Emily Elling

Emily Elling lives in Indianapolis, and has been married to her husband for over 10 years. She's a full-time stay at home mom to four unintentionally hilarious children, Piper (8), Nola (5), Gage (3), and baby Paul, born January 2012. She blogs daily at her personal site, DesignHER Momma. Before becoming a mom, Emily was a corporate interior designer at a big & fancy architectural firm. She still dabbles in interior design when she can, but has found her true passion in social media and the mom blogging community. When Emily isn’t hanging out on the internet, she loves to cook real food, read long books and run short distances. Her motto: shorten your to-do list, you’ll be happier. Find more Emily on her blog, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and Google+.

The Magic of One-on-One Time

Parenting four little kids sometimes leaves me feeling like I’m perpetually in survival mode. No time left in the day to really enjoy my children; instead just enough time to make sure everyone’s basic needs have been met before we flop back into our beds at the end of an exhausting day.

This past week, I signed my three older kids up for a local day camp that ran from 9am – noon, Monday through Friday. We got up early, dressed for the day, and headed to camp each morning. After drop-off was complete, it was just baby Paul and I for the next three hours. Three hours with just my baby, how on earth would we spend out time? Our options seemed endless!

You see, I don’t think I’ve ever spent time with just baby Paul. It’s often baby Paul, and just one of the other kids, but never just the two of us. I knew the three hours each morning with just Paul would be pretty awesome, but in retrospect I was blown away at just how much I love this little kid.

A few things we did, just the two of us:

5 Ways My Oldest Helps Me with My Youngest

Growing up, I was the oldest of four girls. My youngest sister was born 8 years after I was, which incidentally is exactly the age gap I have from my oldest to my youngest.

At the time, I remember my mother constantly saying to me “Emily, I just don’t know what I would do without you,” and while I really didn’t understand what she meant at the time, I totally get it now.

5 daily ways my oldest helps me with my youngest:

Calm the Lion with SIMBA Dreamy Sounds Soother by Cloud b

Thanks to Disney for sponsoring this post and for giving me SIMBA Dreamy Sounds Soother from Cloud b for free.

I going to be straight up honest, when I had my first baby, I didn’t see the point in those “white noise” and sound type machines to help my daughter get to sleep. She could sleep just fine basically anywhere we laid her! In her crib, in her stroller, in my arms, anywhere!

And then I had a second baby who was an incredibly light sleeper. Who would only sleep in the darkest of rooms, and only if the temperature was *just* right. You know – not too hot, not too cool.

And then about five years later I had a fourth baby, who for a lack of a better place to sleep him, now shares the nursery with his 3-year-old brother.

A baby and a 3-year-old sharing a bedroom. Let that sink in for a moment. Yup, a total potential nightly nightmare. Literally.

Super Simple: DIY Fresh Fruit Popsicles

We’ve recently gotten into the routine of having a tasty frozen treat in the late afternoons when the boys get up from naps. Options include froyo topped with berries or granola, fresh fruit Jell-O, and as of recently, homemade fresh fruit popsicles.

Are you seeing a trend here? FRUIT!

Sweet fruity treats are my little ones’ love language. And lucky for me, it’s easy and inexpensive to take advantage of all the homegrown produce popping up at roadside stands and farmer’s markets across the Midwest. Currently, we’re having a blast making our own fruity popsicles. They’re so easy to make, and pack a pretty great nutritional punch.

The fantastic thing about making your own popsicles is that the options are honestly endless. All you need is fruit, a sweetener (sugar, agave nectar, honey, etc.), and some water. Blend it up and freeze!

DIY Strawberry-Lime Popsicles:

7 Disney Baby Overalls for Baby Boys

The Mickey Mouse Woven Shortalls mentioned in this post were provided free of charge by Disney Baby. To find out more about this item for purchase, please click here.

It’s summertime, which means we’re in the thick of shorts weather. And when it comes to baby and toddler fashion, there’s nothing hotter this season than overalls and shortalls.

And if you think of it, overalls are pretty brilliant. They’re perfect for tiny tots that have a hard time keeping their pants up around their waist, and overalls make diaper changing a literal snap.

7 of our favorite Disney Baby overalls for little boys:

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