Learn a New Language the Easy Way with the Pimsleur Approach

Pimsleur German I review

Fun fact: My grandmother was 100% German born and raised. She met my grandfather as a waitress in a  local bar next to the military base. He was a regular there and although they had met it wasn't until he paid for her to go to Berlin to bury her mom (may she rest in peace) that my grandmother decided to give my grandfather a shot. They got married, and my dad was born in France. They traveled some more, had more kids, and their kids had kids. Voila! I was born. And a whole 1/4 German at that! My grandmother taught us a few words in German. She was very German and talked German on the phone all the time. She cried in German and cursed in … [Read more...]

Behind the Scenes: Homeschool Planning

Lessontrek Week 1 Screenshot

I have been diggin' myself a hole in all the curriculum I bought this summer. I bought a little bit too much, but I didn't know what I wanted and to be honest I still don't know exactly what will work best for my daughter. It is really fun to see all the things we'll be learning together this year and I'm feel positive overall about our first year homeschooling. I've enrolled miss Gaia in a S.T.E.M. class this fall. It was pretty pricey, but i hear they're all the rage.... plus she needs that socialization and "school feel" so we're giving it a go. I was looking for some other focus of Science here at home though since it really is my … [Read more...]

Hotmilk Lingerie Makes Mamas Feel Sexy!

i love hotmilk

I've been nursing my little man for just a few days shy of 16 months. I had expected us to get at least this far since I made it to 19 with his sister, but what I hadn't expected was how different of a journey it would be. I often find myself enjoying my breastfeeding relationship with my son more than I did with my daughter. And I think a big part of that is because my son has similar limits when it comes to personal space. He's very sweet and snuggly, but he's also quite into doing his own thing. So although he loves his mama milk, he also loves drinking from his sippy while exploring the world. And frankly, I'm perfectly fine with that … [Read more...]

One Happy Toddler! {Happy Family Brands Review & Giveaway}

Happy Family Brands review

I have a very happy baby. If you don't already know there are a few things you can do to keep your growing toddler happy. Make sure he gets lots of sleep, play with him, and let him have access to food that will satisfy his appetite. And as those babies grow and learn to do all kinds of physical activities, they'll need more food to keep up with the energy demands. We look to Happy Family Brands to keep our little guy satisfied while constantly on the go! Happy Baby snacks have been a staple to fill the spaces between meals for quite some time now. As Anders grows teeth and develops his mastication skills, we've transitioned into full … [Read more...]

Traveling with the iHide Car Seat Organizer {a Review}

Brica iHide Car Organizer

It seems like I just got my daughter back from one grandmother and now she's being shipped off to the other. Summers, man.... Full of road trips and excitement for young girls! This is the first truly active "independent" summer Gaia has had. At six-years-old, she's been having her own experiences and enjoying the one-on-one time with her distant relatives. The road trip I went on back in March with both kids wiped me completely, so my mom drove all the way to Central Florida form Kentucky to kidnap my daughter for these last few weeks of summer. Packing is always a chore when it comes to these mini vacations. surely she will come back … [Read more...]

Extending My Breastfeeding Modesty with Undercover Mama

undercover mama clasp

It is not easy to be a big breasted woman on a budget. I tell you that. Essentials for breastfeeding make it even more difficult. Nursing tanks can be really expensive and not all of them work for big breasts. I'm lucky to have held onto the tanks form my first child. They are the old style Target tanks that have been remodeled since to be less awesome. I have 6 of those and live in them. Since my baby is now a toddler he's nursing less. This means I can go much longer between nursing sessions. And what that means is I can wear normal clothes! Or at least close to normal. If I tried really hard I could probably get away with an all day outing … [Read more...]

Doctor On Demand Makes Life A Little Easier {+ $200 Target GC Giveaway!}


I am a member of the Disclaimer: I am a  member of the Blogging Mamas Network. This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Doctor On Demand. All stories and opinions are 100% my own. I am lucky enough to stay at home with my children during the day while my partner works to pay a majority of our bills. Every day I am grateful that I get t watch my kids grow and facilitate their life experiences myself. Part of being a stay-at-home-mom sometimes means you are used to toting the kids around everywhere with you. You adapt to never being alone and you don't get a whole lot of time off from the full-time responsibilities. When I get sick and … [Read more...]

In Which I’m an Angry Feminist.

It's not often I get political up in here, but it's been long over due. Things happen in the world that upset me. I sometimes find myself digging myself in this deep, deep hole of despair because something awful is happening half way across the planet and there's nothing I can do about it. In order to protect myself from these feelings of guilt and hopelessness I try to avoid knowing too much about things that don't directly affect me. My fiance gets mad at my purpose-driven ignorance. He wants to know why I don't want to cry about Russia instead of making pop corn and watching Star Wars. I don't like to cry. And so that is that. But … [Read more...]

Bluum into Summer! {Bluum Box Review]

bluum 15 month box

We're big mail people here. If you cloth diaper or babywear then you know that "fluff mail" feeling... I try to get that feeling every day by connecting through snail mail. I know my mail carrier by name. It also goes worth noting that my dad has worked for the USPS for almost 30 years! Even though we live in an instant gratification world full of awesome technology for communicating, nothing feels better than coming home to a pile of letters and packages. I often share my Loot Crate each month with my family when appropriate, but I recently branched out to try and include my kids in that excitement of getting something just for them. When … [Read more...]

Made in the USA Giveaway Hop {feat. Daddy & Company}


Welcome to the Made in the USA Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom and Brittleby’s Corner through the Green Moms Network! We’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers to bring you the chance to win prizes that are Made in the USA. After entering my giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other #USAMade giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post! I'm a  big fan of Daddy & Company products. I love that it's a baby-focused company primarily for fathers. As a family-friendly blogger most of everything I come across is for mom and baby, things that make mom's life easier, etc. Daddy & … [Read more...]