Crafting with Toddlers: Valentine’s Edition

Toddler craft

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, there comes the age old question of what gift to give. Sure, you could go with chocolates or flowers, classic, easy, thoughtful and beautiful.  But why not go for something more personal like this original piece of finger painted art? We know, crafting with toddlers sounds scary, but this craft is quick and easy enough to do with a toddler, but fun enough that kids of all ages (and even adults) will love it too!   (more…)

Valentine’s Cookie Pops

cookie popsWhen my friend Andi suggested I make star-shaped cookie pops for Harper’s 1st birthday, I thought she was crazy. She’s the baker, after all. That being said, once she walked me through a few simple steps, I felt confident to make the pops on my own. So confident that I’ve decided to make them as Valentine’s gifts for my friends and coworkers. These would be perfect for little ones also!

With the right tools (and the secret ingredient) you can create these too! (more…)

Daddy for the Win! How My Hubs Rocked Momma’s Weekend Away

In case you missed it, Crystal and I along with a few of our good friends had the pleasure of enjoying our annual girls weekend recently.  It was heavenly! Check out the details here.  Of course, it would never have been possible without our amazing husbands to keep the kiddos while we pampered ourselves.

Have we mentioned how amazing both our husbands are? For real, y’all they rock. They both FaceTimed, texted and loved on our kiddos!

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Girl’s Weekend in NC

My girlfriends and I have a long-standing tradition of taking a girl’s weekend instead of Christmas gifts. Once a year (usually right after Christmas) we treat ourselves to spa treatments and a day or two together. Honestly, it’s the best gift. Even more so now that our friend Steph lives in North Carolina. She also happens to be expecting a baby boy in a few short months, so the fact that our trip aligned perfectly with her local baby shower was a sign.

I should mention – this is only the first time the girls and I have spent a weekend away together since before our babies were born. Honestly, I’m not sure how that’s even possible. It’s been almost two years since we were back in NC together. Lindsey was only a few weeks pregnant and still keeping it a secret (ask her sometime what she did with the champagne we all “drank” at the spa). I was also pregnant but didn’t know yet! Needless to say, this trip was a little different. A mini celebration for us moms getting some quality time away with our girlfriends. And dads getting some quality bonding time at home! (more…)

Real Talk: Tired as a Mother

tired as a motherTired as a mother? Yea, that sounds about right.

I work during the day, head home to work on Etsy shop orders and this blog at night, while trying to make as much time as I can for family and friends. It’s all important to me, and for that, I’m always running a little emptier than I should. I usually feel at least a bit tired. And then Harper gets sick, and I realize the true meaning of TIRED.

She (and about every other child I know) has a cold right now. Poor girl was up half the night coughing. I would go in, calm her down, get her relaxed and almost back to sleep, walk out… and then, not 5 minutes later – back to coughing. I felt terrible for her. There’s not much I can really do, especially when all she wants to do is sleep.

So, here I am wondering how I’m going to get through my workday. (more…)

Bringing Home Baby, Some Advice from Non-Experts

Recently, Crystal and I were able to spend some time with our friends for a little girls weekend and baby shower for our dear friend.  As all new moms, she  is a little nervous for all the changes this little bundle of joy will bring. She is especially nervous for the first few weeks.   The time when she and her husband learn to adjust routines to accommodate a new human life.  She asked us what our best advice for bringing home baby.  We both agreed, when you bring home the baby, you have to put your family first.

Your House is not an Open House

Don’t get me wrong, I was so excited to bring L home.   I couldn’t wait to have all my friends (more…)

All That Glitters – Harper’s 1st Birthday

Harper's birthdayMy sweet girl turned one on November 11th. As much as it was a celebration of her, I also felt like a little (okay, a lot) of it was also about my husband, Logan and myself. We made it through the first year of parenthood. Honestly, cheers to us – and every other parent out there! That first year is no joke. My 8 pound baby was now a walking, talking, “real life” tiny human! As if my emotions weren’t already all over the place. Now, I had a birthday party to plan. (more…)

Let Them Eat….

Picture this, its 8:00 on Sunday night and I am sitting on my couch trying as hard as I can to forget about the fact that Monday morning is fast approaching.  Then I realize, once again, I didn’t make it to the grocery store this weekend. Luckily, I have enough food in the house to scrape together and make breakfast and lunch for the tiny human and myself. A few choice words run through my head as I think about braving the grocery store on a Monday, after work, with a toddler. (If you have done this before, you know it is not for the faint of heart) I know I need to have a battle plan, a strong one.  I will also need crackers, lots of crackers to avoid any level 5 melt downs in the produce section! (more…)

One Little Word® For a Great New Year

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I bet you are expecting me to write about some list of resolutions I have made for 2017.  Well, sorry, not gonna happen.  Resolutions are great for some people, but I am not one of them.  I always find them really motivating for a about a week then I fall off the bandwagon and just end up disappointed in myself.  I feel like, for me at least, goals and intentions are more meaningful than a resolution.  This year I decided to try One Little Word®.

What Is One Little Word® and how does it work?

The idea of One Little Word® is you pick one word to be your focus for the year.  The idea is that this word will help you be a better you.  This leaves you a little room for interpretation and gives you something to self-reflect on.  Some people pick a word for their professional life and a word for their personal life, but I have chosen one word for it all. (more…)