Newborn Sleep Training & The Most Important Tip for Good Sleep

Newborn baby sleep training

First things first. There are no universally right or wrong ways to raise kids, or to sleep train kids.  After I had my first son Miles, and he only wanted to sleep by being held- I became really passionate about sleep.  In a really dorky, read too many books on newborn sleep training, kind of way.  After some knowledge coupled… Read More

6 Tips on Transitioning to a Happy Stay at Home Mom

Are you going to transition from a working mom to a stay at home mom? Read these 6 tips on how to make this big change and become a HAPPY stay at home mom!

Whether being a stay at home mom is something you’ve always wanted or it made the most sense for your family- we all want to make it the best experience it can be.  So, how do we become a happy stay at home mom? Making a big change in your life can be difficult! And mom-ing 24/7 is a lot… Read More

Things that are Better & Easier with the Second Baby

Some things ARE easier with more kids! The anticipation of the second baby does bring a whole new set of worries that did not exist the first time. We just got used to taking care of one baby, how are we supposed to take care of two??!! How can I give the second baby enough attention? Will my toddler be… Read More

Mom Tales: Toddler Emotions at the Playground

Observations of toddler emotions and developing personalities!

Apparently, a large garbage truck is the most coveted toy amongst toddler boys at the playground.  It can stir big toddler emotions! I personally have never had any inclination to play with anything resembling a garbage truck, but to each their own.   Since it’s winter in Chicago, we’ve gone to a couple of different indoor playspaces. When Miles finds… Read More

20 Free or Cheap Toddler Activities to Beat Winter Cabin Fever!

20 Free or Cheap Toddler Outings to Beat Winter Cabin Fever! Ideas to get out of the house with your little ones!

February is tough!  The excitement of Christmas and the New Year has subsided and we are still left with the blistering cold weather.  As February begins, we all need a fresh list of ideas for things to do with our little ones! There are many toddler activities and projects you can plan inside, but sometimes you just need to get… Read More

Beginners Meal Planning on a Budget: With Sample Menu!

Beginners Meal Planning on a Budget with Two Week Sample Menu.

I’ve been cooking and meal planning for a while.  Not always consistently though.  As part of our save money live on one income mission 2017, we decided that our food budget needed the most work.  Like a lot of work!  So I set off to learn more and truly create a plan, a beginners meal planning guide that includes everything we… Read More

How to Take Adorable Monthly Baby Photos

Everything you need to know to take monthly baby pictures during your baby's first year.

Your baby changes the fastest in their first year, than any other time in their lives! It’s exciting watching them grow and develop.  It also goes by really fast.  Documenting their growth and development through monthly baby photos is a great way to capture all these changes! This is a fun way to document their changes and family members LOVE getting these each… Read More

How to Get Where You Want to Be: Creating a Vision Plan

Vision Board, Goals, New Year, Resolutions, Changing Habits

How do you get where you want to be?  I didn’t necessarily want to tell you my goals.  Don’t take it personal.  It’s not you, it’s me! 🙂 If I share, that means I have to answer to myself AND everyone else for areas where I fall short.  That’s part of the journey though. Trying new things and sharing when… Read More

4 Tips For a Calm and Spectacular Family Photo Shoot

4 Tips that are a must read before going to your next family photo shoot!

Halfway through our very first family photo shoot, Jordan looks at me and says, “Should we just call it? Let’s just put it down as a loss.”  I was right there with him and strongly considered it.  That is how badly our photo shoot went and how overwhelmed we were at the time. We learned some valuable lessons that will… Read More