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+.

7 Things I Forgot About Newborns

There’s this crazy little phenomenon that happens when you’re a parent, where you learn something and then as soon as your baby leaves that stage of development you quickly forget about it so you can take in new information. For example: a friend of mine had her second little boy around the time that my daughter was 4-months-old. Her son older son was two, so you can imagine my surprise when I would get texts from her asking me (ME?!) newborn questions. I wondered how it was possible to forget these things, but now that I’m on the other side, starting over with a newborn of my own, I totally get it. There are so many little things I forgot about when it comes to newborns and I have to say that most of them have left me pleasantly surprised.

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You Know You're a New Mom When...

There is something about new motherhood that is such an unparalleled experience. No matter how hard you try to explain it to someone who hasn’t experienced it, you’ll probably still fail. It’s just one of those things that you truly can’t understand until you’ve gone through it, and once you have, you’ll be able to recognize the telltale signs of new motherhood when you see them in others, because it’s pretty unmistakable. Here are just a few ways others will be able to tell you’ve reached “new mom” status…

You Know You're a New Mom When...

7 Everyday Activities That Can Become Teachable Moments For Toddlers

Before I was a mama and a writer and a wardrobe stylist I was a preschool teacher. I have a degree in Child and Family Development and spent nearly a decade working alongside children and families in various capacities before following a different path. Even though I don’t have a career working with children anymore, I still use a lot of my training and education as a parent. One technique that has stuck with me and that I continue to use with my own daughter is the idea of teaching through everyday moments (AKA “teachable moments”). Once you become more aware of these moments on a daily basis, you’ll be able to find ways to help your little one learn and grow in a way that is fun for the both of you and that doesn’t require flash cards. This is the type of learning that truly makes a lasting impression and it’s never too early to start. Here are a few ways I sneak teachable moments into the everyday with my little one. Maybe a few of them will help to inspire you!

7 Everyday Activities That Can Become Teachable Moments For Toddlers

My Favorite Daddy Daughter Moments Captured

Father’s Day is this weekend and in honor of this special day, I decided to get all sappy and nostalgic and scroll through my phone’s camera roll to compile my most favorite Daddy Daughter moments between my husband and our little lady. It was hard narrowing them down because there were so many sweet snaps in the mix! But, here are my absolute favorites…

My Favorite Daddy Daughter Moments Captured

Real Dads Share Their Favorite Thing About Being a Father

In a blogging world that is filled with moms, sometimes dads don’t get enough focus. It’s not that we don’t think dads are important, but as moms, we’re telling our own story — and often that story focuses heavily on our children during this stage of life. Because of this, and because Father’s Day is right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to shine the spotlight on dads. I asked a group of dads from a variety of backgrounds to finish this phrase: “My favorite thing about being a father is…” and it was so fun hearing their answers! Bloggers, pastors, engineers, chefs, and more shared their thoughts, and I love how despite their different personalities, all of the dads shared a common thread: just how much they love their kids. Check out their responses!

Real Dads Share Their Favorite Thing About Being a Father
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