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Vacationing As A Family Of Four

Vacationing as a Family of Four

Today I'm excited to share a guest post written by my good friend and sister-in-law, Claire Vath, about vacationing with young children, a topic we could all use a little help with (along with some perspective). Ten years before, weʼd discovered this beach—Cape San Blas, Florida—a 17-mile-long gash of land hemmed in by sea and sand. The nearest grocery or…

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Hazel’s Nursery – A Mint, Gold, And Pink Nursery Tour

Hazel’s Nursery – a mint, gold, and pink nursery tour

On my old stomping grounds (aka my original blog space, Lazy Owl Boutique), I posted lots of business-y (aka dry) posts about business-y things. However, one of my most popular posts was my "nursery tour" of Hazel's room. I figured I'd spruce up that post (including new photos now that I can sort of use my nice DSLR) for my lovely…

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Getting Your 2-Year-Old Ready For Disney World

Getting Your 2-Year-Old Ready for Disney World

Speaking of screen time, if you're ok with your toddler watching some TV, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a great way to introduce Mickey and friends. Plus, everyone loves the Hot Dog Dance! You can even stream episodes on Amazon instant video. You can also consider downloading a few Disney apps for your smartphone or tablet. More Ideas Get creative with your attempt…

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Essentials For Surviving Baby’s First Year: Sleep Edition

Essentials for Surviving Baby’s First Year: Sleep Edition

My firstborn is now 16 months old, and I feel like I'm finally just beginning to recover from the challenges of dealing with a newborn and adjusting to becoming a mother. No matter how much you think you're preparing for your baby's arrival...you can't really truly prepare for baby's arrival that much until they're here. I spent so much time perfecting…

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Recipe Binder – Organizing My Recipes

Recipe Binder – Organizing my Recipes

Today, I wanted to show you what I've done with my personalized Paper + Spark recipe binder and printables. I love pinning recipes on Pinterest. I'm a totally uninspired chef with no natural talent, so I can only cook with a recipe at hand (and even then, it doesn't always turn out well!). When I'm ready to try something I've…

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Life Lessons Learned From A Toddler

Life Lessons Learned from a Toddler

As I've mentioned 304 times previously, I'm a stay-at-home (let's be generous and call me a work-at-home) mom. Thus, I spend a whole lotta time with my little one. Without further ado, here are 5 life lessons I've learned from my little one. She's schooled me good. 1.  Live in the moment. This is by far the biggest difference between…

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Non-Toy Gift Ideas For Toddlers

Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Toddlers

Our daughter is only 14 months old and we already have SO many toys in our house. I cannot comprehend how we will contain the madness as she gets older and accumulates more toys, nor can I imagine what the situation will be like with more kiddos (eventually, don't get excited). We love all the toys that we are blessed…

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Hi, My Name Is Janet And I’m A Virtual Hoarder.

Hi, my name is Janet and I’m a Virtual Hoarder.

Today I really don't have anything helpful, educational, or inspiring to offer you. I'm writing today to ask for your help! And maybe to find someone who wants to commiserate (cue the Lionel...Hello? Is it me you're looking for?). I am a virtual hoarder. I've mentioned before that I'm a serial researcher and that means I love to devour content.…

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Travel Gift Basket – Budget-friendly Gift Ideas For The Traveler

Travel Gift Basket – budget-friendly gift ideas for the traveler

The holidays are fast approaching, and we've got a great idea for a unique travel gift basket for the traveler on your gift list this year. Our travel gift basket is also a great "bon voyage" present anytime of year. This creatively-themed gift basket is great for a college-student (they all have wanderlust right?) or a friend who you know…

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Introducing Paper & Ink: Notes From My Library

Introducing Paper & Ink: Notes from my Library

I lurrrrrve to read. Like a lot. I always have and I'm sure I always will. Amazingly enough, my time to read has somehow been one of the only things that has not been affected by having a new baby at home. I must be getting less sleep or something, because I'm still able to read several books a month.…

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