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Donating Breast Milk: Alex T’s Story

Donating Breast Milk: Alex T’s Story

As a follow-up to my post, Donating Breast Milk- A Mama’s Gift to Mamas and Babies, I wanted to interview a few mamas who’ve had personal experience donating breast milk. I don’t have experience as I used my freezer stash to feed my son instead of switching to cow’s milk. My goal was to find [...]

Donating Breast Milk – A Mama’s Gift to Mamas and Babies

Donating Breast Milk – A Mama’s Gift to Mamas and Babies

One day at work while cleaning my breast pump parts after a pumping session my friend asked me what I thought about donating breast milk. I sighed and said, “It’s great if you have enough to donate.” What I was saying in my head was different though, “Gross! Someone is willing to take or buy [...]

Exploring Our Public Library

Exploring Our Public Library

This past spring I discovered our public library. I knew where it was, but I never went there to visit or see what it was all about in our small town. I really wish I’d gone sooner. However, now is the perfect time since M will be three and we have already outgrown our bookshelf. [...]

Jackpacks: Donating School Supplies

Jackpacks: Donating School Supplies

I met a wonderful mama, Joey, through my local Hike it Baby chapter and she started a little project five years ago in honor of her son Jack, who passed away in 2006. For International Kindness Project Day in 2011, when Jack would have been turning five and starting kindergarten, she bought five backpacks and [...]

TJ’s Favorite Books – Age 6

TJ’s Favorite Books – Age 6

TJ is six and a half and in the same classroom with the first, second, third, and fourth graders at his Montessori school and he is LOVING it (yes, even summer school). He is reading anything and everything he can get his hands on and it’s been amazing to see how the world has become [...]

10 Ways to Encourage Sibling Bonding in the First Year

10 Ways to Encourage Sibling Bonding in the First Year

Preparing for the arrival of your second child is very emotional for many reasons. One of the biggest reasons is your concern for how to help your first born adjust to, and hopefully embrace, this addition to the family. My son was four years old when I was pregnant with my daughter. For four years [...]

The Baby Files

The Baby Files

Things I thought I would never do when I was a mom: The Baby Files Cloth diaper. Going into this I wanted to cloth diaper because I was as a baby. Now, I’m saving the planet one diaper at a time, which is only a perk to why I use cloth. Use essential oils. I though [...]

The Mama Files

The Mama Files

Things I thought I would never do when I was a mom: The Mama Files Buy “fat” pants. Yes.I.Did. Use baby layette hangers to dry my bras. They make cute little bra trees. You should try it. Wear a plain tank top around shopping for the day. I got baby poop/puke on my main shirt. [...]

Trick-Or-Treating with Food Allergies

Trick-Or-Treating with Food Allergies

For my family, the scariest part about Halloween this year won’t be the skeletons hanging in doorways and the zombies roaming the street. Instead, it’ll be the bucket of treats my kids collect when they go door-to-door trick or treating. My 2.5 year old son, L, is allergic to corn. That’s the biggie— corn and [...]

I’m Not Crying Because I’m Sad!

I’m Not Crying Because I’m Sad!

Right after I had my baby girl (her nickname is Peeps, which I’ll be calling her on this post) almost 2 years ago, I remember my husband wheeling me out of the hospital when all of a sudden…the tears started flowing and I could NOT STOP. I cried on the whole drive home. I cried [...]