Mommy A to Z

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July 27, 2015
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Guest Post: 6 Simple Steps for Keeping a Clean House With a Toddler

The epitome of modern minimalism...these people obviously don’t have kids. (Modernize.com)

The epitome of modern minimalism…these people obviously don’t have kids. (Modernize.com)

Today we have a guest post from Kaitlin Krull of the fabulous blog Modernize.com. It’s a tongue-in-cheek look at how to keep your home clean with a small human grabbing the mop and offering to “help.” So put down the vacuum, send the kiddo off to Grandma’s, and read these easy tips for not going crazy in your perpetually messy home. 

Trying to keep your house clean is hard enough for anyone, let alone new parents. The first few months are full of sleepless nights and coffee-infused days, so the sum total of your cleaning efforts is likely to be a sweep of the house with a garbage bag on a bi-weekly basis, or whenever someone is coming over for a visit. Just when you think you have the your baby’s schedule cracked and can manage a few dishes and loads of laundry during nap time, it happens. The tiny human starts to walk. You are no longer the parents of a baby. Your child is the dreaded T word: a toddler. So how do you keep a clean house with one of those? Here are six tried and true tricks. Continue Reading →

July 26, 2015
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Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #61

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Link up at the Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog HopManic Mondays blog hop! Last week’s hop featured thoughtful and inspiring posts on everything from helicopter parenting to celebrating a classic childhood novel. To see which posts were featured, visit this week’s blog hop!

Now it’s time for this week’s party! Link up your favorite parenting post, recipe, craft – anything you like! As always, one post (or more!) will be featured on Mommy A to Z and Twitter. So come link up your favorite post, mingle, and have a great time!

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July 21, 2015
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F is for… Five Screen Habits I Pledge to Break This Summer

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“Put your phone away, Mommy.”

As I looked into my 2-year-old son’s blue eyes, I saw a mixture of frustration, anger, and impatience. I immediately put my phone on the table, feeling somewhat abashed. And a little angry — at myself.

I had relapsed.

Not long ago, I realized I had a problem with the screen. I was obsessively checking my iPhone and setting a terrible example for my daughter, who repeatedly asked why she couldn’t have an iPad when all her 5-year-old friends did. (A fact I somewhat doubt, along with her dubious claims that all first-grade girls wear lipstick.) Priding myself on being proactive, I quit my phone cold turkey for a week. I’m not saying I achieved nirvana, but I did feel more relaxed, calmer, and, most importantly, more present as a parent. Continue Reading →

July 19, 2015
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Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #60

The Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog Hop Is Live!

Link up at the Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog HopManic Mondays blog hop! Last week’s hop featured thoughtful and humorous posts on everything from playground ruffians to surviving the Terrible Twos. To see which posts were featured, visit this week’s blog hop!

Now it’s time for this week’s party! Link up your favorite parenting post, recipe, craft – anything you like! As always, one post (or more!) will be featured on Mommy A to Z and Twitter. So come link up your favorite post, mingle, and have a great time!

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July 15, 2015
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W is for… Wednesday Weird Parenting News

Welcome to this week’s edition of Weird Parenting News. This week we’re looking at the wonders of science, from planning baby’s gender to kids’ obsessions with iPads. Just when you thought parenting couldn’t get any stranger, enter the complications of modern technology. Thanks, Newton. Continue Reading →

July 13, 2015
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R is for… Running (Or, Getting Off the Couch With Gear Beast)

Running1When the good people at Gear Beast wrote and asked me if I wanted to sample their armbands and other gear, my first thought was: These people don’t know me at all. After all, my idea of a workout is lifting my toddler off the floor… to see if he’s sitting on the Roku remote, of course.

But then I thought, this review gives me the perfect excuse to leave the kids with my husband and indulge in some quality alone time. Plus, this pink armband thingy makes me look like I occasionally exercise. Like I’m ready to run with the big dogs — the neighborhood moms with toned calves and cool running shorts. OK, I said. I’ll give it a try. Continue Reading →

July 12, 2015
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Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #59

The Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog Hop Is Live!

Link up at the Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog HopManic Mondays blog hop! Last week’s hop featured fun and helpful posts on everything from healthy chocolate treats to helping new parents. To see which posts were featured, visit this week’s blog hop!

Now it’s time for this week’s party! Link up your favorite parenting post, recipe, craft – anything you like! As always, one post (or more!) will be featured on Mommy A to Z and Twitter. So come link up your favorite post, mingle, and have a great time!

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July 9, 2015
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T is for… The Twelve Stages of a Road Trip With Kids

Road trip2Summer means one thing around here: road trips! Once again it’s time to pack up our bathing suits, flip-flops, and books we’ll never read, and hit the road. Escaping to the ocean is a summertime ritual for us. Some of our best memories have been made there, from first sensations of waves against bare feet to first tastes of peanut-butter fudge. We look forward to this time together all year.

Of course, these tender moments are accompanied by another ritual: alternately entertaining and containing small children in what feels like a circus on wheels. While every road trip offers the promise of adventure (and the trauma of gas-station bathrooms), there are 12 stages we always must pass through before we truly earn the right to unwind. Continue Reading →