25+ Father’s Day Gift Ideas (That He’ll Love)

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Pops. Dada. Ye old man. Whatever it is that we call fathers these days, the definition now seems to include activities such as: A) Googling “lego nasal extraction”B)  Falling asleep five minutes after starting a movieC) Shouting “Mayday!” through a baby monitor (My kids are bigger now, but this really happened) Though the exact activities […]

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25+ Father’s Day Gift Ideas (That He’ll Love)

Pierre Van Zylmotherhood

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Pops. Dada. Ye old man. Whatever it is that we call fathers these days, the definition now seems to include activities such as: A) Googling “lego nasal extraction”B)  Falling asleep five minutes after starting a movieC) Shouting “Mayday!” through a baby monitor (My kids are bigger now, but this really happened) Though the exact activities […]

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5 Benefits Of Delayed Cord Clamping

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“Cut the cord.” Before it was a catch phrase used to describe ditching cable companies and cutting off allowances, it was a moment. A touch point in every single one of our lives. After a baby is born, we usually think of the umbilical cord as a relic – part a life support system that […]

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When To Start Baby Food: Signs of Readiness & Tips for Getting Started

Pierre Van Zylmotherhood

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Babies are deeply intuitive. They’re so in tune with us that their hearts can synchronize to ours when we walk in the room, and studies show they possess an innate understanding physics and can tell how much we want things based on the effort we put into getting them. It’s not so surprising, then, that […]

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5 Tips To Make Meal Planning Easier

Pierre Van Zylmotherhood

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If you’ve tried meal planning before and didn’t love it, please know that there are dozens of ways to do it and many of them are very hard, very tedious, and very boring. We are not going to talk about THOSE ways. 🙂 Instead I’m going to share my top five tips for simplifying your […]

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Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea for Pregnancy (Plus A Recipe)

Pierre Van ZylDrink Recipes, motherhood, Natural Remedies, Recipes

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If you’ve ever found yourself googling the safety of everything from toothpaste to tuna while pregnant, you’ve probably wondered about the safety of different herbal teas and essential oils as well. You’ll find a list of pregnancy-safe essential oils here, and in this post we’ll discuss one of the most commonly recommended herbal infusions during pregnancy […]

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Summer Vacation Comes to an End

Pierre Van Zylappreciation, happy family, happy mom, Kicks, motherhood

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It’s my last night of my long awaited summer vacation. Ever since I had Toddler almost 2 years ago I have been looking forward to this summer. I’m so glad that Past Kicks was looking out for Future Kicks and took a shorter maternity leave to get o…

Why Family Traditions Matter (Plus 21 Ideas To Get You Started)

Pierre Van Zylmotherhood

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When my husband and I started creating unique and meaningful family traditions, it wasn’t because we’d heard that focusing our lives around experiences rather than things creates more lasting happiness. However the more we’ve incorporated little traditions – like watching home movies on Mother’s Day and making salt dough ornaments together every Christmas – the more true […]

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Why Family Traditions Matter (Plus 21+ Ideas To Get You Started)

Pierre Van Zylmotherhood

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When my husband and I started creating unique and meaningful family traditions, it wasn’t because we’d heard that focusing our lives around experiences rather than things creates more lasting happiness. However the more we’ve incorporated little traditions – like watching home movies on Mother’s Day and making salt dough ornaments together every Christmas – the more true […]

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Benefits of a Birth Plan (Plus 10 Questions To Consider)

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“Well, that didn’t go as expected.” <– Me, 348,487 times since becoming a mom. The first time I went into labor, I planned to touch up my makeup just after delivery for beautiful mama/newborn photos. In reality, I forgot I wa…

8 Thoughtful Last Minute Gift Ideas

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Have I ever told you about Operation Popcorn & PJ’s — the night where my husband and I help our kids get ready for bed as usual, then surprise them at the last minute by piling them into the car with gingerbread cookies to drive around and look at holiday lights? Most years we plan it for […]

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14 Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mom and Baby

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What do feel good hormones, real-time immune support, and a speedier postpartum recovery have in common? They’re just some of the benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby, of course. Often called liquid gold, breast milk contains immune factors, omega fatty acids, stem cells, enzymes, bonding hormones and growth hormones that have profound benefits for babies, […]

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18 Ways To Increase Oxytocin For A Better Birth

Pierre Van Zylmotherhood

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Planning a natural birth? I’ve got a question for you: If your body could make a substance that releases morphine-like painkillers during labor, surges at just the right time to help with delivery, and connects you with your baby so deeply that your heartbeats synchronize, you’d want it right? Good, because it totally does. That substance is […]

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My almost-teen

Pierre Van ZylKC, motherhood

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“I saw J do the reading the other day at church, and at first, I thought it was you. She is becoming a young lady,â€� Maureen said to me on the sidelines of a soccer game. My daughter is 12, soon to be 13, but has recently passed me in height. She is…