How to Thank A Mom Friend

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Let’s put this simply: motherhood is rough. It’s beautiful and exciting, yet can also be isolating and scary (that will be a whole post of its own). During those less-than-perfect moments, it’s so helpful to have a mom friend to offer you advice, a shoulder, or even make a joke to lighten things up. As an introvert, I have difficulty meeting new people, let alone other moms. On top of that, our family moves every few years, which only adds to the challenge. Luckily, while living in Kansas a few years ago, I met a couple of amazing ladies who

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How to Have a DIY Date Night (with 10 Date Ideas)

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So here you are, trying to plan your Friday, Saturday, or whatever night. It’s date night and you’re not feeling the whole “spend 3 hours at a fancy restaurant” vibe, but you still want a good dinner and an enjoyable time. You may or may not want to dress up, the babysitter is up in the air, and you’re just looking for a simple, frugal plan. This is my husband and I on almost every date night. Honestly, I’m not a fancy person and I often have trouble

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How to Stay Healthy as a New Mom

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If you’ve ever been sick while your little ones are sick, then this post is for you! After going through not one, but TWO bouts of the stomach bug, I was exhausted. On two occassions this past winter, one twin developed a stomach bug, and passed it to the other, then passed it to me. Lovely, right? This meant that amidst my own vomiting, I had to clean up theirs’, as well as change butts and do a billion loads of laundry!  Eventually, my husband had to take a day off of work to help all of us, because we were a complete disaster.  This whole fiasco made me realize

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How to Keep Your House Clean with Kids

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If you have little ones running around, then you know that they like to touch, grab, and explore everything. While I love to watch my twins explore, this also means that they’re making a mess. More often than not, I’m behind them picking things up, or trying to avert any disasters (this is not always a success). At one point in our lives, my husband and I could keep our house spotless for weeks at a time. Seriously, we weren’t even home a lot, so cleaning was a breeze. Now, I’m lucky if this place stays clean for half a day. Fortunately, I’ve come across a few ways to keep things as clean as possible with our two little hurricanes scurrying about. In attempts to help my other fellow parents out there, I wanted to share 5 tips to keep your house clean with kids. I hope you enjoy! (It shall be noted, that by NO means is my house perfectly clean at all times, but things have certainly gotten better!)

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My Journey of Exclusively Pumping For Twins

On March 16, 2017, I took a huge sigh of relief and gained a little bit of my freedom back. After 405 days of pumping, I was finally done. For just over a year of my twins’ lives, I spent at least 3.5 hours per day being milked by a machine. That’s 1,417 hours and 30 minutes. To put things into perspective, those hours equal just over 59 days, or about 2 months. While I am eternally grateful for the ability to produce ample milk for my babies, I’m not sure that I would do it all again. We often hear the amazing feeding stories, but we rarely discuss the downfalls. I’m not sharing this because I believe any particular method of feeding is best (I believe everyone is doing their own version of their “best”), instead I just want to

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My Favorite Spring Dress (Plus Pink Blush Giveaway!)

Some of you might be saying to yourselves, “why is she posting about clothes? Doesn’t she just wear workout clothes and ill-fitting jeans?” Well, my friends, you are only partially correct. While I do have quite a collection of workout clothing, and a figure that makes most of my jeans awkward, I actually DO wear other items. Believe it or not, I LOVE a good dress. Why? Well, you might laugh,

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What it Means to Be Strong Like a Girl

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I am a 5’0″ tall, 110lb woman. I lack a commanding presence and am quite shy in person. The word “strong” would not be one of the first words that spring to mind when you see or speak to me. In fact, I would probably be described by many people as “just a stay at home mom.” I’m not offended though, because I do stay at home, and I am a mom. However, what you can’t see by looking at me, is that I thrived in two traditionally masculine worlds. I was

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What I Love Most About Being a New Mom

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This past year was my first year of motherhood, and boy was it trying. I’m sleep deprived, drowning in laundry, and I’ve spent more time with my breast pump than I have with my husband (who is also exhausted). Almost every new mom that I’ve met has found her life to be similar to mine, which made me realize something. When we chat, we often bring up the downsides of being new parents. I get it, we need to vent and ease our minds a little. However, what about

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How to Make Your Dog Feel Special After Baby Arrives

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Before our twin boys arrived, we had considered our dog, Oly, our baby. We had adopted her as a puppy and she did absolutely everything with us. I even took her to work with me, so she wouldn’t be lonely throughout the day. About a year ago, I gave birth to twin boys and suddenly all of our lives changed, including Oly’s! She was no longer the center of attention, but I was certainly afraid that she would feel confused or left out. We wanted to make her still feel

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Why We Supplement with Organic Formula

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Since their birth last February, our twin boys, H and H, have consumed breast milk to their little hearts’ content. As many of you know, I’m an exclusive pumper and have been fortunate enough to keep a generous milk supply for almost a year. What you may not have known, is that they consumed formula to supplement their feedings during their NICU stay. This was to assist

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