The countdown has begun, and you can’t wait to meet your new baby. To help you prepare for the big day and the trip to the hospital, here’s a handy checklist of necessities and nice-to-haves. Be sure you have your bag packed and ready to go at least a couple of weeks before your due date, as babies sometimes arrive earlier than expected… I found this great Hospital Bag Checklist on the Pampers website…and added a few comments from my own experience! 😉For Mom-to-Be Two bed pillows with favorite cases | Hospital...

Name: Michelle Pooch Child & Age: Annabella, 7 Hometown/Location: Miami Beach, Florida Quick Bio: I am 33 years young and a proud mom to the most amazing little girl named Annabella! She is 7 and is my world! I am a fixture on the nightlife scene in Miami Beach for the past 14 years and I am currently DJing all over from Miami to London to NY and LA! You can check out my soundcloud and my web page djmichellepooch.com Instagram @djmichellepooch Twitter @michellepooch Q: How do you balance being a Mommy and keeping your sense of self? A:...

WHAT YOU NEED Bittersweet Chocolate Chips Graham Crackers Jumbo/Giant Marshmallows Lollipop Sticks (or skewers) DIRECTIONS Place one marshmallow on each stick Roll/dip them in melted chocolate Sprinkle, roll, cover with crushed graham crackers (can also use crushed candy canes) Let cool about 10 minutes… and voila your done ENJOY! ...

Cubetensils Children’s Eating Utensils Recalled by Edoche Due to Choking Hazard Name of Product: Children’s spoon and fork sets Hazard: The utensil’s handle can detach, posing a choking hazard to infants. Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the utensils away from children and contact Edoche for a full refund. Consumer Contact: Edoche call collect at (774) 295-0170 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.edoche.com then click on About Us at the top of the page for more information. Customers...

Belly Ballot says 5 baby name trends for the New Year say bye bye to the names Aiden and Jayden. After a banner year for outrageous names in 2013, Belly Ballot is forecasting some shocking naming trends for 2014, that will push the boundaries of what was previously considered, “normal.” Vogue sounding names ending with -den, such as Brayden, Jayden, Aiden, etc… along with the popularity of the “X” in names like Axl and Xander are on the way out. And, as parents strive to distinguish their children from peers,...

Pie Filling 3 – 4 Large Golden Delicious Apples (peel skin… cut into small pieces, dispose core and seeds) ¼ cup granulated sugar ½ cup brown sugar 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp nutmeg 4 oz apple sauce (use one cup of the 6 pack apple sauce) 2 tbsp flour 3 tbsp butter cut up into small pieces In Medium bowl, mix everything together. Pack of crust (2-pack) from refrigerated section in grocery store Put crust in 9” pie pan and pour in pie filling Put crust on top of pie filling and mesh edges together. Remove excess crust. Use fork to create...

A precious newborn in a Christmas Pom Pom Beanie by Huggabeans ...

Name: Marette Miller Children & Ages: Alijah Quinn Carter 4 years old, Myles Adae Carter 2 years old Hometown/Current Location: El Paso, Texas (Hometown), currently in  McKinney, Texas Quick Bio: I am 32 years old, with two amazing boys that keep me very busy. I also run a youth organization called Young Champions of America. We offer cheer and karate programs to young children in the Dallas Metroplex. As of this year we will have 25 locations up and running, which is very exciting. I run the business out of my home which...

As I peruse the toy aisles at stores this holiday season, I am seeing so many toys which bring back old memories of my own childhood. It’s fun to see what’s still around and popular with the young set, or the same toy perhaps reinvented with the current “happening” cartoon characters… Now that my older (baby) son is almost at the 18 month mark and the younger baby racing toward 6 months, I’m finding toys for them which I certainly remember having in the toy box. All this to say I thought it would be...

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...

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