Baby and Kids

02.18.21

Our Parisian Playroom Wallpaper

Our basement playroom saw a lot of changes since we bought our home …

Our basement playroom saw a lot of changes since we bought our home almost three years ago. Paint, flooring, stair railing and a runner, and eventually, the most magical Parisian wallpaper. The room was really sweet but needed some whimsy, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. Margot …

Baby and Kids

02.15.21

The Best Toys To Keep Your Toddler Busy Indoors

I’ve been meaning to share the toys that have kept our 2.5 year …

I’ve been meaning to share the toys that have kept our 2.5 year old busy during this pandemic. These are the toys she plays with regularly – they keep her busy and engaged, and most are good for independent play. These single digit temps and what feels like endless snow …

Baby and Kids

02.06.21

The Best Budget-Friendly Blackout Shades for Babies and Toddlers

I love our window treatments, and even though they are blackout, our windows …

I love our window treatments, and even though they are blackout, our windows only allow for an outside mount so light filtering through is inevitable. Now that Margot is 2.5, it’s no longer an issue for her, but like most babies, Kate needs her room pitch black to get those …

Baby and Kids

02.04.21

2021 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Babies & Kids

Valentine’s Day is one month away, and it’s a day I didn’t care …

Valentine’s Day is one month away, and it’s a day I didn’t care at all about until I became a mom. I don’t like red roses and prefer gummy candy to chocolates, and pre-fixe menus aren’t my thing. But any excuse for a little cheer and some extra love for …

Baby and Kids

02.03.21

12 Valentine’s Books for Babies and Children

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and there’s something so fun about celebrating a …

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and there’s something so fun about celebrating a day of love as a mom. I’ve been putting little heart shaped notes on Margot’s door every day and filled her shelves with love themed books. Here are a few of our favorites. I did link to …

Baby and Kids

01.28.21

The Best Face Masks for Toddlers That Actually Stay On

Since we’ve spent so much time at the hospital during this pandemic, I …

Since we’ve spent so much time at the hospital during this pandemic, I made it my mission to find a mask that would stay on my toddler’s little face. Our daughter started wearing masks right before she turned two, and it was such a struggle to find a comfortable, quality …

Dollhouse

12.27.20

Holdie House Makeover: How to Easily Install Dollhouse Wallpaper and Flooring

I fully blame this little project on the fact that I’ve been home …

I fully blame this little project on the fact that I’ve been home for nine months, but I decided to add some flooring and wallpaper to Margot’s holdie house and it all spiraled from there. Then I fell head first into a dollhouse rabbit hole. The last few weeks after …

Baby and Kids

12.20.20

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 …

Baby and Kids

11.27.20

The Best Christmas Books for Toddlers

This post was originally published in 2019. I love Christmas and have dreamed …

This post was originally published in 2019. 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.

Baby and Kids

10.16.20

The Newborn Must-Haves I Relied on The First Three Months

The process of preparing for a baby is so different when it’s your …

The process of preparing for a baby is so different when it’s your second. There’s no spending an hour researching the best nail clippers that won’t hurt your baby or what monitor to buy. You’ve done it before and you can do it again. After going through all of Margot’s …

Motherhood

09.15.20

Life After a Childhood Cancer Diagnosis

On May 16, 2020, my 22-month-old daughter Margot was diagnosed with Leukemia. That …

On May 16, 2020, my 22-month-old daughter Margot was diagnosed with Leukemia. That time had already felt complicated with isolation (due to COVID), no longer having childcare (also due to COVID), and a new baby just six weeks away. Childhood cancer is never ok, but pre-diagnosis, everything felt like too …

My Home

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 …

Baby and Kids

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 …

Entertaining

07.30.20

Margot’s Sunshine and Rainbows Birthday Decor

Knowing that we would be isolated for Margot’s second birthday and that planning …

Knowing that we would be isolated for Margot’s second birthday and that planning anything would be tough with a due date just two days before she turned two, I started planning early. There wouldn’t be a party, but she’d wake up to a house full of decorations and have a …

Motherhood

07.18.20

Kate’s Birth Story

Our second baby girl, Kate Elizabeth, arrived on June 27th at 12:59PM weighing …

Our second baby girl, Kate Elizabeth, arrived on June 27th at 12:59PM weighing in at 7 lbs 15 oz. She came quickly and looks so much like Margot with the squishiest little cheeks. We’re so in love. This pregnancy was planned before worlds were turned upside down more than once …

Baby and Kids

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 …

Motherhood

04.13.20

Second Trimester Q&A

I hit 28 weeks (the start of the third trimester!) on Saturday. I …

I hit 28 weeks (the start of the third trimester!) on Saturday. I can’t believe how close we are to meeting our second baby girl. This pregnancy feels like it’s flying by and the whole working from home while watching a toddler and never leaving the house thing seems to …

Baby and Kids

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 …

Baby and Kids

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 …

Baby and Kids

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 …