Keiko Zoll

Keiko Zoll is a writer, designer, advocate, geek and all-around sassypants, blogging about parenting, geek chic, and living an inspired life at Good Strong Words. She's mom to Judah and wife to high school sweetheart, Larry (collectively known as Team Zoll). Keiko is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Infertility Voice. She is best known for her lullabies, Sunday morning pancakes, Instagram-ing way too many photos of food, and obsession with mason jars.Follow Keiko's adventures on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

BOGO 50% Off Disney Baby Sale Now at Disney Store

Looking to get a sneak peek at fall fashions for baby AND save big? Head on over to Disney Store for their awesome Disney Baby Buy One, Get One 50% Off Sale. Stock up on late summer/early fall staples like long-sleeved Disney Cuddly Bodysuits and cute new PJ Pal sets for baby! There’s plenty to choose from, including select styles from the brand new, super cute Pinocchio fashion collection, too.

Here are my favorite picks for baby from this fabulous BOGO 50% Off sale… which ones are your favorites?

Make Your Own Chunky Toddler Crayons!

Judah has been interacting and engaging so much with his toys recently that we thought we’d introduce him to a staple of childhood fun: crayons! While it seemed like a good idea, Judah was all too eager to try and EAT the crayons. So, I came up with a more creative, crafty DIY solution: I’d make him his very own chunky toddler-sized crayons, perfect for little hands to grasp and draw with. This super-easy toddler activity is perfect for a rainy day, a lazy Sunday, or even works as a sweet homemade gift!

Here’s how you can make your own chunky toddler crayons – click on through to see the tutorial!

From Man Cave to Madison's Room: A Nursery Reveal You Have to See to Believe

I recognize we had it pretty easy when we designed Judah’s nursery: the room was already painted blue and we decided it would be a space-themed nursery regardless of whether we were having a boy or a girl. I recently came across an amazing nursery transformation online of a what you’d call a “man cave” – beer posters, sports and fantasy figurines, the works – into a gorgeous, lovingly redesigned nursery for a baby girl named Madison who’s set to make her appearance any day now!

The nursery reveal was so dramatic I just had to reach out to soon-to-be Dad and Mom Kris and Jen S. to share this stunning transformation. Click through to watch this room go from macho man cave to an adorable, cozy girl’s nursery – made with love by her Daddy.

Check Out the New Pinocchio Fashion Collection for Baby at Disney Store!

Are you ready for cuteness with no strings attached? Check out the brand new Pinocchio fashion collection for baby, now at Disney Store! Featuring everyone’s favorite little puppet, Pinocchio – and all his pals, including Figaro, Cleo and of course, Jiminy Cricket – get ready for sporty, nautical inspired looks for your little one’s late summer/early fall wardrobe.

You can see the complete collection here at Disney Store, but here are my eight favorite must-have Pinocchio picks!

Surviving Colic: Thoughts From One Year Later

It’s hard to believe with my smiling, giggling, babbling toddler that this time a year ago, Judah seemed like a completely different person – more than just the usual myriad of changes you would expect between a 2-month old and a 14-month-old. Last July, we were in the beginning stages of what felt like an endless 10 weeks of colic. It happened so randomly, too: Judah was perfectly fine and dandy one Sunday and then come that following Monday morning, it was like someone had switched out my serene little angel with a miserable crying baby who could barely be consoled.

Apart from Judah’s month-long NICU stay, dealing with colic has been one of the most difficult parts of our parenting journey thus far. I had a lot of practical surviving colic advice to give last year. Now, looking back a year later, I have some more inspirational thoughts on the whole matter.

If you’re going through colic with your little one or know someone who is, know that yes, you will get through this. It’s not going to be easy, but I promise you will.

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