Babies And Budgets

Bella Breakdown There are so many overwhelming factors when it comes to planning to have a baby. There’s the planning, the decorating, the actual birth, safety factors, and of course at the root of it all, money. No one is under the impression that raising a child is cheap. Because it sure as heck isn’t. Despite how expensive having a baby is, there are a lot of ways to be crafty and save money while you also attempt to raise a happy, healthy baby. 1. Opt for household products You don’t have to buy every baby product there is....

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These Women Want You to Know That Having a C-Section Doesn’t Mean You Failed at Giving Birth

Bella Breakdown Trust us, there’s no “right” way to give birth. Many women who give birth via C-section feel that they have failed in some way because they did not have the full experience of giving birth. Many words that women use to describe their feelings post C-section are ashamed, let down and disappointed. Some people feel there are bragging rights for describing how many hours you’re in labor, how many hours you pushed for and how it all happened. However, there are no prizes for being a superwoman in the delivery room. All that matters is that you...

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Mommy Wars: Why They Exist & Why Nobody Really Wins

The Truth About Mommy Wars Some people think it’s funny to joke about stay at home moms – they sit around watching soap operas and eating bonbons all day. The opposite commentary is about the working mom who doesn’t know what her kids’ favorite foods are because they are raised by nannies. This nasty talk has been called “Mommy Wars” by the media. I understand how both sides feel about this negativity. I have been both an exclusively stay-at-home mom, as well as a “working” mom. While most of us agree that being a mom is one of the hardest jobs in the...

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Real Moms, Real Solutions: To Attend or Not Attend? The Dilemma of Children’s Birthday Parties

Should You RSVP Yay or Nay to All Those Children’s Birthdays?! My son came home from school this week with the class news. At the bottom, there was a list of birthdays for September. There are 16 children in his preschool class and 3 children have birthdays in September. All I could think of were dollar signs! It’s only natural for parents to want to celebrate their child’s birthday with a party. However, that is when I start to feel the pressure of attending these events with my children. In addition to thinking of these as joyous occasions, I also picture the cost...

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You Know You’re a Mom When…

As a mother you’ve probably found yourself doing all sorts of strange and odd things, and picking up after all sorts of strange and odd messes during the course of raising your children. Well, you’re not alone; there are plenty of parents who endure the cute, crazy, rewarding, and at times downright bizarre journey of raising a child. Above we’ve got some funny signs that you’re smack dap in the middle of motherhood, in case the lack of social life and need for copious amounts of hand sanitizer weren’t...

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