15 Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make

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A few years ago, I started the tradition of making homemade gifts with my boys.  Originally the idea was that it would be gifts from them to various family members.  I want them to think about giving as an integral part of the Christmas season- not just always talking about what they want from Santa.   They were 1 and 3… Read More

Best Black Friday Deals for Parents!

You are probably getting tons of emails and notifications about Black Friday. As I reflected on how to structure this post, I want it to be worth your while- i.e Helpful in pointing out some good deals, and not just listing all the sites that have sales.  I’m going through some of the big retailers, and pulling out specific discounts… Read More

The 31 Best Toddler Gift Ideas!

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Toddlers learn the widest range of skills in the shortest amount of time than any other age range! Probably why they are so spirited, that is a lot of work. But thankfully for us parents, they work on a lot of those skills while playing. These toddler gift ideas are all about helping our little people thrive in everything they… Read More

Ultimate List of Preschool Gift Ideas- 45+ Gifts!

Ultimate list of preschool gift ideas includes toys in various categories for your science enthusiast, builders, creatives and masters of imaginative play.

There are A LOT of toys out there.  This Christmas 2019 gift guide for preschoolers will help you sort through all the madness and find some quality preschool gift ideas.  These are investments and should be good! So what makes a toy worth recommending? These are some of my biggest factors. They need to be good quality, can be played… Read More

My I Don’t Do List: Changing Perfect Mom Culture

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Mom burnout is something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.  I wholeheartedly agree that it’s time we change the “perfect motherhood” era. I’ve said it before, but how do I help and actually put actions behind my words? That’s the hard part. We are in an age of motherhood that can be debilitating.  It is the age of… Read More

2019 Prime Day Deals for Parents

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What is Amazon Prime Day? It is Amazon’s biggest and best sale of the year. Way bigger than their Black Friday deals, as it includes 100s of thousands of products at incredibly steep discounts. This year it starts on Monday July 15th at 2am CENTRAL and ends at end of the day on Tuesday July 16th.  It’s a great time… Read More

What You Really Need to Buy New for a Second Baby

What do you actually need to buy for a second baby? Items to buy new, re stock on and which things can be reused.

My third baby boy is officially 2 months old.  It’s been a whirlwind of course, because life with newborns is just that. Finally, we have a rhythm to our days and our 2 year old is adjusted to having him around.  Since I am in the trenches of the newborn phase for the third time, these are my recommendations for… Read More

How to Succeed at Potty Training for Poop

Tips and Strategies for Potty Training for Poop.

Potty training isn’t something that happened quickly or seamlessly at our home.  So this isn’t a post about how to potty train in 3 days.  We definitely had our successes and I’ll share how we accomplished those.  But ultimately, we went through a year where my oldest son was fully potty trained for pee, but not poop.   After seeing endless… Read More

Cholestasis of Pregnancy and a Positive Induction Story

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My third pregnancy was vastly different than my first two. Even though I was having a third boy. There were new challenges that I hadn’t experienced before.  First, nausea took over my first two trimesters, and fatigue seemed stronger this time around as I mentioned previously in my first trimester reflections.  And of course, I was taking care of a… Read More

Free Printable Chore List by Age- From Toddlers to Teens!

What are some ways you teach your kids responsibility? Or ownership of their home? My husband and I were discussing this the other day. We want to make sure our kids contribute to the household, well because it is their home also.  They have pretty great lives and we don’t want them to take that for granted.  In thinking this… Read More