Author: Julie

Swaddle Wars: The Best Swaddle for Your Baby

Had a few sleepless nights lately? I’ve been through my share as well, mama. Here’s a virtual hug and a cup of coffee for ya, friend. You’ll get through this! You know what you need? (Besides a hot shower and 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.) You need an awesome swaddle for that baby. Lucky for you, I’ve also been through my fair share of swaddles and lived to tell the tale. Today I’ll share with you the pros and cons of each and give you my (definitely biased) opinion on which swaddle would beat the other swaddles in a...

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The 11 Best Baby Sleep Tips

This post is sponsored by sleepadvisor.org. Sarah from The Sleep Advisor shares her best tips for us today to get our babies sleeping, well…like babies, in no time! It should be no surprise to you that all of my friends with babies at home don’t get enough sleep at night. In fact, my friends are not alone — 62% of women without children get the adequate number of sleep per  night, while only 42% of women with young children reported getting enough sleep, according to a study reported by CBS News.   It’s not a surprise that less than half...

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DIY Newborn and Sibling Photography (with only your iPhone!)

  There’s nothing sweeter than a newborn photography…. unless you add an adorable older sibling to the mix! Take a peek at how I tackled a super sweet newborn and sibling photography shoot with nothing more than my iPhone. If you know me at all, you know I’m a bit of a cheapskate. I absolutely hate spending money on things that I can make or do myself. Sometimes this habit comes back to bite me… Like those jeans I mutilated trying to make cute shorts… Or the time I spent a good chunk of change to grow approximately four...

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6 Baby Sleep Mistakes to Avoid (and What to do Instead!)

I couldn’t hold it in any longer. “I just can’t. I can’t do this!” My husband was leaving for work for the first time after our first child was born. I was about to be alone with the baby. The baby who wouldn’t sleep. The baby who was crying in his swing while I silently sobbed beside him. Three and a half years later, and I’ve learned a lot. I graduated from the sleep school of hard knocks. To be honest, we are still managing the effects of all those bad sleep habits we helped my son acquire in...

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How to Create a Relaxed Toddler and Newborn Schedule

It happened, mama. I have been to the pinnacle of motherhood and back. There I sat, hunched over on a stool outside the bathroom door. The scene looked familiar… a story for my son as he sat on the potty. But this time something was different. Oh that’s right! My merely four-day-old baby was nursing away as I regaled her and big brother with the tale of David and the giant. My whole body groaned from the recent strain of labor. The baby fussed. Yet I sensed that my older son really needed a story from his mama that...

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Quiet Time for Kids: How I Switched My Preschooler from Naptime to Quiet Time

  Here’s the thing no one tells you when you become a mama…Parenting is all about stages, right? Some things work great for a week, a few months, or even years. And then, suddenly, everything turns upside down! Naptime and quiet time for kids is no exception. This holds so true in the area of sleep. It never fails. Just when we seem to have hit a rhythm with my son’s sleep habits and schedule; a growth spurt, a tummy ache, or a slightly off schedule throws his sleep into haywire mode. So here’s the truth: Change is just...

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10 Summer Outdoor Toys under $20 to Get Your Kids Outside

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. I only recommend products I know you’ll love! Summer is here! What are your plans to keep the kids busy? In the summer heat, it’s so easy to let your kids sit around inside and lay on the couch all day. But this summer can be different, mama! Here’s what you need to do…get those kids outside! It’s easier than you think, just pack the up some water bottles, sunscreen, and bug spray, then grab a few of these awesome toys to get them outside in no time! All the toys in this...

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Mom Advice: 10 Things to do When You’re About to Lose Your Patience with Your Kids

Have you ever met a perfect mom? She never loses her temper, never loses her patience, and certainly never loses her car keys. Nope. Me neither. All moms get frustrated. It’s part of the bargain. You see, we’re raising up these little seeds. We water, prune, and tend, but they’ve got a long, long way to go before we see the fruit. But, if you’re like me you might find your self in a hamster wheel cycle of impatience with your children. Nobody’s perfect, not even the best mother. In fact, sometimes, we are a bit fruitless ourselves, right?...

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5 Steps to take the Overwhelm out of Homeschool Preschool

Is teaching your little ones at home feeling like an overwhelming task? Maybe you feel like you’re just not qualified for homeschool preschool, or maybe you have no idea where to start! Let me tell you, mama. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can teach your child at home and keep your sanity, too. I promise! Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means I’ll earn a commission if you choose to purchase products through my link. However, I only recommend products I know and love! Today, I’m sharing five simple steps to taking the overwhelm out...

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Magnetic Tiles Ideas to Practice Patterns with Toddlers and Preschoolers

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means I’ll receive a small commission at no cost to you if you purchase through my link. However, I only recommend products I know and love! Has your little one discovered magnetic tiles yet? We bought my son his first set of magnetic tiles two years ago, and he is still obsessed with them! At our house, we have the Picasso Tiles brand, and my son absolutely loves them. They are durable and strong, and stand up to a lot of tough toddler and preschooler play. It’s been two years and the magnets...

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