With just 2 weeks left until my due date things are getting a little crazy around here. We've already had one false alarm where we thought maybe Baby Girl was coming a little too early. Thankfully she's stayed put a while longer but the false alarm (and the fact that my first baby came fast and early) made me realize I really need to get things in gear and be prepared! I'm so relieved to have my baby girl's nursery completely finished and ready to welcome her home but now I need to get myself and my hospital bags ready to dash out the door if necessary. With my first baby I definitively over packed so this time around I've scaled it down to the things I really will use and yet I like to be well prepared so I didn't go completely minimalist. Here's a look at what I have in my ready-to-go hospital bag the second time around and some tips for packing a hospital bag for yourself.
We keep life pretty low key these days. With 3 little ones, a week can easily fly by just watching the babies and going to the park. We also like to visit Nana's house and see friends. I enjoy life as a stay at home mom, even if it seems very baby saturated and I'm lucky if I'm able to eat a full meal due to all the interruptions. My sister-in-law recently joked that once you finish serving the kids their food, they've already finished eating and need to be wiped, and your own dinner is already cold. Yep. If you're a mom you can probably relate. I know these days won't last forever and will actually fly by pretty quickly, so I'm soaking up the sweet moments with my babies. We mix it up, you should definitely try my Pumpkin Spice smoothie recipe featured below!
I've been cloth diapering for 4 years now. I've run the full cycle, from putting teeny tiny cloth diapers on my newborn with every riser row possible snapped together, all the way through potty training my toddlers. I've washed more than a hundred loads of cloth diapers; stripped my cloth diapers, deep cleaned them, and bleached my cloth diapers in the sun. I've dressed my kids with cloth pull ups at night, used cloth diapers as Eco-friendly swim diapers, and used a cute cloth diaper cover in the place of bloomers under my baby's dress. Cloth diapers are very universal and pretty awesome for saving money and living an Eco-conscious lifestyle. Here are five of my personal perks for using cloth diapers!
Can you believe it's already September? Our family is enjoying the brisk weather and we have already picked out some pumpkins from Nana's pumpkin patch! Our biggest pumpkin is bigger than my little 8 month old! Time goes so fast! What are you excited to do with your family this fall? I love some of our traditions; baking muffins, going to the pumpkin patch, and enjoying that first pumpkin spice latte. Yum!
If your kids have ever watched the Disney show Sofia the First, you probably know all about Princess Sofia, Princess Amber, and Prince James. This royal sibling trio go on many adventures and get into lots of mischief with their bunny pal Clover and other animal friends. One episode of Sofia the First specifically stood out in my daughter's mind when we made "breakfast for dinner" the other day. My 4 year old requested Sofia the First Goldenberry Pancakes, which Princess Sofia makes to celebrate her adopted twin siblings Amber and James' birthday. Of course to properly enjoy Goldenberry Pancakes, she had to dress up as Princess Sofia and make her own magical amulet, which Princess Sofia promised her dad she would never take off.
Speaking of sparkly necklace pendants and Sofia the First, don't miss the steals featured below that I found on Groupon! This post is sponsored by Groupon Goods.
Busy moms have so many daily activities, but that doesn't change the fact that we all want comfortable and stylish athletic wear that is versatile enough to wear to yoga class, dropping the kids off at school, and back to our home office. UnderCover WaterWear makes a line of easy, comfy, and versatile fitness apparel that is ideal for working out, jogging, biking, or swimming and it looks like casual street attire. UnderCover WaterWear and the UCFit line of clothing includes stylish leggings, full zip-up tops, and long skirts among other colorful and eye-catching designs.
These frozen berry yogurt sticks are delicious and pretty healthy too! My kids gobbled them up and have since asked me to make them again. If your kids love berries and yogurt, these are a perfect snack to replace more sugar-filled popsicles and ice pops. If you have berry bushes, you can also use the fresh berries that your kids help pick from your own backyard!
The FDA recently ruled that companies will have a year to take antibacterials out of their soap products. Soap has come a long way from serving the primarily purpose of washing and cleanliness. Fun and sparkly soaps are available everywhere from many favorite companies. Just last weekend my daughter wanted me to buy her sparkly glitter soap from our favorite body product mall store, Bath and Body Works. Not only do these colorful soaps smell divine, available in any fragrance imaginable, they also contain chemicals labeled as "antibacterial". The primary component Triclosan is used in 93 percent of antibacterial or antimicrobial liquid products, at least 2,000 different products according to the FDA. All that is about to change in the next year.
We made these beautiful butterfly sun catchers to catch the summer rays. My 4 year old loved meticulously gluing the tissue paper shapes onto the card stock outline. She's into anything crafty, especially if she can do it herself!
My 4 year old LOVES school. She wants to go to school, she wants to play school, she wants me to pretend I'm picking her up at school. So when this first week rolled around, she was all too happy to waive goodbye to Summer Vacation and start school. Granted, our school routine involves 2 hours in the morning of singing, writing the letters of the alphabet, doing preschool worksheets, making kids' craft projects, and eating snacks. I'm pretty sure I have creative ADD, so my daughter gets to do way more crafty projects than the average kid probably does, even if I have to pay for it later with a mess to clean up. Regardless, the first day of school has never been so fun!
What did you think about the Disney Pete's Dragon live action remake? If you remember the childhood classic as well as I do, then you were probably excited to introduce your kids to this modern update of an old favorite kids' movie! Pete's Dragon is about a boy who finds a dragon who quickly becomes a friend, and all the adventures that ensue! To celebrate this classic Disney movie release, we've put together some kids' coloring pages, fun dragon paper puppet activity, and even a dragon-themed snack!
Easily print off these cute preschool coloring pages for your child. Click each thumbnail image to save the high resolution version of these cute preschool coloring pages.
Now that I am well into my third-trimester the "nesting" bug is in full force! I am desperate to have everything clean, organized, decorated and ready to go! I think I'm driving my husband nuts with our to do list :) Good thing he loves me and knows how to handle me. Obviously my baby girl's nursery is on the front of my mind these days. I wanted to give you all a little sneak peak tour of the nursery we've been preparing for our sweet girl! It's not "Pinterest perfect." It doesn't look like a high end designer baby girl nursery. It won't be featured in Baby Vogue (no I don't think that really exists). But we put our love, time, hard work and thought into creating a cozy, safe and beautiful space to care for our little girl and that's what is important. Being about a month out from my due date, it's nice to feel like everything is ready to welcome Baby Girl home! So without further ado... welcome to our Baby Girl's Nursery! Come on in, and I'll show you around.
Can you smell falling leaves and apple cider yet? Fall is just around the corner! I'm really looking forward to bundling up my kids, breaking out my favorite boots, and stomping through the leaves. A change in seasons isn't the only change, I have several friends who are anticipating welcoming a new baby this fall! I've taken the opportunity to put together some of my personal favorites that should be on your baby registry! Diapers.com offers a super easy option to build your baby registry easily with the Ultimate Checklist. It even organizes baby products by category, suggests quantities for each item, and checks off important baby registry items as you add them to your baby shower wish list. For new moms, this reduces a lot of the work of preparing for baby!
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When you have a baby, friends and family will give you all kinds of stuff. I've been overwhelmed in the past and watched as my house turned into Babyland. 4 years later, I still live in Babyland but I've learned how to identify what's essential and what things are just fun to have. Baby Essentials are things you'd use every day; Baby Extras are fun things to have.; hair bows and hats, cute shoes, dresses, room decor, and darling stuffed animals. Regardless of what you register for, there is sure to be a lot of stuff.
This morning started out with a bang, or should I say crash? Our patio umbrella completely shattered our glass patio table! So instead of going garage saleing to pick up some more baby boy sleepers, I spent an hour and half after our shattered patio table explosion with my husband vacuuming up glass shards out of our gravel. It happens, at least all our babies were safe. While we were at it, we also emptied the sand out of our inflatable kids swimming pool (also happens) and did some basic yard clean up. All in all a productive morning.
This post was sponsored by Groupon Coupons.
My kids ask for a snack about 200 times a day. Most often I give them cheese, yogurt, or a cracker, but I've been trying to get a bit more creative with snack time (or sneaking lunch into snack time). Fun and creative kids' snacks makes snack time or lunch more fun and encourages kids to try new foods. Here are some of the fun and healthy snacks for kids I've made recently that make fruit, cheese, and even veggies a lot more appealing for kids.
Enjoy the last days of summer before school starts with these fun fizzy soda ice popsicles. They are super easy to make and even easier to enjoy! You kids can help assemble them and drop in the fruit and gummy bears. The only hard part is waiting for them to freeze!
With 2 months to go until my due date and at least a month and half left of summer heat I am trying to thinking of all the ways my toddler and I can stay COOL! Let's be honest my favorite way to stay cool these days is sitting on the couch in my air-conditioned home eating ice cream. My toddler however LOVES to be outdoors. All. Day. Long. And I love that he loves to be outside, I want to encourage that as much as possible. He also LOVES water. Pools, puddles, drinking fountains, the bath tub, dumping his sippy cup, he'll do anything to play with water and get him self soaked. We don't have a pool and so we've had to some up with other creative water play ideas for toddlers that will keep my little man entertained and keep us both cooled off. Here are some of my favorite outdoor water play activities for toddlers!
My daughter and I recently attended a sweet baby shower celebrating a baby girl and we returned home with a single gold balloon. I put a loop in the string, instructed my daughter to hold onto it with all of her fingers, and told her several times if she let go, the balloon would fly away and we wouldn't be able to get it back. We arrived home, I held onto the balloon as we got out of the car, and then I looped it around my daughter's hand and let go. So far so good.
It took less than 3 steps towards the front door for my daughter to let go, and watch in devastation as her balloon rose freely into the sky. She immediately burst into tears, saying she "forgot to hold onto it" and a tiny piece of my mommy heart broke. She had done the thing we had guarded so carefully against; she had let go of her balloon. I had let go too, and the worst had happened. Thoughts immediately started going through my mind. "I shouldn't have let go," and "I could have spared her this disappointment."
I'm excited to show off my DIY wood wall art! At the end of last year I welcomed my first baby boy, inspiring some boy-themed nursery decor. After two rounds of baby girls, I had a lot of tutus and glitter. I wanted my little guy's nursery to be whimsical; my wood wall art isn't anything fancy, just simple and made with love. I took words from Proverbs and painted three slabs of wood with the message "Grow in Wisdom, Grace, Strength and Courage."