Making Date Nights A Priority

Making date night a priority - so important and often so hard when you have little kids!

Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in the day-to-day with work, kids, school, obligations — that we forget to take time to nourish the things or people that are important but that aren’t “have to’s”. You get home from a long day at work and the last thing you feel like doing is meeting friends out for a drink. Or you finally get your kids to sleep and you’d both rather go pass out than go on a date. You forget to call your mom. It’s easy to succumb to the exhaustion or the busy or the work. That’s why you have to prioritize the date nights and the girls’ nights out and brunch with friends and the phone calls with family. It’s easy to say, but so much harder to put into practice. My husband and I have basically given up on date nights since we had a third baby. Between getting the kids to bed, not getting consistent sleep at night, finding a babysitter, and just being beat at the end of the day we have under-prioritized our own relationship, and date nights nourish that. We need it. So last week we made a date and booked a sitter and made a reservation. And even though I was up since 4:30 am and so tired, I didn’t cancel. We went and it was so so good.Read More

Where’d You Get That Play Mat?

Where'd you get that awesome playmat? Sourcing and reviewing my favorite playmat for baby.

Time for another installment of “where’d you get that ______?” After the bath seat, the current most frequently asked product question is about our playmat. It is big so baby can crawl and roll around with plenty of space to play (I took out our living room area rug and put this in its place), thick so when they are rolling or practicing sitting up they don’t bonk their heads on the floor, and comes in great colors and patterns so that it isn’t terrible to look at. My favorite part is that it is one piece (instead of those terrible puzzle piece style playmats that babies take apart within two seconds — I super hate those!) and can just roll up and be stored when it isn’t in use or when you are done with it. We use it every single day. It would also make a good yoga/exercise mat for home use, which might motivate some nap time postpartum exercising. It even makes our floor so comfy my husband likes to lay on it to watch tv and it has become the go-to play area for all of my kids 🙂Read More

Stationery For Your Family Events From Basic Invite

Stationery for your family milestone events with Basic Invite | Oh Lovely Day

You might think that after your wedding you’ll never have a use for stationery again. And if you are a paper lover like me, that would be a huge bummer. But the good news is there are SO many more occasions for sending cards and ordering invites long after your wedding, — from baby shower invitations to birth announcements, party invites to holiday cards. And you can get stationery for every occasion all in one place with Basic Invite.Read More

Where’d You Get That Bath Seat?

Friday FAQ: Where'd You Get That Bath Seat? | Sourcing the best bath seat ever

I get asked a lot of questions on social media about mom-related stuff. But one of the most popular questions I’ve gotten in the last few months is “where did you get that bath seat!?” So I thought it would be helpful to post it here, so I can always just reference this post and you can all put your little ones in this great bath seat too.Read More

Baby Gear & Baby Tech Gamechangers

New Baby Gear & Tech That Will Make Your Life as a Parent Easier | Stuff You Need for Baby 2016

Before Quincy was born this year, I thought I knew all there was to know about baby gear. He’s only 18 months younger than my middle child, so I assumed not much had changed. Then I discovered all the new stuff out there — baby gear and tech products that are absolute game changers. So even though I didn’t plan to add many new things to our list of essentials the third time around, I couldn’t resist picking up some of the innovative, cool baby gear that’s really been life changing with baby #3.Read More

How to Breastfeed While Babywearing

such great info to help you learn how to breastfeed while baby wearing, which is a lifesaver especially if you have other small children! Tips, which baby wearing carriers to try, and video tutorials!! Must pin for every nursing mama.

Wanna know the best kept secret of survival for second time mommas (or third or fourth, etc.) with other young children? Breastfeeding while babywearing! It is something I always wanted to be able to do but could never quite master. Until the third time around. This time I have it down, and it is a lifesaver, I tell ya.

Every baby, boob, and nursing situation is different and not all moms or babies may be able to accomplish nursing while babywearing. I always thought I was one of those moms. You might be one with baby #2, but with baby #3 you figure it out, so it is definitely worth trying with each baby and at different ages if it is something you want to be able to do.Read More