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LIFE: Everything about family life that doesn't fall within the Kids or Love Category.

Everything Life

Life.

Specifically family life. 

What is it?

Is it simply existing in the same home? Is it something you do? Something you have? I’ll tell you what I believe makes up family life.

Life is more than existing. It’s taking advantage of opportunities and adventures. It’s about living and making memories. 

Family life is an extension of life itself – many lives mixed up and intertwined together.

It’s taking advantage of those opportunities and adventures together. It’s about living and making memories together.

Family life is about making the best of what the world has thrown at you, and ensuring you benefit from it.

It’s about working as a team to turn lemons into lemonade. 

I want you to be able to take control of your lives, so your family can live their best life together.

But making change is often difficult. And the bigger the change, the more challenging it can be.

That’s why the tips, advice, and resources you’ll find on this page help you make small changes to head you in the right direction.

Whether you are managing your family life well or not there are always little tweaks you can make to get a bit closer to your goals with a little less stress.

In this section of Abrazo and Coze you’ll find financial advice, organizational tips, family-friendly meal ideas, educational suggestions, health information, and memory-making opportunities and adventures.

If it’s relevant to families and doesn’t fit within the Kids or Love topic categories, you’ll find it here. 

I’m at a point in my life where I just want my family happy, my health good, my mind right, my finances flowing, and no drama.

~Unknown Author

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Breastfeeding While Sick: Avoid a Decrease in Milk Supply. If you keep feeding your baby while you're sick, like the mother and infant in the image, you will be able to maintain your supply. Find out all the other tips to keep up your supply while breastfeeding while sick.

Breastfeeding While Sick: Avoid A Decrease In Milk Supply

Avoid Decreased Milk Supply: Breastfeeding While Sick If you’re a breastfeeding mama, you already know some of the challenges associated with breastfeeding. Things like the on-call demand from your little one for food no matter what time it is. Or the invisible yet noticeable chain that keeps you tied to your baby while nursing. The worst, however, might be breastfeeding while sick in order to avoid a decrease in milk supply. As a healthy mom, breastfeeding can be HARD. But when you’re a sick mom, breastfeeding during your hour of

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Dance the Day Away: Picking the Best Dance Studio for Kids. Once you know what to look for, and the questions to ask, you'll be able to choose the best dance studio for kids, and before you know it, your children will be having fun dancing like the young couple in the photo.

Dance The Day Away: Picking The Best Dance Studio For Kids

How to Choose the Best Dance Studio for Kids Ballroom dancing is a sport every parent should consider for their child. There are just so many physical and mental benefits of ballroom dance, there really is no good reason not to. Dance is especially good for children, however, the task of finding the right ballroom dance studio for kids can seem a daunting task. There are so many unknowns to this still largely underground sport. Where to even begin? Here to give you some tips and advice for finding the

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The Difference Between Investment and Savings Accounts: Once you understand the difference between investment and savings accounts, you'll be happy to open up your computer and happily get to work investing your hard earned money, just like the couple in this picture.

The Difference Between Investment and Savings Accounts

Stuck in the Saving Then Spending Then Saving Then Spending Cycle I approached my 30s in a constant state of limbo, saving then spending the same $2,000 over and over again with no actual savings to show for it. I figured there must be a better way to put money away for my future. At the rate I was going, retirement was a fantasy. Fairly recently, I discovered the difference between savings and investment accounts. It changed my perspective. I realized I had been missing out on an opportunity to

Read More »
How to Teach Kids About Money: Your children might be as thrilled to see how much money comes out of their piggy banks, like the girl in this photo, but you'll rest assured they have the financial literacy skills to succeed as adults. Financial literacy for kids isn't as challenging to develop as you might think.

Financial Literacy for Kids: How to Teach Kids About Money

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How to Pick the Best Baby Wipes for Your Baby - the best baby wipes for newborns take a bit of knowledge to choose, and like the newborn getting a fresh diaper change in this photo, once you know what to look for in a baby wipe, you'll be able to fix up those baby bums knowing you've got the best baby wipes.

Best Baby Wipes For Newborns (and older babies, too): What to Consider

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Nobody likes to find bugs in their homes, like these ants feasting on a countertop spill. Natural insect repellent will get them out of your home, without the poisonous chemicals found in regular pesticides.

Natural Insect Repellent: Fly Deterrent and Homemade Ant Repellent

Deter Flies, Ants, and other Insects with a Natural Insect Repellent When I first moved into my home with Mr. A back in 2012, we quickly noticed a problem. Extremely tiny ants, marching from the kitchen window ledge a few inches over into the food cupboard, where they infiltrated a tightly closed jar of peanut butter! I needed an effective natural insect repellent. Unfortunately, the solutions I tried didn’t work, and I resorted to Raid drops (kept carefully away from the cupboard, but pretty much doused the window ledge they

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Bedtime Routines vary depending on ages and family circumstances, but if you or your family in general needs to improve bedtime, this outline will help. It covers from baby to adult, so whatever age you're at, find a solution.

Evening Routines: Better Sleep Habits For The Whole Family

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5 Top Tips For An Easy Morning Routine for Busy Families

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Read More »
Easy Postpartum Exercises You Can Do With Your Newborn

5 Postpartum Exercises You Can Do With Your Newborn

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Read More »
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Read More »
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11 Delicious Meatless Monday Recipes

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Read More »

5 Fantastic Family Finance TED Talks You Need To Watch

5 Fantastic Family Finance TED Talks You Don’t Want To Miss Sometimes, when we’re on a journey to get our family finances on track, we need to hear some fascinating ideas to spark our interest, or to keep propelling us forward toward our goals. These five family finance TED Talks do just that. They’re interesting (really – finances can be a fascinating subject!), and they’re relevant to everyday people. 1. How to Buy Happiness Michael Norton goes against popular opinion in this TED Talk, suggesting that you can buy happiness.

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Breastfeeding While Sick: Avoid a Decrease in Milk Supply. If you keep feeding your baby while you're sick, like the mother and infant in the image, you will be able to maintain your supply. Find out all the other tips to keep up your supply while breastfeeding while sick.

Breastfeeding While Sick: Avoid A Decrease In Milk Supply

Avoid Decreased Milk Supply: Breastfeeding While Sick If you’re a breastfeeding mama, you already know some of the challenges associated with breastfeeding. Things like the on-call demand from your little one for food no matter what time it is. Or the invisible yet noticeable chain that keeps you tied to your baby while nursing. The worst, however, might be breastfeeding while sick in order to avoid a decrease in milk supply. As a healthy mom, breastfeeding can be HARD. But when you’re a sick mom, breastfeeding during your hour of

Read More »
Dance the Day Away: Picking the Best Dance Studio for Kids. Once you know what to look for, and the questions to ask, you'll be able to choose the best dance studio for kids, and before you know it, your children will be having fun dancing like the young couple in the photo.

Dance The Day Away: Picking The Best Dance Studio For Kids

How to Choose the Best Dance Studio for Kids Ballroom dancing is a sport every parent should consider for their child. There are just so many physical and mental benefits of ballroom dance, there really is no good reason not to. Dance is especially good for children, however, the task of finding the right ballroom dance studio for kids can seem a daunting task. There are so many unknowns to this still largely underground sport. Where to even begin? Here to give you some tips and advice for finding the

Read More »
The Difference Between Investment and Savings Accounts: Once you understand the difference between investment and savings accounts, you'll be happy to open up your computer and happily get to work investing your hard earned money, just like the couple in this picture.

The Difference Between Investment and Savings Accounts

Stuck in the Saving Then Spending Then Saving Then Spending Cycle I approached my 30s in a constant state of limbo, saving then spending the same $2,000 over and over again with no actual savings to show for it. I figured there must be a better way to put money away for my future. At the rate I was going, retirement was a fantasy. Fairly recently, I discovered the difference between savings and investment accounts. It changed my perspective. I realized I had been missing out on an opportunity to

Read More »
How to Teach Kids About Money: Your children might be as thrilled to see how much money comes out of their piggy banks, like the girl in this photo, but you'll rest assured they have the financial literacy skills to succeed as adults. Financial literacy for kids isn't as challenging to develop as you might think.

Financial Literacy for Kids: How to Teach Kids About Money

More Than Calculating Costs At The Shops: Financial Literacy For Kids Amy Thompson is the creator and owner of the blog Living Free With Amy T. As a former teacher who loves to help people get their finances in order and simplify their lives (the passion behind her blog), she is the perfect person to teach us how to develop financial literacy for kids. Originally from the Chicagoland area, she now lives in northern Wisconsin with her husband and their beautiful new baby boy. My hope is that by having Amy

Read More »
How to Pick the Best Baby Wipes for Your Baby - the best baby wipes for newborns take a bit of knowledge to choose, and like the newborn getting a fresh diaper change in this photo, once you know what to look for in a baby wipe, you'll be able to fix up those baby bums knowing you've got the best baby wipes.

Best Baby Wipes For Newborns (and older babies, too): What to Consider

Narrowing Down Options: The Best Baby Wipes For Newborns Getting ready for a new baby, and living with a new baby can be so overwhelming! There are just so many products and choices, it makes it hard to know what you need and what to choose. When you’re at the store, looking at a pack of baby wipes, how can you decide what are the best baby wipes for newborns? Baby wipes seem like such an easy thing to buy… except once you’re dealing with poopy diapers, you’re going to

Read More »
Nobody likes to find bugs in their homes, like these ants feasting on a countertop spill. Natural insect repellent will get them out of your home, without the poisonous chemicals found in regular pesticides.

Natural Insect Repellent: Fly Deterrent and Homemade Ant Repellent

Deter Flies, Ants, and other Insects with a Natural Insect Repellent When I first moved into my home with Mr. A back in 2012, we quickly noticed a problem. Extremely tiny ants, marching from the kitchen window ledge a few inches over into the food cupboard, where they infiltrated a tightly closed jar of peanut butter! I needed an effective natural insect repellent. Unfortunately, the solutions I tried didn’t work, and I resorted to Raid drops (kept carefully away from the cupboard, but pretty much doused the window ledge they

Read More »
Bedtime Routines vary depending on ages and family circumstances, but if you or your family in general needs to improve bedtime, this outline will help. It covers from baby to adult, so whatever age you're at, find a solution.

Evening Routines: Better Sleep Habits For The Whole Family

Get Better Sleep by Having a Bedtime Routine Every family goes through periods of time when they aren’t getting enough sleep. Evening routines, started when children are young (as a baby, even) go a long way to fostering good sleep habits. To clarify, even if you implement a bedtime routine at an older age, you will still see the benefits. Don’t discount the power of a routine, no matter your age. That evening routine and resulting good sleep habits mean a better sleep for everyone, including you! Every morning, after

Read More »
Kegels: Everything you need to know (block cap letters in white with a thin black shadow outline, over a close up photo of a red flower petal.

How To Do A Kegel Workout For Women: Everything You Want To Know About Kegel Exercises

Learn How To Do A Kegel Exercise Correctly Many (most?) women have heard it’s important to do kegels… but what is a kegel? Do you know how to do a kegel workout correctly?? Did you know it doesn’t do any good if you do kegel exercises wrong? If you’re pregnant, or have children, kegels can help prepare and repair your body. (You can also check out these post partum exercises to get back into a fitness routine after you give birth.) Fortunately, Andrea is an amazing physiotherapist that is the

Read More »
A professional photographer shares her toptips to photograph kids with a smartphone

7 Expert Tips to Photograph Kids With a Smartphone

Tips to Photograph Kids With a Smartphone When photographer Merel Bormans approached me to write a post for Abrazo and Coze, I said yes! For me, pretty much every picture I take of my kids (or anything) is with my phone. I know I could use some tips to photograph kids with a smartphone to up my game, and get amazing pictures worth keeping. Merel Bormans, when she isn’t parenting her two boys or working, runs a photography blog. Photography is her passion and it gets her creativity going. She tells me

Read More »
Top Tips for an Easy Morning Routine for Busy Families

5 Top Tips For An Easy Morning Routine for Busy Families

5 Top Tips For An Easy Morning Routine for Busy Families I think every busy family has had plenty of hectic mornings. (Am I right, or am I right?) It seems no matter how much planning and preparation goes into getting everyone ready, mornings always end up with someone missing a shoe, or crying over having to wear clothes (hello 1.5 year old, I’m talking to you). Fran from Tea Please Love has come to the rescue. She outlines her top five tips to create an easy morning routine for

Read More »
Easy Postpartum Exercises You Can Do With Your Newborn

5 Postpartum Exercises You Can Do With Your Newborn

5 Postpartum Exercises You Can Do With Your Newborn Birthing a baby is hard work, and once you’ve got your wee babe snuggled in your arms, eventually you’re going to want to start being active again. But there are certain exercises that are more harmful as your body heals, so it’s important to choose your postpartum exercises wisely. It’s been 1.5 years since I had a newborn, and quite honestly, I might have only recently begun being motivated to get moving since my middle child was born (that was 4

Read More »
rainbow baby pregnancy after infertility

Rainbow Baby: The Emotional Impact of Pregnancy After Infertility

Infertility Story: The Emotional Challenges of a Rainbow Baby Pregnancy After Infertility A rainbow baby is a baby born after the loss of a previous pregnancy or baby. That baby comes with all the usual joys of parenthood, with the added happiness and relief of success after a struggle. That much loved baby, however, is forever linked with the sadness and grief of the losses that preceded it, just like a rainbow after a storm. Jalina King is a mother to not one rainbow baby, but two. After struggling through

Read More »
family menu planning

Family Menu Planning To Save Money On Groceries Every Month

How to Save Money Each Month on Groceries If you’re like me, you’ve searched the web for how to save money each month on your grocery spending. No matter how many people are in your family, some factors affect everyone. Buying organic, non-GMO products are going to cost more. Buying steak (or most meats) will increase your spending. Eating more rice and beans will lower your costs. But those aren’t the biggest factors. You’ve probably read lists of what to cut out to save dollars (like 13 Things to Stop

Read More »
things to stop buying to save money on food

13 Things to Stop Buying to Save Money on Groceries

13 Things to Stop Buying to Save Money in Your Food Budget Families often end up strapped for cash at one point or another… surprise extra expenses crop up and eat into the budget (like a majorly expensive car repair, or when the furnace breaks down in the middle of winter), or income just isn’t as high as we need it to be (maybe you were laid off from work, or only able to find a lower paying job)… It doesn’t matter the reason. It happens. When you’re working at

Read More »
healthy meatless monday recipes

11 Delicious Meatless Monday Recipes

11 Meatless Monday Recipes Your Family Will Love When you want to spend your hard-earned money wisely, if you’re like me, you want low-cost meal ideas. About every three months I get bored with what I’m feeding my family, and head to the internet to find easy, new recipes to try. To save you some searching, here are some great new Meatless Monday Recipes to spice up your suppers. I am not a vegetarian  (but unlike Mr. A, I do like vegetables, and I love trying new foods), and at my

Read More »

5 Fantastic Family Finance TED Talks You Need To Watch

5 Fantastic Family Finance TED Talks You Don’t Want To Miss Sometimes, when we’re on a journey to get our family finances on track, we need to hear some fascinating ideas to spark our interest, or to keep propelling us forward toward our goals. These five family finance TED Talks do just that. They’re interesting (really – finances can be a fascinating subject!), and they’re relevant to everyday people. 1. How to Buy Happiness Michael Norton goes against popular opinion in this TED Talk, suggesting that you can buy happiness.

Read More »