Follow These Handy Tips and Flying With Baby Will Be a Breeze

ONE | Fill the Diaper Bag with Essentials - I made sure I packed that thing with everything but the kitchen sink. These are just a few of the key things to make sure you have. ...more

New Moms: Save Money with These Helpful Tips

You’ve heard the stories. How raising a child from birth to 18 years of age will cost the average family $245,000. The expensive gear you absolutely need to keep your baby safe and comfortable. The childcare, the formula, and the zillions of ...more

Teachers Offer Insight and Advice You NEED to Read

I have always wondered what teachers *REALLY* want to say to parents, but can't. I get the impression they feel worried about telling parents the truth since these days some moms and dads are quick to blame the teacher for problems with their ...more

Pop Happy Bubbles, Sleep Well!

I realized that what she needed was to go to bed with happy, positive thoughts going through her head that would hopefully override the fearful ones. So we started Happy Bubbles. Every night after she was tucked in bed, we would "pop" happy bubbles ...more

Down Syndrome: Don't Apologize for My Son's Existence

"I'm sorry," the man said during a business meeting. For the first time I could remember, someone apologized to me for my son having Down syndrome. I've heard a lot of interesting comments as a parent, but this was the first time someone apologized ...more

What Do You Miss About Being Pregnant?

Pregnancy is rough. It's hard on your body, it's hard on your emotions and it's just plain hard. But it's also an absolute beautiful time of life and one that, once you're out of, you kind of miss. Today, I'm focusing on the good parts of pregnancy, and sharing what other moms miss about being pregnant. "Me time. It's few and far between now that my baby is my number one priority!" –Katie R. "Eating whatever I wanted, and blaming it on 'cravings.'" –Claire D. ...more
Sadly? The allowance that society, only then, gives us women to not have a perfect body.more

Read This Before You Give a Bunny or Chick for Easter

Live animals don’t belong in Easter baskets. As adorable as baby bunnies, chicks, and ducks may be, they aren’t great gifts. They require an intense level of care and have life expectancies of up to around 20 years. ...more
Great post! People need a post like this about feeding of stray cat and not getting them fixed.more

5 Reasons Our Large Family Was the Coolest on the Block

I have read several articles lately about the downsides of coming from a large family, and I must say that after reading the first one, I was ready to write THIS post to set the record straight. I realize that everyone’s family experience is different and I honor all families no matter what their size, but I have a totally different feeling about big families. Even if you didn’t have the best home life, you have blood relatives who understand you and your life experience and who can understand the things that have helped you to become the person you are today. ...more
I love this! I am an only child, but I am raising eight children. I know that they all love each ...more

My breastfeeding journey

Last week I shared about my breastfeeding journey on Julie's blog,...more

Rope Twisted Bun | Hairstyles for Prom

Today’s hairstyle tutorial is part of our Prom series, where we show you cute hairstyles you can wear to your Prom, Homecoming, or other formal event. The twins were in LA this week to attend the 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards, … Continue reading → ...more

Vegan Muffins with frozen berries

Hi, we haven't been baking sweet treats on this blog for a long time. Let's fix that! I'm inviting you to try out a vegan version of my FAVORITE muffin recipe....more

Motivation Monday Week #136

Welcome to another Motivation Monday! I’m so excited you’ve joined us and can’t wait to see what everyone will share. It’s been all about Easter at the Smith House ....more

(36 Months) - The Bean at 3 Years

Physical - she's alllllllllmost 30 lbs (25-50th percentile) and alllllllmost 3 feet tall (10th percentile); most of her clothes seem to small for her, because her belly seems to take up all the landscape, but she is still wearing 3T clothes and is growing in to size 7 shoes; strawberry blonde hair that she prefers to wear down, but can be bribed into putting into a high or low pony, or wearing a clip to hold her bangs out of her eyes; blue eyes; big ole belly; painted toenails; very expressive eyebrows (even strangers comment on it); possible chicken legs; likes to be in just her undiesTypical Week - she attends Vermont Hills Family Life Center at the church just down the street in our neighborhood on Mondays and Tuesdays, home with Beebee on Wednesdays, then "mama day" on Thursday and Fridays, and "flamily days!" on the weekendsFood and Drink - she's still a good eater, who mostly snacks and hates the word "dinner" (we think it's because she knows that dinner comes right before bath which comes right before bedtime); eats 1-2 bowls of cereal with blueberries in the morning, eats at school on daycare days, with me eats most of her calories in the first half of the day; enjoys dairy, carbs, and fruit the mostSleep - juts recently gave up her Neenees (of which she was now sleeping with 3!); bribed her with "sparkly shoes"; is sleeping on a queen-sized mattress on the floor of her room; earns two marbles to put in her jar to work toward an ice cream date for the nights she stays in her own bed without waking us; naps 1-2 hours in the afternoon; often tantrums before nap/bedtime; likes to do everything herself in her pre-bed routine including choosing her diaper and PJs, picking the book, turning on her nightlight and the noise machine, turning off the light, etc.; we still lay with her for 5-20 minutes when she goes downPotty - in undies with the very rare accident, diapers at nap and bedtime; seems to have an aversion to public restrooms or using the potty without mama or daddySocial and Emotional - very affectionate, offers "I love yous," hugs and kisses to us multiple times each day; likes to copy bigger kids, usually girls; likes to have or do things like Mama and Daddy; very concerned when others are upset; able to verbalize her feelings; serious tantrum thrower on the near-daily; learning to "calm my body," take laps, and take big breaths; behaves better when provided warning; very responsive to praise and bribery; takes turns; likes to be silly and make people laugh; if Mama or Daddy are home with her, she plays alone MAYBE 20 minutes cumulative throughout the day, per school and my dad, she will happily entertain herself in an appropriate wayPhysical - dresses and undresses her pants/skirts/undies/tights herself, but needs help with tops; puts on and off her own socks and shoes; loves to count on her fingers; can zip but not snap or button; runs, jumps, climbs, skips (but doesn't seem exactly motorically gifted); still won't pedal her tricycle or ride her scoot bike; likes to wear a helmet; likes to color with crayons, recently started paintingCognitive and Communication - follow instructions very well; often asks strangers their names and ages; is unpredictably shy and unpredictably so outgoing; very even tempered with everyone but mama and daddy; LOVES attention and socializing and chit-chatting; talks all.the.time; loves ABC's and all things letters (in chalk, singing about them, "F says fff, F says fff, every letter makes a sound and F says F")General - we often describe her as having a lot of "micro energy," in that she doesn't have the stereotypical boy big energy, but is constantly moving in these small ways, and is very demanding about attention and talking; she seems very compassionate, always interested and concerned in other people's feelings; she has become very good with her manners and asking questions; is more of a watcher than a doer in new settings, but will gladly try most new things; really seems to enjoy most activities, but prefers playing at the park or in the front yard, doing art projects together, running errands, helping with anything grown-up, plays with babies and her kitchen or musical instruments, likes looking at pictures of herself; freely gives "I love yous" and hugs and compliments; is very compliant in social settings, can be very oppositionally defiant with mama and daddy; likes anything "special," enjoys outings and never wants to go home; loves the zoo and the Children's Museum and hanging out with friends; always says "I'm hungry" when she is really tired; seems to have FOMO (fear of missing out); is never as happy as when she's with her whole family and is hamming it up singing, playing the uke, or making people laughOnly a few quotes I wrote down from the past month:"Hey guys you wanna see my table dance?" Francie: "I'm touching your boobies."Me: "You like my boobs? Why?" Francie: "Cuz they're big and fat and squishy. "Francie: "Hey Daddy, I'm scared."Alex: "What are you afraid of?"Francie: "Hmm, well, nothing ....more

Spring Break Staycation: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Spring Break for our schools was last week, and we left no stone unturned. ...more

Being a Mom

Means cleaning up mess after mess after mess.Means having all manner of bodily fluid wiped on you (and barely thinking twice about it).Means enduring sometimes hours of screaming, including your own into a pillow.Means singing, rocking, cuddling....more

A Life in Status- December #2, 2014

Watch it all for yourself on Facebook or Twitter. Ever have the nagging feeling that you’re forgetting something? I just realized the something I forgot to do was make dinner ....more

Wow what beautiful photos. Looking good guys.

Wow what beautiful photos. Looking good guys ....more

Isn't it lovely to meet them on the outside, a...

Isn't it lovely to meet them on the outside, and fascinating to see what traits they're just born with. I'm seeing so much of that in Archer now. Like, ahh this is who you are who you were since day 1 even in utero ....more