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Family Meal Time I grew up in a family that ate meals together most days of the week, but for sure we ate together every Sunday for dinner.  It was a family tradition that both sides of my family maintained for generations.  My Mom's family ate Sunday lunch and my Dad's, Sunday dinner which considering how many siblings my Dad had, was no easy feat. Eating with the family has always been the advice that family experts have given.  I never realized the importance of family meal time until I had my family and in turn wanted to pass on the same tradition.  Truthfully, it's not as easy as it seems.  It takes a real commitment to continue the trend and I take my hat off to those families that actually manage to pull it off on a weekly basis. I don't have the ability to say that I have done a good...

Breastfeeding 101: Myth vs. Fact Feeding your baby is a given, but what to feed your baby, is a choice.  We live in a part of the world where we have access to formula, in a multitude of varieties.  If you think formula is an option to most women in the world, and you would be mistaken.  In fact, you may be surprised to learn that there is a hierarchy of infant feeding methods--  1)  Breastfeeding,   2)  Breast milk in a bottle,  3) Donor breast milk from (HMBANA) state licensed milk bank,  4) Cow's milk infant formula,  5)  Soy Formula.  With so many breastfeeding myths out there, it is hard to see past them, so I am going to address a few of them here.   Myth or Fact 1:  Breastfeeding will make your breasts drop or make them lop-sided.     Wrong.  This is definitely not true.  You can blame age, genetics, and...

When things don't go as planned I'll be honest, I'm not a huge country music fan but the likes of Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Lady Antebellum have made country music much more mainstream in my opinion. There's a fairly old country song by singer, Garth Brooks, called "Unanswered Prayers." The chorus goes, "Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers Remember when you're talkin' to the man upstairs That just because he doesn't answer doesn't mean he don't care Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers." For whatever reason, that chorus stuck with me. Every time I hear it, I get the chorus stuck in my head in that very annoying kind of way. In college, the words of that chorus didn't mean the same for me as it does now. It honestly made me wonder, "What on earth would anyone pray about that wouldn't be better if the "man upstairs" didn't answer?"...

I know sometimes parents can be a little over the top, but come on, how many times does your child turn one?  Once. Even though they won't remember it, and honestly, they don't care, the first birthday in many cultures is one of the most important milestones.  Like we need an excuse to throw a good party!? The first birthday is the day that babies become toddlers and for a lot of people, its the day that you give your child sugar, the processed sugar kind...

Stress-free infant travel Travelling for many people is stressful; add an infant or toddler in the picture and it's enough to make even the most seasoned parent anxious.  There is always so much to organize and remember.  How many times have you forgotten to pack the very basic things like, your tooth brush or underwear? Thankfully, you'll be able to replace most of the things you leave behind.  The key to stress-free travel with an infant is going to be pre-planning. The last minute packers are going to hate this, but it's essential to making sure that you are comfortable, your baby is comfortable, and you're relaxed-make a list and check it at least twice.  Start your list a week before travelling (if you can).  Writing all of the things you need for the baby down on paper will jog your "mommy brain" of the things you will need to bring.  Consider...