How to Save Money on Diapers

Looking to cut costs on diapers? Diaper costs can add up. Check out this article for practical tips on how to save money on diapers. AD

Thank you to Family Dollar and Kidgets for sponsoring this post. All content and opinions expressed are my own. Let's talk diapers, specifically, how to save money on diapers. After three kids, I have few basic needs when it comes to diapers. First, they have to be functional. This means no constant leaks or uncomfortable scratch marks on my babies. And second, they must be affordable. Parents buy a ton of diapers, and those costs add up. My toddler twins are nearing their end with diapers. Those two plus my eldest means my family has bought our fair share of diapers over the years. Being the frugal mom I am, I  did our best to save as much money as I can. Below are practical tips on how to save money on diapers and get the most value for your buck: Don't rush to … Read More...

How to Stop Your Child from Whining and Speak Politely Instead

Tired of hearing your child whine all the time? Encourage her to communicate better! Here are practical tips on how to stop your child from whining.

Whining is near the top of my "things that annoy me" list. It's one of the triggers that makes me lose my temper (that's why now I know better to spot it before I lose it!). And whining isn't a way of speaking I'd want my kids to grow up doing. Imagine hearing that all the time! Except when you say 'stop whining!' they just keep doing it. Telling your child to stop isn't effective. And no parent is immune. I have yet to hear of anyone say their child doesn't whine at all. So, how do we lessen the whining? The answer is two-part. One, we need to teach kids to know that whining is unacceptable (besides saying 'stop whining!'). And two, we need to give them an alternative. Below are seven tips on how to stop your child from whining: Don't give in to your child's when he … Read More...

Vitamin Drink Mixes for Busy Moms

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Thank you to the Zarbees for sponsoring this post. All content and opinions expressed are my own. The last few weeks have been rough. First, I got sick, which is weird since none of my kids were sick... yet. Because a few days later, all three of my kids did too, almost like a domino effect. And to cinch it off, my husband also got sick, complete with fever and chills. Not only were we all sick, the last week had been crazy busy. My work hosted a Bring Your Kids to Work Day, of which I was part of the planning committee. My eldest attended his weekly swim lesson. It was also his last week at camp as well as our nanny's last week with us (our twins will be going to preschool in a few weeks). And we visited relatives from out of town. Yep, it's been a crazy, busy … Read More...

Top Parenting Books All Moms Should Read

Looking for sound parenting advice? Find the best resources with these top parenting books. From discipline to encouraging effort, these selections will shed new light on your view of parenthood.

I'm a researcher. When I run into an issue with my kids, I read as much as I can about it. I start online where a quick Google search will turn up some good articles. But some of the best advice I've heard and applied comes from parenting books. These aren't "how-to" guides like when to start solids or how to change a diaper (though I've those as well!). These books discuss parenting. From how to best communicate with our kids to dealing with parent-child conflict. Many of these will sound familiar from me talking about it so much. They're intuitive. The actionable items make sense. And the goals for many of them are long-term change, not quick-fix tips. Below are my top parenting books for new parents and veteran moms. These are my go-to books that form the foundation … Read More...

Baby Must-Haves that Will Make Your Life Easier

Looking to make life easier with a new baby? Check out these baby must-haves: products and tools to save time and add convenience to your busy parenting days.

You're starting to build your baby registry or shopping for items you'll need for the baby. You know the basics you need—crib, car seat, stroller. But you wonder what  baby must-haves you need to get. Because the newborn months gets crazy and downright exhausting. You'll need the basics, but you also need the items that will make your life easier. After three kids, these are my most-recommended newborn baby must haves I tell all new moms to get: Playtex Vent-Aire bottles My husband and I bought a lot of bottles. From glass bottles to bottles with tons of parts to different-sized bottles. The winner? Playtex Vent-Aire bottles. Start off with the wide bottles and nipples. Our pediatrician said newborns like the brown-colored nipples (latex) over the clear ones … Read More...

6 Tips to Make Your Morning Routine for School Run Smoothly

Getting out the house to go to school can be a challenge for many parents. Read these 6 tips to make your morning routine for school run smoothly.

So you've gotten your child ready for back to school. You bought the clothes, the gear, the supplies. You've been doing 'homework' and getting out of the house the last two weeks. You've visited the school campus. But the true test, the reality check that summer is over? Your morning routine for school. Hopefully you've transitioned your child and prepared her for back to school. Now, you need to deal with the mornings. What habits can you implement that will make your back to school morning routine smooth? My family is facing a new challenge this fall. Not only is my eldest going to school, but now his twin brothers are too. And they're going to different schools with about the same pick up and drop off schedules. With an hour to wake the boys, get them dressed, fed and … Read More...

6 Useful Back to School Tips for Parents and Kids

Getting ready to go back to school? Read these 6 useful back to school tips for parents and kids for a smooth transition this school year.

If you're like me, you're in denial it's nearly time for school. "I thought it was still mid-July!" I told my husband as we neared the beginning of August. If you're even more like me, summers weren't too different from the regular school year. Both my husband and I work, so my eldest attended summer camp while the twins stayed with the nanny. We've kept the routine pretty consistent, whether it was April of July. Still, going back to school requires adjusting, even for kids who spend summers in child care or camp. From schedules to self-sufficiency, families should begin adjusting to school in a few weeks. Below are 6 back to school tips for parents and kids: #1: Practice self-sufficiency. Worried whether your child can unbutton his pants by himself at school? … Read More...

How to Stop Twins from Hitting Each Other

Does it seem like your day is spent tearing your toddler twins apart so they don't hit each other? They resort to hitting for any little thing, from having a toy taken away to their brother sitting too close. You hear about other well-behaved kids who play nicely and don't need to be refereed every minute. You begin to wonder what in the world is wrong with your twins, or with you. Thankfully this is all normal. Twins are unique from typical sibling rivalry because both kids are the same age. There isn't the older child who usually knows better. Or the baby you can lay in a crib when the toddler is throwing a tantrum. They're both going through the same developmental stages, which can be difficult for a child to understand. Add to that the fact that twins are with each other … Read More...