• baby name announcement on beach
    Baby Names
    When Should You Reveal Or Announce Your Baby Name?
    I didn’t tell anyone my daughters’ names while I was pregnant with them. The truth is, I didn’t quite know what they’d be ahead of time. I wanted to wait and meet the babies first. Naming a human is a huge responsibility — one that I d...
    Erin Ollila
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    Family Life
    16 of the Best Dog Breeds for Kids and Families
    Dogs make great pets for families with kids of all ages. They are loving, loyal, and great companions, who will not only help teach your children learn about responsibility, but also about unconditional love. Whether you want someone to cuddle u...
    Erin Ollila
  • little girl sleeping under tree on christmas morning
    Christmas
    To My Kids on Christmas Morning...
    It’s funny what you remember — and don’t remember — about the Christmas mornings of your youth when you grow up. Looking back, I remember the excitement on my brothers’ faces as they woke me up to tell me Santa had come. I remember the...
    Erin Ollila
  • pregnant woman sitting at home during christmas
    Pregnancy
    8 Reasons Why Being Pregnant During the Holidays Is The Worst
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year. However, when you’re pregnant during the holidays you may feel anything but merry and bright. Aches, pains, and the inability to indulge in some of your favorite party snacks and drinks are only a few...
    Erin Ollila
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    Pregnancy
    5 Things You Should Never Say to a Pregnant Woman
    Dear everyone, On behalf of all pregnant women currently walking the face of the earth, I’d like to take a moment to share with you some of the most common things we hear while pregnant that should never, ever be said to us. We get that our pre...
    Erin Ollila
  • 5 Tips For One on One Time
    Family Life
    5 Tips for Giving Each Child One-On-One Time
    As I’m nearing the due date for my third child, I can’t help but wonder how I’ll possibly make the time to give each one the individual attention they deserve. The kids will soon outnumber the adults in our household, and it’s important t...
    Erin Ollila
  • Back-to-School Braids
    Back to School
    5 Back-to-School Braids That Won't Take All Morning
    With back-to-school season beginning, no doubt you're looking to simplify every aspect of the morning routine, including hairstyles. Braids and twists all over the place, but you don't waste time with complicated up-dos that will likely be down b...
    Erin Ollila
  • Give Your Kids the Room of Their Dreams
    Home Decorating
    4 Parents Who Gave Their Kids the Room of Their Dreams
    The idea of allowing a child to design the bedroom of their dreams may sound scary to some, but for other parents, handing over the design idea presents a fun challenge. Here are four parents who transformed their children’s rooms based on prec...
    Erin Ollila
  • 5 Backyard Renovations
    Home Decorating
    5 Simple (and Cheap) Backyard Renovation Ideas
    Looking to spruce up your backyard? There are a whole bunch of ways to create an inviting oasis without breaking the bank—or your back. Here are five ways to update your yard so your family enjoys it all summer long. Build a Fire Pit Credi...
    Erin Ollila