Minimal Diaper Bag Essentials (from a Mama with a Toddler)

If you'd have told me a year ago what I'd be packing in my diaper bag today, I probably would have laughed. As a first-time mom, the first few months of Eden's life I thought I needed to pack all the things. Now, for a newborn you do need to pack more-- because they will … Continue reading Minimal Diaper Bag Essentials (from a Mama with a Toddler)

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Traveling with a Toddler: 5 Screen-Free Must-Haves for in the Car

We live 1+ hour one way from both sets of parents, so just going to visit them is considered a "road trip" for our daughter, now 16 months old, but she's luckily always been pretty good in the car, as long as she isn't bored.  We recently went on an actual road trip in May, … Continue reading Traveling with a Toddler: 5 Screen-Free Must-Haves for in the Car

Children are the Most Important Work

“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” – Dr. John Trainer I was reading the latest issue of the No Greater Joy magazine the other day and came across this quote in one of their articles, and it really stuck out to me. It's something I need … Continue reading Children are the Most Important Work

I Had an Unplanned Cesarean and I’m Okay with That. (And Why You Should Be Okay with Yours Too!)

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I could probably count on one hand the women I knew of who had Cesareans. But I didn’t talk to them about their experiences so I could get an idea what it’s like, in case I wound up having one myself, because “I’m having an all-natural, peaceful, whenever-the-baby’s-ready … Continue reading I Had an Unplanned Cesarean and I’m Okay with That. (And Why You Should Be Okay with Yours Too!)

Pink and Gold First Birthday Party

A few weekends ago we had our daughter's first birthday party. For weeks I'd been planning this thing, and having a blast brainstorming and browsing Pinterest for more ideas. I wanted to do mostly pastel pink and throw in a bit of gold here and there, and luckily that's kind of what's in right now for … Continue reading Pink and Gold First Birthday Party

Cosmopolitan Magazine, Celebrated Abortion, and Compassion

One day last year we had someone else's magazine dropped into our mailbox. Our address was on the back, but under someone else's name. It was a Cosmopolitan magazine. I never read their stuff, because, like most other magazines, they are just full of garbage (and I am much more likely to read Better Homes … Continue reading Cosmopolitan Magazine, Celebrated Abortion, and Compassion

How I Cured My Infected C-Section Incision Naturally

I had a Cesarean section when my daughter was born 9+ months ago. As I mentioned briefly in Eden Lily's Birth Story, the incision later got infected and I had extreme pain for about a month and lots of trouble simply walking and moving around. At the hospital, where I stayed two days after the … Continue reading How I Cured My Infected C-Section Incision Naturally

5 Teething Must-Haves for Babies

   Today we're going to talk about that dreaded "'T' word." Teething. My 9 month-old-- bless her-- is currently cutting her 4th tooth, and it hasn't been fun for her or me. BUT there are, thankfully, some things we can do to help make this rough growing stage a liiiiiittle bit easier! If you're going … Continue reading 5 Teething Must-Haves for Babies