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What to pack in your diaper bag [+ KikoMiami Diaper Bag GIVEAWAY!]

What to pack in your diaper bag [+ KikoMiami Diaper Bag GIVEAWAY!]

*Sponsored* I always err on the side of caution when it comes to packing my diaper bag. I would rather have a few extra items than I need than not have enough of something. Now that I’ll be packing my bag for both a toddler […]

Pregnancy Announcement – Our family is growing!

Pregnancy Announcement – Our family is growing!

Back in February, I told you all I was considering artificial insemination to become a Single Mom by Choice (SMC). I’m so happy to announce that after all of this time, I am officially pregnant with baby number 2! I wanted to write down my […]

Toddler Christmas List Ideas

Toddler Christmas List Ideas

Toddler Christmas List Ideas

Halloween has passed and so we all know what that means: it’s time to start prepping for Christmas! I know I know, what about Thanksgiving? We love that day too, but Christmas preparations need to begin right away.

At least if you can space out your shopping list across two full months, it doesn’t feel like that much of a hit to your bank account. Can we at least agree on that? (more…)

Tips for traveling to Chicago with a toddler

Tips for traveling to Chicago with a toddler

You may have heard that we recently took a family vacation to Chicago. It was a really fun trip and one that I learned a lot about the city on in a very short amount of time. Those lessons cost me a lot of extra […]

Chicago Family Vacation Part 1 – A day at the Navy Pier

Chicago Family Vacation Part 1 – A day at the Navy Pier

Some people said I was crazy to take a 2 year old on vacation by myself. And while some people would have been right, it was also SO worth it. We took a solo family vacation to Chicago and it was amazing! Our flight landed […]

I let daycare potty train my toddler — and it worked in less than a week!

I let daycare potty train my toddler — and it worked in less than a week!

Potty training is hard. My 2.5 year old son has been showing signs of potty-training interest for more than a year, yet I couldn’t successful train him no matter what I tried. We attempted naked weekends, special prizes for successful potty trips, stickers, and more. Yet in fairness to him, I wasn’t consistent. The truth is: even though HE was ready to potty train, I wasn’t!

I read a ton of different articles and felt like I gave it a decent go, but until I was ready to ditch the diapers for good, nothing I half-committed to was going to work. (more…)

TTC acronyms so you can understand your support groups

TTC acronyms so you can understand your support groups

I recently joined a Facebook group called SMBC TTC …. in case you have no freaking clue what that means like I did at first, it means Single Mom By Choice Trying To Conceive. (Click this link if you’re interested in learning why I joined […]

Mommy and Son Date Night Ideas

Mommy and Son Date Night Ideas

One thing I’ve noticed is that Z and I get very antsy when we fall into a mundane routine. Wake up, get dressed, go to school, come home, watch TV, eat dinner, go to sleep. It’s not a bad routine, but it’s boring. We start […]

How to get my 2 year old to stop using a pacifier

How to get my 2 year old to stop using a pacifier

We were a hard-core pacifier house, ya’ll. I mean we LOVED that binky, both of us. A pacifier is such an easy way to calm your baby and offer soothing when you can’t always be there. We had the paci during wake times and nap times and it didn’t hinder his speech, appetite or teeth spacing in even the slightest manner. The pacifier was one of the greatest gifts to my peace and sanity, except when it wasn’t.

Despite being a “pacifier,” it also induced temper tantrums and screaming fits in the middle of the night. Whenever it would fall out of his mouth, or he couldn’t find it, or he tossed it into the trunk of the car while driving, it was the opposite of peaceful. That paci was simultaneously the bane of my existence and after 2 solid years of use, I was over it.

So how did I wean my binky-dependent 2 year old off a pacifier? Read below to find out! (more…)

Coffee orders (and at-home brews) to get you through a few parenting firsts

Coffee orders (and at-home brews) to get you through a few parenting firsts

Coffee is the nectar of the Gods. This is not an opinion, my dear comrades, it’s fact. Whatever god, gods or goddesses you believe in or don’t, we can all agree that this sweet, sweet juice is what nudges us parents successfully from one day […]