What’s On My Kids’ Bookshelf

the kids' books that are in heavy rotation in our house right now

My kids LOVE books and we have about a million of them. We frequently rotate the books on our shelves so that we see new ones, even though they aren’t “new” to our collection. I’ve often been asked about our favorite books or the ones seen on our shelves on Instagram so I thought I would share what is currently on our bookshelves and in heavy rotation at our house. First, our favorites by kid/age:Read More

How to Do Your Own Faux Wainscoting

how to do your own faux wainscoting | ohlovelyday.com

If you saw my dining room update post, or my IG story teasers back when we were doing this project, then you’ve been waiting patiently for this faux wainscoting post. Because it completely transformed our dining room from a sad/drab/ugly space to a bright and cheery spot that has quickly become a family favorite. After I received many, many, MANY requests on IG for details on how to do this I decided to throw together a DIY post for you guys. But first, let’s revisit what the room looked like before…Read More

Our Dining Room Update

Sharing our dining room updates so far, with some DIY wainscoting and a little paint | ohlovelyday.com

Our dining room has just been sitting and patiently waiting for someone to give it a little attention. But it was low priority for me and I wasn’t sure what to do with it honestly. It is off of our kitchen and open to a living space that is also in a holding pattern (it is currently called the “Nugget Room” because our Nugget lives in there). It is also carpeted, which drives me insane. Eventually I’d like to expand our kitchen into the dining space and turn the front living space into a dining area, and pull up all the carpet for hardwoods. But for the time being I decided to finish the dining room so that it is functional and beautiful to look at until we get to a point of renovating. Really, it only took a couple of DIY projects and some paint. Read More

Tips for Helping Your Little Ones Poop When They Can’t (or Won’t) Go

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How To Help Your Kids Poop When They Can't or Won't Go

If someone asked me: “what is the most surprising part of being a parent?” I think I would have to respond: “how much time I spend trying to convince my kids to poop.” Seriously! Kids, on principal, do not like to poop and often need a little help moving things along. I think this is especially true when you start potty training. I’m potty training my youngest right now and he keeps doing the “holding it” thing. Since this is an issue all parents will experience eventually, I thought I would share some tips on keeping your kiddos regular and what to do when they aren’t.

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Real Talk With Real Moms: Going From One Kid To Two, and From Two Kids to Three

Quincy's Newborn Session + brother photos | Oh Lovely Day

Hindsight is a funny thing. Whatever stage of parenthood you are currently in feels like the hardest. But when you add a baby to the family, things always get harder and whatever stage you were just in looks like a cakewalk in retrospect. The challenges increase, but so does the joy and love (and sleepless nights). Now that we’re done having kids and my babies aren’t really babies anymore I feel like I can look back and really see what stages were the hardest. For us, going from 0-1 kids was life-changing. Going from 1-2 had its challenges but was mostly pretty smooth. But going from 2 kids to 3 turned our worlds upside down for a while, in ways both good and bad. But to be completely honest, it was brutal on me for a while. Three years later, I’m finally getting my physical and mental health back, my marriage is recovering from the stress that kids and PPD and colic can bring. I think that the hardships lie more with the specific person (baby or grown up) than whether it is your first baby or your fourth. This was my family’s experience in going from one kid to two, and two to three. Read More

Sick Day Tips to Get You Through The Winter

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Because Moms Don't Get Sick Days #sickdaytips

The holiday season is over and we’re now in that long winter stretch of germ season that lasts till spring. It is my least favorite time of year. But pretending it isn’t coming doesn’t do anything to prepare me for it, so I always take preventative measures as winter is approaching and stock up on some essentials to get us through if and when sickness hits. I thought I would share a bit about how I try to prevent and prepare, in case it helps your family through some sickness as well. Because when it comes to germs and preventing their spread, we’re all in this together right? Read More