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Anxiety, Jerks and Making Good Decisions

I used to be really into reading. Like, I would read several books over the course of a weekend kind of thing. Today, my life isn’t really in that place anymore – chasing after young kids doesn’t really allow you to sit down and read a bunch of books, or even a few chapters, on a regular basis. But back in the day, reading was my little escape. I had pretty bad social anxiety when I was younger and that’s how I escaped it. Like, it was really bad, you guys.

Over time – and we’re…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 6, 2015 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Beauty Buys: Five Products I’m Obsessed With Right Now

When it comes to New Years Resolutions, I don’t tend to make a lot of them. But when it comes to starting out the new year on the right foot, I’m all about it. I have a tendency to re-commit myself to a better beauty regimen at this time of year. I think it’s a combination of the New Years hype and that I realize my summer tan (what few rays I catch, anyway) is totally gone, and my skin/face could really use a little brightening. Basically, Christmas couldn’t come at a better time for this…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 5, 2015 at 1:39pm — No Comments

The Week After Christmas Drives Me Crazy

I love Christmas. And I actually can’t believe that it’s already over. Does anyone else feel like the time between October 1 and today went WAY too fast?

Christmas came and went in the blink of an eye. I got myself so wrapped up in everything that we had going on, I feel like I missed out on something – even though I probably didn’t. Life just moves too fast these days.

This was the first year that Ricky really “got” the whole Santa concept. And it was seriously amazing. Rick…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 30, 2014 at 11:32am — 1 Comment

Windsource: Choosing a Green Option for Our Kiddos’ Future Xcel Energy #windpower #sponsored

As a parent, I think a lot about Ricky’s future: how I can help him get into the best schools, support his dreams, let him live a full life. Yes, I think about these things – even though he’s only two.

Hey, mama’s gotta have her game face on early.

One thing that I haven’t spent as much time thinking about – but know I need to be more cognizant of – is protecting the environment so that there’s actually a world left for my kids to enjoy when I’m old and gray. Yes, we recycle –…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 23, 2014 at 3:36pm — No Comments

WAHM: How do you actually get WORK time?

Have you read all those articles about how we all have our kids way too involved in too many things, there are too many things on their schedules, yada yada yada?

Me too. I’m one of those parents who likes my child to try things, but we haven’t gone overboard – it’s not a conscious decision, though. It’s simply because there is no time.As a mom who has pressured herself to “do it all,” meaning work full time+ without putting her child into full time daycare, keep up with the house,…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 23, 2014 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Looking for Stocking Stuffer Inspiration? Get It Here.

You guys: Christmas is a week away. Where have the last four months GONE??

If you’re like me, you had the best of intentions back in September when you started planning out what Christmas was going to look like this year. And now, it’s a week before the holiday and the only person you’ve actually crossed off your list is your child(ren). Minus stocking stuffers.

Sound accurate? Thought so...Continue reading at …

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 17, 2014 at 12:40pm — No Comments

How Stillbirth Affects Your Marriage – and How to Make it a Priority in the Face of Tragedy

So, you guys, I’ve been trying to keep my posts lighter and happier because, after all, it’s Christmas. And most of the time, I’ve been able to slap on a smile and enjoy just being in the moment. Especially when I’m with Ricky. But you may have noticed that there was a lack in posting last week. And that’s partially because I’ve been swamped – but also partially because I can’t force my fingers to write about happy happy happy when in reality, this time of year is so very difficult for baby…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 15, 2014 at 2:47pm — No Comments

Swapping the Crib for a Toddler Bed

I promised some of you that I would eventually write about our crib to toddler bed experience. But I just couldn’t do it right away. I felt like it was going way too well, and I was totally going to jinx myself for saying it.

But you guys: it’s going REALLY WELL.

Rick and I decided last spring, when we were pregnant with Addison, that we weren’t going to actually go with a real toddler bed. Because I was a nanny for several years in college, I knew that a regular bed would…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 10, 2014 at 2:27pm — No Comments

And The Gender Is…

So, friends, we are officially NOT having twins.

On Monday, the hubs convinced me that, due to how much movement I was feeling, there was no WAY there could only be one baby in my belly.

Needless to say, I was freaking out a little bit. To the point where I partially had myself convinced that there was a possibility that it was true.

We had our first ‘big’ ultrasound – meaning, we went to the perinatologist – on Friday. And it is most definitely just one, very active…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 8, 2014 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Because Pinterest. And Homemade Gifts. And No Time.

You guys. I was totally going to try and be Martha Stewart this holiday season. And then I realized that it’s impossible to be this amazing mom and business owner and blogger AND make all of our Christmas gifts by hand.

Seriously. What was I thinking.

While visions of sugarplums danced in my child’s head, I am usually cleaning. Or working. Not crafting.

Much as I try, there’s just no way for me to make ALL of these fab projects I’ve come up with. So I’m going to do the…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 5, 2014 at 7:47am — No Comments

The Terrible Twos: The Whining. Oh, the Whining.

When it comes to raising toddlers, one thing I’ve learned is that there are no two kids that are exactly the same.

But, with that being said, there is one universal truth that I think every single toddler parent experiences: the whining. It’s unavoidable, friends.

And I know it doesn’t stop at the toddler stage. It goes on for a long time, until you actually put a stop to it. I actually know some adults who still whine, thinking it’s a totally acceptable way to get what they…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 4, 2014 at 3:20pm — No Comments

The Best Gift Ideas for Your Husband

So, friends, I’ve been meaning to put more of these gift guides up. But reality has been that this a busy time of year, and I got a little bogged down. Plus, I figured you had some awesome gift ideas for the kiddos already planned out.

Do you want to know who the hardest person to shop for is on my list? Well, it’s really everyone that’s not my child. Because I know what will put a smile on the kid’s face – I just have to think strategically about we can make those candycane dreams…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 3, 2014 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Ricky’s 2 Year Photo Shoot

I love our fall photo shoot. And this year is no different. A HUGE thank you to Mandi Folksfor the gorgeous photos – and here are a few to check out!

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Check out more photos at The Mommyhood…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 3, 2014 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Being Thankful After Losing…A Lot.

This morning, at 5:30, when my toddler woke up and needed his paci to finish that last hour of coveted sleep, a realization hit me.

I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S DECEMBER.

The older I get, the faster the months go by. About twelve months ago we were just finding out we were pregnant with Addison. Now we’re nearly halfway through a pregnancy with our third child. It’s both amazing and horrendous what can happen in a short twelve month span...Continue reading at …

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 1, 2014 at 11:45am — No Comments

My Mixed Blessing Pregnancy – a Guest Post by Sarah Novak

I was one of those women who got pregnant on the first try.

I know it was a gift that we had such an easy time conceiving, but in my head I’d envisioned that it would take about 6 months (you know, the average statistic of how long it takes to get pregnant).  So while I was ready to be “trying”, in actuality I wasn’t mentally ready to be pregnant yet.  I was counting on 6 more months at full energy to do all the things I loved and spend some quality time with my husband...Continue…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 26, 2014 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Pregnancy After Stillbirth: The Nursery is Freaking Me Out

I haven’t written about this pregnancy in a while, it feels like. And I want you guys to know…it’s not intentional.

Things got really real with this pregnancy a few weeks ago when we changed out Ricky’s room from the nursery furniture to his big boy bed. Putting that big bed in his room has been awesome for him. But seeing all of the nursery furniture in what used to be our guest bedroom is really shocking, I guess, for lack of a better way to put it.

When we first decided to…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 25, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

5 Sweet Treats for Kids With a Healthy Twist

Have your kids come down off their Halloween . . .or Christmas, Valentines Day or Easter . . sugar high yet? It seems we are always either approaching or recovering from a holiday celebration that involves mini chocolate bars, candy hearts, candy canes or jelly beans! No wonder our kids are always searching for something sweet to eat.

In an effort to keep our pre bedtime snacks and our sweet treats both healthy and tasty enough for the kids to enjoy, I have come up with a list of…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 24, 2014 at 11:27am — No Comments

DIY Christmas Gift Idea: Have Your Toddler Make These Fun Canvas Snowmen

When it comes to Christmas, I LOVE doing homemade decor and gifts with the little guy. And I think it teaches him something that goes far beyond the commercialized version of Christmas. So when I find fun ideas that we can create on our own, I try to channel my inner-Martha Stewart and take advantage of the fact that we can’t go outside right now. Because…snow. And cold.

So the other day, I was out picking up some crafting supplies when I got an awesome deal on a three pack of 12″ by…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 20, 2014 at 4:38pm — No Comments

I Love Finding Random Photos

So today, Ricky and I wrapped up a super fun (and adorable!) Christmas decor (or DIY Christmas gift) project that was an absolute blast. And when I started uploading the photos during naptime, I realized that it has been a looooong time since I’ve actually uploaded anything from our fancy camera. I guess that the wonders of Instagram made me lazy.

But today, my friends, is your day. Because today is the day that I share with you the wonders of what I found.

Basically my child…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 19, 2014 at 4:54pm — No Comments

12 Ways I’m Making Christmas Totally Magical for My Two Year Old

As Ricky gets older and really understands what “Christmas” means, I’ve found myself getting really into the Christmas spirit. Decorating, gift planning and most of all: SANTA PLANNING.

This is really the first year that Ricky gets who Santa is. Although he did yell at me when I told him we were decorating for Jesus’s birthday to tell me that all the decorations were his.

It’s the whole “mine” syndrome. He’s definitely my kid.

Anyway – planning how to make Santa real and…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 18, 2014 at 2:49pm — No Comments

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