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Friday Five

I celebrated the end of 2014 on the sunny beaches of Marco Island, Florida getting in some last bits of rest and relaxation before 2015 came roaring in. It's hard to believe that I'm having a baby this year! With that in mind, I'm focusing on getting organized while I still have some free time to myself and soaking up these last months of alone time with my husband. Here are a few things that are making these days extra sweet.

Browsing these gorgeous free printable calendars.

Having fun putting together a baby registry.

Taking advantage of this sale--hurry, it ends Tuesday!

A maternity game changer: every pregnant woman needs a pair of these in her closet (fit and style up to you!).

Here's hoping your new year is off to a great start!

They say necessity is the mother of invention—and nothing makes you more inventive than motherhood.

Sometimes that means fashioning a diaper out of paper towels and your older child's underpants (true story). Sometimes that means creating an innovative and life-changing weighted baby sleep sack and totally crushing it on Shark Tank. Tara Williams is the latter.

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When it comes to getting a good night's sleep, there are many factors that, as a mama, are hard to control. Who's going to wet the bed at 3 am, how many times a small person is going to need a sip of water, or the volume of your partner's snoring are total wildcards.

One thing you can control? Tricking out your bed to make it as downright cozy as possible. (And in these times, is there anywhere you want to be than your bed like 75% of the time?)

I've always been a down comforter sort of girl, but after a week of testing the ridiculously plush and aptly named Snug Comforter from Sunday Citizen, a brand that's run by "curators of soft, seekers of chill" who "believe in comfort over everything," it's safe to say I've been converted.

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Our list of 100 baby names that should be on everyone's list this year includes more choices than in the past of names that are obscure and surprising. That's because there are so many more unusual baby names coming into widespread use and baby namers have become a lot more adventurous.

Expectant parents do not need to be told to move beyond Jennifer and Jason. Their thinking about names has evolved to the point that the most useful thing we can do is offer a large menu of intriguing choices.

Here are our picks for the 100 best surprising + unusual baby names now.


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