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09.06.20

Margot’s Nursery and Vintage Oil Painting

When I first found out I was having a girl, I remember writing …

When I first found out I was having a girl, I remember writing something about how she wouldn’t wear pink. A touch of blush here and there? Sure. But pink? Nope. Then a perfectly pink-hued rug vintage rug turned this space into a sweet, soft, pink nursery. Naturally, I was given …

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08.18.20

The Best Toys For Two Year Olds

When it comes to toddlers, it’s amazing how much things can change in …

When it comes to toddlers, it’s amazing how much things can change in five months. Earlier this year, I shared Margot’s play area and some of her favorite toys. Now that she’s almost half a year older and loves to dance, sing, play pretend, and put stickers on every single …

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08.10.20

My Favorite Baby Names and How We Named our Girls

I’ve been asked to share my favorite names for both girls and boys, …

I’ve been asked to share my favorite names for both girls and boys, and even though Kate was at the top of my list since high school, I wasn’t able to fully commit until after she was born. Everyone (family and friends) knew she’d be Kate. I knew she’d be …

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04.27.20

Birthday Gift Ideas for Two Year Olds (and What We Bought for Margot)

Margot turns TWO in early July! Since her baby sister is due the …

Margot turns TWO in early July! Since her baby sister is due the week of her birthday, I’m trying to get ahead on her gift since it’s a little bit of a project. We had talked about a swing set since it looks like we won’t be spending time at …

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04.06.20

Our Favorite Toddler Friendly Activities To Do at Home

We’re one month into self-isolation with our toddler and both my husband and …

We’re one month into self-isolation with our toddler and both my husband and I have been working from home without childcare. If you’re new here, I’m one of the founders of The Everygirl and The Everymom so everything I do can be done online (minus a few photo shoots all …

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03.24.20

Easter Basket Ideas for Babies and Toddlers

For those who are celebrating Easter, it will likely look a little different …

For those who are celebrating Easter, it will likely look a little different this year. We can still make it a fun, memorable day for our families. No big groups and no going out, so we’ll start the morning with Margot’s Easter basket, make brunch, and have a simple family …

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03.19.20

Our Living Room Play Area: Toy Organization and Favorite Toddler Toys

Now more than ever, parents are looking for ways to keep their little …

Now more than ever, parents are looking for ways to keep their little ones busy and engaged in the comfort of our own homes. Last month, I realized Margot (who is now 20 months) was lacking age-appropriate toys, and she seemed a little bored. I did some research and placed …

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02.29.20

Two Trends I’m Adding to Our New Nursery

Now that we’ve been in our house almost two years and have a …

Now that we’ve been in our house almost two years and have a second baby on the way, I am determined to get this house finished so we can enjoy our home with our two little girls (!!) for a few years. I recently shared an update on the living …

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02.10.20

Transitioning Your Toddler from a Bottle to a Sippy Cup

Transitioning from a bottle to a cup is something I was a little …

Transitioning from a bottle to a cup is something I was a little nervous about because my toddler wasn’t/isn’t a big eater and the girl loved her bottles. There’s not that much to this story, but because I get asked what milk we use and how we made the transition …

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01.21.20

Valentine’s Gifts for Babies and Toddlers

Apparently you all like Valentine’s Day and now that I’m a mom… I …

Apparently you all like Valentine’s Day and now that I’m a mom… I just might be into it, too. Didn’t see that one coming. I love love and kindness but I’m not into red roses, chocolate, and overpriced dinners with set menus. But, a day of love, kind acts, and …

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12.26.19

We’re Having Another Baby and It’s A…

I still can’t believe I’m sharing this news with you so early and …

I still can’t believe I’m sharing this news with you so early and I honestly can’t believe that we even have this news to share, but we’re having another baby! I’ll be 13 weeks this weekend so it’s still early, but Margot is going to be a big sister! Our …

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12.11.19

Life with a Toddler and 16 Months of Motherhood

It’s been 9 months since I’ve written an update on life with my …

It’s been 9 months since I’ve written an update on life with my baby girl. My toddler. The saying holds so true that the days are long and years are short, and it’s almost impossible to believe that she’s half a year away from her second birthday. I’m going to …

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12.10.19

The Best Educational Toys That Keep Toddlers Busy

When buying toys for Margot, I look for ones she’s likely to play …

When buying toys for Margot, I look for ones she’s likely to play with for more than a few months, and ones that will benefit her development. After sharing a few videos of Margot identifying letters, colors, and animals, I have received a lot of questions about her favorite toys …

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12.05.19

The Baby Products I Still Use After 16 Months of Motherhood

I’m almost a year-and-a-half into motherhood and am always getting questions about my …

I’m almost a year-and-a-half into motherhood and am always getting questions about my favorite baby brands. What is Margot playing with? What’s she wearing? What stroller should I invest in? What detergent should I use? (it’s this one, by the way). Since finding out I was pregnant, I’ve relied on …

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12.03.19

The Best Christmas Books for Toddlers

I love Christmas and have dreamed of spending the holidays with a family …

I love Christmas and have dreamed of spending the holidays with a family of my own for as long as I can remember. Last Christmas was Margot’s first, but she was only 6 months old, so things are a lot different this year. It’s been so fun and so special …

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11.06.19

14 Books that Teach Children to Be Kind

One of the most important things we can do as parents is teach …

One of the most important things we can do as parents is teach our children to be kind. Talk about kindness and model that behavior for them daily. Say please, thank you, and hello to them and to everyone else, too. At almost 16 months, Margot says please whenever she …

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10.21.19

My Favorite Fall and Halloween Books for Toddlers

As sweet as Margot’s first holiday season was, she was so little and …

As sweet as Margot’s first holiday season was, she was so little and not exactly into it. This year, she’s so much fun and already very into pumpkins “pumkus” and ghosts (which, according to Margot, oink like pigs). With the holidays around the corner, I wanted to do something fun …

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09.24.19

Must-Have Items I Relied on for Baby’s First Year

Since becoming a mom over a year ago, I’ve received endless questions about …

Since becoming a mom over a year ago, I’ve received endless questions about my most-loved products during my first year of motherhood. My friends keep having babies and instagram makes it so easy to connect with new moms, so I’m always sharing the items we relied on during the first …

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09.23.19

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. Two flights, two hours of sleep overnight, and ten hours up in the air with a toddler. I’m going to share what I packed, how we got through the flights, adjusting to a …

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09.18.19

Putting the Finishing Touches on Margot’s Nursery

Over one year into motherhood and Margot’s nursery is finally (I really do …

Over one year into motherhood and Margot’s nursery is finally (I really do say that word too much but everything seems to take forever these days) done! It was mostly finished adding wallpaper and window treatments completely transformed the space. Every few months, I would randomly look for something then …

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08.07.19

The Best Toys and Birthday Gifts for 1-Year-Olds

Margot turned one last month and since I often find new moms asking …

Margot turned one last month and since I often find new moms asking for gift ideas or the toys she uses most, I thought I’d put together a list of our favorite toys for a 1-year-old. i’m including a few toys we already have and love, ones I have on …