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Caitlin Kravchenko

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#FamiliesBelongTogether – Ways to Help

Here at Hey Mama Podcast, we’re a little stunned that we have to say this: children, regardless of their immigration status, belong with their parents. This country cannot purport to have family values at its core and continue to separate already scared and traumatized children from their main source of comfort and familiarity.  That’s not even addressing the questions around who is caring for them and what level of danger they are being put in when they are placed with temporary care.

There is a lot of amazing work being done and resources being offered to those interested in helping.  Here are a few round-ups/lists of ways to help and explanations on what’s happening: Keep Reading

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Shopping for Activewear – The #FitMom Edition

by Kerry O’Grady, Fitness Blogger

Before you read any further, I need to tell you something.

I do not have children.

Therefore, I am not a mother.

If A, then B, therefore C: I know nothing about kids.

In fact, the only things I know about kids is from the three and a half years I spent working at Parents, American Baby, and FamilyFun magazines. And, in complete transparency, I didn’t even write for those brands; I just tried to get moms to buy stuff (I worked in the marketing department).

Now, keep reading. Keep Reading

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6 tips on protecting your family’s digital presence

by Henry Kravchenko, Information Technology Expert

In early 2017 the credit tracking agency Equifax was breached, which resulted in the theft of approximately 143 Million SSNs and additional personally identifiable information (PII). The global cost of cyber crime is projected to reach $2 trillion by 2019, a threefold increase from the 2015 estimate of $500 billion. Cyber crime is real, you’ve been impacted and someone has at least one of your super duper secret passwords. Don’t believe me? Please navigate to and look up your email address.

I apologize for scaring you, but I need your attention. Below are 6 things you can do to mitigate the effect (you can never prevent) of cyber crime on your family.  Keep Reading

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Children’s Apparel Retailer Run-Down

The world of children’s clothes is vast and fun. But like most things in new parenthood, it is overwhelming.  I created this list as I realized it might be fun to have this stuff in one handy list, maybe something you show your loved ones who like getting your kiddo clothes, inspiration for the next time your little needs new shoes, etc.  When it comes to sizing, Keep Reading

Pride T-Shirts from Etsy For Kids!

It’s Gay Pride Month! Whether you just want to show solidarity, are a member of the LGBTQ community, plan on marching or just want family to know you’re an ally, there’s a cute shirt to help you on Etsy! Target has some good stuff too, which Cool Mom Picks just posted about, but since I am currently obsessed with Etsy for kid clothes, I scoured the site a bit for options (man there are some stinkers out there).   Take a look at our faves below!

Monster and The Moose

kids pride tshirt

JamJamsJam – T-Shirt

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JamJamsJam – Playsuit

kids pride onesie


LGBTQ Love Onesie


Pride Love is Love Kids shirt

Support independent creators while simultaneously showing solidarity!

#ILikeThis: Nursing Apparel

Ah, nursing apparel, the sexiest of clothing and undergarments. My husband could barely keep his hands off of me!  Said no one, ever. While nursing apparel ain’t the hottest of clothing, your “regular” shirts’ collars will thank you.  Like anything related to early infancy, there are a ton of options and things can get overwhelming pretty quickly.  Let’s chat about our recommendations! Keep Reading

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#ILikeThis: Milkies Milk Saver

When I was nursing, I never had the greatest supply and on top of that my son was a terrible weight gainer (ahem, not like his mama). For a couple of months after he was born, I would nurse him, put him down and pop on the pump immediately after to get anything left for additional bottle feeding in between nursing.  Needless to say, as someone who chose to exclusively breastfeed, every drop of my milk was precious. Anyone who’s breastfed or pumped in any capacity will surely understand, if nothing else because you want to make this uncomfortable, time consuming, occasionally painful activity of someone or something squeezing stuff out of you worthwhile. Keep Reading

#ILikeThis: Velcro Swaddles

This series is dedicated to things that have made or are making life as a mom easier and more enjoyable. Have something you couldn’t survive motherhood without? Tweet us @heymamapodcast with #ilikethis!

Oh, swaddles. How we love thee. When I was pregnant, I couldn’t wait to use the beautiful muslin swaddles from brands like Aden & Anais or Modern Burlap. I am a sucker for lovely prints and soft texture.  For the uninitiated, these are basically lightweight blankets that you fold around your baby like a little burrito. Why swaddle, you ask? Well, a few reasons. Keep Reading

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Car Travel Tips

It’s the holiday season! It’s that time of year where we find the perfect present for everyone on our list and we all happily pile into the car to head to Grandma’s house. You know, the 5 hour drive where your infant sleeps the entire time, your toddler gets engrossed in their board books and your 6 and 9 year olds leave each other alone.  You arrive, fresh as a daisy, to Grandma’s house, ready to celebrate and generally feeling ready to enjoy conflict-free time with the extended family.

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