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Better to Give Than To Receive

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Better to Give Than To Receive

You know who they are -- those people in our lives, maybe a loved one or a longtime friend, who make us feel like sh*t. The SIL who’s constantly making “helpful” remarks about your parenting. The neighbor down the road whose dog continually poops on your yard. Any family member who posts offensive and racist comments on their social media accounts. If you need to get them a gift for any reason, we highly recommend one of these:   1. Glitter. Where do I even begin with the awfulness that is Glitter?!? First of all, it’s accurately nicknamed ‘The Herpes...

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Clothing for Your Post-Baby Bod

Clothing for Your Post-Baby Bod

The Real Scoop On What To Wear Right After Baby and When You’re Still Nursing: Having a newborn can be expensive and overwhelming. Maternity/nursing clothes have come a long way, but most are pretty pricey, especially considering they have an expiration date. We interviewed Adrienne Cohen, a former Bloomingdale’s buyer, about her favorite tips and tricks for that post-baby body. DRESSES: MY GO-TO   Dresses are an easy way to feel put together right after having a baby. I ordered this dress from Amazon, and it’s awesome. I wore it to an event recently and got tons of compliments. It's very...

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You've Got This

You've Got This

I see you mama, wondering if you ate enough vegetables when you were pregnant or read enough to your baby while in utero, stressing about what organic swaddle to put your newborn in. Well, I’m here to tell you: you can relax. The truth is, you love your child, and your child loves you. Love is the greatest gift you can give your child; anything beyond that is icing on this delicious cake. Now, I’m not pretending there aren’t some haters out there, other moms who feel the need to judge how you and everyone else mothers. Maybe you’ve seen...

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Subtracting the Stress: Holiday Gifts for Kids

Subtracting the Stress: Holiday Gifts for Kids

The holidays are here, and getting the perfect age-appropriate gift for a friend or family member while staying on budget can be a struggle. Enter our holiday gift guide with affordable prices for all ages, thanks to our friend Betsy Griffin, mathematician-on-a mission and founder of Griffin Math. Based in Brooklyn, Griffin Math leads hands-on and interactive math lessons primarily on subjects left out of school textbooks.  Because the focus is on enrichment, as opposed to acceleration, children of all math abilities and interests learn something new and find something to get excited about.(https://www.griffinmath.com/). Seeing as Betsy spends a lot of...

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What I Really, Really Want

What I Really, Really Want

In the self-care, self-love, self-whatever generation, what are we, as parents, saying really matters? Is a need for a mani/pedi sans kids superficial? Should I be living a life that doesn't require self-care? For me, it’s creating a self-care regimen and finding a space of my own. It’s making sure I commit to that regimen and hold those around me accountable for respecting that scared space. What about you? What is important to you? What do you like? What do you love to do, see, hear? What could you do that would help you feel good about doing something for...

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