Author Archive | Katie

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Commuting with Kids: a Working Mom’s Survival Guide

No one likes a long commute. Waking up early and fighting through traffic? No, thanks. Some days, you do everything right, leave on time, and you’re still late. Thanks a lot, freak thunderstorm. Hey, delirious vagrant wandering down the middle of the road – couldn’t have done it without you. But the really tough part about having […]

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Hello, Connectivity; Goodbye, Childhood

I hear phrases nowadays like “free-range parenting” and it makes me sad. The world in which we’re raising our children is vastly different from the one I remember. Don’t get me wrong; there are plenty of advantages to our current level of connectedness. Access to instant information helps us to know what’s going on as it’s […]

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Why I Love Preschool (and You Should, Too)

Not all preschools work out. Some are mediocre, others are awful, and a handful are amazing. And while there’s definitely an across-the-board standard for certain aspects, there’s also a good amount of personal preference that determines whether you love or hate any particular school. Except ones that practice poor hygiene. You should probably just run […]

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When Parents Live in Fear of Their Children (I’m Looking At You)

I’m not talking about Children of the Corn here (hopefully), but I think it’s safe to say that all parents live in fear of their kids to some degree. Yes, we all worry about them getting hurt or having their hearts broken; I’m not talking about that either. Sure, they’re cute and silly and funny and we […]

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Must-Have Items for Breastfeeding Moms

Planning to breastfeed? Super! (We also support those moms planning to formula feed; so long as you’re feeding your kids something, we’re happy!) So, you already have the real essentials: the baby and the boobs. You’re nearly done! Er, not exactly. As a mom of two who works full-time, six weeks of maternity leave comes and goes […]

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Grown Up Birthday

5 Unique Birthday Ideas for Grown Ups

Who says kids get to have all the fun? When you’re little, birthdays are just about the best thing ever. You get an entire day devoted to having friends and family shamelessly lavish their attention on you. Add to that the promise of cake and presents and you’ve got the perfect setup for fun and […]

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Sid the Science Kid: Encyclopedia of Discovery – Review + Giveaway {Sponsored}

From time to time, we here at Tampa Bay Moms Blog get the opportunity to review certain products we feel may benefit other parents. So when I heard we had a copy of Sid the Science Kid: Encyclopedia of Discovery, I jumped at the chance to check it out. My three-year-old daughter already loves Sid. […]

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No Muss, No Fuss – 1st Birthday Party Ideas

Living in the Tampa Bay area has its perks – lots of them. The weather is great, we’re close to theme parks, and we have our choice of city or country life within a few miles of each other. Between nearby Busch Gardens and the Lowry Park Zoo, we can see animals from around the world […]

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You Know You're a Mom of Toddlers

You Know You’re a Mom of Toddlers When…

your longest stretch of uninterrupted sleep was in a toddler bed… you have 2 weeks’ worth of clean laundry strewn about your house… you turn sandwiches into animals/shapes/letters in the hopes that your kid will at least TASTE it before throwing it away… you sing at least one Daniel Tiger song per day in an attempt […]

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