Relationship Modeling 101: Why Your Relationship Is a Role Model For Your Kids

Bella Breakdown In any relationship article, video or book that you read, the expert will explain that your marriage is the foundation of your family. Of course your children are also an important part of your family unit, but without a strong base, the rest can’t be stable. Our relationship with our spouse is typically the one that is the most frequent model for our children. With the divorce rate being so high, it is even more important that we demonstrate what it means to have a strong, healthy bonded relationship with our spouse or partner. While I knew this...

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Old-School Parenting Tips That Still Work Today

Bella Breakdown Though times are a-changing and parenting is following suit, there are some old-school parenting techniques that still work today. Just because we have realized that overly-strict parenting is not the answer, that doesn’t mean overly-lax parenting needs to take center stage. It’s a balance of order and play that will allow your child the best opportunity to becoming a happy adult. Most of us strive to do better than our parents did, but try implementing these ‘old-school’ parenting techniques and see what happens! 1. Eat meals together: Dinner is often the easiest meal to eat as a...

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These IKEA Inspired Baby Names Will Make Your Day

Bella Breakdown We love IKEA, and we love babies…so why not combine the two and create IKEA-inspired baby names? This is no joke, as parents are turning to Ikea furniture for baby name inspiration. Perhaps we are running out of inspiration for baby names and are relying on retailers, like IKEA, who use charming names for their items. Babycentre says, “IKEA is known for the charming Scandinavian it gives its products, and many work surprisingly well as baby names.” Here are the best baby names, inspired by the Swedish retailer: 1. Sommar: Meaning ‘summer.’ 2. Ingo: Meaning, ‘protected by...

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Taming The Madness Of Your Minis: How To Raise Good Listeners

Bella Breakdown Do you feel like you repeat yourself hundreds of times each day? Do you find yourself ready to tear your hair out because each day you say the same thing (“Please put your jammies in the laundry basket.”), only to have to repeat it again and again and again each day? Me, too! I had been feeling especially frustrated by my 3 kids not listening. Part of being a parent is teaching the skill of listening, but I didn’t seem to be doing a very good job. That’s when I decided to do a bit of research...

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How To Dye Easter Eggs Like A Pro

Bella Breakdown Easter is this weekend and if you’re anything like us, it feels like it came out of nowhere! If you still have to gather the kiddos to decorate some eggs, never fear…we have the easiest and prettiest egg dying guide ever. Thanks to Delish, your Easter eggs will be the cutest of the bunch! What you need: 12 hard boiled eggs White vinegar 3 c. whipped topping Food coloring Steps: 1. Place eggs in a large bowl and cover with white vinegar. Soak for 2 minutes, drain and dry the eggs thoroughly. 2. On a large plate...

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Hacks For Keeping Your Kitchen Clean

Bella Breakdown There’s nothing quite like a spotless kitchen, especially when it’s your kitchen. Think about it, this is where you prepare and cook all of your meals. So ideally, it should be one of the cleanest areas of the home! Keeping a spick and span kitchen doesn’t need to be terribly time consuming or expensive; it’s all about knowing how to efficiently and purposefully clean. Here are some of the best hacks for keeping your kitchen clean, and clean longer! 1. Keep the counters clear: Even if it’s just putting the coffee maker away each night, a counter...

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