When I was pregnant with my son, I was promised a fairy tale that never came true (it was one of many empty pre-labor promises, as it turned out). "Your kiddo will be napping in the afternoon at least until the age of 5", said many optimistic - and lucky - parents to me, based … Continue reading From One Nap To None: 3 Survival Tips For First-Time Parents
I feel kind of bad about it, but I only realized it's my 100th post the moment I thought: What am I going to write about today? I suppose that's a good thing, though, because time seems to be flying by! First of all, I wanted to thank all of you for reading my posts, … Continue reading Mom’s Den Is Celebrating 100th Blog Post Today!
However globally important this subject may be, the reason why I'm taking on such a dreadful subject today is a personal itch I can't seem to scratch no matter what I do. Since finding out about Reckful's passing, I've been carrying a heavy load in my heart that follows me everywhere I go. I can't … Continue reading Depression Through Eyes Of A Survivor: Don’t Let It Claim Your Life
"You're never too old to learn." I hear this all the time, and I'm sure you do, too! While it may have some truth in it (you're never too old to acquire information and process it, yes), I feel like it can't be completely taken for granted. There are mistakes we can still make, and … Continue reading 3 Things I Found Out Too LATE In Life (Even At The Age Of 25)
Dear boy, First of all, I need to work harder on not calling you baby as much. Both you and I know you're not one anymore; every time you point at babies in your little children's books and say: "Mama, baby!", I know what you're thinking. From your own perspective, you're a little man now, … Continue reading A Personal Letter I Wrote For My 16 Month Old Baby Boy
From the moment you land on this kind of post, you can tell: there's no way someone will write about this kind of thing if they haven't lived through it. It's just not a topic you carelessly dab into, hoping to make someone feel better or increase your website's traction. It's just not possible. Therefore, … Continue reading How To Survive With Your Baby In The Hospital
Let's admit it - feeding your child with five spoonfuls of food he or she propels out instead of swallowing (after carefully stashing it deep down the throat first, it seems!) is infuriating. I've been insanely proud of my little one who doesn't seem to follow this pattern of behavior. However, he tends to have … Continue reading How To (Calmly) Deal With Food Spitting Toddlers
Getting up early every single day. Cooking all the meals, looking after kids, keeping the house in order, being a great spouse, managing family finances, side hustling during nap time and late at night, after everyone goes to bed... Life of a stay-at-home mom is difficult enough even without working from home or starting any … Continue reading Momtrepreneurs: How To Deal With Lack Of Appreciation As WAHM
"Leave that alone! Or I swear I'll..." This kind of sentence, in combination with an angry parent's face, is supposed to be the norm when it comes to raising children - according to many who have gotten through it far more times than I did. However, if experience is the only thing that truly matters … Continue reading Yelling At Tiny Children Is Futile Business, And Here’s Why
Get off your computer or I'll take it away! I didn't buy you a phone so you could stare at games all day! Games are nothing but violence and profanity. You won't be spending time doing that while you're under my roof! If you're aged between 20 and 40, these phrases have most likely played … Continue reading Parents Who Game: Millennial’s Aberration Or Foreseeable Future?
Recently, I wrote an article about the importance of self-care for all parents, however underestimated it may be. When it comes to putting this mindset into practice, though, we often fail. There always seems to be something more important, something that pops up unexpectedly, and that needs to be dealt with straight away. Day by … Continue reading 3 Models Of Creating “Me” Time: Which One Is Yours?
Update: I just uploaded a full audiobook version on YouTube. If you're more of a listening person, here's a perfect link for you! https://youtu.be/kE-u3qQamdQ Have I got something special for you today! After several long weeks of putting together this fantastic booklet, I can proudly announce that it's finally live - and free to download! … Continue reading Solid Food 101 Is Live & FREE!
I believe most of us are aware of the famous tired mommy stereotype. Some (myself included) have indulged in it - at least at some point, believing it will somehow turn them into better versions of themselves as parents. I'm not proud of it, but I had been spiraled into the vortex of parenting social … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why Parents Need To Look After Themselves
Toddlers aren't the only human beings with shifting emotions with tendencies to go from ecstatic to sorrowful mood in a matter of minutes. Us moms (and all parents, to be quite frank - dear dads, we're in this together!) do it, too. There are many things about parenting that make us question our sanity, but … Continue reading Top 3 Paradoxes Of Mother’s World
2020 - what a year to be writing apocalyptic posts! Jokes aside: fear of death, or non-existence on our current plane, is quite a common phobia. Whenever a disaster strikes (and we've had a fair share of those in the past few months!), humans tend to become increasingly aware of death as a possibility. I … Continue reading Fear Of Dying And How It Keeps Me In Check
As a happily married woman, I've never expected I would one day write a post like this. Yet, past has a way of sneaking into my blissful, toddler-filled world from time to time, leaving me wondering: "Couldn't have I been less... messy?" Even if it's not the love of your life we're talking about (in … Continue reading How To Forgive Yourself Bad Breakups (When It’s Your Fault)
When you see a mom of any age, walking down the street with her kids, you usually can't tell what she's been through before she's had her first baby. If you take off your prejudice lens, all you'll see is a woman doing her best to be a caregiver, a role model, and an emotional … Continue reading Going From Party Girl To Awesome Mom: Is It Possible?
Losing a baby at any point during pregnancy has got to be the most difficult thing a mom-to-be can experience. I know, because I've been there. My husband and I lost our first baby sometime around the 10th week of my pregnancy. It's a moment I will never forget - sitting alone at the doctor's … Continue reading 3 Less Well-Known Ways To Heal Your Heart After Miscarriage
"Just one more shot and I'm done." "Only this weekend." "Today, I need to." Wouldn't it be wonderful if you were able to stop throwing excuses at other people (and yourself)? How is it possible that some people can quit drinking seemingly out of the blue, while others struggle for years, sometimes their whole life? … Continue reading 25+ Reasons To Stop Drinking – For Good
Woah! Have I been gone a long time! For me, it seems as though I haven't had a break from blogging at all. I spent so much time writing and editing in the past month, I wonder how come I didn't actually end up writing a single post for almost 3 weeks. Truth be told, … Continue reading From Bottle To Bottle: Launch Day! Free On Amazon!
I know, I know - nobody likes to think about it, and even less people want to talk about it... unless it happens. What if it happens, though? Don't we need to be ready for it and know exactly how to react? Of course we do. Just know that you're not the first or last … Continue reading 10 Things To Do If Your Baby Falls Off The Bed
May 6th is the International No Diet Day - regardless of whether you're trying to lose weight or not, it's time to recognize this official cheat day as something you have to do! What better way there is to celebrate than making something incredibly tasty and beginner-friendly at the same time? Check out these amazing … Continue reading No Diet Day Is Perfect For These 4 Delicious Dessert Recipes!
Have you ever heard anyone telling you something along the lines of: "How could you ever get tired of your kids? You're their parent!" or "Kids are a blessing. Be grateful!"? If the answer is yes, you're in the right spot. What you've most likely been experiencing - and needing someone to try to understand … Continue reading How To Effectively Avoid Mom Burnout
Disclosure: Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. … Continue reading Essentials You Actually Need When Bringing Baby Home
Whenever you search anything on Google, the links you click on are in most cases someone's blogs. Did you know that, by the very act of landing on their page, you're supporting them? Your entry counts towards their revenue from ads you see and it helps them rank up in Google even more. Sure, most … Continue reading Free Ways To Support Your Favorite Blogger
Mother's Day is one of the most important days in our holiday-celebrating culture - especially for us moms! Just like every important special event that occurred in the past couple of months, we're faced with a harsh reality of trying to find alternative, indoor, social-distancing ways to celebrate it. Mother's Day is just around the … Continue reading How To Celebrate Mother’s Day During Quarantine
During pregnancy, I wasn't as much of a researcher as I am now - blogging career kind of requires you to do it a lot, I suppose. If I had spent at least half an hour a day researching about postpartum, what to do and what to expect, I think I would have been much … Continue reading 6 Things That Shocked Me About Postpartum
Instead of a list of favorite apps that I may or may not be using, I decided to share the "real deal" - a list of the actual apps that are on my phone and that I enter multiple times on a daily basis. What better way to prove it than to printscreen my home … Continue reading A Home Screen Of Blogger Mom’s Phone
No matter how thoroughly discussed, this remains one of the most burning topics for parents once the kid arrives. We all think we'll be fine because we love our partners. That's partially true - the love will still (most likely) be there, even when you're arguing about who needs to empty the diaper bag or … Continue reading How To Maintain Strong Marriage After Kids
I keep seeing this all across the social media - student moms turning into stay-at-home moms, feeling like they've wasted years and years of their lives, just to end up at home all the time with their kids. It feels bad. But as everything in life, it's a matter of perspective. You didn't waste your … Continue reading Stay At Home (Student) Mom, Your Degree Isn’t A Waste
The current situation with COVID19 caught the whole planet off-guard. We all had our plans, dreams and ideas about what our future is going to look like. Personally, my husband and I weren't about to jump on the "two under two" train, but many people wanted to start trying to bring another family member into … Continue reading Trying For Baby During Pandemic: Where Do You Stand?
Let's face it: this is a topic not a lot of people want to talk about. I don't see it in the media, there's almost nothing about it on social networks and almost none of it is discussed on blogs. Only the people unafraid of the judgement will dare speaking about it in a non-judgmental … Continue reading Mourning Pre-Baby Time: Right Or Wrong?
Disclosure: Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. … Continue reading How To Help Your Baby Un-Mix Day And Night
I'm finding it funny that I even got to write about this - if you think about the way things used to be forty or fifty years ago, not a lot of people understood the concept of a "young mom" - mostly because girls were becoming moms at a very young age in comparison to … Continue reading Great Things About Being A Young Mom
Newborn phase was tough. Infant stage - a bit easier, once your baby started to interact more. Unfortunately, as she approached the 1 year mark, you're noticing more and more frustration and tantrums. Just when you thought you were in the clear! Why is that, though? Why does your baby seem unhappy even though you're … Continue reading Top 5 Reasons Why Your 1-Year Old Is Frustrated
Dear son, Today marks one year since you've been with us. I can tell you, it's been a roller-coaster - but dad and I loved every second of it. Instead of a great, big party we would have thrown for you - nothing too fancy, but we do have a lot of friends who love … Continue reading A Letter To My Son On His 1st Birthday
Your baby's safety should be #1 concern at all times, from the moment you become aware you're going to have a baby. The crib is one of the most essential areas for your newborn and it should be completely safe to use. It's not easy to do this - there are many products out there … Continue reading The Do’s And Dont’s Of Cribs: What Can And Can’t Go In
Before you get into this post, here's an update: my free 5-day course "Raising Your Child On a Budget" is now open for sign-ups! Apply here! This isn't a "crazy times are upon us" kind of post during the current COVID19 situation. (Although, yes, a lot of people have been laid off and need to … Continue reading Tips On Raising A Child On A Budget
I know, I know - this is a subject very well discussed over the years (and since the beginning of Pinterest). Since I do things differently in Mom's Den, I won't focus on extra, high effort, mind-blowing, Instagram-worthy activities that you'll do for you and your social media - rather than for your child, which … Continue reading 40+ Realistic Activities For 1-Year Olds
"You know, you shouldn't carry your baby around all day. He'll get used to it and you'll end up spoiling him." This is one of the very first pieces of advice as I've gotten as a first-time mom. It wasn't from a friend, an experienced parent or my own mother. It was from a medical … Continue reading Holding Your Newborn Too Much: Myth Or Fact?
On the list of the top unsolved mysteries of the humanity, this question positions super high. But why' Shouldn't it have been answered a long time ago, considering just how many babies there have been in the world since the beginning of time? It hasn't been, due to something we already know - each baby … Continue reading 37 Ways To Get A Baby To Stop Crying
The first thing that pops into any parenting minds when they hear about teeth is all the sleepless nights, swollen gums and the game of waiting for the white pearls to finally come out to the surface. Right? Wrong. Teething is exhausting, but there are many other things about teeth that are super important - … Continue reading How To Introduce A Toothbrush To Your Baby
I wish this post was named "How to help your baby sleep through the night", but it isn't, because frankly - I don't know how to do that. I've never written about anything I haven't done myself, so I'll spare you from reading some made up story that will boost my traffic (or whatever the … Continue reading 10 Ways To Help Baby Go Back To Sleep
Events like this just strike me out of the blue. To someone who isn't a parent, who has kids that are adults, or whose kids are newborns, it may not seem like a big deal. A child gave me his toy when I asked him if I could have it. So what? For me, as … Continue reading Today, My Son Gave Me His Toy For The First Time
I'm going to be honest about it - since the quarantine, my life hasn't changed all that much. I'm still at home, taking care of a very active toddler and doing my best to establish foundations of my online business. On top of all that, there has to be some time for my husband, too, … Continue reading Quarantine Routine: Working From Home With A Toddler
Well... this is something we honestly haven't anticipated when we pictured our son's first birthday! Viktor is turning one in a couple of weeks, so instead of a friendly gathering, we're going to be - just as many people around the globe - celebrating it in a very intimate family circle. Viktor, daddy, grandpa and … Continue reading Celebrating Children’s Birthday Party During Quarantine
Big update: I just published the audiobook version of my free book, Solid Food 101. If you were about to read this post, I think you’ll love it. Listen to it here: https://youtu.be/kE-u3qQamdQ For some parents, this may seem easier said than done! Getting a child to finish eating (and be satisfied with how much they've had) … Continue reading Getting A Young Child To Finish The Meal Without Bribe Or Punishment
For my family, since my son has been born, sleeping separately has never been an option - mostly because we've never had an extra room to put him in. After a couple of months into motherhood, I've noticed that there's a trend of separating babies in a different room. I often wonder why that is, … Continue reading Benefits Of Baby Sleeping In Your Room
It's a crazy, scary world out there - and no matter how much we love our families or enjoy spending time away from offices, in warmth of our homes - when it hits us that we don't know when or how this will all end, it can hit pretty hard. What matters most during this … Continue reading How To Nurture Your Mental Health During Isolation
Last month, I wrote about our general attitude about screen time - we allow it in moderate amounts, and we control the content our almost 1-year old is exposed to. This time, I'd like to share the only three channels we currently allow our child to watch and why they're beneficial. Remember: screen time should … Continue reading 3 YouTube Channels That Won’t Destroy Your Children [And Will Do Some Good]