Are you wondering if it’s time to move your child from a car seat to a booster seat? Learn how to decide whether your kid is ready or not. I have always believed that it’s vitally important to make sure our children are as safe as possible. That includes making sure they are safe in […]
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Thank you to Dollar Tree for inspiring this fun educational activity! I have found that learning through play is one of the most impactful ways to get my daughters engaged and interested. So I’m always on the lookout for new ways to make learning fun. Right now Zoë is working on improving her reading skills, and […]
The best baby shower gift ideas are also the simplest. Babies don’t need a ton of things, so choose gifts that flow with a natural parenting lifestyle. Finding out you’re pregnant for the first time is a wonderful time. However, once you start planning for the baby’s arrival, it can be overwhelming to try and […]
Are you a new mom that was told to use lanolin for breastfeeding? Here’s a tip: Lanolin isn’t safe, but there are options that are! Learn about the organic breastfeeding nipple butter I recommend to my friends. When I was pregnant for the first time and learning about breastfeeding, I remember being told that lanolin […]
Thank you to California Association of REALTORS® (CAR) for sponsoring this post. I grew up in San Diego, and I’ve lived all around the county over the years. It’s a beautiful place and a lot of people love living there. However, when Zoë turned 1, we decided to explore the world a bit more. We spent just over a […]
Every Easter, the girls look forward to the Easter bunny leaving them a basket of goodies to enjoy. We try to limit the amount of candy that goes into the basket and focus on fun toys they will enjoy. However, we “have” to include some candy, so I try to make better choices. The grocery […]
Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the crafts and put together some fun, interactive activities for the kids. The Lorax is a great opportunity to have open conversations with our children about the environment, and how each of our decisions impacts the Earth. I have put together 5 activities inspired by The Lorax […]
Car seat safety is an important topic for new and experienced parents to understand. Learn easy winter car seat safety tips you can follow to keep your kid safer this snowy season. The temperatures are dropping fast and it’s that time of year where you will probably need to take your baby out and about […]
Cooler weather is on the horizon for many parts of the country already and this, sadly, means the end to lots of outdoor fun we enjoyed over the summer. It doesn’t have to mean the end to fun completely though, and indoor fun doesn’t mean a huge expense either. Let’s look at 10 ways you […]
Thank you Hollywood Wax Museum for sponsoring this post. For more information about the Hollywood Wax Museum or to visit one of three locations in the United States, please visit www.hollywoodwaxmuseum.com. Seeing that we live up in the mountains, we take a lot of road trips with the girls for short family vacations. Most often […]
Earth Day is a wonderful time to introduce your kids to sustainable living. If you’re looking for ways to make it fun and informative, check out these 7 ways to celebrate Earth Day with kids! This year, Earth Day lands on Sunday, April 22. Since our girls aren’t in school, I like to come up […]
I have had the opportunity to try out so many baby carriers with Kaylee – it has been awesome. I love babywearing, and it’s great to have a good feel for most of the carriers on the market so I can recommend the best babywearing option for a fellow mama’s personal needs. The Hotslings AP […]
We got our first Kelty pack when Zoë was just under a year old. It was the transit carrier style and we used it all the time. During our year in Uruguay, it got used almost daily. Zoë loved sitting up high where she could see everything that was going on. After 3 years of […]
We live on a dirt road, so I’ve been looking for a good double jogging stroller that could handle the terrain (the street on the other side of the stop sign is even rougher). After research (and coveting one for years), I settled on the BOB Resolution SE Duallie, which has a 100-pound weight limit […]
Do your kids children get car sick? Learn my 8 tips for gently handing kids and car sickness. Since we live in the Mountains, driving anywhere outside of town is a production. Think long, windy roads with lots of twists and turns. It’s enough to make my stomach turn if I’m not driving, and both […]
You know those moments. The ones where your kids do something so out of control or crazy that all you want to do is bust up laughing. But you just know that would make you a bad parent. And you can’t have that! You don’t want to encourage the behavior, so you try to restrain […]
This article is very personal to me as Zoë has already had 2 cavities filled at age 4, and Kaylee’s front teeth are decaying rapidly. The dentist told me there is nothing they can do for her teeth other than pull them out if they get bad enough and basically told me it was my […]
When Zoë was a baby, my wrap was a complete and total lifesaver. She would take a 20-minute nap every 2 hours, and the only way I ever got out of the house was if I wore her in that wrap. However, managing to wrap the fabric just right when out in public, especially in […]
I have wanted to try a Beco carrier for quite some time, as I have heard nothing but good things about them. I love that their carriers are made in the USA, and that each carrier is handmade by a skilled seamstress in facilities that apply high social and economical standards. Their packaging is also […]
Thank you to Balboa Baby for providing the products mentioned in this post. Although I received these products free of charge, all opinions expressed are my own. When Zoë was born, one of the baby carriers I had on hand was a sling. I had heard they were great for breastfeeding discreetly and for keeping […]
One of the few baby carrier styles I had not been fortunate enough to try yet, but had always wanted to, was a mei tai. So when Catbird Baby sent me one of their mei tai carriers to review, I was excited! Zoë, my 4-year old, took this picture. Pretty impressive, huh? My Nikon D90 […]
I received a gently used organic ERGObaby carrier around the time Kaylee was born. I used it all the time until I left it on the floor, and Brian accidentally stepped on it and broke the waist buckle (he has a heavy foot). So I was thrilled to have the chance to test out their […]
Thank you to Boba for providing the products mentioned in this post. Although I received these products free of charge, all opinions expressed are my own. Now that my girls are older, I’m a Soft Structured Carrier (SSC) junkie. Zoë weighs about 35 pounds and Kaylee weighs around 25 pounds, but I still wear them […]
I make no secret of it – I’m a huge babywearing advocate. My youngest is 2 now, but I still love wearing her. She is very attached to her mommy (and me to her), so it just makes sense to wear her when she wants to be close to me. Not only does wearing your […]
Have you been wondering if food dyes cause behavior problems in kids? Read what the research says. During the past 50 years, the amount of chemical dye used in foods has increased by a whopping 500%. Could it be one of the causes of the alarming rise in child behavioral problems, aggression and ADHD? Studies […]
You can thorow an eco-friendly baby shower for a boy or girl. Get ideas to plan your party themes, decorations, games, food, favors, invitations and more. With a growing number of moms wanting a greener, cleaner future for their babies, it only seems right that we would begin our babies’ lives with an eco-friendly baby […]
Potty training has been a huge theme in our house lately and, as I mentioned Tuesday, we’ve tried just about everything. That includes both Huggies Pull-Ups and Pampers Easy Ups. At first glance on the store shelf, I didn’t think there would be much difference between them, but we quickly found there is a HUGE […]
Babywearing is safe if done properly. That’s why the wording in the statement that came from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission irritates me so much. It’s very brief and doesn’t completely explain the full issue. Here’s the statement if you haven’t seen it: “The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning parents and caregivers […]
We were first introduced to the Kelty Kids Carrier line by some friends when we saw a picture of them hiking with their toddler in a backpack carrier. My husband saw the picture and thought it would be a great idea for us to get one. We’re very active, and like to be out and […]
I’m an experienced mom who breastfed two daughters for a combined 31 months. Learn my breastfeeding tips to increase milk supply for your baby. When Zoë was born, she latched right away in the hospital and was nursing like a champ. The night we got home from the hospital everything broke down. She couldn’t latch […]
As a first time mom, I remember being so overwhelmed by the shear amount of baby gear that was “necessary.” Luckily, my sister (who already had two kids) went with me to register. I quickly developed my own parenting style and realized a lot of the things I originally got just didn’t work with our […]
I’m just about a month away from being due with Kaylee, so I’ve started thinking about pulling out all of my breastfeeding gear and replacing what needs to be replaced. I thought I’d compile a list of my favorite breastfeeding gear from when I was breastfeeding Zoë. I made it 13 months with her. I’m […]
I have always been an environmentally conscious person, so when I found out I was pregnant with Zoë, I started reading up on cloth diapers. I was determined that we would use cloth diapers with her. However, my husband was completely opposed to that idea. He didn’t want his clothes washed in the same machine […]
When I found out I was pregnant with my first baby, I had no idea what babywearing even was. I started reading a little bit about it and I was hooked on the idea before my daughter was even born. The benefits just sounded amazing. The baby would cry less, feel more secure and closer […]
Phthalates. Parabens. Sodium Laurel Sulfate. Synthetic Preservatives. Unfortunately, most of the baby products sold at baby stores, supermarkets and pharmacies contain these ingredients. It’s so hard to find good, non-toxic baby products. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I came across the Cosmetics Database. This website rates cosmetics, including baby products, on a scale […]
So, what’s all the hype about using BPA free bottles and baby products? It seems like we’re constantly being bombarded with the latest and greatest baby product on the market or the latest health concern so how do you know what’s right? When it comes to my baby girl, I do my research and always […]