What you Need and Don’t Need Before Baby Arrives

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The time leading up to having a baby, especially your first, is an exciting and sometimes scary time. There is a lot of preparation to do and things to buy for the new arrival. Thankfully (maybe) there is no end to the advice you can find for what you need to do and buy.

Between friends and family (not to mention perfect strangers who are all too willing to share just because you are pregnant), baby-centric websites, blogs, TV shows, social media, and baby stores, advice abounds, much of it differing. You can find advice on everything from the hotly debated vaccines to which sippy cup to use.

No matter what parenting choices you make, there are a few universal items every parent needs to buy. This list of what a baby “needs” will vary depending on who you ask. (more…)

Building Bigger Houses to Hold More Toys

too_many_toysWe were driving through an older neighborhood where the houses were a bit smaller. My daughter wanted to know why they ever built houses so small. I tried to explain to her how when those houses were built they didn’t expect children to play inside and kids didn’t own several rooms worth of toys. the concept was totally foreign to her.

Today we build homes with big living rooms to entertain and a separate family room for play. The room needs to be big enough to fit our 60″ TVs and enough space to place the sectional couch an appropriate distance from the TV. Today it is tantamount to torture to have children share a room (probably because there is so little space in the bedrooms thanks to all those toys). (more…)

There is No Magic Pill

no magic pillI was sitting there scanning through blogs and articles when I came across this article by a phenomenal woman who in my opinion has her “stuff” together. She was trying to find her inner power and discovered you can’t find that on Google.

That’s when it hit me. That is exactly what I’ve been doing!

Okay, I haven’t been looking for my inner power. I’m not even sure I know what that means. But I was looking for some secret magic pill none the less. Only I didn’t realize it. (more…)

Is “Organic” Just a Marketing Gimmick?

USDA organicIs organic food really better for you and your family? Or is it just a way to get you to fork over more of your hard earned cash and line the pockets of sneaky farmers?

The Organic Industry

Eating and buying organic food has grown in popularity of late. One report shows a 3400% increase in sales over the last 24 years, making organic the fastest growing food and lifestyle trend in modern history. With sales over $30 billion (yes that is billion with a B), the organic industry is definitely booming. (more…)

The Stress of First Foods for Baby

Image via flickr user magic robots

When I had my second child I figured I knew the ropes and had this entire feeding first foods thing down pat. Yeah right! It is right when you start feeling confident that life throws you curve balls. Ever been there?

I thought recalled everything I learned from my first child including the trauma of making baby food in a food processor.  So I bought a Baby Bullet so I could more easily puree “grown up” food into something my darling baby could ingest. (more…)

Book Review ~ Moms: As Elite as the CIA…Well Almost

I was given a free copy of this book as an e-book. I was not compensated in any other way. Opinions are my own.

September Book Review:

Moms: As Elite as the CIA…Well Almost
by Andrea Keeney

Moms As Elite as the CIA, Well AlmostThis entertaining story, the first in a series, is about a special breed of elite mothers that I can only hope I will belong to one day. Keeney tells the story of one of these extraordinary mothers as she tackles the seemingly commonplace task of going to the grocery store. As I read, I found myself nodding my head in understanding and agreement as well as laughing at the honest but funny aspects of motherhood. Keeney captures the entire experience with the uncanny accuracy that only another mom can deliver. (more…)

What is Marketing?  (Or What I Do All Day)

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The glamorous life of a marketing professional isn’t always what’s it’s cracked up to be. I don’t sit around all day in a big conference room drinking expensive coffee and coming up with the newest and most innovative way to get people to spend money on something they don’t want. But then what do I do? I have plenty of friends who know what company I work for and what my line of work is, but have no clue how to answer that question. So I’m here to tell you right now. (more…)

From Marketer to Mommy and Back Again

Hello, it's meHi! You are probably wondering why in the world you should take time out of your day to read this blog. I’m wondering the same thing, sort of. If you are anything like me you are super busy. But if you are anything like me, this blog will probably have lots of juicy information you will enjoy soaking up. So I guess I’m wondering if you are like me. What am I like? Here’s a little bit of background about me. (more…)