• Motherhood - Parenting

    Teach Your Child to Play Independently (without screens!)

    It doesn’t matter if you’re a stay at home mom or day or a working parent. Sometimes it just feels like our kids are constantly attached to us, am I right? It’s important to teach your child to play independently for the benefit of both of you! We ALL need some time alone. I don’t care if it’s because you want to get the dishes done or if you just want to sit down with a cup of coffee and read for 20 minutes in the morning. You deserve it and your child deserves the ability to play alone! So…

  • Motherhood - Travel

    How we planned our cross country road trip with kids

    This year our family took an epic road trip across the country. We traveled from California to Massachusetts and back. We did it with our 1 and 4 year old! And guess what? It was FUN and WAY less stressful than I was preparing myself for. Our idea planning started a good 9 months before we left, but the real planning started about a month before we left on our trip. The destination of our trip was to visit my aunt who lives in Massachusetts. My dad passed away a few years ago and I hadn’t been back to his…

  • Motherhood - Tips & Tutorials

    How to keep a clean house with toddlers

    Keeping a house clean when you have kids, especially young toddlers, is no easy tasks. I’m certainly not an expert, you should see my house. But over time I’ve been able to figure out what works for helping to keep the house relatively clean. You know, as clean as can be expected when you have a kid (or two) who makes messes right behind you as you clean. Keep in mind these tips aren’t rules. Take what works for you and leave the rest! But these are my best tips for attempting to control the mess and keeping a clean…

  • Baby - Motherhood - Vacation

    How to Survive International Travel with a Toddler

    Before I start I have to admit that I had major anxiety about traveling abroad with my 1 year old son, Atlas. All you hear are the horror stories about planes with babies and we were supposed to take SIX flights over the course of two weeks? Not to mention three back to back flights in a 24 hour period. I had a feeling we were absolutely insane. Tack on the fact that I am terrified of planes and I was having some major anxiety about the trip we took last month, but I’m here to tell you that it wasn’t that…

  • Baby - Motherhood - Uncategorized

    When my baby cries, I hold him.

    We all have this image of what kind of parents we will be before we have kids. Me? I was sure that I’d be a hard ass. My baby would be well trained (can you tell I’m a dog person?) and I would be strict about what was and wasn’t allowed from the very beginning. They’d learn quick. If my baby cried all the time I would let him or her cry it out to teach them to self soothe. And then I actually became a mom and somehow, without me noticing, everything I thought I would be completely changed.…

  • Baby - Life - Motherhood - Uncategorized

    Atlas | One Year

    It’s blowing my mind that Atlas is officially a year old. The last week has been jam packed between my sister coming into town, a day at Disneyland and then his first birthday party at our house. I was so busy at his party I took zero pictures! But I’ve been able to collect a few from friends and family. Dear Atlas, Somehow you made it to one year old and I feel like you were a tiny little boy rocking in my arms just a few weeks ago. You’re entering a stage I’ve decided to call “the wiggly stage”…

  • 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 - Motherhood

    Mama & Baby Favorites | 4 Months

    It’s time to share our mama and baby favorites for Atlas’ 4th month and I hope this helps other moms figure out what they might need for their own babes. A lot of the favorites I’ve talked about in the past such as the Merlin Magic Suit and the Aden and Anis Blankets continue to be our favorites, but we also have a few new ones I’m excited to share! Zip Up Fleece Sleepers Atlas basically lives in these sleepers these days. It’s less about it being a thing we’re obsessed with at 4 months and more an “It’s cold!”…

  • 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…