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Baby Registry Must Haves for 2017 (Part 1, Newborns)

Every expecting parent has two questions:

“Is it a boy or a girl?”

“What do we need to register for?”

The baby registry seems like an overwhelming task. Have you ever seen expectant parents wandering the aisles of a baby store with the scanner in hand? They generally look pretty scared and confused, right?

Don’t be that guy. Be the one who has a plan, a list, recommendations from trusted sources.

We will break this down into parts: Infant Stage, Movers and Shakers,  and Older Babies. Today we’re focusing on the newborns.

Take a look at our baby registry must-haves for 2017! Continue reading

A Letter To My Younger Self

There are times, especially in my parenting life, that I look back at my Younger Self and think, “Girl. You could use some advice.”

There are so many things Younger Self thought were going to happen as a mom. So many expectations. So many plans.

Older me looks at those and laughs…and pees a little because pregnancy.

I sat down today and decided to write Younger Self a letter, in hopes that perhaps someone else’s Older Self would thank me for it some day.

Not that any Younger Selves will actually listen, because they know it allamiright?! Continue reading

Five Must Haves For Your Travel Emergency Kit

Travel safety is at the forefront of any parent’s mind.

Just think about it: how much time do you spend in the car with your kids?

On an average week, between driving them to and from school and activities, to friends’ houses, and to visit family, I probably spend a good 8 hours a week in the car with my kids.

That’s a lot of car time.

Ninety-nine percent of the time, everything will be fine. Every so often there are things that happen, no matter how careful we are. Accidents happen. You will run out of gas. You will get lost.

A tire will blow on the interstate and you’ll be stranded there with a toddler for a few hours waiting for roadside assistance (ask me how I know).

Last week on our way home from school, someone made an illegal left hand turn and the car behind us had to swerve violently to miss our van as well as the left turner. It was scary, and close, and got me thinking:

Are we prepared in case of an emergency? Continue reading

Keeping The Playroom Organized in Three Easy Steps

Today my toddler and I spent a few hours getting my kids’ playroom organized, cleaning up, taking out trash, and sorting through toys.

Luckily she’s three, so I could entertain her with something while I quickly stuffed unused toys into a large bag to take to Goodwill.

After reading Shonda Rhimes’ The Year of Yes, I was inspired to get rid of things in my house that brought a negative emotional reaction or no emotional reaction at all.

Kids don’t quite understand this concept – if you hold any toy up in front of one of my girls, immediately they have special memories and a million reasons they need to keep every single one. Therefore, Mama cleans and declutters the playroom when the older kids are at school! Continue reading

Creative Ways To Save Money For Travel

Have you ever wanted to take a trip and put it off because of cost?

Travel is one of the most priceless gifts you can give yourself and your family and definitely not something you should put off due to funds!

Now, don’t reach for the credit cards! You can save money for travel and pay for it in full in cash!

By following these easy and creative tips, you can save for any type of trip you can dream up.
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