Breath a Sigh of Relief with Smartbeat Video Baby Monitor

Saturday, December 8, 2018
This post was written in collaboration with Smartbeat, however, all opinions are my own.

As a mama to a preemie, I entered the world of parenthood to the tune of monitors. For the first few weeks of my little one's life, we had constant access to his heart rate, oxygen levels and more while he was both awake and sleeping giving us peace of mind that all was well in that tiny body of his. When we finally brought Asher home, I will admit, I had a difficult time being away from all of those reassuring beeps and buzzes from the hospital. The hardest for me was the nighttime when I needed to be getting much needed rest myself, but struggled with worries like "Is my baby breathing?" or "Is he okay?" throughout many of those first few weeks home together.


My Favorite Subscription Boxes for the Whole Family + A Giveaway!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
This post was written in collaboration with Incredibundles, however, all opinions are my own.

I don't know about you, but I love a good gift that keeps on giving. Whether it be a membership to the zoo or a local museum, a subscription to a favorite site or magazine or even a set of new cleaning or baking tools that I can use for years, I truly value receiving something that can be enjoyed time and again.

Enter subscription boxes. This year I've had the pleasure of experiencing quite a few with my family, and I have to say, the joy of receiving a monthly box at your door, be it full of themed surprises or full of daily necessities, can be well worth the investment. Below I've compiled a list of some of my favorites (that I've either tried or I'm hoping to) for this holiday season that could certainly serve as long-lasting gift ideas for the whole family.



All Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

Friday, November 2, 2018
October has come to a close and while the season of turkeys and holiday carols is drawing near, so too is another less festive one - cold and flu season.

A few weeks back I had the opportunity to attend a workshop on natural ways to prevent and relieve cold and flu symptoms with a few local experts in the field. I learned so many great tips and tricks, that I felt it only fitting to come back and share them with all of you. The following are a variety of highlights from the session as well as some things we intend to do and have on hand this season to help us combat the "bugs" ahead.

Creating a Safe Halloween for All

Monday, October 29, 2018
As a health conscious parent of a 2-year-old that is just beginning to understand and enjoy the spirit of Halloween as well as a former teacher who understands the wide variety of allergies that many children face on the daily, I have begun putting a much greater deal of thought into what types of "goodies" to share with our fellow trick-or-treaters. I want to ensure that what we are passing out is inclusive to kids with allergies, kids whose families seek to limit sugar and all kids who are just out looking to have a wonderful time while collecting a variety of fun things along the way.

How to Create a Weekly "Clean" Routine

Thursday, September 6, 2018
This post was written in collaboration with CleverMade, however, all opinions are my own.


A few months back, my husband and I sat down and developed a weekly cleaning and organizational schedule for our home. Prior to this we had things that we loosely accomplished the same day each week, but I always felt like we (or maybe I, in particular), needed more structure to ensure that everything we wanted to accomplish got done on a more consistent basis. While things do come up, I have found that having this plan in place has definitely given me more peace of mind as we navigate our busy weeks.





Gluten/Dairy Free "Comfort Food" Swaps for the Whole Family

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
This post was written in exchange for products from Kiddiebites, however, all opinions are my own.


There have been so many adults and kids alike that have made the switch to a gluten and even dairy free lifestyle over the past several years either out of necessity or desire for a healthier lifestyle. In doing so, I often hear individuals at the start of their journey share concerns of missing out on some of their former favorite "comfort foods". That being said, not only has the food industry come a long way in ensuring many of these are still made available to us "free" folks, but also there are an incredible array of recipes out there now that provide us with alternative and creative ways of going about making many of these goodies that then nourish our bodies in the particular way we need or desire.

My All Natural Morning Routine Must Haves

Friday, June 1, 2018
This post was written in exchange for products from Beauty Counterhowever, all opinions are my own.




As a mom, it is important to me that my morning "beauty" routine is quick and easy. As a woman, it's important to me that this same routine is one that supports my body in a natural way. I am all about utilizing the bare basics on the daily. And by "bare" I mean, simple, but also clean, without any harsh and potentially toxic chemicals lurking in them. If you haven't ever visited the EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, I would highly encourage you to head there and search the products you are currently using. It will break them down by ingredient and tell you what health impact each may have.  The results may surprise you. That being said, the following are a few of my favorites, filled with only the good stuff, for getting my day started off on the right foot.