Dealing with Picky Eaters

Dealing with Picky Eaters

It must be a scientific fact – the moment my kids enter toddlerhood, they get picky. Suddenly, all the foods they used to love are now foods they won’t touch. They want endless amounts of snacks and beg for them at all hours of the day.

It’s not just my kids, right?

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Ella Jane: 18 Months

Ella Jane: 18 Months

How in the world we are already at 18 months I’ll never know. This little girl, you guys. She has exploded in personality over the last 6 months and she just brings the biggest smile to my face every day… you know, when she isn’t throwing a fit over me taking a ball away. ELLA AT EIGHTEEN MONTHS: Weight: We had to take her to the doctor the other week (more on that in a few) and girlfriend is 26 pounds. No wonder my arms are tired! Length: Not a clue. I should try to measure her. Maybe. As she’s…

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Why I’m Done Trying to Fit the “Mom Blogger” Mold

Why I’m Done Trying to Fit the “Mom Blogger” Mold

I have been absent recently, but honestly, it isn’t because anything is wrong. In fact, it’s been the opposite. Coming to this place used to be an escape for me – a place to write, be myself, and get away from all the things I didn’t love – to get away from the job I felt stuck in, mostly. In the past 6 months, that has done such a complete 180 that it’s shocked me. I’m busy in all the best ways, and this little blog of mine has gone from a refuge to a place that I only go…

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Easy Cleanup of Summer Messes

Easy Cleanup of Summer Messes

This post is sponsored by Clorox®, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. It feels like we just had temperatures in the 20s, but summer is headed our way before we know it. Those longer days come with lots of summer fun, and with that comes summer messes. You know the ones I mean – the chalk, the fingerpaint, the puddles, and more. The messes are constant and keeping them contained is always a challenge. Despite that, there are a few things you can do to minimize the messes! Do messy activities outside and clean up outside…

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Working Mom Hack: Breakfast on the Go

Working Mom Hack: Breakfast on the Go

  I don’t know about your house, but in my house? Mornings are crazy. Since both Chris and I work full-time, there’s a lot to do in the mornings. All four of us need to be dressed, fed, and ready to go by 7 am – including the sometimes grouchy five-year-old and the overenergetic toddler. There’s a lot of running around, a lot of repeated instructions, and a lot of juggling to get it all done so we can leave on time. I have probably mentioned before that the morning rush isn’t always my favorite, but I am incredibly fortunate…

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Embracing the Mom You Are

Embracing the Mom You Are

Before I was a mom, I didn’t really give a ton of thought to the type of mom I would be. When I got pregnant with Abbie, it was a different story. I was going to make all her food so she’d be a great eater. I was going to cloth diaper 100% of the time. She was going to get on a schedule ASAP and take great naps. She was going to hit all her milestones ahead of time. My kids were going to get along 100% of the time and I was going to spend tons of time…

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What’s in my Mom Bag

What’s in my Mom Bag

  When I was a kid, I always thought of my mom’s purse as almost a magic bag. She always seemed to have everything I could want in it – and I always wanted to go through it to see what was inside (sorry, mom). Now that I’m a mom, that “mom bag” isn’t so magical. Nowadays, I’m the one trying to make sure I have absolutely everything my girls could need, in addition to the essentials I want to carry for myself. Since I work full-time, I tend to carry a big purse during the week and the diaper bag…

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How to Get Your Toddler to Drink Milk

How to Get Your Toddler to Drink Milk

    Confession time: my oldest daughter hasn’t had milk since she gave up her bottles at 18 months old. As a result, making sure she gets enough calcium and protein have been a challenge for us – one I much rather would have solved with a simple glass of milk every day. While we’ve made it work, it isn’t something I wanted for my 15-month-old. After our experience with Abbie not drinking milk all of toddlerhood, I wanted to make sure I did things a little differently this time around – and so far, so good! Ella loves having…

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Love and Pancakes

Love and Pancakes

Last Monday night, like so many nights, I left work at 5:30, got home about 6:15, and immediately started cooking dinner. It also happened to be a night we had breakfast for dinner – pancakes, specifically. We don’t often have pancakes for dinner, but when I realized our freezer stash was low over the weekend I knew I’d need to make more. You see, my girls eat pancakes for breakfast almost every morning before we leave for daycare/school/work. They’re kind of a necessity in our house. I make big batches (usually on weekends) and freeze them for later. Just another…

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Finding Me Time as a Mom

Finding Me Time as a Mom

Let me set the scene for you. It’s 6:45 pm. You’re in the middle of making dinner for yourself and your husband. Your five-year-old is yelling that she needs help in the bathroom (when do they learn to do that themselves, anyway?), your toddler is whining for her dinner as you scramble to get some chicken nuggets on her high chair, and you’re dangerously close to setting off your smoke detector again.

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