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Breastfeeding The Last Born : The Final Frontier

October 27, 2017

This post was sponsored by #BumpUpYourCalcium with #Viactiv. All opinions are mine. There are many bittersweet “last” experiences that come while nurturing the last newborn I will ever have. It almost makes me teary to type that. While I am comfortable and confident that our decision to not have any more children is the right choice, it’s still a rollercoaster of emotions when you know that the decision is firm. This is the last time I will have a baby…

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Life is Too Short Not To Wear Matching Shirts | Squad Does Napa

October 22, 2017

As soon as I moved to Napa, my “squad” (self coined, endearing label for our group of seven best friends) started planning a trip. A bonus of living in a tourist destination is that people want to come visit! Well, that, and they also love me (of course). A couple gals in our group had last minute things come up and had to stay home, but the rest of us eagerly awaited our weekend of wine and sunshine. Moving somewhere…

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5 Tips and Tricks To Relieve Colic

October 20, 2017

This post is sponsored by Mommy’s Bliss. All opinions are mine. Lincoln must be my good karma, because he is actually a dream. For the most part, he’s a very pleasant baby. He sleeps well already, he is rarely upset, and he is consistent with his moods so far. However, every now and then, he is a little hard to settle and seems to have an achy tummy. As much as I adore my sweet Charlie, she was quite the…

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Me, Too. | My Story

October 18, 2017

I am passionate about the rape culture epidemic in our society, so I felt led to bring the conversation to the blog. I will be sharing my story, and subsequently the stories of other anonymous women who have reached out to me. This post took a tremendous amount of courage to write and share. Please note that if you are triggered or affected by stories of sexual abuse, this may not be something you should read. Discretion advised.…

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Mickey & Minnie Mouse Sibling Halloween Costumes

October 17, 2017

The Halloween struggle is real, y’all. I always vacillate between full DIY and some cheap one piece costume from Target. Not only that, but I always wish my kids matched/coordinated. Unfortunately, I think those days are over, since the age range is 0-8 years old. When I gave Grayson the idea to coordinate with his baby siblings, he enthusiastically declined and expressed his sole desire to be a killer clown for Halloween. Since I’m newly a fan of “picking my…

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How To Create The Perfect Gender Neutral Nursery

October 3, 2017

Fact: I’m obsessed with all things colorless. My husband says my house is fifty shades of beige. But here’s the thing, I love it. Neutral never feels like an over-commitment to any particular color scheme, and it always feels fresh, clean, and relaxing. The most serene place in my home is always the bedrooms. I have found some really great decor pieces over the years and I love growing that scheme. Right now, we are sharing a room with the…

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How To Do Microdermabrasion At Home

September 29, 2017

This post is sponsored by PMD. All opinions are mine. Holy California dry air, Y’all. Coming from Georgia where the humidity hits you like a brick wall, my skin has had quite the shock here in Cali. I have always had dry/combination skin. The breakouts probably have a lot to do with the fact that my skin isn’t adequately moisturized so my oil glands were working overtime to overcompensate. A huge part of moisturizing properly, though, is staying exfoliated so…

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How To Decorate For Fall With Subtle Autumn Accents

September 27, 2017

I love festive Autumn decor just as much as the next girl, but I wanted to to give a few hints on how to decorate for the season in a more subtle way. As in, you don’t have to go crazy with themed items to make your home feel cozy for the Fall. In fact, I always prefer to do as many neutral items as possible so that I can use them in some way, year round. Find a spot…

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Meatless Sweet Potato and Black Bean Hash

September 24, 2017

This post was sponsored by Bush’s Beans. All opinions are my own. I’m trying to eat a lot cleaner and prepare more food at home. You have probably seen/heard me talking about that. After three babies, I am ready to be at my healthiest. This means cutting back on convenience eating a LOT. Therefore, I have been scouring the internet and my brain for yummy, easy, inexpensive, low maintenance dishes that I can make for the whole family. One thing…

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How To Maintain A Smart Diet As a Busy Mom

September 22, 2017

This post is sponsored advertising content by Sargento Foods. One thing I never expected to be so difficult, was to maintain a healthy diet as a busy mom. Many of us have been pregnant and can vouch for all the crazy pregnancy cravings. For me, with all three kids, I loved peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, for instance. Not only that, but food just tastes better when I’m pregnant. I think it’s common to throw caution to the wind and…

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Transitioning Your Newborn From Bassinet to Crib

September 20, 2017

This post was sponsored by Halo. All opinions are mine. My kids are SO. DIFFERENT. All of them. It blows my mind how three siblings can be so very different in personality and temperament. When Charlie was a baby, she wouldn’t sleep anywhere but on one of our chests. That is not an exaggeration. The first time she slept independently was somewhere around nine months old. Crazy, right? Lincoln seems to be way more “chill” and easy going. He will…

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24 Hours in Carmel-By-The-Sea | a Travel Guide

September 11, 2017

It’s time to say goodbye to summer! I don’t hate summers on the west coast, y’all, ESPECIALLY on the beaches of California. As opposed to the east coast beaches I am used to, Northern California beaches are much cooler temperatures and surrounded by incredible landscapes. Before summer is officially gone, I wanted to do a recap of a 24 hour trip we took a few months back to Carmel-By-The-Sea.…

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Dear Moms of Older Kids: Be Our Lighthouse

September 9, 2017

Being a mom of small children is not easy 99% of the time, and that seems to be universally understood. We hear things from friends and strangers in the grocery store like “You have your hands full.” “You’re in the thick of it.” Or “You’re in the trenches right now.” On one hand, it’s comforting to know that people recognize the struggle. On the other hand, it’s a reminder of our overwhelm. To be honest, those phrases can be daunting.…

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