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Stop Telling Me to Cherish Every Moment with My Kids

It seems like every time I scroll through my newsfeed, one of my friends has shared a heart-wrenching article on some variation of how fast our kids are growing up: "you never know when the last bedtime story will be" "only 940 weekends until they graduate" "don't blink, because it will ALL be over" "everything… Continue Reading →

Lunch Packs for Little Hands

It's the beginning of a new era: Eleanor starts preschool this week! She is incredibly excited, and it's been so fun answering her questions and watching her anticipation build for the "big day." She and I will both have a learning curve getting used to everything school entails (new people, new responsibilities, a new routine), [...]

lbkaty

Today I’m excited to introduce you to Katy Spratte! I first met Katy back in my Creighton days, and it’s been really neat to reconnect with her now that we’re both living in Omaha again. Her passion for philanthropy is apparent in all facets of her life - in both work and play, Katy is [...]

Kidchella Omaha Music and Arts Festival

There is no shortage of wonderful family events to attend in Omaha, but I’m particularly excited for the upcoming Kidchella Music and Arts Festival on September 10th at Stinson Park! We are a music loving family. One of the girls is usually humming a tune, and Jeff and I regularly get original song and dance performances [...]

My Reset and Repack Diaper Bag Routine: How to get out of the house with only the essentials

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SuperAbsorbent #CollectiveBias Little kids come with a surprising amount of "stuff" (because you quickly learn that you can never leave home without diapers and snacks) and somehow us moms are always the ones left hauling it all around ;) [...]

Nap Time Notes: Remembering to do it Twice

One morning recently as I was choosing music on Pandora for the girls, something struck me: I have TWO kids. I need to do things TWICE!  Ok, I know this sounds painfully obvious, but bear with me. As I was selecting which station to listen to, I decided to scroll through the long list in [...]

toddler fun roller coaster

This post is in partnership with buybuy BABY, a brand I love. All opinions here are my own. You guys, I can say without a doubt, that this summer has been the best. As much as I love a snuggly baby, having an independent toddler really opens up life. We've been on-the-go practically nonstop this [...]

Nap Time Notes with Joanna from Makingmine

Hey mamas, I'm popping in today with a quick post! I'm starting a new "Nap Time Notes" series where I'll kick back while the girls nap and scribble out my thoughts on whatever topic is swirling around this "mom brain" of mine. Mostly, I just want to connect with you all! Should be fun ;)  Do I have any [...]

SAHM: Am I Supposed to be More?

I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for three years now, and I’ve never felt the need to apologize or explain myself to anyone… except my parents. They’ve always been 100% supportive of my decision not to work outside the home, but a part of me can’t help but feel like this isn’t what they raised me to [...]

9 months pregnant, 1 year postpartum

I’m 14 months postpartum now with baby number two. My sweet Everly is 1 year old and Eleanor is already three! I feel like I’m in uncharted territory. By this point in my first postpartum journey, I was already pregnant again. There was one month where I wasn’t breastfeeding or pregnant, so if you were to [...]

Finding New ways to Play with the Joovy Tricycoo

This post is in partnership with buybuy BABY, a brand I love. All opinions here are my own. I think one of the most beneficial parts of having play dates (other than getting to have an adult conversation with a fellow mom) is that I get to see how other parents interact with their kids. [...]

Avoid the Oops with Walmart.com

Thanks to SheSpeaks/Walmart for sponsoring this post! You guys, this may come as a shock, but I'm not a perfect mom. Like far, far, FAR from it. I've had more "oops" moments in the past 3 years than I can count. In fact, I remember my very first "oops" moment as a parent. The nurse [...]

Gift Idea: Personalized Books for Kids

I feel like I go through the same routine whenever I am in search of a gift... what can I get someone that means something? Every once in awhile I think of that perfect "something" to give as a special gift, and lately I've been on a kick giving personalized gifts to my loved ones. They're [...]

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