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 Ways to REALLY Achieve “Balance” as a Mom

Soren is nearly 7 months, and I’ve found it particularly challenging to juggle all of the roles in my life. I feel extremely blessed to have the opportunity to work from home, running my own business. Being able to set my own hours is probably the only reason I’m able to be a full-time mom AND business owner at the same time. Both require a lot of my time, not to mention the other hats I wear as a wife, homeowner, and friend.

I find myself constantly trying to “balance” everything and make all of my roles work perfectly together while not feeling a twinge of stress and having plenty of leisure time to enjoy Soren. But the truth is, “balance” is hardly, if ever, really achieved. I seem to only be able to juggle a couple different things well and then notice that something is left being sacrificed and dealt with halfheartedly.

Which brings me to the main point of this post. What does it mean to have a “balanced” life, is it even achievable? How do you rock at all of your roles AND be a full-time mom without being halfhearted in any area? While I’ve still got a ways to go at making everything run like a well-oiled machine, I have been learning a lot. Hopefully some of these will be inspirational to you in your own journey!

4 Ways I've Made Pumping Easier

Twelve weeks after having my oldest daughter, Harlan, I had to return to work as a teacher. We were exclusively breastfeeding at the time and I had all intentions of continuing our breastfeeding journey even after I returned to work.

I had very supportive colleagues at my school who would give me time to pump throughout the day. While our breastfeeding journey was going well without any hiccups, my journey with pumping was just about the exact opposite. Although I was pumping throughout the day, I couldn’t keep up with her demand because I just wasn’t producing enough when I pumped.

5 Ways to Prepare Before Taking a Road Trip with a Baby

Riding in the car is something that has taken some getting used to for my kids. We lived in the city for so long without a car that most of our time was spent taking the subway, bus, and every once in a while, a taxi.

When we moved to the suburbs and bought a car, Macks did not like it at all. Every time that we put him in the car, he would just cry. He didn’t like being confined at all. While most babies are calm and usually fall asleep as soon as they get in the car, Macks would do the exact opposite.

His dislike for the car made it even more nerve-wracking for me when we decided to take a road trip this summer from our home in Connecticut to our family’s home in Kentucky. A 12-hour car ride (which is more like 15 hours with three kids) was definitely going to be a learning experience for both me and Macks. We made it to our destination with just a few hiccups, but there was definitely a lot that I learned along the way.

8 Ways to Save on Baby Gear

One of my best friends recently found out that she is expecting twins. Since I’ve got a little experience under my belt, she asked me how much it cost to have a baby. Her question was kind of funny to me. I didn’t know if she meant the actual cost of childbirth in a hospital, the prices of daycare, or what. Turns out, she was simply asking me how much “stuff” costs for little ones. Clothes, cribs, carseats, diapers, etc. She wanted to plan ahead and save as much as possible, just like any mama-to-be. I gave her a terrible answer and told her that it costs as much as you want it to cost.

But really, that’s the truth. You could easily spend a fortune on baby gear, if you wanted to. There are high-dollar designer cribs and layettes. But, there are plenty of ways to save, too! Babies grow out of things so quickly, it makes sense to shop smart. The majority of our baby stuff is used, either given to us by relatives, or bought by me at consignment or garage sales. When I shop this way, it gives me some wiggle room, and I can occasionally splurge on something I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.

Here are 8 ways to save on baby gear…

What's Your Diaper Bag Style?

When Judah was still a newborn, I felt like I couldn’t leave the house without a smaller version of his nursery traveling with us in the diaper bag. Now that Judah is 15 months, I’ve learned that diaper bags aren’t necessarily “one size fits all.” Depending on what we’re doing for the day, I have lots of different diaper bag styles depending on the occasion.

Here are my 8 diaper bag styles — which one is closest to your style?

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