Baby Memories

Your baby grows up quicker than you think, and you'll want to remember every memory. These easy scrapbook and memory-making ideas will help you record every milestone.

Huggies Hugs Delivered Contest

Have you guys seen this contest that Huggies is putting on to deliver first hugs to new babies? If not you should totally watch the video and go have a good cry. I actually wanted to title this post: “Huggies Hugs Delivered: AKA That Time That Huggies Made Me Ugly Cry”, but I decided that even though it’s the truth, it’s a bit lengthy. But, seriously, this contest is brilliant and here’s why…

Hugs Delivered

This Baby's on a Journey to Meet All the Disney Princesses!

What’s better than an adorable new baby dressed up as a Disney princess?

And adorable new baby dressed up as a Disney princess on a journey to meet all the Disney princesses!

Mom Katey Rigsby is on a mission to ensure that her daughter, Destiny, gets a chance to meet all of the Disney princesses, and she’s documenting the journey in a fun blog called Destiny’s Princess Journey. Follow along to see the Disney magic of Destiny so far! 

Oh The Places You'll Go!

Dreaming about what the future holds for Baylor is something I find myself doing often these days. His personality has developed in a way that I had never anticipated. He’s everything and nothing that I thought he would be. In the most amazing of ways.

Fun With Little Ones: A Day at the Flower Farm

When you have little ones, it’s always fun to go out and explore and enjoy new activities together. There are a ton of great ideas on Pinterest and blogs, but sometimes the simplest things are the most fun and memorable. Such was the case when I took my daughter to our local flower farm. She LOVES to smell flowers and has a pretty extensive botanical vernacular – she can recognize and name dandelions, daffodils, tulips and camellias – so I knew she would love this outing. Within a 45 minute drive from Portland there is an annual tulip festival at a flower farm that runs through an entire month of spring, but somehow we managed to choose the day that ended up being rainy and muddy. Despite the weather we still had a lot of fun and I would highly recommend a trip with your little one to your local flower farm – or even just a garden center. She has a blast and there were plenty of great learning opportunities along the way! Here are a few photos from our day at the flower farm…

Fun With Little Ones: A Day at the Flower Farm

Expecting the Best

I’ve lived most of my life with low expectations – always swimming below the surface, just under the radar. It’s a protective layer for me, a shield from the potential discomfort of being disappointed or swallowed by, I don’t know, a seagull or something. It’s also kept me from basking on the shore, spread out and vulnerable like a starfish in the midst of a luxurious nap. (And in these early days of baby-rearing, who doesn’t want a nap?)

But somewhere along the line, I’ve confused low expectations with zero faith. I’ve navigated parenting with a “What if?” gnat buzzing in my ear, always anticipating the worst: public tantrums and sleepless nights and stressed out spouses. And yes, these do arrive. But…

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