Mom Tips

When it comes to being a mom, there are no rulebooks…but there are ways to make it just a little bit easier. These helpful mom-to-mom tips offer ideas, inspiration, creative solutions, and a little laughter, too.

The Beauty of Birth Photography

When I was pregnant with my son, I didn’t think about hiring a birth photographer. I guess I assumed my husband (a professional photographer and videographer) would take care of it. But the thing is, he was taking care of me. He was coaching me through contractions and helping me every step of the way. Luckily, my mom was also present. We handed her the camera and she did a pretty decent job capturing my son making his entrance into the world. I cherish those photos.

When we found out we were pregnant again, I knew I wanted to have a professional in the room with us to capture all the details of the birth. My friend, an amazing professional photographer, volunteered to provide this service for us. I am so thankful that she was there and that I didn’t have to worry about it at all. I could concentrate on laboring while my husband and mom could concentrate on helping me and making sure all the home birthing supplies were prepped and ready. Again, I cherish those photos. You can see the emotion and love in those special photographs. And I love that my babies’ births are recorded so we can look back and remember those life-changing days.

Did you hire a birth photographer? Have you considered using a photographer for future births? Check out this slideshow of some powerful birthing images. 

Next on Your To-Do List: Mommy's Day Out!

This weekend, my very best friend and fellow new mommy and I had the grandparents watch our little ones while we went on a mini getaway to Greenville, SC for the day. We wanted to do this for a while, but between schedules, work and nursing, things can get a little tricky. As well, I’ve found it mentally difficult to remind myself to STOP and try to take a little time for myself. I forget how healthy it is for my mind and overall being.

The 5 Words I Love to Hear as a Busy Mom

Life as a mother of four is starting to feel like my new normal. I’m no longer confused as how to manage them all. And while for the most part, I have it under control, it’s been exhausting. I’m often asked, “How do you do it?”

Quite honestly, I don’t really think about it, I just do it. To me, raising my daughters has been such a blessing I’m grateful for. That being said, it isn’t easy! I struggle to find “me time” even if it’s only for a few minutes for a cup of tea. Lately, I’ve been hearing five words that have been music to my ears and a relief for my arms.

My 5 Favorite Words to Hear as a New Mom

The 5 Toy Organization Strategies That Keep Me Sane

If my husband had his way, all of our kids’ toys would be regaled to the basement, where they would stay for the rest of their childhood days.

“We always kept our toys in the basement!” he exclaims when he trips, yet again, over a stray Lego or play baby doll. But let’s face it–things are different nowadays then when we were kids. Not only do kids simply have more toys, as parents, we are more apt to get in on the fun of playing with our kids. And as a mom, I’ve found that allowing the kids to play with toys around the whole house keeps them happy and engaged and frees me up to do other tasks while they play close by.

However, I’m a mom who hates clutter and loves to organize. It makes me crazy to have toys littering the house and another mess to clean up. So, I’ve stuck to a few simple toy organization strategies over the years that help keep me sane–and the kids happy.

When You Don’t Know What’s Best for Your Child

Always trust your motherly instinct. That’s what I’ve told myself every single time I’ve had an issue with my kids. Nearly every single time, I’d know what to do. I’d have no doubt of what was best for them. But this time around, I don’t.

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