• Family - Tips & Tutorials

    How to backup photos so they’re safe

    Digital photos are the standard these days. How many people actually print out their photos? Not many. I know I hoard photos on my iPhone and the thought of losing them if my phone or computer malfunction or get lost makes my stomach turn. That’s why I’m going to share with you how I backup photos so that they’re safe in case of an emergency. My husband recently lost his iPhone. Let’s not even go into the extra cost of getting a new phone through insurance (luckily we had phone insurance which I usually cancel right away!) Because he’s not…

  • Baby - Family - Vacation

    11 Tips for Surviving Disneyland with a Baby or Toddler

    Disneyland! Every kids dream! But what about parents? Are you the type of parent that gets excited too or do you dread Disneyland with younger kids in tow? The crowds, the expense, the wrangling of children, the waiting in line. It can be a lot when you’re trying to care for younger children who you can’t expect to patiently stand in the sun for 25 minutes while waiting in line for It’s a Small World. Try catching a toddler who can easily run under the chains as you awkwardly attempt to weave through people who think you’re cutting in line.…

  • Family - Frugal - Uncategorized

    5 Tips for Living on One Income

    My husband and I have been together for over eight years now and we’ve finally welcomed a little baby into our family. Over the years we’ve gone in and out of being a one income family as I was in between jobs or starting a business. Now, with our son in the picture, we will be a (mostly) one income family for a year or more. Below are some tips for helping you transition into a one income family. TRY IT OUT FIRST (IF YOU CAN) If you have time before the change, give it a try for a few…

  • Family - Frugal - Uncategorized - Vacation

    9 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Family Vacation

    Going on family trips can be expensive, but if you’re careful and pay attention there are a lot of ways to save money while on a family vacation. Our little family of three recently went on a 5 day/4 night trip to Brian Head, Utah. Our budget was $100/day including gas. While I was confident we would be able to stay on budget, I didn’t expect us to be under budget. While we didn’t use all of the tips below, I’ve compiled all of the ways we like to save. Some trips we use more of these tips than others,…

  • Family - Home - Uncategorized

    New adventures ahead

    As it turns out, we’re moving. I don’t even know how it happened. We had all these plans for the year and one day we just agreed we wanted to be back in “civilization”, which basically just means a bigger city with more businesses around. As much as we love our little country life, the plan was never to stay here forever. Our first home as served it’s purpose and it’s time to move on. The thing is, we never planned to sell our house. The plan was always to rent it out and cherish it because it was our…

  • Baby - Family - Motherhood - Uncategorized

    Atlas | 9 months

    Dear Atlas, This is a little late this month because the holidays have been so busy! You had your first Christmas AND your first New Years! You continue to be a happy, healthy, easy-going little boy. We haven’t been able to go on walks lately because it’s been too cold so mommy and daddy recently cleaned out your room a bit and now we get to play on the floor. We were playing downstairs, but between the dogs wanting to love on you (lick your face) and having to put down 5 blankets in fear of you falling over and…

  • Baby - Family - Life - Motherhood - Uncategorized

    Atlas | 8 Months

    Dear Atlas, Please SLOW DOWN. I’m begging! I’m so happy to see you growing and changing. You’re learning new things everyday and becoming more and more playful and active. But, as I think I ask in every monthly update, please chill out a little bit. I feel like even when I do my best to savor each moment, I can’t get enough and you’re going and changing on me again. Right now you absolutely love jumping in your jumparoo and you are just barely starting to seem a bit clingy with your dad and I. In fact, this evening you…

  • Baby - Family - Life - Motherhood - Uncategorized

    Atlas | 7 Months

    Dear Atlas, Seriously, how are you 7 months old already? You continue to change and grow every single day and part of me is so excited for each new step while the other part is sad to say bye to the “old you”. The past month has been a little bit stressful. In September it turns out you only gained 3oz. I had guessed you were 12 lbs for you 6 month post since it had been a while since we saw your pediatrician, but I was so wrong! You’re now 11.5 pounds and we’re working to get you to…

  • Baby - Family - Life

    Atlas | 6 Months

    Dear Atlas, Happy 6 months, baby boy! I can’t believe how quickly half a year has flown by. At 6 months old, your corrected age is three months. You seem so big to us, but still so tiny at the same time. I look back at pictures from the last 6 months and can hardly believe any of it. There was a time, a time that covered most of my life, where I never believed you would exist. Yet here you are: our perfect miracle baby. While the days can be hard, especially when you’re having a rough time, loving…

  • Baby - Family - Life - Motherhood - Uncategorized

    Park Date with Atlas + Mommy Thoughts

                      On Friday Atlas and I had our very first park date. Last week was the first hint at fall and it was cool enough to be outside for a couple of hours. I grabbed a couple of blankets, some stuff to do in case he decided to nap and, of course, Atlas. We have this beautiful, tree filled, park in town about 5 minutes from our house and I was surprised that at 3pm on a Friday that it was mostly empty! It was ever so slightly breezy and the perfect…