It’s a….(Gender Reveal)

Ian and I are so excited for two scoops of sweet baby boys! That’s right, we are having a little boy! My heart is so excited to see Cove have a little brother so close in age to him, and I am so happy God wanted me to be a boy mom. Boys just steal your hearts and do they love their mama’s. It’s so funny to think that this girly girl who thought she would grow up to have the all little girls will now never have tutus and princess tea time, but a house full of little men.…

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We’re Having A Baby!

That’s right! We are so blessed and thankful for the gift of another sweet baby. Cove is finally coming around to the idea that the baby is in my belly and not his, but it was pretty cute for him to lift up his shirt and point to his stomach when we asked ‘where the baby is?’ I guess you could say it was a bit of a surprise, but an answer to prayers too. I won’t go into the long of it, but I had some health issues that led me to believe it wasn’t in the cards for…

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An Avocado a Day Keeps The Doctor Away

This weekend was exactly what our family needed. No plans. Just us and whatever we felt like doing. For the first time in months, we decided to tackle a few home renovation projects. I can’t wait to show you guys the before and after. It’s been a while since we’ve done a DIY on here, so hopefully we’ll put something together really soon. Besides that, we took the mornings slow together as a family, visiting our favorite local bagel shop and spending some time by the kiddie pool. I’m a little upset that June is already almost over. This summer has…

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Let’s Be Honest Mamas | All About Sleep | Giveaway to aden + anais

  Sleep is a hot topic among young mamas, and we’re all desperately seeking it. I am so excited to be teaming up with the lovely Hannah Renee and the Let’s Be Honest Mamas to share a little about sleep, or the lack thereof, we’ve experienced with Cove. We are also hosting a fun giveaway for two mama’s to receive a $100 gift card to aden + anais on Instagram, so be sure to check it out. We just recently got this silky soft shibori dream blanket, and I am obsessed. It is SO SOFT. I have actually contemplated stealing it…

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Tunnel Vision

Only about a month after I shared with you how Cove had taken his first steps here, he started full on sprinting. I have to say it has been a really fun stage for us. Cove really loves to be outside, so most days we fit that into our schedule. Since temps have been mild this winter, we will usually go to the park and walk around or collect sticks and rocks around our house. We are doing a couple renovations on our house (not large ones, thank goodness), so last week we were able visit the lumber store by…

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Let’s Be Honest Mamas

Before I had a baby, I was really unsure of whether I would stay home with him / her or not. I’m a big advocate for encouraging mothers, no matter what they decide to do, because being a mama is already hard enough without all the unnecessary guilt others like to impose. We all have different circumstances, challenges and struggles. When we had Cove, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to decide for myself whether I wanted to stay at home or not, and after returning from maternity leave (to the most amazing job, which I loved), I felt…

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Technology Together | Kidloland

If I am being real with you guys, before having children, I told myself we would never have technology around our little ones. After having Cove, Ian and I talked a lot about it and we really feel that technology SHOULD have a place in our kids lives. For us, that does not mean putting it down in front of their faces to distract them or let them play mindlessly for hours, but we both have careers that are very technology driven, and there is something to be said for that. I think there is also an important point in teaching your children…

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Step by Step

The weather here has been so nice with it being cool in the mornings and afternoons. Although we love to go to the park and walk, we’ve been spending a good amount of time in our backyard. We throw out a blanket and Cove is so content just taking in the great outdoors. He is pulling up on everything and scooting around, so we’re trying to build up those muscles so he can start moving forward on his own. Whenever we are outside, you can see that he’s just itching to run and is constantly standing up and having me help him move…

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One a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

When it came to eating solids, we didn’t really have a problem. Cove loved food and was reaching for ours early on. One of the things we were concerned about was how much iron he was getting. I have always suffered with iron deficiency, so I never wanted that to be an issue for him. When we first started introducing food, I started mixing in rice cereal and oatmeal cereal. Since Gerber Cereals have 90% of your baby’s daily value of iron in two servings, I can ensure that Cove gets everything he needs. (Especially so when they have to take…

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Our Everyday | Contentment in the Mondays and Tuesdays

Before having Cove, I was literally ALWAYS on the go. I remember being so nervous about how life would slow down after he arrived (honest confession). But since the day he was born, I have loved having time at home just the three of us. Don’t get me wrong, my favorite hobby is adventure and travel, but family time at home is where some of our best memories are made. Every day is different, but we always end up together as a family reading books, playing games and eating together. Even if we only get to do one of those, we really…

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Mini Road Trips and Our Top Car Seat Picks

I honestly believe that fresh air and being outside can change your entire mood. Now that the weather is cooling down, we will be outside a lot more than just the evenings. This past weekend, we packed up the car and headed just north of our house to visit the lake. We didn’t have a lot of time since we had obligations that night, but just sitting by the water really calmed all three of us. One of the quickest ways to calm Cove when he is fussy is to strap him in the stroller and just take him outside for…

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Dinner Time with Gerber

Ian and I love to eat. Not just because we love food (which we totally do), but there is something about gathering around the dinner table breaking bread that is special to us. We really hoped our kids would feel the same way one day. It was also really important to me that our kids like and try all kinds of foods. When we originally introduced Cove to food around six months, we started with really mild flavors. I made his baby food with a baby food maker and fresh produce. Things like pureed apples, pears and sweet potatoes were his…

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If I am being honest, we like to make messes

It’s true. We are pretty messy. We have a baby, which is mess enough. Ian also jokes that I am the “messy” kind of cook and my response is always, “the tastiest meals always require messes.” But I’m also type A, so when I make a mess, I always have to clean up after. Something my mom taught me at a young age is that you don’t make memories by keeping things together. You make them by jumping in rain puddles, building forts and throwing flour around while you’re trying to make a cake that’s way out of your league. I’ve really tried…

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What’s in my diaper bag

If you know me personally, then you know that my bag is usually overflowing. I wish I was more minimalistic in the way I pack my bag, but I haven’t learned how to be minimalistic and make sure I have everything we need for Cove. I would rather be over prepared than end up without something (which has happened to me more than once). I thought I would share a little embarrassing insight into all I have crammed in my bag. I am a huge fan of leather totes, and their ability to ‘catch-all.’ When I was pregnant, my mother-in-law…

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My Baby List Essentials

When I first found out we were having a baby, it was a little overwhelming to try to figure out all the products we would need for our little guy. Some people say you need barely anything, while others swear by the thousands of gadgets there are out there to improve your baby’s life and make yours a little easier. Although I am a wannabe minimalist, I still err on the side of less is more so I tried to stick to the basics and a few things that I really thought would make our lives easier with a new…

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Beach Baby Essentials

It’s sweet summertime and everyone is headed to the beach! I had a few people reach out to me about how we managed a baby at the beach. (Cove was just four months old when we took him to meet the ocean – which you can see here) So I thought I would share just a few of the things that made taking Cove to the beach so much easier.

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