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.

Creative Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving as a Family

Thanksgiving is one of those quick holidays that comes and goes too fast. I get caught up in the menu and sometimes miss the entire point of the holiday. With three little ones in the picture now, I want to make sure that Thanksgiving is a meaningful holiday for our family. I want to make sure that we practice gratitude and give thanks, and not just stuff ourselves full of turkey.

If you’re looking for some creative ways to celebrate Thanksgiving as a family, here are some great ideas…

25+ Ways to Celebrate Christmas with Baby

The holiday season is finally upon us, and I couldn’t be more excited! This will be Margot’s very first Christmas, which is always super special. I love the holiday season and try to make the very most of it, especially now that I’m a mom. Even before Thanksgiving, we’re listening to holiday music and doing Christmas crafts. This is one of my favorite times of year, as we draw near to give thanks and celebrate the holidays as a family.

Here are 25+ things to make, see, & do with baby this holiday season…

18 Months, 18 Parenting Lessons We’ve Learned

I cannot believe that Judah is 18 months old today. Just last night, my husband and I joked that we couldn’t believe we’ve been parents for 18 months already! Every parent I talked to when I was pregnant warned us: “The time is going to fly” – and they weren’t kidding. In these past 18 months, we’ve learned so much about what it means to be a parent, and Judah is our wise and patient teacher.

Here are 18 important parenting lessons we’ve learned in Judah’s first 18 months.

6 Tips for Sharing Holiday Time with Extended Family

One thing I noticed immediately after getting married was how complicated the holidays became. Where are we going for Thanksgiving? Where are we going for Christmas? How do we create our own traditions and merge some of the ones we loved growing up? While we managed to work things out pretty fairly during the first four years of our marriage, once Soren came along, we discovered a whole new level of holiday planning!

Fortunately, our parents live very close together and we don’t live very far away from them either. Jon’s extended family is a road trip away, so everyone that we try to see during the holidays is within a few states and in the south. This means we don’t have to plan lengthy flights or road trips that take over 12 hours…yikes!

Why Leaving Your Baby Can Be a Good Thing

Last weekend was a first for both Macks and me. I left him overnight for the very first time. I was actually very excited for the trip, because it was a much needed girl’s weekend that I haven’t had in a very long time. While I was sad to leave my kids, I was more excited to have time to myself.

To be honest, I haven’t really had any time for myself in years. When I did travel alone, it was always for work, which isn’t exactly the long relaxing alone time that you dream of. It was becoming more and more apparent to me just how hard raising three little ones can be. As much as I love being their mother, I was becoming so focused on that, that I forgot to focus on me. 

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