It seems like there’s a national month or day for everything now, doesn’t it? At some point they all start to feel like someone just made them up yesterday. I was surprised to learn that national Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month was started by Ronald Reagan. This topic has been on the verge of making itself known since the 1980’s. Even still, it’s something that we don’t know how to talk about. How do we make something so personal a part of casual conversation? How do we prepare young men and women for such a devastating possibility without taking the joy out of growing their family? It’s a hard concept to normalize because it has so many different meanings to so many different people.
I remember when we were creating our registry for our first son in Target. There are so many products to choose from, and as a new mom, you always want to pick the very best for your kiddo. There was a mom walking by with a 9-month-ish-old little boy. She chuckled and smiled remembering being an expecting parent and creating a baby registry. She stopped and asked “can I give you one tip?” Of course, we said yes because new parents are clueless and advice is (usually) appreciated. She picked up a tube of Butt Paste and said “skip all the other diaper rash creams. You need this one.”
Have you ever thought about the amount of waste that your home creates on a regular basis? Take that one-step farther, and think about the amount of plastic waste that your family creates. There are so many disposable products that we use everyday, but don’t ever take the time to think about. I try to be conscious about the amount of waste that we create as a family. Not only does cutting down on waste help the environment, it helps to save money. Recently, I have tried to make a conscious effort to reduce our disposable plastic usage. There are so many products that I have easily replaced. Check out this post to see 14 ways that you can eliminate single use plastics from your home without too much effort.
Have you jumped on the big nut butter bandwagon yet? As many people seem to be stumbling across the benefits of a plant-based diet, it seems like nut butters are becoming more and more popular. I know that I am definitely a fan of pretty much any variety – peanut butter, hazelnut spread, and definitely almond butter. The one challenge that I have with nut butters is finding a variety of ways to use them. I tend to stick with fruit, waffles, or smoothies as my three go-to nut butter carriers. I scoured my brain and the internet to find these ## no-fuss ways to use almond butter for your snacking pleasure. See below for some great almond butter snack ideas.
Fall is coming, fall is coming! If you can’t tell, I am a little bit excited. I love the cool dry air, the crunching leaves, and of course fall fashion colors. I love a good, deep nail polish year round, but they seem to be the in thing when fall comes around. Avon has a few really great shades that I am looking forward to trying out this year! Keep scrolling to check out a few of my favorites. There’s still time to order just in time for fall. If you’re new to Avon, or just haven’t created an account yet, you can use code WELCOME10 to get 10% off your first order.
Are you one of those people who looks at your bank account a week after payday and thinks “Where did my paycheck go?” Would you like to to cut your spending? Do you want to save money for a vacation or big purchase? The easiest way to make more sense of your financial situation is with a very thorough budget. Unfortunately, most people have no idea how to start a household budget. It can be an intimidating idea, but in reality starting a budget for your home doesn’t have to be hard.
In a world where we like to categorize things and people, the type of mom you are may mean a lot to you! There are many moms who identify very strongly as a “crunchy mom,” “millennial mom,” “new age mom,” “old fashioned mom,” “overprotective mom,” “relaxed mom,” the list can go on and on. One of the biggest labels that determines how you see yourself as a mom is frequently your occupation. Whether you are a working mom, a stay-at-home mom, or a work-from-home mom will have a huge impact on how you raise your family! In fact, this can sometimes feel like the biggest decision associated with becoming a mother. The tough part is that no one path is best for every family. How do you decide which choice is right for you?
Can you believe that it’s August already? It still feels like summer where we are, but I know that fall is just around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about crunchy leaves, cozy sweaters, and pumpkin baked goods! Ok, I may be getting a little ahead of myself. It is actually time to think about sending the kiddos back to school and switching gears into our fall schedules. Whether your little ones are headed off to school for the first time, returning to a higher grade level, or resuming their fall daycare schedules, Amazon can help cut down the shopping stress by delivering your school supplies and household staples right to your home. Check out this great deal to stock your home, your backpacks, or your children’s classrooms with the paper products that you need to be prepared.
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.
When you have a baby or young toddler, it can feel like diapers are just a part of your life and always will be. The good news is that one day, all of the diaper changes will come to an end! June is national potty training month, so now is the perfect time to look forward to the transition out of diapers for good. Someday your little one will be potty trained and gain a huge amount of independence. Right now, it probably seems like that day is far off, but your toddler may already be giving you signs that the time for potty training is coming. The timing needs to be right in order to make potty training a smooth transition for the whole family. Check out these 5 signs that your toddler may be ready to start potty training soon.