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a letter to my baby on the anniversary of your due date

Dear Bodhi,

What a year we have had my beautiful boy! You turn one in just a few days. At this time last year, I was still only imagining what you might be like and eagerly awaiting your arrival. Today is the anniversary of our due date. We expected you today and you made us wait. It was worth it. You have changed our lives in ways we never imagined. Continue reading



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{baby & tot} — sanity-saving products, part I of many

{This little guy is on the move and he's practicing his throwing skills

I recently found a few things that I wish I knew about months ago. I thought I would share these lifesavers with you over the next few weeks! Today’s featured item is something we plan to order again soon.

Booginhead Sippigrip

{photo credit---Amazon.com}

This product, the Booginhead Sippigrip, is so simple and yet so effective! It’s a strap to hold your child’s sippy cup to a surface. We use it to hold Bodhi’s bottle, sippy cup or teething toys to the high chair, carseat or stroller. Available on Amazon.com for $5.99, this product is worth every penny.  Continue reading

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monday {momday} — four surprisingly easy ways to refresh

{photo credit---hipstamatic on my iPhone}

Let’s be honest! Weekends are not made for relaxing if you are a new mom or dad. They are also not made for going out, enjoying long slow dinners with a glass of wine or anything close and most of the time, I’m more than ok with that. But somehow we all need to find a way to refresh before another busy week. Here are five pretty basic ways my husband and I have found for refreshing before another long work week. Continue reading

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monday {momday} — blogging is good for your health & balance

Did you read the New York Times Motherlode article (or a slew of other news stories) last week that talked about a recent study showing that blogging makes new moms happier? I believe it. There is something wonderful about connecting with other moms through their honest tales of life as a parent. Most blogging mamas don’t try to pretend everything is perfect. They talk about their struggles and more importantly, how to overcome parenting challenges. The study showed that blogging decreased feelings of isolation and increased feelings of connectedness and being supported. Continue reading


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happy new year

Happy new year lovelies! We have been a busy little family these past few weeks. With planning a small party, cleaning up from said party, shopping, wrapping, packing, traveling, celebrating, finalizing new house stuff and dealing with a sick little man, time is flying. Bodhi had his first ear infection over Christmas. Between the travel to my hometown, several extra rough nights of no sleep (for all three of us) and the regular holiday hoopla, we are exhausted and thankful to have survived the holidays and to be in a nice warm Minnesota in January. No, really! It’s been an unseasonably warm and snow-less winter so far.

Sleeping Bodhi (after a nap-less afternoon)---Not relevant to the post, but so sweet. He didn't wake up when we took him out of the car seat.

My resolution for 2012 besides be a good mama and wife, live in the moment and blog more often than once every three weeks is simple. I just want to give myself permission to relax once in a while. This, my friends, is the reason I have been absent for weeks. I’ve been taking time to enjoy long naps with Bodhi, cook dinner with my husband and relax a bit. Although I tend to be someone who sets many goals (and often accomplishes them), I am taking it easy in 2012. We’ve had a lot of change (new baby, new job, new home) this past year and I’m still adjusting to our new normal.

With that said, I’m excited to share my plans for Bodhi’s first birthday, how I’ll celebrate the big 3-0 in March and the progress on our new home as it happens.

What’s new with you? What new year’s resolutions or goals do you have for 2012? Mamas—are you also giving yourself a break or are you hoping to pick it up a bit this year?


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{big blog world} — holiday printables, a simple good deed and mindful parenting

It’s been way too long since a {big blog world} post! There has been a ton of holiday goodness I’ve wanted to share! Here are just a few of my favorite posts from around the blogosphere this past week.

{photo credit---Hostess with the Mostess---hostessblog.com}

These super fun peppermint twist printables from Hostess with the Mostess may make an appearance at our holiday open house this weekend. And if not, then we will definitely have these free merry and bright holiday printables. This is a perfect way to add pizzazz to your next party! Continue reading

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monday {momday} — becoming a working mom after maternity leave

{Bodhi and I at the zoo on a weekend after I went back to work}

My wonderful maternity leave came to an end just about three months ago. I had the joy of spending nearly four months with my little guy before starting my journey as a working mom in late August. I was quickly reacquainted with my old working self and had several things that helped me survive those first several weeks.  Continue reading


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