Andrea Howe

Andrea is a wife to her college sweetheart, and mother to a 7-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy, with a third on the way. In 2011, after 12 years of working in the fashion industry, she left her job to be a stay at home mom, but now feels even busier than before! When she’s not driving her kids around, she’s busy reading, cooking, eating, drinking chai tea lattes and plotting a way to get the craft room she’s always dreamed of. Andrea loves to blog about her kids, her 3rd and final pregnancy, and living a creative and inspired life. Read more of Andrea’s writing at her blog For The Love Of. And don’t miss a post! Stalk Andrea on Instagram @fourflights, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

10 Fun Food Dishes, Perfect to Add to the Thanksgiving Table

Between the green bean casserole and the sweet potato pie, Thanksgiving can offer a lot of foods that seem well, very grown up to a little one, especially as they near the age of 18 months – 2 years old and start getting more selective in their food choices.  So I’ve rounded up 10 fun and cute ideas that are both nutritious and indulgent and oh-so-kid-friendly.  While we as parents always want to strive to get our little ones to eat the simple and nutritious foods we set before them, on special holidays it’s totally fun and acceptable to pull out the stops and show them just how fun food can be.  Read on to see some spectacular kid dishes to add to your Thanksgiving feast.

DIY Leaf Garland - Perfect for a Photo Backdrop

Thanksgiving seems like one of the only holidays that doesn’t garner as much picture-taking as the rest.  Easter has the Easter Bunny and the egg hunt, Christmas has Santa and present opening, and even the 4th of July has the requisite flag waving photo ops.  But poor turkey day photos are usually left to chance, with everyone being so busy cooking and eating and all.  So this year, why not create a simple photo-taking area that will urge your dinner guests to snap some photos, and remind you to get plenty of pics of your cute little bundle of joy, whom you are so very thankful for? 

I Knew I Was a Mom When...

Motherhood hits you fast and furious with the delivery (or adoption) of your first baby.  Friends and family can prepare you by telling you how much love you’ll feel to how scared and tired you’ll feel, but it usually takes weeks, even months, for the amazing realization to actually set in that you are indeed a mother now.  At least it did for me.  For me, it wasn’t just one instance that sealed the deal for me either, it was often little occurrences throughout the day that all added up to me feeling like motherhood was my new normal.  It was often intimate, loving little things that came on instinctively, but today, I would like to share the funnier side of motherhood.  The silly, ridiculous and unbelievable moments that happened to me, and let me know that I was now indeed a mother.

Pack It 'n Pin It Sweepstakes

Disney Baby just announced their latest sweepstakes, and it couldn’t be more fun or simple to enter for a chance to win!  Simply follow Disney Baby on Pinterest and be entered for a chance to win one of 50 Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Premier Pack ‘n Play Playards with Cuddle Cove Rocking Seats from Graco.  Read on for more details.

17 Baby Mishaps That Have Me Running Late!

I’ll admit it, I’m notoriously late, and always have been.  I’m certainly not proud of it and each and every year I put it on my new year’s resolution list to try and improve on.  Some days are better than others, and I can be counted on for work events and when I’m needed, but it’s always a bit of a struggle.  With each additional child I’ve added to my brood, you can only imagine what that’s done to my punctuality.  Some days I wonder how I even make it out of the house, but I do, and friends and family are usually forgiving and laugh it off.  While many times my tardiness is the result of my own poor planning or just trying to do too much, some days being late is totally and completely out of my control, and lately, are usually the result of my cute baby boy.  Now some of these reasons aren’t actually baby’s fault, but just the result of having a baby.  But either way, adding in a purely dependent little nugget onto my lap does not help my cause.  Read on for 17 ways my baby has made me late in the last year. 

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