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.

8 Ways We Manage "Toy Clutter" (Before It Takes Over!)

There aren’t many babies or young children in our family. My kids are actually the youngest. We also don’t have a very large family, and everyone loves our little ones to pieces, so you can imagine how much stuff my kids get. Birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, and of course, just because gifts have filled our home. It’s a blessing, indeed, but we also don’t want to spoil the kids. Plus, after a while, it starts to feel like we are living in a toy store. It became time to de-clutter.

3 Things That Definitely DO Get Easier When You're a New Mom

During Soren’s newborn stage, many moms told me “it gets easier” — and while I wasn’t so sure, especially with my tired mind not being extremely clear, I was excited to see how life would continue to change over time. I remember researching and being so concerned about several things as I approached parenthood. I’ve realized that simply “diving in,” learning from the experience, and talking to trusted friends is sometimes the very best thing you can do. The following are a few things that have become SIGNIFICANTLY easier over the past five months that I definitely put my fair share of worry into…

Dating My Husband with Baby in Tow

At the start of 2014, I made three goals for the year. One was to spend more “alone time” with my husband. More dates, more conversations, more late nights dedicated to hanging out and spending time together instead of doing dishes or other chores around the house. With three kiddos, alone time is a rarity. From the time he gets home from work until we put our kids to bed, it’s busy, busy, busy! Our Chatty Kathy toddlers and our newborn babe fill our evenings. Both of us are plenty aware of how important time together is for our marriage and for our family. I once heard a saying that went something like, “happy parents = happy kids.” I’m sure there’s some truth to that. Margot is just now 3 months old, and I am proud to say that we’ve actually done a really good job of getting away for some “us” time. Here’s how we do it…

Surviving Colic: Thoughts From One Year Later

It’s hard to believe with my smiling, giggling, babbling toddler that this time a year ago, Judah seemed like a completely different person – more than just the usual myriad of changes you would expect between a 2-month old and a 14-month-old. Last July, we were in the beginning stages of what felt like an endless 10 weeks of colic. It happened so randomly, too: Judah was perfectly fine and dandy one Sunday and then come that following Monday morning, it was like someone had switched out my serene little angel with a miserable crying baby who could barely be consoled.

Apart from Judah’s month-long NICU stay, dealing with colic has been one of the most difficult parts of our parenting journey thus far. I had a lot of practical surviving colic advice to give last year. Now, looking back a year later, I have some more inspirational thoughts on the whole matter.

If you’re going through colic with your little one or know someone who is, know that yes, you will get through this. It’s not going to be easy, but I promise you will.

Have You Tried A Mother's Helper?

Bee is lucky to live in a bustling neighborhood with plenty of young, elementary-aged children that adore having a toddling baby around. And last week at a neighborhood cookout, Ken and I decided to try an experiment…

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