Family

06.29.22

The Best Birthday Gifts and Toys for 2 Year Olds

My second baby isn’t a baby anymore. Kate is two! I’ve shared the …

My second baby isn’t a baby anymore. Kate is two! I’ve shared the best toys for 2 year olds before, but I’ve learned a lot the last two years. And as a mom of two (and one who’s gone through this stage twice) I want to share some of the …

Organization

06.10.22

Toy Organization: How to Declutter and Store Toys

When you become a parent, slowly but surely, the kids’ toys begin to …

When you become a parent, slowly but surely, the kids’ toys begin to take over your home. I don’t want to be dramatic and call it one of the biggest challenges of parenthood but when you have little kids, it can feel like a lot. Pikler climbers, bounce houses (why …

Entertaining

06.08.22

Pink Dinosaur Birthday Party Inspiration

I was sure I’d be planning an Encanto or Toy Story birthday this …

I was sure I’d be planning an Encanto or Toy Story birthday this year. Then my soon-to-be 4 year-old got a dinosaur book. She still loves Toy Story and likes Encanto (which was taken over by Sing 2). But dinosaurs are it. She’s seen the good dinosaur but there’s no …

Baby and Kids

06.05.22

Little Sleepies Pajamas Review and Coupon Code

I ordered my daughter her first pair of Little Sleepies Pajamas when she …

I ordered my daughter her first pair of Little Sleepies Pajamas when she was just 10 months old.  It took that one pair before we were hooked. That little girl turns 4 next month and wears Little Sleepies bamboo pajamas almost every night. She loves the fun prints (especially all …

Our Wedding

05.23.22

6 Lessons I Learned When Planning a Wedding

Planning a wedding wasn’t something I dreamed of since I was a little …

Planning a wedding wasn’t something I dreamed of since I was a little girl. Given my complex family dynamics, I planned on avoiding it altogether. But I married someone with a wonderful family, and we wanted them there with us. So compromised and planned a small wedding in Paris, and …

Baby and Kids

05.23.22

Montessori Inspired Toy Organization and Storage

I vowed to be one of those parents that had very few toys …

I vowed to be one of those parents that had very few toys in her home. No brightly colored or light-up toys. I’d be different and keep things simple –  my kids wouldn’t need much. Then came winter and a pandemic. Months and months at home without anything to do.

Baby and Kids

05.19.22

The Best Double Stroller

When you have more than one child, a double stroller is the easiest …

When you have more than one child, a double stroller is the easiest way to get around. Like many parents, I purchased one of those convertible strollers that works as a single or double stroller. But for a number of reasons that I’ll get to in a moment, I ended …

Baby and Kids

05.11.22

How to Eat at a Restaurant with Little Kids

I would have rolled my eyes so hard at this one before having …

I would have rolled my eyes so hard at this one before having kids. You take them to a restaurant, duh. Yes, you could just take your kids out and hope for the best. But why not set them (and yourself) up for a nice time? I’ve learned that the …

Organization

05.03.22

Tote Bag Organization for Moms

I get asked for a diaper bag recommendation often enough. And I had …

I get asked for a diaper bag recommendation often enough. And I had a good one, but ultimately, it was a pain. Everything was layered or in a tiny, impossible-to-find compartment. Moms: you do not need a diaper bag, so don’t fall for it. The thought of a tote probably …

Baby and Kids

05.01.22

The Best Outdoor Toys for Kids

Summer is so close I can literally feel it. We’ve had some warm, …

Summer is so close I can literally feel it. We’ve had some warm, beautiful days and have been spending as much time outside as possible. Last summer, we were fully isolated at home so I made a few pandemic purchases to keep things fun and interesting for Margot. New to …

Family

05.01.22

The Best Travel and City Stroller

If you’re in the market for a smaller stroller that’s great for the …

If you’re in the market for a smaller stroller that’s great for the city but works for travel, too, the Bugaboo Bee is it. It’s a luxury stroller that’s ideal for everything – and is smaller then a full-size stroller, but a little larger (and better) than a travel stroller.

Baby and Kids

04.27.22

Summer Clothes For Boys

I’m a mom to two girls and every so often (as in once …

I’m a mom to two girls and every so often (as in once every couple months) will get a request to share clothes for boys. So since basically no one asked, I thought I’d share some warm-weather summer styles for boys. There’s no question that girls’ clothes are cuter. That’s …

Baby and Kids

04.19.22

Summer Clothes For Girls

With two growing girls and warmer weather on the horizon, it’s time to …

With two growing girls and warmer weather on the horizon, it’s time to buy some warm-weather pieces. It’s always fun when the girls need new outfits because there are so many cute options. Buying summer clothes for girls is always fun. Dresses, sandals, and sweet little sets like this. I’m …

Baby and Kids

03.28.22

How to Create Kids Play Area in A Small Space

Like most parents, I made some big, bold statements about the kind of …

Like most parents, I made some big, bold statements about the kind of mom I would be. My house would always be clean, my kids would never wear clothing I didn’t like, and I’d be a minimalist with toys. Then I had kids. My house is definitely not always clean, …

Family

03.24.22

The Cutest Easter and Spring Pajamas for Kids

As a mom, fun and festive pajamas have become one of my favorite …

As a mom, fun and festive pajamas have become one of my favorite things about holidays and changing seasons. Did any other moms not see that one coming? And why are they so fun? Last week, I shared Easter basket ideas for babies and little kids, and today, I’ve rounded …

Baby and Kids

03.24.22

Easter Basket Gift Ideas for Babies, Toddlers, and Little Kids

Easter is still two months away, but the basket and decor are out, …

Easter is still two months away, but the basket and decor are out, and preparing for holidays is always fun. There are a few ways to go. You could do a theme: outdoor toys, swimwear, rain gear, or crafts. Or a mix of some simple favorites: stickers, wooden toys, books, …

Baby and Kids

03.13.22

The Best Toys for 1 Year Olds

I’ve now been through this stage twice, so I’ve learned a thing or …

I’ve now been through this stage twice, so I’ve learned a thing or two about what 1 year olds play with, and what they’ll keep playing with in the months (and even years) to come. It’s wild how quickly your one-year-old changes, isn’t it? There are too many toys that …

Family

03.13.22

8 Lessons I Learned Transitioning from 1 to 2 Kids

Transitioning from 1 to 2 kids isn’t easy, but for me, it was …

Transitioning from 1 to 2 kids isn’t easy, but for me, it was a lot easier than going from 0 to 1. Sure, isolation, a pandemic, and cancer treatment only made it that much more complex. It has to be said that Kate has been a pretty easy-going baby compared to …

Baby and Kids

03.01.22

Tips for Traveling to Europe with a Toddler

This was our fourth and biggest trip with our 13-month-old. We traveled from …

This was our fourth and biggest trip with our 13-month-old. We traveled from Chicago to Puglia, Italy. I figured out a few tips for traveling to Europe with a toddler. Two flights, two hours of sleep overnight, and ten hours up in the air with a toddler. I’m going to …

Marriage

03.01.22

9 Things to Do Before Getting Engaged

I can’t remember exactly when we talked about getting engaged but it came …

I can’t remember exactly when we talked about getting engaged but it came up at within the first year of our relationship and more seriously around our one year anniversary. We knew where things were headed before deciding to move in together and that we would get engaged early this …