Category: Parenting

Holiday Gifts the Toddler Actually Wants

Holiday Gifts the Toddler Actually Wants

This is the season for gift gifting, and gift guides are everywhere with suggestions for mom, dad, kids, and more. But Toddlers have their own ideas of what toys they want most, and today I’m sharing my Toddler’s opinion on the matter. Hint: the Toddler will always prefer the everyday household items and will play with them over and over. Toys the Toddler actually wants: Slippers. The fuzzier the better. Preferably when Mama is changing and doesn’t want to walk barefoot on the cold tile. Toddler steals Mama’s slippers every time, but sometimes he brings them back. Plastic containers with lids. […]

Posted December 2, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, , / 25 Comments
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To my son, on your first birthday

To my son, on your first birthday

  Dear sweet little Baby H, Do you know you just had a birthday? You are one now; no longer a little baby, though you’re still my little man. You’re a toddler now and are really becoming aware of yourself and all that is around you. You are curious and are always trying new things. I love to watch you explore and grow. It was amazing to watch you start crawling, and now you’re a pro at that and have moved on to bigger things, like walking. Just a month ago you were barely taking a few steps, and now […]

Posted November 17, 2015 by Julie in Family, Parenting, Smurfberry, / 11 Comments
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DIY Toy Box, Upcycle a Diaper Box

DIY Toy Box, Upcycle a Diaper Box

I recently decided to try out a DIY project I saw an idea for online.  I saw a post talking about upcyling a diaper box and turning it into a nice basket, and I thought, why not try to do something similar but maybe a little easier? So I turned one into a toy box! My supplies are simple because I’m not very crafty or into complicated projects. I bought some and found matching fabric (total win!) – and that was that. I also used regular scissors to cut the fabric and contact paper into the right size, and some […]

Posted November 9, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts, / 38 Comments
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DIY Stone Fireplace Bumper #Babyproofing

DIY Stone Fireplace Bumper #Babyproofing

We have a lovely stone fireplace in our living room, but it stopped being lovely when we realized our little one could really hurt himself if he fell on it. So my awesome hubby came up with a great DIY project to construct a bumper, and I helped a bit! Of course, he did all the hard work, I just helped hold the boards together and pick out the fabric. And take pictures along the way. Because #blogging. We started with measuring the fireplace (measure twice, cut once!) and gathering our supplies. We needed several two by fours, and of […]

Posted November 2, 2015 by Julie in Home, Parenting, TopPosts, , / 14 Comments
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The Beginning of the End of my Breastfeeding Journey

The Beginning of the End of my Breastfeeding Journey

As my baby nears his first birthday, I wanted to reflect on our breastfeeding journey since I know it is coming to a close. My baby is about to turn one. ONE! My goal was to breastfeed for one year, and so I can say I have met this goal. However, I can’t say I met it successfully. I’ve struggled with low supply and nursing refusal since the beginning, and it looks like this is how the journey will also end. I’m only pumping at work once a day now, and I’m only getting one ounce of breast milk. It is time […]

Posted October 29, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, / 14 Comments
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Flying With Frozen Breast Milk

Flying With Frozen Breast Milk

I recently had to fly back to California to help with a funeral for my Grandmother, and I chose to go alone, leaving Baby H with Hubby at home. This was my first time being away from the baby, so I had to pump and freeze the 3 days I was gone. I wanted to share some quick tips based on what I learned during that experience. Pumping and Freezing Breast Milk I brought my pump as a carry-on (kind of a guard it with your life and don’t trust the luggage people situation) even though I didn’t actually pump on […]

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5 Tips to fight the Mommy Guilt

5 Tips to fight the Mommy Guilt

Mommy guilt is a topic new Moms get familiar with pretty quickly. There is so much we want to do for our child, think we should be doing, and yet aren’t able to for whatever reason. I think we are being unfair to ourselves for allowing ourselves to feel all this guilt. Tips to fight the Mommy Guilt   Get out of your own head! Most of the guilt is caused by your own brain over-analyzing things and telling you what you should be doing and comparing it to what you’re not. Let your heart lead, and if your heart […]

Posted September 21, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, Tips and Resources, TopPosts, / 151 Comments
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Why I’m no longer against cry it out

Why I’m no longer against cry it out

Before I had the baby, I was pretty sure I was anti-cry-it-out. I just couldn’t imagine sitting there listening to my little baby scream and cry and not be doing anything about it. But I realize now you really have to try everything to see what works for your family and situation. It took us a long time to start sleep training Baby H. I wanted to wait until he was old enough to start making patterns in his sleep, but then we hit a huge road bump with him needing to wear the DOC Band. That forced us to […]

Posted August 31, 2015 by Julie in Opinionated, Parenting, TopPosts, / 55 Comments
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