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Tips for Attending a Baby Show like The Prego Expo
When you got engaged, you may have gone to a bridal show. So when you're pregnant, you may look into going to a baby show. Here are some reasons to go and some tips on what to do when you go. A baby show usually showcases some things like your birth options, how to get a breast pump, some amazing people who can help capture photos of your pregnancy and newborn baby, baby gear like car seats and carriers, samples of things like formula and more! When I was growing up, my mom used to joke that there was a parenting book which totally you exactly what to do.  Kids in her class would say that all parents would do the same things and she would ...
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5 Reasons I Chose a Home Birth
Home birth has been making a bit of a comeback along with other historical ways of parenting such as breastfeeding and co-sleeping after many of these decisions were discouraged for various reasons in the last few generations. There's been a large stigma around and, in my experience, a lot of fear about home birth.  You have many choices in giving birth including the location. Many families chose between the three most popular locations: hospital, birth center and home. All three have pros and cons. I worked as a doula for several years and witness first hand the differences. For me, the pros of a home birth were the strongest and today I'll ...
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Home Birth Insurance Coverage
One question I'm asked frequently is: Where is the best place to give birth? My answer is always where you feel the most comfortable. Having a home birth can be a beautiful and peaceful experience. I chose to have Elodie at home because it is where I felt safest.  I absolutely loved my home birth and to date, is one of the proudest and happiest moments of my life.   For several years I was a doula and birth photographer. I saw a variety of births in different settings and went into my own birth with my eyes wide open. I still knew that where I would feel most comfortable would be in my own home. I'll share more on my decisio ...
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Feast of the Seven Veggies
Have you heard of the American-Italian tradition "Seven Fishes?" My husband's family honors this tradition and when we spent last Christmas in Connecticut, the whole family had a huge seven fishes feast. The feast is rooted in Catholic tradition of A Christmas Eve vigilia di magro ("lean feast") abstaining from meat consumption on certain holidays and the sea-faring Italian people's love of fish dishes. Although you'll find varying explanations of how American Italians came to celebrating on Christmas Eve with the number of seven fishes, it has been a time-honored tradition in many families. Families honor this in different ways. Some make a ...
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Gratitude: A Journey
In honor of Thanksgiving, I'd like to share a little about my journey of gratitude. A long time ago, I used to think that gratitude was about finding things to be thankful for. It was about showing appreciation for what I had been given or afforded in life. Being thankful was like a simple prayer: thank you for my family, friends, house. On occasion, I was able to throw in something like being grateful for an accomplishment or recognition. It wasn't daily and it was usually only when I was told to think about it, like on Thanksgiving. But over the last few years, I've had a few things happen in my life that have rocked my world. As a foste ...
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Grocery Delivery with Prime Now
When you're traveling, sometimes you don't have a car or don't have time to grocery shop. An excellent way to save money, time and energy is to use a grocery delivery service. Grocery shopping isn't my favorite hobby anyway, so I'm especially interested in skipping this while I'm on vacation. I also always want some basics and at the price I'm used to paying ($5 for a pack of water not 1 bottle). When you shop for your groceries this way, you can shop from the comfort of your beach chair or while you're waiting to ride Flight of Passage and have water bottles back at your hotel waiting for you when you get there. You're sold on this, right? R ...
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Montessori at Home
Can you be a non-Pinterest-perfect, Disney-loving parent AND practice Montessori style learning at home? Yes! Read on for more information about Montessori learning, why you might be interested in it and how to find the life balance of it. Montessori Learning is a style of education that focuses on the child and the child's interests. It is called a "child-led" education. In comparison to formal education where a child is more passive in being taught, Montessori learning encourages education through an active and natural learning process.  Maria Montessori developed this system and it is named after her. If you join a Montessori group o ...
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Breastfeeding at Walt Disney World
I fully support all ways parents feed their babies. This post is on how to navigate breastfeeding while in public and while traveling in general and also specific locations that may be more comfortable at Walt Disney World Parks. More information on bottle feeding and pumping while at Disney can be found on our  Baby Care Centers post. Also check out the Rides with Younger Children series for information on breastfeeding on rides at each of the Walt Disney World Parks, start here at Magic Kingdom. In all 50 states, women have the right to breastfeed anywhere they are legally allowed to be; therefore as long as you are legally able to be wh ...
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Babywearing at Walt Disney World
What if I told you that you could ride rides, hold your toddler’s hand and eat a Dole Whip (with probably none of it spilling on your baby’s head) all while holding your baby? You’d say sign me up, right?! Well I have to say babywearing has been the most magical tool I’ve had. It’s probably my favorite parenting tool overall but definitely while traveling and at Disney. Here are a few tips on babywearing while at an amusement park like Walt Disney World. 1. Find a carrier that works for you and your baby. The best way to do that is to find a local group although they are more difficult to find now that the non-profit Babywearing Internatio ...
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Meet Jess and Elodie
Hello, My name is Jess. I absolutely love to travel and always have. After having my daughter, I realized that travel is quite different and requires a little extra planning and deliberation in comparison to before kids. I’m here to share more about what I’ve learned along the way about traveling with little kids. Here’s a little more about me personally. Some of my biggest passions are: My family and friends Travel Photography Disney Being ecologically responsible whenever possible & eating plant-based (Not necessarily in that order but these really are my favorite things) Some of my favorite things to do at Di ...
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