Baby's Day Out

Make your outings with Baby fun and easy with these inspired ideas. From a short trip to the coffee shop to a stroll around the block, each small excursion offers a world of possibilities.

Why I'm Grateful for My In-Laws

I feel so fortunate that my husband’s parents and siblings are such wonderful people, especially after some of the stories I hear from friends about their strained relationships with in-laws. And thank goodness they are, as we now live 10 miles from Chris’ parents in a small town in Arkansas.

It is such a blessing having them so close. My boys absolutely love going to “grandma and grandpa’s house” and spending time with their 1-year-old cousin Phoenix. And we finally have people to babysit our little guys so we can have date night!

4 Goodies Every Mom Needs in Her "Mary Poppins Bag"

Every mommy out there knows that keeping a toddler entertained can sometimes be a monumental task. Whenever I take my son for an outing, whether it’s to the pediatrician’s office or perhaps a restaurant, I always make sure to pack my bag of “goodies” to keep my little one happy. Sometimes I feel like I’m Mary Poppins with her bottomless bag full of items (minus the floor lamp).

If you’re looking to add some new items to your bag of tricks, here are a few of my favorites:


Why We're Sacrificing Some Nap Time for Social Time

A short time ago, we noticed Wyatt’s morning naps were starting to get shorter and shorter. He was going down a bit later and getting up earlier. At first we were a little perplexed about this new schedule that was appearing, but now we’ve been able to utilize it to his advantage.

We now willingly sacrifice a little bit of his morning nap for social time. Yes, it may sound a little crazy.

What Thanksgiving is Like Before and After Baby

I love Thanksgiving. Every year, we all gather at my mom and dad’s house (I mean, all of us — 20 to 30 people) and the kitchen is busy with everyone getting their dishes ready for the meal. There’s music playing and lots of chatter. In true Miami fashion, we never manage to eat dinner before 10 p.m., but that’s okay because we’re all having a good time just being together.

But now that my sisters and I have kids, this holiday has changed a bit for us. Babies know just how to rock your world, don’t they?

So below, you’ll see just a few ways Thanksgiving is different before and after baby. Can you relate?

Why I Take My Toddler With Me to Vote

It’s Election Day! Even though the weather is super chilly here in New England, Judah, my husband and I bundled up and headed to the polls. Since it’s fairly close to where we live, we both quickly cast our votes before I dropped Judah off at daycare for the morning and my husband at the train station for work.

“But Keiko,” I hear you saying, “Judah isn’t even old enough to vote!” While that may be true, there’s a much more important reason why we bring our son with us to our polling place.

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