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+.

The Only Potty Training Tip You'll Ever Need

Potty training. Just the words alone are enough to strike dread into the hearts of parents. There are plenty of books and blog posts out there promising potty training magic to the hopeful masses with titles like: “18 Easy Steps To Potty Training Your Child” or “How To Potty Train a Kid in 10 Days.” But, I’m not here to give you a laundry list or detailed how-tos. I am here as a parent who has tried to potty train the same toddler twice. The first time was a failure. The second time was a success thanks to the very wise tip of a friend. I am here to share the one and only potty training tip you’ll ever need.

The Only Potty Training Tip You'll Ever Need

6 Fun & Simple Ways to Make Summer Days Magical

There is just something about summer that feels special. The long sunshine-y days are just begging for adventures to be had and memories to be made. I think it probably has something to do with the fact that summer takes us back to our own childhoods and reminds us that the world is full of potential and wonder. When summer rolls around, it reminds me as a mom to stop and enjoy the little things and to create simple magic for my own little ones. Summer fun doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive to be magical though! Here are 6 fun and simple ways that we make summer a bit more magical around here!

6 Fun & Simple Ways We Spend Our Summer Days

Welcome to the World Baby Number Two!

If it seems like I’ve been a little scarce here at Disney Baby this month, it’s because our family has been a bit preoccupied with getting to know it’s newest member! Our little family of three became a family of four on June 8th with the arrival of our little Clive.

Welcome to the World Baby Number Two!

Creating a Cozy "Calm Down Area" for Your Toddler

Toddlers are so much fun! They are learning and growing and changing at every turn and seeing them take on new skills is one of my favorite things about parenting. That said, toddlers are not without their challenges, and one of the biggest challenges can be tantrums and behavioral issues. Toddlers are still just learning about the world and their emotions and frustrations are inevitable, but there are ways to help and a “cozy calm down area” is one of them! Keep reading and I’ll explain…

Creating a Cozy Calm Down Area For Your Toddler

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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