First Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Under $15

First Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Under $15

My very first Mother’s Day is coming up! I thought it would be fun to do a roundup of a few cute gift ideas. I certainly wouldn’t mind getting some of these. That cool “I’m A Mom, What’s Your SuperPower?” Mug. And it comes in Purple (!!) among other colors. There’s also one for Grandmas. Cost: $10.64. Adorable Happy First Mother’s Day Mommy onesie for your baby. Obviously I would want the blue, but it comes in white and pink too. Cost: $8.99. There’s also the cute “I am the best Mother’s Day Gift Ever” onesie. Cost $13.99. This clever Flashdrive necklace. 16 […]

Posted April 20, 2015 by Julie in Gift Guides, / 22 Comments
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How to Order a Breast Pump through Insurance

How to Order a Breast Pump through Insurance

One of the items on my “Pregnancy To-Do” list was to order a breast pump. I had no idea where to even begin, but I knew my insurance covered some brands. I called my insurance at one point to ask about a bunch of general pregnancy-related coverage questions, and they mentioned some of the brands covered but did not tell me how to go about ordering one and getting insurance to pay for it directly. I certainly didn’t want to be stuck with the bill! So for any new or soon to be new moms, here is what I learned about […]

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Random New Mom Thoughts

Random New Mom Thoughts

I thought it would be fun to share some random “new Mom” thoughts I have from time to time. I might make this a series 🙂 Hello Gray City! Will someone give me an hour or so to myself so I can dye my hair? and maybe cut it? And maybe treat it to keep the fuzz monster at bay? I hope I’m going on a vacation soon because the bags under my eyes are packed for travel. When was the last time I remembered something I needed to do when I could actually do it? Wait, when did my […]

Posted April 7, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts, / 39 Comments
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How to make Overnight Oatmeal with Lactation Goodness

How to make Overnight Oatmeal with Lactation Goodness

Inside: Are you a breastfeeding mom? Make this super easy overnight oatmeal lactation breakfast. A healthy breastfeeding-friendly breakfast. I’m sure we can all agree that breastfeeding needs to be easier – on all of us. From latching difficulty to maintaining supply, breastfeeding can be quite challenging. We need to fill our bag of tricks with all the tools and life hacks available to us, and a super healthy breakfast full of lactation-boosting ingredients is one such tool we need. Read on to learn how to make this breakfast in advance, and enjoy it and all its benefits. Welcome, Pinners! Thanks […]

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A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life

Woke up, fell out of bed Dragged a comb across my head Found my way downstairs and drank a cup And looking up I noticed I was late — A Day In The Life – The Beatles The awesome Trish at Love Laughter Insanity came up with a fun blogger event: share a day in the life. I picked March 13th (which happens to be Friday the 13th – and a month before my birthday) to keep track of my daily happenings. Why that day? Well, it was the day after Trish’s post, so the topic was fresh in my […]

Posted March 27, 2015 by Julie in Working Mom, / 30 Comments
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Spring Cleaning Your Home Office – Tips and To Do List

Spring Cleaning Your Home Office – Tips and To Do List

One of my goals for 2015 is to organize my home, to include our home office. We have a room with a big lovely desk and yet everything is still in boxes in the closet from our move (which was over a year ago). Since spring is finally upon us, and the baby is no longer a newborn, it might be time to get going on those goals and work some organization and spring cleaning into my life. Below is my plan aka to-do list aka wishlist (because let’s be honest, I need a wife to help me get all […]

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Our method to be up less at night with baby

Our method to be up less at night with baby

While I was on maternity leave, I got up with Baby H every night since hubby had to get up for work in the morning and I got to “stay home and take naps”. Since my little hippo is always hungry hungry, we would be up all the time. At the time, he was eating every 2.5-3 hours and hadn’t really started any longer stretches at night. But being up took seriously over an hour to an hour and a half sometimes. Changing a diaper, nursing (with him passing out super hard and then waking back up when I tried […]

Posted March 16, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, / 27 Comments
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March is #ReadAloud Month

March is #ReadAloud Month

  You know I’m a reader (right? I even have a separate book blog) and I would love to raise Baby H to be a reader as well. I love this campaign going on during the month of March. If you’re following me on Twitter, you’ll see I’ve been tweeting these lovely cards daily. Read aloud 15 minutes, every child, every parent, every day. #readaloud We try to read with Baby H every night before putting him to bed. One of my lovely book clubs gave me this basket full of books and we’ve been cycling through them. I’ve also […]

Posted March 11, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, / 11 Comments
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#DearMe: Advice to my younger self

#DearMe: Advice to my younger self

March 8th = International Women’s Day. We don’t really acknowledge this holiday in the US as much as we should, but hopefully with time and more social media it will become more mainstream. My Mom and I like to wish each other a happy Women’s Day 🙂 This year’s theme is Make It Happen, “encouraging effective action for advancing and recognizing women.” I came across this lovely social media campaign called #DearMe from 2JustByou and thought it would be fun to participate. The prompt is: If you could give your younger self a piece of advice, what would it be? What kind […]

Posted March 10, 2015 by Julie in Memes, / 2 Comments
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8 Things My 4-Month-Old and I Have In Common

8 Things My 4-Month-Old and I Have In Common

Who knew that I’d have so much in common with my little baby? We both have the “Russian chin” that we inherited from my Daddy. (Fond nickname by my sister in law.) We both have cold feet and hands. (Sorry for passing on the bad circulation.) We are both cranky when we’re hungry (aka Hangry – and we both eat about every 3-4 hours). We are both cranky when we’re tired. (And sometimes have a hard time getting to sleep. Unless someone’s holding us, then we pass right out.) Neither of us have good control of our bladders. (Seriously, when […]

Posted March 9, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, / 62 Comments
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