Laura

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Laura is a wife to Mike and a stay-at-home mom to Eli, a chubby, blue-eyed, and often literally bouncing, baby boy who will soon be knocked off his throne with a sibling coming in December. She stumbled into motherhood unexpectedly, but so far she’s fared better than anyone ever thought she would. On any given day, you’ll find Laura DIYing (always with the goal of not severing any limbs), completing a spontaneous river dance routine when her son goes down for a nap on the first try, and continuing her endless quest to find skinny jeans that feel as comfortable as maternity jeans. If you want to see sweat or hear her loud, anxious laugh, just ask her about how motherhood is going.

If Birth Never Goes To Plan, Are Birth Plans Even Worth Writing?

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When I was pregnant with my first, I did a lot of research into labor and delivery techniques. I took the classes, bought the books, talked with friends, read other's birth stories online, and...

DIY: Marble Art with Nail Polish

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When I found out that my second baby would be a little girl, I was thrilled. Not just because I was excited to have a partner in crime to go out for "a pedi and a latte" together,...

What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

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I'm on the last leg of my second pregnancy and am just beginning to get serious about preparing for the new baby girl that's about to join our family. The first go-around, I researched...

When You Don’t Like Being Pregnant (But Have No Reason Not To)

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If I were to rank my pregnancies on a pregnancy hardness scale, one being easy and 10 being hard, I think I'd be a three or four. Probably a three. A four sounds too generous now...

Seven Tips To Calm A Child’s Cough

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Overall, the summer was a lovely break from the flu, fevers and runny noses. Barring a couple short-lived colds, my son escaped with barely a runny nose. But with winter around the corner, and a bout...

Six Tips For Vacationing With Extended Family

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In the past five years, my immediate family has morphed from a family of five to a family of 14, soon to be 15. My two brothers and I have each gotten married, and...

Pampered Pregnancy: 10 Ways To Treat Yo’self

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Ahhh, the dewy glow of pregnancy. It's a lovely look on a woman, is it not? Except for when that dewy glow is actually just code for a greasy face from all those extra...

Simple and Easy Homemade Basil Pesto (and Tips For Growing Great, High-Yielding Basil Plants)

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Every summer, my favorite thing to grow in the garden is basil. It's easy to grow, nearly maintenance free, and because I grow two plants every year, it's quite cost-effective, producing hundreds of dollars...

How To: Organizing Baby Clothes

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It's amazing to me how much room those tiny, little pieces of clothing our babies wear take up. While my son's nursery closet started out nice and organized, with specified bins and drawers for...

Five Tips for Decluttering Your Smart Phone’s Virtual Mess

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Beyond keeping me connected to the internet and making calls, my smart phone is my number one organizational device in my life. And it's amazing how disorganized it gets! We organize our purses, diaper bags, dresser drawers and...

How To Tell If Your Child Needs Glasses

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About a month ago, my husband and I learned that our 14 month old son, Eli, needed glasses. A few weeks after our ophthalmologist appointment, Eli started sporting a pair of rectangular dark grey...

Iced Cold-Brewed Coffee – The Perfect Summer Drink

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No matter the time of year, I always like having an afternoon drink as a little pick-me-up. A treat to motivate me not to sleep during Eli's afternoon nap, but to actually get a...

Kid-Friendly Coffee Shops in the Twin Cities

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Now that I have a fairly mobile toddler running around my legs, I've started to pay a lot more attention to not only places I can go to get out of the house, but...

How I Became A Babywearing Convert

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I never thought I'd be a babywearing momma. I didn't categorize myself as a natural-momma, organic-momma, hippie-momma, or anything of the like, and I ignorantly thought those were the only types of mommas who...