2016 Gift Guides: Sister & Best Friend

Although it may feel like the remaining holiday shopping days are quickly dwindling, I like to consider this the point in the holiday season when I hit my stride. I’m living for those last minute sales and free shipping, guaranteed by Christmas. I must get it from my mom—the woman can Christmas shop down to the wire! If you’re like me (and my mom), and you’re still working on your list, good news—I’ve still got a few more gift guides to share with you. And, this week is all about your sister and best friend. Happy Shopping!

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2016 Gift Guides: $50 And Under for Him & Her

Happy Black Friday, y’all! Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving. If you haven’t started already, it’s now officially acceptable to start your holiday shopping. To help you navigate through the sales and check everyone off your list, for the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my 2016 gift guides. Let’s get shopping with my first budget friendly guide: gifts for him and her under $50.fullsizerender-14gifts-for-her-under-50Read More

Baby Ben’s Favorite Things: 0-3 Months

I’ve admitted to my sister-in-law, whose baby girl, Madeline, is just 2 days older than Ben, that I copied her baby registry. I’m talking pretty close to item for item. But, in my defense, she has great taste, I knew she had done her research and I trust her opinions on such things. It was pretty much the CliffsNotes version of baby registry. This was helpful considering the first time Mike and I set foot into Babies-R-Us it quickly became clear that we 1. had underestimated the amount of stuff babies “need” and 2. needed a bigger place.

It’s pretty crazy just how many things it takes to successfully get us through the day. And, to be honest, this list is just the tip of the iceberg. So, I really tried to narrow it down to our tried and true favorites—“Ben’s best of.”

Just a few notes: #9 makes on-the-go formula feedings much more clean and efficient, #14 a backpack diaper bag is a must for me—being hands-free is so important, #19 these PJs were a gift from one of my besties—they are the softest, coziest PJs Ben has, #22 speaking of soft, this bamboo swaddle is our go-to for bedtime, #25 Ben sleeps in it every night and it plays music that even makes me sleepy (as if I needed any help).fullsizerender-14-copybens-favoritesRead More

Taking A Pause

Today I was planning to post about my favorite mom and baby products, but since the polls closed late Tuesday and Donald Trump was named our President Elect early Wednesday, I’ve had trouble focusing on much else. I mentioned last week that I didn’t want to discuss politics here, or anywhere for that matter—and, I still don’t. But, like most people, this election has taken up a lot of space in my life—I’ve read countless posts on social media, watched hours of coverage, read tons of articles and sat through every debate. And right now I feel like maybe I’d be missing an opportunity if I didn’t address the way I’m feeling. So, those mom and baby products will have to wait until next week.

I woke up on Tuesday morning with so much excitement, so much hope. Mike and I planned to get to the polls as soon as they opened. Sure enough we pulled into the parking lot at 6:25am, with time to spare—impressive for us, especially these days. We were greeted by an already long line that extended far out the door. The wait was no problem—I would have happily waited longer if I had to. An hour later I was casting my vote, Ben right by my side in his stroller, clutching a tiny stuffed dog, dousing it in baby slobber—totally unaware of what was happening—unaware of the weight and importance that moment held. Afterwards, on the way out the door I grabbed two of those token “I voted” stickers, one for me and one for Ben. I spent the rest of the day proud. Optimistic. Ready.

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