🤩 With stars in her eyes she said to me, “You know what mom, I had plans to be the first woman on the moon but daddy told me that mission is already scheduled. So I decided I’ll just be the first person that walks on Mars instead.”

And you know what? With the amount of conviction in her little voice, I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if this is the photo they’re flashing on tv years from now as her rocket takes off to Mars 🚀✨

🤩 With stars in her...

9 Months ❤️of our rosy cheek Josie😊

She has so many fun little quirks right now that I am just so in love with. The full-arm-extension clap. Her deep throaty giggle. The adorably coy way she hides her face against me and peeks out. How she still sings herself to sleep. 

She’s not quite officially crawling but definitely gets where she wants to go by any means necessary. 

She’s such a cuddle bug and I melt every time she puts her head on my shoulder or runs her little hand through my hair.

Her favorite toys right now are books, bath boats, drum, and anything she can bang together.

She loves “I’m going to get you” and tickle games, peek-a-boo, knocking down blocks, and putting herself right in the middle of whatever the big kids are doing.

This month has been tough. A big one for food allergies. A completely backwards month for sleep. And an exasperating month as we try to calm her eczema flares.

Always happiest in my arms and I’m enjoying every squeeze because i have a feeling it’s not long before she’s zooming off on her own.

9 Months ❤️of our rosy...

🌹Celery Stamp Bouquet🌹 Here’s a cute craft you can do with kitchen scraps; it turns out the bottom of a celery stalk makes a perfect rose 🤯😍!! So let your kids stamp you a pretty bouquet of roses for Valentine’s Day, you deserve it, mama! 💐❤️

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🌹Celery Stamp Bouquet🌹 Here’s a...

I love you, my little Josie Lu! 💗 It feels like we’ve been going in circles for the last month with allergists, scratch tests, blood labs, food challenges, and more food challenges. And finally here we are: content. 

We have some answers and a plan that will keep us on a safe and steady path for now and I’m grateful to feel a sense of relief and optimism that I don’t often feel as a long time allergy mom.

Josie passed both her baked milk and baked egg challenges, making it possible to keep baked products in her diet which will hopefully lead to tolerance of other forms in the long run 🤞🏻

Thank you, as always, for following along, sending love and kind words, and praying for my sanity when I’m stuck in a small food challenge room for hours upon hours with a mobile baby 🤪😘

I love you, my little...

Math, but make it sweet 💗💜

At the rate things are going, I expect Harper to be learning calculus by next month so I figured we’d have a little counting fun while we can still snack on the equations 😋

Here’s a quick peek at some of the preschool & kinder math activities I’m going to do with the kids this week - Grab the free printable on my blog if you want to join in!❣️
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Math, but make it sweet...

And since we’ve no place to go...❄️

The snow this week has done wonders to reset our mid-winter fatigue. It was a much needed break from our gloomy day monotony to have a reason to get out in the fresh, crisp, air and play 🤗! Pulling the three of them piled in the sled today was just about the cutest and just what I needed 🥰

And since we’ve no place...

I made the kids some ✨fancy✨ XOXO Dough valentines this year and if you watch my stories you’ll see that um, oops, I already gave it to them 🙈🥰 In my defense, it was a much more fun and festive way to practice spelling words this morning 🙃 {recipe on my blog & Reels!}

I made the kids some...

🪡Paper Heart Garland💞 I made this simple & sweet garland to decorate our Valentine book nook using pre-cut paper hearts (I see you @Target craft section🙌🏻) and my sewing machine! It’s a cute, easy, and budget friendly way to spread some love around the house! 💜
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🪡Paper Heart Garland💞 I made...

Celebrating the end of the longest month in history 🎉 Just kidding, kind of. But I do need a place to put the rest of our New Year’s pictures before January is officially over 😆 so, Cheers 🥂✨

⬅️Swipe to see all 3 getting in on the confetti fun: Which pic’s your favorite? It’s the baby confetti toes and tutu rolls for me 🥰

Celebrating the end of the...

House Special: Sunday Shortstack🥞

House Special: Sunday Shortstack🥞

10 Postpartum Favorites !

I’m just about 2.5 months postpartum and finally got a chance to round up 10 self-care products that have been essential to have at home during the first few weeks after having a baby! Take a look at some of my postpartum favorites below!

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10 postpartum favorites to help with comfort and recovery after bringing your baby home!

  1. Lansinoh Therapearl Hot/Cold Therapy: Let’s jump right into it, these hot/cold therapy packs were the BEST to get my boobs through the first few months. In fact, I had two sets so that I could rotate them out of the refrigerator and microwave as needed. When cold, they help relieve engorgement. When hot, they helped with plugged ducts and let-down.
  2. Comfortable bras : These are my favorite for the first few weeks+ of sleeping and lounging around. The wide straps are comfortable and the material is stretchy and soft! A must to hold nursing pads in place overnight!
  3. Nursing Pads: After 3 babes, this brand remains my favorite disposable nursing pad. I typically switch to reusable pads a few weeks in, but these are the best for those early days where extra laundry is not at the top of my to-do list. These ones are smooth under clothing, ultra-absorbent, have a sticky side, and are pre-packaged so they’re easy to take on the go.
  4. A Cozy Robe: This robe was perfect for both in the hospital and recovery at home. It was lightweight and butter soft ! (also available in gray and pink!!)
  5. Button Down Jammies: I LIVED in a constant rotation of these pajamas for my last few weeks of pregnancy as well as the first few weeks postpartum. The button down front is perfect for easy nursing access and skin-to-skin time. This nightgown version was perfect for the hospital. More colors available here
  6. A Giant Water Cup : The thirst is real, like 24/7. I had an unquenchable thirst (thanks to breastfeeding and hormone shifts!) and this 30oz water bottle remained at my side for the first few weeks! This one is huge and does a great job keeping liquids cold / hot. This 34 oz tumbler is another great option!
  7. Frida Mom Products: Anything Frida touches is gold (I’ve loved their baby products for years!), and their Mom line is no different! The Postpartum Recovery Essentials Kit is perfect to have set up and waiting when you return home from the hospital and has a variety of self-care products to get you through the first couple of days of recovery. Each kit contains disposable underwear (4pairs), instant ice maxi pads (4), cooling pad liners (24), perineal foam, and a caddy to store it all in. Upside Down Peri Bottle: Somehow they even made a better peri bottle 😆 It has rave reviews so I had to try it – it didn’t disappoint and was much more convenient to use than the hospital bottle thanks to the angled nozzle!
  8. Postpartum underwear: Bring on the granny panties. I highly, highly, recommend a set of cheap, dark colored underwear. These ones are the perfectly full coverage with a little stretch to hold yourself together. I ordered a size up for an even more comfortable fit.
  9. Silicone Manual Breastpump: This is the single greatest invention since my older kids were babies! This pump suctions on to “catch” milk that would otherwise just leak into a breast pad. I built quite a freezer stash just by attaching it to the opposite side that she was nursing on or as a way to relieve engorgement. Haakaa is the most well recognized brand, but I used this one from Naturebond that is the same concept but comes with a lid and stopper.
  10. Earth Mama Perineal Spray : Tears, stitches, and general discomfort is soothed and cooled by this herbal spray. If you can find it, I also recommend making padsicles with the Earth Mama sitz bath!
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