Preparing Baby Gear: What to Reuse & What to Buy New

Our third baby arrives in just a few short weeks. That will be three little boys under four in the house. And we have so much left to do to prepare... The nursery needs to be furnished with the crib our toddler is currently sleeping in. Onesies and blankets have to be washed. Diapers and wipes have to restocked. Bassinet has to be reassembled. I haven't even thought about packing a hospital bag! I must admit, preparing for that second (or third) baby isn't as easy as the first. With the first, you usually have a baby shower to help cover the cost of those must-have items...you also … [Read more...]

How to Get Your Baby & Toddler to Nap at the Same Time

Picture this: You're relaxing on the couch, feet propped up, sipping your favorite iced beverage and snuggling up to your favorite book, right before dozing off and getting some much needed rest. All because you got BOTH kids down for a nap simultaneously! Ahhh, life is good. Isn’t it every mother’s dream to nap while her children nap? Or perhaps it’s her dream to simply relish the moment and quietly tackle that never-ending to do list. Whatever the reason for wanting your children to nap at the same time, believe me, every mother in the world understands it. If you have a new baby or … [Read more...]

What Every Parent of a Preemie Needs to Know

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with AstraZeneca and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own. Do you have a premature baby or know someone with one? Then please listen closely to these three words: Respiratory Syncytial Virus or RSV. It may sound like a serious mouthful...because it is! RSV is the leading cause of infant hospitalizations in the US, with approximately 125,000 hospitalizations and up to 200 infant deaths each year! Those staggering statistics are very sad indeed. What is RSV? RSV is actually a common virus that is highly contagious. The disease … [Read more...]

Best Parenting Tips of the Year from Mommy’s Bundle

Whether you're a mom to one or mom to many, this parenting thing isn't always an easy journey. Recommendations from fellow moms can be a life-saver when it comes to helping us find solutions to many of our daily struggles. Everything from finding the best baby products for making life easier to finding activities to keep our babies and toddlers occupied while we do some housework -- we all like to know what has helped! That's why today, in conjunction with some amazing parenting bloggers in the Jenny Evolution Series, we're bringing you the best positive parenting posts of the year -- … [Read more...]

The Conversation That Matters Most in Motherhood

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central forWaterWipes. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Motherhood has a way of filling you with the most abundant joy and love imaginable. You are overflowing with emotions after bringing a beautiful new life into the world and ready to do anything and everything possible for them. I adore my children with all my heart. My two lovable rambunctious little boys who are always testing the limits...and teaching me so much about motherhood in the … [Read more...]

Three Truthful Words Every Mom of a Toddler & Baby Needs to Hear

As a mother to two rambunctious little ones, with another one on the way...I feel your pain momma. Everyone professes how challenging the early years with babies, toddlers and preschoolers are. But one cannot fully comprehend it until actually going through the day-to-day, living each and every crazy minute of motherhood. When you add pregnancy symptoms to the mix, things get a little trickier. Because raising one child is tough enough, let alone handling little ones while pregnant. And multiply the crazy factor by 100 if you're a single mother. Special-needs mother. Mother whose … [Read more...]

Breakfast Playdate Party Featuring WaterWipes

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central forWaterWipes. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Last weekend while visiting friends and family, I had the opportunity to host a fun little playdate over breakfast. The kids (and adults alike) were hungry and eager to play after a long night -- baby sleepovers can definitely get a little crazy! I knew things were bound to get messy after bagels with cream cheese, blueberry muffins, cookies and a little bit of candy for the … [Read more...]

How to Get Luxurious & Trendy Maternity Clothes for Less

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Bella Gravida. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Let's face it: maternity clothes can be a bit pricey. So it's not unusual to find expectant moms sporting oversized shirts or pants to get comfortable and avoid shelling out tons of cash for clothes that will only be worn for a few months. (Heck, when I was pregnant with my first, I only splurged on maternity leggings because I knew they were a must!) Luckily, there's a solution that's just sprung up: Bella Gravida, a new wardrobe … [Read more...]

Introducing the World’s Purest Baby Wipes #WaterWipes

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central forWaterWipes. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. As moms of babies and toddlers, we always want what's best for our little ones -- especially when it comes to their delicate skin. Whether it's changing a newborn's diaper, cleaning up sticky fingers and cheeks after ice cream or messy paint activities, having safe, chemical free wipes handy in every room of the house is a must! Even when I'm not at home, I try to choose the best baby … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Overcome Mom Guilt

Moms have an uncanny knack to feel guilty about almost anything related to their children. If you are a stay at home mom, you might feel guilty that your kids don't get enough time playing with other kids. If you are a working mom, you might feel guilty that you're not there for them enough. The mom guilt needs to stop and the only thing that will overcome mom guilt is you. Since these feelings all come from inside of you, there is no one else you can blame for making you feel guilty. No matter how much you think "society" or "your family" makes you feel that you are not enough - the … [Read more...]