Motherhood

7 Things You Should Never Say to a New Mom

It was quite eye opening how big of a conversation starter being pregnant was. Random people out and about would initiate conversations that usually started with “when are you due?” and would then evolve into all types of well-wishes and personal stories. I somewhat expected this. Less expected was phase two of this new social […] Read more…

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My Baby Registry Items: Fab or Flop (Part 2)

Lyla will be thirteen months old on Saturday and we are slowly phasing out a lot of the newborn items that have been such a huge part of our day to day over the last year. I have to say it’s a mix of emotions as I pack away things like her swing, doorway jumper, […] Read more…

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Beach Travel Essentials for a 12 Month Old

We spent a lovely week vacationing in St. George Island with friends. This was followed by a lovely week with Lyla, my husband, and myself exchanging some mystery cold illness** that we had caught from our lovely friends at the beach. So I’m back from my fun/not so fun hiatus and thought I would share […] Read more…

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Favorite 12 Month Toys by Melissa and Doug

Lyla’s first birthday is less than a week away. I didn’t want to go too crazy with gifts this year as she doesn’t know the difference and there will be more than enough time for “stuff”. With that being said, I do still enjoy finding things for her to play with…to counterbalance all of the […] Read more…

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Lyla’s Nursery: A Neutral Retreat

As we get closer to Lyla’s first birthday, I find myself getting more and more wistful. I think back to what I would’ve been doing one year ago as we made the last minute preparations. The months from learning I was pregnant to meeting our sweet girl were a blur of excitement, anxiousness, research, and […] Read more…

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Self-Care Mother’s Day Gift Guide

This year will be my first official Mother’s Day, so when my husband asked the loaded question: “what do you want for Mother’s Day?”, I wasn’t quite sure how to respond. My initial thought was a quiet morning to myself and that monogrammed beach tote that I’ve had my eye on. Then mommy guilt kicks […] Read more…

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Tips for Planning Baby’s First Birthday Party

Celebrating your baby’s first birthday is an exciting time. Not only is it a major milestone for your little one, but it’s likely the first time that you get to plan a celebration all about them. Plus, this is probably the only birthday party where they don’t have an opinion, so you are in complete […] Read more…

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My Baby Registry Items: Fab or Flop (Part 1)

As we get closer and closer to Lyla’s first birthday, I think back to what I was doing one year ago in preparation to having my first child. By this point, the nursery was almost complete, the baby books had been thumbed through, and we were done with our birthing classes. While I tend to […] Read more…

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What’s in Lyla’s Easter Basket

This will be Lyla’s first Easter and it’s a holiday that I’ve looked forward to enjoying with my own kids for many years. My parents always made Easter morning such a fun time and I have many wonderful memories as a result. I knew that this was something that I wanted to create for my […] Read more…

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