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    Packing Tips for Trips with a Toddler

    Given that we are headed to the beach for a week with our 14 month old, it seemed like the perfect time to write this post. If you are pulling your hair out planning your next trip, here are a few things that might help you with your next trip! I’ll also include a packing list at the end of the post in case that’s helpful. Select Toddler Friendly Location (if possible): Now you may be forced to go somewhere that isn’t where you would pick, if so, you can still follow the remaining tips. However, if you do have a choice, chose thoughtfully. We find it easier to travel…

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    Finding Time for Fitness as a Mama

    So full disclosure, fitting in fitness isn’t something I haven’t been really good about until recently. I would go through spurts off and on after having my daughter where I was really serious about losing weight and getting into shape, but this has been a struggle for my entire life, so I cannot blame it solely on having kids. However, with a full time job and a little one, I am shorter on time than I have ever been. Here are a few things that I have found worked for me. Where to workout My first and biggest recommendation would be to set yourself up to workout at home. I…

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    Top 10 Books for your one-year-old

    “There are many little ways to enlarge your world.  Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy   Time and time again, we all hear that one of the best things you can do to help your child develop is to read to them. Research indicates that reading to your child helps them with developing their speech and later with their literacy skills. My mother was a librarian, and I grew up with my nose buried in books and can strongly attest to the benefits it provides; however, I find that it can get extremely tedious reading the same book over and over again to your child. I…

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    First Time Moms: Top 10 Newborn Must-Haves

    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.  Now obviously there are some basics that you absolutely need to have when bringing your newborn home, such as a crib and a car seat. I am going to focus on items beyond that which we found incredibly helpful to have and actually used and leave off the obvious ones. So here are my top 10: Comfortable, Easy to put on 0-3 month sized clothes  Now this may not be true for everyone, but my daughter was out of her newborn…

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    What it is really like being a Working Mom

    I have to admit that before I gave birth to Parker, it never occurred to me that I would not want to go back to work. I had worked for years for my education and then years more advancing up the career ladder; my career was a huge part of how I defined myself as a person. However, after actually giving birth, during my maternity leave, I felt completely torn. My family needed my income financially, but I loathed the idea of leaving that sweet little bundle of joy all day to work. I have to say for those of you out there who have not had your first child yet, it may…

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    Nursery Tour: Gray, Lilac & Elephant Theme

    One part of pregnancy and preparing for baby that I found the most enjoyable (amid all of the nausea, swelling and other less joyous parts of pregnancy) was planning out what the nursery would look like. As a first time mama, I wanted to create a comforting and homey space to bring my little bundle of joy home to. I thoroughly enjoyed pouring over blog posts and youtube tour videos and finding inspiration for my own nursery. I thought I would share our nursery favorites with you, in case you enjoy the planning process as much as this Type A Mama does. I have always been a huge fan of the…

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    Top 10 Tips for Exclusively Pumping Mamas

    For any of you mamas out there who are looking for some advice to make EP (exclusive pumping) life a little bit easier and set you on the road to success, this is a post for you. Disclaimer: This post is not meant to serve as an argument for or against exclusive pumping. This is merely a reflection on what I learned during my pumping journey that I hope can help some of you out there who may end up on a similar path. I personally really wanted to be able to breastfeed exclusively and had a number of failed attempts with multiple lactation consultants, speech therapists, and a body-work…