10 Essential Items for Mom Survival

These 10 items are absolutely essential for mom survival. Motherhood is hard work, but these 10 must-have things will make toddler or baby mom's life much easier!

I’ll be the first to admit that #MomLife is HARD. Like, way harder than I anticipated.

I mean, I obviously never expected it to be easy. But I didn’t know it would be this hard.

Like, dig-yourself-out-of-cement-with-a-plastic-fork hard.

But in my 18 months of experience (read: not very much), I’ve picked up a few essential tools for survival. The jackhammer to your plastic fork. These are the 10 items I actually couldn’t survive motherhood without: Continue Reading

The 8 Stages of Dinnertime with a Toddler

It's hard enough finding a meal your toddler will actually like, finding time to cook said meal, and surviving the day long enough to get it to the table... but actually making it through dinnertime with a toddler is a journey in itself. These are the 8 stages toddlers go through during dinner, every night.

Remember before you had kids, when your dinnertime was a cherished time to unwind with your spouse, catch up on each other’s days, discuss the latest world events, and just be connected?

Or – let’s be real – a time to eat on the couch, watch TV, and play on Facebook next to your spouse while you both zone out after an exhausting day of work?

Dinnertime with a toddler is basically the same as that, if you did all of those things while wrestling a rattlesnake. Not only is it physically exhausting you from its surprising strength for its size, but you’re actually afraid for your life because it could bite you at any moment. But at the same time, you and the snake both gotta eat, so you’re just powering through and trying to get at least half the plate of food into your mouths before one of you completely breaks (and we all know which one of you it’s going to be). Continue Reading

20 Trader Joe’s Must-Haves for Toddler Moms

20 things you HAVE to get at Trader Joe's if you're Toddler Mom! Toddler-friendly snacks and meals, plus mom-necessities to survive the day with a toddler.

Trader Joe’s is the mecca of all grocery stores. The cream of the crop, the best of the best, the G.O.A.T.

No, you may not be able to get your full grocery order there every time, but I’d be willing to bet you’ll end up finding all of your favorite things there.

However, if you’ve never been, it can be a little daunting. It’s organized differently than most stores, and nearly everything is Trader Joe’s store brand, so it can take a few aimless, wandering trips to get the lay of the land and figure out what the real gems are. Toddler moms ain’t got time for that, so lucky for you, you’ve got me! Continue Reading

How to Treat Yo’Self This Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is our one day of the year, moms. We get to be pampered, relaxed, and spoiled.

Moms, self-care is so important. We spend approximately 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, taking care of everyone else. Literally everyone. On my list this week were tasks for my husband, my mom, my mother-in-law, my son’s daycare teachers, my sister-in-law, my neighbor, oh, and my actual, paying J-O-B.

Where are we supposed to find room on that list for ourselves? Continue Reading

Why I Won’t Be Spring Cleaning This Year

Spring cleaning with a toddler is impossible. Here's why I won't be attempting it this year.

It’s that time of year when Pinterest is flooded with things like “How to Spring Clean Your House in One Day” and “Spring Cleaning Your Whole House in 3 Easy Steps”.

I scroll through, blindly pinning them all to my Home-themed board like some kind of fool, pretending that one day I’ll actually use one of them.

But we all know that’s a lie. Continue Reading