“Time Out”: Will It Traumatize My Child?

I never thought that “time-out” would be my thing until that one play date where Liam, my almost two-year-old, decided to experiment with hitting and pulling other kids’ hair. There was literally nothing I could do to stop him – he was in that kind of mood, a feisty, assertive mood I had never seen him in […]

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Anxiety After the Incident: When Mom Needs to Realize She’s Not Okay

Even if you were fortunate enough to never experience true, debilitating anxiety before having children, I’m sure you’ve realized by now that motherhood comes with quite a bit of baggage in the stress department. It seems as if all we do as moms is worry about our kids… then worry some more. We lose sleep […]

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Your Baby’s Rice Cereal: The Shocking Truth

I recently had a conversation with a new mom about when to start solids. She was surprised to hear that I started Liam at 6 months with a wide range of foods (pretty much everything but honey, nuts, and shellfish!), and not 4 months with rice cereal only. Current recommendations indicate that “breast milk or formula […]

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Baby Eczema: 5 Simple Changes You Can Make to Soothe Your Baby’s Skin

Around the 18 month mark, Liam started developing baby eczema. He never had particularly sensitive skin, diaper rashes, or reactions as an infant, so we were a little surprised to hear from our pediatrician that it was, in fact, a mild case of nummular eczema. The reality is that about 20 percent of babies and young […]

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3 DIY Activities to Teach Your Toddler Colors

We’re mid “color discovering” phase with Liam and it’s so much fun! Considering that he’s learning his colors in both French and English, we’re trying to keep it as simple as possible to not confuse him. That’s a lot of different words! For the most part, we’ve been asking Liam to point to the colors – when I […]

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5 Things Moms Should Stop Doing Right About Now

Moms always mean well (duh!), but sometimes, even with the best intentions in the world, we end up enabling some bad habits… Sound familiar? Check out my new post on Westchester County Moms Blog!

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Rainy Day Activity: Salt Dough Creations

As we start to hear the faint jingle of Christmas bells in the distance (what, too early?), we also begin to feel the anxiety that comes along with gift giving. Sound familiar? If your life is anything like mine, you have a ridiculous amount of gifts to purchase each year for your siblings, parents, grandparents, […]

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Raising a Bookworm: How to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Your Child

I have always been an avid reader. When I was five years old, I hoarded books like treasures and made it my “mission” to read every billboard, every store front on my way to school… out loud (my poor parents!) There is something magical about being being so wrapped up in a book that you […]

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An Open Letter to All Expecting Mothers

At a baby shower I attended today, there was a little card on my plate that read, in squiggly, pink script, “Your Advice to the Mother-To-Be”. You’d think that as a new mom and blogger on everything pregnancy and motherhood-related, I’d have mounds of advice to give… right? But I didn’t. I had to think […]

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Baby Picasso: Bringing Out the Artist in Your Toddler

I love encouraging Liam to be artistic. As a Pinterest addict, I love reading about different sensory play activities for babies and love to adapt them to Liam’s maturity level to keep challenging him every day. He loves to try new things and I think I’m just as excited as he is every time we […]

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Should I Discipline My One Year Old?

Liam may be the sweetest 90% of the time, but he does have those occasional moments when Joe and I both look at each other and go, Uh oh, how the hell are we supposed to handle this one? In the last few weeks, I really started thinking it was time to set some clear boundaries. At a […]

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Homemade “Lära Bars”

  This recipe is phenomenal, guys. You know those Lära bars that cost you almost $2 a piece at Whole Foods? Well, say goodbye to them. I mean it. You’re about to find out that making your own energy bars is ridiculously easy and can be done in 20 minutes or less. Not only that, […]

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Snack Time : Banana Oatmeal Bites

Hi Mamas! I’ve recently been trying to come up with more breakfast foods for Liam other than fruit and Puffs. Don’t judge me, he is absolutely obsessed with them. He usually eats about half of my breakfast as well – whether it’s a buttered bagel or eggs and toast, the kid will house it. Some days, I resort to […]

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When Will My One-Year-Old Learn to Walk?

Liam is a budding talker, expert ring stacker, future So You Think You Can Dance contestant (I swear I have no idea who he got those dance moves from!), and major hug lover. But our smart, 30 pound, 13 month old is not interested in walking yet… at all.  He stands and cruises along furniture to grab […]

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5 Mantras For Happy, Productive Moms

Let’s all be real here: after tough days with our little ones, we often wonder how we’re going to do it all over again the next morning without losing it. On those days, what we forget is that a lot of it has to do with our mindset: we have the power to make it […]

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Why I Love the Idea of Slow Parenting

After reading this post in the Boston Globe, I realized that this “thing” I could easily describe to friends and family actually has a name: slow parenting. These lines from the article really stuck with me: I encourage parents to take some time to just watch their children, whether they are playing, doing homework, or eating a snack,” Duffy […]

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Why I Look Forward to Baby Number Two

Once you’ve had your first child, the second baby conversation starts to happen… often. You think about timing, age difference, and things like “is our home big enough?” or “can we really handle two kids?” But let’s be honest: now that the hard part is over, you just wonder how in the world you can go […]

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Why Finding Yourself Post-Pregnancy Isn’t as Easy as it Looks

You know that moment (in college or maybe right after) when you get past your awkward stage and realize who you really are? Maybe it suddenly hits you that you’re that funny girl who likes to be surrounded by friends at all times, the free spirit who loves last minute impulse adventures and meeting new people, or maybe […]

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