Family

Feeding Simon: Why I Chose Bottles

posted by Andrea | 05/21/2015 | 39 comments
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Now that Simon is almost 15 months old, I feel like it’s time to officially publish this post.

I’ve been compiling ideas and content for this post for over a year now — and I’m SOOOOO excited to finally be sharing it with you, especially since I’ve gotten many questions about how I liked using bottles with baby #2!!

10 Creative Wedding Gift Ideas (that work with their registry)

posted by Andrea | 05/14/2015 | 31 comments
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It’s wedding season — which means lots of gift-giving opportunities.

If you’d like to get a little more creative this year — but still honor their registries — I have a bunch of ideas that are relatively simple to implement and can be quite frugal as well.

Our “Going To the Park” Bag

posted by Andrea | 05/6/2015 | 34 comments
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As I’ve mentioned MANY times already, we’re big on walking pretty much anywhere we can walk. And now that Simon is more comfortable on his feet, we’ve been walking to a few local parks during the day.

It used to take me forever to gather up everything we needed for our walk and park visit, but now that I put together our “going to the park” bag, we’re out the door in no time at all!

Simple Beauty Minerals Makeup Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 04/30/2015 | 27 comments
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I’ve never been big on wearing makeup — mostly because I don’t like feeling it on my skin or my lips.

However, recently, I started wearing Simple Beauty Mineral makeup — which gives me a little more polished look and doesn’t feel like I have a mask on. I’m excited to share my review, some before/after pictures, and a giveaway with you today!

The STUFF That Helped Simplify Life After Kids

posted by Andrea | 04/27/2015 | 18 comments
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I’m often asked if there are certain things that helped me to simplify and organize my life with 2 small children around. And while I don’t usually like to advocate for buying more STUFF, there are a handful of things that immediately come to mind when I’m asked these questions.

Today I’m sharing my “list”… and I’d love to know what STUFF would make your list!

One of the Simplest Things I Do to Improve My Health

posted by Andrea | 04/22/2015 | 29 comments
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Although I am definitely NOT a ‘health nut’ by any standards, I have been practicing one extremely healthy habit on a daily basis for the last 15+ years of my life.

It hardly takes any extra effort on my part but it makes a MASSIVE difference in how I look and feel physically, mentally, emotionally, etc. Oh, and it’s completely FREE!

My Morning Routine… and how it sets the tone for my family’s day

posted by Andrea | 04/21/2015 | 43 comments
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Now that Nora is finally sleeping through the night, I’m FINALLY getting back to a more normal morning routine (after a 3-year hiatus!)

It feels great to be back in my early morning groove again — and I can’t believe how simply starting MY day off on the right foot can make such a drastic difference in the mood for my entire family.

Our Very First Family Vacation!

posted by Andrea | 04/17/2015 | 20 comments
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We made it… whew!

Our very first family vacation with kids and I didn’t forget anything, we had a lot of fun, and we all made it home safe and sound (I kind of feel like I deserve a medal or something!)

10 Non-Messy Toddler Activities

posted by Andrea | 04/13/2015 | 23 comments
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About a month ago, I googled “non-messy crafts and activities for toddlers” and literally got almost nothing.

After doing a bit more searching, and asking you guys on Facebook, I came up with a list of 10 of our favorite, relatively simple, non-messy crafts and activities for young children. I’d love to hear any of your ideas as well!

So… What Exactly Is A Top-5 List?

posted by Andrea | 04/3/2015 | 11 comments
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Four years ago, I shared a post about my Top-5 List and how it helps to reduce procrastination and increase productivity.

Today, I’m sharing a follow-up post, answering the many questions I’ve gotten about my Top-5 List… definitely a must-read if you’d like to get more done in less time :)

Feeding Our Kids: Why We Don’t Force Veggies and Allow Snacks

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2015 | 41 comments
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Lately, I’ve heard SO much hype about what our children should and should not be eating… and I’ve honestly just started to completely tune it out.

I know I’m not a dietitian, but I will say that micro-managing the food my kids eat each day is VERY far down on my list of daily concerns. Here’s why…

Creating Change When You Just Feel Too Busy

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2015 | comment
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If you can relate to feeling too busy, I hope the ideas and concepts in this post will be helpful and encouraging for you — and, more importantly, I hope they will motivate you to make some changes in your life.

In my own personal experience, I’ve never once regretted creating that change yet!

6 Giveaways: BabyBjorn High Chair + Feeding Accessories!

posted by Andrea | 03/26/2015 | 12 comments
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You all know how much I appreciate, enjoy, and utilize the BabyBjörn products on a daily basis (multiple times every day to be exact).

Well today, I’m super excited to be offering SIX fabulous BabyBjörn giveaways — featuring their incredible line of feeding products for both infants and toddlers!

How One of My Greatest Strengths Became a Huge Weakness as a Parent

posted by Andrea | 03/24/2015 | 20 comments
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One of my greatest strengths (at least in my opinion) is that I am generally a very confident person… HOWEVER, when it came to parenting and becoming a mother for the very first time, confidence was nowhere in my vocabulary.

10 Ways to Be a Lifelong Learner – No School Required

posted by Andrea | 03/20/2015 | 15 comments
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One of my college professors would always say “If you stop learning, you stop living” and I fully agree. There is so much joy and satisfaction that comes from learning and developing a new skill.

Even if you aren’t a “book nerd” (believe me, I’m not either) and don’t really love the idea of going back to school, there are still MANY ways you can be a lifelong learner.

Working From Home With Kids: Creating Structure and Being Flexible

posted by Andrea | 03/17/2015 | 24 comments
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I’ve already shared various posts about what a typical day in my life looks like, but I thought it might be interesting to share more about how I make the working + raising babies + housework happen… without feeling like I’m totally stressed out or way too busy.

I think there are 2 key factors for me to be able to work from home with kids — I’m sharing more in today’s post!

Practical Advice for Expectant Parents (and so many others)

posted by Andrea | 03/13/2015 | 16 comments
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Are you expecting a new baby (whether it’s your 1st or your 5th)?

If so, I’ve got a list of practical advice and to-dos you can complete and cross off your list NOW, and then rest a little easier knowing that some of these important tasks are out of the way before baby arrives (can you tell I’m already starting to think ahead for baby #3!)

Simon’s Thomas the Train 1st Birthday Party

posted by Andrea | 03/10/2015 | 21 comments
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Last week, Simon had a birthday… and this past weekend, we had the privilege of celebrating with him!

Although Simon had a double ear infection and I ran out of frosting for the cake, it was a very fun, festive, and frugal first birthday party — and lots of memories were made!

Simon @ 1 Year!!

posted by Andrea | 03/4/2015 | 28 comments
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Yes, you read the title of this post correctly — baby Simon is a whole year old already!!

Compared to Nora’s first year, I feel like Simon’s first year just FLEW by — after all, wasn’t it just last week when we took our squishy baby home from the hospital?

101 Reasons My Toddler Had a Tantrum… Today

posted by Andrea | 03/2/2015 | 75 comments
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Nora is right smack in the middle of the “terrible threes” as I’ve heard them called :)

Last week, we had one particularly rough day that had me in bed, sound asleep by about 9:15pm… but only after making a massive list of EVERY SINGLE THING Nora had a tantrum about during the day!