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What to take on a trip with children, so that the suitcase is not overloaded?

To have a good rest during your family holidays, you are to get rid of extra load. It is about material or non-material issues, like business calls and overloaded baggage. It is possible! Since you’ve made up your…

What to take on a trip with children, so that the suitcase is not overloaded?

To have a good rest during your family holidays, you are to get rid of extra load. It is about material or non-material issues, like business calls and overloaded baggage. It is possible! Since you’ve made up your…

10 Ways to Spend More Time in Nature

You might dislike nature. It’s the home of mud, bugs, and sunburns. It’s also the home of beautiful views, fresh air, and wonderful fragrances. You might dislike nature, but on the other hand, you might love it. Whatever your feelings about nature, you know you should be…

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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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!


Check out more photos at The Mommyhood…


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.


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 …


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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

A Boy and His Dog

Ricky and Bruno – a boy and his dog.

The two of them have this brotherly companionship that I can’t seem to put my finger on. Sometimes, if Bruno tries to give him kisses or gets on ‘his’ couch, Ricky becomes a bear.

“No no no, Bruno! Mine! My couch! Get off my couch!”

But sometimes, they end up like this. And it’s this little piece of bliss in my heart that makes me want to cuddle up with them...See…


Added by Cortney Galster on November 17, 2014 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Christmas Wish List: The Beauty Addict

Shopping for Christmas can sometimes be an insane chore. I mean, finding the right gift for the every person on your list can be totally overwhelming and just take so much time and effort. So to help you out, I’ve created the only gift guides you’ll need this season – you’ll check just about everyone off your list pretty quickly! First up: Gifts for the Beauty Addict.

Lorac Royal Eye Shadow Collection…


Added by Cortney Galster on November 16, 2014 at 4:53pm — No Comments

When Your Kid Gets Sick, You Can't Be Superwoman. Sorry Mamas.

Do you ever have those days that just leave you feeling like you’re ready to fall apart?

Today is one of those days at my house. After a crazy few weeks of work and snow prep, a sick toddler, a sick mama and just running on super little sleep in general, I had a meltdown.

Ok, not really a meltdown. But I just felt like such a failure.

You see, when your child is sick, there is no room for anything else. When they’re awake, they need your full attention. When they sleep,…


Added by Cortney Galster on November 13, 2014 at 2:21pm — No Comments

Preparing for Snowmageddon: All the Winter Necessities When You Live in the Frigid Tundra

So my child didn’t sleep last night. Ear infections + snow seem to coincide with each other all too frequently. So at 4 AM, while I was still trying to convince my two year old to take yet another dose of Motrin to quell his fever and actually go back to sleep, I was intermittently chatting with the hubs while he was out on site and watching (more) snow fall from the sky.

And thinking about all of the snow gear we had stocked up on for this winter.

Winter = lots of gear in…


Added by Cortney Galster on November 11, 2014 at 1:36pm — No Comments

There’s No Business Like Snow Business


OMG. Snow.

Winter is a big part of our life here in the frigid tundra. Even more so in my family, because our livelihood is based on it.

We own a snow business. From October through May, it dictates our life. No, we don’t typically get snow in October, but that’s prep season.

So we’re supposed to get six to twelve inches today. Now that’s a good amount of snow for anytime in the season – but for early November – and our first snowfall of the year – it’s…


Added by Cortney Galster on November 10, 2014 at 11:43am — 1 Comment

Raising Toddlers: A Lockdown Drill. REALLY?

Last week, I read this post somewhere – maybe on the Huffington Post? – about a teacher, recounting how her school prepares for a lockdown drill. You know, the preparation for thewhat if a shooter comes to the building kind of drill.

It brought an immense level of fear to my heart – that little preschoolers shouldn’t have to worry that some asshole is going to become a complete psychopath and terrorize them, leaving them fighting to LIVE.

At that moment, I realized…


Added by Cortney Galster on November 6, 2014 at 3:59pm — No Comments

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