Your Dream Vacation Scenario

For some people, a dream vacation includes primping, massages, and robes that never seem to cover all the places that need covering. For others, it’s about having the flexibility of an RV so that you can sleep in any new city, and you’re never stranded without a bathroom. And for some, it’s about finding a mythological hot tub filled with chicken nuggets. To each their own.

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16 Tips For Planning A Truly Magical RV Vacation

You’ve decided to embark on one of the most memorable ways to vacation — RVing! You know where you’re going (or maybe you’re winging it), the kids are pumped, and all that’s left to do is make a plan.

No matter where the road takes you, you’re guaranteed to have a good time in an RV. But just to make sure your vacation is top-notch, we asked Scary Mommies to give us all their best tips for planning an amazing RV vacation, and they did not disappoint.

Here are 16 tips to make your next RV vacation truly magical:

1. Oh…good call.

2. Crockpots for the win!

3. We really like the part about making the kids do chores.

4. Take ALL the pictures.

5. Dorothy knows.

6. You should probably pack extra underwear, too, tbh.

7. Rain, rain go away.

8. Not sure what “boondocking” is, but it sounds like it could be a good time!

9. We like the way that Ashley thinks.

10. What an awesome way to look back on the memory of your trip!

11. Don’t forget to enjoy the views.

12. So just like parenthood then?

13. There is plenty to explore and you can cook all you want.

14. “Keep a weather eye on the horizon” is not just something pirates say.

15. Discovering local eats is always a great idea.

16. Sage advice.

Did you write all of that down? Above all else, remember: Vacation is meant to be fun. So spend it doing what you love. Ask the kids to get involved in the planning. Let them map out your route, or choose places to stop. RVing is about exploring, enjoying the beauty of the road, and spending time with the ones you love. Now what are you waiting for?

At Go RVing you can discover all the reasons to pick up and go on an epic road trip. Whatever your interests, wherever you want to explore, whomever you want to take along — an RV is the best way to travel. Check out some of the top reasons to Go RVing.

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4 Types Of Vacation Planners

We all know these vacation planners. There are the moms who plan every itinerary down to the minute. Then, the moms who wait until the very last minute, hoping to catch a deal. There are the moms who know RVs give them the flexibility they want in a road trip. And finally, the moms who can’t make up their mind about anything, from where they want to go to what they need to pack. But we gave you life, so you don’t get to complain.

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My Husband Hates Social Media. Here’s How We Share Memories.

My husband and I both love our family to pieces, but we have very different ways of showing it. While I gush about my babies all over the world wide web, he’s more of the strong, silent type. Family? What family? He doesn’t have any social media accounts at all. Crazy, right?

He’s just a private guy who doesn’t want to share his entire life with strangers. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t appreciate documenting our days or feel nostalgic when we look back at where we’ve been as a family.

I can appreciate that about him a lot. He may not be online, but he’s always down for making memories together. He’s pretty good at capturing them too. He has an eye for seeing interactions that are ridiculously meaningful. I’m not ashamed to admit that I have often scrolled through the camera roll on his phone tearing up at moments he’s captured when I wasn’t paying attention.

There’s just one problem: Remember how we used to take pictures and rush to get them developed because that was the only way we’d be able to see them? Now that we live in a digital world, there’s no hurry, especially since we’re sharing in real time on social media. Since my husband isn’t interested in putting pictures online, we run into the issue that none of the photos on his phone will see the light of day. That’s where ibi comes in. The ibi Smart Photo Manager is a genius way to store and share pictures privately and securely. With 2TB worth of storage space, it can hold 500,000+ photos and 200+ hours of video.

An Easy Way to Get Dad Engaged

After a few years of discovering amazing pictures on my husband’s phone, I finally got him to share them with me automatically on the cloud. Unfortunately, that solution didn’t work as well as I thought it would because the quality of the pictures were greatly diminished by the time I downloaded them from the web. Also, videos would take forever to upload, and it would be days before they’d be processed and ready for me to view!

My husband wasn’t especially interested in helping me troubleshoot and felt like there could be an easier way. ibi is that easier way. It took us five minutes to set it up. All we had to do was plug the ibi in, and it found our devices. Then we uploaded to the app and started sharing pictures privately only to the folks we want to see them.

My guy can be a little skeptical about things, especially when he’s concerned about privacy, but he’s convinced that this is a better way for us to share memories with each other and our friends and family.

Dads Want to Share — Just Not With Everyone

ibi has the option to share privately, create shared albums that our loved ones can add to, and an inner circle feed that’s like our own personal invitation-only social media network. I was shocked that my husband immediately started sending the link to albums we created to our friends. I guess I shouldn’t have been too surprised. He’s got himself a great little family. Of course he wants to show us off!

There’s actual research on this too. Clay Routledge, a professor and psychological scientist, says, “Dads tend to be more private, but they very much want opportunities to connect with loved ones through the sharing of meaningful memories.”

Well, that’s absolutely my husband.

That’s why I’m so pumped to find ibi. He can share in a way that makes him feel comfortable, and I don’t have to nag him to share his great shots with me anymore. How’s that for a win?

ibi is the smart way to store, organize, and share your treasured photos. Get control of your memories and be in control of who sees them. Visit meetibi.com for more information.

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Road Tripping vs. RVing

Road trips with kids are no joke. They have to stop to use the restroom every 20 minutes. They snack, loudly and constantly, in your ear while asking, “Are we there yet?” and giving you the play-by-play on their sibling’s bodily functions. RVs give you space for all those snacks, the lodging you need, and the personal space that every parent craves.

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10 New Mom Fears We’ve All Had But Eventually Got Over

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Being a new mom can be a frightening experience. Before you had a baby, all you had to do was worry about yourself. That was hard enough. Now you have to worry about someone else, and they don’t even send you home with a manual? What are they even thinking? If you’ve said to yourself, “Who thought sending me home with this baby was a good idea? I have no idea what I’m doing!” — you’re not alone.

Here are some fears we’ve all had that we eventually got over. Well, mostly.

1. Cat vs. Dog

People love to ask the timeless questions: Are you a cat person or a dog person? I like to ask: Which are you more scared of when holding a baby? I used to love cats until I had my baby. You don’t have to walk them, and they’re quiet. Too quiet. So quiet that you don’t hear them coming right up onto your legs playing a game of Crazy Eights. Having a cat in the house is like trying to jump through tires while balancing a baby in your arms. Step aside cat — I’M WALKIN’ HERE! To answer your question: Dogs.

2. Fingernail Phobia

They are minuscule yet razor sharp. Leave ‘em be, and they can draw blood when their incoherent baby arms start to flail uncontrollably. Try to cut ‘em, and suddenly your pits are in a hot sweat and you have double vision trying not to inflict harm on a tiny finger.

3. The Public Diaper Change

At home, I’m good. But what happens if you have to change the baby in public? On the bus? At a cafe? I’m not qualified to handle this without a changing table. What did people do before those fold-down wall things were invented? Seriously. Thankfully her Huggies Little Snugglers fit like a hug.

4. Supporting the Head

It’s flopping like a rag doll, and well OK, once I maybe didn’t have my hand on it at all times. Can you permanently ruin a neck? Is that a thing? Also, there are way too many soft spots involved in this tiny melon. Please let the head plates join and de-floppify ASAP because it’s too much pressure.

5. A Wet Baby

I barely remember how to bathe myself let alone figure out how to bathe a baby. There’s way too much stuff to remember…like the binky that may be under the couch and the only toy that she likes that’s somewhere in the back seat of the car. Don’t even get me started on the slip-sliding baby body that needs to be double-teamed in order to keep it in an upright position. I cannot bathe a baby alone! Is there something wrong with me? Also, pass the Huggies Natural Care Wipes because she just peed, and we are NOT doing this bath over.

6. Spit Up and the City

There are burp cloths for a reason, but at exactly what point do we go from spit up land to full-on barfing? Seems like I should know this, but my baby is borderline at all times and I can’t tell. Also, her neck rolls usually have a little cottage cheese brewing in them, but I swear I’m getting better at wiping the spit before it gets to this stage.

7. Germs From Other People

“STOP TOUCHING MY BABY’S FACE!” I shout this in my mind to Uncle Carl, but in person, I smile as every fiber in my being cringes at the sight of his giant, unsanitized hand stroking my baby’s cheek. I’ve got to escape. There is no way out. Mom’s work friend Janine is in the next room, and she’s coughing up a lung. I’VE GOT TO GET OUT!

8. Tummy Time Fails

I always remember to do tummy time at the worst time. See No. 6 on barfing. This baby is face planting, crying, and not liking anything to do with her tummy and time. Does the head look flatter than yesterday? Did she lay on her back in the bassinet too long? Why is she a crying, soggy, beached whale and not an over-easy cherub, happily rocking 360 moves?

9. Google

I told myself I wouldn’t search for weird symptoms, but oh yes, I did search for weird symptoms and now can’t un-see them. There is literally a picture of everything that could go wrong in life with a baby ever. I may need to cut off Wi-Fi for the next six to ten years if I ever want to sleep again.

10. Being Good Enough

This mom stuff is hard. I had no idea how hard. Will I start to feel less like a leaky zombie and more like the moms on TV (OK, not the ones on cable)? When are we going to be at the coo- and-giggles stage and leaving the farts and weird snorts in the middle-of-the-night stage? Also, I need to Google farts and snorts because that last one didn’t sound normal. See No. 9.

The good news is that I got over every single one of these fears and did make it to the cooing stage! OMG cooing is the best thing ever. The cat is still trying to trip me, but I’m not asking for miracles. Somehow, I figured out how to trust my intuition over my fears, and it sort of works. I’m still googling things, but who’s not? Right? Lisa? Anyone?

This article was sponsored by Huggies®, who believes that the first time you hug your baby, the rest of the world will slowly melt away and your life will be forever changed. At Huggies®, we are inspired by the loving bond between you and your baby and we’ll never stop finding ways to hug more like you. #HuggOn

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We Tried The Internet’s Favorite Razor, And Now We’re Crushing Hard

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Your skin has never been this silky-smooth.

If you’re like me and millions of other women who use a razor on their legs, underarms, bikini area, or let’s be honest, anywhere you want to remove your hair, then you’ve likely felt personally attacked by the price of a quality razor. I mean, what exactly are we paying for that costs so much? Will a genie appear from beneath the blades and grant me three wishes? Because if so, I’d like lower razor prices.

Can a Girl Get a Decent Razor Already?

I’ve heard about subscription services for men’s razors, and honestly, I was a little annoyed that there wasn’t one for us. I mean, as women, we have way more to shave than they do, spatially speaking. So when a friend told me about Billie razor subscription service, a razor subscription service for women, I was intrigued but also slightly skeptical. She was raving about it, but after years of shaving, I had my doubts that the unicorn of razors actually existed. You know, one designed especially for women, that leaves your skin feeling silky-smooth, but doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

billie magnetic razor holder

A Wise Woman Once Said, “Get Yourself a Billie”

Well, according to her, that’s exactly what Billie razor is and exactly what it does. “Not only does it give you the smoothest shave ever, it’s totally affordable,” she told me. “It’s designed just for women, and they bring it right to your door on your schedule!”

As far as friends go, mine have never steered me wrong. So based solely on her glowing review, I ordered the Billie starter kit, which comes with a Billie handle, magnetic holder, and two 5-blade cartridges. It only cost me $9 (plus free shipping, which I happen to be a huge fan of). Since this was considerably less than I’d been spending on razors, I didn’t get my hopes up. But when it arrived and I tried it for the first time, I’m 90% sure I heard actual angels singing.

billie razor starter kit

Hi, This Is Billie, My New Love

I’m going to be totally honest, I’m a tough customer because I always seem to get razor burn no matter how awesome the razor is. But not with Billie. I don’t want to be overly dramatic, but THIS WAS THE BEST SHAVE OF MY LIFE. (Sorry for yelling, but it’s that good.) Here’s what I really loved about it: For starters, the price is unbeatable. The 5-blade razor, and the charcoal shave soap it’s encased in, leaves your skin feeling so freaking soft.

billie razor

If we’re talking in terms of functionality, I love Billie’s simple design, and the magnetic shower holder is seriously genius. You can have refills (four 5-blade cartridges) shipped right to your home monthly, bi-monthly, or every three months for $9. NINE DOLLARS! They also have body wash, lotion, and shave cream that are all equally awe-worthy.

So in case you hadn’t noticed, I’m madly in love with Billie razor subscription service. The price, quality, and convenience totally won me over, and I will never use a store-bought razor again. Do yourself a favor and order your starter kit today.

Billie believes women shouldn’t be an afterthought in the shaving category, that’s why they are female first, offering a great shave that’s completely affordable. Visit Billie today to get your starter kit.

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How To Help A Friend Who’s Grieving

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Your friend lost someone close to her, and now she’s going through a roller coaster of emotions. One minute she might want to talk, and the next minute she might want to punch something. She might want to cry, or she might want to binge-watch Netflix and just have you be there. The best thing you can do is let her take the lead. So don’t forget to answer her 3 a.m. text and keep your fridge stocked with carbs, just in case.

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What You Need To Know About Preeclampsia And Early Screening

preeclampsia

Pregnancy can be pretty intense. From growing a human to your growing belly, there are a lot of things to think about. Why are my nails growing so fast? Why are my feet getting big? What is preeclampsia, and how do I know if I’m at risk? Preggo Nancy can’t take you for a manicure, but she can take you to the doctor. Come with Preggo as she sits down with a pregnancy expert and learns more about preeclampsia and early screening for this condition.

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How I Survived A Teething Baby And Got Serious About My Kids’ Dental Care

mom with baby and toddler

When I decided to have my kids close in age, I didn’t consider that I would have an infant and a toddler at the same time. I was blinded by the idea of them growing up as best friends, building forts, and keeping each other’s secrets, even when it meant they would both be in trouble as a result. I didn’t consider that they would both be in diapers at the same time, or worse, that they would be tandem-teething, one cutting their first tooth while the other worked on 2-year molars.

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Where Is the Instruction Manual?

Motherhood is utter chaos on the best day, but I’m going to be honest, I was wildly unprepared for the mayhem that came with teething and teaching my kids appropriate dental hygiene. Did you know your kid will have 20 teeth by the time they turn 3? Or that you’re supposed to take them to the dentist by the time they’re a year old? ‘Cause I didn’t. I had no idea. Baby’s first tooth should really come with an instruction manual. There could be an entire section dedicated to keeping the sink and surrounding counter space toothpaste-free too. Why must children splatter-paint the entire bathroom with toothpaste? And how the heck do you get them to stop doing that?

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But alas, no one told me any of this, so there I was, waist-deep in another chaotic day with a fussy, teething baby and a toddler who had no interest in things that didn’t involve screaming. Like any rational but completely desperate mother, I turned to my social media mommy group for advice. My post may have been a slightly incoherent rant about teething that ended with a desperate plea for help. (I hadn’t slept in like three days. I was a mess!)

I Got 99 Problems But Teething Ain’t One

To my absolute delight, the comments started rolling in. Apparently, I wasn’t the first mom to stumble into a tandem-teething nightmare. Mom after mom recommended Baby Orajel™ Non-Medicated Cooling Gels for both my baby and my toddler. It’s benzocaine-free and made for babies 3 months and older, so it was perfect for my teething 3-month-old and my toddler’s nightmarish 2-year molars. There was only one problem, I didn’t have any on hand, which meant we would have to go out…in public.

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So, there I was, standing in the oral care aisle of my local Walmart, the baby crying in my arms while my toddler threw groceries over the side of the cart. With bloodshot eyes and a messy bun that looked more like an untidy bird’s nest, I was 2 minutes from joining the kids in a total meltdown, when a seasoned mom walked by and handed me the Baby Orajel™ Non-Medicated Cooling Gels I was looking for.

“Been there,” she said with a smile. “Just rub this on his gums.”

Suddenly the wind was back in my sails just knowing I wasn’t alone. I could totally do this!

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The Queen of Dental Hygiene

I turned back to the wall of dental products and grabbed some Orajel Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Fluoride-Free Training Toothpaste. After all, if I was going to be the Queen of Dental Hygiene, I needed all the best stuff! I’d help my toddler learn proper brushing technique (even if he covered my entire bathroom in toothpaste) and get the baby started down the right path with Baby Orajel Tooth & Gum Cleanser. (Yeah, turns out you’re supposed to clean their gums. WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME THIS?!)

I was ready. My dental care game was stronger than ever, and my kids were destined for a lifetime of happy smiles.

We made it back home with a much happier baby thanks to the cooling gel, a toddler who was totally pumped about his new Daniel Tiger training toothbrush, and me — an exhausted mother who looked like a pile of dirty laundry, but felt like a million bucks because Orajel just totally saved my day.

It takes a whole family of products to treat a whole family. Orajel Non-Medicated Cooling Gels are free of benzocaine and will soothe your baby’s teething gums day and night. For more resources on teething and learning to how brush, visit Orajel’s resource center.

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