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Dana grew up in Indiana and attended Indiana University, where she met her husband, Max. Following graduation, they moved to Chicago and then Madison, WI, where they welcomed their son, Theodore a.k.a. Teddy, in October of 2011, before settling back in Indianapolis and having their daughter, Marlowe in January 2016. Dana is a former science teacher and children’s and family yoga instructor. She has a passion for health, education, home renovation, donuts, and all things mom. In her free time she enjoys exploring all that Indy has to offer with her family. For more of her ramblings, you can visit her personal blog danajump.wordpress.com
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Traveling with Kids: 8 Tips to Help You Survive

Traveling with kids is kind of the opposite of what traveling before kids was like. Pre-kids, the idea of jetting off to a tropical destination was thrilling and relaxing. Doing it with a child,...

When Dad Is Not the Default Parent: How He Still Made All the Difference

My husband is an incredible father and partner. He’s kind, patient, and one of the most intelligent people I know. He doesn’t raise his voice a fraction of what I do and when our...

Celebrating Heroic Moms This Mother’s Day, Part II {Sponsored by Northwestern Mutual}

When you talk to Amy Adams, you can’t help but smile. She has one of those contagiously energetic and upbeat personalities and I could sense her positive disposition immediately, even through the phone. You’d...

What My Mom Taught Me About Motherhood

I talk to my mom on the phone nearly daily right now. Seeing as I’m in the thick of motherhood, staying home with my 4-year-old son and 3-month-old daughter, our conversations often turn to...
Why a Four Year Age Difference in Siblings Rocks by Indianapolis Moms Blog

Family Planning: Why A Four Year Age Gap Rocks

I want to preface this by saying that obviously a four year age gap is all I know. There are a multitude of reasons why people space their children apart as they do, some...

7 Tips for Surviving the Postpartum Baby Blues

The day after I had my first baby while still in the hospital, my OB came in to check on me and see how I was recovering. She asked a few questions and talked about...

St. Patrick’s Day: Before Kids Vs. After

It's no secret that life changes drastically when you have kids, but perhaps one of the biggest changes is how you celebrate certain holidays, such as St. Patrick's Day. The following are a few...

8 Tips for Visiting A New Mom

Okay, so I'm not exactly a "new" mom, seeing my oldest is now 4, and had I written this then it would have been more along the lines of "STAY. AWAY. and send coffee,...

A Healthy Treat the Whole Family Will Love: McCabe’s Granola

(Disclosure: Indianapolis Moms Blog received product or payment in exchange for this review; however, all opinions shared are those of the contributor who wrote them.) When my son was 10 months old, he was diagnosed...

Why Are We Still Talking About Screen Time?

It’s happened again. Another well-meaning mom’s post about the negative effects of screen time has gone viral. You know the one—a mother keeps track of how many times her children look to her for...

Bringing Home Baby {The Baby Stuff You Actually Need}

When I was pregnant with my son four years ago, I was over-prepared. Or so I thought. The nursery was painted and decorated long before his arrival, fancy baby clothes hung in his closet, the...
5 Reasons I Don't Want Visitors When My Baby is Born by Indianapolis Moms Blog

5 Reasons I Don’t Want Visitors When Baby Is Born

A little over four years ago, my husband and I made the early morning drive to the hospital where I would give birth to our son later that day. I didn’t text or call...

5 Ways I Manage My Time Differently Now That I’m a Parent {Dr. Smith’s...

I never realized how much time I actually had pre-children until after they were here. The idea that I ever used the phrase “I don’t have time” before my son was born is laughable...

Pregnant and Quitting Pinterest

Like many women, my second pregnancy has been vastly different from my first. Yes there are more aches and pains, yes, my belly got bigger a lot sooner, and yes, I now have zero...
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