Parenting in the winter

In the spring, summer and fall in Michigan, there are always plenty of things to do with kids.  Long walks, going to the beach, visiting the orchard, playing on the playground are just a few things that are fun to do during those seasons.  So what about winter?  I personally am not a huge fan of winter, don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas, and if I have no place to go, sitting by the window watching the snowflakes drift lazily down is very peaceful.

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To cloth diaper or not, that is the question.

 Much debate swirls around on the Internet about whether you should cloth diaper or not. For some people it’s a very easy yes or a very easy no.

But I think for at least a select few it’s not a glaringly easy decision to make. For myself, I was really interested in cloth diapering for a variety of reasons. It wasn’t to be the greenest mama on the block, but part of my motivation was definitely eco consciousness. I also liked the idea of an investment in diapers that I could reuse and the potential for saving money in the long run. And after all I was raised in cloth diapers. If it’s done been done before it can be done again! Continue reading To cloth diaper or not, that is the question.

If I could go Back in Time

If I could jump back into the Wayback machine, I’d tell myself to relax a little bit. Especially after returning to work I was a stressed-out mama. In fact I would say it was returning to work that triggered the stress. All new routines, and bottles to clean. It was overwhelming. I did resume seeing my personal trainer in Ann Arbor and honestly that was one of the smartest things I did! He happen to have a sister who was a mom, and he totally got the new mom life. It took me a while to realize how inefficient I was being about prepping bottles and breast pumping. And when I have baby number two, someday, I will be much better off. Of course, now I’m a seasoned mom! Continue reading If I could go Back in Time

The Ultimate Survivor Guide: 11 Things We WISH We Would Have Registered For

Becoming a first time parent is such a life changer, I felt the need to write a series of posts about it. This is the first…more to come!

The title for the past is long enough, but it could really read ‘things we wish we would have registered for (or items we registered for but didn’t receive).

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A little Spring time Diversion

So far I’ve brought you all kinds of mom stuff and (hopefully useful) survival guides. Of course more of that to come! But I had to take today to rejoice in the outdoors! My peony plant recently bloomed and it had at least twice as many blooms as last year, so I couldn’t be more delighted! When we first moved into this house we were overwhelmed with the yard clean up that was needed. We live in a rural area but not too far from Ann Arbor, where a friend of mine lives. She recommended an Ann Arbor landscaping company and we were glad to know they serviced our area too!

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Ultimate Survival Guide: 4 Tips for Pregnant Moms & Couples

Welcome to another round of my Ultimate Survival Guide! This one is a must read for couples before the baby arrives…maybe even before you decide to get prego. Oh, I can’t thank the encouragement of my Ann Arbor gym buddies enough! You’ll see why in #2 and #3 below…

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