Hey there! If you’ve noticed that it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, that is because I am currently on maternity leave. Our daughter is now 8 weeks old, and I have been taking that time to get to know her and enjoy being home with her and my son. Okay, if I’m honest, I’ve also been kept plenty busy and a little overwhelmed trying to juggle the two kiddos! I wrote this post as I was preparing for our little girl’s arrival. I wrote it with two intentions – to have goals down on paper for myself and to share with other moms who need some help setting goals for their own maternity leave. With my first son, I did not do anything like this. Those first blurry 11 weeks flew by and left me feeling like I had wasted them on the couch. Keep reading for the goals that I set for maternity leave.
When I created a baby registry for my first son, I did a TON of research. I read every blog and pin that I could find, I looked through pregnancy magazines, I looked at registry examples, and I asked other parents for advice. Overall, I felt like I had a pretty good handle on what I wanted and needed for baby. Now I am getting ready for baby number two, and I have the chance to go through my new baby checklist all over again. My thoughts and opinions have changed a lot in the two years since I wrote this post – as all experienced parents tend to do. I thought this would be the perfect time to re-vamp this post a little bit so that I have it ready when friends come to ask for baby registry advice. Keep reading to learn how to create your own new baby checklist (I’ve included a template for you!), and see what you need to include in your baby registry.
Before my son was born, I had 2051 diapers in my stockpile. I know to many of you, that sounds like a lot of diapers, but in reality, that pile lasted me roughly 6 months. Babies go through diapers like they are…well, disposable! There are many advantages to using cloth diapers, and they are becoming pretty popular recently. If you go the disposable diaper route, be prepared to go through a lot of diapers. This post will teach you how to build a diaper stockpile and why you want to build a diaper stockpile before you welcome your baby.
Sleep seems to be the ultimate struggle as a parent – both sleep for yourself and sleep for your child. Once new parents get past their newborn sleeping through the night, they may believe that their sleep troubles are over. Oh, you just wait new parents. There is more to come. Today I have a guest post from Judith, a mother of two, with 5 tips for helping your kids get to sleep. These tips really apply to any age, but seem most applicable to toddlers and young school-aged children. Hope they help, and you find some rest!
Whether you are considering starting a blog or have been at this for a while, there is one question that all bloggers want to know the answer to – how do I make money with my blog? There are so many ways to monetize your blog out there. It can be hard to decide which to try and which will be worth investing your time into. I have been doing this for a couple of years now, and have tried a handful of methods to make money blogging. Here are 25 ways to make money blogging that I have found worthwhile. Not a blogger? Give this post a look anyway! There are many ideas here that can make you a little extra cash through social media as well.
When you are pregnant, finding the energy and motivation to workout can be a challenge to say the least! It doesn’t help that as your belly grows, it gets harder and harder to find comfortable clothes that fit. Maternity active wear seems to be the hardest to come by. Yes, you can just wear regular clothes or a big t-shirt, but that can be cumbersome for some types of exercise. Not to mention, for many pregnant women, it can be a challenge to keep your self-esteem up at the gym to begin with. Having comfortable and functional maternity active wear can really help you to feel better about getting to the gym. Check out the maternity active wear selection from Pink Blush for some great options meant just for your pregnant body.
Books are a great way to pass time, interact with your baby, and teach language skills to your little one! They can also be a great way to introduce your children to faith and God’s love from the very beginning. There are many books about Jesus, prayer, and Christian values out there. Some are obvious and studious like beginner’s story bibles and some simply follow themes that instill Christian love. Whatever your day calls for, there is a great Christian book out there for you to share with your little one. Check out this post to see some of our favorites and suggestions for Christian books for baby.
There are so many great baby carriers out there with so many great merits to each. It can be hard to decide what carrier will be best for your family or even which carriers! (Many parents have multiple for different uses.) Our son is two now and the only carrier that we have ever used for him is the Boba Air. It’s been a lifesaver in many situations including summer festivals, long walks, and even just family trips to the mall. In general I love that this carrier is lightweight, super portable, adjusts to fit myself and my husband, and is still comfortable for my toddler. Read on to see a more detailed Boba Air review.
As the holidays draw near, it can be important to cut back on daily spending to make room in your budget for things like fun outings and gifts for your loved ones. One great way to save on household staples is by using Amazon Family, and specifically the Amazon Subscribe and Save feature. Subscribe and Save is a free program for Amazon Prime members that allows you the convenience of a subscription service with a discount as an added bonus! Some items seem to be close to the same price as they would be in stores, but with a little bit of hunting there are some great deals to be found. Check out this post to see how it works and learn some of the best deals on Amazon Family.
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What is Amazon Family?
Creating an Amazon Family profile will essentially build you a dashboard of savings and suggestions based on the needs of your family. You add in the age of your child/children and Amazon Family does the rest. You will get an overview of current deals, a list of recommendations, easy access to your Subscribe and Save lists, coupons, and articles for your family. The best part is that Amazon Family is free feature included in your Amazon Prime membership.
How to use Amazon Subscribe and Save
Amazon Subscribe and Save is one of the best features available with an Amazon Family account. Amazon offers up to 15% off of household staples and 20% off of diapers delivered right to your door on a regular schedule. Simply shop the Subscribe and Save store, add items to your list, and tell Amazon how often you want your items delievered. You can add, skip, or cancel subscriptions at any time.
Don’t forget to check out the coupon page of the Subscribe and Save store as well!
What are the best deals on Amazon Family?
If you buy name brand diapers, Amazon Family is the single best way that I have found to get the best price. We started using it before our first son was born to work on building his diaper stockpile. (Check out The Complete Guide to Building a Diaper Stockpile)
I have seen Pampers as low as $0.08/diaper, Huggies as low as $0.12/diaper, and Luvs as low as $0.09/diaper. Just keep an eye out for sales/coupons!
If you are a K-Cup user especially, Amazon Family is the place to buy your coffee.
These Java Factory Vanilla Dream Pods always seem to be a great deal, but there is plenty of variety to choose from.
Bags of coffee grounds or whole beans can also be found for a nice discount.
Baby food, especially the jars or pouches of puree, can definitely get expensive! For families that chose to feed with baby food, Amazon Family can help you save some dollars there.
For the rest of the family, Amazon Family can help you find deals on all kinds of snacks. Whether you go for individual packages or buy the larger containers and portion yourself (check out 14 Ways to Eliminate Single Use Plastic), stocking up can help you save some extra money on snacks for your family.
Household Staples/Paper Products
Toilet paper, paper towel, tissues, you name it – Amazon Family can help you to save on your staples as well as automatically restock them so that you don’t run out! I do generally find that the prices are not as good as buying the generic brand at the store, so this is one to be careful with. You can find some good deals if you watch for coupons or buy in bulk though.
In general, Amazon Family can help you save on disposable products and consumables for your family. The discount is nice, and the convenience of the auto-restock is awesome for busy parents. There are always deals to be found by visiting the coupon page or your Amazon Family profile.
You can see some of my personal Amazon Subscribe and Save orders from the past (including pricing) by visiting this page here.
There are so many great deals to dig through. Moms and Dads – what are the best deals on Amazon Family that you have found?
Visiting Santa is a holiday tradition that many families look forward to every year! It can be a fun event for children or a crazy and long process for the whole family. Unfortunately, holiday crowds are a big part of the season, but there are so many places to see Santa that you should be able to find one that will be a fun family outing! Visiting Santa should be a magical experience that your little ones can look back on fondly. I asked local moms to vote on the best place to see Santa in Milwaukee. Here are their choices for the top 5 best Santa spots.
Please note: this info is meant to be a helpful reference for you, and is up-to-date as of November 7, 2018. Please double check hours, availability, etc. before planning your trip!
The 5 Best Places to Visit Santa in Milwaukee:
Brookfield Square Mall
Brookfield square mall tops our list as best place to see Santa in Milwaukee. This is our personal favorite as well as a favorite among local moms. Peanut and I visited Santa here on Christmas Eve last year, and it was great! There were only two other families in line, so we were able to wave to Santa before and take our time visiting.
Hours: Starting Saturday November 10th
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Some special holiday hours – see website for details.
Cost: Visit is free, photo packages range $24.99-$49.99
Cabela’s in Richfield
Cabela’s makes the list as a mom favorite because of the over-all experience that they include. They have activities, crafts, and giveaways to make the whole trip more fun.
Hours: November 11-December 1
December 2-December 24
Cost: Complimentary 4″x6″ photo for each family
Milwaukee County Zoo
Milwaukee County Zoo offers breakfast and lunch with Santa, Ms. Claus, and musical performer Fred Turk. Your admission includes a meal and admission to the zoo for the day. Pre-registration is required.
Hours: December 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 2018, 9:00 am breakfast and 12:00 noon lunch
Cost: $22.95 for adults, $17.95 for children 3-12, $5.95 for children 2 and under (20% discount for zoo pass members – check your email!)
Another great place to see Santa at a local mall. Get some shopping in and make a whole family trip of the day if you want to! You can also save some time in line by making a reservation on the website in advance.
Hours: Starting Saturday November 10th
Monday – Saturday: 11:00 AM-8:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM-6:00 PM
Some special holiday hours – see website for details.
Cost: Visit is free, photo packages range $39.99-$49.99
Von Maur at the Corners in Brookfield
Does it get any more American than taking your kids to see Santa at a lavishly decorated department store?? Hello, Christmas Story flashbacks. Von Maur is a great new addition to the list, coming in as the fifth best place to see Santa in Milwaukee.
Saturday, November 24th from 12 noon to 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 25th from 12 noon to 5:00 pm
Saturday, December 1st from 12 noon to 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 2nd from 12 noon to 5:00 pm
Saturday, December 8th from 12 noon to 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 9th from 12 noon to 5:00 pm
Saturday, December 15th from 12 noon to 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 16th from 12 noon to 5:00 pm
Cost: One complimentary photo per family