R is for…Rituals

There are routines…and then there are rituals. Routines are done out of habit, while rituals are done with purpose and intention. As mamas, we tend to prioritize ourselves last. We forget to feed ourselves, to care for ourselves, to love ourselves. But here’s the thing – and I know you all KNOW this – we HAVE TO do better. For our families, for our friends, for our colleagues, and most importantly, for ourselves.

My day, like many of you, looks a little something like this: wake up with baby, make myself some tea while I feed her breakfast, get ready for work while she unfolds all of the clean laundry still sitting in the laundry basket from three days ago, hand her to the nanny while I gather my belongings and head off for work. By the time I get home, I want to spend time with my little love, make sure dinner’s on the table for my hardworking husband, and get her bathed, snuggled, and fed before bed. After putting her down to sleep, I put away her toys, take care of any dishes in the kitchen, wipe down the counters, re-fold the laundry she unfolded that morning (probably leaving them in the basket to put away later), and sit down at my computer to take care of some business. If I don’t pass out, first.

I recently decided that I needed to have a little nightly ritual – one that I do with the intention of self-care. It doesn’t take much, it doesn’t take long, but I take a little time each night to focus on ME.

Some of these may sound like a given, but if you’re a mama, you know that’s not always the case (even if we don’t care to admit it). My little ritual looks something like this:

  1. Make myself a cup of herbal tea.
  2. Light a candle by my bed.
  3. Brush my teeth.
  4. Wash my face.
  5. Sip my tea and read a book for 15 minutes. An actual, turn-the-pages book.
  6. Blow out the candle and let my head hit the pillow!

Have a ritual of your own? Please share! If not, start one – TONIGHT!

N is for…Nursery

Whatever happened to simple, sweet nurseries? When I was pregnant, I took one look at the Nursery Checklists in every other store and wanted to hit something. I mean really, why would anyone actually purchase a changing table? You’re going to use it for maybe a couple of months before you finally realize that the living room couch is a perfectly acceptable place to change your baby’s diaper, and that your rolling, now-active baby will likely be easier to change on the nursery floor than anywhere else.

So, here’s my version of the Perfect Nursery Checklist:


  • Crib
  • Crib Mattress
  • Dresser
  • Changing Pad Topper (for Dresser)
  • Glider/Rocker
  • Side Table (this seems optional, but trust me on this one)


  • Humidifier
  • Lamp
  • Baby Monitor
  • Open Baskets


  • 2-3 Fitted Crib Sheets
  • 2-3Changing Pad Covers
  • 2 Crib Blankets (though you likely won’t use these for at least 1-1.5 years)

Don’t get me wrong – this isn’t a comprehensive list of everything you’ll need for baby. But as far as the actual nursery goes, this should do it!

Another post coming soon with pics of our little girl’s nursery, along with our fave product picks and links!

A Modern Mama’s Guide to PDX Kids + Family Events | January 2016

I’m always on the hunt for fun things to do with my baby girl, and as a family. Portland is such a wonderful place to raise a family, and there’s always something going on!

While there are many resources out there to help you find comprehensive lists of everything going on, I’m going to use this space to share, each month, events that I personally would be interested in. Because, afterall, this is my blog :p

Disclaimer: at this point my daughter is almost a year old – but we don’t tend to surround her with baby-ish things/places all the time. We like to immerse her all sorts of experiences, even if she seems “too young.” She’s been everywhere from seeing Pink Martini at McMenamins Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn, to a Blazers Game. And has loved all of it! 

B is for… Bathtime

This may just be my favorite time of day. We definitely have a water baby on our hands!

When our little bug was about three weeks old, I thought it was important to start a bedtime routine (you can read more about that, here). It was pretty simple really: bath time, read a book, nurse/give her a bottle, and put her down.

Friends would see me post pictures of my little bug in the bath and would often ask me about some of the different products we use. So, without further adieu, here are some of our bathtime essentials (+where you can get them, and why I love them!):


The PRIMO EuroBath
We started using this tub right around when our baby turned two months old (we bathed her in the sink prior to that!), and to me it’s the perfect tub to grow with your baby. One side is comfort-fitted for the Infant position, so our little bug could easily lay and not be at-risk of slipping under water, and the other is just the right support for babies who are able to sit and support themselves. When she was still a wee babe, I’d put a thick washcloth under her just to be on the safe side. At almost a year old, I still use both sides – one for playing in the bath, and the other for me to bathe her!

Skip Hop Bath Spout Cover, Moby
Our water baby is a mover and a shaker, and this little spout cover is essential to keeping her safe from that metal spout that a) gets hot super quickly and b) hurts like hell if she were to bonk her head on it. It’s cute, non-obtrusive, and has just the right amount of cushion.


Aveeno Baby Products
The soap-free, hypoallergenic and tear-free super lightly-scented Wash & Shampoo isn’t drying and is gentle on baby’s skin, and the Daily Moisture Lotion (which we use for our post-bath mini massage) is lightweight and locks in moisture without being greasy.

Munchkin Shampoo Rinser
I suppose it doesn’t really matter which one of these you get – just that you get one! This one’s nice and flexible, so it can mold to your baby’s head and so long as they’re laying down, makes sure that no water gets in your baby’s eyes. My little bug now uses this to help me fill the tub for bathtime…it’s adorable!

aden + anais Hooded Towel + Washcloth Set
Most textiles found in my baby’s bedroom or bathroom are aden+anais. They are breathable, wash well, super soft, and they’re always just the right size. Don’t be fooled by those lengthy registry must-haves, you really only need a couple sets!

aden + anais Muslin Washcloths
Perfect softness, thickness and size, easy to just hang on the spout to dry after bathtime! We didn’t start using a washcloth until more recently, when we started letting her get a little messier and a little dirtier🙂

Little Friends Splish Splash Bath Book
We’ve been reading to our little one since she was just a few weeks old, surrounding her with books. She loves being able to relax and “read” in the bath before bedtime! This is one of my favorites.


Nuby Bath Foam Animals
Thick, BPA-free, and perfect for bath fun! These “stick” pretty much anywhere when wet… the tub, my forehead, her belly… you name it. They have also become her favorite teething toys, and even with her six teeth, she hasn’t ripped any of them apart.


Munchkin Squirtin’ Sea Buddies
These little guys float around and are fun to squirt – but we didn’t start using them with our little until she was able to comprehend that we don’t squirt the water into our mouths, ha!

Welcome to My Blog!

Here’s to the modern mamas, of which I am just one.

I dedicate this little project of mine to all the mamas who work at being their best, everyday. I’m not a doctor, an expert, or someone who claims to know it all. This journey is ongoing, and as a mama you will always do what YOU think is best for your little family. But, I believe in sharing experiences – and if, by sharing mine, I can help a few people along the way, then it’s worth every bit of effort.

So, here goes nothin’!