• Family,  Organization

    Organizing a Tiny Kitchen

    Disclaimer: This post uses some affiliate links. They may pay us a commission if you buy something we’ve linked here (at no cost to you). When I moved from a house to an apartment, I knew I was downsizing to a smaller kitchen. I don’t think it really hit me how creative I was going to need to be with storage and organization though, until moving day. After everything had been stacked and stuffed in, I took a deep breath. I couldn’t fathom that it would all fit. But, miracle of miracles, it all did. It did take some creative solutions though. If you’re like me, and you’re trying to…

  • Family,  Organization

    Rotate Your Toys: Less Stress & More Play.

    Disclaimer: This post uses some affiliate links. They may pay us a commission if you buy something we’ve linked here (at no cost to you). Faced with moving into a much smaller apartment after living for 3 years in an 1800 sq. ft. house (with a huge basement for storage), this January I decided to start the year with a Toy Rotation system. All this means is that I wanted to keep most of his toys packed up and stored away somewhere accessible, and only allow him access to some of his toys at a time. The goal is to periodically rotate out which toys he has access to. Why?…

  • Family,  Food

    How to Cope with a Picky Eater

    When Bash hit 6 months old, we decided it was time to introduce him to solid foods. He’s always been exclusively breastfed, but for a good month he had been swiping food off our plates, watching intently while we ate, and sitting unassisted. Any article you look up will say those are signs your baby is ready for first foods. So, like any good millennial mom, I spent a few hours on Pinterest and Google to see how we should proceed. What if I mess this up and he spends the next 10 years living off of fish sticks and chicken nuggets? Oh, the horror. After doing my research, we…

  • Family

    3 Ways to Have an Intentional Marriage

    Before I say anything, I want to start by saying that this subject applies to more than just married people. It applies to all committed relationships. There are few relationships that wouldn’t benefit from some intentional pursuing of closeness. Kyle and I have been married for 7 years now. During this time, we’ve been through graduate school, job changes, moving, moving out-of-state, children, and a million, less dramatic life events. During our time together, probably the most important aspect we can address in our marriage (and really any relationship) is us being intentional about nurturing each other. The hardest periods of our marriage have been when we let other things…

  • Family

    Arwen’s Birth Story

    There’s nothing quite like the nervous anticipation that leads up to your first birth; the longing to finally hold that baby, your baby, is unlike anything else (it could almost be compared to that Christmas Eve as a child when you just knew that Santa was bringing what you’d asked for, except way, way more exciting – and terrifying). I had read countless natural childbirth books and blogs and everything else I could get my hands on for the past nine months and now, all there really was left to do was wait for… something to happen. I’d also read that usually first time mothers go past due and that,…

  • Family

    Bash’s Birth Story

    Bash was due in the late spring, right on the cusp of summer. As a teacher, I was pretty pumped that the timing was so perfect. I’d planned on using the whole summer as my maternity leave, since I didn’t have any paid maternity leave at the private school I taught at. His due date was May 26, 2017. I knew from our Bradley Method classes that he would probably be late; first babies often are. The average woman goes into labor at 41 weeks and 1 day, and the due date is usually marked at 40 weeks. So it wasn’t a surprise when May 26 came and went with…

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