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Baby Food Recipes

Last week I shared "How to Make Baby Food," where I told you my normal process for making, and storing baby food.  Today, I thought it would be a fun idea to share Baby Food Recipes, that I have created in the past, that you may find helpful too! As I mentioned last week, when you're first starting out with feeding your baby, baby food, it's best to stick with one food for a few days to make sure he/she is not allergic, or can tolerate that certain food item.  If you feed multiple different types of food, and you notice...

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How To Make Homemade Baby Food. Pictures and description to walk you through how this busy mom does it!
Food + Drink, Parenting

How To Make Baby Food-Learn to Make Homemade Baby Food for your Baby

Remember my post the other day about how I taught my baby, Baby Sign Language, and how I pretty much said I wanted my baby to be the smartest little thing anyone ever knew, and how I wanted only the best for him?  Well it was no different when it came to making homemade baby food.  But I had the same question that may have brought you to my post today: "How to make baby food?"I'll start off saying that anything that I recommend is NOT approved by a doctor, and I DO NOT consider myself an expert in this field, so hear me...

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Parenting, Real Life

All Time Favorite Baby Learning Tool: Baby Sign Language

I'm surrounded by women producing babies.  I guess it's the stage of life that I'm in, because it seems like so many of our friends are having little precious bundles lately.  You know, before you have kids, you think to yourself how you'll do this and that, to make your baby the smartest, and most well behaved baby that anyone knows?  Yeah, I had those thoughts too. I told myself I'm going to make homemade baby food, he'll be speaking Spanish by the age of two, and that he will NEVER act like those other kids in public that scream and...

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Parenting, Real Life

10 Mom Fails I’m Guilty Of

I've been referred to as the "helicopter mom," {check out my post about that here: "The Helicopter Mom"}  But I'm here to tell you, even though I "hover," over my children as much as I physically can, it still leaves room for "mom fails," and let me tell ya... I've got 'em and done 'em.  I'm just not going to tell you about all of them.  I need to keep some of those "oops," to myself.No particular order.  They're all "mom fail," equal, I'm sure.1.  The "mom fails," started before we even left the hospital with our first son. ...

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15 Things I've Learned as a Mom
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15 Things I’ve Learned as a Mom

Being a mom comes with a lot of surprises, and teaches us new things no matter how old our children get.  These are the 15 things I've learned as a mom so far!Photo Credit: Roussin Photography15 Things I've Learned as a Mom Oh the things I've learned as a mom... here we go! One. I CAN survive and function on little sleep. I may look a little rough some days, and may not make exact sense when I come up with a new way to make the business plan more efficient at the office... But I survive. Two. Shopping alone feels weird. I'm excited...

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I wish I didn't have to tell my toddler...
Parenting, Real Life

I Wish I Didn’t have to Tell my Toddler…

Oh the joys of raising kids.  Boys... the joy of raising boys.  When I first became pregnant back in 2010, I secretly wanted a baby girl.  Looking in the stores at all of the pink frilly tutu's, flower hair accessories, and pink EVERYTHING!  But I'm telling you, when my little boy was born, my world and attitude changed.  I all of a sudden didn't care if he was a boy or girl, he was PERFECT.  {Still is}  :)Now, if someone were to ask me, "Don't you want a little girl Jessica?"  I almost get this rush of anxiety thinking...

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How To Start Potty Training
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How To Start Potty Training

5 tips and tricks for how to start potty training, may just be the thing to get your little one out of diapers and on to being a big boy or girl!Any Tips on Potty Training? My good friend messaged me last night and asked if I had any good tips on how to start potty training her son.  When she asked, my mind started flowing with ideas, and she replied, "You should do a blog post on this."  Well... heck.  Ok.  I guess a toddler will have accidents from time to time, and at least I may be able...

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helicopter mom
Parenting, Real Life

Yeah, I’m the “Helicopter Mom”

Ohhh... yeah.  I'm THAT mom.  The "Helicopter Mom."  What's a Helicopter Mom?  Well according to Wikipedia, it is:"A helicopter parent (also called a cosseting parent or simply a cosseter) is a parent who pays extremely close attention to a child's or children's experiences and problems, particularly at educational institutions. Helicopter parents are so named because, like helicopters, they hover overhead."The only thing that definition is missing is a picture of my profile right beside it.  Here... this is better:Why do I KNOW this?  Last week I took my 2 1/2-year-old to an inflatable play center (aka: "indoor...

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A New Roommate-How To Help Toddler Adjust To New Baby https://fantabulosity.com
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A New Roommate: Tips To Help Your Toddler Adjust To The New Baby

How to help your toddler adjust to the new baby! Easy tips and tricks to make the transition a bit smoother for everyone!Tips To Help Your Toddler Adjust To The New Baby I couldn't believe the response from my post on Tuesday, "Preparing Toddler For New Baby."  So what did this mean?  It means that a lot of you must be, or plan to be, expecting a little bundle of joy in the future! How fun!!! Well I'd LOVE to help you prepare your toddler for a huge life change.As I've said before, "I am no expert," but I do hope my life experiences may...

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Preparing Toddler For a New Baby https://fantabulosity.com
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Preparing Toddler For A New Baby

"Preparing Toddler For A New Baby." Ahhh, I remember searching that phrase in my toolbar just months before my second little bundle of joy was to arrive.  I knew life was about to change for my husband and I, but I also knew that my toddler's life was about to be flipped upside down, overnight.  I was scared that my son would be in total shock when Mommy and Daddy had to share their love with this new little "thing" that moved in to his house.I was AMAZED at the transition my son made when we brought the new baby...

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My secret weapon to keep my toddler busy
Parenting, Real Life

Toddler Approved, Clothespin Activity

Clothespin activity for toddlers: This simple activity keeps my kiddo's attention, when I really need to get some things done as a mom!Now that baby #2 is here, I have to keep ideas on hand for toddler activities, to keep my 2 year old busy for times when I'm feeding the newborn, washing bottles, etc., instead of sitting him in front of the TV.  I can't exactly remember where the idea came from {I THINK a friend told me}, but I'm forever thankful!Instructions: It's totally simple!  Grab an old wipes container, and some clothespins, and pop open the little lid {like you would...

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Pregnancy Must Haves,
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9 Pregnancy Must Haves

So, as I near the end (and I mean "END") of my 2nd pregnancy, I thought it would be a good idea to think back and compile a list of pregnancy "must-haves," to share with all of you "Momma-To-Be's," and even those of you that may be looking for something to get a "Momma-To-Be."9 Pregnancy Must Haves If you're also wondering what items you may need to include in your hospital bag, for when you go in to labor, check out my post of my "Hospital Bag Must-Haves."  This would also be a good list to checkout, if you're looking for...

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Hospital Must haves checklist for the minimalist free printable fantabulosity.com
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Hospital Bag Must-Have’s Checklist for the Minimalist

Hospital Bag Must-Have Checklist for the Minimalist: A free printable to help make your life a little easier come "baby-time," so you can make sure to have the essentials!Pregnant Girl Speaking Here... I'm 4 weeks away from "popping," with my 2nd little bundle of joy.  Eeeek... did I really just say that?  Wow... I'm a little nervous.  We have to move in to a new house before then, get set up for baby, AND pack my hospital bag, for when I go in to labor.  Problem???  All of our baby stuff is still in storage.  YES.. STORAGE!!!!  So we have to...

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toddler traveling tips
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Toddler Traveling Tips for Road Trips

Toddler Traveling Tips: After many trips on the road, here are tricks to make road trips a lot easier when you have a toddler in tow on vacation! So you're looking for toddler traveling tips.  You must be planning on going somewhere soon?   Ahhh... the joys of traveling with kiddos.  I don't know about you, but I'm always looking forward to vacation.Toddler Traveling Tips for Road Trips Beforehand, I fabricate in my head, this amazing road trip with my little family, thinking about the things like, good quality time we get to spend together in the car; laughing at each other's stories;...

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