New Beginnings

New Beginnings

You know that saying about how one door closes, and another one opens? I can never remember the exact wording of it, but it’s exactly my life right now. Big changes are happening in our neck of the woods. What are they, you ask? Well, if you follow me on Instagram, you know that on Friday, I put in my resignation at my current job. Don’t worry, this isn’t some sweeping announcement about quitting my job to blog or anything like that – something like that is just not in the cards for us. Instead, I’m finally moving on to…

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How I Get More Veggies into my Family’s Diet

How I Get More Veggies into my Family’s Diet

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I feel like we all battle with our families about food, but never as much as we battle about vegetables. It isn’t even just the kids either – for me, it’s my husband too! Before we got married, my husband told me two things that I’ve since changed his mind on: first, that he didn’t do leftovers (that changed pretty much immediately), and that he didn’t eat vegetables because they “tasted like the ground.” Yes, he actually said that. Since then, I’ve been slowly introducing…

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How to Prepare for Fall Family Fun

How to Prepare for Fall Family Fun

  Fall is finally here at long last, and with that comes all my favorite activities of the year. There are fall festivals, apple picking, and the pumpkin patch – so many great ways to enjoy the season with your families. Without the right planning though, they can turn disastrous, so it’s important to prepare in advance to make sure everything goes smoothly. I am always over prepared for things, so I’m sharing my tips below on what you should bring with you below! The right supplies for your littlest ones. Whether you have kids in diapers or potty training,…

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Introducing Your Breastfed Baby to Formula

Introducing Your Breastfed Baby to Formula

   Deciding how to feed your baby is a personal decision, and there are many reasons parents choose what they do. Some breastfeed, some use formula, and some do a combination of both. I fall into that final category – moms who have done both. I’ve talked about my breastfeeding journey with Ella before, and for the most part, it has been a great experience. When she was born and latched on right away, I knew we were on the right track. After we got over the initial humps of establishing a good supply and the pain of early nursing, things…

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Ella: Eleven Months

Ella: Eleven Months

Ella is ELEVEN months old and her first birthday is only a month away! Another big month and before we know it, she’ll be one. Now for her eleven month update! Ella at eleven months: Weight: We did the classic step on the scale with her, step on the scale without her thing and she’s around 20 pounds. Length: No idea – we’ll find out next month! Her hair is still a light brown. Lately I’ve noticed her eyes changing color a bit – sometimes they are blue, sometimes more grey, and sometimes a bit hazel. We’ve mostly moved to 18 month…

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What No One Warned Me About Motherhood

What No One Warned Me About Motherhood

Becoming a mom is a huge transition for any woman. You suddenly have another person depending on you (and your partner) for everything. You love this person more than anything in the world, and your life completely changes from the moment they enter it. According to all the books and blog posts, I was prepared to become a mom nearly 5 years ago. I had the gear, I had the clothes, I had the books, and I was as emotionally ready for this little person as I could be. I knew that she would change me. I listened to my…

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Knowing When To Stop Pumping

Knowing When To Stop Pumping

Without a doubt, the hardest part of both my breastfeeding journeys has not been what you might expect. It has not been those initial weeks where you and baby are still figuring each other out. It has not been managing the hunger that comes with nursing. It has not been cracked nipples, mastitis, or engorgement. It wasn’t even going back to work. It’s knowing when to stop pumping. It’s knowing the moment that it isn’t worth it anymore, and grappling with the crushing disappointment of not hitting your goal. It’s struggling to explain the despair you feel knowing you can’t…

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Ella: Ten Months

Ella: Ten Months

TEN months. Somehow Ella is TEN months old and I can’t believe it. It seems impossible that her birthday is approaching so fast, but I so love watching her grow. Here’s her ten month update! Ella at ten months: Weight: No doctor’s appointment until 1 year, but at 9 months she was nearly 19 pounds and I’m pretty sure she’s about 20 pounds now. Length: No idea. I don’t think she’s quite as tall as Abbie was at this age, but her clothes are getting snug so she’s definitely getting taller! Her hair is still a light brown and her eyes…

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The Best Snacks for After School

The Best Snacks for After School

I don’t know about your kids, but when Abbie gets home from preschool sometimes, her mood can be unpredictable. If she hasn’t had a snack recently – she is cranky. I get it – I’m pretty cranky when I haven’t had a snack recently too! She often gets a snack to tide her over while I’m cooking dinner in the evenings, so I wanted to share some of our favorite ideas for after school snacks!

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Real Working Moms Talk: The Benefits of Daycare

Real Working Moms Talk: The Benefits of Daycare

As a working mom, daycare is a necessity in my life. I can’t even begin to tell you the positive impact that daycare has had on my girls, but all too often, I see negative posts about daycare. People saying they could never leave their kids in daycare, that they’re scared of daycare, etc. There is so much unwarranted negativity out there, and that hasn’t been my experience with daycare at all. I think most working parents would agree. I know what benefits my girls have received from daycare, but since I also know I couldn’t possibly cover them all,…

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