Parenting with the Magic Number 5

The Secret to Building a Great Relationship with your Child

Have you heard of the golden ratio of 5:1?

Turns out that this is the ratio that determines whether you have a positive or negative relationship with someone in your life.

I know I DEFINITELY want to have a positive parenting relationship with my child, and I bet you do too!

What makes 5 so special?

Well, it turns out that parents are human.Peaceful Parenting

If you’re like me, you try your best to be a good mom which includes being loving, patient, kind, and empathetic.  All qualities that I hope my daughter learns by watching me.

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Teething Naturally: The Best Natural Ways to Relieve Teething Discomfort

Awesome Natural Teething Solutions Every Sorta Crunchy Mom Needs

Even before you become a parent you hear the dreaded T word: TEETHING.

You may not know what it really means, but you do know that it seems to drive the parents to drink (multiple cups of coffee), and turns a normally pleasant child into a raving dictator who just cannot be appeased.

Then you have your own child.

And you see the true torture that is a teething child.

As miserable as you are dealing with your suffering baby (and yes, teething does start that early in case you’re still in the non-parent camp) it’s so much worse knowing that they are in so much pain!

We all hate to see our children in pain.  It cuts us to the core.

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6 Tips for Breastfeeding Success

Breastfeeding Success Tips

I know that breastfeeding, formula use, and pumping can bring out the most passionate of mommy wars.

I mean, we all want what’s best for our babies and family so, of course there will be strong opinions on this topic.

I’ve done all three (with the same baby, too!) .  I would love to share my experience and tips with you if you would like to breastfeed your baby but are struggling right now.

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5 Ways to Make Flying with Your Toddler Bearable

We recently took a family trip with Little Miss which involved quite a bit of flying.  We hadn’t taken her on a plane since she started walking and I was more than a little bit concerned how she would do sitting on my lap for such a long time now that she was a toddler (we had 2 flights, one of which was 5 hours long!).  Luckily, my aunt used to be a flight attendant and had lived in Hawaii when my cousin was little so she knew just what to suggest to keep Little Miss entertained!

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The Sound of Silence

Well, hello again!  Alexis here.  I’m so sorry for the long hiatus, geez!  I can’t believe June was the last time we had a blog post!  Let me catch you up on the long break.


It’s been a busy time for our little family!  This summer we started searching for our new home as the home we were living in was just getting a bit too snug now that Little Miss was here. The more mobile she got (and the more toys/gadgets we had) the smaller our two-bedroom townhouse felt.  So, it was time to move!

We started house hunting at the end of the summer.  Nothing really jumped out at us and we weren’t quite ready to sign on the dotted line anyways.  Summer turned to fall and we thought that we would have to wait for the spring to find our new home.  But, no!  The perfect family home came on the market and was just what we were looking for!  We jumped on it and started the home buying and moving process (much easier to type that than to actually do it!)


In the midst of all of this craziness, my laptop went kaput.  So, yes, every update, Facebook post, etc.  since about August has been done through my smartphone (thank goodness for these mini computers in our purses/pockets!).  It definitely was a band-aid to get me through but not the most ideal situation.

Then, next thing I knew, it was Little Miss’ first birthday!  So, there were parties to be had and cakes to make for smashing.   And then, of course, Thanksgiving was upon us with Turkeys to cook and pies to eat.  All fun things but the time has definitely gotten away from me!

Now we are (mostly) all settled in our new home and I have a new computer to make running Mamma in Pearls a much easier process.  Thanks for sticking with me through the silence and I’ll have some fun new things to share with you very soon!



Why I Don’t Mind Getting Up at Night

One of the top questions everyone loves to ask a mom with a new baby is: “How is Baby sleeping for you?  Is s/he sleeping through the night?”

This question may send you into a panic if your baby isn’t sleeping through the night yet.  This is especially true if the question comes from your pediatrician.

At nearly 8 months in to this parenting gig, my baby (usually) doesn’t sleep through the night and I’m more than ok with it.  Let me tell you why and maybe help you feel better about your baby’s sleeping habits.

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