10 Easiest Ways to Induce Labor

Since today is my due date, and my little man has yet to arrive I decided to do a bit of research to see if there’s any way I can speed up his delivery. But I am also a firm believer that he will come out only when he is good and ready (or with the help of medical professionals). So I found the easiest ways to induce labor and I’m going to try some of these.   Continue reading “10 Easiest Ways to Induce Labor”

What to Ask on Your Hospital Tour

I was so excited to go on my hospital tour and it was actually a lot of fun. Our tour group was very small just two other couples, one was a set of first time parents and the other couple had five other children. It was nice to have a mix of experiences. Continue reading “What to Ask on Your Hospital Tour”

Primed Birth Prep Course Review

I’m so excited to be working with Primed Birth and the Tummy team to bring you a review of their online courses! They generously offered my course for free but rest assured all opinions are my own.

Motherhood is something I have been looking forward to since my husband and I decided to get married. I have always wanted to be a mom. Unfortunately our path to parenthood wouldn’t be as easy as we hoped. Continue reading “Primed Birth Prep Course Review”

DIY Area Rug For Less Than $5

I am so very excited to share this project with you guys! It could have been excitement, it could have been pregnancy, either way I had been up all night, trying to decide how I was going to cover the ugly floor in the baby’s room. I considered all kinds of DIY area rug solutions and nothing was quite right. It was either too expensive, or not big enough, or didn’t go with the room. Thought about just putting carpet down, but again that was too expensive and didn’t appeal to my creativity. But while at the carpet store I asked them what they did with all their leftover carpet samples. This is when my best idea ever was born! Continue reading “DIY Area Rug For Less Than $5”

Preparing Your Dog for a New Baby

One of the biggest blessings in my life are my two adorable pups. I don’t know what I would do without them. So naturally when I found out I was pregnant I started looking for ways to get my fur babies ready for my human baby. I read a ton of blog posts, books and looked for any advice on the subject. Continue reading “Preparing Your Dog for a New Baby”

Quick and Affordable Baby Shower Invites

I’ve always had a problem with invitations. On one hand I feel like paper invitations are a waste, because guests almost always throw them away after the event. Which would make online invitations the way to go right? But how tacky is it to send evites or Facebook invites for a special occasion? But paper invitations are so expensive, plus you have to pay for postage which increases the price by a fifty cents or so. Can you see my dilemma? Continue reading “Quick and Affordable Baby Shower Invites”

Do’s and Don’t’s Before Your First Doctor Appointment

Congratulations! You’re expecting! Now what? Well first you should get an appointment with an OBGYN to check on the little one. It may be a couple weeks until they can get you in based on how many weeks pregnant you are. I was in denial, so I didn’t take a pregnancy test until I was about eight weeks pregnant. Which was actually great for me because, I only had to wait a couple days to go to my first doctor’s appointment. But Boy-Oh-Boy were those few days excruciating. I am not a patient person and waiting a few days for an appointment was a nightmare. So like any crazy person I spent hours online trying to find out what I needed to know before  stepping foot the in doctors office. The good news is you don’t really need to do anything. The bad news is you don’t have anything to do while you wait. Continue reading “Do’s and Don’t’s Before Your First Doctor Appointment”

Camping Essentials Checklist

Growing up my mom would take my siblings and me camping at least once a year. We had a group of friends and we would head out every summer. Somehow we always had everything we needed for camping, the magic camping fairy would prepare all out clothes, gear and food and we would just pack the car and leave. It wasn’t until I was freezing cold on a mountaintop with my brand new husband that I realized just how much work that camping fairy *cough, cough* mom…. Did before each trip. Continue reading “Camping Essentials Checklist”

41 Things To Do Before Baby

I have an unhealthy obsession with to-do lists. I will take more time coming up with things to put on my list, than I do actually accomplishing what I wrote down. So true to form I made an extensive list of things to do before our little man arrives. I wrote down what I could think of off the top of my head and then spent another half an hour searching the web for more things that I was sure I needed to do but couldn’t think of myself. Then I decided to list it here because I can’t imagine I’m the only crazy list lady that needs a little To-Do inspiration. A few things will only apply to my situation but they might remind you of something else you’ve inevitably forgotten. Continue reading “41 Things To Do Before Baby”

Baby Moon on Any Budget

I love the idea of going on a baby moon. One last trip away just the two of you without worrying about any babies left at home. However with everything we need to get ready for baby to arrive there’s not a lot of cash left for a vacation. Which means it’s time to get clever. Continue reading “Baby Moon on Any Budget”

4 Ways to Involve Dad in Pregnancy

The moment we found out we were having a baby my husband has been ecstatic, and terrified and worried, and so have I. The advantage I have, is getting all the attention. I think sometimes dads are overlooked in the whole pregnancy and childbirth process, which is silly because their lives are about to be changed just as much as the mom’s life but they don’t get the perks of having everyone fawn all over them for nine months before the baby arrives. Which got me thinking about how I can involve my husband in my pregnancy. Here’s what I came up with. Continue reading “4 Ways to Involve Dad in Pregnancy”

What To Stock Up On Before Baby

I am a list maker. If I don’t have some sort of list in front of me, I probably won’t get anything done, or I’ll forget half of what I need. So naturally when I got pregnant I started making lists like this one. Lots of people warned me about making this list, because I won’t know how big baby is going to be. But what they don’t understand is that some people, like me, have to have lists. Otherwise I will go completely insane. Besides I can just return what I don’t want right….. Continue reading “What To Stock Up On Before Baby”

Bare Minimum Baby Needs

I see lots of articles claiming to be what you really need for your baby when he or she comes home. But each one has things I don’t necessarily want or need to have. I talked with lots of other moms and grandmothers to see what I actually NEED to have, and turns out, it’s very simple. Continue reading “Bare Minimum Baby Needs”

The Easy Way to Prep Freezer Meals Before Baby: Part Two

This is Meal #2 in my meal prep for baby series. Meal #1 was a yummy sausage lasagna. But anyway, here we go. My mother has been making this Mac & Cheese since I was a tiny baby and it’s still one of my favorites. When mom would say she was making Mac & Cheese for dinner, the next question would always be “What Kind?” to which she would reply “The Good Kind.” And trust me, it is the good kind. The best part is it’s amazingly simple to make. Continue reading “The Easy Way to Prep Freezer Meals Before Baby: Part Two”

The Easy Way to Prep Freezer Meals Before Baby

This is the first post in my meal prep for baby series. I am so excited to get my freezer stash going. It will be so nice not to have to worry about making a nice comforting dinner and wrangling a new born. I have been thinking about prepping meals for a while now but every time I thought about, coming up with a menu, then spending a bunch of money all at once, then bringing all those groceries home and cooking a bazillion meals all at once…. I would completely lose interest. So instead I made a list of 10 meals my family loves. Now once or twice a week I will buy enough ingredients to make 2 or 3 batches of one of the meals, that one we can eat one for dinner and I can put the extra one or two in the freezer for later. Continue reading “The Easy Way to Prep Freezer Meals Before Baby”

Surviving a Summer Pregnancy Without A/C

Everyone knows someone who has had to try to survive pregnancy without air conditioning. Whether it’s a camping trip, a job that requires you to be outside or god forbid the A/C unit in your home is either nonexistent or broken. Which is unfortunately what happened to me just as I entered my third trimester. Since keeping cool is fresh on my mind I thought I would come up with a few tips to help my other sweaty sisters in their hour of need. Continue reading “Surviving a Summer Pregnancy Without A/C”

The Best Way to Pack Your Hospital Bag

Hubby and I finally went on our hospital tour! I am feeling so excited to the arrival of our new little man. And now I have a better Idea of what I will need to have with me when he makes his appearance. So this is what I’ve decided to pack in my Hospital Bag. Continue reading “The Best Way to Pack Your Hospital Bag”