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On Starting Before You’re Ready

Did I ever tell you Maggie’s birth story? Bet that’s not what you were expecting today, huh? But it kind of seems appropriate. When I was in labor with Maggie, I was playing it super cool. Henry took forever so I thought I had all the time in the world. I can remember casually putting my ma...

Brilliant Parenting Hack for a One Line a Day Journal

When my sister and I were little, my mom would jot down some of the crazy things we said on little slips of paper. Napkins, receipts, scraps — anything was fair game for recording a quick memory. All of those little papers are now tucked into our baby books. One of my favorite things to do is...

Aperol Spritz Recipe

When we were traveling through Italy, we had a running joke that any time the kids got gelato, I got an Aperol Spritz. And in Italy, any time is Aperol Spritz-o-clock! The Aperol Spritz cocktail is pretty ubiquitous just about anywhere you go there, but I learned that there are good ones ...

I Will Be Happy Because I’m With You

Every night, we put Maggie to bed. And almost every night, she pops out one single time, to tell me she needs me. “Mommy, I need you to give me water.” Or, “Mommy, I need you to cover me up.” It’s usually just the one time, and it’s usually not for any good reason other than that she ...

Things to Do on the Amalfi Coast with Kids

Is it weird that I’m a little sad about today’s post, because it’s our last post from Italy?! The Amalfi coast was the last leg of our trip, and I think it was truly the place where the locals were the most excited to welcome our family, especially the kiddos. If we thought they were ki...

Time Management Tricks for Working From Home

I’ve shared quite a bit here before about our schedule when it comes to working from home (especially with kids), but I’ve never really gotten into the nitty gritty of time management. This is one of the things I get asked about most often — how we manage to actually get things done while wor...

How to Make Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Last year at a family gathering, my mother-in-law made ice cream cone cupcakes and my kiddos were absolutely enchanted. After we returned home, we decided to make another batch to share on the Fourth of July. I gathered every red, white, and blue sprinkle I had at my disposal and we went to to...

Things to Do in Sorrento with Kids

I have to admit, I knew zero things about Sorrento before we arrived. Usually when I travel, I’m a huge planner — I do all the research, I plan all the outings, I learn all the history. And for some reason, I just kind of threw caution to the wind on this section of our Italy trip. In Flor...

How to Make a Modern Desk Organizer

It is just me, or is it really hard to get anything done if your desk is a mess? I can truly say that I get more accomplished when my workspace is clean, organized, and (I admit it) pretty. My old pencil cup was tired and dirty so I figured out how to make a modern desk organizer for ...

Things to do in Rome with Kids

Rome feels like a big city with giant chunks of history tucked around every corner. We did so much walking in Rome (I think we clocked about 50 miles of walking in 5 days), and every city block felt like a new adventure. You could spend a whole week here and still barely scratch the surface...

Things to Do in Florence, Italy with Kids

There are a few magical places in the world that we’ve traveled to and for whatever reason, it felt like we just belonged there. Florence is one of those places. The tiny cobblestone streets. The art tucked into every corner. The gelato! (Ohhhh, the gelato.) When we were planning our fa...

Make Tie-Dye Shirts for Fourth of July

There’s not a whole lot that I love more than really leaning into a holiday theme these days. And I feel like Fourth of July is always my sleeper holiday. I totally forget how much I love it until the day before and then I want to go all out. Last year at the very last minute I decided to make tie-d...
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