Meet Tara Rasmus + Get Real About Balance and Inner Beauty

September 12, 2019

I think Tara and I connected online for the first time over three years ago, met in person shortly after we returned to NYC after our travels (about a year and a half ago) and a friendship developed rather quickly. Tara is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things beauty (amongst other things) and I am so thrilled to be sharing her insight with you all. Her interview feels especially fitting for me as I approach a major transition both in life and with my body as we get ready to welcome June into the world (if I haven’t already). So let’s jump right in!

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Muffin-Tin Mini Chai Cinnamon Rolls

September 5, 2019

After looking at nearly every cinnamon roll recipe and feeling ultra intimidated about making them in the last month of my pregnancy with Owen, I finally settled on using store bought crescent roll dough instead and you guys – I’m not sure if I’ll ever go back. These were unbelievably easy, delicious and Owen had such a fun time helping me in the kitchen. Baking them in a muffin tin made for less pressure when rolling and cutting them too! All in all it was such a seamless process that I highly recommend trying with or without kiddos! Find the recipe below.

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Meet Samantha Thompson + Learn the Importance of Letting Go in Early Motherhood

August 29, 2019

I am over the moon to be introducing you all to Samantha Thompson, the owner of Standard Wax, co-creator of the You Did It Podcast, new mom to sweet, four month old Ruby, wife, Phoenician and all around incredible human. Sam and I met a few years ago through Amy Frances and immediately connected over cocktails, running our own businesses and even some of the complexities of social media. Amy and I ended up having Sam on an episode of our podcast, Building Household with Hailey & Amy when she was visiting New York last summer before we both found out we were expecting and each of our lives drastically changed. Needless to say, I’ve been dying to chat with her about life as a new mom since our last in depth discussion. And you better believe I wept as we got into the nitty gritty on early motherhood and the beauty of letting go – a lesson I know I will be learning first hand again real soon here. I’ll shut up now so you can get to know the wonderful Sam!

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My Ten Hospital Bag Essentials for Labor and Delivery

August 27, 2019

I just did a search on my own site for “hospital bag” and found the post I wrote when I was pregnant with Owen. Isn’t it funny to look back and see how our writing has changed over the course of four years? Publishing a post like this wouldn’t likely happen these days, but regardless, the right stuff was mostly in the post and my hospital bag. There are definitely some updates I’m making this time around so I figured I would share. Here’s what I’m packing: 

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Why We’re Experimenting with Cloth Diapering the Second Time Around

August 21, 2019

This post was sponsored by Esembly

Owen wore diapers until he was over three and every single diaper he wore was disposable. Call it new mom anxiety or ignorance, but cloth diapering never really crossed my mind as a true reality for our family. It seemed like a messy, unnecessary and maybe even impossible challenge in a city like Brooklyn. Four years ago I was completely unaware of the wonderful cloth diapering options available to urban families like ours and I was naive to the horrific evidence of the damage disposable diapers are doing to our planet. So without too much thought we stuck to disposable and while that worked for us the first time around (despite the footprint we left behind), we are taking a different approach this time. 

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How I’m Preparing my Closet for Postpartum

August 20, 2019

If you read one of my more recent articles over on Camille Styles you know I’m doing my best to prepare my mind and body for postpartum. Some may say I have jumped the gun on preparing my closet, but it’s important to me that I have a handful of items I know I can most likely wear when June arrives. Of course it’s impossible to know exactly what my body will look and feel like after giving birth sometime next month, but based on my body today I made a couple of educated guesses and overall I’m feeling really good about it.

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How to Prepare Your First Born for a New Sibling with Artifact Uprising

August 15, 2019

This post was sponsored by Artifact Uprising.

Like most parents expecting their second child, we’ve been reading all the fun tips online when it comes to how to prepare your first born for a new sibling. We have a handful of books we’ve been reading to Owen – our favorite is The New Small Person by Lauren Child, we’ve secretly picked up a few small gifts for June to give Owen after she’s born, and Owen has even picked out a few things for June. We re-purchased two of his favorite toys from when he was a baby and we even made our own Baby Board Book with Artifact Uprising for her! 

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A Shared, Brooklyn Bedroom for Owen & June

August 13, 2019

Zack and I have lived in smaller spaces our entire relationship and when we started our family we had very little desire to expand. For the first year and a half of Owen’s life we lived in a one bedroom apartment (that had virtually no doors aside from the front door and the bathroom) and it wasn’t until after he was two that we wrapped up our travels and settled in a two bedroom apartment. That being said when we announced that we were expecting again one of the top questions we received was, “Will you move into a bigger place?”. If I’m being honest, a three bedroom apartment in New York City kind of seems like a luxury and at the moment is out of our budget. That being said, I’m feeling really good about how we’ve made this little bedroom work for both Owen and June. Here’s how we did it! 

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Ten Ways to Keep Families Together

August 9, 2019

Taking a break from the standard weekly round-up to share ten ways to keep families together – something much more important than the articles I typically share here, sales you might want to take advantage of or recipes that sound especially tasty. Below there are ten tangible ways you can begin to take action against the inhumane actions our government is taking to devastate numerous families in our country. And if you need a little motivation, watch this and do not look away.

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