17 gift ideas for new moms

March 4th, 2016
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A lot of my first months of parenting felt like a blur—but the kind gestures people extended to me didn’t go unnoticed. I know I couldn’t have survived without help. Here are a few things that people either did for me or that I would have loved to have done.

Save this list for when someone you know has a baby, so you know just what she might need.

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Dear pregnant mama,

May 3rd, 2015
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I know how you want to chronicle the joy in your heart right now. I also know how challenging a consistent journaling practice can be. I hear you. I’m listening.

I began journaling my experiences and writing a series of letters to my son when I was pregnant. Keeping that journal really helped me prepare for his arrival. I discovered a greater sense of love, joy, and gratitude each time I picked up my pen. Writing helped ease my doubts and fears. My heart opened wide. That journal is one of my most treasured keepsakes today. We’re talking grab-it-if-the-house-is-burning-down! And I want to guide you, so that you can put your pen to paper in the most heart-felt, gratifying, and consistent way as you prepare for your child, too.

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How to keep a GREAT journal

April 1st, 2015
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Earlier this week when dinner was finished, we pulled out the iPad to video chat with my parents. The biggest thing we all wanted to talk about, of course, was the toddler beside me. What mischief was he causing? What words was he saying? What foods was he gobbling up?

“Oh!” my mom said, as I finished describing the latest antics. “You have to write that story in your journal, Katie!”

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