Baby and Kids

09.12.21

The Cutest Fall and Halloween Pajamas for Babies and Kids

We love kicking off the holidays with festive pajamas, and that starts with …

We love kicking off the holidays with festive pajamas, and that starts with Halloween. I love seasonal and themed pajamas, and already ordered fall and Halloween pajamas for the girls. We have a little more than a week left of summer but some of these prints are starting to sell …

My Home

08.21.21

Playroom Ideas for a Basement Playroom

I shared our basement before and after two years ago and today, want …

I shared our basement before and after two years ago and today, want to share some updates I made over the last year. This was such a fun space to create for my girls and in an effort to make the space one we could all enjoy, I ordered some …

Baby and Kids

08.20.21

Our Kids Art Table and Wall Storage

In preparation for at-home preschool and another winter at home, I wanted to …

In preparation for at-home preschool and another winter at home, I wanted to wanted to make our art table a little more fun. What was once a plain wall is now a place that inspires creativity and learning. A fun and functional craft area that houses books, art supplies, and …

Baby and Kids

08.05.21

Baby Essentials: What You Need The First Year

Having a new baby is an adventure, and there are a million decisions …

Having a new baby is an adventure, and there are a million decisions for new parents to make. And the “essentials” will blow your mind. In addition to the basics, there are a million cute and tiny things you’ll convince yourself you need, but the reality is that you don’t.

Baby and Kids

07.26.21

Three Years With Margot Rose

My baby turned three a few weeks ago and I realized I’d want …

My baby turned three a few weeks ago and I realized I’d want to have this post to look back on. To know her is to love her – I really can’t believe we’ve had three years with Margot! She’s kind, funny, sweet, loving, empathetic, inquisitive, smart, silly, grateful and …

Motherhood

07.25.21

Q&A: Motherhood in Your Late Thirties

A few days ago, I mentioned that I was working on a blog …

A few days ago, I mentioned that I was working on a blog post about becoming a mom in my mid-late 30s. The questions started coming in – someone mentioned that thirty-five wasn’t “late” and for the record, I agree – so I decided to say something in stories. Then …

Baby and Kids

07.23.21

One Year with Kate

I shared Kate’s birth story one year ago and an eight month update …

I shared Kate’s birth story one year ago and an eight month update last spring, so it’s time for another update on our Kate now that she’s one! Kate turned one on June 27 and she’s not 13 months yet so I made it. Since very few people (read: no …

Motherhood

07.23.21

Having A Baby In Your Mid – Late 30s

I became a mom at thirty-five and again at thirty-seven. It didn’t feel …

I became a mom at thirty-five and again at thirty-seven. It didn’t feel late at the time, but science and doctors told me everything I needed to hear. On one hand, we look at data. On another, we consider our careers, relationships, and what we can handle financially and emotionally.

Family

07.20.21

The Final Year of Leukemia Treatment

This week marks the start of the final 365 days of treatment. In …

This week marks the start of the final 365 days of treatment. In July 2022, Margot will ring the bell (I cry just thinking about it). She will take her last dose of her daily chemo (pill), and her port will be removed. The protocol is long and sometimes feels …

Baby and Kids

07.14.21

Toddler Naps and Quiet Time (and Tips From A Sleep Consultant)

Some people love sleep. My toddler is not one of those people. She …

Some people love sleep. My toddler is not one of those people. She would rather stay up, play, and learn – her brain is truly incredible. “Can we play? Is it raining? Is it nighttime? Do you got a robe on? Is your hair dry? Can we go downstairs just …

Entertaining

07.08.21

How to Plan 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

Hospital Bag Checklist for Kids

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 First Year as a Mom of Two

I am almost one year into being a mom of two. And I …

I am almost one year into being a mom of two. And I finally feel like I’m in a place where I can talk about the transition. The beginning is a lot, but for me, was easier than going from 0 to 1. One year later, it feels so much …

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

Girls Room Decor Ideas

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 …

Style

05.25.21

Family Photo Outfit Ideas

As someone who appreciates fashion and design, I didn’t think getting my family …

As someone who appreciates fashion and design, I didn’t think getting my family dressed for photos would be that difficult. When I say “getting my family dressed” I should note that I am referring to myself and the girls. I knew Conor would wear jeans and a white or blue …

Motherhood

05.05.21

QA&: The Transition from 1 to 2 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

Volvo XC90 Review and How it Fits a Rear Facing Car Seat

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. Things like 19-inch alloy wheels do not matter to me. I wanted something safe, practical, and …