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Mommy Solo Week: Robyn's Visit

Zach headed off to Ireland on Wednesday June 13th. I met up with Robyn at pretty much the same time Zach left to drive down to Orlando. I've never driven my kids solo before for that long of a drive with any of them at this young of ages. I was pretty nervous about it but thankfully Spear is on the 4 hour schedule which means he wouldn't have to stop and eat because we can for sure make it from our house to the Disney House in under four hours! The Ireland Crew!

Summer Recap 2018: Week 2

Thursday, July 19, 2018

While the first week of summer recap was covering much more than a single week...the second week is covering much less ;) This post is covering Saturday June 9th through Wednesday June 13th!

Summer Recap 2018: Week 1

Since Zach and I were on our romantic Disney trip the first true week of summer we're kicking off our first official family week of summer the week after we got back: May 31st - June 9th! (Yes, it's longer than a single week ha! I just combined the days we got back with the week following) If you're new around here I typically do a monthly summary post year-round of all of our family fun as well as an individual monthly summary post for each kid. In the summer though? I stick to a weekly post that covers EVERYTHING from that week!

Aladdin Movie Theme Day

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Sorry I've been a tad MIA. But Prime Day has taken over my WORLD! Ha! If you haven't been following my finds be sure to check out this post here :) Yall know I LOVE some Disney movies and having a movie theme day with my kids is something I enjoy putting together and something our whole family enjoys participating in. To kick off summer this year I did an Aladdin themed morning for the girls!

Parker Family Pictures

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Several years ago we all pitched in for Mother's Day and surprised Mrs Charlotte with family photos, which you can see here. Britt was like 8 months old I think when we had them done. Obviously a ton  has changed in 6 years, including adding several grandkids to the family who weren't represented in the family photos! This year for Mother's Day Casey put together having new photos taken as Mrs. Charlotte's combined gift from all of us. Mrs. Charlotte was SO excited to be able to update her mantel picture frame (also another gift we all got her ha!) with updated photos of everyone. She chose for us all to wear navy, gray or white which worked out well because it's colors we all had in our closets! I did end up buying myself a new dress but who doesn't love an excuse for that ;) Casey has had some photos done with Shelley Jean Smith in the past but this was my first time working with her. She's BEYOND sweet and so flexible to meet us at 7:30 in the m

Spear is 6 Months Old!

Our precious Spear turned 6 months old on June 1st!    I use  What to Expect the First Year  to see where he's at in his milestones and development and I purchased  his monthly stickers here  :) Yall. Has half a year flown by or whhhhhat?!?! I cannot believe it was 6 months ago that he was born!!! 

How to Tell If You Have a High Sleep Needs or Low Sleep Needs Baby

Friday, July 13, 2018

I am a hardcore Babywise mama. I start implementing sleep strategies from birth to help my babies become great sleepers ( Click here for my post on how to start Babywise from birth! ). It's not easy: it takes WORK. When you put in all that work, time and effort and then your baby just isn't sleeping the way you think they should  be it's beyond stressful. Sleep issues can be frustrating and it can be tempting to just say "I GIVE UP!" I've learned over my years of parenting that sometimes there are sleep struggles simply beyond our control. Enter in the high sleep needs vs low sleep needs baby.

Spear Summary of Month 6

Thursday, July 12, 2018

This is a summary of Spear's 6th month of life (the entire month of May). He was 5 months old during this month. Eating:  At this stage in parenting Spear I'm really sad about not nursing him. I know it was the best choice for everyone  involved and I can't fathom actually breastfeeding him. Especially during those tender days in the hospital! But life is easier now with him. He's on a smooth schedule. He eats well. He's happy and content. This is the sweet spot of nursing a baby and it's when I'm really missing it. I still love the snuggles with him while feeding but it's simply not the same as nursing! He is taking 2 6 oz bottles a day (the first two of the day) then I offer between 6-8 oz of breastmilk at his 3:00 feeding and give 8 oz for his nighttime bottle. He went through a period this week where he was fussier with his bedtimes and was fussy right after feeding so I bumped his 6 oz bottles up to 8 oz for a few days and it must have been a

BFBN Week: 5 Powerful Reasons Babywise is Effective for All Babies

Today we continue with our Babywise Friendly Blog Network Week topic of sleep. Our spotlight blogger for the day is Christine from Christine Keys . She's posting on the topic of 5 Powerful Reasons Babywise is Effective for All Babies.

BFBN Week: How to Go to No Naps and Staying up Past Bedtime

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Today's posts with the Babywise Friendly Blog Network theme of sleep both work so beautifully together. Both Katrina, from Mama's Organized Chaos , and Kim from, Team Cartwright , are discussing a lack of sleep rather than ways of creating more sleep.

BFBN Week: 7 Ways to Establish Good Sleep Habits from Birth AND Dropping to One Nap

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Today is the second day of our Babywise Friendly Blog Network Week on the topic of sleep. We have TWO spotlight bloggers today who both are offering up awesome content on this topic but from two different places in parenting. First up we have Caitlin from Twin Mom and More and her post called: 7 Ways to Establish Good Sleep Habits from Birth . I am HARDCORE about starting as I mean to go on and that means from birth implementing Babywise techniques with my infants. Caitlin offers up wonderful suggestions and simple ways to establish positive sleep habits from the start!  A great read for any mom-to-be :) Natasha from Let's Be Brave is covering the opposite end of the sleep spectrum in her post today: Dropping to One Nap. When is it time to drop to just one nap? And how do you make that happen? Be sure to read her post today on tips for helping through that transition! Sleep is so important. For adults. For babies. For kids. I love that our Babywise Friendly Blog Network

Tess Monthly Summary: May 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

All about Tess from May!

BFBN Week: How to Solve Sleep Problems for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Today is kicking off our Babywise Friendly Blog Network Week. The Babywise Friendly Blog Network is a team of bloggers who are all mothers and who all use Babywise techniques in parenting our children. We all offer different views and insights on our blogs and often work together writing on certain topics and guest posting on each other's blogs. Want to learn more about The BFBN? Click here for a info on what the BFBN is and who is in the group! We have a big week twice a year where we each write on the same topic and this time we decided to keep it broad, simple, and the number one think people think about when they hear the word "Babywise" and that's SLEEP ! Each of us will be posting on this topic and this week will be filled with many helpful, relatable, and reliable posts. First up Valerie, from Chronicles of a Babywise Mom , is sharing How to Solve Sleep Problems for Toddlers and Preschoolers.

The Disney Dining Plan - Is It Worth It? {Guest Post}

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Y'all know how much I LOVE talking about all things Disney! However, there are many aspects of planning the perfect Disney vacation that I'm just not able to give a whole lot of input or advice about. One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is regarding the Disney Dining Plan. Which I have ZERO percent experience or knowledge on at all. So thankful for Carrie (from Wiley Adventures ) and her post today: The Disney Dining Plan can be one of the most overwhelming parts to planning a Walt Disney World Vacation, but it can also be one of the best parts if you know how to navigate it well.

Kye and Britt Monthly Summary: May 2018

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

May didn't have enough fluff for Kye to come close to justifying an entire monthly summary for him. Of course he had a GREAT month...and made THE most decision of his LIFE that month :)  So I'm just sticking a few things about him in this post and then mostly covering Britt's May! 

Family Fun May 2018

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

All of our family fun from May:

6 Ways Babywise Has Set My Children Up for School Success

Monday, July 2, 2018

Right now I have all three of my children in school. My oldest is going into 4th grade, my middle is entering 1st grade and my youngest will be continuing with a third year in a 3 morning a week preschool class. Babywise techniques have benefited my family in all areas of our lives but today I specifically want to focus on how Babywise has set my children up for success in a school setting:

Our Romantic Disney Getaway Day 4: Epcot and Jiko

We we both so sad to leave our trip and have to head home! We kicked off our last morning getting all packed up. A nice perk of club level was all the sweet helpers we had throughout our entire stay :) We felt like royalty! Disney always does it right and Yacht Club was an incredible experience. Hit up that VIP snack area for the last time ;) 
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