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Month: April 2016 (page 1 of 2)

You Want A Slow Cooker… Trust Me

If you’re a parent and you don’t have a loving relationship with a slow cooker, you’re missing out. Using a slow cooker – and planning my weekly meals – has made a huge difference in how we eat around here. I don’t know what I’d do without my crock pot! Continue reading

Review – Nixi Teething Jewelry

Isn’t it often the simplest things which we find we need the most? I mean, a teething necklace seems like such a no-brainer, and yet I just recently got one. It has made such a difference!

When I wake up in the morning I put my Ellisse necklace on. I wear it constantly and my daughter loves it. What was originally a thoughtful Christmas present from my sweet husband has turned into one of the top items I use as a stay-at-home mom.  Continue reading

Breastfeeding is the Best! A List of Endearing Quirks

I absolutely adore breastfeeding. It is the most difficult thing I’ve ever done, and one of the most rewarding. It’s messy and relaxing and invigorating and exhausting, all at the same time. And like most great stuff, it has its quirks. Continue reading

I Hope She’s Not My Last

All parents know the feeling of watching their children grow up too fast. Last night my husband and I sat on the couch while the kids slept, looking at photo streams of Kiddo when he was a baby. I was so overcome with pride and sorrow that I was sobbing and laughing. I love him so, and he truly is growing up too fast. Even though he went bald and looked like a little wrinkly baby monk!

I feel a tightening in my heart when I think that I may never be pregnant again. It’s too early to tell, of course; Tiny is only six months old today (OMG wait what? Oh nooo), so we wouldn’t really be actively trying for another year or so. Still, to think that my days of being pregnant are over, makes my heart ache and brings tears to my eyes. Continue reading

Helping Your Child Through Nightmares and Night Terrors

As your child grows and develops, they will inevitably have some wakeful nights. As a parent, I hate nothing more than being helpless against my child’s struggles. Here’s how to tell between nightmares and night terrors, and some tips to help you all get back to sleep. Continue reading

Review – Medela Pump In Style Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump

I can still hear that whirring sound sometimes if I think about it… And Simon and Garfunkel singing “hello darkness my old friend…” I pumped for over a year and a half for my first child; my breast pump was constantly with me. I must have spent hours upon hours with this thing – lugging it everywhere, washing parts multiple times a day, measuring milk… and my son’s life would be vastly different without the nourishment I provided by pumping. Get the scoop on a highly experienced mama’s review of the Medela Pump In Style Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump. Continue reading

I Wish My Kids Could Have Known Her

My grandma was hilarious. She was feisty, quick-witted, selfless, and slightly vulgar. She passed away on Pentecost Sunday last year and I miss her all the time. How great it would have been for my kids to get to know and love her as I did.  Continue reading

My Test Drive with Cloth Wipes

I have braved cloth diapers for the last four months, but up until now have been leery about trying cloth wipes. Making a solution, hanging them up to dry… it just seemed like more work than it was worth.

Now that I have been using cloth wipes for a few weeks, I wanted to let you know how it is going! Read on for a newbie’s perspective on cloth wipes, as well as some tips I have learned along the way. Continue reading

Say Cheese! Baby Photo Timeline

Once I became a mom, I sheepishly realized that I had no idea when to do baby photos! Trust me, your littles are gonna grow so fast that you want to capture every stage! Here is my recommendation on the best times to schedule those precious photo shoots!

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Our Daily Schedule – Balancing Two Kids

I had a huge undertaking this past summer when I made the decision to be a stay-at-home mom. I had to make up a schedule for my toddler and newborn baby, and somehow entertain them (not to mention keep them fed, clean and rested). It’s taken us a little while to settle into a routine, but now it’s awesome! And I promise you, kids need a routine. Check out what we do during the week to stay healthy, clean, rested… and sane. Continue reading

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