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.

Finding The Time To Simply Play

I have been having a really hard time with time. It seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day. It seems like just minutes after we wake up the day has passed and it is time to go to sleep and do it all over again. All this means is, that I am struggling to slow down and find the time to really have special playtime with Baylor. Not that we don’t play but I haven’t been able to make playtime super special like I normally do.

"Pamper Night" Checklist for Moms

After meeting the demands of your new little one day in and day out, sometimes Mama just needs some time to herself to refresh and rejuvenate. Lately, my husband has been pushing me to make sure I get this special time for myself at least one time each week. It can be hard to stop and ask for help in the midst of being busy and caring for baby, but it’s important to remember you need a break! It’s tempting to wait until you reach a point of desperation before saying, “Help! I need some me time!

Why The Right Babysitter Can Make All The Difference

This morning, my phone rang with an incoming call from my husband. 

I paused the episode of “How I Met Your Mother” (I’m only on like Season 2, so don’t tell me the finale, ok?) that I had been watching as I huffed and puffed through my elliptical workout and answered.

“Hello?” I said breathlessly.

“Hey,” he replied. “I just wanted to let you know that I just dropped the kids off at the sitter’s and they immediately ran outside to the swing set. They are having a blast.”

And just like that, suddenly my day got a whole lot better.

My kids at the babysitter’s house.  

Embracing My Post Baby Figure

In the world we live in today, there are so many expectations of moms. What type of parenting will you choose? Will you breastfeed or bottle feed? Are you going to baby-wear? There is no right answer for these questions. As moms we try to make the decisions that we think are best for our family. The question that I get most often and the question that I will never understand is: “How much of your baby weight have you lost?”  Apparently when you become a mom there are no boundaries when it comes to outlandish questions. Isn’t it rude to ask a lady her weight? I guess it was expected of me to bounce right back. I expected, hoped, and prayed that would be the case. In my case, that simply wasn’t in the cards for me. I am finally learning, that is OK.

Tips on Taking Beautiful Photos of Your Newborn

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a huge budget and be able to hire someone to take stellar photos of your family and new little one all the time, especially there to capture those beautiful, new moments? While getting family photos taken is wonderful, learning how to use what you have to beautifully capture special memories is a must. Now that most people have smartphones and, with that, access to a decent camera it’s easier than ever to quickly grab your phone and snap a few (or hundred!) photos of the newest addition to your family. Ever since having Soren, Jon and I have nearly used up all of our storage space on our phones capturing images of the little guy. We might be just a little obsessed. ;)

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