Health & Lifestyle · Mothering · toddlers

Snow Day Survival Kit

It’s a random Tuesday in January (or April) in Northwest Ohio, and our kids are anxiously watching the morning news with their pajamas on inside out (yes, that’s a thing) while you pace back-and-forth in the kitchen. The meteorologist appears on the screen to inform viewers that your county is under a Level 3 snow… Continue reading Snow Day Survival Kit

diy · Holidays & Crafts · Mothering · toddlers

Snow Paint

Snow days are fun, right?! Even as adults we understand how magical that first snow day is. Until we are cooped up with our kids for hours on end.   Sure, we can build snowmen and make snow angels until the cows come home; but how would you like to switch it up a bit?… Continue reading Snow Paint

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Farewell 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 2019 was a great year for our family. We all have our health, the twins started dance class, Hank turned one, my parents bought a lake house, Nick started grad school and I joined the Toledo Mom family as a writer/contributor. However, 2019 was also a year of many "lasts" for me.… Continue reading Farewell 2019

diy · Holidays & Crafts · Mothering

Snowman in a Jar

"Do you wanna build a snowman?” We all know that line from Frozen, and if your kids are anything like mine, they probably say it while knocking on a random door in the middle of July. However, now that winter is upon us the phrase has become a regular in our household; as the twins… Continue reading Snowman in a Jar

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Labor & Delivery Hospital Bag Checklist

My best friend is having a baby next month and I am so gosh darn excited for her! This will be her first child, so throughout her pregnancy I have been sharing all sorts of advice with her (some solicited, some not). To help her prepare for her baby boy’s arrival, I am dedicating this… Continue reading Labor & Delivery Hospital Bag Checklist

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Cranston Family Fall To Do List

If you know me at all, then you know my passion for LISTS. I love organization and making lists for everything. To do lists, packing lists, grocery lists, idea lists, lists of the lists I need to make. You name it, I can list it. So it was pretty obvious I needed to create a… Continue reading Cranston Family Fall To Do List

Mothering · Product Reviews

Lollipop Baby Camera Review

I've always been a regular old, plug your camera and monitor screen into the wall type of mom. Wi-Fi cameras made me nervous (think, creepy old guy hacking into my kids' monitor to watch them sleep...yikes) and I just assumed they would be pretty unreliable. But, when Lollipop offered to collaborate I decided to give… Continue reading Lollipop Baby Camera Review

Mothering · Pregnancy

Baby Registry Boot Camp

Life as an expectant mom can be chaotic and overwhelming. Between the doctor appointments, nursery prep, worry, heartburn and exhaustion; the thought of starting a baby registry can be overwhelming. Especially for first-time parents navigating the uncharted waters that are parenthood. Having had three children in under two years (two of those being twins!), I… Continue reading Baby Registry Boot Camp

Holidays & Crafts · Mothering

Hole in ONE first birthday par-tee!

Now that the chaos has died down and my house is cleaned up (for the most part; we still have a semi-deflated balloon arch hanging on the porch and unopened toys strewn around the house) it is time to share the inspiration behind Hank’s golf-themed first birthday party! The golf theme came courtesy of my… Continue reading Hole in ONE first birthday par-tee!

Mothering · toddlers · twins

Potty Training Diaries: Send Help!

This post is the first in one of what I can only assume will be multi-part series I have dubbed “The Potty Training Diaries”, and is for all of you potty training veterans; especially those who have potty-trained multiples before. I am at my wits end with my 2 and 3/4-year-old twin girls. Here is… Continue reading Potty Training Diaries: Send Help!