Toddler bed transition with My Green Mattress

The big day has arrived. Our baby transitioned to a “big girl” bed. The crib to bed transition is a natural and inevitable one of toddlerhood but never-the-less it is very bittersweet. There are so many ways to do this transition (toddler bed, twin bed or Montessori type bed, etc.) but ultimately we decided to put Logan in a twin sized bed. For us, this was a longterm play — knowing that a twin bed would last her much longer! She also has so many stuffed animals that she needed the room! There’s no right answer in terms of which bed to choose; you just need to consider which works best for your toddler and your family.

Hiking in Tennessee with Zoku

When most people think of Nashville, they think of country music and nightlife, not the great outdoors. There is a reason Nashville is named Music City but there is actually quite a bit of nature to enjoy in and around town. I love sharing that unexpected side of Tennessee with people. To celebrate #InternationalDayOfForests, I went on a family hike with Zoku out to a hidden lake just 15 minutes from Downtown Nashville.

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Meet a Mama: Allie Bates

Hello! My name is Allie Bates and I was born and raised in Jefferson City, Missouri. I spent my college years at The University of Central Missouri majoring in Public Relations and cheering on our Mules and Jennies on the sidelines with the UCM Dance Team. I met my husband, Brett, in 2010 and we got married in September of 2013 in Kansas City where we currently live. We got pregnant with our (surprise!) identical twin boys, Brody and Beckham, and they decided they must kick off the new year right by gracing us with their presence on January 1st, 2015.

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Meet a Mama: Amanda Besler

Hi! My name is Amanda Besler. I was born and raised in Kansas City. I went to college down the road at the University of Kansas where I was a track and cross country athlete. My husband and I got married in 2013 and we live in Kansas City where he plays for Sporting Kansas City. I stay at home with our two girls — Parker (almost 4) and Marin (almost 2). We are surrounded in Kansas City with lots of family (that help us out a lot) and friends (who keep us sane, especially those SAHM friends!). We enjoy being outside with loved ones. Today I am going to share with you some of my favorite products and mama hacks.

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Meet a Mama: Liz Binder

I am so excited to kick-off the Meet a Mama Series this week. First up is a good friend of mine. Like me, she’s moved around quite a bit the last few years and has raised her little one away from her hometown/family. We met in college and have been friends ever since. I knew when I started this series she’d be one of the first moms I’d feature!

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New: Meet a Mama Series

Hey y’all. I feel like it’s been a hot second since I’ve written anything on here. The last blog post I published was in early April. Since then, Logan celebrated her first birthday and as she’s entering toddlerhood, I’ve been connecting with my mom friends and asking them loads of questions. Most of the things we received on our registry are no longer being used – swings, jumpers, etc. so now it’s time to step up my game with toys to keep her active little mind entertained.

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10 reasons to love Kabrita goat milk formula

This post is #sponsored by Kabrita USA but these words are my own! I give my true and honest opinion of the product. Logan has been supplementing with Kabrita goat milk formula for many many months prior to this partnership. We love working with brands we know and trust. 

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Managing colic with Babocush

If you’ve been following along over on Instagram, you know that Logan has been an extra fussy baby. Since birth, she’s had feeding issues, which ultimately resulted in belly issues too. This swirl of circumstances has made her a little colicky. Desperate to try all the things, I think we’ve finally found our groove with her as best we can. She’s not completely fuss-free (b/c what baby actually is!?) but she’s one thousand times better.

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Labor & Postpartum Recovery

I recently answered a few questions on my Instagram stories about labor and postpartum recovery. One of the topics requires an awful lot of explanation so I thought why not write a detailed blog post on my thoughts.

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My 4th Trimester

So here we are, a few weeks into my fourth trimester. The fourth trimester is a period described by expert Dr. Harvey Karp as the first three months of a baby’s life. It is a time when a newborn is adjusting to life outside of the womb. It’s filled with a tremendous amount of changes and development for the baby and is becoming more recognized as an important phase of a little one’s early days.

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