Lauren Hartmann

Lauren is a former preschool teacher, turned wardrobe stylist and blogger, living in Portland Oregon with her husband and high school sweetheart Craig (together 11 years and counting!), her daughter Fern and their German Shepherd Marley. She likes pretty things, funny things and a million other little things, and writes about them at The Little Things We Do. Read even more from Lauren at Babble, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

15 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas From My Kids' Closet

If you’re a busy parent (or just a procrastinator like myself), and you’ve waited until the last minute to come up with a costume for your little one – don’t fret! Halloween has always been one of my most favorite holidays, because I love an excuse to dress up and dressing up babies? Well, that’s even better! Over the years I’ve gotten pretty good at coming up with costumes on the fly and with little else than the items that already happened to be in my closet (like last year when my toddler was Macklemore). So I came up with a list of super simple Halloween costume ideas to get you started. Maybe you’ve already got some of these in your little one’s wardrobe!

15 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas From My Kids' Closet

7 Style Tips That Will Make Your Mama Life Easier

When I first became a mama, I’ll admit that my sense of style took a bit of a sabbatical for awhile. A postpartum body and nursing access to concern myself with and fashion became more of a chore than something I enjoyed. But over time, my body returned to a new normal and I started to enjoy getting dressed again. And while I was settling into style again I found a few things that made the transition much easier and I wanted to share them here with you!
7 Style Tips That Will Make Your Mama Life Easier

15 Unexpected Ways I Use Baby Wipes

Before becoming a mom, I mistakenly believed that baby wipes were only good for wiping baby behinds. But, now I know better and I used baby wipes for EVERYTHING. I will be carrying baby wipes around in my purse long after my babies aren’t really babies anymore, because they are seriously that useful. AND…ever since I discovered these Huggies Clutch & Clean Wipes, they also got a whole lot cuter to tote around. But, I digress…here are 15 unexpected ways I use baby wipes!

15 Unexpected Ways I Use Baby Wipes

The Surprising Trick That Soothes My Baby

When it comes to babies, there are some tried-and-true methods of soothing that most parents swear by. Once you know they are fed and have a clean diaper, you can offer them a pacifier, sway with them, swaddle them…but what if none of those things are working and you still have a crying baby?

The Surprising Trick That Soothes My Baby

Breastfeeding: Giving It Another Go

When it comes to breastfeeding, I’ve had a bit of a love/hate relationship. I think breastfeeding is a wonderful way to feed little humans, but I also think it can be incredibly challenging. Milk supply issues, poor latch, mastitis…there are just so many things that can make it complicated.

I’m coming from the perspective of a mom who, over the course of having two children, has exclusively breastfed, practiced extended breastfeeding, has supplemented with bottles of formula and donor breast milk, and who has met with multiple lactation consultants, nursing support groups, latch specialists, therapists for nursing issues etc. When it comes to feeding babies, I’ve been there, done that. 

Breastfeeding: Giving It Another Go
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