Ricky’s Birthday: Cowboys, Ponies and Trampolines Galore

So I went a little all out for Ricky’s birthday this year. Given how difficult the spring and summer were – and the fact that we barely had any barbeques this year – I just wanted to have a fun little celebration for my little guy turning two.So…I may have ordered some ponies. But just for the day! Not to keep. Much as my husband would like to have a pony in the backyard.And yes, that’s true. A hobby farm is definitely on his bucket list. But that’s a story for another day.So, we had a great time. Ponies, catered food, the cowboy hat....more

Hair Video: The Quick Mom Up-do For Everyday Life

So, I have this thing during the week. I rarely wear my hair down, because it bothers me when it gets in my face while I’m working. I also have issues with actually styling my hair during the week, because…well, I’m short on time.To help fix that, I’ve come up with several quick hair dos that make my mornings easier. And also prevent me from looking like the mom who literally just rolled out of bed to take her kid to school....more

Parenting Toddlers: Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

So summer is winding down, fall weather is starting to take hold, and while we probably still have a taste or two of summer left (it’s going to be in the 80’s this weekend here in the not-so-frigid tundra!), it really is time to start thinking about the colder months ahead. And with that comes…cold and flu season....more

Parenting Toddlers: Teaching Your Little One About Healthy Baby Foods

I guess I am what you would call an ‘experienced’ Mom, my 3 daughters are now 8, 10 and 12 and I am well into my 40’s! I have the benefit of reflecting back and seeing if the choices I made when my babies were small have paid off as they enter their teen years. I am happy to be able to share some of that wisdom with you....more

Pregnancy After Stillbirth: The Breakdown Point

I think I’m finally starting to realize just how much of an impact losing Addison is having on this pregnancy.The last month was such a whirlwind – it’s been so packed with doctor’s appointments, work transitions, events and chasing after my rambunctious toddler that I really haven’t had a lot of time to think about things. Or how anxious I am to get through every little milestone that I set up for this pregnancy....more

Exhaustion. And Going to the Shooting Range While Pregnant.

Have you ever had one of those moments – those days, or maybe those weeks – where you’re just so burnt out, you don’t even know what you should do next?That’s how I felt on Saturday.I hate that feeling. Mostly because you never know how long it’s going to last. It’s funny, because my doctor’s visit on Friday really precipitated the whole…unproductive afternoon....more

Healthy Snacks: 10 Easy Ideas to Always Keep on Hand (for Pregnancy AND for Toddlers)

When I’m not pregnant, I’m honestly not much of a snacky person. Being pregnant makes a whole different side of hunger come out – I’m basically ravenous all the damn time. I also have a toddler in the house, who LOVES snacks – and needs easy access to his favorite things. Because of this, I’ve had to come up with a stockpile that goes beyond the goldfish crackers to keep us both happy and full (have you ever seen a hungry, crabby toddler? Imagine the same thing in a grown woman with a baby belly when hungry. It’s not pretty.). And here are some of my personal faves for healthy snacks:...more

8 Weeks Pregnant: What it Feels Like This Time Around

With my previous pregnancies – especially in the beginning – I would sometimes forget that I was pregnant. Just a slip of the mind, I didn’t always feel pregnant, so I just…didn’t always remember that I was pregnant....more

Blogging Tips: How to Find Brand Partners

I’ve gotten several messages over the last week from readers asking me one thing: how do I find the right brand partners for my blog? The truth is, there’s not one fit that works for everyone – but there’s certainly similar steps every blogger can take to find partners within their niche. So that’s where we’ll focus this week’s blogging tips: how to find great brand partners for your site....more
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Life After Child Loss: Four Months Later

This weekend, I went to the wedding of our friends. It was a beautiful wedding, full of life and laughter and love.But something struck me as I watched Lisa’s mom be escorted to her seat at the front of the church. Followed by Lisa, in her beautiful gown, her dad by her side.I’ll never see this for her. My little girl won’t get a wedding. We’ll never have a chance to talk about dresses, or flowers, or guest lists. Hell, I won’t even know if that’s what she wanted – the big hoopla wedding....more