Author Archives: Magnolia Mom

7 Tips for Camping With the Kiddos

kids camp chair outside in front of the fire by a pond with parents feet

After a long, long winter here in New England, we are beyond excited to get outside to do some of our favorite things! We got out for hikes and lots of sledding during the cold winter months. But if I’m being honest, snow is not my favorite. However, I am a pretty big fan of […]

Sleeping Like a Baby – Sleep Solutions

baby sleeping with knitted hat on

Planning vs Reality With our first baby, I had it all planned out. I mean, before we have our first kids we have it ALL planned out. Right? What they will eat. Where they will sleep. What kind of parent we will be. All the strict rules we’ll abide by. Then the baby comes. I’d […]

One Year Later – Parenting, Small Business, and Covid

a computer screen with 7 coworkers holding up signs to thank customers on a zoom call

A Time of Uncertainty March 13, 2020. That was the day I picked my kids up at school for a two-week break so that the school could be deep cleaned and we’d wait for Covid to subside. One year later and they are still not fully back to school. Nobody really knew what we were […]

The mental load of Covid. A mom’s perspective.

Masked mom and daughters during covid

Today was the day that the mental burden of Covid outweighed the physical fear.  They tell you that parenting is hard. It is. The infant stage, the toddler stage, the little kid stage and I presume the rest of the growing up stages too. Each one has their own challenges and similarly each one has […]

Happy Father’s Day

Father's Day

Dear husband, Some days I may not seem grateful for you. For the things you do or for the person you are.  I often get frustrated when the lawn stays unmowed, when the dishes remain in the sink and when the bills pile up on the counter unpaid.  I would also love for you to […]

The Best Summer Ever.

It’s Memorial Day weekend. The unofficial start of summer. Here in New England we’re thrilled to be welcoming warmer weather and enjoying more time outside. It’s one of the small things we look forward to each day so we can get out of the house! In past years we’d be getting ready to attend cookouts […]

Parenting through the uncertainty

Sisters playing

It’s a weird time. A scary time. A time of uncertainty and a whole lot of chaos. As if parenting wasn’t hard enough, enter CORONAVIRUS. Hey thanks.  Personally, I am a working mom. My children generally go to school and childcare most days (while family helps out as well). Mornings were chaotic and stressful since […]

Christmas Chaos.

Christmas Tree and Toddler

It’s December. Officially the Christmas/Holiday season. Your pre-kid self would have been stress-free and embraced the buying of gifts, holiday parties, social gatherings, and endless hours watching Hallmark Christmas movies. But that was then and this is now. Times have changed haven’t they? We’re only a few days into the month and you’re already stressed […]

Dads of Daughters

Dad and daughters

After we had our second daughter we had so many people ask us: “Will you try for a boy?”. First of all – we weren’t even thinking about having another baby, never mind what gender we’d prefer. Our lives were full and our hearts were fuller. After things settled down a bit, the comments starting […]

The second baby.

the second baby

Pregnancy with your first baby is new and exciting. You’re not sure what to expect, or how to feel. You’ve had friends with horrible pregnancies and friends with perfect ones. You hope to be the latter, but who knows? As time progresses with your pregnancy, you spend all of your extra time researching and planning. […]

A Christmas Experience.

Mother and her girls

As we get deeper into the holiday season, it seems like we’re reaching deeper into our pockets. Actually, it doesn’t SEEM that way, it IS that way. Sure, the season is about giving and we all want to find the perfect gifts for our loved ones but it’s time we take a step back. Especially when it […]

Life Changes.

Mom snuggling with baby

Although this title references a really great Thomas Rhett song, it also references the realm of becoming a parent. Life changes. And boy does it change. Remember being a kid and being totally indestructible? Like nothing in the world could hurt you or scare you? Ok that was probably a long time ago – but […]