I have a newfound respect for mamas with multiple kids after the morning I spent watching my friend’s little ones: you moms are awesome! While I believe that all moms are awesome, the sheer logistics of balancing tasks when you’re outnumbered is a truly impressive feat that I had never truly appreciated. It only took two hours of hanging out with three littles (ages 3 years, 15 months, and 11 months) for me to realize this. My friend’s boys are so sweet and easy, but just having more than one was a totally new experience for me. See how it went…
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to focus for a minute on just how fantastic our own mothers are. Of course we are all working hard to be good mothers to our own children which deserves to be celebrated of course, but I think it is also worth taking a moment to celebrate the mothers who got us to where we are now as mothers ourselves. I asked 13 beautiful and talented mamas the following question: “What do you hope to pass down to your child(ren) from your own mother?” and it was so lovely reading their answers. Everyone answered this question a little bit differently, which is quite the testament to the uniqueness of mothers and how wonderful they all are in their own ways.
I absolutely love when people use last names as first names for their babies. It’s a great way to give your baby a name that is classic yet unique. Even if you were to name your baby “Smith” (which is one of the most common last names there is), it still sounds totally fresh when being used as a first name, but doesn’t venture too far out there in the uniqueness category since it’s still a name people are used to hearing – even if it is only as a last name. I checked out a list of the most common last names in the U.S. (based on census data) and got so many great baby name ideas in the process. In addition, I added a few last names of famous actors, writers and the like to round out my list. Here are 40 of my favorite last names that make great first names!
Last week I shared a post all about finding magical moments in the midst of the mundanity of parenthood. I shared a slideshow about simple, everyday moments, that I had captured of my daughter…the little moments that are such a part of our everyday routine that they have become a bit mundane. Through capturing and writing about these moments, I was reminded of the incredible beauty that lies in the most simple parts of our day together. Our children will only be little for so long, a fleeting season, so let’s take the time to soak it up!
Dressing up a little one is so much fun and I love mixing and matching new clothes with items already in her closet. It’s a fun, little fashion challenge for me and something I consider before purchasing an item, “How would this piece fit into her current wardrobe?”. Here’s a little look at toddler styling tips for some of our current Minnie Mouse clothing favorites available online and in stores now.