Mom-Approved Must-Have Toddler Gear

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As parents, we’re always wanting to learn; what works for others, what has failed for others, how to make your kids’ life better, and in return, yours too.

This list has parent-approved, tried and true products that you pretty much need…like, right now.

No, seriously, why are you still reading?

From bed time to play time, car rides and traveling, play dates and dinner dates and everything in between, I’m covering the top 15 items you need right now.

What’s better than the awesome products themselves is the fact that they’re on Amazon, aka the parent’s holy life saving grail. Side note: does anyone else have a serious Amazon problem? The kind where your mail person knows you a little too well kind of problem? The kind where you get multiple shipments a day? The kind where if a day goes by without a package, you’re dialing the police because you must have been robbed? Yeah, me either…

My 30th Birthday Party

With just having had a baby and being busy back to work, a birthday party was nowhere on my list of things to do. My husband must have known, which is why he secretly asked my close friends and family to come over for a party and then told me about it a week in advance – he knew it would be too late to cancel, but early enough that I could have a hand in the planning (smart guy).

I’d like to thank Corky’s Catering,Cork Catering, and Courageous Bakery & Cafe for providing delicious food and treats for the party.

Planning a party doesn’t have to be a huge stress. I recommend ordering food from a local, trusted caterer – Corky’s Catering helped me choose my menu, delivered food prior to the party that not only was a beautiful presentation but left my guests raving about it to this day. Also, everyone loves cupcakes, but when you’re hosting a party at your house, the mess of baking and the promise of something beautiful will usually go awry. Courageous Bakery matched my floral-themed party with gorgeous cupcakes that enhanced my decor.

You can shop my decor and party supplies through the affiliate links below.

Why I’m Happy My Husband Kept His Surname

It was a chilly April night; I had a horrible day at work and called off our date since my job was running late, but his sweet charm and the promise of a delicious meal won me over. (There’s really not much some fresh, crusty bread and soft, salted butter can’t do to win me over.) After a great date with my best guy, we walked around our local college campus, a walk we took hundreds of times during our college years together.

We passed the dorm where he yelled, “I LOVE LINDSAY ROSASCO” at the top of his lungs in the middle of the night, with people replying, “SHUT UP!” or a celebratory “WOO” from the windows. We passed the music building where students were practicing, even late at night, the jazzy tunes floating their way through the air. We walked by the computer building where I surprised him years ago after class with a huge comforter and dessert for an impromptu nighttime picnic on the quad.

We walked around the mall where I watched him play kickball as I debated the actual importance of making it to my visual communications art class. We ended in front of our old dorm, the place I made my first friend as an unnerved transfer student who quickly became my best – where we stayed up until 5 a.m. talking, laughing, and learning. The place we acted out the cliché of young and wild and free and where a tipsy first meet turned into deep love.

The Things You’ll Never Know

My dearest little one,

I’m writing this one-handed, your little breaths keeping the softest metronome, your little lips pursed out as you dream of eating.

You’ll never know all the times I kissed your tiny fingers as you gripped me so tight; I promise it’s impossible to even count that high.

You’ll never know how I breathed in your skin like it was oxygen, that sweet, pure, Cream of Wheat smelling skin that gives me life.

You’ll never know how much I adored watching your little lips move feverishly as you ate, a little motor that made me laugh out loud, as if you were famished – your rolls would beg to differ.

Why We Need to Empower Men

We hear it everywhere – women need to know they can do the same things as men. Well I think that notion is quite tired, don’t you? It couldn’t be more apparent that women can do what men do – it even pains me to write that because it’s certainly no revelation.

Instead of this, we should be putting our efforts into empowering men, helping them to do the same things as women. If you know anything about me, you know I’m a feminist (and unless you don’t like humans, you are too!), so this statement of men empowerment may seem strange to you – just hear me out – and please don’t miss the flippant tone.

We don’t give men enough credit

I didn’t really realize this until I was married and it definitely escalated when I had kids, but I came to the realization that we don’t give men enough credit.

This is how I came to that conclusion – my husband does it all.

30 Facts About Me

It’s my 30th birthday, and I wanted to share 30 facts about me, but with a twist. The 30 facts were created by my family and friends, the people who know me best and who have made me the person I am today.

I’m in disbelief that I’ve lived 30 years – not in a bad way, but what the heck have I been doing for 3 decades and how do I still remember childhood events like they were yesterday?! I always had a picture of “grown ups” in my head and never in a million years would have believed this is 30 – I’m not serious, tall, or adult-ish like I imagined. But here we are, this is 30, and I love it. I actually have some exciting changes coming I’ll share soon.

Thank you to you all who shared your facts, stories, and memories with me – this post will be such a treasure for me to reflect on. I thought it would be more of a compilation of ridiculous or embarrassing things about me, but there are some really touching memories and sentiments.

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