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Brittney Baumgartner

My name is Brittney, and I love to write about motherhood. All the way from runny noses to neurosurgeon appointments!

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Beauty: No Smudge Lip Stains!

You may have seen these lip stains trending on Facebook, as have I! 

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Quick and Easy Beef Vegetable Soup

Although it has taken the weather longer than usual to cool down, we are finally…

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DIY “At Home” Teeth Whitener

With a wedding coming up in less than a month, you could say I had very little to…

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What’s in my bag?

As I promote my new title to 'Mommy of two', I also began my hunt for toddler…

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Fashion, Special Needs

From Doctor Appointments to Date Nights

Here in the Hinkley household date nights may come few and far between, but when…

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Health & Beauty

Complete my look: In ten minutes or less!

Ever since we received Oliver's diagnosis, life has been a never ending show…

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Special Needs, Surveys

Is Breast Really Best… for Everyone?

When you welcome your newborn into the world, you are also opening the door to advice…

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Due Date

As the last days being a family of four dwindle down in the Hinkley residence, you…

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Life Hacks

Life hacks can sure come in handy when working with our children's equipment.…

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The Learning Game

The first year of your child's life is always a learning game. Getting to know…

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The curiosity of a new wheelchair

Well ladies and gentlemen, we are officially into one month of owning Oliver's…

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The Guilt of a Second Child

He is a thriving yet rambunctious two year old! Aaron and I were never discouraged…

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Bringing Therapy Home

Many of us are familiar with therapy and services that may be offered for our children…

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Finding Comfort in Communities

Finding yourself a part of a new community can be exciting, nerve wrecking, and filled…

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Raising kids with special needs - the popularity contest

I have seen a rise in stories on the news regarding kids and teens with special needs…

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Special needs parenting - the daycare dilemma

In Oliver's first year of life, Aaron and I found it easy to put outings and…

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The ups and downs of the second pregnancy

When Aaron and I had announced that we were expecting another baby together after…

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Finally . . . A diagnosis to cross off our list

Good news for the Hinkley household... We can finally cross one diagnosis off our…

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Spina Bifida ‘Higher Risk’ doesn’t scare us!

Update, update, read all about it! 

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First wheelchair equals independence for my child with special needs

The inevitable has now hit the Hinkley residence. We have officially begun the procedure…

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New Year’s resolutions from a special needs parent

New Year’s resolutions used to be weight loss, less junk food, and other personal…

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Raising kids with special needs: Fighting the battle

As a parent to a cute, loving little boy with special needs I understand all the…

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A Month of Special Needs Parenting

If you have kept up with our blogs about Oliver, than you know what a busy month…

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When Social Media Becomes Too Much… - Raising a child with a Disability

Before social media, we usually called, sent a text, letter or even an email to the…

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Thank You for Seeing My Son for Him

When Oliver was diagnosed with spina bifida, Aaron and I knew that we would soon…

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Just Brace Bumps or Something Sinister? - Raising a Child with Special Needs

16 months in, and I can not help but look back at the previous year and a half.

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Thank You For Being the Best Big Brother - Raising Children with Disabilities

From the day I met you, I knew you had an enormous amount of strength. You introduced…

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“It’s Okay, You Can Ask” - Raising Children with Disabilities

As my son gets around in his wheelchair, I can see you looking. I even catch you…

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How I Teach my Son to be Independent - Raising Children with Disabilities

How do I teach my son to be independent when he's so dependent on me?  Although…

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The Doctor Said My Choices were Abortion or A Child with No Quality of Life. He Was Very Wrong.

When your child receives a diagnosis, you first find yourself in a dark hole. I refused…

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