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5 Ice Cream Sundae Recipes That Will Turn Into Family Traditions

Some of my favorite childhood memories are from spending the summers at my grandparent's house. Every year my family would make the 12-hour trip to their home in Louisiana, and we'd stay for three-week stretches with little to no plans of any kind.…
By Allison Berry

This Mom's Chore Hack Is Brilliant

Teaching kids about something as important as responsibility can seem like a really daunting task for parents. Raising good, respectful, productive members of society can cause just a little bit of anxiety sometimes, understandably, and teaching…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

What Parents Need To Know Before Whipping Up DIY Puffy Paint

Whether it’s a rainy day or summer break, it can be a real sanity saver to have indoor projects on hand to keep kids busy, and cabin fever at bay. And with the endless number of DIY craft ideas on Pinterest and the like, there is no shortage of…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

7 Early Signs Your Kid Will Be Creative

When you're the parent of a baby, you often think about the kind of person that they'll become. Maybe they'll be super smart, with mathematical abilities that surpass your own. Maybe they'll be a star athlete, wowing the crowd with their athletic…
By Lauren Schumacker

What To Do If Your Toddler Sits In A W Shape, According To Experts

Of all of the things I love about having a toddler, watching her become a tiny, curious human is high on the list. It’s also pretty gross. For every, “Mama, what’s this?” I can bet she’s holding a cigarette butt left on a sidewalk, she's holding…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

5 Equally Fun Slime Alternatives

Slime: it's the kid-trend that came out of nowhere and shows no signs of stopping. Although kids are still in love with the squishy stuff, parents might twitch every time they see an advertisement for the trendy gunk. Thankfully, the slime…
By Lindsay E. Mack

11 Unique & Fun Indoor Summer Activities

I'm from the Midwest, where the weather goes from cloud and cool to hot and humid in a matter of minutes. Because of this, I've handled my share of heat waves and have learned how to adapt to the sudden rise in temperatures. Of course, this was much…
By Tessa Shull

How To Make Breast Milk Popsicles

To say that breast milk is a magical substance isn't too far from the truth. Besides the endless nutritional benefits for babies, it is often held in high regard for it's healing properties that can sooth many of the woes of babyhood. There are…
By Olivia Youngs

How To Properly Get Rid Of A Car Seat

Of all the baby gear you accumulate when you had a kid, the car seat might be the most important. After all, no one from the hospital comes to your house to make sure your crib is properly built before baby arrives. But you can be sure that someone…
By Kristina Johnson

This Mom Has A Simple, Genius Bottle Storage Hack

When you're trying to feed a tiny human, things get messy. Even the most organized of parents find themselves being attacked by the rogue diaper or plastic container falling from their kitchen cupboards on the daily. The good thing about house…
By Karen Fratti

Everything You Need To Know About How To Clean A Stroller

Strollers get so filthy. Especially if you have a toddler. Think last week's pizza, this week's milk, plus that cold they have, and it all adds up to "ew." When you think about it, you realize you haven't cleaned it in a while. But I can tell you…
By Cat Bowen

8 Creative Ways To Document Your Baby's 1st Year

A baby's first year is one of the most exciting, albeit exhausting, times for parents. At first, it seems like time stands still. Looking back, however, it goes by in a flash. Nothing stays the same for more than a few weeks. which means there's no…
By Tessa Shull

How To Make Your Own Fidget Spinners

Step aside, slime: there's a new fad in town. Fidget spinners are everywhere, and learning how to make your own fidget spinners is an easy way to jump on the trend without spending a ton of money. Or, to prevent a breakdown when you go to the store…
By Lindsay E. Mack

How To Check The Temperature Of Baby's Bath

A baby's first bath is usually unforgettable. It's often one of the first moments where it really sinks in that, as a new parent, you're now responsible for every aspect of this little human's well-being. It can also be very scary for some moms and…
By Kristina Johnson

Yes, You Can Put Baby Clothes In The Dryer

Preparing for a newborn can be overwhelming, to say the least. Shopping for all the necessary gear, looking into child care, picking doctors and a hospital, and actually figuring out how to take care of a baby are all huge parts of the equation.…
By Ojus Patel

6 Safe Family Bed Practices To Know

When it comes to attempting to get a good night's sleep, having a family bed can be the answer. But before you embark on a family sleep over, there are safe family bed practices to consider, all in the name of sleeping soundly. Many families opt…
By Michele Zipp

How To Take Care Of Your Baby's Newborn Skin

You've likely heard the saying "soft as a baby's bottom," and there's a reason for that phrase. A baby's skin is truly unique and different from that of its mother. As a result, you may run into some problems when caring for your little one's,…
By Leah Carton