The 5 Parenting Tips You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Are you a new mom and just looking for some parenting tips? Or maybe you’re a seasoned mom and looking for some new ideas… Well I’ve got a great collection of parenting tips for you ranging from baby parenting tips to school-aged-kid parenting tips! These tips are from some of my favorite fellow bloggers and if you’re looking for some inspiration, some new ideas, or just some new great blogs to check out, then you’ll love this list!
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How I Keep My Kids Safe on Halloween (and they love it!)

this post may contain affiliate linksAs fun as Halloween is, I think we can all agree that it can be a dangerous holiday for our kids. These dangers include contaminated food/candy and allergens which is a very real issue. If you don’t already know about the Teal Pumpkin Project, please check it out here! In this post, though, I want to talk about something a bit different – Halloween safety.

Have you considered that what costume your kid wears could impact their safety? How about the fact that many kids walk around in the dark on Halloween without much light to guide them or help you see them? Continue reading “How I Keep My Kids Safe on Halloween (and they love it!)”

11 Ways to Make Your Mornings Easier

this post may contain affiliate linksI’ve asked around, and the #1 thing most moms seem to want help with is making their mornings easier. I can relate to that 100%! So many articles and posts out there will tell moms to wake up a “few” minutes earlier to get some time to do what they need to do before the kids wake up. I can’t imagine that a mom came up with that piece of advice! What mom can sacrifice ANY sleep?  Can’t! What I have found, is that there is no one, or even 2 things you can do to make your morning easier. More so, what works one month, may not work the next! I’ve had to adapt my morning routine as my kids have gotten older or as their schedules change. What worked last year, doesn’t work for me this year and so on….

In this post, I’ll include some of the morning hacks and techniques I’ve used over the last few years and I hope some of them will work for you too! Continue reading “11 Ways to Make Your Mornings Easier”

The Secret To Transitioning from A Swaddle Blanket – A Magic Sleepsuit® Review & Giveaway!

this post may contain affiliate linksIf you have a baby between 3 and 9 months old, you’re going to love this!

Getting my second son to sleep well at night was a struggle from the day he was born. Unlike my first (who to this day can fall asleep anywhere, anytime…) my second seems to hate sleeping and resists it at every turn. For us, the 3-9 month age was especially tough, but luckily I found a magical product that saved the day! I’m excited to say that the makers of this magical product have graciously let me give one away to my readers! That giveaway has since ended and one lucky winner was selected, but you can still get one – see the links at the bottom.

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The Yummy Way to Increase your Milk Supply – My Favorite Lactation Cookie Recipe

this post may contain affiliate linksI’ve mentioned these lactation cookies a few times on different boards and Facebook groups, so I thought it was time to add it here for easy access! When I was nursing, these cookies were a life saver! There were many times when I could quickly get a good meal, or feared that my supply was dropping, and in both cases these cookies always seemed to come to the rescue! I tried many recipes but this is my all time favorite! Continue reading “The Yummy Way to Increase your Milk Supply – My Favorite Lactation Cookie Recipe”

High Quality, Affordable, & Handmade Halloween Costumes!

this post may contain affiliate linksEvery year I pay $30 or more on halloween costumes for our little ones to wear for Halloween, and my sons wear them a few times (Halloween parties, trick-or-treating, school Halloween parades etc.). By the end of the week, that mostly polyester-based costume is tattered, torn, and just plain gross! I mean let’s face it, it was pretty gross to begin with – definitely didn’t breath well, and usually looks nothing like the picture. But it’s so much worse after the week’s over. Here’s the thing… kids love to play dress up! (Even boys!!). Wouldn’t it be great if we could get our kids costumes that are made from good quality material, well made, and will last more than a week of wear? I think I’ve found the answer! ETSY!

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Grocery shopping on a budget (with Laurel Terry)

This is the second guest post on The Analytical Mommy (Yay!). I’m so excited to introduce you to Laurel Terry. I was introduced to Laurel when looking for great Grocery Shopping tips to bring you when a T.A.M. reader – Emily Rivers – contacted me and said she knows someone who is amazing at grocery shopping on a budget and that I needed to talk to her! (Thank you Emily!). I’m so glad we connected because she has some great tips that I’m excited to share with you.  Continue reading “Grocery shopping on a budget (with Laurel Terry)”

The Healthy Food Even Your Picky Eater Will Eat!

Do you have a picky eater in the house who just refuses to eat anything healthy? I know I do – in fact, I have two! It seems that every time I find something healthy that they will eat, I’ll stock up on it, and then they’ll change their mind. After 6 years, though, I think I’ve cracked the code! I have found the answer to getting picky eaters to eat good, healthy food, consistently!  Continue reading “The Healthy Food Even Your Picky Eater Will Eat!”

Why I love The Honest Company Customer Service!

this post may contain affiliate linksYou already know that I’m a big fan of The Honest company, and that they make great non-toxic products – but did you also know that they have amazing customer service? I had a recent experience with them that compelled me to write this post. I think it’s important to reward companies that treat their customers well… so this is me giving back! (Plus, I’ll also tell you which product I returned and which two are my favorite!) Continue reading “Why I love The Honest Company Customer Service!”

10-25% Off Meslissa and Doug products for our readers!

I just received a Melissa and Doug coupon that I get to share with all of you! The new school year is here! That means birthday parties… and before we know it Christmas!

I love so many of the Melissa and Doug products and wnated to share this coupon with  all of you!  You can use this link and coupon to get 10-25% off! Continue reading “10-25% Off Meslissa and Doug products for our readers!”

Breastfeeding Tips, Advice, and Reviews Part 1

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Are you pregnant and planning to breastfeed, or currently breastfeeding? I’m so thankful to have been able to nurse one of my boys for 17 months and learned some great tips and tricks along the way. If you’re nursing or planning to nurse, here are some tips, tricks, and product reviews to help you out! Continue reading “Breastfeeding Tips, Advice, and Reviews Part 1”

Stylish Non-Toxic Diapers and $20 off? Yes please!

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I just learned that the Honest Fall Diaper Designs are now available to new diaper bundle subscribers if you use the following affiliate link!
$20 off Diaper Bundle + Free Shipping (I think you’d only get $10 off your first bundle otherwise, but i’m not sure)
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Amazing Kid-Friendly Breakfast Hack

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If you’re looking for an amazing morning routine hack to help make your mornings with kids just a bit easier, then you’re going to love this post! I’d like to introduce our first ever Guest Author – Rachael Soucie! RachaHer full-time day job involves news and social media content analysis and reporting for Fortune 500 clients. She also moonlights as a presenter for Younique Products in her “spare” time. You can connect with Rachael on Facebook or at rachael_soucie@yahoo.com. Continue reading “Amazing Kid-Friendly Breakfast Hack”

Best Tasting Homemade Chocolate Syrup

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Whether you’re the chocolate lover in your house, or one of your little ones is, I bet that Hershey’s chocolate syrup is a staple in your fridge. I know it was in mine!

That’s until my youngest discovered chocolate milk. He won’t drink anything BUT chocolate milk. He will go so far as to go to the fridge, open it, and pull out the chocolate syrup and a gallon of milk. Despite being just 2 years old, he’ll carry both to me to tell me he wants chocolate milk.

It got to the point, that I started pouring chocolate syrup right into the gallon of milk to save me the step (but sometimes he still insists on inspecting it to make sure that I’m not tricking him!). Continue reading “Best Tasting Homemade Chocolate Syrup”

The BEST way to prevent jealousy between siblings when bringing baby home

Are you expecting baby number 2? Or 3? (Or more?)…and wondering how you’ll introduce the baby to its older siblings? Maybe you already have multiple kids and you’re wondering how to improve their relationship. If so, this post will give you the #1 way to prevent jealousy or resentment between siblings – especially between an older child or children and a new baby! PLUS, it includes something to avoid at all costs! Continue reading “The BEST way to prevent jealousy between siblings when bringing baby home”

8 Tips for Fitting Homemade Baby Food Into Your Hectic Life

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Are you interested in making your own baby food? Parents have many different reasons for why they might choose homemade over store bought, and either is fine! After having gone both routes, though,  I truly feel that homemade baby food can be easier than store bought! (With one exception, and I’ll get to that later). If you haven’t read my post on why I think it’s easier, you can read it here.
Okay… how do we fit homemade baby food into our already crazy hectic and sleep deprived lives?

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Product Review: The busy and frugal mom’s answer to perfectly manicured nails!

Do you  love to have your nails done? If you’re reading this post, chances are that you do!

I do too! But here’s my problem… I’m a mom. I also work full time… I don’t have time to do my nails! (I barely have time to remove my nail polish when it gets old!)
I remember being so excited about gel manicures because the salon said that it would last 2+ weeks! I figured that I could stand to get my nails done every other week… or maybe every 3 weeks… right?
Wrong!

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4 Money Saving Tips for Honest Company Products

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I love to save money but also have very high standards. Usually this is a terrible combination, but I always try to make it work.
If you aren’t familiar with the Honest Company, they are a brand of natural cleaning products, baby products, and even bath and beauty products. They make most of what you’d need to clean every member of the house and the house itself! I’m a 2nd round Honest Company customer now and I’m such a big fan! I couldn’t wait to write this post so that I could share my story and share some tips I’ve learned for how to save money on their products.

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The 3 Things You Need To Know About Spit Up

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Whether you are bottle feeding or nursing your newborn, chances are that you have been covered in spit up once or twice. Or in my case, constantly! It can be really frustrating and sometimes really scary. To add insult to injury, so many burp clothes aren’t worth anything and don’t help keep you or your baby clean. I set out to learn everything I could about spitup and to find the best burp cloth possible! If you’re concerned about how much or how often your newborn is spitting up, you’ll want to read this.

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2 HUGE Time Saving Tips for Preparing Daycare bottles! (and a coupon!)

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I’m not a morning person… AT ALL. It’s always been really tough for me to get up in the morning no matter how much sleep I got that night. That makes getting myself, two kids, and lunches/food ready for work and school really difficult. Luckily, my husband is much better in the morning than me and does more than his fair share to help get the family out the door.

I’m always looking for ways to make our morning routine more efficient. For me, it’s not always a question of how much time I’m saving, as much as how many steps I’m cutting out. I’m tired in the morning and there’s a lot going on… the less I have to do, the better! Continue reading “2 HUGE Time Saving Tips for Preparing Daycare bottles! (and a coupon!)”

Product Review – Baby K’Tan Breeze (A Baby wrap for the Moby-wrap challenged, or petite!!)

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If you have an infant, you’ve probably been caught in this dilemma more than once… You want to hold you baby ALL THE TIME and snuggle him or her, but you also want to be able to get off the couch and do something, right?

That’s how I felt during maternity leave with both of my boys. I get stir crazy easily but I also absolutely love to cuddle my babies (both of them!). After the first week of maternity leave, the cabin fever started. I would put my son in the stroller and go for walks but I couldn’t that that all day because he had to eat and if I let him sleep all day, he’d be up all night. Then there was the problem of the mess that was building in my house… it was a disaster and it was impossible to clean from my couch.

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