Family

Our Family Photo Shoot {September 2014}

posted by Andrea | 09/15/2014 | 24 comments
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Come check out our newest family pictures!

PacaPod Giveaway: The Most Organized Bag I’ve Ever Owned

posted by Andrea | 09/11/2014 | 30 comments
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I’m so excited about today’s giveaway — partially because I know how much this bag has helped me to simplify and organize getting out and about with 2 little kids (something that is otherwise VERY stressful for me). But also because the PacaPod bags are WAY more than “just” diaper bags.

They are stylish everyday bags that work for anyone in any season of life for almost any on-the-go destination!

Family Wall Calendar Giveaway from Calendars and Chores

posted by Andrea | 09/5/2014 | 12 comments
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The back-to-school time of year can be very stressful and chaotic, but CalendarsAndChores.com has the perfect solution.

Their fabulous magnetic calendars are the perfect way to organize all your busy family activities in one convenient spot… so yeah, I’m really excited to be giving away one of their wall calendars today!

Simon @ 6 Months

posted by Andrea | 09/4/2014 | 23 comments
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Simon is 6 months old today!

Our Last Day of Summer Vacation

posted by Andrea | 09/1/2014 | 10 comments
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Today, we’re enjoying Dave’s very last day at home before school starts up, bright and early tomorrow morning.

For one last day this summer, we’re all together ALL DAY LONG. Going for walks, playing outside, eating 3 meals a day at our kitchen table, and snuggling together on the couch (per Nora’s daily request).

Potty Training 101: The Stubborn Child Edition

posted by Andrea | 08/27/2014 | 27 comments
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Nora is potty trained… Hallelujah!

Come check out her big girl undies, her hilarious potty training one-liners, and how we managed to (fairly easily) potty train our very stubborn little girl.

5 Things I’ve Learned About Myself as an Introvert

posted by Andrea | 08/25/2014 | 41 comments
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Over the past couple of years, I’ve spent more time looking into different personality types… and I’ve learned a lot about myself as an introvert.

I do not feel less than, or worse, or slighted, or restrained in any way simply because I lean more towards the introverted spectrum of personalities. I actually find it fascinating to learn more about my personality type and what make me “tick”!

EXPIRED: BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 08/21/2014 | 23 comments
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Our BabyBj√∂rn bouncer is one of the best, if not THE best, piece of baby gear we’ve ever purchased. So yeah, I’m just a teeny, tiny, little bit excited that one of you has the opportunity to win one today!!!!

Come enter to win!

Why We Let Our Kids Watch TV

posted by Andrea | 08/11/2014 | 54 comments
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Both our kids watch a fair amount of TV every day — not because we are horrible parents, or because we don’t have time or energy to play with them, or because they can’t entertain themselves.

Today, I’m sharing the reasoning behind why we let our kids watch TV… and I’d love to know your thoughts on TV and screen time for kids!

Simon @ 5 Months

posted by Andrea | 08/4/2014 | 13 comments
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Simon is 5 months old today — come see cute baby boy (and proud big sister) photos :)

Our Pure Michigan Summer Vacation

posted by Andrea | 07/25/2014 | 20 comments
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Last year, Dave’s family rented a local cottage for a week of fun at the beach. We had such a good time that we thought we’d try it again this year.

Now that Nora is another year older, it was SO fun to watch her swim and play in the sand with her cousins — definitely the highlight of this year’s trip for me!

Simon @ 4 Months – on 4th of July!

posted by Andrea | 07/4/2014 | 11 comments
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Happy Birthday America… and happy 4 months baby Simon. Be prepared for lots of cute pictures!

8 Frugal (or Free) Date Ideas

posted by Andrea | 06/30/2014 | 15 comments
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Today is Dave and my 8-year anniversary!

So in honor of our 8 years together, I’m sharing 8 frugal (or free) date ideas — many of which won’t even require a babysitter.

Because I Don’t Need Flowers to Feel Loved

posted by Andrea | 06/16/2014 | 52 comments
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Today is my birthday!

And instead of giveaways or any other fancy, celebratory post, I’m sharing something that has been on my mind a lot lately. It also just so happens to fit perfectly with this special day.

12 Ideas to Entertain Young Children (no creativity required)

posted by Andrea | 06/10/2014 | 26 comments
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For those of you who have young children, those of you who aren’t necessarily super creative or crafty, and those of you who have no idea what you’re going to do now that your kids are home ALL DAY LONG, here are a few things we do to stay busy…

You’ll notice that most of these activities require little to no creativity, little to no monetary cost, little to no set-up, and little to no clean-up! Win, Win, Win, Win!

Why We’re Loving Netflix + ChromeCast

posted by Andrea | 06/6/2014 | 30 comments
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Over the last few months, our entire family has enjoyed using Netflix with our ChromeCast as we can now watch our favorite shows when and where it’s convenient for us.

These two services have totally transformed the way we watch TV… and today, I’m sharing some of our favorite features of using Netflix with ChromeCast.

Simon @ 3 Months

posted by Andrea | 06/4/2014 | 18 comments
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Simon is 3 months old! He’s rolling over, drooling like crazy, sharing lots of smiles, and sleeping really well! Such a sweet little boy.

30 Don’ts When Visiting a New Mom

posted by Andrea | 05/30/2014 | 117 comments
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After bringing two kids home from the hospital myself and talking with a bunch of friends who also have small children, I came up with a list of 30 things I would personally suggest NOT doing the next time you visit a new mom.

What would YOU add to my list?

Our New Double Stroller

posted by Andrea | 05/28/2014 | 22 comments
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Our brand new double stroller was delivered just over a month ago — yes, you read that right — BRAND NEW!

Aside from diapers, wipes, and other “perishable” items, I think this double stroller was the very first baby thing I’ve ever personally purchased brand new — and today, I’m sharing a bunch of reasons why we’re loving our new stroller!

Our Portable Diaper-Changing Basket

posted by Andrea | 05/22/2014 | 19 comments
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For the most part, when it comes to changing diapers, Dave and I change them on the changing table in the nursery. I would say 98% of the diapers I’ve ever changed in our house have been on the changing table.

However, since we’ve been using the upstairs more, I created a portable diaper-changing basket that ‘lives’ upstairs. This simple 5-minute project has saved me countless trips up and down stairs these past few months!

Nora: One Year After Food Therapy

posted by Andrea | 05/21/2014 | 19 comments
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Exactly one year ago today, this tired, stressed-out mama and her overly-anxious little girl walked through the doors of our second round of food therapy (after the first round failed miserably).

I honestly can’t believe how far we’ve come in just one year… and I hope this post will offer some encouragement to anyone else struggling with high needs children.

A Girl and Her Shoes (plus a giveaway)

posted by Andrea | 05/16/2014 | 1 comment
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I’ve shared Nora’s love of shoes before… I don’t know where she gets it from, but she LOVES her shoes!

Today, I’m sharing our new shoes and giving away a couple pairs of pediped shoes.