Best Diaper Bag for Air Travel (for Style AND Function!)

There are few things more stressful for new parents than traveling with a new baby.

Not only do you have to remember the baby (okay, we can manage to do that) and figure out what kind of travel crib to put them into,  but you have the whole “everything but the kitchen sink” issue.

When our daughter was a newborn, just to go anywhere, I would have her car seat over one arm, a diaper bag, my purse and often another bag for my breast pump on top of all that. In the end, I looked more like a frantic pack mule than the serene new mother you see in magazines or on TV.

Traveling to the grocery store can be stressful with a baby, let alone air travel! Having the right bag can make all the difference when you need something quickly to to take care of your baby.

We did a bit of research to figure out the best diaper bag for air travel and this is what we found…

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10 Best Halloween Costumes for Baby Girl in 2017

With Halloween around the corner, we’re trying to decide how to dress our little girl for her first “real” Halloween (she was a newborn during her actual first Halloween, so we don’t really count that one).

When your little one is just a baby, Halloween and the costumes are more for you anyway. She’s not going to remember it.

But what she will remember are the pictures you show her when she’s a little older… 😀

I have to admit, picking just ONE costume is going to be difficult, but let’s check them out.

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Best Travel Crib for 2 Year Old Toddlers (one that allows you to enjoy your vacation)

If you have ever taken a vacation or traveled with a toddler, you know that more often than not, the vacation is for anyone but the parent!

One of the primary concerns you’ll find is the sleeping arrangements. Most 2 year-olds aren’t quite old enough to understand invisible boundaries and sleep in a regular bed all night. However, they are old enough to climb out of most travel cribs making for an interesting night and one LONG vacation.

What now?

We did a bit of research and came up with the best travel crib for 2 year old toddlers. With the sleeping arrangements managed, you can stop fighting your toddler about sleeping and get back to rest and relaxation.

Here’s what we found.

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Best Baby Climbing Toys: Which Ones Will Help My Baby Develop?

As a parent, especially a first time parent, tracking your baby’s developmental milestones can be stressful and frustrating when your baby appears to be behind.

We went through a bit of this with our daughter.

At 9 months, our daycare performed the ASQ-3 test to test motor skill, communication, and other milestones. Sure enough, she was behind in most areas.

As suggested, we brought the test results to our pediatrician to get a professional’s perspective, and they suggested a physical therapy evaluation.

The most concerning area was that she wasn’t yet starting to crawl or pull herself up. However, at the physical therapist’s evaluation, we were told that we shouldn’t really be concerned yet; we simply had to keep working at it.

Lots of tummy time.

But we also wanted to work on climbing/pulling, so we evaluated what some of the best baby climbing toys are. In this post, we’ll go through the ones we considered and tell you all about them.

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20+ Quiet Activities for Preschoolers (a must have list for parents)

Peace and quiet…something all parents can appreciate.

When you have a preschool-aged child running around, however, those moments are few and far between. Some kids are non-stop until bedtime.

While it’s tempting to sit them down to watch TV or a movie – and don’t get me wrong, that’s a good idea sometimes – it’s nice to find something a little more engaging for them to do.

So, as we usually do, we searched the depths of the internet and found over 20 great, and more importantly, quiet activities for preschoolers.

Check out the full list below!

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Triple Pepper Black Bean Chicken Salad w/ Avocado & Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette [Recipe]

As you may have experienced if you’re on a low carb diet, it can be a challenge to consistently find food that fits the “rules” for every meal.  One piece of advice to stick to your diet is to eat the same set of meals over and over again, so they become routine.

This may sound boring at first, but it allows you to stick to the diet.  When you really think about it, you probably eat the same 5-7 meals with some consistency, over the course of a few weeks or months.

So, I wanted to make a big batch of something that would keep well in the fridge – something that I could eat as leftovers for the next few days (either for lunch or dinner).  I decided that some kind of bean salad would work perfectly, which is what you’ll find here today.

Let’s get to the recipe.

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How to Play Heads Up 7Up (and variations of this game)

As a parent (or anyone who has to look after young kids), you can really appreciate the value of quiet games.  And one of the easiest places to start is by teaching your kid(s) how to play Heads Up 7Up.  

It’s a super easy (and more importantly, quiet) game to learn.

Kids love to play it because, every time you play, there’s a different outcome.

There are actually a couple ways to play this game, so we’ll go through both of them below, along with what you can do if you don’t have enough kids for the traditional version of this game.

Let’s get into all of the details.

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From $0 to $100K – June 2017 Traffic & Income Update (Working Parent Side Hustle Challenge)

June was a great month, with improvements across the board in traffic, earnings, and social media following.

While there’s still a lot of work to be done, we’re starting to feel good about our chances of hitting our overall goals for this year.  It seems like, the more we improve, the easier it is to have incremental growth.

As you’ll see below, we’re planning for July to be much different than the previous months (somewhat due to spending part of the month on vacation).

Let’s get into the June update and we’ll explain.

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Grilled Avocado with Shredded Chicken Recipe (Delicious & Healthy)

I love grilling and I love avocado, so this recipe came natural to me.  While grilled avocado on its own is tasty (with the proper seasoning), I wanted something a bit more substantial – something that could stand on its own as a meal.

As I talked about in our 12 hacks for losing the baby weight, our diet primarily revolves around eating low carb foods and avoiding sugar.  This is another meal that fits perfectly with that goal.

This recipe, as written here, probably works better as a side dish, but there’s no reason you can’t double the ingredients and make enough for it to be your main entree (if you’re serving 3-4 people).

I found this to be both light and satisfying, a perfect summertime meal.

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Best Baby Sleep Sack 2017 (and how it’ll make your baby sleep better)

As a parent, you do whatever you can to help your baby sleep better.  It’s pretty simple: the more your baby sleeps, the more you can sleep.

When our daughter was a newborn, up until about 4 months old, we had a lot of crutches when it came to sleep. We used a rock ‘n play, a swaddle, a white noise maker, and the Magic Merlin sleep suit (which we wrote about here).

All of that was great, and worked for a little while.

But once she started getting bigger, moving around a lot more, and we moved her to her crib to sleep, we had to get rid of all these crutches (except the white noise).

Now what?

If you’re lucky and your baby is a good sleeper, you may not need to do anything else.  But for us, it was time to move onto the next logical sleep aid:

The baby sleep sack.

What is a baby sleep sack and how does it make your baby sleep better?  Which is the best baby sleep sack?

Keep reading, and we’ll get into all of that below.

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12 Simple Hacks for How to Lose Baby Weight Fast as a New Parent

Let me start this post by first clarifying the title: there’s a reason it’s about losing baby weight “as a new parent” instead of just “as a mom.”

Believe me, the baby weight doesn’t only apply to mom.  

Sure, moms will naturally have more weight after carrying a child – that’s just biology.

But what it doesn’t factor in are the first few weeks or months where both mom and dad are sleep deprived.  And in many cases, being sleep deprived leads to less exercise and consumption of food that’s probably not good for you.

So this is a post for mom AND dad. 🙂

And I know that not all dads will gain weight during their partner’s pregnancy, but many do. (It’s what some refer to as ‘sympathy weight gain.’)

In fact, a British research firm found that fathers gain, on average, 14 pounds during their spouse’s pregnancy.

So now that we got that out of the way, let’s move onto how to lose baby weight fast as a new parent – we’ve got a few hacks that you’re probably going to find useful.

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Peanut Chicken Stuffed Green Peppers [Recipe] – Delicious and Low Carb

Mmm…peanuts.  If there were a way to work it into every meal, I would.

Fortunately, peanuts (in moderation) work with the low carb diet I’m on as I attempt to make money by losing weight.

Stuffed green peppers are a classic dinner entree, and you really have a lot of options (as far as what you can stuff them with).  This particular recipe has a fairly simple list of ingredients, but the flavor comes out relatively complex.

Without further ado, let’s get to it.

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Best Diaper Wipes for Sensitive Skin 2017 (your baby will thank you)

Diaper wipes are one of those things where I would have thought (before having a child) that you can just buy any kind and they’ll be fine.

They’re just wipes, after all.

Having been through a variety of brands and types, I can say with certainty that the type of wipes matter, a lot.

Without getting too graphic (in case you’re eating while reading this), I’ll just say that the smoother and softer wipes tend to be a lot more gentle, especially when you really need to do a lot of wiping.

It becomes even more important when your baby has sensitive skin.  So what are the best diaper wipes for sensitive skin? 

I’ll explain.

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