Emily Westbrooks

Freelance writer and blogger from Maine, previously in Dublin, now in Houston. Wife to an Irishman, mama to Maya.
Recent Articles

3 Amazing Things Babies Do In Their First Hour On Earth That Will Impress You

I've seen my fair share of newborn babies. Heck, I've even had two of them. But it still came as a surprise to me to learn that there is a whole list of amazing things babies do in their first hour on earth. Those aren't just things some babies do in…
By Emily Westbrooks

Single People Get A Holiday Too & It's Just Around The Corner

A lot of us may be yapping on about Valentine's Day, the dinner dates, and floral gifts we hope to receive from our significant others, but what about those who don't have a romantic interest to celebrate with? Singles Awareness Day is just as fun, a…
By Emily Westbrooks

If You Still Let Your Kids Share Your Bed, Here's What Experts Want You To Know

Not everyone can manage to get a good night's sleep, or any sleep for that matter, with a child's knee in their ribs. But for many parents, sharing their bed with their kid for all or part of the night works for the whole family. However, if you have…
By Emily Westbrooks

10 Children's Books To Teach Your Kids About South Korea

Admittedly, there are a lot of us who don't know all that much about the place where this year's Winter Games are taking place, which makes it even more difficult to start to teach our kids about the country. But this year's Olympics is actually a re…
By Emily Westbrooks

Here's How To Draw Up A Milk Bath For The Prettiest Pics

If you? They're one of the hottest trends in maternity shoots (as well as non-maternity), and the effect of the milk makes the photos seem ethereal. If you're pregnant now or already have a little one, you'll want to know how to make a milk bath for …
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This K-Pop Legend Is The Pipes Behind The Olympics Torch Song

If you're either a true Korean music buff or an Olympic superfan who has been following the run-up to the Winter Games in PyeongChang, you might have heard of South Korean singer Insooni. For the rest of you, who is Insooni? The "Let Everyone Shine" …
By Emily Westbrooks

The 2018 Olympic Gold Medal Is Probably Not Worth What You Think

The moment an athlete gets awarded an Olympic medal is always so special, with the flowers, tears, and the big shiny circle placed around their neck. Most of us never stop to think much about those medals since the likelihood of us ever even seeing o…
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Meet The Badass Mom Representing Team USA In The Winter Olympics

Now that the Super Bowl is over, we can all fully begin to geek out over the Winter Olympics. And yes, that also includes planning your early morning Olympic brunch, because that time difference from South Korea is going to be tricky! But it also mea…
By Emily Westbrooks

A Surprising Number Of Babies Are Born On Valentine's Day — Is This Why?

Most of us have probably wondered if Valentine's Day might be up there on the list of top holidays for conceiving a baby, what with all the wine, chocolate and romantic dinners going on around the country. But would it surprise you to learn that Vale…
By Emily Westbrooks

*Everything* Is On Sale At Godiva RN So Get Your V-Day Present STAT

That chocolate-y, pink and red holiday is coming up, right around the corner. Considering that I've never met a piece of chocolate that I didn't like, it's no surprise that shopping for sweet Valentine's Day gifts for friends and family is high on my…
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5 Signs Your Toddler Is Hungry, Not Tired, Because It's So Hard To Tell

Very few parents would dispute that toddlers can be difficult to read. While they might be able to communicate more than they did as babies, many of them still aren't able to use the exact words necessary to get their point across, and they definitel…
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The Prettiest Arrangements From ProFlowers's V-Day Sale To Shower Your Boo

In the first few weeks of dating my now-husband, he asked, "We're not the kind of people who celebrate Valentine's Day, right?" It was a very leading question and unfortunately led to me replying, "Oh no, of course not," trying to impress him with my…
By Emily Westbrooks

9 Erotic Things To Do For A New Mom On Valentine's Day That She'll Flip For

Most new moms aren't very likely to describe much going on in their lives as sexy. There's a ton of love floating around for the new babe and maybe even for their partner as they watch them become parents to a new little life, but there's not a lot o…
By Emily Westbrooks

This New Product Promises The Perfect Swaddle In Just 5 Seconds — Seriously

Swaddling is one of the first things that parents find utterly mystifying when they bring home their new baby. It seems simple in the hospital, with the nurses' guidance, but as soon as you get your baby home, they turn into a tiny magician, easily w…
By Emily Westbrooks

If You Have The Flu, Here's Why You'll Want To Wait To Get The Flu Shot

I can't say that the first thing I would want to do if I came down with the flu is roll up my sleeve for a flu shot. My first instinct would be to hide in bed for several days and hope someone would remember to bring me chicken soup or cough drops. B…
By Emily Westbrooks

How To Keep Your Sick Kid From Infecting Your Baby With The Flu

If you've recently brought home a new baby to join your family, you're probably very familiar of the risk of germs to a tiny person's immune system. Winter is an impossibly difficult time to bring home a brand new baby, because the threat of colds an…
By Emily Westbrooks

6 Signs Your Toddler Is Actually Tired, Not Hungry, Because It's So Confusing

At least eleven times a day, I wonder what exactly is causing my toddler's irritability or meltdown. She's learning new words by the day, but connecting her emotions or feelings to those words is taking a little longer than I anticipated, and what sh…
By Emily Westbrooks

The Flu Shot Doesn't Kick In Right Away, So Don't Delay Any Further

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few months, you know that this flu season is especially scary, with the majority of states across the country reporting widespread cases causing almost 40 pediatric deaths. With each new story about…
By Emily Westbrooks

8 Sweet Valentine’s Day Poems For Moms Who Have A Thing For Words

My mom, like many of us, has never been terribly excited about Valentine's Day. She doesn't care about flowers or chocolates or any of the typical Valentine's Day chum. But as an English major and a former English teacher, poetry is her love language…
By Emily Westbrooks

10 Fun Things To Do With Your Kid Before They Start School

Your child starting school is a momentous occasion in your life and your kid's. It can be emotional to send them out into the world, and as the day gets closer, you'll probably panic that you haven't squeezed in quite enough one-on-one time with your…
By Emily Westbrooks