Baby #2 Gender Reveal! It’s A….

Today we went to lunch for my husband’s birthday with our whole family, and planned to reveal the gender to everyone at the restaurant. I ended up grabbing some balloons and an empty moving box to do a “balloon pop-up” reveal, which turned out great as a last minute DIY! The family votes were half for a boy, half for a girl — and on Instagram, the majority of you voted for team girl!

Now that we are finally sharing with everyone, I can finally say that I couldn’t be happier with what the outcome is of who is in my belly! ❤ Becaaaaaause it’s….. Continue reading

Baby Number Two

mom dad and baby at the beach

We already shared our big announcement last week with friends and family, just in time for Halloween  — so in case you missed it on social media, SURPRISE! We’re expecting our second baby, due in May 2019!!! We want to have three kids total, maaaaaybe four depending on what genders we get. John jokingly told me he’s afraid of being outnumbered if we have another girl, but that secretly he really enjoys being a girl dad and wouldn’t mind another daughter. 😉

We’ve had this idea for a long time that we wanted at least two of our kids to be close in age so they could grow up together as best friends and have someone to play with. When our next one is born, they will be 22 months apart! We can’t wait to meet him/her…and to find out if our baby is a him or a her!

The announcement: how we revealed our second pregnancy

I would have done something a bit more elaborate for our pregnancy announcement, but 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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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