Patriotic Felt Baskets

This year’s Fourth of July celebration looked a lot different for us. In fact, this summer has looked a lot different for us. Earlier this spring, my parents finished building a cottage on a local lake, and our lives haven’t been the same since. Living with two natural born fish who ache for water, we aren’t home much. In the month of June, I grocery-shopped one time and filled in the gaps with quick trips to the store before work. The laundry hasn’t been fully folded since May, and the state of my kitchen is unbearable. It’s been hectic but fun. (more…)

Saying Goodbye

This past week, the girls and I said goodbye to vacation and returned to the real world of work and school. It was hard to leave the beautiful, blue ocean for the familiar surroundings of home. Home greeted us with a heat wave that has made us feel like we are right back in the sweltering Florida summer. Reality greeted us with a much more meaningful goodbye. (more…)

NHN Tampa Family Vacation

Today, we cried and screamed like toddlers on the inside as we drove to the airport, leaving behind our lovely Nurture Her Nature family vacation. As Ali mentioned last week, we took the girls to Tampa this year, and it was the perfect balance of play and relaxation. I think I speak for Ali as well when I say that if you’re considering a family vacation, follow in our footsteps — except plan better for meals. We had to throw out too many groceries, making us both sick at the sight of wasted food. Other than that, perfection.

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How to Babyproof Windows in Your Home Without Professional Help

By Barbara Davis of MomTrustedChoice.

Photo credit: proofed.com

You don’t learn how to babyproof windows in your home from anybody. This is one of those things that you’ve got to figure out yourself. And you can’t neglect it because windows can be a major problem when you have a child.

Children don’t care if they’re safe or not, right? But you do. So it’s time to prevent any accidents from taking place. (more…)

Leaving on a Jet Plane for the High Seas

This coming Tuesday, the NHN family will be leaving on a jet plane. The packing list has been made and beach-ware bought (although probably not packed until the night before). The airplane ride will be Maddie’s first and the first one that Riley will actually be able to remember. Having traveled by air to Philly when she was four, Story plans to show them the ropes. For their own preparation, the girls have been enthralled with studying YouTube videos of planes taking off at night. The excitement is palpable. (more…)