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+.

A Simple Way To Keep the Magic Going After the Holidays

The holidays are such a magical time to be a parent. This season is magical in and of itself, but when you add your own kids to the mix? Well, it’s like all the joy doubles…triples even! Everything feels a little more special. The twinkle lights shine a little brighter, the piney smell of the tree is a little sweeter and the anticipation of opening gifts together is even more palpable, because you can’t wait to see the look of wonder on your little one’s face. It’s kind of my favorite. The only problem with the magic of this season? Once it’s over, it can feel like a bit of a disappointing crash. No more traditions, or festive activities…just the day-to-day routines again. But, it doesn’t have to be that way! There is a simple way to keep the holiday magic going beyond the new year!

A Simple Way To Keep the Magic Going After the Holidays

6 Simple Ways We're Making the Holidays Magical

There’s just something about Christmas with little ones that is extra special. I was never super big on Christmas before I had kids, but now that they’re here it’s like I want to make everything extra magical for them. With the busy-ness of this season it’s easy to get overwhelmed with to-do lists, but there are definitely some simple ways to make this time of year a big more magical. Here are some things we’re doing to capture some Christmas magic in our family…

6 Simple Ways We're Making the Holidays Magical

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 a while, 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 the 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 versus 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
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