• Tips for planning a stress-free birthday party
    Organization,  Parties,  Simplicity

    8 Tips for Planning a Stress-Free Birthday Party

    When our oldest, Asher, was turning one year old, I felt an overwhelming pressure to plan the perfect first birthday party. Hours. and I do mean HOURS, were spent, leading up to the day scouring Pinterest for ideas, creating invitations and decorations by hand, baking his cake and preparing food, and planning every detail of the day. I created multiple “activities” for our guests including a photo booth, picture frames to decorate, masks and coloring pages for kids, and even elaborate favors (that I forgot to hand out until most people were gone). Adding to the mess, three weeks before Asher’s party I started a new job. So needless to…

  • 7 months pregnant
    Motherhood,  Pregnancy

    7 Month Pregnant Bumpdate

    We are officially in the home stretch! This pregnancy felt like it moved so slow through the first trimester. Every day felt so long and the weeks even slower. Then BAM second trimester is over. I can hardly believe here we are sitting in the third trimester! It feels so unreal that we will be welcoming home our final little one in just a couple short months! Baby Update Our little lady is doing great! She is moving and squirming every day! She is still very active at night, especially when we are settling down for the bed. It honestly feels like she moves more than either of the other…

  • Parties

    Nella the Princess Knight Birthday Party

    Just a few weeks ago celebrated our little Ellery turning three! This last year has been so fun as she has really come into her own as a person. Over the last several months she has been finding what brings her joy and it is exciting for us to experience. One of the things that bring her immense joy is Nella the Princess Knight. Who is Nella the Princess Knight? Now if you are confused like I was, let me fill you in. Nella the Princess Knight is an adorable, but obscure, Nickelodeon show for little ones. But Ellery found her love for it when she found Nella books at…

  • Third pregnancy bumpdate. 6 months pregnant with third baby.
    Motherhood,  Pregnancy

    6 Months Pregnant Bumpdate

    At the start of this pregnancy, it felt like this we were moving slowly. Each day I was worried for our little one’s safety. After Ellery’s birth, being pregnant this go-around has been filled with a higher degree of worry and anxiety around this pregnancy. I struggled to not give in to worry during the first trimester, but things have improved now that I am 6 months pregnant. Each time I feel her little body squirm I am reminded of the miracle that she, and her siblings, truly are. I will continue to trust and have faith that this little lady will be perfect! At 6 months pregnant, we are…

  • Superhero birthday party ideas. Easy, fun, and affordable
    Parties

    Super Hero Birthday Party

    Last weekend we celebrated Asher turning five with a superhero themed birthday party! In all of the birthday parties I have planned, I have to admit this one was one of my favorites! Over the last year, Asher has grown to love superheros. Not any specific hero or even league but rather just the idea of superheros helping stop “bad guys”. Simple Superhero Party Details With no favorite superheroes on Asher’s end and very limited knowledge of superheroes on my end, I opted for a mash-up of superheroes. To keep with a general superhero party theme, I opted for a palette of red, blue, green, and yellow. Using poster board…

  • When breastfeeding Comes to an End a letter to my nursing toddler
    Breastfeeding,  Mental Health,  Motherhood,  Post Partum

    A Letter To My Breastfeeding Toddler

    To my sweet, nearly 3 year old, breastfeeding toddler: Would you have believed, almost 3 years ago, that you’d still be breastfeeding today? Probably! In fact, you probably never imaged NOT breastfeeding. You might not realize it, but our journey in nursing started off a bit non-traditional due to your short NICU stay. But even after a tumultuous birth you came out ready for milk. I was so worried nursing would be difficult due to your birth but you latched, fed, burped and fell fast asleep. After that first session, there was no turning back.  In no time, you and I were a cohesive milkin’ team. As a baby, you…

  • 20 week pregnancy update. Third pregancy
    Motherhood,  Pregnancy

    Bumpdate: 5 Months Pregnant

    We’ve made it to 5 months pregnant littlest lady! I am so happy to finally be on this side of pregnancy! Those first few months were a mash-up of worry, joy, midnight research, switching doctors… It is just such a relief to be here where I feel like I can sit back and enjoy the rest of this beautiful journey! Baby Update: Baby is officially a girl! We were able to see her in the anatomy scan last week and it was such fun! We were able to see that she is developing beautifully and was super active. She was kicking and rolling all over. Speaking of, she has been…

  • Easy and affordable non-candy Easter basket ideas for toddlers and preschoolers
    Gift Guides,  Holidays

    Easy Toddler and Preschool Easter Basket Ideas

    Easter season is upon us. These days the Easter is slowly becoming the Christmas of the spring. And if you are like me, you might find yourself stuck between asking yourself the questions “when did Easter baskets and Easter morning become about such material things?” and “What will I put in my kid’s Easter basket this year?” I personally haven’t jumped on board the extravagant Easter basket set-ups but it is fun putting together a basket that the kiddos will enjoy on Easter morning. Here are a few examples of easy and affordable, yet fun non-candy items you can put into an Easter basket for toddlers and pre-schoolers. 1. Books…

  • Simple gender reveal fun for baby number three
    Motherhood,  Pregnancy

    Old Wives Tales and Third Pregnancy Gender Reveal

    The time has come! We are finally far enough along to learn the sex of little baby three! We are excited to share our gender reveal! Yesterday we had our anatomy scan and thankfully the little one was cooperative in letting us know which clothing to take out of the attic. With both of my previous pregnancies I had a strong “feeling” what baby was going to be well before we were able to find out. I just knew Asher was a boy and Ellery was a girl. These silly siblings can’t wait to share the good news! Gut Instict With this little one, it has not been that easy.…

  • Pregnancy Announcement
    Motherhood,  Pregnancy

    Exciting News and First Trimester Bumpdate

    We are so excited to announce our third pregnancy! We are so excited that we will be adding another little one to our family at the end of the summer! Being from a larger family, I knew pretty early on that I wanted a bigger family. I love the joy-filled chaos that comes with having a larger family. I personally have always dreamed of having a home filled with our kiddos. As of now I am currently 16 weeks along and am so happy to be well into the second trimester! Being a relatively impatient person, I just couldn’t wait to take a test. With both of my other pregnancies,…