Enjoying the Scent of Spring with Outdoor Activities

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Enjoying the Scent of Spring

The chill from the air is gone, the birds are singing, and the flowers are in full bloom. We’ve said goodbye to winter and have now welcomed spring with open arms.

Spring is my favorite season by far. Not only does the start of spring usually fall on my birthday, but the whole concept of rebirth, babies, and everything that comes to spring has always been something I cherish. And the scent of spring is in the air!

Flowers are in bloom, the garden is thriving, and everyone seems to be in a better mood. Well… everyone who isn’t experiencing snow in April. [Read more...]

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Finding Time for a Doctor’s Visit with American Well

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Finding Time for a Doctor's Visit with American Well

The last time I saw a doctor for a scheduled visit was probably for an annual check up two years ago. Since then I just haven’t had a chance to find the time to go unless I had to go to Urgent Care. Between working from home, having two small kids, and our crazy schedules, unless it was urgent I just let colds and pains run their course.

When I found out that I could schedule and have a doctor’s appointment all from the comforts of my home with American Well – in my pjs no less – I had to try it out. I was totally skeptical too. I always thought I had to walk into a sterile room, have all of my vitals taken, and wait at least 20-30 minutes to just see a doctor (and that’s after waiting 30 minutes in the lobby).

But when I finally headed over to the American Well website and looked into telehealth visits, I was pleasantly surprised with how painless it all looked. [Read more...]

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Shared Bedroom Ideas for Brother and Sister

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Shared Bedroom Ideas for Brother and Sister

My kids have been sharing a bedroom for quite some time and we’ve tried a few different shared bedroom ideas for brother and sister in the past three years. But I think we’ve finally found the perfect arrangement to work for both kids.

After my daughter outgrew her toddler bed we got the kids a bunk bed. But the whole time we had it my son was constantly complaining about wanting his old bed back – his twin bed. So after hearing the complaints day in and day out I decided we needed some changes.

Plus it was about time we turned the kids room from a toddler room to a big kid room. And painting over the hills on the walls and removing the wall decals we had up felt like it’d help us do that. [Read more...]

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5 Things to Pack for a Sleepover at Grandma’s House

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5 Things to Pack for a Sleepover at Grandma's House

We recently headed out for a couples weekend without the kids here in town and the kids headed over to Grandma’s for a sleepover. My daughter has been requesting sleepovers for the past few weeks and was really concerned about what to pack for a sleepover at Grandma’s house. She wanted to make sure she had everything she’d need.

So we sat down and thought of a few things she might bring to help make her feel more comfortable at night when the transition from fun adventure to actually sleeping happened. She couldn’t leave our house without a few of her favorite things.

She’s obsessed about all things princess so she couldn’t leave the house without her new favorite movie – Sophia the First: The Floating Palace – and her Disney princesses. Since she’s only allowed to bring one toy, she chose Cinderella. But she was tempted to bring Tiana. Find out what important things she packed for her trip to Grandma’s below.  [Read more...]

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10 Steps to Creating a Toxin Free Home #FightToxins

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Millennial Central for Seventh Generation. I received a promotional item and product samples as a thank you for participating

10 Steps to Creating a Toxin Free Home #FightToxins

When I first became a mother I started to think long and hard about the chemicals we bring into our homes. And the number surprised me. Shortly after this realization I began creating a toxin free home in the hopes that my kids wouldn’t be exposed to the majority of the 80,000 synthetic chemicals introduced into the market since the Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1976.

Recently I’ve teamed up with Seventh Generation to help spread awareness about the importance of chemical reform in the United States. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976, and unlike other major environmental laws, has never been updated. As it currently stands, tens of thousands of potentially harmful chemicals continue to be used in the marketplace since the 1970’s without proper testing and without disclosure by the companies that produce them.

Scientists have linked exposure to toxic chemicals to many health risks, such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s, learning disabilities, asthma, birth defects, and various reproductive problems. And those aren’t health risks I’m willing to expose my kids to. [Read more...]

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