How Was Your Mother’s Day?

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In a world of technology it’s so easy to get a sneak peek into other family’s lives. Facebook status updates and Instagram photos pop up with the press of a button. Especially around the holidays! Everyone wants to share their highlights, get a few likes and relish in the happy moments. Sometimes it even sparks… Read More

How to Respond to Someone Who Touches Your Belly (VIDEO)

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If you are pregnant or have ever been pregnant, you know that it seems like an open invitation for strangers (or everyone for that matter!) to reach out and touch your belly. To be fair, some people ask, but unfortunately, the majority do not. Pregnancy seems like one of the only times that it is… Read More

Ring Slings | A Shopping Guide


In the world of babywearing there are many, many (MANY) options. Over my babywearing days I’ve played around, fallen in love and found some sturdy favorites that have served my babies and I well. Today, I’m excited to share some favorites from the ring sling genre of babywearing. Ring slings are a very simple form… Read More

15 Things To Do For 15 Minutes Each Morning


I’m a big believer in starting your day off on the right foot, so I try to be in bed early and rise early. I’m basically one of those annoying, happy morning people. I like getting up before the sun does, because I can get so much done! I didn’t used to be like that… Read More

Mompreneurs You’ll Want To Check Out! Part 1

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It’s May! The month for mamas! In honor of moms who are also entrepreneurs, let’s give them a pat on the back and a hearty dose of encouragement by sending some of our shopping dollars their way! Take a peek at these mompreneurs and their dandy little shops! First up, meet Maggie, she originally had… Read More

Summer Shoes For Moms Chasing Littles


If you’re a mom, chances are you spend a lot of time chasing your kids around. That means we need comfortable shoes on our feet! I’m all about fashion and looking good, even though I’m a mom, so that means I try to find shoes that look and feel great! Today I’ve gathered together some shoes… Read More

Chapter Books to Read With Your Preschooler

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Last week my 3 year old and I started a new bedtime tradition — we are reading our first chapter book! I’ve been looking forward to this day for quite some time: the day when she was eager to listen and not get stressed that there were fewer or no pictures. I’m thrilled to adventure… Read More

20 Water Activities To Try This Summer


I don’t know about you but all my son wants to do during summer is be in the water. Honestly, when it’s hot outside, that’s about all I want to do too. So here are 20 fun water activities to try this summer! 1. Liquid limbo. Use the stream from a water hose as the… Read More

Resources to Overcome Toddler Biting


I wish this post could hold the magic answer for toddler biting. But it’s doesn’t. Rather, it’s my white flag of surrender and admission that we’ve got a little problem over here. The first time my son bit I was devastated. (And yes, I wrote “first” because it has happened more than once. In fact,… Read More

Ideas For Inexpensive Summer Family Fun


Summer is quickly approaching. It’s getting hot, the kids are going to be out of school, and you’re thinking of what you’re going to do. Worry no more, because we’ve got ideas for inexpensive summer day trips that you and the kids will love! Fun doesn’t have to cost a lot, as you will soon… Read More

10 Things You May Not Have Known You Can Use Instagram For


Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, Vine- in an age where social media and apps are everything, Instagram wins for me. Did you know you can do more than just edit photos? That’s why we’re sharing 10 things you can use Instagram for that you may not have known about. 1. Buy/Sell. So many people (myself included) have… Read More

The Mother-in-Law Lottery Winner


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ProFlowers and Shari’s Berries. Moms are amazing! Seriously, moms are the best, right? I’m not just saying that because I’m a mom because my appreciation for moms has multiplied 10 fold since becoming a mom over 9 years ago. The work, sacrifice, love and… Read More

Birthday Gift Ideas For Preschoolers


It can be tricky figuring out what to get a preschooler as a gift. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up some ideas so that the next time you get a party invitation in the mail, you’ll know what to bring! Books.  Kids love books because they’re fun and exciting, and parents love books because they’re… Read More

Cookbooks Just For Little Chefs

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In her elementary school years my sister put cartoons behind her and started dialing into the Food Network. Every morning at breakfast she would sit on our bar stools munching her cereal and watching the latest episode of Emeril or Rachel Ray. She’d take note of their meals and beg my mom print her to… Read More

Six Things Mothers Really Want For Mother’s Day


  Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend, and no doubt my husband will be very sweet and get gifts “from the children” and start the Mother’s Day journal tradition that Baby Gizmo editor Gretchen told us about (brilliant idea! Check it out if you haven’t already!) but honestly, what I want, what I really,… Read More

How to Drive Your Parents Crazy Over Summer Break (VIDEO)

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Summer is right around the corner and for those with kids in traditional school (not year round!), it can be a very trying three months. Sure, the first month is great with all the extra time that you get to spend with your kids bonding and laughing and playing… but that starts to wear off.… Read More

One Year Old Birthday Gift Ideas (VIDEO)

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We get so many emails every day from parents with questions and comments that we try to respond to personally. Believe me, we try our best! There are a few questions that I know many parents would be happy to hear the answer to, so for today, I put together an “Ask Hollie” video! In… Read More

Breakfast In Bed Ideas For Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day is almost here and if you’re like me, there’s nothing you really want than 1) someone else making breakfast and 2) them bringing it to you in bed. So post this to your husband’s Facebook wall, because we’re rounding up some ideas for serving the mom in your life breakfast in bed this… Read More

The Feeling That Just Won’t Go Away…

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Rachel Pitzel is the Founder of Club MomMe, the place for Moms, Expectant Moms and Young Families in Los Angeles, Orange County and Denver. They host 4-6 events per month and their signature series, Family Fests, twice a year. Rachel is the mom of two, a very busy toddler and newborn, and slightly baby gear… Read More

8 Things to Bring to a Restaurant With A Toddler


  Dining out with a toddler is tricky, but it can be done if you’re armed with the right tools. Here are eight items to bring to a restaurant to ensure things run smoothly—and to help you eat your meal in peace! 1) Triangular Crayons: Most restaurants that aren’t too fancy (i.e. restaurants you would actually… Read More