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I thought it would be a nice change to do something kind of fun and lighthearted today, so I'm doing a What's Trending this week-Baby & Maternity. Unless you've been on Mars, you'd know that the internet has been booming over the birth of Beyonce & Jay Z's twins.  The royal twins!  A girl and a boy, who according to media sources have been named Rumi & Sir Carter.   It's unofficially official, so we'll have to wait for Bey and Jay Z's team to confirm, for sure. Do you remember the dramatic and ethereal maternity photos that Beyonce did while pregnant with the twins?  It's become super trendy to have an underwater maternity photo shoot.  Have you seen what this couple did for theirs?  What do you think of this trend?  Extra or not, I'm diggin' it! Look at this Amazing photo by Kevin Beasley Maybe I'll feature some underwater maternity photos...

Mom's magic word We're all supermoms, right?  Not really.  But it does feels like we take on the world almost everyday.  Between work, homework, soccer, baseball, dance, swimming or whatever other activities your kids are playing, dinner, clean up and goodness know what ever else happens to come up in between.  I think the hardest thing for moms is to find that life-work balance, sweet spot. Gees, it was hard even before kids, at least for me anyway! And it's not that we can't find time for ourselves, because truthfully we all know we can, but somehow we tell ourselves that we don't need it or that we shouldn't have it.  Even worse, that maybe if we take the time for ourselves, we should feel guilty about it.  Guilty because there is so much more to be done, or that can be done in our lives. But we need to STOP.  We need...

Fun Summer Activities to do with the kids The heat, warm breeze, and bright skies all signal SUMMER IS HERE!  The kids are out of school; bring on the summer vacay :) Whoo Hoo I think parents generally fall into two categories: 1- They're just as excited as the kids for summer, and can't wait to dive in OR 2- They dread the "I'm so board" comments and aren't too keen on figuring out what to do Luckily, this blog post is for BOTH- Awesome! Fun Summer Activities to do with the kids--Indoor and Outdoor! -Paint a wall mural You can do this inside or outside.  All you need is a roll of white or brown kraft paper OR whatever paper you have.  Poster board would also work well.  Find your wall and cover it with the paper.  You can do the whole wall or just a chair rail size application.  Then let the kids paint & decorate it...

Essential must-have items for any mom There are a lot of infant and maternity products on the market that all claim to be must have items, but not all of it is true.  In fact, you may be surprised that some items that you thought you didn't need end up being complete life savers.  Here are a few essential must-have items for any mom from a relatively seasoned mama.   Functional & Fashionable Diaper bag is a must!  OK, I just threw in the fashionable part because that's kind of essential to me, but if you prefer practicality over looks, all power to you.  Some super thrifty mamas might disagree with me here, but I can't stand clutter and unorganized mess.  I'm not saying I'm a perfect Martha Stewart, but there's something to gain mentally by having a neat and organized diaper bag; a place where you can have harmony amidst occasional chaos....

Trends that are keepers for 2017 The world has changed over the last decade or so, the way we think and choose to raise our kids, the ideals we subscribe to, and the things we value as important have somewhat changed as well.  I often wonder if there has been another time period in life in which the world changed at a faster speed.  Don't forget that it was just 10 years ago that Apple launched its smart phone, and just a mere 7 years ago that Pinterest launched.  Can you imagine a life without smart phones and Pinterest?  Yeah, me neither.  Some might argue that we've all become socially antisocial.  Whatever side you fall on in respect to the technology subject, there are a few trends nowadays that may seem to point out that simplified views on living are alive and well.   Here are a few trends for 2017 according to...

Stress-Free Christmas It's hard to believe that another year has come, and almost gone.  For me, this year has definitely been a blur.  The most wonderful time of the year is well in gear, and it's hard for most of us to learn to relax and enjoy the moment.  It's the enjoy part, that is really important. With all that our lives have going on, trying to keep up in a world that seems light years ahead, how do you make sure that you take time for you, and learn to sit back and smell the roses? A good friend once cautioned me to take time out of my life to enjoy all its beauty.   The beauty of watching my children learn and grow and the beauty of being a part of this beautiful world, and all its magnificent wonder.  It's hard to do that when you are full speed ahead on...