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Big Boy Ben’s Bobux Sandals

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With summer here, the kids are running in and out of the house ALL THE TIME. They love playing with their neighborhood friends in our courtyard, splashing in the sprinkler, scootering to nearby parks. The sunshine feels so good! We are a steadfast shoe-free household, and the kids really do respect this rule. But, with [...]


Nursing and Pumping for Two

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Before the twins arrived, I gently prepared myself for what I thought was inevitable: that I wouldn’t produce enough milk for two hungry babies, and I would have to rely on formula to supplement. Breastfeeding was a choice I made for my first four babies, and it was a delightful, easy and comfortable part of [...]


My Favorite Kitchen Tool

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In many ways, I fancy myself a minimalist. We might have four kids – and all the stuff that comes along with them – but personally I strive to keep the stuff to a minimum. The items I choose to keep in our home must serve a purpose. One such item is my most favorite [...]


Classroom Valentine’s from Minted.com

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Ever since ordering our Christmas cards from Minted.com last year I occasionally browse through the site. When I saw the classroom Valentine’s pop up, I was immediately intrigued. Normally I ask the kids to create their own Valentines, but this year I thought it would be fun for them to design on-line. Plus, these photo [...]


Carry The Future

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I like to think of myself as a minimalist (even though all the kid stuff in our house would lead one to believe otherwise), so I’ve mostly avoided all the unnecessary baby stuff during the past seven years of taking care of babies. No wipe warmers or grocery cart liners for us, thankyouverymuch. But, one [...]


Holiday Cards from Minted.com

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OK, so I know this post will make it seem like I’m soooo on top of things, but let me assure you that I am most definitely not. But, yesterday, I received my order of holiday cards. I spent part of an evening last week knocking this off my future to-do list, and I’m so [...]


My Mother’s Day Gift to Myself

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For Mother’s Day this year, I respectfully told Chris that I didn’t want a gift. We’ve taken a couple trips lately and I really didn’t want anything and the last thing I need is more stuff. Chris knows me well: I’d rather have an experience than a thing, so the little vacations we took as [...]


GIVEAWAY!!! Baby Deedee Sleep Nest!!!

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Last week I wrote about my new favorite baby product, the Baby Deedee Sleep Nest.  With a quilted duvet-like material, it keeps my little boy oh-so warm and cozy all night.  The quality and care put into its design really sets it apart from all the other sleep sacks I’ve tried on my babies over [...]


Baby Ben in his Baby Deedee

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Ben. Oh, my sweet lil Ben. At nearly 11 months old, the little bugger still won’t sleep 12 hours through the night. He goes down around 7 and usually wakes for a big snack around 4:30 am. It used to be much, much worse.  Like, waking up four times a night worse. What changed? A [...]


empowerHER Giveaway!

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Last week I had to travel out of town for a couple days (just one night). I really don’t like leaving my family on the ground while I sail 30,000 feet above, but I know they were in good hands with Chris, our sweet babysitter Nataliya and my wonderfully generous mom.  I am so lucky [...]


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