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The Benefits of Montessori Education

Dr. Maria Montessori was a visionary who studied and documented the developmental stages of children in the early 1900s. From this research, she …

Education

How To Choose Abstract Art for Your Home

I’m a big fan of abstract art, and I’m trying to incorporate more into our home, but it can be hard deciding what to go with. So I asked my talented

Art

10 Must-Try Detox Water Ingredients

There’s no easier way to detox than by drinking a lot of water, but plain old H2O can get pretty boring after a while. Make your detox tastier—and …

Detoxification

25 Lightened-Up Desserts For Your Next Summer Barbecue!

With lightened-up recipes for everything from chocolate chip cookies to chocolate brownie cheesecake, this one post has all of your Fourth Of July or …

Recipes

12 Smart Ways to Save on Air Travel | How to Save on Airfare

Travel season is upon us, and if you are anything like me, you’ve got the bug and you are ready to hit the road…..or the skies! Of course vacationing …

Luxury Lifestyle

10 Pantry Staples to Always Keep on Hand | How to Cook from Your Pantry

Today I am happy to welcome back my friend Cherie Lowe from the Queen of Free, who has graciously joined us here at LWSL as a regular monthly …

Food

9 Ways To Create A Better Relationship With Your Body (Starting Now!)

Have you dutifully been repeating I am beautiful and my skin is glowing (or whatever other affirmations and mantras you like) to the mirror each …

Immune System

Choosing Baby Room Paint Colors to Help Your Baby Sleep

When pregnancy nesting mode kicks in, I know I can’t help but drool over all the beautiful nursery inspiration there is to find. I’m sure you’re the …

Babies

When To Go To The Hospital for Contractions

A perfect mix of excitement, naiveté, and anxiety makes a first-time mother scurry to the hospital even before real contractions begin. Actually, …

Contraction

Wellness Mama Meals – Weekly Meal Plans Done for You!

Getting your nutrition optimized is one of the most important steps you can take for your own health and your family’s health, but it is often the …

Nutrition

Tips for Writing Thank You Notes with Your Kids

Most people dread writing thank you notes, right? I know we do over here! What kind of thank you note should you send? When is it a good time to have …

Kids

10 Tips for Helping Your Kids to Make Friends

Moving can be fun and exciting, but one of the harder parts is leaving friends and trying to make new ones. Most adults know this process takes time, …

Kids

speech delay 19 months

A few weeks ago I wrote about Nicholas and his struggle with speech. (You can read that post here.) I can’t thank you all for your kind and …

Mumsie Maternal Skin Care

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Friday Faves post but I have a few coming up that I’m SO excited about because they’re all awesome products that …

Skin Care

Homemade Sports Drink (Without The Nasty Artificial Ingredients!)

I am pretty proud of the fact that I haven’t had to drink Gatorade in years even though I’m still a very active individual. After finding out the …

Food

Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

Soft Peanut Butter Cookies-these peanut butter cookies are super soft and one of my all-time favorite cookies! You can’t go wrong with a classic!

I …

Cookies

33 Things I Do Almost Every Day That Make My Day So Much Better

| Crystal Paine

Crystal, how do you stay motivated to get up and get moving each day? Do you generally have a positive attitude about your days? May I

Productivity

Emerson on Small Mercies, the True Measure of Wisdom, and How to Live with Maximum Aliveness

“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”

In contemplating the shortness of life, Seneca considered what it takes to live wide rather than long. Over the two millennia between his age and ours — one in which, …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

How to Treat Your Baby After Vaccination

Whether you are a first time mom or a veteran child-wrangler the one thing that no mom enjoys is watching her child get a shot. No one likes getting …

What to Expect When Having Twins

Some people think having twins would be fun and some think it would be a huge amount of work. They are both right. While I was excited, I didn’t know …

VBAC Birth: Success Rates, Risks & How To Prepare

This is a guest post from natural mama Abby Deliz. Abby is a mother of three children (Luke, 8; Hannah, 5.5; and Landon, 7 months), and she is also a

Babies

Why We Should All Give Each Other More Compliments

I have a friend who naturally compliments every person she talks to. Literally every person. Every time she sees me, whether I’m sweaty from a yoga …

Introverts

The minimalist summer reading guide.

Cornelia is a hopeless romantic, obsessed with the epic love stories portrayed in classic films, but floundering in her own life. Everything changes …

Reading

Make Your Own Restorative Eucalyptus Mint Bath Oil

Today I finally forced myself to get out and attack the weeds in my vegetable and flower gardens. I love to garden. I hate weeding. But after all was …

Eucalyptus

The Benefits and Pitfalls of Potty Training with Pull-Ups

For many parents Pull-Ups have been an absolute blessing. For others it has only seemed to drag out the process of potty training. Every parent has …

How to Hand Post Baby Hair Loss

Women go through a lot of transformations during pregnancy and right after having a baby. One odd transformation is our mane glory – from firm, …

5 Sanity-Saving Signs of a Colicky Baby

If you are suspicious that your baby might have colic, you’re likely exhausted right now. You’re at the end of your rope, feeling helpless and out of …

Oven Baked Hard Boiled Eggs

Being the lunch-hater that I am (just making it, I really like eating lunch. I wish restaurant food were free and always healthy and that it either …

Free printable 2015-2016 Preschool Calendar Learning Notebook

| Crystal Paine

Download a free printable 2015-2016 Preschool Calendar Notebook from Mama’s Learning Corner.

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Wizard of Oz Handwriting Freebie - The Multi Taskin' Mom

Growing up I loved the story of The Wizard of Oz. I think most children do. What isn’t to love about a girl who gets swept away into a magical land, …