Parenthood is basically high school all over again.

You know that nightmare where you’re at school, walk into class, and suddenly realized that you’re not wearing any pants or that it’s an exam day and you totally forgot to study? You feel queasy. Unprepared. Embarrassed. Stupid. You feel like you should have known better or done something different. That feeling really sucks, right?! Well, for some mamas, that’s what new parenthood feels like. Only it’s real life and they can’t wake up. They feel anxious and unprepared, tested and embarrassed, and like everyone out there is watching them fail epically at something they were supposedly “born to do.”…

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Making a list…checking it twice!

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Somehow we’re already in the middle of December and the clock is ticking down to 2018! I managed to snag a few of the online Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, but I still have a few people to check off of my list. Since you might be in a similar situation, I figured I’d help you out a bit by sharing some of my favorite baby, toddler & mama brands and items! Soothie Pacifiers: if you’re going to get a pacifier, this is the way to go! Soothies are the ones used…

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How to pick childcare.

If you’re like most new mamas out there, you know that it can be a little confusing to figure out which childcare or support option(s) would be the best fit your your family. After all, there are so many different options out there…and aren’t a lot of them the same?! Well, yes and no. There are some commonalities, but there are also significant differences. To help you navigate the childcare scene, I’ve created an easy chart with some information about each form of childcare and support, with some pros, cons, and/ or suggestions, as I saw fit! Now, to find…

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Giving Thanks.

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. If you’re anything like me, after Halloween, the weekends begin to fill up with fall activities and you can get into a cycle of being “busy.” Things to do, presents to buy, gatherings to plan, parties to attend, friends to see, family to care for, work to accomplish, to-do lists to complete, and it goes on and on. This “busy” often trickles into how we feel, how much effort we put into tasks, and how much patience we have with others. And, on days like today,…

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Chaos and Confusion.

Before you had your baby, you were totally rocking at life. You’d found your stride and were thriving in your routine. Life was good. Business was good. Relationships, health, creativity, mindset—all good. But then you had a baby and things became confusing, unbalanced, chaotic and overwhelming. Want to know why? It’s because that person that you once were—the organized, happy, in-control person—feels like she is nowhere to be found or that she only makes an occasional appearance in your new mama life. And that feels uncomfortable. Don’t worry, that gal is still in there, but you’re putting her up to…

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Let’s Get Cozy: My Obsession With Swaddling

It’s fall and I’m loving this cooler weather. It makes me want to go for long walks with a pumpkin spice latte, rock out in cute sweaters & boots and, of course, cozy up with a nice blanket by the fire. Ahh, that feels so good! I hope you’re soaking up this lovely autumn too! Just like I enjoy being all cuddled up, your baby does too! I have yet to meet a babe that didn’t LOVE being swaddled, so, before the winter weather kicks in, make sure you’ve got plenty of swaddling blankets, cozy clothes and cocoa (for you,…

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Are you selfish? You should be.

You know, I’m not a huge fan of the word “selfish.” It has pretty yucky connotations–self-absorbed, lacking consideration for others, egotistical. Because of this, people avoid it like the plague, right?! No one wants to be labeled as a selfish person. I get that. Honestly, I don’t want that label either. Somehow though, this “selfish” monster has spread out it’s ugly wings, gotten a hold of normal, necessary, and vital life acts and experiences and slapped a big, old, ugly “selfish” label on them. Let me explain… In everyday life, would you consider these things “selfish”? :: speaking up for…

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Unstick Me: Removing the Labels that Just Aren’t True.

We all have labels. Think about it. Maybe even take a few minutes to list them out. Single. Married. Parent. Female. Male. White. Asian. Hispanic. Tall. Short. Slim. Curvy. Smart. Funny. Republican. Overweight. Democrat. Religious. Atheist. Homeowner. Renter. Mother. Daughter. Cousin. Wife. Good. Bad. Sexy. Reserved. Creative. Hard-working. Worry-wart. Procrastinator. Straight. Homosexual. Lazy. Fit. Boring. Intelligent. Loving. Kind. Stupid. Selfish… the list goes on and on. Then when you become a new mom, the world tries to stick a whole new set of labels to you. You’re a good mom because you do things they like. You’re a bad mom…

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Sleep Fave: Aden & Anais Swaddles

It’s fall and I’m loving this cooler weather. It makes me want to go for long walks with a pumpkin spice latte, rock out in cute sweaters and boots and, of course, cozy up with a nice blanket by the fire. Ahh, that feels so good! Just like I enjoy being all cuddled up, your baby does too! I have yet to meet a babe that didn’t LOVE being swaddled, so, before the winter weather kicks in, make sure you’ve got plenty of swaddling blankets, cozy clothes and cocoa (for you, not the baby ;). I am utterly obsessed with…

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Common Sleep Q’s, Answered!

Q: Okay for baby to sleep in the bedroom for naps & nights? A: Absolutely. As long as you create a safe, sleep-conducive environment (dark, cool, white noise, sleep space free of blankets, toys, soft bedding) and have a nice sleepy time routine in place, sharing a room with your newborn is great! If/when your sleep habits start to effect baby or vice versa, you can reevaluate and think about transitioning baby to her own room.   Q: Is the cat napping habit going to take a while to break? How do I break the cycle of cat napping and…

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