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.

How to Organize a Playgroup

When I first became a stay-at-home mom, I didn’t know many other moms who I could get together with during the day. Most of my friends either don’t have children, or they work away from home. I took my girls out and about, to the library, the nature center, the park, etc., but it was always just me and them. We didn’t really have any friends to meet up with.

A few months ago, I decided that enough was enough. For my sanity’s sake, I needed to have some mom friends. I needed to be able to talk to some adult humans during my week. I needed a playgroup! It would be good for me, and it would be good for my girls. So, I took some initiative and started one on my own. Here’s how I went about it…

The ONE Tip You'll Ever Need to Get Your Kid to Listen

The most frustrating part of being a parent to three little ones is trying to get them to listen. I don’t know how many times in a day I feel like I’m talking to a wall. I find myself having to repeat things to my girls over and over again and more often than not, it fuels my frustration which leads to me being a grumpy mom. No one wants a grumpy mom. I’ve tried charts and using your “listening ears, and all of that only goes so far — at least with my three little ones.

Recently, I started implementing a little strategy, and I honestly can’t believe how simple it is and how well it works, especially for my toddler! Click through to find out what my trick is for getting my children to listen!

Savoring Summer's End

Everywhere I turn, bits of fall are around me. Many folks are back to school. Stores are now stocking fall and winter clothes and decor. Pinterest is already full of Halloween ideas and warm, comfort food recipes. But you know what? Summer is not over! Not just yet! Technically, we still have about a month of summer left, so I’m going to soak it up and enjoy every last bit.

Here’s how we’re celebrating the end of summer…

8 Ways to Save on Baby Gear

One of my best friends recently found out that she is expecting twins. Since I’ve got a little experience under my belt, she asked me how much it cost to have a baby. Her question was kind of funny to me. I didn’t know if she meant the actual cost of childbirth in a hospital, the prices of daycare, or what. Turns out, she was simply asking me how much “stuff” costs for little ones. Clothes, cribs, carseats, diapers, etc. She wanted to plan ahead and save as much as possible, just like any mama-to-be. I gave her a terrible answer and told her that it costs as much as you want it to cost.

But really, that’s the truth. You could easily spend a fortune on baby gear, if you wanted to. There are high-dollar designer cribs and layettes. But, there are plenty of ways to save, too! Babies grow out of things so quickly, it makes sense to shop smart. The majority of our baby stuff is used, either given to us by relatives, or bought by me at consignment or garage sales. When I shop this way, it gives me some wiggle room, and I can occasionally splurge on something I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.

Here are 8 ways to save on baby gear…

5 Fun Ways to Engage Your Baby

Miss Margot just hit the 4-month mark. Each day, she is growing more and more and showing off more of her personality. She’s super alert and LOVES to interact with others – me, her daddy, her big sisters, etc.

With a little one, it’s sometimes hard to know what kinds of things are developmentally appropriate for a certain age or stage. Margot can’t yet sit up by herself, and she certainly can’t do most of the things her older sisters like to do, so it’s important for me to make sure I’m interacting with her on her level. Here are 5 of my favorite ways to engage my 4-month-old baby…

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