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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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Posted on 06/06/2019

12 Tips for Berry Picking at a You-Pick Farm

Adventure/ Big Kid/ Birthing/ Family/ Food/ Preschooler/ Toddler

Now that we’re officially in summer, the you-pick (or U-Pick) farms are open for the season! Some already have peaches, strawberries, and blueberries available, while others offer a variety of cherries and other fruits later in the season. Though every farm has its own rules, there are some universal tips for taking the family out for a day of fruit picking. Before you head out for a basket of berries, keep reading. Read more

Boy playing with truck set between the shared kids room spaces
Posted on 02/18/2019

Bohemian Wilderness Themed Baby & Toddler Shared Room

Baby/ Design/ Home/ Toddler

While nesting in preparation for Nora’s Birth, I decided to convert my office into a shared room for Nora and River. Though it’s a fairly small room, the long layout allows each kiddo to have their own side, as well as a shared space to play in. River’s side of the room is all about adventure in the mountain wilderness while Nora’s side of the room is airy bohemian florals. It really came together nicely and is one of my favorite rooms in the house.
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Posted on 12/13/2018

Useful Gifts for Baby’s 1st Christmas

Baby/ Baby & Little Kid/ Being Mama/ Family/ Holidays/ Pregnancy

This year, skip the “First Christmas” ornament and gift families a few things they’d really need for their little one instead. Our list of useful gifts for new families will take the guesswork out of what to gift for both December newborns and older babies about to experience Christmas for the first time. From gorgeous gift sets to travel essentials, these items are sure to be a hit for the parenting journey ahead. Read more

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Posted on 08/14/2018

3 Reasons Teething Necklaces are a Must for New Parents

Baby/ Being Mama/ Breastfeeding

This teething post is brought to you by QALO and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Teething isn’t fun for anyone — babies and toddlers are extra tired, cranky, clingy and in pain when teething and parents are simply emotionally and physically exhausted. But there are a few things you can do to ease the discomfort for everyone, like wearing teething jewelry. Here are a few reasons you may want to pick up some teething jewelry of your own, whether you’re a mom or a dad. Read more

Korea-parenting
Posted on 07/26/2018

7 Things We Can Learn from Parents Around the World

Being Mama/ Family

The world of parenting is full of judgment — People making comments if you breastfeed, people making comments if you bottle feed, etc. But instead of focusing on what we don’t like about another parent’s choices, maybe it’s time to look at the things we can learn from one another! Here are 7 things we can learn from parents around the world. Read more

playing panda doctor app on  Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids tablet loaded with Amazon FreeTime Unlimited
Posted on 03/28/2018

Why It’s OK That My Daughter Missed Spring Camp This Year

Adventure/ Art Time/ Big Kid/ Family

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

For some, Spring Break means more sleep, family vacation or kids camp. For me, it means figuring out how to entertain my 1-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter while building my business, working on deadlines and attempting to not let the mom guilt consume me because the work seems never-ending (but I also do all of the jobs for this website and Navigating Postpartum, so there’s that). I was all set to sign Savannah up for a 4-day camp to get a little bit more time during her 2-week break from school when she protested, saying how much she hates camp. Ugh. I don’t know if it was the mom guilt or how much I love to save money . . . but I let her stay home. The good news? I learned some more reasons I’m thankful for the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids tablet loaded with Amazon FreeTime Unlimited and that it’s OK for her to miss camp! Here are some ways the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids tablet has helped us during the break so far, and why I’m OK with S not being at camp. Read more

drinking birthday Starbucks drink
Posted on 08/15/2017

Over 30 Birthday Rewards You Need to Get

Family/ Parent Life/ Social Time

OK, mom and dad, it’s time to acknowledge your birthday with more than just a family dinner out at a local restaurant. Celebrate your birth month again! Make a big deal of your birthday with a different reward each day during your Bday month by signing up for the free food, store and activity programs below. Feel loved & appreciated — you deserve it!

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