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My Christmas Wish List: A Gift Guide for a Toddler
December 5, 2016 8:00 am | by
Christmas Gift Guide for a Toddler

It’s hard to believe it, but my little girl is almost 2! She loves playing with her baby dolls, coloring, and reading books. Every time I go to make a Christmas wish list for her, it seems to grow and grow and grow. She’s my first kiddo, and it’s SO much fun to shop for her! My Christmas Wish List for Jane includes: 1. ERGObaby Doll Carrier  She seriously LOVES her babies and it warms my heart. We’re starting babywearing early in this family. 2. Green Toys – Cookware and Dining Set This cooking set is adorable! Jane is really into opening our kitchen cabinets

 
Why I Love Babywearing
November 30, 2016 7:25 am | by
Why I Love Babywearing

Like cloth diapering, I felt that I had discovered the world of babywearing a later into my motherhood. My second child was already 13 months old, but I told myself, “Better late than never!” I’m now on baby #3 and have used carriers with him since he was two days old. I can confidently say – I love babywearing. Here are just a few of the reasons why: Transition from two to three kids. Babywearing helped me tremendously as we transitioned into a family of five. Once the third baby was born, I ran out of free hands! By putting baby in a carrier, my

 
Raising a Fiercely Determined Child
November 22, 2016 12:10 pm | by
Raising a Fiercely Determined Child

I have a fiercely determined child.  She’s smart, beautiful, creative, and once she puts her mind to something, there is no stopping her.  You can try to slow her down, but actually stopping her from what she has set her heart on is highly unlikely.  Raising Avianna Marilyn has been a learning process for me. Avianna was born 5 years ago on a beautiful October morning.  Her birth was the easiest out of my three girls.  I was at the hospital for only 45 minutes before she was born, and the entire experience was amazing.  I pushed three times, and this

 
Letting Go
November 7, 2016 10:00 am | by
Letting Go

Looking out my back window in itself can induce stress… if I let it. Or I can choose to simply let go and remember a much more enjoyable and important way to spend my time… Quality time with my girls. This is one of the many times I’ve learned letting go was more important than getting all the things done. Growing a Jungle of Weeds In the four summers we’ve lived in our house, I’ve managed to have a vegetable garden three out of four of those years. It has been a blast growing our own veggies and herbs, but this

 
Why I Love Cloth Diapers
November 1, 2016 8:00 am | by
Why I Love Cloth Diapers

I love cloth diapers. I’m sort of a cloth diaper addict, if you will. I enjoy purchasing them. I enjoy having the cutest new prints and the classic colors that match my baby’s outfits. They’re not viewed as “poop catchers” to me. Sure, that is what they’re intended for and that is their primary function…. But I just see them as something more. My love for cloth diapers began shortly after discovering bumGenius cloth diapers. The colors were adorable and the prints were just beginning. I noticed them when Jules and Carroll had just come out and at the time –

 
5 Simple + Natural Household Cleaning Recipes
October 28, 2016 8:00 am | by
Natural Household Cleaning Recipes

I love a good homemade, natural household cleaner. Not only because it’s safe to use around my little guy, but also because they are much more affordable than pre-made cleaners. I’ve almost completely tossed my store-bought cleaners and replaced them with ones that are safe and easy to make! With that being said, here are a few of my go-to everyday household cleaning recipes that I love to use! To make these recipes, you will need a few different products. All are natural and affordable and most you probably already have around the house! Spray Cleaning Bottles –  Plastic or

 
Why I Love Breastfeeding My Baby
October 25, 2016 4:21 pm | by
Why I Love Breastfeeding My Baby

When I became pregnant with my first baby, I thought I had everything planned out. I wanted to cloth diaper, wear my baby and breastfeed for at least the first six months. I hadn’t been around breastfeeding mothers before I had my daughter, but I figured it would be easy. After all, it was natural, right? Little did I realize… babies don’t necessarily follow your plans and unfortunately, breastfeeding my baby wasn’t going to be as easy as I expected. With my girls, I had some difficulties. I dealt with cracked nipples, low supply, and a baby with horrible reflux. Our breastfeeding relationships lasted a

 
Fall Activities Bucket List
October 24, 2016 11:18 am | by
Fall Activities Bucket List

It’s officially that time of the year… The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, pumpkin spice is everywhere and you can officially break-out all of the sweaters and cardigans! Fall is, hands down, my most favorite time of the year. It’s such a lovely little transition from the warm summer months into the holiday season, so I always try to soak up the amazing weather and take my little one to do some of the fun activities that come with the season! So far, we’ve already made it to our local Apple Orchard and picked more apples than we could

 
How I Overcame Depression
October 5, 2016 8:00 am | by
How I Overcame Depression

I’m not sure how to start a conversation about depression, but I know it’s a conversation that needs to happen. It’s not something people like to talk about, but it’s important we do so – especially us mamas. Depression seems to create a lonely vacuum that makes us think that we’re the only one experiencing it and that no one would understand. So we stay quiet – suffering in silence – but I know first hand that the darkness of depression begins to lose its grip when we simply talk about it. For me, stress began to build when our family faced

 
Camping with Baby
October 4, 2016 10:29 pm | by
Camping with Baby

I’m going to start this off by saying… I’m not an “outdoorsy” kind of girl. I’ve only recently started camping with our kids because well, they like it, and I like to see the smiles on their faces from experiencing new adventures. So now, we go camping. This summer, we went camping four or five times. I guess you could say we kind of became pros at it! Traveling with a baby can be stressful – especially if it isn’t something you’re used to doing. But it can be fun! Here are 8 simple tips to make camping with baby a