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+.

My Favorite Baby Names That May Never Get Used

As my second pregnancy is approaching its final weeks, there is a tiny bit of finality about it that is hanging in the air. I don’t want to say that we’re for sure done having babies, but in my heart I can’t really imagine having more. My husband would love to have a whole brood of little ones (realistically he’d love four), but I always had my heart set on two. Aside from that, as much as I love my children, I don’t particularly love being pregnant and with my 30th birthday falling just a couple of months after my son’s arrival, it kind of just seems like a good stopping place. One thing that does entice me to have more little ones is the prospect of coming up with more baby names. I know it’s not a good reason to have more babies, but I do love baby names and I still have so many favorites that never got to be put to use. I figured that since we’ve already got a name chosen for our little guy, I’d share some of my favorite baby names…the ones that may never get used and that I’m still a little sad about. If we do end up having more kiddos, these are the names we’ll be considering.

My Favorite Baby Names That May Never Get Used

Packing a Diaper Bag For Two: Tips and Tricks

Recently I realized that in the next couple of months I’ll be packing a diaper bag for not only one, but two little ones. My daughter is still in diapers and also requires some toddler essentials when we’re out. And a newborn? Well…newborns require a lot of gear. I started feeling a little bit overwhelmed at the prospect of packing a diaper bag for two kids – would all of that stuff even fit in one bag? So, I decided to do a trial run and pack my bag with all the essentials for a newborn and a toddler, and it ended up being a great success! I definitely had to pare things down from when I had my daughter and would bring along everything except the kitchen sink for even a simple outing to the grocery store, but I think it will be much better this way. I still managed to pack all the essentials to keep myself prepared, but not over-prepared. I figure, I can always leave some emergency rations in my car! Take a look in my bag and see what I packed along with a few tips and tricks!

Packing a Diaper Bag For Two: Tips and Tricks

10 Life Lessons I Want My Daughter to Learn From Frozen

My toddler was a bit on the young side to sit through a movie when Frozen first came out, but now that it’s out on DVD the time finally came for us to sit down and watch it and like most toddlers, mine instantly became obsessed with it. We’ve actually only watched the movie once so far, but she loves all the songs and pretty much knows “For the First Time In Forever” and “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman” by heart already. I loved watching the movie together and it’s definitely become one of my all-time favorite Disney movies. I love the heroines and the music and pretty much everything. These are princesses I hope my daughter looks up to. As such I put together a little list of some life lessons I took away from the movie that I hope my daughter will learn. (*Note: If you haven’t seen the movie, there are spoilers!)

10 Life Lessons I Want My Daughter to Learn From Frozen

10 Unexpected Perks of Pregnancy

Lately I’ve been feeling a bit down on pregnancy. I know it’s a wonderful blessing to be able to grow a tiny human, but it’s also super exhausting doing so while chasing around a toddler and working from home. So, in order to boost my spirits, I decided to take the time to focus on the positives…the lovely, unexpected perks of pregnancy if you will. Yes…I promise there really are some!

10 Unexpected Pregnancy Perks

The Bright Side of Pregnancy Exhaustion

As I enter my 8th month of pregnancy this week, I’ve been feeling completely exhausted and foggy headed. Before this, pregnancy was flying by and I often found myself forgetting that I was even pregnant, but now? Time feels like it’s slowed to a standstill. I’m almost 31 weeks pregnant and with 9(+/-) weeks to go it feels like forever. My energy has decreased while my toddler’s energy has increased. By the end of each day I find myself counting the minutes until my daughter’s bed time when I can drop like a ton of bricks onto my couch. But, this past week I found out the reason behind my exhaustion…

The Bright Side of Pregnancy Exhaustion
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