Breastfeeding Essentials

Breastfeeding Essentials - Must Haves for new moms who are breastfeeding.

A few weeks ago I posted my Newborn and Momma Must Haves and I figured it was time to address my breastfeeding must haves! Okay, so I thought the first time around breastfeeding would be simple and what more could you possibly need other than my boobs. Boy was I wrong.  I mean there might be some 'naturals' out there where breastfeeding is a piece of cake and requires no effort (if that's you, I'm insanely jealous) but for me it took a decent amount of work.  Even with a lot of work, it wasn't meant to be with Mabel and with Millie it was a ... continue reading...

Soft Baked Breakfast Cookies

Soft Baked Breakfast Cookies - A simple recipe for a healthy and quick option for a filling breakfast!

You all know that lately I've been doing my best to workout and eat healthy, so today's recipe is something I whipped up as a healthier option for breakfast:  Soft Baked Breakfast Cookies made with Nature ValleyTM Toasted Oates Muesli - Blueberry! I've been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day...and lately with two kiddos keeping me insanely busy, I normally don't get to eat until after the middle of the day.  Not good!  Breakfast is imporant being that it gives you energy and kick starts your metabolism.  So by not ... continue reading...

DIY Glitter Letters

DIY Glitter Letters - A super easy tutorial to create sparkly letters for your home or nursery.

One thing that I've really enjoyed when it comes to putting together nurseries for my little girls has been creating personal touches that I just can't buy in a store.  I made button letters for Mabel's nursery and for Millie I decided to go with glitter letters. They were super easy to make and affordable too! Here's what you'll need to make the letters: Paper Mache Letters (I went with the 12 inch letters/$2.97 per letter) Spray Paint (make sure it matches the color of glitter you are using and make sure it's a shiny finish, not ... continue reading...

Those Mediocre Mom Days

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Some days just suck. Yesterday was one of those days. I call those days 'mediocre mom days'...a day when everything is just beyond my control, my kids have a mind of their own, and I'm not on my mom game at all.  Those particular days are the thankless days of motherhood.  Let me set the scene:  Mabel is three going on fifteen and has been throwing temper tantrums like they are going out of style.  She's hot one minute, cold the next and knows just how to get a good little sting in there by saying 'I not love you anymore' with the ... continue reading...

She’s Made 2 Play

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stride Rite for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Ready... Set... PLAY! That's my girl... Full of energy, loves the outdoors, and is ready to play pretty much 24/7! Because of this...she's hard on her shoes. Trust me, as a momma, I know the value of good shoes for my kiddo (nothing is worse than buying a pair only to have them fall apart after a couple of wears...been there, done that, ugh). But we've come to be fans of Stride Rite in our house and those shoes have ... continue reading...

A Day In My Shoes

If my shoes could talk

If my feet could talk...they'd tell you they are constantly on the move... And they'd probably tell you that they desperately need a pedicure but that's another story... But a typical day involves an early run to the store (grocery store, post office, general errands).  The girls are always best behaved and in the best mood first thing in the morning.  ;) Car?  Check.  Diaper bag?  Check.  Comfy and bright (bright = cheerful!) sneakers?  Check. I've found that sneakers are perfect for chasing down an all too energetic three year ... continue reading...

What’s Been Going On?

3 month millie baby

I've been in pain. Ouch. If you remember in the last post I talked about my knees starting to hurt.  Well...since then, my right one has been pretty darn uncomfortable.  Kneeling hurts, extending my leg fully hurts, and slightly turning while keeping my leg planted hurts.  I've cut out running until it starts to feel better, went and got fitted for running shoes that actually fit my gait (there will be a post on that later), and I'm frustrated that all the progress I had made will go out the window.  So now I will wait until my knee feels ... continue reading...

Two Long Weeks

my favorite running gear: new balance fresh foam and flip belt

Some of you are probably tired of hearing me blab about running...and to you I say I'm sorry and I'm gonna continue to blab about it.  ;) It's been two weeks...two long weeks since I started my journey to getting back in shape. I've been running a mile every other day and those first couple of runs were HORRIBLE.  As in I kept glancing at my GPS to see when the mile would be up, huffing and puffing, and feeling like I was just going to pass out.  And no I'm not over exaggerating...I was really that out of shape. But guess what, it's ... continue reading...

My Newest Little Love

Chinchar/Maloney - stackable birthstone ring

My three month old (almost 4 month!) little love... You all already know her so she needs no introduction.  ;) And then of course there is my slightly older little love...Mabel. Combine those two little ladies with my oldest love (my husband)...and you get my newest love.  Something that represents all three of the most important people in my life: An absolutely gorgeous birthstone ring by Chinchar/Maloney.  With a dainty gold band and shimmering gems, it was love at first sight. The purple Amethyst represents my ... continue reading...

method Laundry Detergent

method laundry review - making laundry last longer

As a mom of two girls...a big concern of mine is stretching a dollar by making their clothes last longer.  Who wants to buy more clothing because of harsh laundry detergents that fade clothing or that don't live up to fighting stains?  My goal is to be able to save the majority of Mabel's clothes that I love to be loved and worn again by Millie.  :) So lately we've been giving method concentrated laundry detergent a go. Some things that I look for in a detergent to use on clothing and bedding for my family is that it is first and ... continue reading...