• Where’d You Get That Play Mat?

    Where'd you get that awesome playmat? Sourcing and reviewing my favorite playmat for baby.

    Time for another installment of “where’d you get that ______?” After the bath seat, the current most frequently asked product question is about our playmat. It is big so baby can crawl and roll around with plenty of space to play (I took out our living room area rug and put this in its place), thick so when they are rolling or practicing sitting up they don’t bonk their heads on the floor, and comes in great colors and patterns so that it isn’t terrible to look at. My favorite part is that it is one piece (instead of those terrible puzzle piece style playmats that babies take apart within two seconds — I super hate those!) and can just roll up and be stored when it isn’t in use or when you are done with it. We use it every single day. It would also make a good yoga/exercise mat for home use, which might motivate some nap time postpartum exercising. It even makes our floor so comfy my husband likes to lay on it to watch tv and it has become the go-to play area for all of my kids 🙂 Read More »

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    Stationery For Your Family Events From Basic Invite

    Stationery for your family milestone events with Basic Invite | Oh Lovely Day

    You might think that after your wedding you’ll never have a use for stationery again. And if you are a paper lover like me, that would be a huge bummer. But the good news is there are SO many more occasions for sending cards and ordering invites long after your wedding, — from baby shower invitations to birth announcements, party invites to holiday cards. And you can get stationery for every occasion all in one place with Basic Invite. Read More »

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    Where’d You Get That Bath Seat?

    Friday FAQ: Where'd You Get That Bath Seat? | Sourcing the best bath seat ever

    I get asked a lot of questions on social media about mom-related stuff. But one of the most popular questions I’ve gotten in the last few months is “where did you get that bath seat!?” So I thought it would be helpful to post it here, so I can always just reference this post and you can all put your little ones in this great bath seat too. Read More »

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    Baby Gear & Baby Tech Gamechangers

    New Baby Gear & Tech That Will Make Your Life as a Parent Easier | Stuff You Need for Baby 2016

    Before Quincy was born this year, I thought I knew all there was to know about baby gear. He’s only 18 months younger than my middle child, so I assumed not much had changed. Then I discovered all the new stuff out there — baby gear and tech products that are absolute game changers. So even though I didn’t plan to add many new things to our list of essentials the third time around, I couldn’t resist picking up some of the innovative, cool baby gear that’s really been life changing with baby #3. Read More »

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    How to Breastfeed While Babywearing

    such great info to help you learn how to breastfeed while baby wearing, which is a lifesaver especially if you have other small children! Tips, which baby wearing carriers to try, and video tutorials!! Must pin for every nursing mama.

    Wanna know the best kept secret of survival for second time mommas (or third or fourth, etc.) with other young children? Breastfeeding while babywearing! It is something I always wanted to be able to do but could never quite master. Until the third time around. This time I have it down, and it is a lifesaver, I tell ya.

    Every baby, boob, and nursing situation is different and not all moms or babies may be able to accomplish nursing while babywearing. I always thought I was one of those moms. You might be one with baby #2, but with baby #3 you figure it out, so it is definitely worth trying with each baby and at different ages if it is something you want to be able to do. Read More »

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    •  Continuing the Halloween theme today because I'm in a Halloween mood  Last year. My favorite movie as a kid became Charlie's favorite last year and he wanted to be Jareth so bad. I wasn't sure I could pull it off, but we did. Even down to dressing Calvin as Toby because he was the perfect age. I don't think it will ever get better than this for me. #dancemagicdance #babewiththepower #labyrinth  Motherhood is a constantly evolving state of total joy, exhausted agony, superhuman strength, and very human failures. As soon as you celebrate that superhuman successful day, it is replaced with new challenges. And just when you think you can't go one more day, you get a day so magical you want to have ten more babies. I'm in the midst of one of those exhausted phases again but I keep trying to remind myself that it is this phase that makes the magical days shine brighter. In the wise words of Miley Cyrus (I'm actually serious): it's all about the climb.  We've got this mamas. (Tag a momma who needs to get cheesy and read the words to a Miley Cyrus song ) #battlefieldmotherhood _______________________________________________ I can almost see it. That dream I'm dreaming, But there's a voice inside my head saying, "You'll never reach it." Every step I'm takin' Every move I make feels lost with no direction, My faith is shakin' But I, I gotta keep tryin' Gotta keep my head held high There's always gonna be another mountain I'm always gonna wanna make it move Always gonna be an uphill battle Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose Ain't about how fast I get there Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side It's the climb The struggles I'm facing The chances I'm taking Sometimes might knock me down, But no, I'm not breaking I may not know it, But these are the moments That I'm gonna remember most  Just gotta keep goin', And I, I gotta be strong Just keep pushing on, 'Cause... There's always gonna be another mountain I'm always gonna wanna make it move Always gonna be an uphill battle Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose Ain't about how fast I get there Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side It's the climb.
       Countdown to Halloween is on! Reminiscing about that time Charlie was @macklemore for Halloween, 2013. Kid was two weeks shy of three and played the part to a tee. What is your favorite costume you or your kids ever did? #isthatyourgrandmascoat #poppintags #charlieasmacklemore #babymacklemore #bornentertainer #charlesdashiell  We have this hat, passed down to Charlie from my friend's little boy, then passed down to Calvin. It's just a simple grey hat but it is so so cute and is the thing that my boys wear the most in the toddler years. It holds so much sentimental value for me. Well yesterday I took the babies on a walk and somewhere along the way Calvin chucked it. He also tossed his shoes but I saw those right away. It wasn't until we stopped for lunch that I realized the hat was gone. I was so sad about it that I retraced our steps to see if I could find it. No luck. I'm pretty sure he tossed it in Goodwill while I was digging for stuff for our Halloween costumes. Which means it is gone, because when you lose something in Goodwill it is seriously like looking for a needle in a haystack. I've been sick about it ever since, which I know is silly. It's just a hat, after all. But it's one of those things that I was planning to pass to Quincy and then save forever and when I was old and grey I would dig it out of the attic and take a walk down memory lane. You moms know what I'm talking about. But it's gone and all I have are photos and the memories. Luckily Calvin had started putting it on Quincy's head and last week I snapped this picture. Charlie and Calvin both kept saying "cuuuuuuute" ❤️ I hope it makes its way onto another little boy's head someday #thefredrickboys #calvinandquincy #brudders #thebrotherhoodofthegreytoddlerhat
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