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 Ways My 1 Year Old Was Naughty & Nice Last Week

We seem to be quickly approaching toddler hood in our house.  Although Hayden, at 15 months old, isn’t technically “toddling” around yet, he may as well be for all the mischief he’s been getting into these days.  Luckily for us, and for him, a good dose of sweetness is mixed in with little fits of temper tantrums and testing of the boundaries.  If anything, it keeps us on our toes and gives us funny stories to tell after the kids are all tucked in for the night, because during the naughtiness, it’s definitely no laughing matter.  Here are 10 ways Hayden made it on both the naughty, and nice list, last week.

Royal Inspired Nursery Details

Last week it was reported that the new royal family of three would soon be moving into their new home at Kensington Palace.  A 20-room “apartment” that was completely overhauled, the couple’s new home features three kitchens, a panic room, his-and-hers bathrooms, and of course, a shiny new nursery for baby George.  I personally can’t wait to see George’s room in particular, and find out how Kate put her personal touches on it.  Since they’re said to be a more modern royal couple, I’m sure it will be a nice blend of heritage antiques and updated touches.  Here are just a few details that I think we may find in the baby’s room, and some inspiration for how you can add simple “royal” touches to your own baby’s room.

10 Free Thanksgiving Printables That Make Perfect Last Minute Decor

Since Thanksgiving is a bit later this year, I went into November feeling confident about my offer to host the entire family for dinner.  I had plenty of time to get my ducks, or turkeys, in a row!  But then my son’s tonsillectomy happened, and the road to recovery has been tougher than expected, and I’m feeling the pressure of the looming turkey day like never before.  I’m still up for hosting, and would like to make my home feel as festive and inviting as possible, but I don’t have a lot of time to do that.  So if you’re like me, and are in the mood to get into the Thanksgiving spirit and decorate, but don’t have a lot of time, patience or money, consider downloading one or several of these free Thanksgiving Day printables.  They make perfect last minute decor, and will leave you feeling festive, accomplished and ready to celebrate.

Lessons from the Trenches of Motherhood: How to Meet All Your Children's Needs

My 6-year-old son went in for a tonsillectomy last Friday, and it’s been a roller coaster ride to recovery these past six days.  The recovery process for him has been much harder than any of us anticipated, and he has needed us a lot more than we thought.  On top of that, our eldest daughter is having a hard time understanding why her brother gets to skip school for a week, eat popsicles all hours of the day, and watch as much TV as he can stomach.  She doesn’t understand the level of his pain, only that he’s getting to do all this fun stuff and she is not.  And then there’s baby brother, little Hayden, who at 14 months old, is finally starting to show a bit more of his true personality.  He’s still sweet and happy as can be, but mobility and awareness sparks a little fire in most babies that leaves them grunting their demands with gusto, and hungry to see what mischief they can get into.  All this has left me, for the first time since having our third child, completely outnumbered and truly overwhelmed.  So how have I been making sure my older son’s needs are met, while at the same time taking care of the little tornado in our house?  Read on for tips and lessons from the trenches of motherhood.

Hayden Carves His First Pumpkin

I shared with you all yesterday how much more fun the holidays are going to be this year, now that Hayden is more aware of what’s going on. With several different Halloween activities to take part in this past week, we’ve all had a lot of fun, especially Hayden. He seems to be made for the spooky fun holiday, and is soaking it all in with lots of happy curiosity. Last night we carved pumpkins as a family and it was really neat to see him take it all in. For being such a happy, easy going baby, we were surprised to see his dislike of all those slimy guts though! Take a look at the story I created, telling the tale of the first time our little guy carved a pumpkin.

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