How To Be Okay With Being Vulnerable in Friendships

This post was edited for and originally published on WeAreBeautiful.org on August 4, 2018.


Growing up, I was the type of person to totally embrace vulnerability. I had a knack for initiating genuine connections with others by being open and showing a desire to truly know others. In church, my youth pastor would always come to me to make friends with the new girl, or have me introduce her to others. In school, I always approached those who sat alone. And, I made a lot of great friendships this way!

I never wanted anyone to not have someone who knew them and loved them even still. To know that someone wants to make a connection with you, and chooses to sit with you, who wants to know you – this desire for community and relationship is a reflection of what Jesus desires to share with us. And what better way to demonstrate the love that Christ has for us, than to display that same desire to know and to love others?

But building deep friendships is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes a lot of trust, a lot of hours spent together, and a lot of vulnerability. Continue reading

40 Fun, Easy, And Engaging Activities To Do With Your Toddler

I’ve been having so much fun being home with Izzy. She is spunky and hilarious and curious, and definitely keeps me on my toes! Ever since she started crawling and walking and especially now that she’s a baby toddler, it’s been a totally new ball game to keep her entertained. But oh man, finding things to occupy your energetic little one during the day definitely takes some elbow grease and planned effort!

I’ve had a chance to come up with a list of easy, engaging and exciting things you can do with your toddler during the day that I wanted to share with all my mama friends – and I even made it into a pretty (gender neutral) printable PDF you can download and hang on the fridge! Click the link below to download your copy, and feel free to share it with your other mama friends who have little toddlers:

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Finding Magic In Motherhood: Hope After Infant Loss

This week’s feature is from a friend of mine, Waynna LeBrija, a SoCal mama maker and blogger at All Graced Up where she writes faith-based content to the everyday, busy mama about staying present over perfect. She also designs awesome T-shirts with her hubby, and you can shop them here! Their message through their tees is to spread hope and awareness about the abundant love that God has for us despite our imperfections. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to read more about their “why” behind their designs, and to snag one for yourself! She is sharing her story on losing her first child to Trisomy 18 (who would be 8 years old today) and how she found grace, hope, and resilience through loss. Continue reading

Things To Do At Disneyland With Babies And Toddlers

There actually is quite a lot you can do with babies and toddlers at Disneyland and California Adventure. Sure you might miss out on the bigger rides if you don’t have anyone to pass your baby off to, but there’s still plenty of fun things to do and see! Our daughter is now 14 months old and she has a blast every time we go to the parks.

In this post I will be covering rides with no height requirement that you can take your kiddos on, and things to do in each “land” that aren’t rides. Make sure to have your “to-do” Disney list ready, because this post will give you a packed and exciting day full of Disney fun!

I’ll be focusing this post on Disneyland, since California Adventure is currently going through a lot of remodeling – and right now there’s not a whole lot for younger toddlers to do there except for a handful of attractions (I’ll do a separate post on California Adventure eventually). Plus Disneyland is my favorite of the two parks due to the amount of rides, character appearances, and things to do/eat!

I’ll be doing more posts in the next few months about what to pack for a day at Disneyland, snacks to take, and perfect spots to hangout for nursing or to cool down on hot days. Today, I wanted to share some of the best tips and tricks I’ve discovered since hitting up the parks with a baby in tow! Read below for some of the best tips on conquering Disneyland with babies! Continue reading

The Best Baby Gear List For Maximizing Your Space And Wallet

Once your baby reaches new milestones, you’ll need to keep up with their development by upgrading their toys and play areas. With our baby, we did not want to purchase or have all kinds of baby gear lying around or in storage (for the sake of wanting to maximize our living and storage spaces). We carefully chose a select few essential items (toys, play areas, sleeping gear, etc) for each milestone that were age appropriate, compact, functional, could be easily stored, cost efficient, and kept our baby amused and content for long periods of time.

This blog post covers most of the bigger baby gear you will be wanting or needing – I will do a separate post on strollers soon!

I did a ton of research on all kinds of baby products before and after we had our first baby to find out exactly what we needed, and what to pass on. Here’s a spoiler: you probably won’t need everything you think 🙂 Here are three easy tips to consider when you’re looking into getting baby gear: Continue reading