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.

50 of the Most Unique Baby Names for Boys and Girls

If you are expecting a little one, you might be looking for a unique name for your baby — a name that hasn’t ever appeared on any “most popular” list, and one that your little one won’t share with a handful of others in school.

My husband and I always liked unique baby names for our girls. We have three girls — Adair Lynden, Ingrid Grey, and Margot Joan – each with a different, beautiful name.

I’ve done a bit of research for you all and came up with a list of 50 of the most unique baby names for boys and girls. Which ones are your favorite?

Our "Three-Gift" Rule

Like most things in our life, we try to make Christmas a simple and meaningful holiday. Instead of going crazy on presents for our girls, we have a three-gift limit. Of course, we get them a few stocking stuffers, but they each get three main gifts — something to wear, something to read, and something to play with…

How We Reward Our Toddler for Good Behavior

Over the summer, my husband and I became very frustrated with our parenting. We were experiencing lots of the symptoms of the “terrible twos” — whining, fits, hitting, not sharing, etc. As much as we tried to work on these behaviors with Ingrid, it felt like we were just harping on her all the time. We decided we needed to give her some positive reinforcement. We needed to let her know when she was doing the RIGHT thing. We needed to encourage and reward her for her good behavior.

We came up with our Happy and Helpful Chart, a visual way for our toddler to be reminded of her good behaviors. To introduce it, we talked about the things that always help us have a good day. We all agreed that we had better days when we were all happy and helpful, and that there were a few things that helped us to be that way. Those things were sharing, listening, cleaning up after ourselves, riding safely in the car, and staying in our beds at night.

Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

One tradition my girls and I do each year is bake cookies the day before Thanksgiving. My husband laughs because these are technically Christmas cookies, but we turn them into Thanksgiving cookies by using a leaf cookie cutter and some fall icing colors. My girls love helping me bake them, but their favorite part is decorating them!

Even young toddlers can help with this fun tradition. If you’re looking for a fun project to do over the Thanksgiving holiday, consider making some of these sugar cookies! (And make sure to save the recipe! They are THAT good!) 

Creative Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving as a Family

Thanksgiving is one of those quick holidays that comes and goes too fast. I get caught up in the menu and sometimes miss the entire point of the holiday. With three little ones in the picture now, I want to make sure that Thanksgiving is a meaningful holiday for our family. I want to make sure that we practice gratitude and give thanks, and not just stuff ourselves full of turkey.

If you’re looking for some creative ways to celebrate Thanksgiving as a family, here are some great ideas…

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