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+.

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

Announcing Our Baby's Name!

Pregnancy isn’t always the most fun or glamorous. There are aches, pains, stretch marks and sleepless nights…but that doesn’t mean it’s not all worth it. It really is and there are even some fun and magical moments along the way. One of my favorite parts of pregnancy? Coming up with a baby name. I’m the type of person who had a running list of baby names long before I was ever pregnant and the moment I saw that little plus sign on the pregnancy test, I was off and running, coming up with even more. This time around I’m pregnant with a boy and I found it was a little bit more difficult coming up with a name, but after a lot of thought, we came up with one that we think will be perfect for him and that we really enjoy. I even had some fun little customized brother and sister shirts made to make the announcement! Click through to find out the name!

Announcing Our Baby's Name!

10 Tips I've Learned for Dressing a Newborn

With a new baby on the horizon for our family come June, I’m back in newborn/infant mode when it comes to purchasing gear and clothing. Last weekend I spent a good chunk of time digging out all of my daughter’s baby clothes to see which ones would work for our little man and was reminded of all of my favorite newborn staples…those items that were totally invaluable to my husband and I as parents, so I thought I’d share my favorite tips for dressing a newborn. Feel free to share any items you’d add to the list in the comments!

10 Tips I've Learned For Dressing A Newborn

Real Party Inspiration: Rooney's Golden Birthday Celebration!

I love the theme behind today’s party! When blogger Kelsey Williams was thinking of themes for her daughter Rooney’s second birthday party she came up with something pretty fun. “I realized she would be turning two on the 2nd. This is called a golden birthday and is very popular in the Midwest, so I went with golds and yellows for the decorations.” Such a great idea! And even if your little one won’t be celebrating their golden birthday at such a young age, the gold color scheme is a super cute idea for any birthday party. Check out all the lovely party inspiration from Miss Rooney’s special day!

Real Party Inspiration: Rooney's Golden Birthday Celebration!
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