• Baby Care,  Toddler Life

    Binky, Paci, Dummy. Whatever you call it, it’s gone.

    Oliver has hit another milestone that I feel is worth noting. Well, two actually. He has finally ditched the binky and moved into a real bed. Oliver has been a binky baby from the start, which is awesome at times. As a little baby it was always pretty easy to calm him down, just get him the binky. Going to sleep typically went alright, as long as he had his binky (and blanket). But I have always been a bit nervous about the day when we had to get him off the binky for good. Would he ever sleep again? Would it be countless nights of crying over not having…

  • Lifestyle

    2020 Reflection. 2021 Goals.

    Well, 2020 happened. It’s been quite a year and it’s easy to get sucked in to the whole “2020 sucked” mentality. I know it’s been a tough year for a lot of people, whether it’s been job loss, sickness, not seeing loved ones ect. But when I sit down and reflect on the last year personally, it was a pretty good year. I’ll get into my goals in a bit, but I want to take a minute and highlight everything good that happened this year for us. If you’re looking for a Christmas card mailer year recap, you’ve come to the right post. I just think it’s extra important this…

  • Pregnancy

    The first half of the second Pregnancy

    So in case you haven’t heard the news, we’re having another baby! I wanted to share a bit about this pregnancy so far because I am already 20 weeks and it has been a very different pregnancy from my first. This pregnancy is flying by and I still have so much to do before this second bebe joins us, including transforming our cluttered office into a bedroom. But for now, I just want to share the differences I’ve experienced with baby #2 so far. The first major difference is how fast we got pregnant this time. It took us months to get pregnant with Oliver, so I was prepared for…

  • National Parks,  North America,  Travel

    Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    While we spent most of our year pretty close to home. We did sneak in a few trips. One of those was to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado. It’s a place that, despite only being about 3 hours from us, I hadn’t heard of until this year. Also, to be completely candid, I saw it on TikTok so take that for what it’s worth. I saw it and put it in my memory bank and saved it for a week when we wanted to go camping. Although we did some local exploring this year, we really didn’t get much camping in. Our first trip of the…

  • Lifestyle

    Spring/Summer recap

    I feel like most of my posts begin with an explanation as to why I haven’t posted for a while. And here we are again. I think I’ll bypass a lengthy explanation and just say, it was summertime with a 2 year old. I was busy. That being said, the renewal for my site is coming up and I have been debating whether to keep it or not. I know most of you lovely readers are my family, and I enjoy that you take the time to read my ramblings. I just wasn’t sure if it was worth keeping if I’m only going to post twice a year. But fear…

  • Toddler Life

    Toilet training

    You guys, something amazing happened recently in our house. I really hope I’m not jinxing anything by telling you all about it, but I’m way too excited to hold it in. Oliver is basically toilet trained! I want to share with you what I did leading up to this and how it’s going. Oliver just turned 2 and that was a time I had in my mind to get serious about toilet training. I am definitely not the kind of mom who wants their baby to stay in diaper so they stay a baby. I totally get why it’s hard for some parents to move their babies into big kid…

  • Toddler Life

    Introducing Chores to a Toddler

    As all the craziness of the current pandemic spirals around us, we are all finding ourselves home a whole lot more. Myself included. The bit of work I was doing significantly slowed, and then came to a stop for a while, and we’re supposed to be social distancing and staying home anyways. Since Mauricio works in the healthcare industry, his work hasn’t slowed one bit which means it’s me and Oliver all day every day at home. This is what I live for. I love being home with Oliver. I was enjoying the bit of work I was doing, but in the last couple weeks of being home a lot…

  • Europe,  Travel

    Malaga, Spain

    Okay, now we’re going to get into the good stuff about our honeymoon cruise. If you missed the nitty gritty about what it means to win a honeymoon check that out here. To recap, we won a cruise that left from Malaga, Spain and ended in the Canary Islands on a sail powered cruise line. I’m going to break our trip down into a few posts so it doesn’t get too crazy to read all at once. In this post I’m just going to cover Malaga, Spain and the cruise ship itself, since that’s where it all started. Then I’ll do the actual sailing & Morocco and finally, the Canary…

  • Toddler Life,  Travel

    Flying with a (not so) lap infant

    So we recently tackled a major travel journey with our almost 2 year old. We flew to Mexico. With Oliver. As a lap infant. Meaning he didn’t have his own seat on the plane, he was just on our laps. Just like it sounds right? We had done this once before with Oliver, when he was 3 months old. No big deal. This trip he was 20 months old. Big deal.  For those of you who don’t have kids and just enjoy reading mom blogs. Or for those of you who have never flown with a young child, let me fill you in. If they’re under 2 years old airlines…

  • Lifestyle

    2019 Reflection. 2020 Goals.

    It’s a new year! If you were with me last year, you might recall that I’m not a huge believer in “New Year’s Resolutions”. But I do take the new year as an opportunity to reflect back on the year and see if there is anything I would like to change in the upcoming year.  For 2019 I had two goals, become less technology dependent and less wasteful. Overall I think I did alright on those goals. In the summer months I was definitely on my phone way less. I took in the day around me and wasn’t constantly checking my phone all day. But as it got colder and …