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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!

Mothering · toddlers · twins

10 Tips For Taking Toddlers To the Movies

We took the twins to their first movie this past weekend, as it was something to do on a rain-filled Memorial Day Weekend Sunday. I had been looking forward to this adventure since I first got pregnant, and it actually went better than than I thought (Nick would probably tell you otherwise); although we did… Continue reading 10 Tips For Taking Toddlers To the Movies

Health & Lifestyle · Mothering · Postpartum · Time Management

Pumping and working

I often consider myself as having three jobs. My first job is obviously being a mom. My second is my real world big girl job (I am in communications and IT at a public university, if you were wondering). My third job is pumping and breastfeeding! Man oh man pumping, especially when working full-time, takes… Continue reading Pumping and working