Parent Pretty https://parentpretty.com Live, Love, Flourish Mon, 30 May 2016 13:13:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.3 A Summertime Favorite https://parentpretty.com/a-summertime-favorite/ https://parentpretty.com/a-summertime-favorite/#respond Mon, 30 May 2016 13:13:24 +0000 https://parentpretty.com/?p=21212 This post is sponsored by Popsicle. Opinions are my own. My kids have only been out of school for a few days, but we’re already celebrating summer vacation. In fact, we’ve already been grilling, enjoying the warm weather outside and having plenty of fun in the back yard. Evan and Kara have also been enjoying […]

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My kids have only been out of school for a few days, but we’re already celebrating summer vacation. In fact, we’ve already been grilling, enjoying the warm weather outside and having plenty of fun in the back yard.

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Evan and Kara have also been enjoying their favorite summer treat—Popsicles!

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Adventures in Potty Training https://parentpretty.com/adventure-potty-training/ https://parentpretty.com/adventure-potty-training/#respond Thu, 26 May 2016 17:59:57 +0000 https://parentpretty.com/?p=21203 This post is sponsored by Pampers. Opinions are my own. My sweet 2-year-old niece began potty training this month, and it made me think back to teaching my own kids to use the potty. I have to admit that my children never make anything easy. It’s not their job to make life easy on their […]

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My sweet 2-year-old niece began potty training this month, and it made me think back to teaching my own kids to use the potty.

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I have to admit that my children never make anything easy. It’s not their job to make life easy on their mom, though, is it? I can look back on my potty training experiences and laugh at this point, but at the time, it could be quite stressful.

Spring is the time many families kick-off potty training so kids are ready for summer fun and then for the start of preschool.

This was the case with my little girl the spring/summer before she started preschool. I do remember a few of the tips and tricks that helped Kara master the potty. The first big tip that I have for parents is to take a deep breath and relax. Your sweet kiddo will get there!

Pampers Easy Ups were also a huge step in the right direction when training Kara. Easy Ups help by providing better leak protection than the leading competitor. Plus, when your toddler begins wearing Pampers Easy Ups, it gives them the impression that they are wearing underwear. Easy Ups are for big kids you see, definitely NOT babies.

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As loving parents, we want the potty training experience to be positive. Unfortunately, leaks, accidents, and switching from training pants to diapers overnight can derail the process. Pampers Easy Ups provide that bridge that kids need to feel confident. The more confident and secure your toddler feels, the more successful moments in potty training you’re likely to be able to celebrate.

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Pampers Easy Ups work during the day AND night, enabling toddlers and parents to completely transition from diapers to underwear. Pampers Easy Ups come in fun designs including Thomas & Friends and Dora the Explorer. In sizes 2T/3T through 4T/5T feature graphics on the front fade when wet which will help your little one learn.

Potty training can be tough, but it’s also exciting. My biggest advice to parents is to celebrate each and every win. From high-fives to parties, it’s so important to encourage our little ones and show them that we are rooting for them throughout the journey!

Be sure to follow Pampers on Twitter and Facebook for more potty training tips!

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My Moment of Truth https://parentpretty.com/moment-of-truth/ Wed, 25 May 2016 17:36:49 +0000 https://parentpretty.com/?p=21199 This post is sponsored by e.p.t., opinions are my own. Did you know that 8 out of 10 women first learned they were pregnant from a home pregnancy test? There is something surreal about taking a pregnancy test. For me, I felt a mix of hope, fear and nervous energy. It almost seems impossible that […]

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Did you know that 8 out of 10 women first learned they were pregnant from a home pregnancy test?

There is something surreal about taking a pregnancy test.

For me, I felt a mix of hope, fear and nervous energy. It almost seems impossible that we have the power to pee on a stick and then find the answer to that big question.

Am I pregnant?

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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies https://parentpretty.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-chip-cookies/ Thu, 05 May 2016 16:18:05 +0000 https://parentpretty.com/?p=21187 This post is sponsored by Country Crock®, but opinions are my own. One easy recipe, all the cookies you can dream up! The Country Crock® Make It Yours Cookie Recipe encourages creativity with your kids in the kitchen. You can truly #MakeItYours by starting with this fantastic base recipe and adding your favorite mix-ins. We […]

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One easy recipe, all the cookies you can dream up!

The Country Crock® Make It Yours Cookie Recipe encourages creativity with your kids in the kitchen. You can truly #MakeItYours by starting with this fantastic base recipe and adding your favorite mix-ins. We decided to go with milk chocolate chips and peanut butter chips!

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Get Ahead Of Cancer https://parentpretty.com/get-ahead-of-cancer/ Mon, 29 Feb 2016 13:56:50 +0000 https://parentpretty.com/?p=21182 Have you been impacted by cancer? It’s such a huge question, and sadly, there are probably few people who could answer it with a no. While it might sometimes feel like getting ahead of cancer is impossible, it’s important to remember that we can all take some simple steps every day to be vigilant about […]

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Have you been impacted by cancer?

It’s such a huge question, and sadly, there are probably few people who could answer it with a no.

While it might sometimes feel like getting ahead of cancer is impossible, it’s important to remember that we can all take some simple steps every day to be vigilant about our health. We are responsible, and we can make a difference.

As you may know, February is National Cancer Prevention Month, making this the perfect time to talk about ways to be proactive in getting ahead of cancer.

One way to take control of your health is by getting DNA testing from COUNSYL. They offer not only DNA testing, but also genetic counseling services which can help you learn your risks for certain types of cancer such as breast, ovarian, colon and others, and what you can do to stay ahead of it.

The Counsyl Inherited Cancer Screen assesses your risks based on your DNA, and if you test positive, you have the power to act early on. This is such incredible technology and I love knowing that we’re getting closer and closer to eradicating cancer forever.

By working with your doctor, you can build a proactive health and risk reduction plan including early detection. Detecting cancer early increases survival rates, and the 5-year survival rate for localized breast cancer is 98.6% when caught in early stages.

This is big and it can make a difference in your life and in the lives of the people you love today.

In addition to getting a DNA test, I would also recommend that you take a good look at your lifestyle and daily habits to help get ahead of cancer.

I’ve been really focused on the foods and drinks that I put into my body this year. You don’t have to make drastic changes to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Abstaining from tobacco products, drinking lots of water and eating a diet full of nutrient dense, whole foods are great ways to get ahead of cancer.

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On Dreams and Determination https://parentpretty.com/dreams-determination/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:51:24 +0000 https://parentpretty.com/?p=21168 This post is sponsored by Capella University. Opinions are my own. As a mother of two, I often think about my children’s futures. My little girl, Kara, has been making some big changes in her life lately. She’s really coming into her own and beginning to develop a unique and special outlook on life. I […]

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As a mother of two, I often think about my children’s futures.

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A Delicious, Easy Dinner Idea https://parentpretty.com/delicious-easy-dinner-idea/ https://parentpretty.com/delicious-easy-dinner-idea/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 00:37:16 +0000 https://parentpretty.com/?p=21165 This post is sponsored by Pillsbury. Opinions are my own. Earlier this week I blogged about this delicious taco crescent bake recipe over on Dear Crissy, and I wanted to share it with readers of this blog as well! I even did a little how-to video showing how to use Pillsbury Crescent Rolls to create […]

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Earlier this week I blogged about this delicious taco crescent bake recipe over on Dear Crissy, and I wanted to share it with readers of this blog as well! I even did a little how-to video showing how to use Pillsbury Crescent Rolls to create this easy dish. It’s a family favorite that my kids ask for again and again.

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Getting The Calcium You Need During Pregnancy https://parentpretty.com/getting-the-calcium-you-need-during-pregnancy/ Tue, 08 Dec 2015 02:32:54 +0000 https://parentpretty.com/?p=4047 This post is sponsored by Viactiv. Opinions are my own. Sometimes when I think back on my pregnancies, it seems like a surreal and distant memory. Other times, it feels like it was just yesterday! When I was pregnant, I spent a lot of time researching ways to keep myself and my baby healthy. I […]

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Sometimes when I think back on my pregnancies, it seems like a surreal and distant memory. Other times, it feels like it was just yesterday!

When I was pregnant, I spent a lot of time researching ways to keep myself and my baby healthy. I was very concerned with nutrition and getting the vitamins and minerals that my body and the baby needed to thrive.

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Fostering A Love Of Reading https://parentpretty.com/fostering-a-love-of-reading/ https://parentpretty.com/fostering-a-love-of-reading/#comments Sun, 06 Dec 2015 23:41:37 +0000 https://parentpretty.com/?p=4034 This post is sponsored by Scholastic. Opinions are my own. Reading has been such an important part of my life. As a child, I loved books, and I continued with that passion for reading through school and into college. I knew when I became a mother that I would do everything in my power to […]

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Reading has been such an important part of my life. As a child, I loved books, and I continued with that passion for reading through school and into college. I knew when I became a mother that I would do everything in my power to pass my deep love of reading and books on to my children.

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Easy Apple Pie Bites https://parentpretty.com/apple-pie-bites/ https://parentpretty.com/apple-pie-bites/#comments Wed, 02 Dec 2015 16:07:28 +0000 https://parentpretty.com/?p=4022 These easy apple pie bites featuring Pillsbury Crescent Rolls and apple pie filling have been a huge hit with my family this holiday season!

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These easy apple pie bites featuring Pillsbury Crescent Rolls and apple pie filling have been a huge hit with my family this holiday season!

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