Proven ways to keep bees, spiders, ants, birds & other pests away from your backyard swing set

Honey bee sitting on wood

Adding a play set or swing set to your yard can be an amazing gift for your kids.

It turns what would otherwise be a decent space to run around into a magical place to have adventures each and every day!

But play sets, being outside 24/7, can easily become infested or overrun with pests — that can make them no fun for your kids to play with, at best, and extremely dangerous, at worst.

So how do you deal with pests? What’s the best way to keep bees, spiders, ants, and other bugs away from your swing set area?

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Baby Monitor vs Webcam: Differences, Pros & Cons Explained

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As much as you want to, it’s almost impossible to be with your baby every second of every day.

Baby monitors have long been the go-to for parents that need to keep an eye (or an ear) on their baby when they aren’t in the same room.

However, nowadays, webcams or regular smart cameras (like home security cameras) have recently become an enticing option for keeping tabs on your baby.

In this article, I want to break down the differences between a baby monitor vs a webcam or other camera and help you decide which one is right for you.

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Baby Bottle vs Sippy Cup: Why They’re Not The Same And When To Switch

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When you bring a new baby home from the hospital, priority number one is figuring out how to feed it.

Formula-fed babies will need plenty of bottles handy, and even breastfed babies will need a few available… at least so mom can have a break every now and then!

Shortly before your baby turns 1, she’ll transition to a sippy cup, but why?

You might be wondering — why can’t a baby just keep using a bottle? And can babies just use sippy cups from the start? What’s the difference between a bottle vs sippy cup anyway?

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4 proven ways to remove rust from a metal swing set

Boy swinging on a chain swing set

A swing set for your backyard is no small investment.

Expect to pay (for a good one, at least) somewhere upwards of $1,000 for a fully feature play set with swings, slides, a fort, and more.

Your basic metal swing set can cost a bit less depending on where you buy it.

In any case, you’ll want yours to last until your kids outgrow it — but that might not happen if the metal components on your swing set starts to get eaten away by rust.

How do you prevent rust on a play set, and what’s the best way to remove rust from a metal swing set?

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The 46 Best Middle Names for Hazel

A brown haired girl

Baby Hazel is on the way…

Congratulations!

Not to put a fly in your ointment, but…

Have you decided on her middle name yet?

Picking a first name is hard, but it gets a lot of attention from new parents. The middle name is equally challenging but often gets pushed until the last minute.

So I’ve been creating my guides to picking a middle name, with lists of the best middle names for any first name.

Without any further ado, here are my favorite and the best middle names for a girl named Hazel.

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The 9 Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Arlington, VA

North Barton Street in Arlington VA
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Sometimes, okay maybe a lot of times, going out to eat with your kids can be anything but relaxing.

You just never know what to expect or how your kids will behave.

Choosing the right restaurant can mean all the difference between a pleasant eating out experience and an absolute disaster.

If you live in Arlington, Virginia, lucky for you, you have choices — there are a number of family-friendly restaurants in Arlington!

So what are the best kid-friendly restaurants in Arlington, VA?

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The 9 Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Marietta, GA

Marietta Square with shops and restaurants
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Do you tense up at the thought of going out to eat in public with your kids?

Don’t worry, every parent does at some point; you just never know how kids will react to the food or how they’ll behave.

That’s why choosing the right place to eat is so essential; where you go can make all the difference in your overall experience.

And if you live in Marietta, Georgia, consider yourself lucky — there are a bunch of great family-friendly restaurants in Marietta!

So what are the best kid-friendly restaurants in Marietta, GA?

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How to find a slug in your backyard with the kids

Slug on a rock

My 5-year-old daughter is on a serious nature kick.

We spend our days watching Nat Geo specials, finding funny animal videos on YouTube, and reading books about creatures from chickens and goats to lions and lizards.

Of course, nothing quite beats meeting different animals face to face in real life — so we like to go out looking for wildlife in our neighborhood whenever we can… even slimy slugs!

If you’re a parent to a budding nature explorer (or if you are one yourself), here’s my quick guide to how to find a slug in your backyard (or anywhere else).

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The 9 Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Athens, GA

Downtown Athens
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Going out to eat with your kids can be a risky endeavor.

You’re never quite sure how they’ll react to the food (or worse, how they’ll behave).

That’s why it’s super important to pick the right kind of restaurant if you’re going to chance it.

And if you live in Athens, Georgia, you’re in luck — there are tons of great family friendly restaurants in Athens!

So what are the best kid friendly restaurants in Athens, GA?

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Baby Wipes vs Wet Wipes: What’s the Difference?

different kinds of baby wipes and wet wipes
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With a baby on the way, now is the time to stock up on wipes.

You’ll be amazed at the number of wipes you go through in a day, heck, even just an hour!

They can:

  • Clean dirty butts and private parts
  • Wipe away spills
  • Remove excess Aquaphor or diaper cream
  • And be used to clean up pretty much anything in your house!

There are so many different types of wipes out there though, that it’s understandable that it can get confusing. Do you need baby wipes? Wet wipes? What’s the difference?

In this article, I want to break down the differences between baby wipes vs. wet wipes and help you decide which one is right for you; and it might be both!

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