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Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-09-2014, 12:54 PM
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Posted By sparklemaman
Smart but Scattered, Smart but Scattered Teens...

Smart but Scattered, Smart but Scattered Teens and Late, Lost and Unprepared are all great books on Executive Function.
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-09-2014, 12:48 PM
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Posted By sparklemaman
Great discussion!! I too am saddened by the...

Great discussion!! I too am saddened by the anti-teen sentiment that is so pervasive and also struggle with frustrations with my own preteen DD. I wanted to add that as a parent, you DO need to...
Forum: Trying To Conceive   08-09-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 327
Posted By sparklemaman
I did use Wondfo OPKs (successfully!) but echo...

I did use Wondfo OPKs (successfully!) but echo the frustrations Pokey expressed. I too found them to work best later in the morning and afternoon. They give you a window of likely ovulation, not...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-09-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,597
Posted By sparklemaman
Oh, and Zutano. They have fun clothes too!

Oh, and Zutano. They have fun clothes too!
Forum: Diapering   08-09-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 636
Posted By sparklemaman
I have used Motherease brand Sandy's Diapers with...

I have used Motherease brand Sandy's Diapers with the Sandy's Absorbent Liner covered with a Motherease Airflow cover for both my heavy wetters (with DD until she was 2 yrs and stopped wearing...
Forum: Breastfeeding   08-09-2014, 09:14 AM
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Views: 8,186
Posted By sparklemaman
31+9, so 40 months total and still going!! :thumb

31+9, so 40 months total and still going!! :thumb
Forum: Personal Growth   08-09-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,252
Posted By sparklemaman
I don't keep a journal but try to do this with my...

I don't keep a journal but try to do this with my DD each night as part of our bedtime routine. I has really helped us both see blessings we may not have noticed before beginning this. It has helped...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-09-2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,597
Posted By sparklemaman
I also buy the clothes I really want (on sale!)...

I also buy the clothes I really want (on sale!) and resell on Ebay, often getting nearly what I originally paid. I mostly stick with Hanna Andersson, Mini Boden, Tea Collection and Joules. I get some...
Forum: Breastfeeding   07-30-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 771
Posted By sparklemaman
I personally have found my Hygeia EnJoy Pump to...

I personally have found my Hygeia EnJoy Pump to be AMAZING!! I've been using it for 8 1/2 months and have no complaints. I had a Medela PIS with my DD and was never able to get much with pumping...
Forum: Meal Planning   07-29-2014, 08:45 AM
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Views: 51,694
Posted By sparklemaman
In response to the questions above, I too love...

In response to the questions above, I too love Asian foods but can't seem to quite pull it off at home, well, I like what I make but my pickiest constituent, my sweet DD, doesn't agree ;) I have made...
Forum: Meal Planning   07-29-2014, 08:39 AM
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Views: 51,694
Posted By sparklemaman
Ooh, what a fun thread!! So glad to have found...

Ooh, what a fun thread!! So glad to have found you all :)

Over the weekend I made pan seared scallops, very garlic-y sauteed zucchini and shallots, seared green beans with garlic, roasted beets...
Forum: Diapering   07-29-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 614
Posted By sparklemaman
I've used cloth on both my little beans, who...

I've used cloth on both my little beans, who happen to have very sensitive skin. I change very frequently, every 1-1 1/2 hours with a baby under 1, and the sizing is always correct. While rash has...
Forum: Life With a Baby   07-29-2014, 07:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,441
Posted By sparklemaman
I agree that regular night waking at this age is...

I agree that regular night waking at this age is completely normal, though challenging. Everything you've written sounds like my own sweet baby boy, who is also 8 months old :grin: He sleeps with me...
Forum: Breastfeeding   07-29-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 484
Posted By sparklemaman
I just wanted to send some love and support out...

I just wanted to send some love and support out to you mamas!! It is so hard to have your sleep interrupted and be chronically tired. I know how genuinely painful that is. I also wanted to share that...
Forum: Breastfeeding   07-21-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 6,288
Posted By sparklemaman
Agreed (with the above responses!!). You might...

Agreed (with the above responses!!). You might like to check this out too http://thefeministbreeder.com/why-subscribe/5-places-where-breastfeeding-is-certainly-inappropriate/
Forum: Life With a Baby   07-21-2014, 11:43 AM
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Views: 9,148
Posted By sparklemaman
Here are some very cute natural and organic...

Here are some very cute natural and organic options https://www.etsy.com/shop/pillobebe She offers custom fabrics and sizing in blankets, playmats or cork mats. They looks very cool.
Forum: Diapering   06-06-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,354
Posted By sparklemaman
We use Triple Paste and a generic brand zinc...

We use Triple Paste and a generic brand zinc oxide cream ( it is 40% zinc oxide). I like both. Both creams provide a barrier as well as treat/soothe any irritation. I really liked the Mustela barrier...
Forum: Diapering   05-27-2014, 07:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,354
Posted By sparklemaman
I've used Motherease brand Sandy's Diapers (made...

I've used Motherease brand Sandy's Diapers (made for heavy wetters) http://www.mother-ease.com/SandysDiapers.asp with their airflow covers at night with two babes (both all night nursers, wigglers...
Forum: Parenting   05-20-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 492
Posted By sparklemaman
Newborn...

Newborn snuggleshttp://www.mothering.com/community/content/type/61/id/320132/width/500/height/700/flags/LL (http://www.mothering.com/community/content/type/61/id/320132/)
Forum: Diapering   05-20-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,151
Posted By sparklemaman
I agree that it depends on the model you have. I...

I agree that it depends on the model you have. I used a regular top loader for my DD but now have a GE Profile HE Front Loader. While it does clean the diapers, I do typically use a pre-rinse AND an...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   05-20-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,651
Posted By sparklemaman
Honestly, I waited until DD expressed an...

Honestly, I waited until DD expressed an interest in her own "big girl" bed. This meant waiting until she was 4 yrs old. She stopped nursing at night between 2-2 1/2 and I can't see that having gone...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-17-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 892
Posted By sparklemaman
Great question and a great thread!! Oh my, yes,...

Great question and a great thread!! Oh my, yes, I too thought no TV and NO princess ANYTHING!! My DD is not much of a princess girl but in order to maintain peace and not make a bigger issue, she...
Forum: Parenting   04-28-2014, 10:33 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,935
Posted By sparklemaman
It is hard to narrow down! 1) Fitted...

It is hard to narrow down!

1) Fitted Newborn Diapers: I used kissaluvs and Etsy SAHM made (babycoondesigns) diapers. Love, love, love them! I use Motherease one size and Sandy's for my now bigger...
Forum: Parenting   04-22-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,669
Posted By sparklemaman
I'd love to try Wellbelly!!

I'd love to try Wellbelly!!
Forum: Life With a Baby   04-09-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 30,383
Posted By sparklemaman
We also have hardwood and tile and I understand...

We also have hardwood and tile and I understand your concerns. I've always used blankets and small-ish natural fiber rugs (cotton and wool). I do love the lillypad area rug you linked! That...
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