Month: February 2017

First baby birthday. Ballon background
Parenting

10 Tips for Great First Birthday Party Photos

As a mommy of two and a professional photographer often hired to shoot birthday parties, I know how special this occasion can be. Each birthday marks a milestone you’ll want to remember as your child grows. Tell the story well, and you’ll be able to make an album or photo book – the first in

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Mother reading a book to her little girl
Parenting

Essential Tips for Reading to Your Infant

What you read with your infant isn’t as important as the fact that you spend time reading together; even your parenting magazine could work if you read it with plenty of expression! But some books do work better than others for babies. Infants hear very well, but their eyesight isn’t so great. Because they don’t

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Indoor pool railing
Parenting

A Kids Indoor Pool Party, Really?

My kids are invited to an indoor pool party or three a year. Every time I open an Evite for a birthday party held at one of the local indoor pools, I quickly go from excited (yay, a party!) to panicked (how can I get out of this?). I can’t be alone in my dislike of these things,

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Happy mixed race young adult parents playing with their three month old baby son
Parenting

Is My Baby on Track To Talk?

Babies develop at different rates – some walk sooner than others, some talk later, and many don’t stick to the “official” schedule that parenting experts use as a guideline. Most of the time, the delay means nothing – even if you find yourself worrying once in a while. Sometimes, though, there’s reason to be concerned.

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Packaged vegetables and veggies
Pregnancy

Surprising Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Most moms know to limit caffeine and skip sushi, alcohol, and fish that contain high levels of mercury while pregnant. There are other foods to avoid during pregnancy: cold cuts, unpasteurized cheese and milk, and some shellfish are also commonly known no-nos. But there are still more foods to avoid during pregnancy, or at least eat

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A Little baby eating her dinner and making a mess with dad on the side
Parenting

10 Fun Ways to Feed Baby Solid Foods

Eating solids is not always the most natural new activity for baby – here are 10 ways to make it more fun for you both. 1. Take Off the Pressure For the first year most of baby’s calories should be coming from breast milk or infant formula—solid food is just icing. This means that if

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Identical twins in tuxedo
Parenting

What is the Chance of Having Twins?

Whenever a celebrity announces a twin pregnancy, as Beyoncé did recently, many of us can’t help but speculate. Did she use fertility treatments to conceive? After all, it is commonly known that the chance of having twins is higher with in vitro fertilization (IVF). How likely are twins for moms who get pregnant naturally? I don’t know if Beyoncé underwent

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Young student doing homework at home
Parenting

Should I Home School?

There comes a time in many parents lives where they debate whether sending their kids to conventional school is a good idea. Here are some factors to consider before homeschooling.

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