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Surviving the Toddler Bed Transition

Sleep.  Since we first bought him home from the hospital, sleep has been our greatest challenge as parents. Three years in, and in the midst of transitioning to a toddler bed, and little has changed. If the NSA is snooping on our Google searches right now, the most popular search they will find is “Toddler […]

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15 Values-Led Books for Pre-Schoolers

Finding the holy grail of stories that feature good principles, prose and pictures for preschoolers isn’t easy. I’ve spent time trawling the library and internet, so you don’t have to. I’m an English literature major. About the only thing my degree qualified me for was reading aloud to children. Fortunately, I love this. I may suck […]

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Five Habits of Fit Moms

5 Habits of Fit Moms

Exercise. Often it’s those that need it most that have the least time for it.  And for those that do find the time, maintaining momentum and motivation proves just as difficult. It’s challenging for everyone, but even harder for moms. But there’s a quiet revolution of online workout and nutrition programs that directly tackle the […]

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puppy and toddler

5 Tips for Raising a Puppy and Toddler

I guess it should have occurred to me when breeders would stop taking my calls after I let slip we had an 18 month old, that puppies and toddlers are not a good combination. I guess I also should have listened when seasoned dog owners politely suggested I get an older dog as a first […]

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doula

Why I Hired a Doula

Choosing a doula was the first thing I did, as we prepared to move from the UK to the US at 8 months pregnant. A deliberate choice in my quest for the perfect birth story. What happened is, in hindsight, predictable – an imperfect birth story where the protagonist gets what she needed but not […]

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What’s for Dinner? Breaking Out of a Food Rut

Post-motherhood, I don’t have the brainpower to decide what’s for dinner five nights a week, so I have outsourced this to the internet. Here’s how I broke out of my food rut. There’s a lot of evidence to suggest that home cooked meals are not only better for you but they also help keep a […]

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Hiking with Toddlers

Hiking with Toddlers

Hiking with toddlers is a bit like introducing new vegetables. You know it’s good for them in the long term, but the short term can be painful for all involved. Here’s what I’ve learned about why, how and what you need to persevere in instilling a love of the great outdoors in your offspring. I am […]

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