Some Adventy Thoughts

We pulled out Christmas decorations yesterday, and, while they’re not all out of the tubs yet, we did make some progress in making our house look festive. Grace was so excited to help with the tree, and it was fun to see what she remembered about Christmas–like the little snowman ornament from my grandma that has her name on it. We use cotton batting under our tree as fake snow, and she also remembered trying to eat it last year. I laughed as I thought back to when I found her gagging on it… hopefully Sophie won’t make the same mistake! I haven’t yet come across the Advent candles or their holder, but I’m fairly confident that we need to replace them, anyway. I also remembered last night that I’d forgotten all about the Advent calendar–clearly, we’re doing well on staying on top of things here. Continue reading

Road Trips with Small Kids: Tips for Travel

Growing up, my family went on several big road trips per year, and we’ve also taken our kids on enough that we’ve got a system down for when we hit the road. I thought I’d share some ideas on what works for us, especially for anyone doing any holiday traveling coming up. Taking little kids on road trips isn’t always (or ever!) a piece of cake, but hopefully I can help make it easier for you! Continue reading

First Snow + Mom Card

We got our first real snow on Saturday–a few inches of powder (nothing like the 70+ inches in the Buffalo area!) that was just enough to get the kids excited to go out and play. It was Sophie’s first chance to play in snow, since she was too little last year, and it was funny to see her tromp around in her boots. She got annoyed when she fell down because she thought she was stuck, but had a blast. Grace was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t good snowball-making snow, but she got over it with a few snow angels and “helping” to shovel a bit. Continue reading

Radiantly You Giveaway!

When my friend Angie, an Independent Wellness Guide for Radiantly You, asked if I’d want to host a giveaway, I jumped at the chance to share this goodness with you! Radiantly You is all about creating natural and organic products (read: chemical-free) for everyday use in your home. Best of all, they are super affordable–unlike many other natural companies. I love that I don’t feel like I have to make huge financial sacrifices to use products that are better for me. Continue reading