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July 10, 2019

things to do as a family in Bloomington, MN

We wanted to use the long Fourth of July to get out of town as a family. Knowing we’ll be welcoming a new baby in just a few, short months, we’re wanting to make the most of our time together as a family of four. We decided to take a roadtrip to Bloomington, MN, the home of Mall of America. And gosh there are so many things to…

February 5, 2019

Eagle Ridge Resort: a home away from home

Eagle Ridge Resort Galena, IL

After a long holiday season, I knew I wanted to set up something fun to celebrate Jason’s birthday. The holidays are always exhausting, but with everything else we had going on this year: our miscarriage over Christmas and New Year’s, tons of showings on our house, then selling it and finding our dream home, we were ready for some relaxation. And Eagle Ridge was the perfect escape for…

December 31, 2018

easy, healthy snacks for toddlers on the go

Ben Eating Mott's Apple Sauce

I thought it took me forever to get out of the house before becoming a mom. Boy, was I in for a surprise. When you have young kids, packing up to leave the house can be overwhelming. You have an overflowing bag, yet feel like you’re forgetting something. When we’re running out the door, I don’t have time to wash a sippy cup or pack up a bowl of…

May 1, 2018

what to pack for the beach with a toddler & an infant

what to pack for the beach with a toddler and an infant

For our beach adventures, I condense what I would usually keep in the diaper bag and my purse and add them into our beach bag. Since we have both kids to carry, I don’t also want to haul around three bags! At 13 months, Ben is mostly along for the ride. He is happy to play in the sand, splash in the water and crawl around for a…

January 10, 2016

Best iPad Apps for a Toddler

best apps for toddler

We just got back from California and Blaire’s iPad has never been more full of fun games! Like I’ve said before, I have read countless blog posts on toddler’s favorite iPad apps and can’t say any of them were very helpful. I’ve spend so. much. time downloading apps for Blaire and letting her test them out and we finally have a fun little collection built up in our iPad.…

August 3, 2015

Tips for Traveling with a Toddler

tips for traveling with a toddler

Traveling with a toddler… the words nightmares are made of! The actual art of traveling for a trip isn’t usually super fun for anyone. Dirty airports, long security lines, delayed flights, cramped planes… or maybe you’re driving. Traffic, weather, construction… Ugh. My approach to flying with a child/toddler for the first time was to make sure we had lots of entertaining things.  I asked for help on Instagram and…

July 20, 2015

Blaire’s First Trip to the Aquarium

I don’t even know where to start with this post! We had SO much fun in California. I got to reconnect with college friends for the first time in years AND I got to meet their sweet babes for the first times! Our first day there, we met up with my friend Tiffany who has two sweet girls, Huntley, and baby Penelope, 6 weeks old. (She’s a fellow…