Category: Parenting

Co-Sleeping with a Bed Rail: Everything You Need to Know

Evertything you need to know about co-sleeping with a bed rail.

After co-sleeping with two kids, I’ve come to find that there are different variations of co-sleeping and no one really does it the same way. Co-sleeping with a bed rail, bed up against the wall, parents in different beds with different kids, parents on the floor, kids in the middle – the list goes on and on.  There are lots of factors that go into deciding how you’re going to co-sleep and it’s not only different for each family…it’s also different for each child.

With my first child, we moved the furniture in our room and pushed the bed right up against the wall.  My son slept between me and the wall and for the most part, it worked just fine. The second time around, we’ve done things a little differently and have opted to co-sleep with a bed rail.

Co-sleeping with a bed rail has been great for us. There are some things to consider though, so this may not be the best choice for everyone.  While I do love it, there are some safety concerns, so please make sure to read through all of this before making your decision!

If you’re debating whether co-sleeping with a bed rail is the right move to make, here are some things to consider:

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How to Become a Stay at Home Mom: The Financial Moves to Make First

I can’t tell you how many times I hear “I would love to be a stay at home mom, but we just can’t afford it.”  It kills me that so many people find themselves in this predicament, but I truly do believe that just about anyone can figure out how to become a stay at home mom if they give it time and plan accordingly.  It may not happen overnight, but it CAN happen, you just have to make the right financial moves.

So if you’ve been thinking about this in the back of your mind, start making these moves now!  Even if you don’t end up becoming a stay at home mom, you will be in a better place financially and have way more security.

And if you’ve already made the leap (or need to really, really soon), don’t worry, you can still make this happen.

Here’s how to become a stay at home mom (or at least afford it):

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How to Have a Hygge Easter: 10 Ways to Make the Holiday Even Happier

From the second I came across the concept of hygge, I was hooked. And since it goes hand-in-hand with holidays, I can’t wait to have a hygge Easter this year!

Easter is hands down one of my favorite holidays and it’s perfect for adding hygge.  So many critical hygge concepts (family, outdoors, food) are already present in Easter, so hygge-fying it is not only easy, it’s also fun.

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The Best Easter Basket Ideas for 4-Year Old Boys

It’s that time of year again! Time to play the Easter bunny. And with these Easter basket ideas for 4-year old boys, I’m hoping the job will be simple for you this year!

4 is such a magical age, so this is a particularly fun year.  Not only are they really starting to get into the holidays, but they also get so excited for any little goodies you get for them. And with all that they’re learning, there are tons of great options to fill their Easter baskets with.

So if you’re in need of Easter basket ideas for 4-year old boys, look no further!  

Here’s what you should focus on:

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The Best Easter Books for 4-Year Old Boys

The Best Easter Books for 4-Year Old Boys (great for Easter basket stuffers!)

I am a HUGE fan of playing the Easter bunny each year and there is no way my son is going without some great Easter books for 4-year old boys in his basket!  Ironically, it took me a while to find a good selection of Easter books for preschool boys, so I couldn’t help but share what I found.  Hopefully this will make life easier for you as you fill your own 4-year old boy’s Easter basket!

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The Best Easter Basket Ideas for 1-Year Old Girls

Easter Basket Ideas for 1-Year Old Girls

After having kids, something happened that made me absolutely love being the Easter bunny.  It’s like Santa Clause, only with not nearly as much stress, not nearly as much stuff, and instead of a pending winter once it’s over, SUMMER is right around the corner.

So needless to say, I take my Easter bunny duties seriously and strive to put the perfect basket together!  Last year, my daughter was a tiny newborn, so while this isn’t her first basket, it will be her first FUN one (at least, from her perspective).

So if you’re in need of Easter basket ideas for a 1-year old girl, look no further!  I’ve got you covered.  Here are some great ideas:

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10 Ways to Add Hygge to Your Life

10 Ways to Add Hygge to Your Life

Hygge – the Danish not-so-easy-to-define word for happiness, coziness, nostalgia, and contentment – is a big part of why Denmark is consistently ranked as one of the happiest places in the world.  We, as Americans, on the other hand,  seem to be on a constant pursuit of happiness, yet don’t rank anywhere close to the Danes.  What gives?

Maybe – just maybe – instead of pursuing the classic American dream, minimalism, capitalism, or whatever new fad is trending, we should instead pursue the tried-and-true notion of hygge.  We know it works, so why not?  We’ve got nothing to lose.

Luckily, incorporating aspects of hygge into your life is easy because you get instant gratification.  That’s because one of the most important principles of hygge is living in the moment.  So all of these things will make you feel good right now.

Ready to embrace hygge and live like the Danish do??  Here are 10 things you can do to add hygge to your life:

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How to Get Rid of Your Eczema

How to Treat Your Eczema

Ok, guys, weird topic coming to you: eczema treatment! But I’m doing this because I know I’m not the only one out there that’s putting obscene amounts of lotion on their hands in this cold, dry weather.  

And if you’ve ever had eczema before (and if you have, then I’m willing to bet your lovely kids inherited the miserableness!), then you’re probably dreading what’s inevitably ahead of you this season: a horrid case of eczema…that just doesn’t. go. away.

I’ve had it, my son had it, and with my daughter’s first winter has come her first case of eczema.

Which brings me to this post…because last year, I FINALLY found a cure for our eczema. I’m not kidding. And this year, I’ve already had a chance to test it out once again…and AGAIN, IT WORKED.

I started using our secret weapon on my daughter a week ago and…voila! Her stint as an eczema sufferer is looking to be the shortest this family has ever experienced.  And my son’s (and my) eczema still hasn’t come back.

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50 Ways to Be a Happier Stay-at-Home Mom

How to Be a Happier Stay-at-Home Mom

Being a stay-at-home mom is a blessing…that can sometimes feel like a curse.  You get to experience every beautiful moment of your child’s life…along with every miserable one.  You get to create the home of your dreams…and witness its daily destruction and resurrection.

It’s fulfilling, inspiring, and exciting…but it’s also thankless, degrading, and lonely.  So sometimes you just need something to help you be a happier SAHM.

So when you’re having one of those moments where you just need to hit the reset button, try one of these ideas!  They will help you refresh, perk up, and be a happier you.

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How to Turn Old Christmas Cards into Forever Keepsakes

How to Turn Old Christmas Cards into Keepsake Magnets

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is opening up Christmas cards from family and friends…especially the photo ones!

So each and every year I am twisted apart trying to figure out what to do with them when the holiday season ends.  Throwing them away seems awful, saving them seems pointless.

So I end up making a choice – some stay on the fridge permanently, some sadly head to the trash.

Until this year.

Finally, I came up with a way to not only save them, but actually give them a practical purpose!

Ready for it???

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