• Pregnancy Announcement
    Motherhood,  Pregnancy,  Third 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,…

  • Organizing mental clutter
    Mental Clutter,  Mental Health,  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…

  • Motherhood

    2019. New Year, New Focus

    Hello friends! Happy Post-Christmas Season! Hopefully, you are all recovering nicely from the holiday fun of last week! We had a busy, but great Christmas week with the finale of a simple day at home on Christmas day. Since reviving Knot to Nest in the summer of 2018, I have been working to find my voice, my passions, and my place. I find myself sitting over here on the cusp of the new year, looking to make changes and find and finally chase my true passions. In my five years of motherhood, I have found myself drawn more and more to a life of simplicity and organization. It is in…

  • Gift Experience Ideas for Children
    Christmas,  Holidays,  Intentional Living,  Motherhood

    25 Experience Gifts For Children

    We are only two weeks away from Christmas! Can you believe it? If you are a parent then you have likely already received your share of the following over the last weeks: “what should I get ____ for Christmas?”; “Do you think he’d like this toy?”; “I saw this giant ____ and I bet she would just love it!” As family and friends begin wanting to shower your kiddos with gifts this holiday season, it may begin to feel overwhelming and stressful. If you are anything like I was two years ago, you may even feel bad for wanting to tell family and friends “thanks but no thanks!”. It is…

  • Open-ended preschool toys
    Favorite Toys Guides,  Motherhood,  Toys

    Open-ended Toy Ideas for Preschoolers

    Our eldest Asher is four and a half this Christmas and fully present in the preschooler age group.  Over the last year, he has developed and honed in on his own interests. He is also in school for the first time and the influence of his peers has started to sway his wish list this holiday season. Both of these changes have made the list making a bit more of an adventure, but never fear, you don’t have to give into noise and do-it-for-them toys just because they are older. There are still quality, open-ended toys for kids as they continue to grow.  Open-ended toys are a favorite in our…

  • Open-ended toy recommendations for toddlers
    Christmas,  Favorite Toys Guides,  Holidays,  Motherhood

    Open-ended Christmas Gift Ideas for Toddlers

    After nearly a week of unexplained coughing and feeling pretty crummy, I am finally back to continue the Holiday Toy Series. If you missed it, don’t forget to check out:  5 Benefits of Open-ended Toys Open-ended Gift Guide for Babies It is officially Christmas season and that means, for many, gift shopping is getting underway. If you are looking for ideas on what to get your toddlers, then you’ve come to the right place! Toddler life… such a fun yet exhausting time of early parenthood. It is a time when our littles one are more mobile, more opinionated, and starting to dive into the world of imaginative play. This is…

  • Open-ended Christmas gift ideas for baby
    Favorite Toys Guides,  Motherhood,  Toys

    Open-ended Christmas Gift Ideas for Babies

    Ah…the first Christmas! What a fun time for new parents. Whether your baby is fresh from oven or nearly a year old, the first Christmas is great fun.  I can recall being so excited for each of the kids’ first Christmases but also wondering to myself “What do you get a child that just likes to chew on their socks and poop their pants?” The Easiest Christmas The truth is, the first Christmas is the easiest. Babies are truly happy with an empty box and a crumbled wrapping paper. BUT if you are looking for ideas for your little bundle of festive cuteness below are some great, open-ended ideas.  Open-ended…

  • Open ended toy examples
    Favorite Toys Guides,  Favorites,  Toys

    5 Reasons to Buy Your Child Open-Ended Toys

    Seeing our children enjoy toys and dive into a new imaginative world is one of the many great pleasures of parenthood, but if we’re not careful it can quickly turn into a room full of unused toys and kids saying they are bored. Children have thrived in their imaginative worlds since the first children were born. From rocks, to sticks, to dolls, to wagons… kids are always playing. Playing is an integral part of who they are and play a huge role in how they develop. One of my favorite quotes is by Maria Montessori who said “Play is the work of the child”. This speaks volumes to the value…

  • Learning to live in the moment
    Intentional Living,  Mental Health,  Motherhood

    Letting Go of the Need to be Busy

    “Mama what are we doing tomorrow?”, “Mama, where are we going next?”  These were the questions my four year old was routinely asking each day that made me realize our family was just too busy.  After our second was born, and I was no longer working full time, it didn’t take long before our days were filled with library events, trips to the zoo or children’s museum, or to the park… all on top of our normal errands.  While of course we enjoyed these trips and adventures, it led to a feeling that we always had to be “doing something”. So much so, that even on days when we should…

  • Improve the mental load of motherhood
    Mental Health,  Motherhood

    6 Ways to Improve Your Mental Load Today

    Mom Brain. Mental Clutter. The Mental Load of Motherhood.  We’ve heard it described a million different ways, but no matter what you call it, we can all relate to the stress-inducing, never ending to-do list that is always running through our brain. Grocery lists. Sport schedules. Household chores. Doctor appointments. Home improvements. School events. Birthday parties…It goes on and on and on. This mental load is like that closet on TV where everyone shoves everything to make the house look clean. On TV it’s a funny joke when the character tries to push the closet shut before all the stuff falls out. But as moms, this load isn’t a funny…