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Every year, my Christmas tree is decorated with imprinted ornaments. My children's hands, feet, and toes have been pressed into ...Read More


I am not very comfortable talking about sleep. For those of you who don't have children, you may be surprised ...Read More

Steve’s Ice Cream

Being allergic to cow's milk, I shouldn't consume dairy products, but sometimes I do, in small quantities. If I am going ...Read More

AHP Crangarita 3 Ways

AHP Crangarita can be used for three different purposes: an alcoholic drink, a fancy children's non-alcoholic drink or a frozen ...Read More

AHP Nail Polish Glitter Fade

December has arrived and the Christmas countdown has begun. Maybe I am turning into my Grandmother, or another bedazzled individual ...Read More

AHP Parmesan Crisps

AHP Parmesan Crisps are great. They can be eaten like a chip, used for a little crunch in your salad, ...Read More

Buffalo Check Anyone

I steer clear of the red and black clothing combinations. The duo, used extensively as branding colors splashed on websites and logos in ...Read More

Plates for Toddlers or Adults

My toddler eats as much as I do, but her plastic plates don't accommodate the quantity of food she needs. I am ...Read More


If you are nursing and have developed cracked or bleeding nipples, here are some tips. never leave your nipples moist ...Read More

Best Cranberry Sauce Ever

Are you bored of cranberry jelly in a can, or the frozen cranberry and orange juice routine? Look no further, ...Read More

Tips for Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar

There are many that drink apple cider vinegar (ACV) for its health benefits. There are also a set of people that ...Read More

Yuan Fu Chinese Vegetarian… Vegan Too

Yuan Fu Vegetarian, a restaurant for a vegetarian/vegan "foodie." As a former vegetarian, it used to be tough to eat out ...Read More

Grow Lashes & Brows

You don't need a bag of tricks or prescriptions to achieve long lashes or thick brows. Health is the main obstacle ...Read More

Flying Dog 2015 Holiday Collection

I have written about Flying Dog Brewery before. One of my favorite beers is their Double Dog Double IPA. The ...Read More

Holiday Toasted All-spice

Need to add some fragrance to your holiday, toast some spices! Over low heat, add all-spice to cast iron skillet and ...Read More

AHP Appreciation Christmas Tree

In years past, my eldest child, a toddler, has understood our family holiday traditions. She knew that I was going ...Read More

Special Moments

If you enjoy crafting, or even if you don't, it's nice to make special memories and beautiful things. My daughter's ...Read More

IKEA Holiday Shopping Guide

IKEA is awesome and affordable! This year, you need to get your holiday decorations and trimmings there.   FEJKA This ...Read More

Produce Candles

I love candles... the aroma and the memories tethered to them. The collection of thoughts and feelings accessible only by fragrance ...Read More

Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara

No need to ever try another mascara again. Buy Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara and you’re done searching for life! When you run ...Read More

AHP Mini Thanksgiving Dinner

I think most people enjoy the holidays. The smell of the food, the camaraderie, the "special-ness!" But sometimes, life gets ...Read More

Season Your Cast Iron

Season your cast iron! Cast iron should have a non-stick, glowing, and smooth surface. If your skillet, dutch oven, or ...Read More

Urban Butcher

Go for the pastrami, not the service! Urban Butcher located in Silver Spring, MD has the best pastrami I have ...Read More

The Avocado Experiment for Kids

The Avocado Experiment for Kids purpose To attempt to sprout an avocado seed and maybe grow a tree! experiment duration This ...Read More

AHP Baked Eggs & Peppers

Eggs are my favorite food. I put them on most entrees and side dishes, pasta, pizza, burgers, or plain asparagus ...Read More

Sock Junkie

I am a sock junkie. No-show socks are nice but even in the summer I'd prefer some sheer neon socks with ...Read More

Jennifer Behr Eris Headband

I love a headpiece! I'll adorn my head with beads, wraps, twisted or crafted metal... anything but the typical American girls-night-out birthday ...Read More

Have some fun with your lunch!

I am not the animated parent that circles my babies head with a spoon. But I am a mom that loves ...Read More

The Journey of the Wipe Dispensers

The journey to find the perfect wipe dispenser was rough. In the early days of motherhood, I learned quickly that diapering ...Read More

Baltimore’s Mouth Party Caramels

They say it best, "Addictive, mouth watering soft pillows of loveliness." If you are one to support local businesses, or appreciate the ...Read More

A little coverage, for skin imperfections.

  Do you have skin imperfections on your body? I do. I have some bad burn marks and a large ...Read More

I feel bad for spending money because I am a stay-at-home mom!

While out with a friend today, she asked for advice, in regards to her feelings of guilt when spending money ...Read More

Breastfeeding Selfie

It seems like all I am writing about these days is breastfeeding. Yet, I keep getting inquiries on the topic ...Read More

AHP Pumpkin Beef Lasagna or Veggie-style

I love a casserole of any kind. The best part, children love them! Dinner is always so much more enjoyable without any complaints. Whether ...Read More

AHP Homemade Butt Spray for You and Baby

Babies are the dirtiest beings on the planet. I know you probably disagree with me. I have a lot of ...Read More

AHP Easy Chipotle Roasted Chickpeas

Chickpeas are loved by most everyone, young and old. They provide endless culinary opportunities. Hummus is amazing and plain chickpeas are ...Read More

AHP Pomegranate Margarita & Snow Cones

Pomegranates have been in season for a few months now. Yet, I only associate the flavor of the berry with the ...Read More


Yes, I know, I am writing this review over a week after the movie was released in theaters. As appropriate ...Read More

A day at the salon!

Yesterday, I took my daughter to get her hair dyed purple and my 18-month old got her first "REAL" haircut ...Read More

Healthy Halloween Party Food Alternatives

If you are one that favors healthy options for your family, even on Halloween, I have a couple fun festive ...Read More

How to increase your milk supply!

If you wish to increase your milk supply for storage, or you fear you don't have enough, here's the routine ...Read More

Homemade Make-up: Contour & Mattify

This morning I woke up to find I had run out of face powder! My face all covered in white ...Read More

The Best Stroller Ever!

On my quest to find the perfect stroller, I discovered that most did not perform well, deteriorated quickly, or had ...Read More

Use Bobby Pins the Right Way!

There are two common mistakes people make when buying and using bobby pins. You're probably buying the wrong bobby pins! Cheaply ...Read More

Two’s Company, Never Lose Your Bottles Up!

There are some things I own I can never find. A bottle opener is one of them. I went to ...Read More

Tank Phone Stand

Entertaining your child with electronics is sometimes necessary. An educational game can help provide a parent with a few extra minutes to ...Read More

Breastfeeding Shaming

There is a stigma surrounding breastfeeding. In a nation that supposedly advocates nursing, there have been many that have tried ...Read More

Preserve that Beautiful Jack O’ Lantern

Once you cut into a pumpkin they don't last long, about 5 to 10 days. To maximize the longevity of ...Read More

A Sophisticated Pumpkin

I love a classic jack-o-lantern or a standard orange pumpkin fancied up with some black paint. But if you are ...Read More

Justin’s Minis

I agree with Justin's slogan: "The best tasting nut butter & peanut butter cups on the planet." My favorite nut ...Read More

American Apparel Nursing Cover

The best nursing cover for any personality is actually not a "real" breastfeeding cover at all. It's the American Apparel ...Read More

AHP Hot Chocolate Russian

Through the fall and winter months, I will be enjoying many cups of hot chocolate. Sometimes homemade and sometimes with my favorite ...Read More

AHP Popcorn for Breakfast!

Eat a breakfast of popcorn and half-and-half, sprinkle with a bit of salt and sugar... so good! Prepackaged popcorn isn't ...Read More

Skintuition Irreplaceables

There are a couple beauty products I buy at Skintuition that I could never live without. I call them my Skintuition Irreplaceables. The ...Read More

Artful Masterpieces

I have a new love and it's Stray Dog Designs! Last week, while out shopping, I came across a papier mache plant ...Read More

AHP Pumpkin Bourbon Not-so-sweets Cupcakes

If you love pumpkin desserts, want a healthier option for the kids, or don't like too-sweet-sweets, you should try the ...Read More

AHP DIY Halloween Ceiling Grapevine Balls

I am one that loves festive decorations surrounding me from above. One year I filled my living room with hundreds of ...Read More

J.Crew Fall Favorites

CAPE JACKET IN WOOL MELTON A classic cape, a staple for any woman's wardrobe. Like the peacoat or a blazer, it's ...Read More

Baby must have, aden + anais sleep sack!

My babies loved to be swaddled. They were wrapped in muslin blankets until they couldn’t be swaddled any longer. We ...Read More

A Beautiful & Free Halloween!

I am not buying my eldest a Halloween costume this year and she is thrilled! We had a wonderful time today ...Read More


My reaction to Pan: Wonderful, it has the magic one longs for in a film. Pan and the like are the reason I go ...Read More

AHP Day of the Dead Halloween Stickers

Liven up you Halloween cupcakes with these Day of the Dead adornments. Print them out using sticker paper and attach ...Read More

Halloween Pillows I’d Use Year-round!

The holidays are fast approaching: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Valentine's Day, and Easter will domino one after the other, ...Read More

AHP Fight Box

Rules of Fight Box 1st rule: You do not talk about FIGHT BOX. 2nd rule: You DO NOT talk about ...Read More

AHP 2016 Greeting Card Collection

Get Well Soon Give those important to you a gift of thoughtfulness with The AHP 2016 Greeting Card Collection. We’ve got you covered ...Read More

AHP Chicken Stock Soup

I love eating soup year round. I don't think everyone else agrees with the idea of eating hot soup at ...Read More

Perfect Liner

The single most difficult make-up item to apply is liquid eyeliner. It's messy, wet, smears, transfers and the applicator is hard ...Read More

AHP Horseradish Mac & Cheese Food Hack

If I am going to eat prepackaged mac & cheese, it's going to be Kraft Velveeta Original Shells & Cheese. The ...Read More

AHP Peanut Butter Boos

Fall has arrived and the season of baking has returned. Every event or holiday needs its own dessert, and ours, ...Read More

Let’s Do Brunch!

In a 1895 article, "Brunch: A Plea", Guy Beringer coined the term... brunch. He Wrote: “Instead of England’s early Sunday ...Read More

Dark Side of the Full Moon

This morning, I woke conflicted. I wrestled with which article I should post. All the while feeling guilty because I ...Read More

Emergency Toys

No, I am not a miniature photographer... these are just tiny toys. They're only about the size of a penny, yet, they ...Read More

AHP Iced Coffee

Summer is over and soon your iced coffee will be traded in for something that will keep you warm. If you ...Read More

My Fav Fall Snack

Life is crazy after having kids. My husband and I need to squeeze every second of quality time we can ...Read More

Freeze Your Eyeliner Quick-tip

No matter who you are—a mommy on a budget, teenager, or a person that just can't fathom spending $20.00 plus on ...Read More

AHP Chocolate Chip Cherry Pie Ice Cream

Do you need a fun afternoon activity with the kids? This food hack will allow all the little ones to ...Read More


My favorite teething pain reliever is not what you may initially think of to aid your baby in his or ...Read More

AHP Cracked Pepper & Honey Fruit Salad

The AHP Cracked Pepper & Honey Fruit Salad is not the fruit salad of your childhood, it's a modern take ...Read More

Get the AHP Veggie Sandwich at Balducci’s

Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market is a local gourmet grocery store with a few other locations in Connecticut, New York and ...Read More

Get Beautiful Hair

As I have mentioned in the past, (it's probably only been a few days, LOL)... I love apple cider vinegar! ...Read More

Baby Powder You Should be Using

Wildwood SoapWorks has both natural and organic soaps, oils, lotions and potions for everyone in the family, including your baby ...Read More

AHP Easy Gourmet Chocolate French Toast

For a quick and easy gourmet breakfast (dessert) try making the AHP Easy Gourmet Chocolate French Toast. The meal is just ...Read More

Blended Brown Lips

I am not a fan of a variety pack of anything. Although, while browsing around Sephora the other day, I ...Read More

What to do with FUJIFILM INSTAX!

I think most of us love an instant-film camera. The prints are quirky, from another time, and beg for a ...Read More

‘The Pop Ups’

My head generally feels like it is going to explode when I listen to children’s music. My toddler has a ...Read More


I have a 4-year-old son and a 10-month-old daughter. I am having a hard time figuring out how to punish ...Read More

Rose Water Beauty Quick-tip

Rose water, the elixir I can’t live without, my favorite beauty secret. The natural potion can be used for many purposes, ...Read More

Pop! Gourmet Popcorn

A few days ago, I discovered Pop! Gourmet Popcorn at Starbucks. I always make my own coffee, but an event ...Read More

An Album of Lullabies

Sufjan Stevens, an amazing lyricist who draws emotions of both happiness and extreme sadness from my being while I receive ...Read More

Capital City Cheesecake

If you want a gourmet breakfast, Capital City Cheesecake is not the place to go. Yet, If you are in ...Read More

AHP Body Scrub & Pancake Topping

When I was little, I never poured maple syrup on my pancakes. I used a mixture of butter, sugar, and ...Read More

Who Will They Become?

Yesterday, I took the kids to a local park. They had an amazing time splashing in the fountain. Soaking wet, ...Read More

Pho 75

If “dive-y” and maybe a little dirty isn’t your style, don’t try Pho 75. But if you aren’t fancy and ...Read More

AHP Labor Day Cocktail

Today is Labor Day. So lets make a drink and toast to all those who helped make our country great! ...Read More

PBS Backpacks

PBS has been releasing some really cute clothing, accessories and toys lately. I have a handful of their onesies, some ...Read More

No More Stains

Apple cider vinegar is amazing. It can you be used for cooking, baking, cleaning, internal health, or as part of ...Read More

To all you “skinny” mamas and Christina Hendricks!

“Skinny” people have problems after pregnancy too. In many ways we live in a society where there are an appointed ...Read More

Beautiful Natural Lashes at Sephora

Are you using an eyelash comb? If you want beautiful, defined, natural lashes, the Sephora Collection, Long Lashing: Contoured Eyelash ...Read More

Because I said so!

My name is Amy. I am pregnant with my first baby. My parents always responded to my questions by saying, “Because I ...Read More

AHP Sweet & Spicy Chicken Salad

I love chicken salad. It can be made in advance; enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner; used as a topping ...Read More

AHP Tres Leches Food Hack

A butter cake covered in an abundance of sugar and milk... whats not to like?! This recipe is AHP's solution to ...Read More

Walk Like an Egyptian

Like most fashion trends, items sway in and out of current history in the pendulum of life. One item that ...Read More

Spicy Delight

Spicy Delight serves the best Jamaican cuisine around and is truly a local treasure. The family owned and operated business ...Read More

Play Candles

My kids are obsessed with imagination cooking/baking and helping me in the kitchen. One of my toddler's most frequent requests.. ...Read More

Help Cutting Baby Nails

Cutting your baby's nails can be hard. I have found that distraction is key. Here are three quick-tips for making ...Read More

Bread Please

I could stuff my face with bread all day long. So if someone bought me a couple loaves of bread ...Read More

The Inevitable Hair Chop

If you just had a baby, please.. think before you chop off your hair! After I had my first baby ...Read More

Brow Tint Problems

I’m into brows. Eyebrows on men or woman are the feature that I find most attractive. I don’t need a ...Read More

Coleslaw, kids & adults will love!

If your trying to persuade a baby, toddler or kid of any age to eat vegetables never give up, try ...Read More

There’s Always a Way

As a parent of young children, I'm always improvising. If I forget a bowl while I'm out, I make one ...Read More

You’ve got to try maple syrup coffee!

For all you D.C. area locals, I've got a delightful coffee for you. The Milkmaid's Brew made and served at Founding ...Read More

Get your toddler to eat!

Has feeding your toddler become a chore? Don't worry, even those with the best little eaters know the delicate dance ...Read More

Easy Snacks: Stuffed Sweet Peppers

I love goat cheese, it's my favorite. It can be stuffed, spread or placed on top of almost anything! I ...Read More

AHP Shredded Goat Cheese Chicken & Tomatoes Salad

As parents we always want to provide healthy foods for our families. But there are many times when the day ...Read More

Toddler Shopping

I know IKEA is not a playground. Yet, my children seem to look at the store as if it were ...Read More

‘Chef Shows’

This article is really not a TV review, but a general thought for some family TV entertainment. My kids always ...Read More

Returning Back to Work

If you're a mom going back to work after your maternity leave, it's hard… so hard. When I was faced ...Read More

Easy Ways to Eat Healthy

It’s a misnomer that eating healthy is inconvenient. Whether your eating at home or while out running around, there are ...Read More

Dry Your Hair in Half the Time

I am about to make your life a whole lot easier by speeding up your morning routine. The Goody QUICKSTYLE ...Read More

Catbird: My Perfect Stack!

I love a classic jewelry stack. Whether I get to pile on rings or bracelets, I am a fan of it all ...Read More

Simple Celebrations

I love entertaining. Especially for my children's birthdays. No matter what the party's theme or activities, their joy is my ...Read More

A Successful Hair Accessory for Babies and Toddlers

Clips, bows and headbands for babies are a lot of fun… especially a oversized statement piece! Yet, most babies reach ...Read More

Unisom may make your pregnancy a little easier!

Before taking Unisom or adopting a Unisom regiment or any other medications using it's ingredients, please consult your doctor or ...Read More

Going off to college!

Before your son or daughter goes off to college, they will probably receive a list of dorm room necessities from their school ...Read More

Dr. Pepper… Drink the real stuff!

If you have read some of my other articles, you may not be surprised, that I am a fan of ...Read More

Don’t be ashamed… Buy some Depends!

As an adult, I would have thought (pre-children) there would have been nothing worse than wearing an adult diaper in ...Read More

‘The Jim Gaffigan Show’

The Jim Gaffigan Show on TV Land is only one episode in, but the comedian was able to deliver another ...Read More


My reaction to Ant-Man: Loved it, although the baby sitting in my lap did not. The movie had a long back ...Read More

Don’t Forget About Your Spouse!

When you have a baby, it’s exhausting. Round-the-clock feedings and little sleep cause one to think little of the bigger ...Read More

AHP Powdered Donut Food Hack

Everyone likes donuts. My problem, I only like them when they are piping hot. That doesn’t happen very often when I ...Read More

Haptic Lab Sailing Ship Kite

These adorable handmade Haptic Lab Sailing Ship Kites are functional, but can also be used as a decoration for your home ...Read More

‘Odd Mom Out’

Odd Mom Out on Bravo is a must see. Seven episodes in, last night’s show was just as funny as ...Read More


  Minions is the prequel to Despicable Me. The movie follows the minions from single-celled organisms looking for a master ...Read More

AHP Devil’s Food Cake Food Hack

Want an indulgent, double chocolate cake with ganache? The AHP Duncan Hines Devil’s Food Cake food hack will be one ...Read More

Skinny Girl Margarita

I’m not a pre-made type of person, or even a woman that watches my calorie intake, so maybe the Skinny ...Read More

The Perfect Lip Tint

Earlier this year, I was devastated when Bonnie Bell cosmetics company went public with the news that they were going ...Read More


If you don’t prefer straight, hard liquor or beer, and you appreciate a sweet floral quality, ST-GERMAIN might be the ...Read More

Get a Coupe!

I have decided that if I am drinking Champagne, or a cocktail served up, it should be presented in a coupe glass. The ...Read More

AHP Emergency Bowl

I often need a bowl for my children's snacks while I’m out. When I am in a pinch, I use grocery store ...Read More

My Favorite Summer Totes

IKEA, Frakta At $0.79, affordable would be an understatement. This indestructible Frakta tote from IKEA is perfect for the beach ...Read More

Have a little fun and get an AppeTeether by Little Toader

Last week, a friend asked me if I would post on the subject of teethers, and which teether I might ...Read More

Plugged Milk Duct

My good friend just had her first baby. She has a plugged milk duct and, in her words, a “low ...Read More

Everyone Has Fun With Play Dough

Finding activities for a baby and toddler to participate in together can sometimes be hard. The baby may be too ...Read More


Hi, my name is Mary. I am a 37-year-old woman with 3 small children. I often struggle with how many ...Read More


  My name is Leslie. I would like to know what your favorite babies and toddlers iPhone apps are? Response: ...Read More

The Intimina Lily Cup

I am about to say something I thought I would never say: The menstrual cup is one of the best ...Read More

Young Love

My eldest daughter, Hunter, is 3 years old. She is aware, cautious, and above all else, very girly. Boys flock ...Read More

A Diaper Bag for Dad

I have been noticing a trend... women not thinking about their other half when picking out a diaper bag. My ...Read More

Keep a Record of Your Child’s Growth

Babies grow into toddlers swiftly. Many parents, I know, think that the growth that occurs with their child is so ...Read More

Popsicles That Won’t Make a Mess

As all moms of babies and toddlers know, popsicles are messy! If my kids are handed a cup of Cheerios, ...Read More

My Little Mischief

At 15 months old, my daughter, who I affectionately refer to as “mischief," is inquisitive and adventurous. She is able ...Read More

The St.Regis Red Snapper Bloody Mary

My husband and I have been making Bloody Marys using the St. Regis Red Snapper Bloody Mary recipe for years ...Read More

The Real Thing: Make a set of keys for your kid.

I think nowadays people associate toys with the word plastic. Most toys I’ve seen, seem to be artless, thoughtless chunks ...Read More

Weaning, Sex & Working Out

Hi, my name is Taylor- I'm 29 years old and married. I have thought off and on about having children ...Read More

My Maternal Instinct

Hi, my name is Kathleen. I actually have two questions: 1. I think I want kids in the future. In ...Read More

‘Inside Out’

I am not a movie reviewer, a film buff, or well versed in cinema history. You do not want to ...Read More

Try a Different Color Mason Jar

Nowadays, mason jars are everywhere: weddings, restaurants, and probably your house. I love a classic preserving jar (admittedly Ball is ...Read More

The Perfect Playhouse

  Look no further, we found the perfect playhouse, the Kid Kraft Modern Outdoor Playhouse.   ...Read More

Deet-Free Insect Repellent

A few weeks ago, when at a friends neighborhood block party, the bugs were out in full force. The insects seemed ...Read More

Childhood Memories

In 1978, long before my birth, Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson sang a duet, "Mamma’s Don't Let Your Babies Grow ...Read More

My Favorite Pregnancy Shirt

There is a great diversity in how a pregnant woman feels about their “pregnancy body” and how one feels or fits ...Read More

Tremendous Happiness & A Toddler’s Card

My eldest daughter has no qualms about eating her meals. She is not even particular about the kinds of food ...Read More

Take the Time, Take Care of Yourself

Everyone deserves to have time to themselves, whether it be getting a haircut or reading a book. Unfortunately, all too ...Read More

Let Life Mess it Up!

Kids are messy! There are many different kinds of parents, regarding household tasks: The parent who tries to have everything ...Read More

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