Entertaining

07.30.20

Sunshine and Rainbow 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. We made the …

Family

06.07.20

Conversations With My Great Aunt Rose

My great aunt Rose has always been one of my favorite people – …

My great aunt Rose has always been one of my favorite people – and she has made such an impact on the person I’ve become. She was my grandmother’s older sister and never married or had children, so I was basically her granddaughter, and for some reason, I was her …

Baby and Kids

04.27.20

Birthday Gifts for 2 Year Olds

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 …

Baby and Kids

04.06.20

Activities for 18 Month Olds

Like many parents, we found ourselves working from home while caring for our …

Like many parents, we found ourselves working from home while caring for our toddler, and eventually our newborn. 18 month olds are tricky. They’re sweet but require so much attention, and keeping them busy is a challenge. It’s best to have set work times when possible, so we will each …

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

Living Room Storage Ideas for 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 …

Baby and Kids

02.29.20

Two Nursery Trends I Love

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 …

Baby and Kids

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 …

Baby and Kids

01.21.20

Valentine’s Gifts for Babies and Toddlers

It seems that everyone likes Valentine’s Day and now that I’m a mom… …

It seems that everyone likes 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 and chocolate. But, a day of love, kind acts, and heart PJs, and my …

Motherhood

01.19.20

1st Trimester Q&A

I’m coming up on 16 weeks (in 2 days, according to my pregnancy …

I’m coming up on 16 weeks (in 2 days, according to my pregnancy app) and definitely thought I was 14 weeks along. Signs of a second pregnancy – you never know how far along you are or what “fruit” your baby is. I swear I checked a few times a …

Baby and Kids

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 …

Baby and Kids

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 …

Baby and Kids

12.10.19

The Best Educational Toys For Toddlers

When buying toys for toddlers and young children, I try to think about …

When buying toys for toddlers and young children, I try to think about longevity and function. That wasn’t always the case, and we ended up with so many one-function toys that they tired of far too quickly. No, not all our toys are “educational” and that’s fine. These are toys …

Baby and Kids

12.05.19

The Baby Essentials I Still Use After 18 Months

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 …

Baby and Kids

11.06.19

Books on Kindness for Kids

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 …

Baby and Kids

09.18.19

Baby Girl Nursery Ideas

It wasn’t until after one year of motherhood that Margot’s nursery was finally …

It wasn’t until after one year of motherhood that Margot’s nursery was finally done. Since the first year was pretty crazy, rooms were mostly finished but the focus was just not on design. But I finally did it, and adding wallpaper and window treatments completely transformed the space. Every few …

Family

08.28.19

Our Basement Playroom Before and After

Now that we’ve been in our house for over a year, it’s time …

Now that we’ve been in our house for over a year, it’s time to start sharing more of it! When we moved into our house, we planned on making the basement a space that felt like an extension of our home, and the part I was most excited about was …

Motherhood

08.11.19

1 Year of Motherhood: Your Questions Answered

Now that Margot is one (she’s already 13 months! – can’t believe it!), …

Now that Margot is one (she’s already 13 months! – can’t believe it!), I wanted to answer some of your questions on my first year of motherhood. The past year was such a blur – so hard but also so magical. I miss how tiny she used to be but …

Entertaining

07.09.19

Margot’s Amalfi Coast 1st Birthday Party

My baby is ONE! I can’t believe it. We honeymooned in the Amalfi …

My baby is ONE! I can’t believe it. We honeymooned in the Amalfi Coast, so as soon as we bought a house with a yard, I knew this had to happen. This party was obviously for us since Margot would have been thrilled with a balloon and a trip to …

Family

07.07.19

How To Spend a Holiday Weekend with A Toddler

Margot’s birthday and the 4th of July are just 2 days apart and …

Margot’s birthday and the 4th of July are just 2 days apart and this was the longest break we’ve had at home since Christmas! It was so nice to have a few days to spend the day together and to celebrate our girl. This stage has been so much fun …