Big Boy Bedroom Reveal

We’re making room for baby two! H kissed his nursery goodbye and slid on over into our spare bedroom. To make the transition a bit easier to swallow, we transformed the space from a guest room into a toddler play-space and bedroom. I dreamed of a bright and playful space, with just enough neutral pieces… [Continue Reading]

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Farewell For Now: My Break From The Blog

Readers, Creating Wise Mama Blog was dream come true. My passion for it fueled many sleepless nights tinkering with WordPress and perfecting posts. I’ve enjoyed strengthening my technological muscles, mastering my fancy camera, marketing myself, and most importantly, connecting with other moms. It’s been an unexpected journey filled with almost daily surprises. That said, the time… [Continue Reading]

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Garage Baby Swing

Andy and I aren’t yet ready to commit to a full-fledged swing set, so we got creative and installed a toddler swing in our garage. It’s located close enough to the garage opening that baby H can still see a pretty view of the yard. The garage roof provides overhead protection, so he can even… [Continue Reading]

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Self-Help Books For The Self-Help Skeptic

Just the words “self help,” may make you squirm. Trusting a stranger’s advice about what will make you happy is certainly questionable. If you’re a self-help skeptic, I encourage you to dabble in these three books. Each of them uplifts and informs, without arrogance. All three have changed my life. Follow Your North Star by Martha… [Continue Reading]

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Happy National Dance Day!

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” Friedrich Nietzsche    National Dance Day: Launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July. This… [Continue Reading]

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Big Boy Bedroom Reveal

We're making room for baby two! H kissed his nursery goodbye and slid on over into our spare bedroom. To make the transition a bit easier to swallow, we transformed the space from a guest room into a toddler play-space and bedroom. I dreamed of a bright and playful space, with just enough neutral pieces to give the eye a place to rest. As always when your efforts are for your kids, it was a labor of love. Ta-da! We worked on a budget, repurposing several of our existing pieces, particularly when it comes to the art. The Phillips 66 sign is a family antique. Andy made the airplane artwork years ago from a large print of a photo his grandpa captured during World War II. I created the paper … [Read More...]

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Farewell For Now: My Break From The Blog

Readers, Creating Wise Mama Blog was dream come true. My passion for it fueled many sleepless nights tinkering with Wordpress and perfecting posts. I've enjoyed strengthening my technological muscles, mastering my fancy camera, marketing myself, and most importantly, connecting with other moms. It's been an unexpected journey filled with almost daily surprises. That said, the time has come for me to take an indefinitely long break from writing Wise Mama Blog. My son is active every waking moment, and I don't want to spend any of that time worrying about page views, product reviews, or posts. I have the utmost respect for mom bloggers, will continue to follow my favorites, and may … [Read More...]

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Garage Baby Swing

Andy and I aren't yet ready to commit to a full-fledged swing set, so we got creative and installed a toddler swing in our garage. It's located close enough to the garage opening that baby H can still see a pretty view of the yard. The garage roof provides overhead protection, so he can even swing in the rain. It was easy to install (especially for me, since I wasn't the one who installed it!). We bought this screw swing hardware set at Home Depot for $5,  and this toddler swing on Amazon for $20. Andy installed the hooks in about 20 minutes. He said it was, "super easy." Andy's Helpful Hint:  Use a screwdriver to help screw in the hooks by sticking it through the hook and turning … [Read More...]

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Self-Help Books For The Self-Help Skeptic

Just the words "self help," may make you squirm. Trusting a stranger's advice about what will make you happy is certainly questionable. If you're a self-help skeptic, I encourage you to dabble in these three books. Each of them uplifts and informs, without arrogance. All three have changed my life. Follow Your North Star by Martha Beck The one life guru I turn to above all others is Martha Beck. Other people must feel the same way, because she's wildly popular. Beck's fascinating life-story took her from Mormonism to Harvard to raising a son with Down's Syndrome, to inventing the career of life coach. She's intelligent, down-to-earth, and above all, authentic. Beck's tone sets … [Read More...]

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Happy National Dance Day!

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” Friedrich Nietzsche    National Dance Day: Launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July. This grassroots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity. National Dance Day holds a special place in my heart. My love affair with dance began when I was knee-high to a grasshopper. From ages 3 to 18, I trained in tap, jazz, and ballet at the stellar studio, The Dance … [Read More...]