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
"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
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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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
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