Chemical-Free DIY Chocolate Toothpaste

Bella Breakdown If you’re not a fan of commercial toothpaste, this DIY version just has a handful of ingredients you can make at home. How To Make Your Own Toothpaste At Home: Mix together the following ingredients: 1 tablespoon baking soda 1 tablespoon cocoa powder 1/4 cup detox clay powder 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile soap Stevia (to sweeten to desired level) Place a piece of parchment paper into a mug and pour the mixture into it. Pull the parchment paper out and snip the tip off the end, then squeeze the mixture into a dispenser. Happy...

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First Comes Love, Then Marriage… But What About the Baby Carriage?! UPDATE

**It’s been more than a year since we partnered with Astroglide TTC to bring you the ‘First Comes Love, Then Marriage… But What About the Baby Carriage?!‘ series and today we’re doing a quick following up with our lead editor, Leigha, to see how she is doing!! The Baby Carriage has Arrived! Back in September 2015, I had just wrapped up the final installment of our ‘First Comes Love, Then Marriage… But What About the Baby Carriage?!’ series and I was very pleased with all of the lifestyle changes I’d made to my life. However, I was admittedly a...

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How to Properly Vet a Nanny/Babysitter

The Ins-and-Outs of Hiring a Nanny or Babysitter The first time I ever had to hire a babysitter was when my daughter was six months old and I was going to do some part-time work. I was a nervous wreck about finding someone who would be just perfect for my firstborn child. I found a lovely nanny through people I trusted and although I was nervous about leaving my child, I knew she would be in good hands. However, I was shocked when, after leaving her for the first time, I came home to find her sitting in her...

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Winning the War on Whining

Bella Breakdown Somehow, over the years and generations, children have perfected a technique that can truly drive any parent out of their mind – whining! Whining is usually a result of a child being overtired or just overdone in some other way. However, they also might adopt this annoying habit when they learn how effective it is and they are not getting what they want. Since this is something that often leads parents to lose their resolve and to give in to whatever it is our child wants, our smart kids know how well this technique works, and will...

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Getting Out On Time: Making It Out of the House with Your Kids & Your Sanity

The yelling, the tantrums, the lost shoes! We’ve all been there. Yes, it’s back to school time and we are all a little bit out of practice with how to get out of the house on time without being reduced to a hollering, frantic, sweaty mess. However, with a few changes in your routine and a lot of night time prep, you will be on track for getting everyone to school on time and maintain your sanity! Post a schedule. Having a schedule or a checklist of five items that must get done helps remind my kids of what...

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Teaching Young Girls to Demand Equality

An Important Lesson in Raising Equality Driven Young Women I have a vivid memory of being in an elementary class one day. My teacher had a request over the PA system to send a student down to the main office to pick up a box. Well, any excuse to get out of the classroom and do something different was something any of us kids would want. So, all of our ears perked up. However, my teacher was not always fair. She asked any STRONG BOYS to raise their hand and volunteer if they wanted to go to the office...

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