How to instantly connect with moms on-the-go

This post is sponsored by PeckApp – all opinions and experiences are my own!

Searching phone contacts:
– Isla’s mom
– Park mom red shirt
– Hailey (?) school picnic

Do any other moms have random entries in their contact lists like I do? It happens all the time – you’re out and about at the park, library, or school function – you watch your kids play so sweet with the other kids and even strike up a friendly conversation with the mom. You briefly exchange names during your pleasantries, but of course, you forget – or maybe you know a first name, but is that enough to stalk find her on social media so you can connect?

Enter every mom’s new best friend – PeckApp. PeckApp is a way to share contact information, from your phone number and email to social channels and Venmo, in one simple app.

I’m publishing a children’s book!

I’ve been a little quiet around the blog lately because I’m working on a huge, exciting project, something I’ve wanted to do my whole life. I’m publishing a children’s picture book, set to be available late fall 2019. Want to see what’s going on behind the scenes? Join me on Facebook!

 

Join the VIP list for sneak peeks, pre-order information, and exclusive gifts.

 

These Words Are for You, a beautifully illustrated rhyming picture book, is a must-have for every parent, child, grandparent, aunt, and uncle, and anyone who loves a child. This timeless book will be enjoyed by all generations of your family for years and years to come.

Written in a poem format, the story soulfully depicts how everything in the world – “every colorful, colorless thing in this world” – has been waiting for you. This whimsically illustrated story is sure to bring warmth, snuggles, and happy tears to all its owners.

Don’t forget to join the VIP list!

How to combat baby gas — tips from a third time mom

Thank you, Mommy’s Bliss, for sponsoring this post. All opinions about these products are my own.

As a mom to three little girls each exactly two years apart, you’d think I’d have the whole newborn thing down to a perfect science.

But alas, I did not. My 2-month-old slept like a dream the first six weeks but then started getting really gassy and fussy at night.

We’ve all been there, right? Your always smiling, sweet, happy , and cooing marshmallow of a babe flips a switch and becomes, at best, sad and crying and at worst, completely inconsolable for hours on end. The culprit? Gas.

I tried all the old tricks; I used gas drops; nothing was working. While I don’t love the idea of medication, especially for my new baby, my neighbor friend came to the rescue when she offered me a brand new bottle of some miracle gas drops. After giving them a try when my husband was out of town, I was hooked. Then when Mommy’s Bliss reached out about working together, I knew it was a match made in gassy baby heaven.

Feminine baby girl nursery decor

This post contains affiliate links. Photo credits: Ashley Summers Photography

After sharing my daughter’s bedroom recently, I had a lot of feedback that my readers want to see more of my home – you ask, I deliver! I’m excited to share my nursery with you all.

How to start designing a room

If you feel overwhelmed and don’t know how to start decorating a room, here’s what you should do:

  1. Start a Pinterest board for inspiration. Narrow down your favorite aesthetic, considering colors, textures, and specific elements you want for the room.
  2. Choose one element to start with to build the room around. This could be an area rug, paint color, or piece of furniture.
  3. You can online shop so you can “see” all of your products together and shop at once or get pieces one-by-one as you find them in stores.

When designing the nursery, I already had the crib and knew I had to choose wallpaper for an accent wall to start – I’m kind of a wallpaper fanatic…and area rugs…and throw pillows.

Why you need the HALO Bassinet

Thank you HALO for sending the swivel bassinet for me to try! This post contains affiliate links.

When my family was preparing for our third baby girl to arrive, we had a lot going on in our home – from moving around most of our major rooms and trying to figure out what new products to buy, we knew by now that babies don’t really need much.

But she would need a place to sleep.

We used a normal bassinet with my first two that worked fine, but I had hastily given it away to a painter when he was telling me he was getting ready to have his first.

But, it turns out it was a blessing in disguise because I always heard about the HALO Bassinets from mom friends and was thrilled to give the swivel model a try.

Spoiler alert – it’s amazing. I’m only sad I didn’t have it from the very start.

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Why “girl power” isn’t actually empowering

As a feminist, mom to three little girls, and Spice Girls lover, you think I’d be the first one on board with the cutesy phrase “GIRL POWER,” right? I see this phrase on neon signs in play rooms, adorable pillows, graphic tees, and I want to like it – I want to join these other #girlmoms and feminists and get some cute GIRL POWER swag, but I can’t – I just can’t.

Let me explain. Well, let me start with what girl power means.

What is girl power?

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, girl power is ” the idea that women and girls should be confident, make decisions, and achieve things independently of men.” That all sounds good, right? How could you have a problem with “girl power?” you’re wondering.

Relax, I’m not a monster. I’ll start by acknowledging what is okay about this movement before I denounce it. Stay with me.

Related posts: Why Feminism is for EveryoneGod Doesn’t Care About Your Last NameWhy I’m happy my husband kept his surname.