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Posted on 11/12/2019

5 Tips for a Cool & Calm Teething Baby

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This post is sponsored by Baby Orajel™. All opinions are mine alone and should not be considered medical advice.

Teething is one of the scariest times for new and veteran parents — when you don’t know what to do or how to help your little one feel better and get some rest it can be exhausting (emotionally and physically). Everyone has an opinion about what you should do too, but safety information is updated so frequently that you can’t always do what your friend, aunt or sister did. There are a few useful ways to help baby stay cool & calm safely though, and I’m sharing my favorites! Seriously, we just used these to reduce teething pain while on baby’s first flight and for our ceremony to renew our vows and my little Nora was a cool happy baby the whole time! Read more

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Posted on 11/07/2019

Holiday Gifts for Babies Ages 6-12 Months

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It’s amazing how much babies change from birth to their first birthday, not just in the full year, but with each month! So what might be a great gift for a newborn or 2-month-old isn’t really the best fit for babies ages 6-12 months who are already crawling and possibly toddling around. At this age, the best gifts for babies foster security and development as they become their own little independent person.

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Posted on 11/06/2019

The Adventurous Toddler Holiday Gift Guide

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If you’re a toddler parent, you already know this, but for those who aren’t: Not all toddlers like the same things. Mine is a jump in the mud puddles, play with trains, smile about animals, and kick up sand kind of toddler. He enjoys playing pretend with dolls and cars too, but it’s overall all about adventure and curiosity over here — exactly why his room fits this theme, too. So if you’re looking for holiday gifting ideas for a tot like mine, you’re reading the right post. Onward! Read more

Labyrinth king character and crystal ball
Posted on 10/29/2019

This Family’s Labyrinth Halloween Costumes Win the Internet

Halloween/ Home Page/ Life

It isn’t unusual for families to wear matching or themed costumes for Halloween and they’ve seriously upped their cool factor with realistic effects and outside the box concepts in recent years – like the ones mentioned in our 8 Clever Family Halloween Costumes post. But this family’s Labyrinth costume wins all the medals this year. Keep scrolling to see all the pics! Read more

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Posted on 07/21/2019

Outer Space Kids Room Design

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I’m not a fan of having characters on everything in my child’s room — I prefer themes that aren’t outgrown with each new movie that comes out. But I am a big fan of aspirational themes like this month’s kids room design — an outer space kids room for the little astronaut in your life. Keep reading for all the details! Read more

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Posted on 07/18/2019

My 4-Day Birth Story

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Like a lot of moms-to-be, I had a lot of expectations for my third birth. As a trained doula, I knew quite well that the only thing you can expect in birth is the unexpected, but I still put a lot of stock in the hope that this birth would give me closure to heal the trauma from previous experiences. I had to, it was my last pregnancy. Of course, nothing went as planned — in fact, a lot of things were quite the opposite — but this unplanned birth story turned out to be a good birth experience.
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Posted on 07/11/2019

Royal Woodland First Birthday

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To celebrate our son, Thayer, turning one we did a royal woodland birthday party theme. We have always enjoyed nature as a family and wanted to reflect that in his party. The magic of the forest and the beautiful creatures that roam it was the inspiration for our little prince’s big day with close friends and family.  My brother Jesse Le Vasseur did a wonderful job photographing the whole event.
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Posted on 06/26/2019

Simple Red, White and Blue Baked Berry S’mores

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Whenever I think about the 4th of July, fireworks always come to mind. I’ve been going to see them since I was a kid. I’d walk to a local lake with my family and all the other families (some first or second generation from places like India, Germany, China, Philippines, Taiwan and so on) then curl up in a blanket while I ate some snacks and waited for the nighttime fireworks to start. Though that city doesn’t host fireworks anymore, Bay Area families of all cultures still come together to gaze in wonder at the celebration of USA’s independence. I’ve taken my daughter to be a part of this tradition since she was a baby, but she usually fell asleep, so last year was her first July 4th fireworks show and the first time we could start a tradition to carry over this year — the July 4th snack. A fun S’mores spinoff to be exact. Keep reading for my July 4th family tradition, and an easy recipe the kiddos can help with (if they don’t eat all the ingredients first). Read more

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Posted on 06/15/2019

How to Host a Stress-Free Messy Playdate

Family/ Home/ Parties/ Toddler

Thank you Brawny® Tear-A-Square® for sponsoring this post. Think of all the ways you can “Put a Square There”!

Having kids means encountering a LOT of messes of all types and sizes. On a normal day, my 2-year-old son is both accidentally making messes and purposely pouring cups of juice and water on the floor, or in toys, just to watch what happens. My floor is pretty much always sticky. I try to encourage this exploration and hands-on learning to an extent, so I decided to host a messy playdate with some local mom’s group mamas. Giving toddlers, babies, and big kids an opportunity to make a huge mess within a safe space fosters learning, exploration, and fun without added stress on the parents! So how do you host one? Keep reading!
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