized pieces. I would eat it on the way to work, at work, and even during the middle of the night. Knowing how easy it was on my queasy stomach, I imagine many of the watermelon recipes I am featuring here today would have done the same - provided me with a refreshing treat that could carry me through the summer.
- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Wed, Jul 17, 2013 2:23 PM EDT
Dining out with baby Dining out with baby can be tricky, but there's no need to limit yourselves to take-out for the rest of the baby stage. If you love eating out but aren't sure how to tackle the logistics, consider these 5 tips for visiting your favorite restaurants, baby in tow!Read More »from Bringing Baby to a Restaurant? How to Handle it like a Boss
1. Pay attention to the schedule.
Heading to grab dinner as a family right before bedtime or an afternoon nap isn't the best idea. Instead, opt to dine out when baby is well-rested and lively. He/she will enjoy the excitement of watching her surroundings, and you won't be dealing with over-tired fussiness.
2. Consider the establishment.
Does the menu offer baby-friendly and healthy foods, like fresh fruit, rice or veggies? Is the ambiance family-friendly? Is the service quick? Is there easy access to a back patio or quiet room in case baby is overstimulated and needs a break? Consider your baby's personality and the surrounding environment and prepare accordingly. A good rule of thumb? If the establishment doesn't offer high
- Ramadan is the most significant month of the year for over 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide. What makes Ramadan so special is that it is the month that the Holy Qur'an, or the Muslim Holy Book, was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad by the Angel Gabriel. During this month, Muslims all over the world fast from dawn until dusk to achieve a higher level of God consciousness. Acts of charity, increased prayer and supplications, repentance, and forgiveness of others take place. Children and pregnant or nursing women are exempt from the mandatory fasting but are encouraged to participate in the previously stated acts.
Ramadan is based on a lunar calendar. Because of this, Ramadan typically falls 10 days earlier than the previous year. This year, Ramadan begins either July 9 or 10, depending on the sighting of the new crescent moon. - By Amnah Ibrahim
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Tue, Jul 16, 2013 2:37 PM EDT
Call firstThere really is nothing like the arrival of a new baby. There is so much happiness and joy and celebration from family and friends. While new moms and dads do want to celebrate their new bundle with the world, some of it can be overwhelming and even stressful, especially during the first few hours and days of the baby's life. Having two girls myself, I can say that I learned some of this the hard way! The next time you are off to celebrate someone's new baby, make sure to consider these 12 dos and don'ts for making your visit easy on the parents:Read More »from Visiting a New Baby? Here's How NOT to Be Obnoxious
1. Call first
Before you visit the hospital or the home, make sure to call. An unexpected visitor can be really stressful for new parents!
2. Be quick
Don't over-stay your welcome. Visits should be quick - like 15-20 minutes. Unless you have been invited to stay longer, make it brief.
Related: 30 nicknames that make great baby names
3. About gifts
Yes, a new baby is a great reason to give a gift. But make sure to bring that gift to the home
- I get asked pretty often just how I am able to get so many good photos of my 17-month-old, since well…she's 17-months-old which is typically a very wiggly stage where it's basically a miracle to get a non-blurry photo. I don't have one specific secret, and I can assure you that my child is not any better at following directions than any other on-the-go toddler (if anything, she is on the more active side), but over time I've developed quite a few tricks that help me capture those super cute shots. Here are 7 simple tips that will have you on your way to taking better toddler photos in no time! - By Lauren Hartmann
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Mon, Jul 15, 2013 5:19 PM EDTThe Social Security Administration recently released a list of the most popular baby names by state! So, I made my own little roundup of the top three most popular baby girl and baby boy names for each state. See how your baby's name stacks up against the big winners like Sophia, Emma, Liam, and William. And see which states favor Isabella and Mason. - By Becka Robinson
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Easy summer fudge pops (with hidden fruit inside!) Summer is here ya'll! With temperatures breaking the 100-degree barrier this week across the country, I think it is safe to say that the season of sunshine and popsicles is upon us! This is a recipe I made last summer that was a huge hit in our house. It's mostly fruit, but you'd never know by just tasting it. So feel good about letting the littles enjoy these chocolate-y treats, they're actually eating bananas!
Related: 50 hot summer-inspired baby names
This recipe is pretty much a popsicle version of the banana ice cream recipe that has been making its rounds on the blogs and Pinterest, except that for these, you add coconut milk and take out the peanut butter. (Although you could leave the peanut butter if you want!) They are so good, and perfect for cooling off in this crazy summer heat. Plus, with mostly fruit inside, you can feel good about letting kiddos enjoy them!
- 6 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 can (roughly 1 1/2-1 3/4 cups) light coconut milk
- 3 ripe, frozen
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Jul 12, 2013 4:04 PM EDTIs your baby-to-be an MVP already? With the MLB All-Star Game just around the corner, here's our all-star roundup of modern, unique baby names inspired by baseball! Whether you're looking for boys, girls, or unisex baby names, these famous baby names are sure to be a home run! - By Keiko Zoll
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, Jul 10, 2013 6:52 PM EDT
We've got a bun in the oven!For both of my pregnancies, my husband was with me when I took the test, so there was no need to think of a clever way to tell him.Read More »from 13 Genius Ways to Tell Your Partner You're Pregnant
But if you do find out on your own and want a great way to break the big news, here are some fun ideas. Of course, the beauty of a pregnancy announcement is that, even if you just say, "We're having a baby!" it's still thrilling.
Related: 20 absolutely gorgeous shared bedrooms for kids
1. (Literally) Bake a Bun in the Oven
The bun in the oven is classic. Plus, you can celebrate your news by eating it afterwards!
2. Set Up the Crib
Whether it's in your room, the future nursery, or even the entryway, this is a great attention-grabbing announcement. Bonus points if you fill it with balloons or hang streamers above it.
3. Text an Ultrasound Photo
You very likely won't have an ultrasound photo at this early stage, but it's easy to snag one off the internet. Send it in a text message and wait for your phone to ring...
4. Make a Coupon
"Good for One Baby: To
- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Tue, Jul 9, 2013 9:29 PM EDT
10 things pregnant women do better!Pregnancy has its downs, for sure, but there are plenty of silver linings to get you through the 9 months.Read More »from 10 Things Pregnant Women Do Better Than Anyone Else
In fact, there are certain things that pregnant women do better than anyone else. Pregnancy perks, if you will.
Here are 10 things that pregnant women do better…
1. Command a Room
People tend to gravitate toward pregnant women - whether it's the maternal aura or simply the belly. Whatever it is, people take notice; they pay attention. And pregnancy is certainly an easy ice-breaker in a crowded room.
2. Table? Who Needs a Table?
You have a built-in plate holder, right there on your belly. You're good.
Related: 8 reasons I love having a little boy
3. Do You Smell That?
While it might be a curse during the morning-sickness phase, it's probably the closest thing to a super power you'll ever have. Super Preggo: With the Power to Smell Anything, Near or Far.
4. Stopping Traffic
There's nothing that'll stop traffic like a 9-month pregnant woman rushing across the street. You might even find a kind