The effects of screen time on your kid’s brain (and how to avoid them!)

Screen time for kids is a big issue right now! Everywhere you go, children are exposed to phones and TVs. There are even tablets marketed exclusively to children!

If you’re a parent who tries to avoid screen time for your kids, you know how exhausting it can get. TVs are everywhere you go: restaurants (why?!), Target, even some children’s clothing stores. And if you visit friends or family who keep their tv on all the time out of habit, it can be even more difficult to control exposure to screens.

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6 tips to survive the first trimester of pregnancy

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If you’ve stumbled upon this post, congratulations! I suspect you have a good reason for being here. But now that you’ve gotten that positive pregnancy test, what happens?

For some people, the first trimester is smooth sailing. If this is your first baby, you’re possibly not showing yet, and it may seem like life is just going on like normal.

But for the rest of us, the first trimester can be a miserable experience. This post is primarily written for those people.

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Toys that encourage free play for kids

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Early childhood is such a critical period. And it seems everybody who sells toys wants to tell you how their product will help your child learn. So what should you choose?

Toys billed as educational, like those that say letters and numbers, initially seem to be a great choice. After all, they’re teaching your kids to read!

Or is there something potentially dangerous going on with these talking toys? Learn more about the roll of toys in a child’s life, and how interactive toys affect early childhood development! (more…)

5 things you’ll learn when you declutter your closet

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How would you feel if someone looked inside your closet right now? Does just the thought give you sweaty palms? If so, decluttering your closet might be a good place to start your minimalism journey!

In fact, just the other evening I decluttered my own closet. It wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be! I want to share the five things I learned through the process, plus my system for decluttering.

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