Gifts We Love for a One-Year-Old

October 28, 2023

I know every parent tells you that “The days are long, but the years are short”, but I never really believed it until I actually became a mom. Now, on the cusp of my firstborn turning one (AHH!), I can attest to the fact that the last year was the fastest, craziest, sweetest of my […]

“Fall In Love” Bridal Shower Recipes & Decor

August 29, 2023

I fell in love with Jon Moss during the fall of 2013 in our little college town that always looked the prettiest during October and November. Crisp leaves, trips to the pumpkin patch, hot apple cider and warm scarves still bring me back to that first fall we spent together. Fall is a romantic time […]

Top Tech to add to Your Baby Registry

August 8, 2023

It’s the year 2023, so naturally, all things tech are running our lives. If you’re like me, wherever you’re sitting right now some smart device (or 2 or 3) is within an arm’s reach of you. And while we could talk all day about the ways technology has changed things–for better or worse–the truth is, […]

13 College Dorm Room Essentials

May 26, 2023

Today, we’re featuring 13 college dorm room essentials from various retailers. Give the college bound kids in your life a practical and unique gift they’ll be so thankful for when they get to campus! I remember opening up a big box from my cousins on the night of my high school graduation party. My imagination […]

– Ask a Real Mom – Best Baby Gifts You’ve Received

May 25, 2023

When I had my first baby our community of friends and family blessed us with amazing gifts. From new clothes and diapers to meals and books, we got it all in the span of our son’s first few weeks of life. Since I’m in the season of life where it feels like everyone around us […]

Bridal Showers Themes for Every Month

January 17, 2023

While summer and fall may feel like the time you’re attending all your friends’ bridal showers and weddings, the truth is that weddings and showers happen all throughout the year. It’s easy to think up a cute and creative bridal shower in July or October, but what about the dreary winter months of January or […]

– Ask a Real Mom – Toys That Last a Lifetime

September 29, 2022

I’m a self-proclaimed toy minimalist. As a mom of a three-year-old, one-year-old with another on the way in just a few short months, I feel I’ve earned this right. I like all our kid’s toys to be easily contained in a basket in our living room and I’m drawn to the classics when it’s time […]

– Ask a Real Mom – What Should I Pack in My Hospital Bag?

August 25, 2022

Because I had listened to every mom I knew, telling me that my first baby was not coming before 40 weeks, I had put off all the last minute items like washing baby’s clothes, making freezer meals and packing my hospital bag. So I walked into my 39-week prenatal appointment expecting a routine check of […]

5 Reasons to Wait on Finding Out Your Baby’s Gender

August 11, 2022

Five reasons why you may want to wait until delivery day to find out your baby’s gender! For most of human history, waiting to hear “it’s a girl!” or “it’s a boy,” in the delivery room was a common experience—only recently have pregnant women been privy to high-tech ultrasounds and testing that could reveal their […]

– Ask a Real Mom – What’s on Your Third Trimester Checklist?

July 28, 2022

What you should NOT do in your third trimester: pack up your first home, move into another place temporarily and then unpack and move into your new home. What I DID in my third trimester with our first baby: exactly what I just said you shouldn’t do. Needless to say, my third trimester was a […]

– Ask a Real Mom – What’s Worth the Splurge in Baby’s Nursery

June 30, 2022

Let’s be honest: from the moment you get that positive pregnancy test, you start dreaming up your baby’s nursery. At least, that was the case for me. I couldn’t wait to paint, decorate and spend time creating a special room for our new little one. But, as it tends to go in the world of […]

– Ask a Real Mom – Toddler Feeding Essentials

May 26, 2022

Ask a Real Mom: Toddler Feeding Essentials I’ve raised two babies through the solid food introduction phase, and I have to tell you: it’s been one of my favorite phases thus far. Both my kids have loved exploring new food, and my husband and I have loved the hands-free dinner we get to have while […]

Gender Neutral Nursery Ideas We Love

April 19, 2022

Last winter, when my husband and I found out we were pregnant we decided right away to keep the baby’s gender a surprise. That’s right–no gender reveal, no themed nursery or shower–just a big surprise coming our way in a few months and we couldn’t wait! Now, something you should probably know is that I’m […]

5 Must-Haves for a School Spirited Grad Party

March 29, 2022

Senior year is winding down, your child has been accepted into an awesome school, all of “the lasts” are beginning, and you want to start planning a graduation celebration! But where to begin? You’ve probably attended a few grad parties over the years, so you may already know the general flow of activities: an open […]

– Ask a Real Mom – Favorite Green Products for Babies & Moms

March 24, 2022

In the year 2022, we have access to more information than ever before. The ability to research and know more about what’s in the products we use daily has shifted so much of our focus to going green. Especially with little ones around, it’s so important to know what’s in the things we use on […]

– Ask a Real Mom – Top 5 Baby Gear Items Worth Every Penny

December 30, 2021

A stroll through your favorite local baby retailer as a newly pregnant mom can leave you with a bit of sticker shock. Two years ago, when I created a registry for our first baby, I joked with my friends that nothing a baby needs was less than $30. Thankfully, the perk of baby gear is […]

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