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Let's be honest, we all had our picky food moments. I did grow up loving broccoli and spinach and many foods that kids would turn up their noses. On the other hand, I would not eat brussel sprouts or tuna noodle casserole. Now that I'm an adult, I am proud to say I will still not eat tuna noodle casserole. But I did embrace the brussel sprouts, as long as they're fresh and roasted - none of this frozen stuff for me. They get squishy... yuck.

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Categories: nutrition,


Just because you are pregnant doesn't mean you have to give up your own unique style. Maternity clothes are easy to come by these days and pretty stylish. Once you get over that "awkward stage" of pregnancy where you don't look pregnant but you sure don't fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes, it's time to embrace your belly and all the changes your body is making.

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Categories: pregnancy, lifestyle,


I got a call from a friend who is pregnant for the first time. She is excited, a bit scared, and trying to ingest so much information about what to expect over the next eight or so months that her head is going to explode. She’s been trolling parenting sites, reading books, making lists of questions for her OBGYN, and all the other neurotic things we do when we find out we’re about to become a parent. So, since I love to tell a story, I decided to share my first time experience.

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Categories: pregnancy, parent-stories,


According to media outlets such as TV commercials and Facebook, it's time to evaluate where we are at personally and professionally so that we can decide who we want to be before the calendar officially flips to 2013!

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After what seemed like the 393rd time of yelling at my sixth grader, "Come on! Move it! You got to get out the door!" I must admit I am kind of looking forward to Christmas and winter break. It gets old. Every morning trying to get the boys off to school is one challenge after another. My first grader isn’t so bad, except he does get mad when I don’t wake him up at exactly 7 a.m. But the sixth grader, woo, I tell you, some mornings feel like I’m trying to extract an atom from a very small molecule.

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Categories: parent-stories,


I have the fun job over here at ParentSavvy of being the amateur foodie and general lover of Christmas time. So what's any Christmastime-foodie, working for ParentSavvy to do but decorate sugar cookies with a few wonderful kids.

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Categories: nutrition, lifestyle,


'Twas the night before Christmas, and all the children... wore cozy jammies, while they snuggled up next to the tree, and drank hot chocolate and ate warm cookies... don't worry they left some for Santa and his elves.

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Categories: lifestyle,


It's unanimous in my house. Elf is one of our favorite holiday movies. There is something contagious about Buddy the Elf. This endearing character played by Will Ferrell loves everything sweet, musical and exciting about Christmas. Why does it tickle the belly of both kids and adults when we see a grown man in an elf suit, smile so wide, sing so loud and love everything about the world around him?

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Categories: parent-stories,


We conducted an independent survey to determine the top ten children's books that should be in every family's library.

Er, well, no, we didn't actually do that. I just picked some of my favorites and organized them alphabeticaly, because I couldn't pick my favorite of the ten. They're all so good! My family doesn't even own all of these, so if anyone needs any Christmas gift ideas...

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Categories: development,


Ugh! I am so thankful the month of November is almost over. It seems that like Halloween costumes and Christmas decorations, the "What are you thankful for?" question starts popping up earlier and earlier every year. Really, throughout the month of October, you cannot stand in line at the check out and not see almost every magazine with the headlines, "How to be Thankful", "Show your Thanks this Season", "How to Have the Most Thankful Thanksgiving Ever", or some variation of reminding us to be thankful. Why can’t we just be thankful every day of the year?

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Categories: parent-stories,


November. It’s that time of year when we are reminded to reflect on what we are most thankful for. Most of us dig deep and give thanks for the major blessings in our lives like health, family and friends, and I am no different. I am most thankful that my Mom remains cancer free after her initial diagnosis four years ago, and pray that health and happiness rest on everyone this upcoming year. I remind myself to appreciate the people who help to keep me afloat when life gets crazy and to those who keep me grounded when things get too exciting.

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Categories: parent-stories,


I've well established that I enjoy fall and fall food. Well, I also love fall drinks, so there has to be a post about two of my favorite drinks - apple cider and hot chocolate. I searched for a few recipes to make at home and found more than I bargained for. Take a look at the recipes below and then check out the rest of the recipes I salivated over on our ParentSavvy Pinterest board. There is a great recipe for Nutella Hot Chocolate and a Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.

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Categories: nutrition, lifestyle,


Every mom has their own style, so why can't your little munchkins join in on the fun! From preppy to grunge, mom's show their personalities through their wardrobe. Kids love to show their personalities in clothes too, and what could be cuter than having a little mini me. Check out some of the mommy and me outfit pairings we came up with.

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Categories: lifestyle,


With every new school year, sport season or even new holiday season, it can easily feel like you’re on a crazy amusement park ride. It’s exciting and fun until you start to feel dizzy and you know you can’t get off the ride until it’s officially over! Once the year starts or the new season is underway, you can’t put the brakes on. There are so many commitments and obligations to add to the calendar. How do we keep our homes and families balanced while also maintaining our sanity?

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Categories: parent-stories,


Giving Back

I worked in a homeless shelter a couple years ago and the need was extreme all year long, but it seemed particularly acute during the holidays, so I want to spend part of my time and resources this season on those who could use it more than me.

If you and your family are looking to give back this season together, below is a list of ideas along with a list of regional nonprofits.

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Categories: lifestyle,