baby in fox onesie playing with toys
Posted on 02/08/2018

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing a Childcare

This conversation is sponsored by KinderCare

I remember the dread I felt when I got my first big job after my daughter was born. I was thrilled to be chosen for such an amazing job, and so quickly, but terrified by the idea of placing my daughter in childcare. After all, where you place your child can make a huge difference in your work life AND home life. Now that she’s older and I have another little one that will need occasional care soon, I have a list of questions to ask myself that I think are important for every parent to ask before deciding on a child care provider.  Read more

Posted on 01/29/2018

My Closet’s Amazing Transformation for the New Year

Design/ Home

Before kids, I was one of those Type-A hyper-organized people who never forget a thing and went around reminding others of their own schedule. Everything in my apartment was in a certain place and super clean. After kids? I spend about 10 minutes looking for my car keys before I need to go somewhere — sometimes they’re under the ice cream in the freezer. I’m lucky if just one room in my home has some sense of organization, and to be honest, it really affects how organized or chaotic my mommy brain is at any given time. So to start the year with some sort of sanity, I’ve worked hard — OK, my husband did most of the work — to create a space just for me that can stay relatively organized and clean. Well, except for when my 11-month-old tears it apart while I attempt to shower for the day. But all-in-all this closet transformation is a win. Read more

Looking at front porch package
Posted on 01/24/2018

5 Easy Ways You Can Prevent Package Theft

Ordering birthday presents, holiday treats, and even everyday essentials online has become fairly common in most family homes, but there’s always the risk of someone stealing it all from your front porch. Package theft isn’t just a huge problem during the holidays, it happens to families year-round. Since I work from home and receive a lot of work-related packages in addition to things I’ve ordered for the home I can’t afford to have something stolen, so I’ve learned a few ways to prevent package theft that should help your family too. Read more

holding up parent's choice diaper
Posted on 01/11/2018

4 Diaper Tips Every Parent Should Know

Being Mama/ Being Mama

Sometimes getting ready to go somewhere with the baby can feel like packing for a week-long trip. There’s the extra clothes, the teethers, the car toys, the backup toys for when we get to our destination, the water cup, the blanket, the stroller, the backpack… and let’s not forget diapers and wipes! So how do you do it all without forgetting the diapers? Here’s my secret to staying organized in the chaos of mommy brain. Read more

smiling at fox clothes flatlay
Posted on 12/30/2017

5 Fox Themed Baby Items You’ll Want to Buy for All Your Pregnant Friends

Being Mama/ Kiddo Style/ Pregnancy/ Style

I am a paid Gerber Childrenswear ambassador and this is a sponsored post. All opinions are honest and mine alone. Photos: Joy Lifestyle Photography.

Fox themed baby items are everywhere right now (and I think you’ll see more of them in 2018). Without realizing it, I bought River a little fox Christmas toy as well as a hooded blanket and stuffed animal! So when my Gerber Childrenswear Brand Ambassador onesies arrived in the mail I was stoked to see that they were fox themed and have cool 3-D pieces and textures! You might know Gerber Childrenswear from the plain white onesies used at baby showers for everyone to decorate, but the brand has so much more available, including several new lines in partnership with Target, like the fox onesies I got! Keep reading to check it all out! Read more

melissa and baby logan
Posted on 12/07/2017

My First Year Postpartum: Battling Food Intolerance and sleeplessness

Being Mama/ Breastfeeding/ Postpartum

When you have a baby, you’ll realize very quickly that everyone has an opinion and they aren’t afraid to share it with you. What they don’t tell you, however, is what those first few months of postpartum are really like. This lack of disclosure creates a lot of confusing emotions post-baby. Your emotions are such a roller coaster and you often feel alone, both physically and mentally. My story has several elements that resulted in a fairly tough journey.
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Posted on 11/30/2017

How Amazon’s Fire HD 8 Kids Tablet Reduces Holiday Stress

Holidays/ Life/ Wellness

This post was sponsored by Amazon, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

This time of year is stressful. If you’re not in a time crunch with different parts of your life all demanding something at the same time, it could be that this time of year stirs up sad feelings or that you get anxiety around large crowds and it seems like your town suddenly has twice as many people everywhere you go. Everyone has something different that pulls on them a little bit this time of year, so why let the holidays be even more stressful? Instead, keep reading for a few tips on how to cut down your family’s holiday stress so you can all actually enjoy the festivities together. Read more

hanging up Christmas ornaments
Posted on 11/28/2017

3 Tips for Christmas Tree Decorating With a Curious Baby

Holidays/ Life

It’s tradition for my family to decorate the tree together just after Thanksgiving. I normally bring out a bin of ornaments we’ve used over the years as well as a few sentimental ones we’ve picked up since being married and having kids. But this year is a little different — we have a super inquisitive crawling baby — so we’re using a few new tips for a safe family Christmas tree.

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