How Gymnastics Changed my Son

Last year, I signed my son up for a gymnastics class at our local gym. He missed the age cut-off for other Fall sports and I wanted to keep him busy in something besides the preschool he attended 3 mornings a week. He was so excited for his first session but nerves got a hold of him on the drive to class. I could tell my sweet 4-year-old was nervous when he glanced back at me in the bleachers … [Read more...]

The Differences Between my First and Second Child

Our first child was coddled. He attended"baby gym" at 3 months old and wore cloth diapers (none of which ever saw my daughter's bum, because LAUNDRY). I spent every day working on baby sign language with him and making his organic baby food from scratch. I spent hours every week setting up a photo shoot and documented every little milestone: first smile, first laugh, I have video evidence of them … [Read more...]

Austin Lloyd Box Review: engaging surprises for young minds

As a mother of two young children, the majority of my day is spent feeding, cleaning and entertaining my 2 and 4 year olds (not to mention driving them to and from preschool, gymnastics and the library). Between taking care of my kids and household, I don't have much time to research the latest and greatest in educational toys. I will readily admit that my second child's toys get FAR less research … [Read more...]

Potty Training, Round 2 with Bumbo

It's been two years since I've potty trained a child, but only one year since I was completely finished with the process. It took Jackson a solid year of attempts until at 3-years-old, then one day he decided he was ready and just like that, he was potty trained. Since Sidney has a big brother whom she worships, she has talked about going on the potty for months now so I decided let her sit on … [Read more...]

Stokke Scoot Review & Giveaway

Stokke Scoot

One of my first memories of "baby gear love" was before I was even pregnant with my first child. A friend of ours had her one-year-old son in the coolest stroller ever. I knew nothing about strollers, but could tell this one was awesome because the little boy sat up high and wasn't staring at adults' knees like other conventional strollers. He loved sitting in his stroller for hours during the … [Read more...]

Ain’t too proud to bribe…


Pardon my English for this title but this subject is totally reminiscent of The Temptations song "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." Except in this case I'm not begging for a second chance at love, but for a much less romantic second chance: for a 3-year-old who poops in the toilet again. You see, before we left for Disney, Jackson was doing awesome in potty training. The day before we left Florida, he came … [Read more...]

That time a @SouthwestAir gate agent ran on the plane to yell at me.

If you've ever traveled with small children before you know it is not a walk in the park. We've been lucky in our 3 and a half years of traveling with kids because we always fly Southwest and their employees are always very friendly and accommodating. We even have their Southwest Visas for our personal and business accounts. When I was a senior at UF, majoring in Public Relations, my senior thesis … [Read more...]