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Fort DeSoto Camping with Kids

Camping in Ft. De Soto with Kids

Looking for tips on camping at Fort DeSoto with kids? Recently I took my kids on their very first camping trip ever to Fort DeSoto. It was also my first time camping as a parent! My 11 year-old son’s reaction when he heard we might be going camping was priceless and is what really made…

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Family Fun in Tampa Bay

Family Fun in Tampa Bay

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and our kids are going back to school in twelve days. We have a blended family and my oldest son spends almost every weekend away with his father. This makes summer the one time of year we get to spend a lot of time with the…

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Finding a Pediatrician

Finding a Pediatrician

When should I begin my search for a pediatrician? If you don’t already have a pediatrician for your baby, it’s a good idea to start the search during pregnancy. Give yourself a few weeks to a few months. This allows you sufficient time to make a well informed decision. How do I find a good…

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Nanny, Baby Nurse, Babysitter, Postpartum Doula?

Nanny, Babysitter, Baby Nurse, Postpartum Doula?

What are the differences between the services of a nanny, baby nurse, babysitter and a postpartum doula? Nanny: Usually hired to stay or live with a family for a long-term period of time to take care of babies or small children. Occasionally, a nanny will also help with household duties. Nannies work daytime and overnight…

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Six Steps to Prepare Older Siblings for New Baby

prepare older sibling for baby

Are you adding a new baby to your sweet little family? Here are our tips to prepare your older siblings to life with a newborn. 1. Give everyone some time and grace. Change is hard. You may notice an increase in attention-seeking behavior from your older child during your pregnancy and after your new baby is…

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On Being an Older Mom

Older Mom

This is me, at age 36, with my second daughter, Violet. Ignore the wrinkles. I didn’t have my first child until I was in my 30s. I got married young and needed time to mature, earn (discover?) a living, and get settled. And in truth, I was ready long before my partner was. At the time…

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Christmas Gift Ideas for your Partner

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Well, Christmas is here. Everywhere you look there is a new toy, book or adorable outfit to purchase for a child. But, my mind always goes blank when trying to pick a gift for my husband. This can be even trickier when you are new parents (or soon to be new parents). To help make your job…

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Welcome, Santa Baby!

santa baby

Amy Detweiler is a mother, nurse, blogger at Sarasota Moms Blog and former client of Buddha Belly Birth doulas. She graciously contributed this post about her special Santa baby, born in 2015. – Amy  Christmas means different things to different people depending on who you ask. We all know at least one Christmas fanatic who has their tree…

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8 Tips for Holiday Travel with Littles

traveling with little kids

As a breastfeeding mom with a demanding career, my oldest daughter went where I went! By the time she’d was one year old, she’d been to California, New York, Washington, DC, Vermont, Ohio, and Arizona, just on business travel! Along the way, we added two more daughters. While our travel has slowed down some, we’ve…

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Leah Remini on Why She Hired a Doula

My husband, Mike Rinder, co-hosts the TV show Scientology The Aftermath with actress, comedian and best-selling author Leah Remini. She visited the Tampa area a few months ago. At dinner one evening, I was pleased to learn that Leah had the support of a postpartum doula after the birth of her daughter, Sophia, 12 years ago. She graciously…

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