How We Encourage Our Three Year Old To Read Daily

June 12, 2019

Owen has always been a big reader, but in the last few months he’s taken an even more intense liking to it. We always try to read throughout the day, but if all else fails it’s the last thing we do before bed. After teeth are brushed we encourage him to pick out three to five books which he usually replies, how about 15 books? He’s a little negotiator and as much as reading 15 books isn’t what we always want to do at the end of the day we love that he’s our little reader and never want to stop encouraging him to read.


Five Ways to Support Women’s Rights and Healthcare

May 21, 2019

On Friday I shared a really informative article written by the girls at Cup of Jo about everything you need to know about Alabama’s abortion ban. If you still feel in the dark on what’s happening when it comes to women’s rights and healthcare in this country I highly recommend you give it a read. Below are five ways you can support women today.


Ten Things Moms Actually Want for Mother’s Day

May 10, 2019

If you’re reading this the Friday before Mother’s Day chances are you are just as much as a procrastinator as I can be. Life with kids is a lot to juggle and prepping for a special holiday for your spouse can be quite the weight of added pressure. Since this post is going to dive into general ideas without too much purchasing or clicking around the web I figured it was better to share it late than never to share it at all. And hey, maybe it will stick around and be something I can share with my audience year after year. The point here is that there’s still time to make Mother’s Day special for your partner, sister, mom, friend or anyone else who deserves it.


What to Pack for a Vacation in Your Second Trimester

April 30, 2019

Owen and I (and Amy) are heading west tomorrow for some time in Phoenix with the family, to celebrate this baby bump with a shower and to head to Palm Springs for Amy’s bachelorette party. It’s going to be a combination of some quality time with Owen and a good chunk of solo time with friends for me, which I am really looking forward to with our little girl on the way. With September (our due date) around the corner I’m anxious soak up some alone time, sunshine and of course, the help with Owen.


What To Do for New Parents in the First Month

April 23, 2019

If you listen to our podcast, Mom and Dad Made a Podcast, you know our best friends, Jake and Leah, recently became parents. Putting my emotions into words as I watch this immense transformation has honestly been hard for me. It’s been one of those life changing, pivotal moments for two of the people Zack and I care the most about and on top of it, we know it will change our friendship with them in the best way. Because, well, they’re part of the parent club now! There’s a whole new element of life we can all relate on and lets just say I can pretty much cry at the drop of a hack. So many emotions!


What to Do in NYC with Kids: The Bronx Zoo

April 19, 2019

A couple months ago Zack and I were talking about what we could really try to encourage Owen to get into next. He’s beyond obsessed with numbers, colors, letters and shapes, truly cannot get enough of any mode of transportation and loves to read and do crafts, but we noticed that we haven’t exposed him to as much about animals as we could. He can identify most, the sounds the make and so on, but living in NYC means we have access to one of the best zoos in the country and we decided we need to make visiting more of a habit!


Prioritizing Our Marriage in the Midst of My Pregnancy

April 17, 2019

Is it just me or have each of your closest relationships gone through an adjustment phase at the start of each pregnancy? Whether it’s your first baby or your fourth, life as you know begins to change and at least for Zack and I it takes a little time to find our groove again and re-establish who we are in this seemingly new relationship. It happened when I was pregnant with Owen and it happened / is happening again with June.


How to Deep Clean Your Home with a Toddler By Your Side

April 9, 2019

This post was sponsored by P&G Home Care.

Call it nesting or spring cleaning, but I have been in a deep cleaning kind of mood. You know, buying all the storage containers I can find, donating the clothes and other items we don’t need and cleaning like it’s my actual day job. I’m not sure about your kids but as long as I’m on my feet and doing something productive in the apartment, Owen is much more likely to let me be than if I’m on my computer. It’s like he knows I’m trying to work, you know?


My Second Trimester With Baby #2: Weeks 13 Through 18

April 4, 2019

You guys, I have officially made it into that sweet spot of the second trimester where you’re feeling mostly good and let me tell you it is glorious. I mean don’t get me wrong, I still feel pregnant, but I’m so much more productive and just feeling happier and healthier in general. Even though I’m well aware that strong symptoms in the first trimester are a positive sign, I can’t help but use the word healthy when I’m speaking of no longer feeling sick.


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