What to pack in your hospital bag (and what to leave at home)!

Last March was my “postpartum month” … and I had planned on sharing this post then but in the middle of that March 2020 the world shut down due to COVID19 and it felt weird to share this post at that time. Still, I kept this post in drafts for a year because I figured eventually it would feel right to share again and people could still use some help with what to pack for the hospita when having a babyl- especially since somehow, even though it was my third time doing this just before I wrote this, I had forgotten some crucial items and brought some other things that never got used…. so as I said, this was written in pre-COVID times and I’m not sure what hospital rules and norms have changed or when things in maternity wards will go back to some sort of more “normal” but I hope some sweet parents-to-be out there get some use out of this post! And for those who have no use for this information, I hope you will think about passing it on to someone who might! (Or else, you know, just check back in next week…) So instead, consider this my “how… to pack your hospital bag” post… Continue reading

H is for HOW?!

One of the things I have trouble with each year when I reflect and wonder if I should keep writing this blog is what I have to say and why anyone might want to listen to it. Imposter syndrome is REAL and so is the fear of vulnerability and of putting my thoughts out there in a more long-form medium. But I’ve realized from the past five years (now starting six!) that people DO read my posts and many times I will get follow up questions or thank you or just a simple “me too” after I post stuff, even if it is done in a personal way instead of via the comments. Continue reading

FAVORITES: How to Spark After School Conversations

I was talking with a friend of mine whose little one started pre-K this year and she was talking about how she feels like she can’t get her kid to talk about school at all. The only answers she could get were one word conversations enders or else “I don’t know” And I TOTALLY went through that last year when my son was starting preschool so I thought I’d share some of my favorite ways I actually get my kids to talk about school instead of just “It was good” and “I don’t know” Continue reading

How I Survived (and even DELIGHTED in) a Road Trip with Both my Littles…

This article was originally published on Perfection Pending, you can find it HERE. Perfection Pending is a fun parenting blog and I was delighted to contribute. They are actually sharing a syndicated post of mine next week, which I’ll be sure to share on my social media channels. While I wrote this post just after our summer trip to California, I figured now was a good time to repost in case any parents are planning to travel by car during the upcoming holidays! Continue reading