For the New Mom

101 Meals to Take to New Moms

Whether you’re looking to stock up on freezer meals for yourself, or for recipe ideas to take to a new mom, this roundup is for you! You’ll love our 101 Meal Ideas to Take to New Moms.  Gosh. I look back at these pictures and I remember. I remember how

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5 Lessons I’ve Learned This Year as a Mom of Three

My sweet “Clay-Bay-Bay” just turned one. It seems so cliche to say that this year has gone fast but it also feels wrong to not say it. We have officially completed an entire year with three kids, 5 and under. I get tired even thinking about it. To be completely

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5 Reminders for the Sleep Deprived Mom (or Dad!)

My third kid was about two months old and I was TIRED. So very tired. The newborn honeymoon stage had worn off only to be replaced by an accumulation of sleep deprivation. One night, after already being up multiple times, I was woken up by my husband talking. However, he

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A Third Kid is Like…

“So, how is life with three kids?” is a common question I’ve been getting these days. It’s such an innocent question that I can answer in one sentence or in three hours. And, as with most things in the realm of parenting, one’s experience is entirely dependent on the existing

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One of My BEST Postpartum Soreness Tricks

After having three babies, I’ve managed to pick up a few tips and tricks when it comes to recovering from childbirth. Because of some complications with a two-vessel umbilical cord, my first baby was a cesarian. My next two came into the world VBAC style (Tyler’s story & Clayton’s story). The truth

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He’s HERE! Clayton’s Birth Story

He’s here! He’s here! If you follow any of my social media, you have known that for a few days now that baby Clayton was born on March, 23 at 7:01 pm. He was born three weeks early but is my biggest baby of the three coming in at 7lbs

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Bed-Resting (Part 2)

So, here we are. On bed rest. (If you want the backstory to how I got here, hop over to yesterday’s post.) If I’m being completely honest with myself, the idea of being on bed rest for the last few weeks of pregnancy didn’t sound all that bad. Kicking back,

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Bed-Resting (Part 1)

Hey Friends. Polly here. Because I can get a little chatty when I write personal posts like these, I’ve decided to break this up into two different posts: 1) The backstory to how I ended up on bed rest and 2) Some initial observations and things I’m learning from sitting on

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How to Get Yellow Stains Out of Stored Baby Clothes

A rumbling-tumbling-jumping belly, achy back, out of breath…all the time, decreased appetite, and hating 95% of clothing can only mean one thing: the third trimester! It’s game time baby. The nursery is starting to take shape and I’m starting to knock off some to-do’s before baby #3 arrives. Since we

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The Mighty Mundane

As an expectant mom, I doubt I’m alone when I confess that I have some anxieties and fears about the unknowns of what the future holds. Along with the excitement and anticipation of a new baby, there is also a touch of nervousness. I mean, will I be able to

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Polly’s Big News

Woot woot!! I’ve been dying to share fun our news with you all.  Today is finally the day! In April, my husband and I will be officially outnumbered by children. You guys. Now that I can openly talk about this, I must tell you that the first trimester kicked my

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encouraging Bible verse cards just for moms

Mother’s Day Special: 50% Off Verse Cards for Moms

If you’re looking for a thoughtful, last minute gift idea for a mom, we have an idea for you! For one week only we are offering 50% off our Bible verse cards. (This is our biggest discount of the year on these!) Swing by our store and use the coupon:

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Seven Things I Swore I’d Never Do as a Parent

I knew so much more about parenting before I had children. Yes friends, I had it all figured out. I knew the type of mom I’d be, the type of kids I’d raise, the type of foods we eat, the countless learning activities we would do together and so on.

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Bible Learning Cards

We are all about getting the word out there about toys, products, websites and music that we love. A product that I recently stumbled across (well, actually it was sent to me to try out) was a set of these Bible Learning Cards made by Words2Remember4Kids. No, I’m not getting

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World’s Toughest Job

World’s Toughest Job

This video has been going around for a while but I couldn’t help but smile and laugh my way through it. Happy Mother’s Day.

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An Open Letter from a Doula About Her Miscarriage

Guest post by Holli Best Four years ago this month our family of three experienced a miscarriage. It was my second pregnancy, and we learned we were pregnant around New Years. My confidence was already a bit shaky because I never got a really good pregnancy test. The second pink

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11 Healthy Make Ahead Meals for Little Eaters

My little guy is now 9 months old and pretty much eats what we do at the table. I guess you could say my infant food philosophy falls near the Baby Led Weaning philosophy except that I do make an effort to mush up certain foods and make a few

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2013 Top Ten Posts: Parenting

  1. Cultivating a Heart that Obeys: Dealing with a Whiny Insolent Child 2. Make Your summer at Home Count 3. Packing a Hospital Bag Printable Check List 4. Three Questions to Ask a Child Who Has Done Wrong 5. Baby Gear: What do you actually need? 6. What to

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Gift Idea for a New Mom: Nursing Time Box

Reposted from January 2012 Here’s a frugal, easy and useful gift idea for a new mom… A friend of mine had her third baby a few weeks ago and is now at home with the infant and her two other small children. As I prepared a meal to take to

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Jaw-Dropping, DIY Nursery Decor

My dear sister is due to have their first baby ANY day now. Poor gal has been instructed to say at home and simply wait. Talk about a long couple of days! She’s had a great attitude through her entire pregnancy and has been a great example to me about

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25 Encouraging Bible Verse Cards for Moms–Get Yours Today!

Just one minute of looking up instead of down–at the dirty floors or a crabby kid– can change your whole perspective as a mom. When you meditate on biblical truth throughout the day–whether it’s in the car, at the kitchen sink, or while changing a diaper–your heart and mind are

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What to Expect When Transitioning from One Kid to Two

First of all, I think this post’s title is a bit misleading. Each family dynamic is different and there is no formula on what to expect when a major transition happens in your life. That being said, I am now close to 5 months into my transition from one to

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Understanding the Fourth Trimester

We have a great and very thorough guest post today from our friend, Holli. I SO wish I would have read this before my first baby! It would have explained so much of what I was feeling and helped me navigate the first few weeks of having a newborn a bit more

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Newborn Gear that I’m Loving (The Second Time Around)

*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Here’s our full disclosure.  I can’t believe it’s already

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Help Child with Separation Anxiety

Five Tips to Help a Child’s Separation Anxiety

Thanks so much to our friend, Jess, for guest posting today. After volunteering and working full time in children’s ministry for years, Jess has a lot of wisdom to offer on this subject! Take it away, Jess! It happens every Sunday in churches everywhere: a mom or dad hands a kiddo

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Welcome to the World, Little Tyler!

As you have probably gathered by now, our little man is finally here! He was born on Monday, April 23 at 9:14 a.m. 7 lbs 3 oz. His arrival couldn’t have gone better. I’m not just saying that. I have truly seen and felt God’s hand in the timing and

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40 Reasons To Go the Full 40

In hopes of encouraging me to endure these last few weeks of pregnancy, my RN mother forwarded me these resources from the OB Nurse manager at the hospital she works at. Hope they can help any other uncomfortable pregnant mamas out there to hang in there! Download a printable version of

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Best Pregnancy Announcement. Ever.

Hey guess what? My sister is pregnant! Here is how she and her hubby told the world: So gross but so hilarious. Poor thing. She is 13 weeks along and doing great (despite what the picture may communicate). We are excited to have a cousin on the way!

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DIY Nursery Decor: Trains!

With a baby boy on the way in about a month, I have been working hard to get his nursery prepped and ready. Since it was previously decorated for a girl, part of this includes making changes to the room to prepare it for a boy. I’m honestly not sure

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10 Things to Do Before the Baby Arrives

All through this pregnancy I’ve felt as though I’ve had plenty of time to get things ready for Baby 2.0. However, as my due date inches closer and closer, I am starting to feel the time crunch. Here is a list of 10 things to do before a baby arrives:

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Seven Practical and Easy Ways to Help a New Mom

Motherhood confession: I had a very hard time transitioning to motherhood when my first child was born. For a lot of reasons I really struggled to enjoy that season of life. God got me through it and taught me A LOT but it was tough. Because of my experience, I

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Flushable Liner Fail

Flushable-shmushable. In my post, Cloth Diapering 101, I raved and raved about the flushable liners we used to help with the clean up of a poopy diaper. Turns out when you have a 70 year old house, the plumbing doesn’t handle “flushable” products very well. Below you will see the

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Packing a Hospital Bag: A Printable Checklist

Packing a Hospital Bag: A Printable Checklist

If you’re a first time expecting mama, you may be wondering what you will need to pack for your stay in the hospital. I know I was.  I also knew the last thing I wanted to be doing while in labor was worrying that I forgot something important at home.

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Grandma’s Dresser Transformed into a Changing Table

Let the nesting begin! Ah, who’s kidding. I’m in a continual state of nesting whether I’m pregnant or not. This week’s warm weather allowed me to start and finish Baby 2.0’s changing table. I prefer to use dressers as changing tables for a lot of reasons. I like that their

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Baby Gear: What Do You Actually Need to Register For?

Baby Gear: What Do You Actually Need?

  Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Read our full disclosure policy here. I recently found out a friend of mine is 7

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Dyeing Baby Clothes: The Do’s and Don’ts

Since we only have one girl, the majority of our stuff is pink. Lots of pink. Tubs of pink. While we are thrilled to have a baby boy on the way, I realized that unless I want to dress him in pink and flowers (which I realize wouldn’t kill him,

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Save Money at Christmas: Throw a Toy Swap!

Save Money at Christmas: Throw a Toy Swap!

Repost from Nov. 21, 2011 Want to clean out all the toys that have lost their luster in your house? How about get some free Christmas gifts for your kids? What if you could do both of those things while having a fun night out with your friends? If you

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Lessons from The First Trimester

Well friends, I’m through the first trimester. Anyone who has been pregnant understands the small celebration that is going on in my head right now. Even though this pregnancy has treated me a bit more kindly than my first, there have still been many moments and days that I don’t want

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Polly’s Big News

Remember the picture of my little lady on the yellow bench I painted? Here it is if you don’t remember: Well, I was super sneaky and photoshopped something out of the picture. Can you figure out what it was? This Spring we are going to be a family of four!

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Meal idea for new moms

A Treat for New Moms: Homemade Granola

I’m guest posting over at Moola Saving Mom today. You can probably guess what my post is about by the picture but you’ll have to stop by her site for the details. Here are a few more meal ideas to take new moms and another new mom gift idea called a

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Decorate Burp Cloths with Fabric Scraps

Decorate Burp Cloths with Fabric Scraps

Got a pile of scrap fabric? I can never bring myself to throw any away! If you’re like me, the pile slowly grows bigger and bigger until it needs some downsizing. Here is useful way I found to use up scrap fabric: Decorate burp cloths! I started by cutting my

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Wishes for the Baby: A Baby Shower Activity

Wishes for the Baby: A Baby Shower Activity

I think most people dread the cheesy games played at wedding and baby showers. Can I get an amen, friends of moms-to-be and brides-to-be?? So when it was my turn to throw a shower, I was really excited to stumble on this baby shower activity from lil sugar that was

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Cloth Diapering 101

Cloth diapering. Isn’t that something that hippies who don’t shave their armpits do? OK, so maybe that is stereotyping a bit, but I realized very quickly that not everyone is so keen on the idea of cloth diapering. At my baby shower, I could tell that many people were skeptical about the

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Babies with Acid Reflux: Help for Moms

I survived having a baby with acid reflux. I don’t use the term survived lightly, nor would other moms whose kiddos had reflux. But we made it. Kicking and screaming, we made it. And now we have a happy, delightful 7 month old who doesn’t even remember the rough days

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