Ultimate List of Easy Easter Egg Fillers (That Aren’t Candy!)

Ultimate List of Easter Egg Fillers (That Aren't Candy!)

Last year before Easter, I got together with some Mom friends for an Easter egg stuffing party. We all had young toddlers and wanted to make their first Easter egg hunt experience a great one.

Knowing that our kids would probably get a lot of candy for Easter (and knowing how hyper kids can get with candy!) we decided to stuff our eggs with non-candy items.

As I was shopping for the Easter egg stuffing party, I was surprised at just how many great non-candy stuffing items I found. And, they were all pretty inexpensive. Especially compared to how high candy prices are this time of heat.

I did end up taking my daughter to a local Easter egg hunt at a church where she got some eggs with candy in them. But, I used the non-candy eggs I stuffed for an egg hunt at our house. We did an egg hunt right when she woke up. Then, when we had Easter dinner with family, I used the non-candy eggs for a hunt with all of the cousins. They loved it!

The Kind of Mom I Want to Be

The Kind of Mom I Want to Be

As Mother’s Day approaches and my story was recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s My Amazing Mom Mother’s Day book, I am contemplating what kind of mother I want to be for my daughter.

As with any relationship, the mother-daughter connection ebbs and flows throughout life. There are mountains… and valleys.

Looking back on my relationship with my mother throughout my life, there were times when we spent every spare moment together. We went to concerts, traveled, and hung out together often.

Right now, I am a mother of two myself. Between cooking, cleaning, and caring for two little ones, my time is stretched thin. I hardly have time for a text or phone call, let along face-to-face interaction. I’m finding it difficult to keep up with friends (and family!). As much as I want to, there just isn’t that much time left over to spend with my own mother.

5 Secrets to Avoid Pain in Labor

Avoid Pain in Labor With These 5 Secrets

Whether or not you choose to get an epidural during labor, you will need to cope with a certain amount of contractions. Because hospitals recommend not getting the epidural until you’re dilated because it can slow down labor, you will need to cope with early labor contractions. But, contractions don’t have to be painful and you can avoid pain in labor.

What hospitals don’t always tell you is that they can only give you an epidural during a certain timeframe. And that window of time can be very small. Especially if you dilate quickly.

If you’re too far dilated, then it can be too late.

So, even if you want the epidural, you should prepare yourself and learn how to avoid painful contractions just in case you can’t get the epidural for some reason.

Essential Oils for Labor (that Actually Work!)

3 Essential Oils That Actually Work During Labor

I have been a long-time lover of essential oils. I loved them even before they were trendy. So naturally, when I was pregnant, I began researching which oils for labor actually worked.

I have done the work to narrow down that list to the top three. This list, is the three oils that I used during my second labor that I felt actually helped.

I had packed many other oils in my labor bag, but in the moment these were the only ones that I felt like I needed.

5 Ways Your Second Labor Will be Easier Than Your First

5 Ways Your Second Labor Will be Easier Than Your First

By no fault of their own, I had many well-intending people warn me that my second labor would be much harder than my first. This, as you can imagine, was not what I wanted to hear when pregnant with our second baby.

I would smile and nod.

When you’re pregnant, you have to work hard to not only grow a baby, but also keep a peaceful environment around you (and in your head!).

Take my word for it, if you don’t have something nice to say to a pregnant lady, don’t say nothin’ at all.

My Second (Pain-Free!), Natural Birth Story

I feel kinda bad telling people that I had a pain-free, natural birth. Not one… but two even!

It’s like I’m selling contraband.

Stuff like this just doesn’t happen!

I can see the resentment on people’s faces when I mention the words “pain free” and “labor” in the same sentence.

Some laugh. Some scoff. And some don’t believe that it’s possible.

It’s like I’m Carol from that show the Last Man on Earth. But, not quite like her because she had her babies in her sleep. Well, I got one hour of sleep while in labor. But that’s beside the point.

I’m convinced that a pain free labor can happen! Because it happened to me. And I’m not that special, so this must be available for anyone.

My Natural (and Pain-Free!) Joyful Birth Story

When I was pregnant, I devoured positive, natural birth stories.

Maybe it was because my mom had two emergency c-sections. Growing up, I heard her near-death, terrifying birth stories.

Going into labor scared me. What if the same thing happened to me?

I determined to give birth my all. To have a vaginal, natural birth if at all possible.

I tried my hardest to create a positive atmosphere surrounding birth. If anyone started sharing their fear-filled birth story, I would leave the room or politely tell them I did not want to hear that.

Labor-aid Electrolyte Drink for Labor and Delivery

Labor-aid electrolyte drink for labor and delivery

I gave birth to my daughter in a birthing center. Mainly because I don’t like IVs. I wanted the freedom to move about. And, I wanted to eat and drink some sort of electrolyte drink for labor.

I have heard of women sneaking snacks and drinks into a hospital birth as well. You didn’t hear that from me though! Of course, don’t take my word for it. You’ll want to check with your doctor to make sure that’s ok first.

Labor can be long. It’s tiring. It drains your energy. And, if you want to have energy during the pushing phase, then you’ll need to snack and stay hydrated during early labor

Ultimate Third Trimester Checklist

Ultimate third trimester checklist

It’s finally here! For months I’ve been dreaming about these last few months of pregnancy and getting baby’s room ready. I’ve survived the morning sickness, worked out through the second trimester energy, and now I’m finally huge and ready to be done with my third trimester checklist. I can see the light at the end of this tunnel and it has a cute little baby face.

This pregnancy has been so different than my first. With my daughter, by six months I had the entire nursery set up and the pregnancy seemed to last forever. I even had a baby shower before we found out my daughter’s gender. I had a much different baby shower this pregnancy which I’ll talk about in another post.

Entertain Your Toddler for Hours Using These Three Household Items

Entertain your toddler for hours using these 3 household items

Entertain your toddler for hours with these 3 household items

We all know this scenario. Your toddler is fussy and clingy. Every time you put her down so you can make dinner she screams at the top of her lungs. The struggle is real. Everyone needs to eat, but how do you entertain your toddler with activities and keep him occupied for at least 30 minutes while you at least whip up some mac & cheese?

Honestly, there have been times when I just turn on the TV. Far too many times actually. It’s just so easy. But lately, even that isn’t enough to entertain my needy almost-two-year-old while I manage to cook or, heaven forbid, take a five-minute shower!