Juniper’s First Birthday Party

Birthday Cake

Juniper Me Cake

This weekend guys. This weekend was, without a doubt, one of the best weekends of my life. On Saturday, we celebrated my 32nd birthday. I got to do exactly what I wanted to—lounged around, hung out with my family, ate delicious food (fried chicken and cheese grits, kids!), and drank delicious beer. It was everything I wanted for my birthday. And then on Sunday, we pulled together (most) of our friends and family to celebrate this spectacularly adorable now-toddler.

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100 Things I’ve Learned in My First Year of Motherhood

Me and Juniper

Me and Juniper

If you can believe it (I certainly can’t) today is my sweet Juniper’s first birthday. This year has been the most wonderful year of my life, and I don’t just say that because of my funny, smart, clever, and kind baby girl.

Having her in my life has been a wonderful catalyst to make all kinds of changes in my career, attitude, and personal life that have made me such a more content person. A happy mommy is a good mommy!

There are a lot of transition times you go through in your life. When you go away to college. When you buy a new house. When you get a new job. When you get married. But I’d venture to say that none of those transitions is as earthshaking as the transition to being a parent. It is a whole new world!

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Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Eco-Friendly Father's Day Gift Ideas

Is it a little weird that I am super pumped for Father’s Day? I love any excuse to shower my husband in gifts, and I’m so excited that I can now add Father’s Day to my gift-giving regime (although, admittedly, our puppy and kitty definitely gave him gifts for Father’s Day for years before we ever had a kid).

My husband is so fun to buy for—he’s crazy appreciative of anything you get him and is just the best gift receiver ever. I can’t wait for him to open up his gifts on the big day! Father’s Day will be made even more special by the fact that, this year, it falls on the same day as Juniper’s first birthday! You better bet I’ll be showering him something fierce with gifts to celebrate his first Father’s Day and his first year of daddyhood (which he is excellent at).

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Baby Bites: Baby Led Weaning Breakfast Ideas

Juniper High Chair

Juniper High Chair

I get a lot of parenting questions sent my way (which I find highly amusing, because, um, hi, I’m totally clueless), but none more than the volume of questions I get about baby led weaning. Baby led weaning (or BLW for those in the know) is an alternative method of introducing solids to babies. Instead of doing the more traditional baby food/pureed food step, you skip that entirely and start off your baby with “real” food with modifications—pieces that are large enough to not be a choking hazard, food that is soft enough to get “chewed” by gums, skipping family allergens. More or less, you and your baby are eating the same foods at each meal time.

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What’s In My Diaper Bag

Diaper Bag

Diaper Bag

I spent the last two weeks of my pregnancy obsessed with what people carry in their diaper bags. I was 13 days overdue, so everything that needed to get done had been accomplished weeks prior. My house was clean. My freezer was stocked with food. The nursery closet was organized. The hospital bag was packed. My work had all been wrapped up. I was basically just sitting around simmering. So, I needed to focus on something, and I focused on repeatedly Googling what people carried in their diaper bags.

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Our Experience with Cloth Diapers

Cloth Diapers

Cloth Diapers

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about parenting stuff since Juniper made her arrival, but no topic has been as asked about as cloth diapering. Who knew folks were so interested in fluffy bum covers?

I know cloth diapering isn’t right for a lot of families, but we knew we wanted to try cloth diapering with JuneBug for quite a few reasons. We’re fortunate that it has worked out for us wonderfully. We love, love, love cloth diapers!

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Our Favorite Baby Gear: Newborn Edition

Me Carrier

baby clothes

Wading through the “must have” lists when making a baby registry is a pregnancy rite of passage. There are so many baby accoutrements that it can feel crazy overwhelming. And new parents will pretty much take any advice they can get on what is really a necessity and what can stay on the Babies R Us store shelves.

Now that I’m a seasoned parent (ha!), I thought I might share a few of the items that we have absolutely loved over the past three months. You really have no idea what you’re going to need/like/use until you’re in the thick of things, so this list actually includes lots of items that were never on our registry, and we purchased when we realized we had a need. My recommendation? Get Amazon Prime now and download the app to your phone—you’ll thank me later when you’re ordering something you didn’t know you desperately needed at 3am.

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June Bug’s Birth Story

me baby

I went back and forth about sharing Juniper’s birth story. I always knew I wanted to write it for me, but I just really couldn’t figure out if I wanted to share it publicly or not. The truth is, there are few things more personal and precious than the birth of your child, and, for… 

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