Lacy Stroessner

Lacy is a wife, mom, teacher, and dreamer, determined to live a BIG life in a simple way. She writes at Living on Love where she shares inspiration for doing just that. From great recipes and fun projects to adventures in the outdoors and experiences in parenting, Lacy believes in living a meaningful life on a daily basis. In addition to her blog, you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Quick Homemade Applesauce to Please Toddler Tummies!

Last week, my family and I went apple picking. It’s a tradition we do each September, and it’s one that my girls absolutely love. This year, we picked a TON of apples. I have plans to make a few apple pies and maybe an apple cake, and with the rest, I made homemade applesauce.

There are about a million homemade applesauce recipes out there, all calling for different things. Some use lemon, some cinnamon. Some, you add apple cider, some you just add water. And what I’ve discovered is that it really just depends how you like it. I like my applesauce unsweetened, a little tart, and fairly chunky.

With the apples we handpicked from the orchard, I came up with the easiest homemade applesauce recipe…

You Know You're the Middle Child When...

Having three children pretty close in age, I can say that the stereotypes for each one couldn’t be more true. Our oldest (3) is loving, a pleaser, and most certainly a bit bossy. Our youngest (4 months) is obviously blameless and babied (I mean, she is a baby after all) and our middle child (2) is a bit of a rebel, and well, the dictionary definition of a middle child. Even writing this post, I feel a little bit bad about it. But it just happens, you know? You bring another babe home from the hospital, and it changes everything.

Without further adieu, here are 10 ways you know you’re the middle child…

Caught Snoozing! 13 Sweet Sleeping Baby Pics

Have you ever seen those photos of sleeping babies? They’re always in the middle of the playroom, asleep amidst all their toys, or they’ve fallen asleep during mealtime, sometimes even falling straight into their plate of spaghetti. I’ve always wondered how this happens. My first two children would never fall asleep like this, especially long enough for me to snap a photograph. I’m pretty sure they would wake up at the slightest sound of me breathing. Well, after #3 was born, all of that changed. Margot is our little “dream baby” (as we like to call her) and has been caught snoozing away more than a handful of times. I wish I could take credit for her grand sleeping superpowers, but she’s just awesome all on her own. Here are 13 photos to prove it…

The Importance of the Family Selfie

Selfies are the new thing. Originally, I thought a selfie was just a picture you took of yourself, alone. But as it turns out, you can have as many people in the photo as possible, as long as you are taking the photo yourself.

One of our new family traditions is to, of course, take a selfie whenever we can: Saturday mornings when we’re all laying in bed, in the car about to embark on a family roadtrip, or during a fun family outing (like apple picking, below). I know they are silly, and I’m fairly certain every professional photographer would roll their eyes over the photo quality, but I actually love taking family selfies. Here’s why…

Autumn Inspired Baby Names

My favorite season is here! Bring on the changing leaves and cooler temps. I am ready for fall, my friends. If fall is your favorite or if you are expecting a new little bundle of joy this coming autumn, consider giving them a name inspired by the season. From names like Scarlett and Sienna to Asher and Jonathan, there are plenty of good ones to pick from!

Enjoy! I can’t wait to hear your favorites…

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