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5 Tips for Removing the Artificial Sugars from Snack-Time

5 Tips for Removing the Artificial Sugars from Snack-Time

This post is sponsored by FAGE; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Well friends, just like that, we are already two months into 2018! And, like everything else that has happened since we were blessed with these two gorgeous little humans, it […]

<span class="entry-title-primary">We Read Rainbow Fish While I Waited to Die</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Experiencing the Hawaii Ballistic Missile Alarm</span>

We Read Rainbow Fish While I Waited to Die Experiencing the Hawaii Ballistic Missile Alarm

There are some mornings where everything seems to just line up. It can be for any number of reasons. A perfect sunrise with the birds chirping. Ideal morning temperatures and your favorite cup of tea in hand. Heck, maybe the babies slept through the night […]

Teaching Your Toddler to be Gentle

Teaching Your Toddler to be Gentle

 


From the moment that I found out that we were expecting our second little babe so quickly after giving birth to our first… My mind raced with a pretty long list of “What-Ifs.” What if I don’t have enough energy for Reef? Or I can’t breastfeed him until at least 6 months? What if they don’t bond or Reef gets too jealous!! What if Reef and I lose our bond because I am too preoccupied with the baby?! They were dozens of fears!! But for some reason, I just hadn’t really thought past the initial double baby stage, to the toddler baby stage. And that is where we are now! We have a 9-month-old and a 22-month-old. And while they are still so similar in so many ways, they are SO different in so many more.

Of course, most of my fears were completely unwarranted.

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Aloha Botts & Tots Blog 2017 Year End Review + Reader Survey

Aloha Botts & Tots Blog 2017 Year End Review + Reader Survey

  A New Year is here again and I know a few things for certain. I am another year older. I have collectively slept less this year than any other year in my adult life. This has been the best year of my entire existence. […]

Squashing Sibling Rivalry

Squashing Sibling Rivalry

Sponsored Post: This post is sponsored by Name Bubbles, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. #namebubbles  Having two children, especially two beautiful little babies so close in age, is truly such a blessing. It has, for the most part, made a […]

Thankful for that Thanksgiving Dessert Bar!

Thankful for that Thanksgiving Dessert Bar!

If you have been following us for a little while, then you know, one of my favorite things in this world is a good dessert bar! And what could be a better way of showing Thanks to all of your friends and family, than by making them a Thanksgiving Dessert Bar!?

So, that is just what I did! (more…)

Mele Kalikimaka with Kana’i Kai Clothing

Mele Kalikimaka with Kana’i Kai Clothing

Thank you to Kana’i Kai for gifting us these absolutely adorable shirts.  As always all thoughts and opinions expressed here are 100% my own. Well, let’s be honest here, is there anything better than a cute baby in absolutely adorable clothing? If you said no, then you […]

Keeping the Holidays Tummy Trouble Free

Keeping the Holidays Tummy Trouble Free

Some of you may remember a post we did a little while back talking about our little princess and some of the tummy troubles that she has. In it we chatted a bit about Evivo Baby Probiotics and the benefits that they provide long-term. Well […]

<span class="entry-title-primary">Facing Your Fears Makes Them All Go Away</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">A Review of the Book "When I was a Child I was Always Afraid"</span>

Facing Your Fears Makes Them All Go Away A Review of the Book "When I was a Child I was Always Afraid"

Thank you to author Michael Cascio for sending me this Book for review.  As always all thoughts and opinions expressed here are 100% my own.


One of the greatest ways to help your child learn from the very beginning of their beautiful little life is through the magic of books.

I have always loved reading and have incredibly fond memories of “reading” stories before bedtime with my parents. (Technically I just kind of memorized the stories in the beginning and parroted them back, but hey! That’s still learning in and of itself.)

And now, I hope to pass that love of literature on to my own children. (more…)

<span class="entry-title-primary">Match without being Matchy – Dressing for Your Family Photos</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Our Family Photos with J. Leigh Photography at Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford CT</span>

Match without being Matchy – Dressing for Your Family Photos Our Family Photos with J. Leigh Photography at Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford CT

If I’m going to be honest here, dressing for family photos was pretty low on my list of things to do when planning for a 3 week trip to the mainland with two babies under two. But it was definitely on my list. And once […]

<span class="entry-title-primary">Helping the Minor Aches and Pains of Motherhood with TYLENOL® PM</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">And a Simple No-Sew Lavender & Rice Heating Pad Tutorial </span>

Helping the Minor Aches and Pains of Motherhood with TYLENOL® PM And a Simple No-Sew Lavender & Rice Heating Pad Tutorial

I have received information and materials from ©Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. 2017. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. #ForBetterTomorrows #BetterTomorrows #FallBack #CollectiveBias   With November fully upon us, I’ve begun to wrap my mind around the fact that I […]


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We Read Rainbow Fish While I Waited to Die

We Read Rainbow Fish While I Waited to Die

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Sunflowers, Sunshine and of Course, Some Pumpkins

Sunflowers, Sunshine and of Course, Some Pumpkins

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Today You Quit Your Job

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The Happy Houseguest

The Happy Houseguest

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Tummy Troubles – 5 Ways to Help Relieve Baby Gas

Tummy Troubles – 5 Ways to Help Relieve Baby Gas

    Painful baby gas, constipation, frequent spitting up. For those of you that have been following us for a bit on this little journey we like to call life, you know that our little Miss Roxy Girl is what I like to call our […]