How to Make Christmas Meaningful for Little Kids

Presents are an exciting part of Christmas–especially for little kids–but if you’re looking to make Christmas mean a little bit more for your family, here are some ideas to set the tone for a more Christ-centered holiday.Presents are an exciting part of Christmas--especially for little kids--but if you're looking to make Christmas a little bit more for your family, here are some ideas to set the tone for a more Christ-centered holiday.

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Can you believe it’s December? The weather has finally turned cold here, and we’re breaking out the hot chocolate and fuzzy socks. Christmas is nearly upon us! How is your Christmas season going so far? Are you reveling in the Christmas spirit or stressed out by your mile-long to-do list (or maybe a little of both)?

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A practical baby shower gift perfect for any mom-to-be (with free printable gift tags)

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Need a baby shower gift? This simple, practical gift is something every mom-to-be needs, whether it’s her first or fifth child. 

Need a baby shower gift? This simple, practical gift is something every mom-to-be needs, whether it's her first or fifth child. When was the last time you went shopping for a baby shower gift? What did you buy the mom-to-be? For first-time moms, it’s not too hard to find something useful. Babies require A LOT of stuff, after all. There’s a reason they have whole stores dedicated to these tiny people. First time-mom’s registries are filled with much-needed blankets, clothes, cribs, strollers, bottles, teething toys…the list is endless. Continue reading

You know you’re a mom of three young kids when…

Being a mom of three kids is its own brand of chaos. Here are a few of the funny (and sadly true) realizations I’ve had in my first month as a mom of three little boys.Being a mom of three kids is its own brand of chaos. Here are a few of the funny (and sadly true) realizations I've had in my first month as a mom of three little boys.Before we had our third child, people always told me how hard it is to have three kids. As parents, you’re finally outnumbered. As the daily caregiver, you no longer have enough hands to hold on to all of the children at once when you’re walking across a parking lot. Not even the Costco shopping carts can hold all the kids you have in tow. Continue reading

3 simple tips to save money when you have a baby

Babies are expensive. There is no way around that…however, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars during your baby’s first year by following these three tips.Babies are expensive. There is no way around that...however, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars during your baby's first year by following these three tips.For being such little people, babies sure cost a lot of money. According to a 2010 USDA report, families spend an average of $12,000 on child-related expenses in their baby’s first year of life. What?! That’s almost twice the cost of my first car!  Continue reading

The life-changing solution to boys who put holes in their jeans…

Are you tired of buying new jeans only to have your boys wear holes in the knees within a week? If so, take a peek at this simple money-saving tip that is the solution to your holey jean woes.Are you tired of buying new jeans only to have your boys wear holes in the knees within a week? If so, take a peek at this simple money-saving tip that is the solution to your holey jean woes.I’m super excited to share a life-changing tip with you today. One of my favorite things about having a blog is being able to share information that has made my life better with anyone who happens to find my little corner of the Internet.

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Our Newest Little Joy: Birth Story

Every birth story is so unique, and I find it fascinating to hear the details of how people bring their babies into the world. Here’s the story of how we welcomed our newest little joy.

I’ve been absent around here for the past week, but that’s because big things have been happening at home…or one big little thing, I suppose. Much to my surprise, we welcomed our newest son into the world on Tuesday afternoon, a week and a half before his due date. We’re all healthy and recovering well at home now, so I thought I would share our whirlwind story with you all. Feel free to skip it if personal details and squishy baby pictures aren’t your thing.  Continue reading

Unconventional baby shower gifts for the mom who already has the basics

Have you ever gone shopping for a baby shower and wondered if the mom-to-be REALLY needs another cute onesie? This gift guide is full of unconventional and creative baby shower gifts that go beyond the basic bottles and blankets.Have you ever gone shopping for a baby shower and wondered if the mom-to-be REALLY needs another cute onesie? This gift guide is full of unconventional and creative baby shower gifts that go beyond the basic bottles and blankets.

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Having a new baby is a big deal–and along with the baby itself comes all the stuff you need for a baby. Now, I’m not one to buy every fancy product on the market. I’ve never owned a wipe warmer…or even a changing table for that matter. I’m kind of a bare bones girl when it comes to a lot of baby stuff. We bought a basic car seat, stroller, and pack-n-play, and they’ve served us well through two kids. Continue reading

When you wonder if you’re a good mom…

If you’ve ever questioned whether you are a good mom, remember this one simple piece of advice I was given recently by an experienced mom…If you've ever questioned whether you are a "good" mom, remember this one simple piece of advice I was given recently by an experienced mom...Do you ever question yourself in motherhood? Do you ever wonder if you were really, truly cut out for this task?

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The day that naptime died: transitioning to quiet time

Naptime is precious time for moms…but eventually kids outgrow it. Here’s how we’ve transitioned to quiet time instead and saved everyone’s sanity. Naptime is precious time for moms...but eventually kids outgrow it. Here's how we've transitioned to quiet time instead and saved everyone's sanity.

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It was ten o’clock on a Sunday night. My husband and I had been struggling for TWO hours to get our boys (ages 3 and 5) to go to sleep, and we were both at our wits’ end. Sadly, this wasn’t a rare occurrence in our house at the time. For the past month and a half, this had been the story more evenings than not, and we had reached a breaking point.  Continue reading

Life lessons from the sandbox & my purpose in mothering

Do you ever find yourself wondering WHY you do all the daily tasks that keep you busy as a mom? Here’s what I learned about my purpose in mothering…all while digging in the sandbox.You you ever find yourself wondering WHY you do all the things you do as a mom? Here's what I learned about my purpose in mothering...all while digging in the sandbox. On summer evenings, I love to take my boys outside to play after dinner. The heat of the day starts to subside, and once the sun dips below the roof line of the house, we can venture outdoors without melting. For that little time before bed, we can kick a ball around, check the fruits of our little garden, and dig in the sandbox in our shady backyard.  Continue reading