Baby Routine and Scheduling Tips

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When I had my first daughter, I was so sleep deprived that there are a lot of memories that seem completely dark and foggy in my brain. Those first few weeks were so hard! Thankfully my husband and I did a lot of research about baby routines and we learned enough that we were finally able to have a good sleeper who was on more of a schedule and it was beautiful! Now that I am starting over with a new baby, I decided to start with those schedules right from the beginning and it has already led to me getting more sleep than I did the first time around. I want to share a few of the baby routine and scheduling tips that I have learned in hopes that it will lead to a happier baby and more sleep for you!

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Let me start by saying that I am no parenting expert! What I say isn’t gospel truth by any means, but these are just a few tips that really have worked for me. I feel guilty keeping them to myself if they could help at least one mom out there get a little more peace (and sleep).  [Read more…]

The Cutest Birth Announcements, EVER!

This post is sponsored by Basic Invite. All thoughts are my own.

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One thing that I really wanted to do for Zoey and didn’t do with Harper was send out birth announcements. Harper’s NICU stay (and the fact that we were first time parents without a clue) really threw off any plans of doing birth announcements because it just totally slipped our minds once we finally got our baby home. [Read more…]

Pink and Mustard Nursery Design: Zoey’s Nursery Reveal!

I have been so excited about Zoey’s nursery design. I have been planning it for months and I finally was able to finish it so I can share it with all of you! When I found out I was having another little girl, I saw a color design chart with pink, blush, mustard, and charcoal gray. I INSTANTLY fell in love with the color combination and knew I wanted to use those colors in my baby’s nursery.

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Acure Organics Baby Care Giveaway

It is pretty crazy to see articles surfacing that talk about the harmful ingredients found in some of the products that are popular for babies. That is why when I was getting ready for baby number two to make her entrance, I wanted to be prepared with products that weren’t harmful for her! ACURE Baby Care has been my go-to brand for products now and I love them!

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I Love My Boon CARE for Baby!

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I was given the Boon CARE Health & Grooming Kit as part of a sponsored post. I instantly fell in love with this product! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It has been 5 years since I have had a newborn, so these past six weeks have been both rewarding and challenging as I remember all of the things newborns need and do! I have been blown away by the incredible products that I have discovered since the last time I had a baby. I got rid of a lot of old things and purchased new products that would be better this time. One thing I really wanted was a kit that would give me the different hygiene and care tools I would need for a baby. That is why I instantly fell in love with Boon CARE!

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Boon CARE Health and Grooming Kit is an essential bundle for my little bundle of joy! [Read more…]

What to Pack in a Hospital Bag

When I shared Zoey’s birth story, I mentioned that one of the things that made her delivery so much different than my experience the first time was just how much more prepared I was this second time around. One major difference was the fact that I had a hospital bag packed this time and I didn’t have to rely on my dad digging through my house, looking for the thrown together list I had made while I was in labor the first time! There were a lot of things I wish I would have known to bring my first time and I was really happy with everything I packed in my hospital bag the second time, so I wanted to share! Here is what to pack in a hospital bag…


What to Pack in a Hospital Bag

I have created a checklist that you are welcome to print off for yourself! Grab yours by clicking on the link below. [Read more…]

Zoey: A Birth Story

Photo credit: Stayc Smart Photography, Bella Baby Photography, and our own.

It is hard to believe that Zoey joined our family a month ago. It has been a whirlwind of a month with very little sleep, but a lot of joy.

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Things were about 100000% different for Zoey’s birth than they were for Harper’s birth. [Read more…]

Mom’s Night Out: Postpartum Style

One goal of mine for 2017 was to make sure to do something for myself each day. I haven’t always found the time to do that while we have been transitioning as a family of four, but I definitely feel like making it a goal has been helpful and a good reminder to make myself a priority. One way that I can make myself a priority is by having a little night out and let’s be honest, the best part about going out when you have a baby is wearing something that isn’t covered in spit up!

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Evolur Baby Ambassador

I am SO excited to finally be able to share some pretty huge news with you. I am going to be teaming up with Evolur Baby for the next year to bring you some really fun content! I met them this summer at Blogger Bash and instantly fell in love with their absolutely beautiful nursery furniture. I lucked out and won a prize that included this awesome Mia Moda stroller and after talking for a while, we decided that teaming up would be a really fun experience.

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DIY Baby or Toddler Ugly Christmas Sweater

Now that Christmastime is upon us, so are all of the ugly Christmas sweater parties! We have one coming up soon and I wanted to be sure to have an ugly sweater for my daughter to wear. After looking at several stores, I realized that ugly sweaters just aren’t as common for babies and toddlers. I knew I was going to have to come up with my own version of an ugly Christmas sweater for her. The verdict? I think she will definitely be winning any sort of awards handed out for ugliest sweater!

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Now, I do realize this isn’t technically a sweater, but t shirts are much easier to be creative with so I think the judges at the family Christmas party will understand. I don’t know about you, but I think sweaters with cats on them are about the weirdest things ever, (Sorry if you are a cat lover!) so I knew I wanted to bring some sort of cat element into this shirt. I started brainstorming and I have to say, I am pretty impressed with my work! I think that creating something ugly on purpose may actually be more fun that creating something beautiful! It was kind of therapeutic to make this! I say, come up with your own design and just run with it! If you mess up, it adds to the “beauty” of the ugly sweater.

To make your own, you need…


*Iron on vinyl. I ended up using 5 different colors for mine.

*Plain white long sleeved shirt

*Vinyl cutter


*(optional) Other items you want to glue on to bring the ugliness to another level.


First, you want to design your project within your vinyl cutting software. Remember that if you are cutting out letters, you need to flip the letters so they cut onto the vinyl backwards. This will make it so the letters are the right way when you iron them on.


Cut out each individual layer onto the different pieces of vinyl. Place the piece of vinyl that will be on the bottom on your shirt first and iron it on. Press firmly and hold onto each spot for roughly 30 seconds.



Keep layering each of your vinyl pieces one by one and ironing them on as you go. Do this until you have ironed on all of your vinyl. It is fun to see the “sweater” start to come together piece by piece.

Toddler Ugly Christmas Sweater How To

Now, at this point I thought of stopping, but I was worried that people wouldn’t realize that I was trying to be funny and it is supposed to be ugly. I didn’t want anyone to think that I was putting this on my child because I thought it was cute! This shirt was just looking too cute with only the vinyl. I use the term “cute” fairly lightly here. That is when the bedazzling started happening…

How to make a DIY Ugly Christmas sweater

I used a Tulip heat tool to put the gems on and then just glued the Christmas light ribbon on with fabric glue. I think that added just enough to the shirt to take it from semi cute, to full on ugly sweater goodness!

Do you like the ugly sweater trend? How many ugly Christmas sweater parties have you attended this year?