This about sums up my life. 

Happy birthday McCoy!

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And just like that, he’s TWO!

I guess I can’t call him my “baby” anymore… 

Remember when he was BORN?!? And last year when he turned one?

Excuse me while I go cry, I mean chug a beer. 

Handle With Love.

As most of you know, I had a doula with me during both of the boys’ births. I credit her {and my husband’s support of course!} for having a successful VBAC with McCoy. Hiring a doula can be often be pricey, and are sometimes out of the question for families to hire. 

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That being said, a friend from college has started up an AMAZING campaign for a scholarship fund called Handle With Love VT, which is a “combination of two passions- promoting the loving treatment of little ones and ensuring all families are able to hire a DOULA”. 

In a nutshell: if a family cannot afford a doula, there is a scholarship fund for them to have a doula’s support throughout the birth process.

How cool is that?

Francesca is a Mama herself and Certified Childbirth Educator/Doula of VT Birth Haven, and she is one behind the fundraiser for this. If you donate ANY amount, you will be entered into winning an amazing Prize Pack {most gifts are local Vermont products!}.

I am proud to call Francesca my friend, and proud of what she is doing to support mamas in Vermont! 

Donate. Purchase. Follow

By the way, watch this video about the campaign. I was sobbing by the end of it!

Making a change… to Notabli.

Over the past 4 years, I have documented my family’s life here on Tumblr. It’s been an easy way to share with my family and friends what the boys are up too. It has also been a great way for me to connect with other parents. I love that some of you have not only become online friends, but real life friends! And there are a few of you who I’ve been following/staying in touch with ever since I was pregnant with Drew.

Recently, I’ve been thinking more and more about the boys’ digital footprint. I want them to be able to choose and control what is shared online. I feel like this is very important for their future, so I have made the decision to document their lives somewhere a bit more private.

Meet the app, Notabli.

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For the past month, I’ve been uploading photos, videos, and quotes of Drew and McCoy almost daily to this easy-to-use app.

I’ve been very happy with my experience thus far with it and it’s exactly the platform where I want to document Drew and McCoy’s childhood.

I can invite family and friends to follow along, but it’s at my discretion and it’s all private {it’s posted on a private web feed}. Followers can receive automatic email updates, and can comment & like the photos, videos, quotes, or notes that I’ve posted.  

One of Notabli’s founders, Jackson Latka has been helping to make my transition as seamless as possible, and he shared with me that his favorite parts of Notabli was that it “Goes beyond being able to easily and privately share with family and friends. I love knowing that I am creating a growing archive of my kids’ childhoods that is organized and easily accessible.”

My favorite part of Notabli is how simple it is to use, and how quickly I can post things, I also don’t feel like I’m “oversharing” too much. I’ve found myself videotaping the boys more often now, and sharing quick snippets {a minute or less} of what they’re up too. I also really like that I can export an archive of our moments at any time to my computer. Notabli is truely a digital baby {or toddler?} book!

I haven’t quite decided what will happen to “Our Beach Baby”. Photos of the boys will no longer be posted here. But I will continue to post updates from time to time, and there will be posts about things {articles, products} that are near and dear to my heart. And, those of you who follow me on my private Instagram, have no fear, photos of my sweet blonde boys will continue to appear there.

What about you? Have you thought of making a change to something more private for your children?

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{Thank you Jackson & Laura for all of your help!}

All the tears {seriously I was a sobbing mess by the end of this}, and Drew is just starting Montessori, not even Kindergarden.  

The very end of the article got me the most:

Let me be the first one to tell you “Good job, Mama. You survived. You watched as your heart grew outside of your body, and then you prepared him to greet the world alone. He is ready, because when they placed him in your arms, you were.” For all of the times that we’ve told them “good job,” and “great listening,” and “you’re so brave,” and “I’m so proud of you,” not once did we say those things to ourselves. So on that very first day of school, as you take one last look over your shoulder to make sure that your little one is safely tucked into her classroom, and you wipe away the tears as you climb back into your (suddenly very quiet) car, remember this.

You did it. You are so brave. I am so proud of you.

Just look how much you’ve grown.

Happy graduation, Mama.”

{Thanks to my dad for emailing me this!}

Flap Happy ~ A review.

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Flap Happy Surf Trunks have remained a constant favorite in our lives from year to year.

What’s not to love?

  • Bright colors and prints 
  • Soft, chemical free fabric {and UPF 50+}
  • Trunks drys quickly and has never caused rashes for my boys
  • Easy to wash
  • Great lasting quality - the boys STILL wear their trunks from 3 years ago, seriously
  • Everything is proudly made in the USA.

If you have a little one in your life, I highly suggest checking out this awesome company!

*Flap Happy is best known for their sweet sun hats, which we also have loved for years. However now, Drew and Coy refuse to wear anything on their heads unless their A’s & Giants baseball hats…

Follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!

Outside Lands ready!

Hello San Francisco!

Traveling with two or more toddlers…. How do YOU do it?

We will depart for the West Coast soon. The boys have traveled often, and are pretty good. I am starting the packing process, and I know a lot of you travel to cool places with your child{ren}. SO… TIPS! What worked for you, what would you do differently, etc. etc.

  • Favorite movies/apps for the little ones.
  • Easy snacks to pack.
  • What you carry on.
  • Using the airport “potty” with child {successfully}

P.s. Bay Area peeps, we’re planning a Tumblr meet-up {is that what’s it’s even called?} so message me if you’re interested in coming too!

Best {free} apps on the iPad for a 2 year old and 3 year old?