momlife

The Dark Side of Having Kids That Are “Great” Eaters

There are two kinds of toddlers: the kind that are super picky eaters and the kind that aren’t. And there’s a ton of helpful information out there to help your picky eater. Which is awesome! But as much as having kids that won’t eat anything is a major PITA, I’m here to tell you that having kids that eat EVERYTHING isn’t that great either. So whether your kid is a human garbage disposal too, or you just want to feel better about your situation, here are five things that are major downsides to having kids that everyone considers to be “great” eaters.

Before you get too jealous of your friends whose kids eat everything, read this! #pickyeaters #kidsthateateverything #foodiekid #kidfoodies #minifoodie #littlefoodie #kidsmeals #kidseatveggies #kidseatfruit #getmoreveggiesforkids #momlife #dadlife #foodbtattles #eatingoutwithkids

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Pregnancy

4 Fun Things You MUST do While Pregnant (and One Responsible Thing)

The Salty Mamas received a 4 month supply of Morning Pep Prenatal Vitamins as compensation for this post. While they did supply the sample and sponsor this post, all opinions – sweet or salty – are the true opinions of The Salty Mamas! Enjoy! 

Once you’re pregnant, there’s a lot you need to do. And don’t worry about forgetting to do any of it, because people will be reminding you the entire time. Some of it is the stuff that everyone will tell you about, like picking names, making a birth plan and preparing the baby’s nursery. And yes, you need to do that stuff too, but you should also make sure you’re doing stuff that’s really for YOU. Here’s some stuff that we NEVER heard anyone telling us we needed to do while pregnant, but we’re the kind of friends that will keep it real and tell you what you should actually be focusing on. Plus, one responsible thing, because apparently now we’re the adults and need to make good choices or something.

There are a million checklists of all the things you need to do before baby gets here, but don't forget to add having fun to the list! Here are some fun things you should do! And one responsible thing for good measure. #pregnant #pregnancy #prenatalvitamins #morningpepprenatals #morningpep #nesting #whattodowhilepregnant #babyregistry #whattoputonbabyregistry #pregnancychecklist #pregnantchecklist #whattoexpect #expecting #firsttimemom #firstpregnancy

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Tips & Hacks

The Ultimate List of Must Haves for a Day at the Pool with Kids

It’s that time. The weather is warming up, the beach is calling and the community pools are opening. My kids spent the last seven months staring wistfully at our pool knowing it was way too cold to enjoy. Now they run to the gate excited every afternoon to get jump in. When we bought a house with a pool, I pictured casual afternoons spent by the pool watching my happy children swim. I didn’t think about all the things they would need to make that happen. Over the years I’ve gotten it down to a pretty good system, but if this is your first (or second, or seventh) summer spent at the beach of the pool and you feel like you still don’t have it all down yet, don’t worry. The Salty Mamas have got you – and your kids – covered with these must haves for a day at the pool!

Pool Days need SO much more than swimsuits and towels. Luckily The Salty Mamas have you covered with this list of everything you need for a fun and successful day by the pool! #poolday #swimday #swimsuit #toddlerswimsuit #swimdiapers #bestswimdiapers #bestgogglesforkids #stayhydrated #pooltime #summertime #pooldayfun #funaththepool #bestfloatiesforkids #bestpooltoysforkids #beachday #bestsunscreenforkids #summertimefun #summertimevibes #schoolsoutforsummer #summerwithkids #toddlersummer #babysummer #babyswim

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Mom Humor, momlife

Mother’s Day Fantasy vs. Mother’s Day Reality

I’ve got a Mother’s Day hangover. And not the good kind that implies that I spent the entire day relaxing and drinking too much champagne. No, I’ve got the kind where I find myself asking, “What happened yesterday??” Now, I’m not the kind of person that traditionally builds up holidays. I’ve never had high expectations for a life changing New Year’s Eve. I’ve never thought that Valentine’s Day was going to be the most romantic day of the year. But somewhere along the line I saw one too many Mother’s Day commercials with happy kids showering their Moms with love, crafts, coffee and breakfast – even if it was poorly, yet comically, made with egg shells hidden in the omelet.

That was not my Mother’s Day. And as I scrolled through Facebook, I started to think maybe I was the only Mom that didn’t have that picture perfect Mother’s Day….crafts everywhere, Moms thanking their families for the outpouring of love, and me feeling more and more empty. Then I remembered I was on Facebook and decided to go to Twitter, where complaining is more accepted. And I found my people.

But you might be my people too. So here’s what I fantasized for Mother’s Day, and how my day differed dramatically.

What happens when your Mother's Day Fantasies just don't happen?

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Kids' Activities

Mommy, Can Boys Do Ballet?

Part of parenting is realizing that there are 43,000 potential activities you can enroll your child in. The next critical part is realizing that time is finite and you really need to pick two or three of them and say no to everything else. As such, we’ve spent the last five years having discussions with our kids about what interests them, where their talents lie, and how they want to spend their time. Last year, our then 2 year old proudly declared that she wanted to do “ballallet.” Inside, my heart SOARED with joy as I pictured her following in my less-than-comfortable toe-shoed footsteps. Outside, I kept it simple, “Sounds good baby!” And so we waited for her to turn three to enroll in the nearby ballet studio.

Fast forward to last month, as we drove by the studio and my son said sheepishly, “I wish boys could to ballet.” I nearly slammed on the brakes as I found his sullen face in my rear view mirror and said, “Well of course boys can do ballet!” Still quietly, but with a tremor of hope, he replied, “Really?” I assured him they could, which prompted a follow-up question: “Okay, but do they have to wear pink?” Which is when I realized this was going to be a very long conversation. Over the next several days we discussed boys and ballet from lots of different angles.

So if you have a boy that’s interested in ballet, you may have to tackle some of these as well. Here are the top five things we had to address before my son was comfortable with signing up for ballet.

Have a son that's interested in ballet? Here are five tips to get you to his first lesson! #boymom #canboysdoballet #balletforboys #balletboys #balletmen #balletshoesforboys #boysballetshoes #balletforkids #whatdoboyswearinballet #boysdoingballet #boysballetclothes #canboysdoballet #canboystakeballet #boysindance #boysindanceclass #danceclassforboys

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Bouncing Babies

5 Breastfeeding Myths Debunked

Between the two of us, the Salty Mamas have breastfed 4 out of 5 kids. But if you lined all 5 of them up, you’d never be able to pick out the one that was Team Bottle. Despite all the warnings I received about the myriad things my child would miss out on if I “gave up” on breastfeeding, my firstborn seems to be doing just fine. Which isn’t to say that I wasn’t absolutely terrified of what I now know are breastfeeding myths. Cole and I are proof positive that you can survive – and thrive – on bottles and formula. Here are some of the myths about breastfeeding that I am thrilled to debunk for you.

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They Said WHAT?, Why We're Salty

Questions You Shouldn’t Ask Moms of Many

The internet has educated us on some important do’s and don’ts for the Nosy Nelly’s of the world. We know you don’t get to ask people when they’re having kids or if they’re having kids at all. We’ve established that you don’t get to ask people why they’re only having one kid. We’ve hammered home to not ask pushy questions about when people are adding to their family. Granted, some people will ask despite knowing all this, because they’re just those kinds of people.

But what if you’re the family that got married and had kids a year later. And then got pregnant again 9 months after that. And then got pregnant 12 months after that. And then decided that you’re actually not done having kids even though in my experience three seems to be the assumed maximum number of children a person should have. Because that’s our family. We’ve got three an we don’t plan on being done. Maybe we’ll have one more, maybe two, maybe my husband suggests three and I freak out and say “Don’t push it bro.”

But that family, my family, well guess what internet? You don’t get to ask that Mom really personal questions either. So here’s my list of actual questions I’ve been asked by strangers.

Oh, and the answers I wish I had said.

(Okay, sometimes I did say them….)

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Salty Mama Reviews

Why We LOVE Wee Blessing! (And a Salty Mama Discount!!)

One of the most challenging things to do with a bunch of kids is clothes shopping. The kids want to touch everything, there aren’t carts to trap them in, and don’t even think about having to go into a fitting room! To make matters worse, these kids keep growing, leaving me little choice but to buy more clothes. Granted, I could spend some precious time without the kids to go shopping, but I tragically have ended up with two little girls with serious feelings about what they wear and the odds are I will bring home the entirely wrong things. Kids fashion may not always be my top priority, but it seems to be theirs.

Theoretically I wouldn’t mind taking Evie or Izzie on a solo “shopping spree” but this ends one of two ways. 1. Evie wants every single skirt/dress/blue thing in the store (sub in “yellow thing” for Izzie). Whatever she’s into at the moment must be hers and we will either leave with bags full and my wallet empty or without any clothes and me pulling a screaming threenager out of the store, never to be seen there again. 2. I manage expectations and Evie agrees to pick out one skirt/dress/blue thing (again, yellow for Izzie). She then spends the next seven and a half hours waffling between near identical items until I scream, lose my mind, and offer to buy both. Then she smells my weakness and resorts to #1.

There had to be a better way.

Enter Wee Blessing.

A big thank you to Wee Blessing for sponsoring this post by providing our first box! As always, the thoughts, experiences, and opinions expressed here are our own. This is an honest review of everything sweet – and anything salty – about Wee Blessing!

Wee Blessing is a professional children’s styling service tailored to your taste, budget, and lifestyle that helps you feel your best and gives you back what matters most…your time! And, let’s face it, your sanity.

You can sign up for monthly deliveries (or quarterly – or every six months – whatever works for you!) and have zero obligation to stick around. You can skip months or cancel at any time, which is a HUGE draw for me. Plus, you’re not pouring a ton of money in each month. You only pay the $8 shipping fee to receive your box. Then you can choose which of the 4 outfits you want to purchase (at a significant discount from the stores). Buy all 4 outfits and you get an extra 10% off. Whatever you don’t want, you send back in a prepaid package.

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Effing Four Year Olds, Kids' Activities, momlife, Why We're Salty

6 Games we Secretly Hate to Play with Our Kids

Make no mistake: We love our kids. We do. No matter what you read in the rest of this post, hold tight to that solid truth. But there is another truth, that is just as true: We HATE some of the games they require us to play with them. In no particular order, here are the games we wouldn’t mind never ever ever not once having to play ever again.


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Mom Humor, They Said WHAT?, Why We're Salty

MORE Open Letters to the People That Make Us Salty

As Moms (and Dads) sometimes we are shocked by the things that people think it’s okay to say – and do – us. Unfortunately, due to our broken #mombrains, we don’t always come up with the perfect response in the moment. So instead, we write anonymous passive aggressive lighthearted letters full of mom humor to the people that have wronged us. Yes, I’m talking about more letters to even more people that made us downright salty. Did you miss Part One? Make sure to check it out here and then come back to virtually punch some people in the face with me. As always, let us know who you’d add in the comments!

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