How to Make Money by Designing Wedding Invitations

One of my all-time favorite ways to make money is to design wedding invitations! It's easy, fun, and an amazing way to get the flexibility you crave. Here's how to do it!

I am the last person in the world you would ever peg as someone that designs and sells wedding invitations, but it’s true. In fact, it’s one of my favorite hobbies. And not only does it earn me some extra money, but it is pretty easy and extremely flexible – you can work on them anytime, anywhere (which I’m always a fan of).

If you read my posts regularly, you already know I’m a huge fan of Zazzle and once again, that is the resource I use for creating and selling wedding collections. I love, love, love Zazzle, so I use it for all kinds of creations, but wedding collections are really popular there and for good reason.  There are so many great ideas and you’re able to customize everything.  I actually used Zazzle products for my own wedding.

So here’s how it happens. (more…)

8 Secret Tricks for Getting Things Done with a Baby

For the most part, we’re all forced to come up with creative tricks for getting things done once a baby has entered the picture. Eating with one hand, sleeping while standing, sleeping while sitting, sleeping while singing…you get the picture.

I come across great ideas all the time that make my life so much easier. So I thought it was high time I shared my secret tricks for getting things done with a baby.

Here we go: (more…)

A Creative Solution for Toddler Safety in the Kitchen

When my son was 4 months old, he reached out with the speed of light and grabbed my piping hot cup of coffee, pouring it all over himself. He had just started using his hands and it was the first time he had grabbed anything.  It was an awful experience and we ended up spending the weekend in the ER.

Luckily, he ended up being ok with only small scars that will eventually fade. Ironically, that incident was probably a blessing because it showed me just how quick those little hands are and has made me way more paranoid about where he is, particularly when we’re in the kitchen.

Unfortunately, he always wants to be with me when I’m cooking. I have tried distracting him with his favorite toys in the dining room, but he insists on being as close as possible.

So here is my latest attempt at keeping him safe and I’m in LOVE with it.

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Ten Minute Toffee

I don’t know about you, but over in my corner of the universe Fall is in the air. Autumn crafts are filling up my Pinterest feed, boots are lining the store shelves, and I’m finally able to leave my windows open all day. And when the jeans come out, so do the extra-special goodies that bathing suits just don’t allow for – like one of my ultimate favorites, Ten Minute Toffee.

This recipe literally takes just 10 minutes. And it is SO GOOD. I mean… butter, sugar, chocolate, saltines??  Come on. It’s a dream. And it is so, so easy to make (plus only needs 4 ingredients).

So without further ado, here is my recipe for Ten Minute Toffee: (more…)

12 Ways to Make Co-Sleeping Safer

Co-sleeping is a beautiful thing - it just needs to be done safely! Follow these tips to make sure you're doing everything you can to make your sleeping arrangements safe and comfortable for everyone.

Throughout my pregnancy and even after my baby was born, I had no plan or intention of co-sleeping. In fact, my baby had two cribs to choose from and a variety of other cozy devices at his disposal.

But as his 4-month mark rolled around he started to get fussier and fussier.  When I put him in his crib, he would wake after only an hour of sleep. But if I let him curl up with me in bed, he would sleep for 6 hours straight.

So….yeah….we became co-sleepers real quick. And I’ll tell you what, I’m so glad I did it. In fact, it’s one of the things I’m most grateful for when I look back at the past year.

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Picking the Best Baby Carrier for Your Baby

Before I was even pregnant I knew I was going to carry my baby everywhere. Like Pocahontas, we would run through the wilderness together. Singing, dancing, and laughing.

I know, I know. Pocahontas didn’t have a baby – and God help the woman that runs through the wilderness with a baby strapped to her.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love, love, love carrying my baby. It is my favorite thing to do. If I didn’t have the body of a human, I would do it 24/7. But my body – strong as it is – needs help with the task.

Thankfully, brilliant parenting innovations have made my pursuit for the best baby carrier fairly painless. And I’ve tried a bunch, trust me. Some were ok, some were life-changing.

Here’s what I found: (more…)

How to Cut Your Packing in Half When Traveling with a Baby

How to Cut the Packing in Half When Traveling with a Baby

Traveling with a baby is no small endeavor. Yes, they’re tiny. But holy moly, their stuff certainly is not.

My husband and I travel all the time with our baby. Over the summer it’s often every weekend. So we’ve come across some great tricks, tips, and work-arounds that make the process easier.

The name of the game is obvious: figure out what you don’t need and find the most space-saving version of what you do need. (more…)

17 Inspirational Quotes to Tell Yourself Everyday

Inspirational Quotes to Tell Yourself Everyday

I love, love, love to hear a quote that makes me think “Whoa, so true!” The ones that tell you what you already know, but somehow package it in a way that gives you butterflies. I especially love the ones that have a way of brightening my day when it’s starts to take a turn for the worse.

Sometimes you just need a reminder of the things you know to be true. And sometimes that reminder needs to be daily. So without further ado, here’s a list of inspirational quotes to tell yourself everyday: (more…)

Naptime Cosleeping: The Fabulous Little Secret of Cosleepers

As I type this article, my son is sleeping soundly next to me. The lights are dimmed, the room is silent, warm tea next to me, and my laptop where it should be.

It’s a better arrangement than I ever dreamed. And probably the biggest secret that cosleeping parents like me keep to themselves, never bringing up during the ever present is-it-ok-to-cosleep debate. Naptime cosleeping.

But for some reason this wonderful arrangement seems to baffle people.  “But how in the world do you do it?” “How do you get things done?” And what I hear the most – “Wait. You actually sit next to him while he naps?!? I would go crazy!”

Trust me, you wouldn’t go crazy. At least not any crazier than non-cosleepers.

So here’s the truth.  The answers to everything you’ve ever wondered about naptime cosleeping and why it’s so awesome: (more…)

Why We Need a 4-Day Workweek

A 4-day workweek. Forever. Sound good?

Of course it does. It sounds amaaazing. But is it so amazing that it’s too good to be true? Let’s hope not….because it turns out it would probably be good for our health.

And the economy.

And our relationships.

And even the environment.

Ok, I’ll stop. But you get the point – it would be good for us!

But seriously, here are the actual, supported, peer-reviewed, expert-recommended reasons for switching to a 4-day workweek. (more…)