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+.

Bumkins + Disney Baby: Clever Products That Make Our Lives Better

If you’re a parent, then you’re probably familiar with Bumkins baby gear, but now they have even more fun products from a great collaboration with Disney Baby. We’re already fans of Bumkins products around these parts, but recently we got to try out a few new items from the Bumkins + Disney Baby collection and now we have even more favorites because so many of them make our lives easier…and better! I let my daughter pick out all the fun prints for the items we chose which made her even more excited to use them. Here are our top picks!

Bumkins + Disney Baby: Clever Products That Make Our Lives Better

The End of the Only Child

I am 29 weeks pregnant today and with only 11 weeks (give or take) left to go of this pregnancy, I’m becoming acutely aware that my time as a mother to an only child is slowly coming to an end. The days of just she and I having our own little adventures (or rather “abentures” as she likes to call them) will soon give way to having adventures with a little brother in tow. It’s a bittersweet transition and one that I’ve experienced a lot of different feelings about.

Magical Moments of Pregnancy

Real Party Inspiration: A Bear-Themed First Birthday

When it comes to birthdays, I am of the strong opinion that the best celebrations are those that have personal details and a little extra love thrown into them. Such was the case for this adorable bear-themed party that Sarah Larsen hosted for her little boy Ivan’s first birthday. “As my 3rd baby’s first birthday approached, I wanted to ensure I kept my enthusiasm to celebrate such a milestone just as I did with my first two.” Sarah did a great job of achieving this and Ivan’s birthday was an adorable success – so many great DIY details and the love put into the process is clear. Check out Ivan’s birthday and be inspired!

Real Party Inspiration: A Bear-Themed First Birthday

Movin' on Up: Signs for Knowing When to Size Up on Diapers

Have you ever tried reading the size guidelines on the side of a box of diapers? If so, you’ve quickly realized just how tricky diaper sizing can be. Perhaps your baby’s current diapers are every-so-slightly snug, but you’re not quite sure if your little one is ready for the next size? Well, here are a few simple signs that will let you know when it’s time to move up a size in diapers!

Movin' On Up: Signs For Knowing When To Size Up On Diapers

30 Strong One-Syllable Names For Boys

Before finding out I was pregnant with a little boy, I was never all that interested in boy’s names. My list of potential girl names was quite lengthy, but the boy names definitely made up a pretty short list. Since hunting for a boy’s name our own though, I’ve realized just how great little boy names can be and some of my favorites are those of the strong one-syllable persuasion (we even picked a name in this vein for our baby boy, which I announced yesterday if you care to take a peek at our pick). I like that they’re short and sweet and good names for a little guy to grow into. Here’s a list of some of my favorites…

30 Strong One-Syllable Names For Boys
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