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One of my good friend’s recently celebrated the very first birthday for her twin girls. And, since they are December babies turning 1, she decided on a Winter Wonderland theme, turning the WON into ONE for a Winter ONEderland! I really loved the play on words for the theme, because when you think about it, it’s very cute to spin the WON into ONE! She also incorporated a “cool” color scheme using white, along with silver and sprinkles of pink and purple for a girly touch. She created a fun reception table with winter-feel...

The new year is just around the corner and in the midst of running around and preparing for the holidays, taking care of our daily chores of home and child care, as well as hopefully squeezing in some “me” time, many of use are also looking forward to a new year full of promise and opportunity of great things to come! And while some of us may have a clear sense of direction and focus for all we hope to achieve in 2014, many of us still need some motivation, encouragement and clarity on how exactly to “jump start”...

I recently had an opportunity to be part of a local news story on dangers and hazards that can be found in a baby’s room. Patti Laird from Safer Kids and Homes came over to my home to show me what types of problems may exist and how to make them baby-proof! Local 10 (Miami) Reporter Constance Jones was also there to interview us for her story! Some of the potential issues discussed were use of crib bumpers, pillows and blankets in the crib, also the need to bolt down and anchor shelves and dressers to prevent them from toppling...

My hair is falling out!! I know it’s normal to lose some hair post-pregnancy, but seriously, strands of my hair are ALL OVER THE HOUSE! First off, I am a “shed-er,” my hair naturally tends to fall out (probably because I have so much), so even pre-pregnancy, it wasn’t uncommon to see my hair all over the bathroom floor. However, that paired with the postpartum hair loss, is nothing short of annoying, and I know my “other half” think it’s pretty “gross” too – mind you, he sports...

A post written for 53 Weeks by Arlyn M. My little girl was turning three and now well aware of what was entailed at birthday parties (as we didn’t have a big soiree for her second birthday). The deciding factor on what theme we would go with was the venue. Naomi was in love with the beach and wanted to go every day. It was only appropriate that it would be an option for her party. Ah, the perks of a having a summer baby. Once that was decided, naturally we went with a Little Mermaid theme. It was a toss up between her and...

There is nothing fun about Cold and Flu season when it strikes your home, and if you have infants and toddlers who come down with the symptoms, it can lead to days of frustration trying to get a leaky nose under control! A runny nose is a nuisance, and I NEVER want to be the Mommy who lets her babies go around with runny noses or dried up snot on their upper lip. The problem is, until they learn how to blow their nose, there’s not much they can do to help themselves other than wipe it all over their face! Ugh!! And, since you really...

When my older son reached the 5/6 month mark I started looking into classes and activities nearby where we live, that would benefit his development. One of my girlfriend’s suggest a “gym” class, as she had taken her daughter to one and they really enjoyed it. We had a few different options in my area, from mommy & me classes, to music and then I came upon Gymboree! Now Gymboree Play & Music does offer several different options, but I opted for the “gym” part. I really wanted something that was going...

I didn’t plan to have a c-section, but I did…and while I wasn’t oblivious to the possibility, or so set in my “birth plan” to be totally natural, I definitely was not prepared for the recovery and after effects of having major abdominal surgery via cesarean section. In my first pregnancy, I was doing the walking, the prenatal yoga, taking birthing classes, reading books ad everything else first-time mothers do when expecting a baby, to prepare for a “natural” delivery. There were indicators early...

I am the proud owner of a G2 Orbit Baby Travel System. When I first started stroller shopping I was really overwhelmed and never imagined I’d “invest” that kind of money in a travel system, but after doing some research, figuring out what was important to me and what made sense…I ended up with the Orbit Baby G2. One of my friend’s who I had consulted for advice on how to choose a stroller said to me, “It’s your baby’s wheels,” and so why not give my child the “Lamborghini”...

When I became pregnant the first time around, I was signed to a modeling agency that is named, and specializes in “Expecting Models.” I figured it would be a great opportunity to possibly pick up some extra work (and cash) with my growing belly. Well, while I was submitted and considered for several jobs the first pregnancy, I did not get booked for any jobs until my second pregnancy. During my second pregnancy I was luck y enough to be in the right place at the right time! The place being Miami and the time being about 16...

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