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.

Our Thanksgiving Tradition

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! I love, love, love the holidays. Growing up we always cooked a huge meal on Thanksgiving and ate lunch around 2pm. Then we would all sit around and talk about how full we were, and how we couldn’t possibly eat any more food. Then a few hours later we were all making a plate full of seconds. Haha.

My Nana, my grandmother on my mom’s side, made up a family tradition many Thanksgivings ago. When she came up with it I thought: “what a great idea!”. Read on to find out what it is:

Why I've said 'Hakuna Matata' to Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding wasn’t easy for me at first. I struggled with my first child. Even though it is a natural thing, she just didn’t take to it very well at the beginning and I hardly knew how to remedy any problem. I reached out to lactation consultants constantly for help and support. Eventually my daughter and I got the hang of it. I was surprised at how easy and convenient it was for me once I realized what I was doing. With my following girls, I had a bunch of tips and tricks up my sleeve to keep nursing going smoothly. So when Amani was born, I was surprised to find myself worried about breastfeeding again.

Baby Breastfeeding

10 Telltale Signs That I'm a Second-Time Parent

When I take a good look at my first-time parenting self V.S. my second-time parenting self, the differences are pretty obvious. The first time around I was a bit of an over achiever who wanted to do everything just so. But, now that I’ve added another babe to my brood, I’ve loosened up a bit (for better or for worse!) and I definitely parent a bit differently this time around. Here are just a few examples…

10 Telltale Signs That I'm a Second-Time Parent

Finding the Fun in Parenting

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game!”

- Mary Poppins

I know that Mary Poppins was teaching Jane and Michael Banks the importance of cleaning up their nursery when she bestowed this nugget of wisdom, but I like to think the advice is extra pertinent to parenting. Lately I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed as a mom. With a 2-year-old and a 5-month-old, things get a little crazy from time to time, and there are definitely days where this feels like the hardest job in the world…actually, I think it really just might be. But, lately I’ve been working on reframing things and changing my perspective and looking for the elements of fun to be found in parenting.

Finding the Fun in Parenting

How to Get the Perfect Toddler Haircut in Time for the Holidays!

Yesterday, we decided to take our son Andres to get a haircut in time for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. The hairstylist that usually cuts his hair was not available, so we decided to try someone new. We went in for a little trim, but he ended up with a whole new hairstyle all together. It was super short! He still looks handsome, but part of me misses his adorable locks.

Here are a few tips to getting the perfect toddler haircut in time for the holidays:

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