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Amber Stiles is currently a Stay-at-Home-Mother of two beautiful girls. She is a recovering mommy blogger who started her journey in 2009 when her first daughter was born and she needed a place to commiserate. She took some time off, and changed a few sites but is back at home on her original family blog, Backwards Life. Amber was born in the Deep South but considers herself a New Jersey native. Over the past few years she has learned to take it easy on herself and other parents. Amber believes it’s important to share your ideas, shortcomings, and successes with those around you. She’s grown into her own as a mother and is now ready to share her abilities with the masses.

Ideas For Family Activities To Beat Summer Boredom


It’s that time of year again. Schools are wrapping up their curriculum and teachers are packing up their classrooms. Some schools have already let out for summer! Your children are about to have entire days wide open and free. Questions arise. Whatever will I do with them all day? Do I send them off […]

Why Moms Blog

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Why start a blog? Well, I started my blog, Backwards Life, after my first daughter was born. I had been writing online in some fashion since I was 19, but those had all been private accounts on services like LiveJournal. Once I had a baby to talk about 24/7, I decided to start a […]

Bond With Your Baby Using Sign Language

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My daughter is almost 3 months old. We’re out of that dreamy newborn stage and starting to think towards the future. Not that far down the road, just the first year or so. This is my second child…and for the life of me I don’t remember what we did last time to communicate. I […]

Support The March Of Dimes To Prevent Premature Birth

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Premature birth is a serious problem. It can effect entire families for a lifetime. Babies born too early are sometimes met with huge hurdles to overcome before they’re strong enough to survive on their own. Parents of preemies are thrown into a cycle of fear and waiting. The NICU is a terrifying place that […]

Parenting By Using Your Instincts Rather Than Books

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Parenting is hard work. Everyone tells you that, but most don’t go into the important details. Sure, they’ll wax poetic about lack of sleep or give WAY too TMI about poop, but what about all the decisions that you make? Hundreds of small, seemingly unimportant, decisions you make daily; how to feed your child, […]

How To Plan A Family Road Trip

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Last weekend we ventured out on our first ever road trip as a family…and our first trip as a family of 4. I was seriously nervous traveling just 5 hours away with a 3 year old and a newborn. My toddler gets carsick from time to time and the baby needs to eat every […]

Unique Easter Ideas For Your Kids

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Easter for my family has always been about pretty frilly dresses, colored egg hunts, CHOCOLATE, and photos with Mr. Bunny himself. I’d love to create some special memories and traditions with my children. Here are a few ways unique to celebrate the holiday:

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Easter in Jammies – Instead of […]

Potty Training Using Positive Reinforcement

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My daughter just turned three and we thought she’d be in diapers forever. Not really, but sometimes it seemed that way. We had tried to potty train her at 18 months and she was all for it, but not mature enough to “hold it.” We tried again around two-years-old and it was a NO […]

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day With The Kids

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Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! On Saturday, March 17, 2012 you get to don your favorite green attire and share in the luck of the Irish. As a mother with a young child I fully intend to play along while we eat, play, and learn all things leprechaun. Here are some fun family […]

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