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    Is the Willow Hands-Free Pump worth it? – An Honest Review of the Willow Breast Pump

    Willow Breast Pump Review Disclosure: Some links below are affiliate links. This means at no additional cost to you, I earn a small commission if you decide to click through and make a purchase. For all you mamas out there who pump, The Willow® Pump sounds like a dream too good to be true…a cord free wearable breast pump that fits in your bra, is spill-proof (even when lying down or bending over), and works quietly and discreetly. Freeing your hands up for caring for a baby, a toddler, or getting some work done. Its makers even claim that you can wear it to do yoga. How does the Willow…

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    November 18 Monthly Update

    I can’t believe we are already to the end of November and entering December. It feels like this month really just flew by. I wanted to share an update on what’s going on in my life and what kept me so busy this last month. In early November we (my husband, daughter, mother in law and sister in law) took a long weekend trip to Disney. It was Parker’s first time going, and it was really incredible to see her light up in wonder riding rides and meeting her favorite characters. She loved meeting the Winnie the Pooh characters…she hugged every one of them except for poor Eeyore. The trip…

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    October Monthly Update

    Well this has been one crazy busy hectic month. So rather than not posting anything, I figured I would give a quick update on what’s been going on with us. Short story: Parker fractured her leg Long story: A couple weeks ago now on a Sunday, I was vacuuming downstairs and my husband was getting ready to go outside to work on the yard. Our daughter was downstairs playing with her usual toys (in her pretend kitchen) going back and forth from the living room to the dining room with her shopping cart. I heard her suddenly crying and rushed around the corner from the kitchen. She was sitting in…

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    How to Make Starting Preschool Easy: Our Transition from Home to Preschool

    10 Tips to Make Starting Preschool Easy For those of you with a child who has stayed home with a parent or close caregiver for their entire life, the prospect of sending them off to school with no familiar face or recognizable surroundings can be daunting to say the least. I know, we lived it. My daughter was home with us for the first two years of her life. The prospect of sending  her off along supervised by strangers and surrounded by other rambunctious 2 year olds was scary. Regardless, I knew it would be beneficial for her to start to socialize more regularly with other children and to get…

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    The Ultimate Guide on the Best Baby Teethers

    Disclosure: Links below are affiliate links. This means at no additional cost to you, I earn a small commission if you decide to click through and make a purchase. Ultimate Guide on the Best Baby Teethers on the Market Today When your little one has pointy sharp teeth tearing through their tender gums, they can be in quite a bit of pain and be really miserable. Your baby will put almost anything in their mouth to soothe their tender gums…leaving you as a parent to wonder how you can help to provide some relief. Cue the production of a huge mass market of baby products with never-ending options of baby…

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    First Trimester Pregnancy Update

    Even though I hadn’t announced my pregnancy yet, I’m wrote some of these updates in advance so that I could remember all of the details for later. I started this at week 6 for me and while I don’t look pregnant yet, I’ve definitely felt it over the last few months. The first week of July was incredibly busy with Parker’s 2nd Birthday and the Fourth of July holiday…so my pregnancy symptoms really hit me hard then with having so much to do and being so tired. The first thing I experienced is the ever-so-common first trimester exhaustion. Even when I go to bed early, I wake up tired and…

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    What I plan on Buying for Baby #2

    Disclosure: Links below are affiliate links. This means at no additional cost to you, I earn a small commission if you decide to click through and make a purchase.  I have seen many lists out there for what you should buy as a first time mom (and believe me, I read them ALL during my first pregnancy), but I thought that it would be fun to make a list of what I am planning on buying for baby #2 this time around. I know, I’m weird, my idea of fun is making lists. What can I say? It’s the planner in me. So starting out…we have tons of baby gear that…

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    32 Life Lessons in 32 Years

    It’s amazing how quickly a year has gone by. My little girl is 2 and now I have another bundle of joy on the way. In the spirit of another year passing, and since experience is truly the best teacher, I wanted to do a list of 32 things I have learned in 32 years. I was inspired to do this by Liz’s post on Sequins & Stripes when she turned 32, and I thought it would be fun to do the same. So here it goes: 1. Family is everything and it always comes first. The meaning of this has resonated ever so much more with having children of…

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    Birthday Inspiration | Sesame Street Kid’s Birthday Party

    My daughter has been completely obsessed recently with Sesame Street…in particular with Elmo and Abby Cadabby (or Abby Dabby as she calls her). So I knew for her second birthday, we had to do something related to Sesame Street. It’s been a couple of months since her birthday, but I wanted to share the details with you. Hopefully it helps to inspire some ideas for you as well! On to the details! Firstly, we had a sidewalk chalk welcome. This was comprised of a written out “Sunny days ahead” in chalk with character footprints leading up to the house after it. Such a cute and easy to do idea! Next,…

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    Our Baby & Toddler Bedtime Routine

    HANDS DOWN the topic that I see the most moms talking about is getting a child to sleep. Not only is sleep important because it gives parents a much needed break to finish up other things around the house or have some down time, but good sleep is critical for a baby and toddler to grow and function normally. I would say that the vast majority of Parker’s “bad” days are driven by interrupted sleep or a lack of sleep. So I thought that I would share with you the routines we put in place to help get Parker to sleep at night (usually relatively easily). Having a set routine…