Toddler, Fitness, & Nutrition

  • What I’ve learned from my toddler about happiness

    What I’ve learned from my toddler about happiness

    As a mom of three, I understand the concept of “terrible twos”.  Watching your sweet and easy-going one-year-old morph into an opinionated and feisty two-year-old can be a real challenge. Now that my youngest is two, I am enjoying the amazing and wonderful side of toddlerhood with the appreciation of knowing it is a fleeting phase!  Before long, she will be reading chapter books and joining soccer teams.  That will be great, too.  But for now, she is teaching me […]

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  • Mama Gets a Puppy

    Mama Gets a Puppy

    Very soon, tomorrow in fact, we are getting a dog.  Not just any dog but a puppy.  Most of our friends think we are nuts.  My mom asked if the puppy was in lieu of having a fourth child.  I responded, “Maybe?” My husband said, “Yes!” I am filled with a mix of excitement and panic, just like every new parent.  After three babies, I feel confident in my baby-parenting skills but my dog-parenting skills–this is very new territory.  Truth […]

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  • 10 Top Toddler Toys that Are Fun, Educational & Under $35

    10 Top Toddler Toys that Are Fun, Educational & Under $35

    Looking for the perfect toy for your tot that is fun as well as educational? Look no further, we’ve rounded-up our favorite must-have Toddler Toys are creative, educational, perfect for developmental and hand-eye coordination skills  and will provide hours of endless fun! Happy Giddy Bowling Set You’ll have fun to “spare” playing with this brightly colored plastic bowling set! $19.99 www.melissaanddoug.com Parents Fruitful Fun Puzzle This fruity puzzle is full of fun and delicious looking fruit. Puzzle includes 13 fruit shaped […]

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  • The Terrible Two’s

    The Terrible Two’s

    I think the person who coined the phrase put it lightly and incorrectly, to be entirely honest.  The word “terrible” doesn’t even begin to clearly paint the picture.   There are many other colorful words in the English language that probably could more accurately describe the moments, minutes, or hours of abysmal sheer anguish. Those of you that are expecting your first child or have an infant and aren’t there yet, will inevitably think it won’t happen to you. The  “not […]

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  • Encouraging Healthy Eating for Your Child

    Encouraging Healthy Eating for Your Child

    I speak with a lot of moms who want to know how to encourage healthy eating with their babies and toddlers. Like any family, we have room for improvement, but in general I am confident in my children’s nutrition. They like a variety of foods, will happily munch on veggies and aren’t afraid of a little spice. My mother-in-law recently visited and was impressed by their eating and if you know anything about mother-in-laws– that means a lot! Here are […]

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  • Yoga Breathing Practices for Childbirth

    Yoga Breathing Practices for Childbirth

    The benefits of yoga for pregnant women are well-documented and accepted in the prenatal community.  Perhaps you are taking prenatal yoga classes and are wondering how you might apply the breathing you are doing in class to your labor?  Or maybe you haven’t made it to a class or have been focusing on another form of labor and delivery preparation but would like as many tools as possible for your birth. At its core, yoga is about the unity of […]

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  • Sunny Day Mommy and Me Playdate Ideas

    Sunny Day Mommy and Me Playdate Ideas

    Looking for some fun in the sun with your toddlers? Here are some fun playdate ideas! 1-Hula Party Plan a hula party! The kids can wear grass skirts and make their own leis with fresh flowers on a string. Your little ones will love playing with hula hoops and having a modified limbo and surfing contest. 2- Tie-Dying Shirts Easy and fun to create. Use bright summer colors and have a kiddy fashion show to display their new creations. 3-Teddy […]

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  • Yoga with Your Toddler

    Yoga with Your Toddler

    In my opinion, really nothing is cuter than a two year old in Downward Facing Dog Pose. What is better than cute, however, is her mom or dad in the pose with her. Yoga for kids classes have taken off.  Yoga for postpartum moms and their little babies is now common at yoga studios and community centers. Yoga for toddlers, however, is a different down dog although! Here is what I have learned about the special and loving practice of […]

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  • Herbs and Spices for Your Baby and Toddler

    Herbs and Spices for Your Baby and Toddler

    When I began feeding my first daughter solid food, I kept her food pretty much spice-free into her toddler years. Seven years later I am feeding my third child and she is by no means eating bland. At one and half years old, this girl lives for Indian buffets! I recently had the pleasure of talking spices, herbs and baby/toddler eating with a group of moms who incorporate different cultural backgrounds into their food choices for their little ones. Nothing […]

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