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+.

Baby's First Foodie Adventure

“When I’m rumbly in my tumbly, then it’s time to eat” – WINNIE THE POOH

Since I happen to have a baby who would love nothing more than to nurse 24/7, I figured our always-hungry, little pooh bear would be a big fan of food once we started solids. First steps first…decide which food to introduce first. We decided to keep it simple and go with mashed up avocado and this is how it went…

The Sweetness of Baby Feet

Baby feet. There’s just something about them. Impossibly tiny toes that can’t help but curl themselves around an outstretched finger…ridiculously chubby insteps…it’s enough to make a mom go weak at the knees. And they signify so much more than just another body part…we watch them grow and change. At first they just kick in the air while Baby lays on his back. After awhile they start stretching out to help support our little ones as they try to launch into a crawl. They are the same chubby feet that will later pad around on your living room carpet in a precarious first steps wobble. And then, before you know it, they are the same feet that will be running across a soccer field, having a first dance at high school prom, or carrying them off down the path to their college dorm one day. Admittedly I’m more than a bit sentimental when it comes to baby feet and because I love those little baby toes so much it’s a rarity for me to cover them up with shoes. BUT…if I do, they have to be comfy, cozy and cute like these.

The Sweetness of Baby Feet

10 Telltale Signs That I'm a Second-Time Parent

When I take a good look at my first-time parenting self V.S. my second-time parenting self, the differences are pretty obvious. The first time around I was a bit of an over achiever who wanted to do everything just so. But, now that I’ve added another babe to my brood, I’ve loosened up a bit (for better or for worse!) and I definitely parent a bit differently this time around. Here are just a few examples…

10 Telltale Signs That I'm a Second-Time Parent

Finding the Fun in Parenting

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game!”

- Mary Poppins

I know that Mary Poppins was teaching Jane and Michael Banks the importance of cleaning up their nursery when she bestowed this nugget of wisdom, but I like to think the advice is extra pertinent to parenting. Lately I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed as a mom. With a 2-year-old and a 5-month-old, things get a little crazy from time to time, and there are definitely days where this feels like the hardest job in the world…actually, I think it really just might be. But, lately I’ve been working on reframing things and changing my perspective and looking for the elements of fun to be found in parenting.

Finding the Fun in Parenting

10 Tips for Flying (Coach) with Your Own Little Peter Pan

Recently I went to Disneyland with my two littles (ages 2.5 years and 5 months). We flew to California from Oregon, so it wasn’t exactly a super long flight, but as any parent who has flown with children knows, flying with children can sometimes be a little less magical than Peter Pan made it look.

It wasn’t my first time flying with a baby (I’ve flown with my daughter at least five other times), but it was my first time traveling with two kids instead of one, which made things a bit more interesting. With little ones, you can’t always predict or plan for everything (i.e. the time our flight was delayed for FOUR hours and fell well after bed time – you can imagine how that went), but I’ve found that when I put in the effort to plan ahead things definitely go better.

Here are a few tips that help me to make our flying experience go a bit more smoothly.

10 Tips for Flying (Coach) with Your Own Little Peter Pan
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