Tips For Single Moms on a Budget in Collaboration with Cricket

Tips For Single Moms on a Budget in Collaboration with Cricket-NFO

I know what it’s like to be a single mom on a budget! I was once a single mom on food stamps and even though those tough times are behind me, I’m still budget-conscious. I’m also passionate about telling other single moms how I made the best of dire circumstances and what I still do [...]

5 Mom Tested Tips to Beat the Dinner Rush

5 Mom Tested Tips to Beat the Dinner Rush-SliderPhoto

It’s that time again. That hour right before everyone gets hungry and needs to eat dinner, also known as the dinner rush. That hour where your children are tired and cranky after a long day. With three kids, usually one on my hip, I know that hour very well. It isn’t easy making dinner when [...]

Top 5 Breast Pumps

Top 5 Breast Pumps-NFO

I had the hardest time when I started breastfeeding my baby. Not because I didn’t have enough colostrum for him—quite the contrary—but because, as a first-time mom, I felt clumsy and frustrated every time I had to feed him. Was I doing it the right way? It turned out I wasn’t. Because I didn’t want [...]

Tax Breaks for Parents

Tax Breaks for Parents-NFO

Diapers, clothes, food, toys, braces, college…raising a child can cost a small fortune. So it’s important to take advantage of every opportunity to save money come tax time. Here’s a list of tax breaks every parent should know about. Dependency Exemption For each child you list as a dependent on your 2012 return, you’ll reduce [...]

Tips to Balance Work & the Kids’ Spring Break

Tips to Balance Work & the Kids’ Spring Break-NFO

Living in Florida, I kind of dread spring break. My beloved beach, where I go running to unwind after a hard day of work, is out of bounds for the entire month of March. Partying spring-breakers lie on the sand, surf the waves and mingle in bars, while I look on, envying their carefree laughter [...]

Phone Apps That Help Keep Your Kids Safe

Apps to Help Keep Your Kids Safe-NFO

Motherhood is without a doubt one of the most challenging and exhausting roles a woman will ever experience. Endless responsibilities can sometimes leave you feeling both physically and emotionally drained, especially with the challenges of keeping your children out of harm’s way. Our parents only needed to know where we were going when we left [...]

5 Tips to Manage After-School Activities

5 Tips to Manage After-School Activities-NFO

Long gone are the days when kids got off the school bus and played outside until Mom called, Dinner! Whether you work from home, outside the home or are your household’s CEO—moms are very busy these days—and so are our kids. Today’s children have numerous after-school activities, and parents must coordinate these in what I call [...]

The Best Potty Training Methods

The Best Potty Training Methods-SliderPhoto

Even though I have two kids in diapers, I’m not in a rush to potty train my eldest, Emma, who is almost 2 years old. As I’ve prepared for and completed some of the early stages of potty training, I’ve realized that mothers are completely bombarded with all the books, advice, products, and programs on [...]

Breastfeeding Through Mastitis

Breastfeeding Through Mastitis-NFO

Last week, I felt a little clog in my right breast. No big deal; I have an oversupply of milk so I get a little backed up from time to time—nothing some massage in a hot shower can’t take care of. But this time was different. At yoga that morning, I felt a little lightheaded [...]

How to Be a Successful Single Mom

How to Be a Successful Single Mom

Successful single moms are in constant motion. Always doing, solving, thinking, creating, juggling, producing, and responding to the never-ending demands of motherhood. In an era in which women are bearing most of the parenting load, maintaining a balance between family and work life is an ever-increasing challenge. However, for most women mediocrity and failure are [...]