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.

5 Tips for Conquering Naptime!

Oh, naptime! The subject of sleep has been a tricky one for us. We’ve been working with Soren on his sleeping habits for about four months and we’ve had incredible success, despite the times and feelings of failure and seeming like we had made no progress at all.

After we were able to get Soren to sleep through the night and go to bed on his own, we needed to start getting him to take regular naps during the day. There would be times when he would hardly nap, take naps at random times, or take A LOT of naps. Nothing was consistent, and more often then not, he would hardly nap.

For a work-at-home mom, this became a point of anxiety for me. I felt like I could get nothing done during the day and had to work through the night in order to keep up. I didn’t understand why Soren wasn’t napping and why he would take such abbreviated naps when he did. We needed to get him on a schedule and fast.

5 Diaper Changing Strategies for a Squirmy Baby

I vaguely remember the days when Macks would just lay down on the changing table for me to change his diaper. He would just lay there without a care in the world as I took my time to change him.

I should have told myself to cherish that time, because nowadays things are entirely different. Macks does not stop moving, and it’s especially hard when I’m trying to change his diaper.

Here are some strategies that I’ve used to help keep him still long enough for me to make it through diaper duty quickly.

Making Magical Memories... My Own Way

We live in a culture where we are constantly connected to others, and as much as I love keeping up with what my friends (and to be honest, even perfect strangers) and their children are up to via social media, it can be hard not to feel pressured to keep up with the Joneses… or however that saying goes. But, I’m not talking about pressure to have a nicer house or car, but rather the pressure to make childhood magical for our little ones.

When I see parents who make their kids amazing, elaborate bento box lunches with princess faces, or who hand stitch super awesome Halloween costumes, it’s hard not to feel like I’m doing it wrong. But, lately I’m starting to look at it differently, because magic is in the eye of the beholder.

Making Magical Memories...My Own Way

Have a Magical Holiday at Disney World with Baby!

There really is something magical about Disney World. From the second you step foot through the gates, your world changes. The streets are always clean, the workers are always happy and helpful, everyone in the park seems to be having the best time of their lives!

And when they decorate for the holidays, it becomes even more beautiful! From the dazzling lights to the Christmas carolers, everything just comes alive in the holiday spirit. After all, it is called the happiest place on earth for a reason.

I know my two boys are going to love our first trip to Disney World. We don’t have an exact date nailed down yet, but I’m planning a trip for next year at Christmas. Christmas at Disney World has always been my favorite time. The parks go all out for each holiday, but there is just something extra special about Christmastime.

Read on to find out all of my tips for an AMAZING Holiday at Disney World.

My Parenting Magic Trick

You know how some parents have that magic trick that you wish you could pull out of your back pocket at any given moment? Well, I think I found mine.

Getting outside.

I kid you not, getting outside works almost every single time for ALL of my children. If we are having a bad day or if someone is cranky, or if there have been lots of tears or whining, I simply take my kids outside. 

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