Travel Approved: The Perfect Day Trip Diaper Bag

This post is sponsored by JJ Cole but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

We’ve been lucky enough to go to Disney twice so far this year. The first time was completely on a whim, so absolutely no preplanning, crazy I know. The second time I had a bit more time to plan ahead and bring everything I wish I had the first go round. We are an active family and I travel with the kids pretty frequently, but I have to say a trip to Disney is a great gauge for the durability and versatility of any kid product!  

One of the things I wish I had was a bag that was large enough (but not too large) to hold two kids (and two adults) worth of stuff. And stuff meaning, drinks, snacks, diapers, wipes, extra clothes, ibuprofen, bandaids, extra bows (hello, girl mom), ponchos, toys, sunscreen, makeup, money, an umbrella, and anything else we would need for a sun-up to sun-down day at the parks. Basically, it needed to be large enough to fit everything in my magic mom bag, but not too big. It needed to be comfortable to wear and versatile enough to bring with us on rides, in restaurants, hook onto the stroller, etc. And of course it needed to look good! Continue reading

5 Ways We Use Our DockATot Grand

5 Ways We Use Our DockATot Grand

This post is sponsored by DockATot but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

If you are a new parent or soon to be parent, chances are you have heard of the DockATot. If you haven’t then don’t worry, I’ll enlighten you! In a nutshell, the DockATot is a multi-functional lounging, playing, chilling, resting and snuggling dock you can take anywhere. They are offered in two sizes, the Deluxe for ages 0-8 months and the Grand for ages 9-36 months.

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Before Everly was born, I had heard great things about the brand and how well babies were sleeping in it. So I went ahead and got the Deluxe size DockATot in preparation for having another horrible sleeper…. I wanted to have options! She initially slept in a rock and play due to reflux, but once we had that figured out, she started sleeping in the DockATot and slept like a total dream…. anywhere… and everywhere.
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Birth Story: Everly Anne – The Healer Of My Heart

As I approached the day we would meet our rainbow baby, I felt increasingly anxious and ((hello)) scared. My heart was broken from losing our son last year and I didn’t know if reading birth stories was going to help or hurt – did I really want to know about other peoples birthing pains? Close calls and interventions? Surely it would just freak me out even more…. Eh, I normally loved birth stories so I went ahead and read a few. Actually, the more I read, the more relaxed I became. I can’t tell you how many I consumed in the weeks leading up to her birth! These stories not only reminded me of how incredible God is in his beautiful design to bring new life into the world but also in his design and creation of the woman. Continue reading

Happy Heavenly Birthday + A Note to Grieving Mothers After a Miscarriage or Stillbirth

Earlier this month was our sweet baby boy’s first birthday in heaven. I really can’t believe it’s already been a year… the shortest, yet longest year of my life, for many reasons.

Though we never got to bring him home, have him wear all the “little brother” shirts we had gotten for him, or snuggle on the couch as a family, we will forever hold him in our hearts and we can smile knowing he is beyond happy in heaven.

I’ll be totally honest, the weeks surrounding his birthday left me emotionally drained. Continue reading

Pregnancy After Loss // Expecting Our Rainbow Baby

As I’m sitting here in complete awe, wonder, and insanely deep gratitude for the new life growing inside of me, I often reflect on the events that brought me here with my growing rainbow baby. After losing our son Michael last year, I experienced a whirlwind of emotions – many of which were so ugly and scary my heart literally aches when I think about it or imagine another mother in the same situation. Nevertheless, even with all the ugly, so much beauty and growth came from that time in my life. Continue reading