Babies require a lot of gear! I can’t even guess how many of these checklists I’ve read over the last five years—probably an embarrassing amount. For first-time parents, dipping your toes into the overwhelming amount of gear is tricky. I had no idea where to begin and what we’d really need. There are so many things to choose from and they come in so many varieties. And then it’s fairly inconvenient that newborns and babes are a very particular bunch (as are the parents that come with them!). Some babies take a bottle or pacifier, some don’t. Some love the swing, others scream.
The products you try to guess will be the favorites might end up in the giveaway pile, so there can be some guesswork. But I thought I’d take time to get down the items that have been so helpful to us. This is our comprehensive must have checklist 🙂 And I’ve created a printable registry checklist that’s at the bottom. Happy preparing! Continue reading “Ultimate Baby Registry Checklist!”
Avocado season is back! At least, they’re not four bucks a pop for now, ha. The welcoming of Spring-like weather somehow helps my fruit and veggie cravings grow. And that strong desire for cozy baked winter dishes like buttered, maple drenched pancakes or cheesy, sausage and kale quiche (you know, just general cravings, right?) are suddenly exchanged with cravings for fresh, crunchy, green with delicious ripe fruit! Avocado is the perfect in between with it’s fresh flavor Continue reading “Simply Deicious Avocado Toast”
It’s time to think about packing for the hospital! With every baby, we’ve learned something new. We have certainly brought some really odd and or unnecessary items over the years. Our first stay was unexpectedly long and came complete with too-short nightgowns, halfway packed toiletries kits and James with his fancy button-shirt and no pajamas! Continue reading “My Hospital Bag Checklist”
I can’t believe it buddy.. you’re five! Our little boy who feels suddenly huge, full of activity, wonder, thoughts, intelligence, kindness, love! I can hardly believe it. He has been waiting to be 5 since his friend Micah turned 5, two years ago. Seriously though. This couldn’t be a more exciting milestone (although he’s already set the next goal at 9! Ha). Continue reading “Our Luke is five!”
Baby brother’s due date is coming closer and closer! We are 34 weeks tomorrow and I’m a little in shock at how close the finish line is. I’ve had little thoughts here and there about labor and delivery and what’s coming and it’s difficult to believe that’s all around the corner. Continue reading “34 Week Pregnancy Update”
I feel like Spring is so excellent at reminding me that all my formerly covered up limbs need some serious care and vitamin D! Layering on extra moisturizer, drinking ample amounts of water and giving myself a good exfoliating scrub helps to bring my skin out of hibernation.
I have a few scrubs that I like to use, but in the spirit of spring, I thought a fresh, lemony scrub would do the trick. Continue reading “Beauty DIY—Lemon Sugar Body Scrub”
My nesting instincts have been afoot and toy organization has been on the receiving end of some major purging! We’ve been working on slimming down toy collections to just the absolute favorites. It was time; I was discouraged coming across bins of mismatched toys that end up getting trashed or forgotten because of the hot mess. I’ve had my thinking cap on as I explored storage ideas so thought I’d share a few that keep us on track! Continue reading “Staying Organized—Toy Storage Solutions”
Mealtimes can be a marathon with small children, especially anyone under five (which is 100 percent of our kids at this current moment, ha). Our two oldest are coming to the age where they can are readily helpful around mealtime, and are interested in doing it! I love to have their help in the kitchen; they are some of the sweetest moments. They are Continue reading “How to Involve Toddlers in Mealtime Prep”
These days, I am especially prone to a relaxing evening at home. If I haven’t fallen asleep on the couch by 7pm, then I am usually looking for a few things to help me wind down, recharge and relax. I am currently forgetful about what it’s like to have energy in the nighttime hours, and usually enjoy being productive or socializing after the sun goes down. For now, if I find myself in any position where my head can rest on something soft, you’ll lose me for sure. I am finding that there’s actually much to be buzzing about as spring quickly approaches (not just babies!) so if you’re also in need of a quiet night like me, here is my perfect recipe. Continue reading “Tips for a Relaxing Evening at Home”