A Day in the Life of a Chicken Mama

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Sometimes I see my friend's photos online and wonder, "How on earth do you do it?" How do you fit in X or Y? What does your day REALLY look like? One such friend is Bianca of The Pierogie Mama. We first met ten years ago during our barista years and have since both married and started families. We live about two hours apart now so don't see each other often, but when we do, … [Read more...]

A Great Game For Preschoolers … Spot It! Jr.

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Do you have a mini game lover in your home? My almost 5 year old daughter is always on board with game night. And my 3 year old son is loving the chance to join in when he can too. We've played countless rounds of Memory and Guess Who? and lately I've been on the look out for something fresh. Bonus points if it is something they can play alone, together :) My best friend … [Read more...]

Boy or Girl … How We Announced Baby #3

It's always a toss of me, to find out our baby's sex or not. With my first, my husband and I opted for a surprise at birth. I was convinced I was having a boy ... and then my sweet daughter was born :) With our second, we were in the midst of moving and to be quite honest I was riding a hormonal wave to get through packing and just needed to have control over something. The … [Read more...]

Italian Creamosa Recipe

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Summertime is the perfect time to mix up special drinks after dinner as a sweet little dessert. Thankfully, Italian Creamosas are perfect for the entire family and totally versatile! Love extra cream? Add another splash. Want to mix and match flavors? Be my guest! To be perfectly honest, I'm sipping one now and it has definitely been my favorite treat lately. I gave up … [Read more...]

The 5 Parenting Books You Must Read

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I'm a reader. Always have been. When I don't know something or want to learn more about a certain topic I head to the library and stock up! Facebook has also been a great resource for adding books to my reading list. Whether it be a request for fiction or a parenting book, my friends always seem to come through with great recommendations. So, that brings me to today where I … [Read more...]

7 Breastfeeding Terms You Need To Know

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Before I actually started breastfeeding I had a pretty limited knowledge of what all it would entail. I recalled my mom breastfeeding my two sisters and there was mention of it in my Bradley birth class. I really wanted to nurse my baby, and do it well, but the actual logistics of breastfeeding were a bit of a mystery to me. Now, with 48 months of breastfeeding in my past … [Read more...]

Dessert Grilled Cheese Recipe

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Years ago I stumbled upon a food truck in Portland and fell in love with grilled cheese all over again, specifically dessert grilled cheese. Their menu was vast and inspirational - grilled cheese is obviously for every kind of taste bud! One of my favorite sandwiches was a dessert variation of grilled cheese and I finally rounded up all the ingredients to give it a try at home. … [Read more...]

We Love I See Me Personalized Books

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This is a sponsored post but read on because these books are amazing! Both of my children are signed up for the summer reading program through the library, and thus, books have been on heavy rotation in our house the last few weeks. We're trying out many new books and recording everything we read on a reading list. Favorites even get a special star so we remember books we … [Read more...]

7 Encouraging Quotes For Moms

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By Fridays I'm usually at my wits end with motherhood. It's exhausting - the day in and day out of diapers, picky eaters and laundry. The monotony of everyday can wear on a mama and sometimes we just need a lightning bolt of encouragement. I'll often memorize a quote or two to carry through the day. To guide my chores, give me patience and keep perspective on this … [Read more...]

The Next Great Series of Teen Books You’ll Love

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Please tell me you didn't think I was going to try and introduce you to Twilight or The Hunger Games? Although I have read those too, once they hit the big screen they kind of lose their luster. Everyone has seen them and you can no longer leave the characters and lands up to your own imagination. And, of course, the books are always much better. So, if you've been on the … [Read more...]

The Most Refreshing Summer Sandwich

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When I became a wife and mama I had elaborate dreams of homemade meals each night served with an entree, a side or two or three and a sweet little treat. In reality, that happens maybe every other week. And I'm finally okay with that fact. Even more, I'm becoming much smarter with our dinner plans, because although they're not elaborate, we do still eat dinner every night … [Read more...]

Have You Heard of LulaRoe?

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For a few months now I've heard the word "LulaRoe" popping up. I think I may have even been invited to a party, or pop-up as I think they're commonly called, but I blew it off. Frankly, I didn't "get" it. And now I do. Boy, do I ever. And so I couldn't help but tell you all about it. LulaRoe is the new thing in home parties. But it's not just home parties. You can order … [Read more...]

Easy Oven Made S’mores!

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Let's face it, only a small percentage of the year's weather is appropriate for campfires and thus, s'more roasting. But does that mean we need to deprive our kids (and ourselves) of this decadence? No, not one bit! If you have an oven, you're in luck! S'mores can be your dessert of choice all year long! Here's how to whip up oven s'mores in a few simple steps … [Read more...]

7 Reasons I Love Ring Slings For Babywearing

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I've been a babywearing mama for 5 years now and have run the gamut on choices. I've used many brands and styles and still, most days, I reach for my ring slings first. Here's why ... Ring slings are versatile. From newborn to toddler to preschooler, ring slings fit the bill because they're completely adjustable. With a tug of the tail you can snuggle up a baby or hip carry … [Read more...]

The Prettiest Nursery Mobiles

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Our little one isn't due until December, but that hasn't stopped me from dreaming up their little corner of slumber perfection! In a corner of our guest room I'm getting a space ready just for our baby and the highlight will be a darling mobile tucked into the corner. Not only are mobiles eye-catching for babies, they can help capture your nursery theme or mood. I love how … [Read more...]