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Baby it’s cold outside! Babywearing in the Winter

If you’re like me and aren’t lucky enough to hibernate all winter long or move south until summer comes back, bringing baby out into the cold is inevitable. If you have an older child too, it’s a guarantee with all the sledding, snow angel making and ice skating they want to do! It doesn’t have to be unbearably cold for you or baby though. Babywearing is a great way to keep you both warm and happy. Any style of carrier works in the winter, but some are more convenient than others. Wraps are warm, but the dangling ends are more likely to get wet or dirty from wrapping outside. You can avoid this by wrapping before you leave. I prefer a soft structured carrier (ssc) like Lillebaby, Onya or Tula because they are quick and easy to put on and take off. If you are able, try putting your child in the carrier while still in the car to avoid the shocking blast of cold air. If that is not an option, speed is of the essence! Have your carrier on and ready to put baby in when you open the car door. For quick trips outside like running into the store, I suggest bringing a small blanket that you can tuck around baby until you get inside. You should not dress them in too many layers if you won’t …

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It’s Never Too Late to Simplify Your Routine in the New Year

I am typically not one for New Year’s Resolutions.  Since the birth of my daughter, 13 months, and thoughts of a sibling on the near horizon, I feel called to set intentions rather than resolutions.  My top intention is to simplify, perhaps dare I say minimize, many aspects of my life.  Downsizing is a process I need to embrace and I truly hope it simplifies my daily schedule and routine.  As a stay at home mom, my house is my home base and it is clear that it is becoming more chaotic by the day. Toys everywhere, outgrown clothes to be washed and stored, cupboards overflowing with one trick pony kitchen gadgets, and now a walking toddler to add to the mix.  Things need to change for my own sanity.  To start, I’m making small changes to my purchasing habits in hopes to save money and decrease my waste.  I am wanting to go paper free in the kitchen, which shouldn’t be hard since we already do it in the nursery.  I switched to cloth wipes by the highchair and attached a small basket on the back to put dirties, a wet bag would also work.  This has already cut our usage of paper towels in cleaning up baby and I don’t have to make extra shopping trips.  Another aspect of this intention is to relearn how to sew, it has …

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How to stay active with your little one

I remember the day in my earlier years when I used to wake up at 10 AM, make a nice breakfast and went to the gym later in the day. Fast forward to three babies later, I wake up at 7 AM after a sleepless night, eat dry cereal and walk to the mailbox to get a little exercise; after all fluffy mail can be REALLY HEAVY! Sometimes I am so tired from the day, I have no energy to do any more physical activity. I realized that to increase my energy levels I had to start eating better and being more active to keep up with the energy level of my toddlers.  So my husband and I decided to make a few changes in the home. We found a local track that was open to the public and took the entire family! We would babywear the 4 month old and the 2 and 3 year olds would walk with us and we would even bring their bicycle with us. We had the stroller by the track entrance as a backup in case any of the kids were too tired to walk. We would do walk for about 45 minutes in the evening when it was still light outside. That was lots of fun. We each took a lane and had a competition of who could sprint the fastest. It …

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Make freezer meals?!? I don’t even have time to cook tonight’s dinner!


If the title is what brought you here and that is what you are thinking, let me just say, I AM RIGHT THERE WITH YOU. Which is exactly why I make freezer meals.  I have eagerly tried and failed freezer cooking on more than one occasion. I fell victim to the promises of “20 meals in just 4 hours!” or lures about how dedicating one Saturday a month to cooking would leave me with 30 dinners to last me the month. If that works for you, kudos! But this lady right here… not for me. There were a few reasons why this did not work for me.  Reason 1: Most of the recipes I found when excessively Pinteresting were either heavy casseroles or “dump chicken” recipes that call for mostly canned ingredients that do not fit well with how my husband and I typically eat. There is nothing quite like wasting 12 hours prepping meals you then do not want to eat! Reason 2: Taking an entire day to dedicate to cooking is just about impossible now that our little bundle has arrived. She needs to eat. She needs her adorable fluff butt changed. She needs entertainment AND I would much rather be cuddling with that little cutie than chopping and pouring ALL.DARN.DAY. Reason 3: Unless you have time to store-hop, finding good deals on all the ingredients for that …

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Shattered Silence: 8 Reasons My Toddler is Freaking Out

Is your toddler having a hard day? Is there constant screaming and crying coming from your home? Trying to figure out how to put a pause on the whining? Here’s a Handy-dandy guide to figuring out what’s wrong with your toddler: (Said in the voice of my 1 year old) FOOOOOODDDD I ungink! via GIPHY “But I fed you recently!” I swear, with kids “recently” can mean “within the last 5 milliseconds.” My oldest once ate a bowl of oatmeal, a banana, a piece of toast, a handful of blueberries, a bowl of cheerios, 4 baby carrots, and an orange before he was full. He was 11 months old… (That being said, I’ve also had toddlers eat 3 bites and be fine for a full day, so, you know, that might not be the case.) Clothes are not right, for some reason or other, clearly. via GIPHY My 3 year old gets upset if her outfit has even the tiniest drop of liquid/food/imaginary substance on it (she gets that from her dad) and will often go through 5 outfits a day. My youngest just doesn’t want clothes on and my oldest wants to wear the same dang outfit forever and ever and ever (his exact words). Because they think sleep is for boring people via GIPHY Not that they ever think they need it, but a good nap-time usually helps… …

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