Entertaining

07.08.21

Planning a Moana Themed Birthday

Our girl is three! She has been talking about having a Moana birthday …

Our girl is three! She has been talking about having a Moana birthday for months, so I transformed our house into Motunui on her special day. One of the best parts of being a mom is making your child’s dreams come true, and it felt so special to make some …

Blogging

06.30.21

The Best Mirrorless Camera for Family Photos and Blogging

Whenever I post photos that were taken with my mirrorless camera, I get …

Whenever I post photos that were taken with my mirrorless camera, I get asked what kind of camera I use. Two years later, you can now visit my blog, search “digital camera” or “mirrorless camera” and this post will show up. You’re welcome and also, sorry it took me over …

Childhood Cancer

06.23.21

How to Keep Your Toddler Busy During Chemo, Clinic, and Hospital Stays

My daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia less than two months before her second …

My daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia less than two months before her second birthday. We spent half the first month inpatient and over the next eight months spent a lot of time at clinic. During those first few weeks, we were in survival mode and had no idea what we …

Motherhood

06.15.21

The Transition From One to Two Kids

Now that I am (just about) one year into being a mom of …

Now that I am (just about) one year into being a mom of two, I finally feel like I’m in a place where I can talk about the transition from one to two kids. This has been one of my most requested blog posts but I wanted to be able …

Baby and Kids

06.10.21

Birthday Gift Ideas for 3-Year-Olds

Margot turns three in July, so over the last few weeks, I started …

Margot turns three in July, so over the last few weeks, I started looking at some gift ideas. She loves playing pretend – play food is probably her favorite thing right now. The thing I was most excited about is something I’ve wanted to buy her since she was born, …

Motherhood

06.02.21

The Unexpected Ways Motherhood Changed Me

Motherhood was going to be different for me. I’d weave my kids into …

Motherhood was going to be different for me. I’d weave my kids into my work, life, and travels, and would just continue my life with a baby in tow. And I wouldn’t be one of those moms who always worried or felt guilty when I wasn’t with my baby. My …

Baby and Kids

05.29.21

My Plans for Margot’s Big Girl Room

After a successful transition into a toddler bed and with Margot’s third birthday …

After a successful transition into a toddler bed and with Margot’s third birthday around the corner, the time felt right to make the transition to a big girl bed. I won’t be making too many changes, but we’ll say farewell to her crib, daybed, and glider, making some space for …

Baby and Kids

05.10.21

My Attempt at a Spring and Summer Toddler Capsule Wardrobe

This is Margot’s first summer in a 3T, so we’re basically starting from …

This is Margot’s first summer in a 3T, so we’re basically starting from scratch with her summer wardrobe. In the past, I’ve just purchased things that were cute but had zero plan for when or how these pieces would be worn. There were too many outfits she only wore once …

Baby and Kids

05.06.21

Our Favorite Outdoor Toys and Gear for Toddlers

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 …

Motherhood

05.05.21

The Transition from One to Two Kids

Ten months into being a mom of two, I finally felt like I …

Ten months into being a mom of two, I finally felt like I could properly reflect on what it was like going from one to two kids. I wish I had written something sooner because those newborn days are such a blur, but they go by so quickly and I …

Motherhood

04.14.21

Grieving an Early Miscarriage

Over the last few months, as we’ve fallen more and more in love …

Over the last few months, as we’ve fallen more and more in love with Kate, I’ve found myself thinking back to a conversation with a friend shortly after my miscarriage. She had gone through the same loss twice and told me that her son wouldn’t be here had she not …

Family

04.14.21

My Review of the Volvo XC90 and How it Fits Two Car Seats

Hello and welcome to my first and only car review. I should probably …

Hello and welcome to my first and only car review. I should probably lead with the obvious: I am not a car expert and know pretty much nothing about the mechanics of motorized vehicles. I’m also not a car person. As someone who knows nothing about the cars but also …

Baby and Kids

04.13.21

My Favorite Baby Essentials You Can Buy on Amazon

Now that I’ve been at this mom of two thing for 9.5 months …

Now that I’ve been at this mom of two thing for 9.5 months and I’ve collectively parented babies under a year for 21 months, I like to think I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. Of course it’s different for every parent and baby, but after testing multiple items and …

Motherhood

04.07.21

The Comparison and Judgment of Women and Motherhood on Social Media

I feel good about the decisions I’ve made for myself and know that …

I feel good about the decisions I’ve made for myself and know that my honesty puts me at risk of being judged on social media. But not being honest puts other moms at risk. Social media has changed how we feel as mothers – who we are, how things look, …

Family

04.02.21

Q&A: How We Found a Part-Time Nanny

After more than a year without any childcare and finally getting Margot through …

After more than a year without any childcare and finally getting Margot through frontline treatment, it felt like the right time to look into a part-time nanny. Things have changed so much since the start of the pandemic and it feels like a lot to have someone in our home, …

Baby and Kids

03.26.21

My Favorite Usborne Learning Books for Toddlers

Last year, a good friend purchased a few Usborne books for Margot. She …

Last year, a good friend purchased a few Usborne books for Margot. She loved them, and just like that, we were hooked, so I went back to purchase a few more. I noticed that my friend Caitlin of The Mama Notes was promoting them and getting affiliate commission, so I …

Baby and Kids

03.12.21

Why My Baby is Wearing a Helmet and Progress After One Month

Kate has been wearing her helmet for exactly one month, and I cannot …

Kate has been wearing her helmet for exactly one month, and I cannot believe the progress we’ve seen in such a short time. We noticed a flat spot at around three months. At first, our pediatrician wanted to keep an eye on it and started to see some improvement, so …

Baby and Kids

03.04.21

My Favorite Etsy Shops for Babies and Toddlers

The last few years of motherhood, I’ve turned to Etsy for some great …

The last few years of motherhood, I’ve turned to Etsy for some great finds for my girls. From  PID Kids Convertible Tower/Table Another one of your favorite (most clicked on) products. This thing is awesome. Converts from a tower to a table, and we even have an extra seat for …

Baby and Kids

02.25.21

8 Months With Kate

This was supposed to be Kate’s 6 month update that I started when …

This was supposed to be Kate’s 6 month update that I started when she had just turned 7 months. She’ll be 8 months this weekend. It’s my first Kate update (sorry, my sweet, second baby) but life is just nonstop with two and it’s all a blur. Can’t believe she’ll …

Baby and Kids

02.21.21

Easter Gifts for Babies and Toddlers

It’s only February, but one of my favorite Easter baskets and the pajamas …

It’s only February, but one of my favorite Easter baskets and the pajamas I bought the girls already sold out. Before everything else disappears, I wanted to round up some of the cutest Easter baskets and toys I’ve found for babies and toddlers. The girls both have the basket with …

Baby and Kids

02.19.21

Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe & Rainbow Unicorn Sensory Kit

You’re probably seen those sensory clay kits selling for $40. At first, I …

You’re probably seen those sensory clay kits selling for $40. At first, I thought the price was a little crazy (and it is given the value of what’s inside) but I bought one and Margot loved it. Then I bought a few more. These kits kept her engaged and busy …