My little guy is really in the Christmas spirit this year and I love it! He’s very curious and asks me many questions about the holiday, some that leave me quite puzzled. I’ve started doing a few of our own holiday traditions this year and a few that my mom used to do with my sister and I when we were growing up. One of those traditions was Christmas stockings. We always looked forward to our stockings on Christmas morning and my mom would fill them with the best things. Usually something we could use (socks, undergarments, hats, gloves), something
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It’s easy to show love when I feel loved. It’s also easy to show love when I’m full of love. But when my love-tank is on “E,” whether it’s because I’m stressed out and over-booked, work is crazy, or everyone in the family is tired and crabby, well, it’s just not as easy. I know I am loved. And for this, I am so blessed and grateful. My husband is affectionate and a true partner. He knows the way to my heart is through acts of service — doing the dishes, picking up the house, or cleaning out the cars.
Beautiful autumn trees, crisp air, a warm fire, cider, eggnog, and big family celebrations are right around the corner. This REALLY IS the most wonderful time of year! When it’s cold outside, I find so much joy spending time creating delicious food in my warm kitchen. I love to bake and I LOVE sweets, so that is usually what I contribute to potluck events. Here are some of my favorite tried-and-true holiday recipes. I get compliments every time! I have a huge family and there are tons of kids, so I stick with traditional desserts that everyone likes. But I
The holidays are here, and most kids will put a new toy or two on their holiday wishlist. I started to think about the toys I’d get my little guy this year, and it made me wish I could take a trip back in time just to soak up a few of the fun things I did as a kid. I’m always looking for toys that brought me joy when I was younger and I want to share the same experiences with children. I’ve been able to find a few of my favorite toys, but some of them are non-existent these days.
Every now and then, you need a little something to make you feel better and give you a boost of cheer. Whether it be a compliment, a piece of chocolate or even a nap, a little pick-me-up can go a long way, especially when you’re a mom. Here are some of my tips to make any mom feel good. Tackle the Difficult Task: Have you been dreading organizing your daughter’s closet? Spend a couple hours and do it. It feels amazing to get something done that you have been putting off. Be Grateful: Write a gratitude list in your journal or spend
My sweet baby boy is nearly a week old, and I can’t get enough of this newborn stage. There’s just something extra sweet about having a tiny little human around who just made their debut on this planet. Since this is my third baby, I know all too well that the days seem long, but the months are short. This phase of his life is just going to fly by so I’m taking in all my favorite things about having a newborn while I still can. My favorite part of the newborn phase is cuddles. There is no better feeling than
I love Halloween! Actually, I just love dressing up and being someone else for a day. Long before I had my daughter, I had a collection of future baby Halloween costume ideas. However, the DIY daddy costume wasn’t on that list, but this is something I’d strongly consider if you’re looking for something quick and easy! My baby would look EXACTLY like my husband, so of course, I had to take advantage of the opportunity because I don’t know how long this strong resemblance will last. I decided to take the most recognizable features of Lola’s dad and create a look that everyone would
As I’ve gotten further into this whole wife and mommy thing, I’ve learned how important it is to have a plan (and budget) when it comes to dinner and meal planning. Since our household only has one income, I had to find a few tricks to make it work and when I did, I wondered why it took me so long! What had I been doing all those years?! Make a list and check it twice. Seriously. Do not walk into a store without a list. This will help navigate you through every aisle and, as long as you have the will
Directions are for idiots — or so I thought. As a general rule, I like to figure things out for myself without the help of instructions. This has typically worked for me except for when I started cloth diapering. After a couple months into it, I was so frustrated and I thought cloth diapers didn’t work. They always leaked, had horrendous stains and smelled awful. Then, I decided to get on the Cotton Babies website and read some directions. Little did I know I was making some common cloth diaper mistakes. Mistake #1: Follow the “before use” instructions on the diaper label. I
At 33 weeks pregnant, I need to start thinking about what to pack in my hospital bag for labor, delivery, and postpartum. This is my third baby, so I guess you could say I’ve learned which items are a must.. the items that are nice to have, but not a necessity.. and the items I didn’t even touch during the two or three-day stay. The necessities: New Mama Bottom Spray: This has already come in handy during my third trimester to soothe the swelling “down there” as baby puts more pressure on my lower regions. I didn’t have this product postpartum with my