Do you go on hikes as a family? I know it’s hard to break away from the electronics and it sometimes feels like there’s too much work to do inside to get out of the house, but it’s important to set aside time for an outdoor activity like hiking as a family. I’m making an effort to hike more with my family this Summer, and am sharing some key reasons you should too (along with a Northside shoe giveaway)!
It’s one of those things that you don’t know you need so badly until you have it — a smart home. A fridge that texts you a grocery list or house that talks to you might be a bit extreme for the everyday family, but there are ways to have a smart, helpful home that isn’t only practical but more affordable. Keep reading for 3 ways to make your home smarter! Read more
When my daughter recently came home with an Earth Day assignment to create art from trash we both had a pretty good laugh about it. You see, she’s already known as the person who won’t throw anything away in our house and loves to make little projects with everything she can get her hands on. I’m not a fan of the clutter, but I love watching her creativity. This had me thinking though, what are some other ways we can make Earth Day assignments a regular thing all year long, just like her little trash art projects? I came up with 5! Keep reading for easy ways to be green all year long. Read more
With 6 years between my kids, holding a newborn again almost felt like the first time all over again. I had the memory of doing all this before, though, and so much more information this time around. So instead of being afraid of that first big bath at home, I felt prepared. Here are my tips for baby’s first bath. Read more
The only thing to expect in birthing is the unexpected. It’s one of those events where you need to prepare yourself as best you can for the outcome you’d like while also knowing that it may not go as planned. My plan for a natural birth with my daughter turned into an early induction loaded with hospital interventions. My son’s birth? It happened naturally and took just 20 minutes. Seriously. This is the story of River’s birth. Read more
Is your master bedroom a peaceful oasis from your kids, or an enjoyable space to share with the littles? I co-sleep with my daughter so my master bedroom has always had her and all of her toys in it, despite her having her own room. But when we moved to our new home recently I decided that I’d re-design the space a bit, minus all of Savannah’s toys. Keep reading to see how I made a comfortable bright and simple master bedroom space for adults that accommodates the kids, too.
The mint, gray and white color combo is huge this year. I noticed it as a rising trend while at the ABC Expo in October and immediately started planning my son’s nursery room with these colors paired with a star, moon and cloud theme. Not only does this room design allow for great color contrast, but it’s gender-neutral and simply gorgeous. Keep reading to see more! Read more
You’ve prepped baby’s bed, the car seat’s in the car and your hospital bag is packed (or birthing pool is set up at home). Everything is ready for when baby is born . . . but are you? One of the most important things that parents-to-be don’t learn in birth education classes is to expect the unexpected. Even if you have all the items you’re told you’ll need when baby arrives you could not be ready. Becoming a parent adds a whole new dimension to a person emotionally, physically and psychologically — you won’t be the same. So before you give birth, there are just a few more tips you need to read. Seven, actually, and I hope that these help you with one of the most magical events to take place — your child’s birth. Read more
What you eat after having a baby is just as important as what you’re eating while pregnant — Which is exactly why I’m trying to be better about eating healthy foods that do a lot for my body. Since beans are a great source of protein and fiber (two things a breastfeeding mama really needs) I tried my hand at making a quick 10-minute hummus that allows for easy healthy snacking. Click through to print the recipe and give it a try! Read more