• Family,  Kids

    Untangling Overparenting

    i recently listened to this podcast episode (found here) called untangling overparenting by christine and asha on the edit your life podcast.  it was really good and helped to untangle some societal pressures and reasons why overparenting or helicopter parenting is the new norm. the few things that really stuck out to me from the podcast were: parents are now older, more educated, have careers before kids, and are having fewer children. parents treat raising kids like milestones or “report cards” in parenting. two negative things that can happen to kids who are overparented are: it stunts their internal motivation and ability to achieve tasks, and they lie to their…

  • Fun,  Kids

    Gardening with Toddlers

    i recently read that at c’s age (almost 3), the best activities are gardening, cooking, exploring the outdoors.  sooo…that’s what we’ve been doing!  we go on these epic walks in the evening as a family~ we started baking and making our own pizzas at home~ and this last weekend we tried city gardening.  and by that i mean…herbs.  we have a small apartment and i do not have a green thumb~ so we started off with something easy: planting herb seeds and replanting a lima bean plant she made at school. c loved every single aspect of this project.  i could see why!  it was so fun for her to…

  • Kids

    Screen Time for Toddlers

    oh my…this one is such a hard topic.  before having c i could have SWORN to everyone that i would never show c tv until she was like 5.  then motherhood hit and well…she saw screens at 1.5 years old and prob watches WAYYY more than she should each week. here are two articles that i wanted to share with ya’ll.  one of my own journey that i wrote for momsla and one that helps me feel better about showing C screens.  lol Article 1: Babies and Toddlers: The Definitive Answers to Screen-Time Questions Article 2: Screen Time for Toddlers

  • Family,  Fertility,  Kids

    Pregnancy Loss at 18 Weeks & at 6 weeks

    i’ve thought a lot about whether to share this post.  in the end, I think this time was so hard for me that perhaps if someone else was going through the same tragic loss…they could find some comfort in reading about my journey and my two pregnancy losses this past year. Loss #1 (the abridged version) i conceived in July 2017 and had a normal pregnancy.  i was super sick with nausea (typical) and everything went really smoothly until my 17.5 week appointment.  my blood work up until then had been fine, ultrasounds were good and my first trimester screen went perfectly. at 17.5 weeks (Nov 7, 2017), i went…

  • Holidays,  Kids

    Easter Crafts & Baking for Kids

    I LOVE a good holiday.  Big or small, I love theme parties, gift bags, and table settings.  (although i hate decorating my home so i just like to look at pictures of table settings…) This year, Charlotte will be almost 3 when Easter rolls around and I am SOOO excited to share the real reason for Easter (Jesus’ resurrection) and also give her ten thousand Easter baskets and eggs.  LOL  a bit much?  Maybe just 4 baskets and 100 eggs then.  hieeeeee.  I’ll do another post on Easter Egg Basket Ideas (b/c I obsess over it).  ;P Last year we did a sad Easter egg hunt in our apartment complex’s courtyard. …

  • Kids

    9 Empowering Books for Girls

    In honor of International Women’s Day, here are 9 books that were written for Girls.  To empower them, support them, and send the clear message that different is good.  I hope to always champion for Charlotte, empower her with words/acts of encouragement, inspire her to be great, and give her every opportunity we can afford.  I would be proud of her no matter her journey, occupation, body image, etc.  I just want her to be confident, happy, and strong in her faith.  xoxo  I am so grateful that Charlotte and the little girls of this world will be growing up in a culture where women are taking a stand, respecting…