When we moved into our home we loved that it came with a nice loft. But even though the open space made for a fantastic play area for the kids, it was the first thing anyone saw when they walked up the stairs. Keeping the space clean with a tornado for a toddler and mini teenager wasn’t easy and I really needed a space to meet with clients or sit at a desk and work so we decided to transform the loft into a functional office space with room for the kids to play while I work. It’s going to be a long design process, but I’m so excited to share the first steps! Read more
It’s almost Mother’s Day and you’re still not sure what to get that amazing mom in your life who takes care of the kids, gets work done, and still manages to be a functioning member of society. She deserves some appreciation, right?! Well, all mom really wants for Mother’s Day is for you to show her that you love & appreciate her . . . OK and maybe for some peaceful sanity saving “me time.” All of the gifts below fit this perfectly! Keep reading for this year’s must-see Mother’s Day Gift Guide and to enter the giveaway valued at $1,000! Read more
My grandfather put a lot of work into the floral landscape around his home. It was honestly the most beautiful home garden I’d ever seen and inspired me to try my hand at gardening. But it turns out that I’m not a very good gardener. Unless my outdoor plants are connected to a drip system they’re probably going to dry up. So instead, I keep plants inside the house! How do I do this with kids ranging from ages 1-7? Well, there are 3 ways to safely bring indoor plants to the family home. Keep reading! Read more
Between the toys and aftermath of playtime, a kiddo’s room can look messy fairly easily — especially if the room space isn’t optimized or organized. Here, you’ll find some great items that will help to maximize the space in your kids’ room(s) and just might keep things organized, too. Plus, they’re pretty cute! Read more
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
Both of my kiddos have sensitive skin, so I’m no stranger to diaper rash and how bad it can get. Here, I’m sharing a few of my favorite tips for treating diaper rash and preventing future instances. Read more
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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
Babies go through a lot of clothes in their first year, so how do you keep it all organized? Between baby showers, growth spurts and hand-me-downs you definitely need to have a system in place. Keep reading for my tips on organizing baby’s clothes in the first year.
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
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