Mama Mocktails: 10 Crafty Concoctions to Help You Celebrate the New Year

Are you on the non-alcoholic train this New Year’s? Good news! You can still enjoy festive drinks and say bah-humbug to the holiday hangover.   Whether you’re the designated driver, pregnant, or just not a fan of spirits; or whether you’re choosing to eschew alcohol permanently or just temporarily, New Year’s Eve can feel like it’s all about the cocktails. Fortunately, you don't have to ... [Continue Reading]

Mrs. Claus Shares Her 5 Best-Kept Secrets to a Happier Holiday {Free Printable!}

I realize that as the Queen of Christmas, many homemakers look to me to set the tone for a Happy Holidays.  (Where do you think Martha Stewart gets all her inspiration?) But let me tell you, things aren’t always “eggnog and cookies” up here at the North Pole.  Santa has his not-so-jolly days, and if you think children can be difficult to manage– try keeping up with hundreds of stressed-out ... [Continue Reading]

{GIVEAWAY!} How to Speed Up Your Baby’s Brain Development with Smart Toys

Listen up, Coach. Your baby's brain development needs some gentle nudging.  Some inspiration to build healthy neurons and strong synapses. It's your job to provide that extra motivation. Granted, he's probably not going to be this year's Mensa Chess Champion. Yet.  But there's some strong potential hidden away in that itty bitty cranium.  Potential that you can unlock with the right ... [Continue Reading]

How Mater & McQueen Can Help Your Baby Nap in the Car

Temperament.  It matters. Yes, in a perfect Pixar world you'd put your baby in the car seat and he'd sleep all the way to Radiator Springs.  (If that's you, congratulations.  You can stop reading.) For the rest of us, though, napping on a road trip is hit or miss.  Today I'm going to share two main approaches to tackling this age-old problem. The first approach I'm calling "The Mater ... [Continue Reading]

Grinch Stole Your Christmas Cheer? 6 Uplifting Gifts to Give Yourself

What’s your current Christmas Cheer quotient? Is your merry heart singing Joy to the World? Or has the Grinch stolen all your joy? Mama, if you’re feeling like a Grinch, you are not alone! The holiday season has a way of squeezing a mama’s heart with all the pressures of the ideal Christmas: A perfectly clean house Yummy food from scratch—all the time Extra fun Christmas ... [Continue Reading]

The 12 Days of Ugly Christmas Sweaters

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... A partridge in a hair tree. Source: Pinterest *gagging* On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Two Ninja Turtles... Source: Two...four...turtles...*hiccup* vhat-ev-rrrr....counting's for closers. *downs eggnog* On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Three French ... [Continue Reading]

A Simple DIY Advent Calendar You can Make During Naptime

Okay, okay. You’re probably rolling your eyes at the thought of doing an advent calendar with your toddler. I get it. You’re spending all your time just keeping your little angel from pulling the Christmas tree over. It feels like you don’t have time to implement any meaningful family traditions. Besides, he’s too little to participate in anything, let alone remember it. But hear me ... [Continue Reading]

The Do’s and Don’ts to Help Your Baby Sleep Away From Home

Some babies are great little travelers.  You could take them across three time zones and they'll just smile and snooze. Other babies...not so much. It's Dr. Jekyll and Hyde. Dr. Banner and the Hulk. To them, WE'RE the ones causing all the hubbub.  Taking them all over the planet, away from their happy places, forcing them to smile at all kinds of strange-faced "relatives" who want to ... [Continue Reading]

How to Make a Thanksgiving Feast Your Baby Will Love

Have you gotten your “recipe assignment” yet for Thanksgiving?  You know, the dreaded dish you’re supposed to bring to pass around the table? The one that you work so hard on every year...but is never quite what everyone wants to eat? “ANOTHER pie?  We already have five!” “Are you SURE you’re using Great Aunt Greta’s recipe? Because whatever you brought last year wasn’t as good as ... [Continue Reading]

How to Keep Your Baby Pilgrim Happy at Grandma’s This Thanksgiving

Whether you're traveling over the river and through the woods, or just driving across town to Grandma's house this year, trying to manage Thanksgiving with a baby in tow can be stressful. You’ve got nap-time routines and feeding schedules to follow Everyone’s going to want their “turn” to hold the baby You have to make sure he’s not overwhelmed by all the extra people The noise level ... [Continue Reading]