.5 ways your family can go green on a budgetWithout slinging around a bunch of buzz words that have become popular in the past few years, simply put - my family tries to live a sustainable life with respect to the earth.
There are a few obvious reasons, like caring for the earth and caring for our children and our future generations, but it's more than that. As parents we naturally gravitate towards providing a safe, clean environment for our babies to live in. I was brought up to respect the earth and animals and the future of our children's children.
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Unfortunately, "going green" has become a trend and with every brand under the sun has jumped on board, claiming to be 'eco-friendly!' or 'all-natural!' and other such forms of greenwashing. These companies are jumping on the bandwagon to try and make a quick buck, but the reality is, you don't have to break the bank to protect our planet. Here are 5 ways we keep things green around our house without buying
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.5 ways your family can go green on a budgetWithout slinging around a bunch of buzz words that have become popular in the past few years, simply put - my family tries to live a sustainable life with respect to the earth.Read More »from 5 Ways Your Family Can Go Green on a Budget
Beautiful, delicious and healthy! What more could you want?For our last family party, I was determined to create a healthy "cake" as an alternative to the traditional icing-covered kind. After some digging (thank you, Pinterest!) I came across several watermelon cakes made exclusively out of fruit. I fell in love with the idea immediately and decided to put my own spin on it. The result - a healthy cake that is allergen free* and requires no baking or mixing. And my son and husband both loved it!Read More »from The Healthiest Birthday Cake You've Ever Seen
The directions below are quite simple and there aren't really any hard or fast rules to recreate this cake. Try different varieties of fruit and play with the shape of the watermelon to create your own version!
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-One medium-to-large watermelon (look for one that is smooth and uniform in shape)
-Approximately 2 cups of blueberries
-Approximately 1 cup of strawberries
-Any other fruit you'd like to add (Think outside the box, just about any fruit would work!)
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- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Wed, Sep 19, 2012 3:05 PM EDT
There are certain classic books that parents typically know about - Goodnight Moon, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Giving Tree, anything by Dr. Seuss. But there are more classic-worthy children's books being written every year - many of which are worthy of a spot on your little one's bookshelf. Here I've collected a list of soon-to-be-classic children's books that you probably haven't heard of. Most of them, were released within the last year or two, and they're quickly reaching must-read status. Even if your baby is still in the "board book" genre, you should definitely keep these 7 books in mind for the future:- By Michelle Horton
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Whether you're sending your baby off to daycare, to a babysitter, or you're just trying to leave the house and get some errands done, there comes a time when just merely walking out of the room can cause a firestorm of tears. And it's heartbreaking because you know it's your leaving that's causing your baby's tantrum, but you have to do it anyway. Here are 7 books to explain this inevitable separation and to help ease the accompanying anxiety. We bet you'll be reading these all the way up to preschool and beyond. - By Michelle Horton
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- Disney Baby | At Home – Tue, Sep 18, 2012 5:12 PM EDT
Whether you're having a boy, a girl, or planning to be surprised, we love the idea of incorporating nature and animals into your nursery. Something about animal-inspired baby gear is both soothing and protective, and it doesn't hurt that there are so many adorable animal-themed products out there! So even if you're not planning an entirely animal-themed room, there are a ton of little ways to work cute animal decor into the nursery... like in the lighting! Here are 7 animal-inspired lighting ideas for your nursery. - By Arianne Segerman
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A quick Google search will tell you that there is certainly no shortage in baby shower invitations, themes and decor. Cute cards everywhere and often they'll easily coordinate to a theme, a decoration scheme, and even a menu! Unfortunately, many of the designs you find proudly announce the baby's gender, and sometimes even his or her name. For parents keeping their baby's gender under wraps, invitations and theme ideas can be a little more challenging ... until now, that is! Here are 8 gender-neutral invitations for your baby shower. - By Nadia Carriere
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Mon, Sep 17, 2012 5:07 PM EDT
4 teeth in one month?!My daughter was a late teether and somehow managed to get 4 teeth in a matter of 10 days this month after having ZERO last month! Needless to say, it was a rough month for both of us. But I try to find ways to laugh about it whenever I can, so I started imagining what was going on in that pretty little head of hers and I came up with these 5 tips on cutting teeth from one baby to another.Read More »from 5 Things You Need to Know About Your Teething Baby
1. Don't ever nap again
The key to getting your teeth in is to make sure your parents know at all times, at all hours of the day, that you are in fact getting teeth. The best way to do this is to make sure you skip those pesky naps each day. This is a tried and true practice of mine, by the way.
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2. Scream and throw things if you get cranky
You know how you've led your parents to believe you are a sweet little angel? Yeah, that ends now. Your gums hurt like crazy and you are super cranky so why not make sure everyone else is too? Scream when no one is
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Sep 14, 2012 6:27 PM EDT
Staying connected with your baby when you're not nursingWe've had a whirlwind of a month, Baby and I, and as we enter her last month before turning one, we'll no longer be a breastfeeding pair. This wasn't really how I planned things to go, in fact I thought we'd be going strong a year from now. But my body had other plans, and now here we are. Figuring out the bottles (for at least another month) and learning new ways to connect. It is very bittersweet for me, since my baby girl is my last baby (she is the youngest of 4!) so every milestone she hits I have this huge urge to hold on to her and beg her to slow down.Read More »from 5 Ways to Stay Connected with Your Baby After Nursing
Here are my 5 tips on staying connected when breastfeeding is over:
1. Snuggle in as if you are nursing. We still get into the same positions, all snuggled in, even though she is drinking from a bottle. Even though other people can now feed her, I still want my special time with her so that our bond stays strong.
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2. Sing and talk to your baby while she "nurses". Since we are
- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Fri, Sep 14, 2012 6:27 PM EDT
My baby girl is breaking teeth like nobody's business over here. For the most part, she's a brave little girl and is handling it all quite well. As far as teething remedies go we opt to take the natural route, which has suited her just fine. Although, there are some days (or nights) that all we can do is hold her and soothe her to the best of our ability. Teeth poppin' can be nasty business. Which means constant drooling, slobbering and the gnawing of any and all random objects. Summer may be winding down, but around here we are firm believers of frozen treats year round. Especially since they are so soothing on little Abby's sore and fiery gums. They have the ability to magically turn my runny nosed, teary teething baby into a quiet, busy popsicle eater/gnawer. A brief reprieve for all involved. This is how I whip up a batch of healthy frozen yogurt treats for teething babies and panting toddlers (yes, my toddler pants like a dog for any and all frozen treats). - By Selena Burgess
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, Sep 13, 2012 5:55 PM EDT
While you were on bed rest...When my wife, Caroline, was pregnant with the triplets, she was relegated to bed rest for a total of nine weeks. The first one was spent in the hospital and luckily for us, coincided with a time our daughter was away at the beach with her biological dad.Read More »from What I Learned About Parenting when My Wife was on Bed Rest
The next four were spent at home and given Caroline's limitations, they were difficult, but not as difficult as they would have been had she remained in the hospital. Which is exactly why I knew I was in real trouble when her doctor ordered her to return to the hospital for what wound up being the final four weeks of her pregnancy.
The very first night, it dawned on me that I would be getting Alli ready for school the next morning - something I'd never done by myself. I reached for my phone and dialed Caroline's room.
"What am I gonna do tomorrow morning?"
"Um, help Alli get ready for school, maybe?"
"Obviously, but how?"
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"For starters, you have to make her take her