• Superhero birthday party ideas. Easy, fun, and affordable
    Motherhood,  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”. With no favorites on his end and a very limited knowledge of superheros on my end, I opted for a mash up of superhero. To keep with a general superhero theme, I opted for a palette of red, blue, green, and yellow. Using poster board I created a cityscape…

  • When breastfeeding Comes to an End a letter to my nursing toddler
    Breastfeeding,  Motherhood

    A Letter To My Breastfeeding Toddler

    To my sweet, nearly 3 year old, toddler girl: Would you have believed, almost 3 years ago, that you’d still be nursing today? Probably! In fact, you probably never imaged NOT nursing. 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,  Third Pregnancy

    Bumpdate: 5 months

    We’ve made it to five months littlest lady! I am so happy to be on this side of pregnancy finally! 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,  Third 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! Yesterday we had our anatomy scan and thankfully the little one was cooporative 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. I have leaned most heavily girl but there…

  • Pregnancy Announcement
    Motherhood,  Third Pregnancy

    Exciting News and First Trimester Bumpdate

    We are so excited to announce that we will be adding another little one to our family at the end of the summer! I am from a larger family and 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, I got a positive test…

  • Household inventory sheets save your time and money by making shopping trips simple and quick. Buy only what you need when you need it. Free printable. Great for household binders. Household organization tool.
    Home Binder,  Organization

    Simplify Your Shopping Trips with Household Inventory Sheets

    Have you ever been at the store checkout, certain you have picked up everything your family needed, only to get home and realize the family is running low on something for the home… tissues, toilet paper, or window cleaner? I have and the frustration is almost palpable! In my last post, I shared how overwhelming the mental clutter and mental load of motherhood can be. As moms, we don’t have a lot of extra time in our days and it is frustrating to realize you have to add another shopping trip to the already overflowing schedule. After one too many times of reaching for something only to realize we were…

  • Organizing mental clutter
    Mental Clutter,  Motherhood,  Organization

    The Importance of Organizing Mental Clutter

    There has been a big push in the last few years to de-clutter our homes and organize our physical spaces. There have been many, myself included, that can attest to the positive effects of decreasing physical clutter and creating an organizational system that works for you. But what about our mental clutter? Mental clutter includes all those pesky to-dos, appointments, and schedules that are constantly running through our minds. Our mental clutter consists of all those things that are completed silently and without celebration but are what keeps are family’s lives flowing easily day to day. If you talk with any mom they will tell you that often this form…

  • Tips for organizing seasonal gear
    De-Cluttering,  Organization

    Tips To Easily Organize Seasonal Gear

    This week’s weather brought record-breaking low temperatures to our area and despite my constant yearning for warmer weather it looks like we are still several weeks (or months) away from warmer weather. Colder temperatures are a time when coats, boots, hats, scarves, gloves and more are littering our homes. Without a system in place for storing seasonal gear, you might find yourself digging through the couch cushions looking for your child’s missing mitten. Tips for Organizing Seasonal Gear Living in Indiana (or really the Midwest) means that while we have the seasons, it isn’t always guarenteed each season will stay in its lane. Around these parts, it is not unheard…

  • The magic of toy rotation and open toy display. Watch as your children play longer with fewer toys!
    Organization,  Toys

    The Magic of Toy Rotation and Open Toy Display

    Have you ever found that your children seem to be overwhelmed, bored, or uninterested in the toys at home?  Have you thought maybe it was time to get some new toys to peak their interest again? This was me as a new mom with my first. At the time my son was a toddling near-one-year-old and his toys were kept in a large basket in our living room, he always appeared so uninterested in the toys stored in that basket. Even when I would buy a new toy, the interaction would only last so long before he seemed bored again. It wasn’t much later that I came across Montessori principles and…