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Skip the Gas Station With These Healthy Road Trip Snacks For Kids

By Gen Cohen

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7 Carriers to Make Bike Riding With Tiny Ones Fun For the Whole Family

By Gen Cohen

Before we dive into this awesome list of 7 bike trailers for kids, it's important to remember to protect those baby blues with our kids' rubber sunglasses. They're light, comfortable, and they keep your junior's eyes safe from harmful UV rays!

 

 

Going for a bike ride as a family is a fun and fit bonding activity, but if you have a tiny one who isn't quite riding a bike on their own yet or can't keep up the same pace as older children, it could be difficult to execute. Don't skip the ride or have anyone stay behind — with one of these accessories, you can bring the entire family to the bike trail with ease.

Read on for seven bike accessories that will change your family's bike rides this Spring and Summer.

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How This Mom's Morning Routine Sets Her Up for Success

By Gen Cohen

 

There's no denying that family mornings are hectic. Parents and kids need to eat breakfast, get dressed, gather belongings… there are lots of moving parts, and an ill-fitting sock, a missing glove, or spilled orange juice can derail the schedule in an instant. But busy mornings don't have to be stressful, and there are ways to find moments of bliss within the chaos. Here are a few methods that work for my (mostly functional) family of four.

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Wake Up Early. I set my alarm for 20 minutes before my youngest child usually yells, "Mama!" What do I do in this time? I stretch, freshen up, pull on a robe, and page through the newspaper or listen to morning news radio for a few minutes — by myself. That alone time is the perfect way to create a calm front to meet the whirlwind of energy that my kids create when they literally jump out of bed. Not a morning person? Try 10 minutes early at first and I'll bet you'll find this change helps you feel more rested overall. Bonus: This practice gives me a jump on the day when I sit down to my desk, too. No need to scroll through headlines, I've already had my morning news fix, so I can get right to work. That means the whole day is more productive.

Cue the Music. When my children bound down the stairs with requests for everything from clean shirts to buttermilk pancakes (not likely on a weekday, kid!), I put on some music. As a family, we created a "Morning Mix," which includes a little Beach Boys, a few Adele songs, and yes, one favorite Alvin and the Chipmunks number. The music creates a sense of ease that helps the morning flow, plus it's a mood booster that lifts their—and my—spirits well into the afternoon hours.

Savor a Taste. As the rush to brush teeth and put on shoes and tie ponytails swirls around me, I keep my sanity by focusing on the steaming cup of coffee I'll pick up after school drop-off. Each warm, rich sip reminds me to take things slow and steady as I begin the part of the day that is my own.

Bag the Accessories. Winter comes with… stuff. We stay organized by keeping child hats, gloves, and scarves in a bag in the entry closet. When the kids come home, they know the accessories go right into the bag. As we head out the door, the bag gets dumped and everyone grabs their respective items. It's messy but it works, which is pretty much our family motto.

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22 Outdoor Activities Perfect For Fall Weekends

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Combat Your Child's Fall Allergies With These 7 Tips

By Gen Cohen

Combat Your Child's Fall Allergies With These 7 Tips

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4 essentials for a second baby

By Gen Cohen

4 essentials for a second baby

We’ve chatted SECOND BABY REGISTRY GUIDE already, but today I’m here to cover the four essentials you absolutely need when you’re expecting baby #2. Sure, everything on the registry guide will make your life easier, but I’m talking about the down and dirty four things you absolutely cannot live without if you value your sanity and your baby’s happiness. Ready?

 

 

1. A swing, bouncer, baby chair, etc.: If this is your second baby, chances are you’re already chasing around another child–washing hands, making snacks, general “parent-of-a-toddler” stuff. You’re going to want a swing or rocker to put your baby down in. Somewhere safe and off the ground (so said first child can’t accidentally step on the baby) and somewhere that will entertain or soothe her. With Oscar I had the 4MOMS MAMAROO and I found it to be far superior to any chair or swing I used with Harry. That little contraption bought me tens of minutes at a time when I needed to put Oscar down to tend to Harry stuff.

2. A good wrap or carrier: Going off that thread, you’re going to find there are times when your baby just wants to be held. Remember that from baby #1? I remember working through Harry’s late nap with him laying on my shoulder. But the second time around, things are a little different. A good wrap or carrier is worth it’s weight in gold (and then some because if it’s really good it won’t weigh much). My favorites are our SOLLY BABY WRAP and our WILDBIRD SLING.

3.A double stroller: You’ve got two kids now, so it’s might be time to upgrade your stroller. A good double stroller will make your trips to the store, your jogs, your zoo field trips, etc. easier. We actually have two different double strollers, but that may not be necessary based on the ages of your children and your lifestyle. I use a BOB SE REVOLUTION DOULIE for my runs and our walks around town and I keep ourUPPABABY VISTA in the car and take it anytime we travel. I love them both!

4. Diapers: If it seems obvious, that’s because it is. But that doesn’t mean you don’t need diapers! If your older child is already potty trained, you’ll want to get back into the habit of picking up a pack or two of diapers when you’re shopping–or you can bust out the old CLOTH DIAPERS. If you’re still changing older sibling’s diapers, you’re going to want to think about doubling up and what that means for you in terms of gear. Definitely more diapers, wipes, and maybe even a second changing station?

It’s kind of surprising both A) how much you have everything you already need for baby #2 and B) how little you actually need! What do you think–did we cover everything? Anything else you would add to the “essential” list?

 

 

...and of course, our ro•sham•bo baby sunglasses ;)

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When Do Signs of Autism Appear?

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Uncovering the Early Signs of Autism

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10 Activities to do Outside this Summer

By Gen Cohen

By Gen Cohen

 

We've already shared some of the best sunscreens to wear when taking your tot outside, and you already know to cover their eyes with our awesome shades, but what can you do outside other than hanging out by the pool (if you are lucky enough to have access to one)?

 

Here are 10 outside activities for kids that are a great way to spend the afternoon that the whole family can enjoy:

 

1. DIY garden rock caterpillar

 

 

Pick up some outdoor paint at your local craft store and find some rocks outside to make this adorable little caterpillar! If you're feeling extra crafty, cover the rocks with modge podge to keep the paint from peeling.

 

2. DIY Sand Slime 

 

Get a little messy with this sand slime activity. Instructions here!

 

3. Noodle Racetrack

 

Get a little competitive with this noodle racetrack DIY. Supplies should cost less than $5, if that! Detailed instructions can be found here.

 

4. DIY Backyard Bowling

Go bowling...for free! Just grab those soda bottles out of your recycling bin and use an old tennis ball (or any ball really) and you're already 1/2 way there! Bonus points for painted bottles. Get complete instructions here!

 

5. DIY Spray Chalk

Release your child's inner Van Gogh with this crafty activity. The best part? I'll bet you a nickel you've already got all the necessary supplies at home. Chalk recipe here!

 

6. DIY Mini Paper Kites

Do you live in a windy city like San Diego? Make these kites and head to the beach where you can show off your one of a kind goodies! Full directions here.

 

7. Make Your Very Own Bubble Snake

How cool is this? Make some with your kids this weekend with instructions here!

 

8. DIY Mason Jar Fairy Light

"All you need is faith, trust, and a little pixie dust!" Or mason jars and some glow sticks...whichever you can grab! For complete instructions, go here!

 

9. Giant Lawn Dominoes

What's better than regular sized dominoes? Giant dominoes of course! If you're like most of us and don't have a saw handy, just use cardboard. Instructions here!

 

10. Dig For Treasure 

And last, but certainly not least, get inspired by this pirate themed party activity here!

 

Thanks again for tuning in and checking out these fun outdoor activities for kids, and enjoy outdoor playtime this summer! Oh, and don't forget to protect your eyes by wearing your ro•sham•bo sunglasses.

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