Keeping Warm in the Arctic Winter

The first day of winter has come but cold temperatures are nothing new for us up here in the arctic. It has been below zero for the past month already. Some days, when the Siberian winds are blowing  at 30-40 mph, the wind chill makes the temperature feel like it’s -50 degrees (Fahrenheit).

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(November 17, 2012) Kotzebue, Alaska- 33 miles above the Arctic Circle. We live on this small spit of land that juts out into the Kotzebue Sound, which is connected to the Chukchi Sea.

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Tips for Traveling With a Toddler

Traveling with a ToddlerTaking your toddler on a trip presents its own unique challenges. You’ll be taking them away from their comfort zone at home. You may be messing up their schedule. The added worry of your child getting sick or something else happening to them may have your head reeling.
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My Adorable Dancing Toddler (Video)

Anneliese loves dancing, especially when the hokey pokey song is playing. We have a Sesame Street DVD that plays the Hokey Pokey and she really gets into it sometimes. She is so adorable, I just had to share this.

P.S. My house is a mess because Anneliese loves to throw her toys everywhere. So, this is pretty much how our living room looks most of the time…

Food To Avoid During Pregnancy


It’s important to eat a healthy, balanced diet during pregnancy to ensure your unborn baby receives the relevant nutrients for growth. However, certain foods can make you feel ill, cause food poisoning or harm your baby if eaten during pregnancy – and while it can be confusing to know what foods are safe and what are harmful, it’s worth taking the time to get to know the foods to avoid and to be careful.

These are some of the main foods to avoid during pregnancy, but if you’re ever in any doubt it’s best to be cautious and not eat the item and then check with your midwife at a later date.

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Creating a Safe Sleeping Environment for your Baby in 10 Steps

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As a new parent, you’ll no doubt develop an new found interest (some might say obsession!) with sleep and how to get more of it, but one thing that’s bound to help you snooze a little more peacefully is knowing that your precious bundle is safe and secure as they enter baby dreamland.  A helpful way of ensuring your own sweet dreams is knowing that you have created a safe sleeping environment for your baby and you can do this by following some straightforward tips:

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