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Posted on 02/23/2017

5 Tips For Choosing a Family Photographer

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Finding the perfect photographer for your family photos can be daunting — these once in a lifetime moments with the kids pass quickly so it’s important that it’s photographed the way you would like to remember this time. Even as a photographer I find this hard – I am so persnickety! There are so many different aspects to a great family photo that’s different for each family, but there are some simple steps to help you choose a photographer that works for everyone. Keep reading for my top 5 tips for choosing a family photographer. Read more

Posted on 08/14/2016

6 Things You Need to Know Before Becoming a Dad

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Taking the step to become a dad is tremendous — it means you not only love someone enough to be totally connected with them for the rest of your lives but that you’re ready to care for a little being together. It’s said that when you have a child it’s like sharing your heart with the world, having it exist outside yourself and tending to this vulnerable part of you with someone you hold close — and it’s totally true. But before you leap into the world of parenting with fantasies about what it’s going to be like and thinking all you need is the baby gear on some list, there are a few other things you need to know so you can be better prepared for this amazing step in your life. Save this page, share this post, read it over then read it again. These insider tips about what moms wish dads knew are learned after becoming a parent, and not typically written about, but you’re getting the info beforehand — use it wisely, young Padawan. Read more

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Posted on 01/18/2016

Daddy Style: Black & Grey

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Who says moms should have all the fun? Dads spend time with the kiddos too, and so often change up their style a bit. The Daddy Style series is all about maintaining a hip style while being a prepared and engaged parent. Today’s black and grey color pairing allows for a diaper bag guys would totally be OK with toting around, a hip shirt with dad messaging, some headphones for quiet tablet time (sometimes the kids just want it to be a bit too loud and sometimes you want to watch your own thing), and an adorable swaddle set that can serve as a snot rag, blankie or doll cover as the kiddo gets older. I think the “My kid has an awesome dad” shirt says it all. (The following may contain affiliate links, meaning I get a few cents if you buy items.) Read more

Posted on 11/29/2015

His Gift Guide

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Guys say that women are difficult to shop for, but honestly guys can be pretty tough! Here’s a listing of a few gift ideas to help with his list this year. From shoes to jackets, and even some tech, this holiday gift list will have you set! Read more

Posted on 08/13/2015

4 Secrets to Making Time to De-Stress Before You Combust

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Eutah Mizushima

De-stressing is often thought of as a luxury, not only because it’s associated with things like getting a massage or a day at the spa, but parents simply don’t have time alone to do it! This is a major problem of course, because parents need that de-stress (especially when it can’t be afforded) to effectively raise their children. If you’re having a bad day you’re not going to react in the same understanding manner you might if you weren’t stressed and feeling like you might explode. It’s only fair to the kids, and yourself to make the “me time” work. It isn’t an easy feat, by any means, whether you have a supportive partner, unsupportive partner or none at all, but you need to do it. Here are a few ways to make life a bit less chaotic stressful and a tad more sane. Read more

Posted on 06/17/2015

Sweet Gifts For the Expecting Dad (Plus Giveaway)

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Father’s Day isn’t just about dads who’ve been parenting for for a while, it’s a time for parents-to-be celebrate their future to come, and soon-to-be dads to get a bit of extra advice and support. If you have a dad-to-be in your life, this is the perfect opportunity for sage advice through some thought out gifts. Keep scrolling to see some savvy ideas and enter the giveaway! Read more

Posted on 05/14/2015

Download to Give: Todd Parr’s Latest Free E-Books For Parents Benefit Children

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Todd Parr — a Bay Area based children’s book author and illustrator best known for writing The I Love You Book — has partnered with The First Years to release a set of free e-books just for parents that benefit two very special nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping children ages 0-12. We’re Pregnant, a witty look at the experience of pregnancy, is currently available for download, here. With each free download of We’re Pregnant, The First Years is donating $1 to Project Night Night — A San Francisco-based nonprofit that provides over 25,000 nighttime care packages to homeless children throughout the U.S. every year. The second book in this exclusive series — We’re Parents — releases June 8, and will benefit Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit providing basic essentials to little ones in Boston and Philadelphia. Read more

Posted on 04/01/2015

5 Reasons Parents Lose Friends After Kids

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Credit: Flickr CC user  ruurmo

Credit: Flickr CC user ruurmo

Even if you’re the type of person who has deep friendships seeded from grade school, keeping friends once you become a parent can be tricky. If you’re pregnant or trying to have kids right now you might see a hint of this already, but here are a few specific reasons this happens. Read more

Posted on 01/21/2015

Can’t-Miss Family Tax Deductions

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Now that the holidays are over and we’ve all made our resolutions for 2015, it’s time to eagerly await our W-2, 10-99 and other misc forms so we can get our taxes done. Why? Whether you’re hoping to pay off your Christmas present bills, or buy some amazing product you’ve been saving for, it all comes down to that twinkle of hope that this is the tax season when you’ll get money back. Now we don’t always get a lot, but with the help of this list, hopefully you can at least check to be sure you got as much as you can. Here are 10 items families may be able to deduct this year. Read more

Posted on 01/08/2015

Yoga Poses For Your Back (Part 3)

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From feeling better to simply being healthier, there are many reasons to try different yoga poses. For most parents, it’s usually back pain. Explore some of these wonderful spinal twists and a restful pose to heal and rejuvenate. Then go back and read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series! Read more

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