35 (Very Specific) Things I've Learned as a Parent

35 (Very Specific) Things I've Learned as a Parent

Being a new parent is intense. It is a time where you experience your highest highs and lowest lows, yet inevitably look back at the experience with nothing but the fondest of memories. Over the last few weeks, I came to the somewhat sad realization that Aaron and I aren’t “new parents” anymore. That’s not to say we feel like we’ve got this parenting thing down (because we don’t), but our little boy is a year and a half and we’re no longer blindly navigating the world of diapers, poop and sleep.

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Favorite books for a toddler

Favorite books for a toddler

It has been so fun watching Max discover books. When there is a particular one he wants us to read he comes running over, waving the book in the air and sits on our lap. Even if we are standing, he still backs his little bottom up against us and plops down on our feet. There are other times he sits alone flipping through a book, babbling in a language only he knows. We’ve started making trips to our local library to pick out books, which is something that feels so special because I used to love doing that with my mom.

The Bugs We Live With - And a Look at My Gut Microbiome

The Bugs We Live With - And a Look at My Gut Microbiome

I’m a scientist involved in the human microbiome project, which studies how changes in the normal bacteria present on our bodies affect human disease. Today’s post is an overview of the human microbiome and a personal look at the bacteria in my gut.

Stitch Fix September 2016 Review #11 and a Giveaway

Stitch Fix September 2016 Review #11 and a Giveaway

I go through periods where I stick to the same basic ensemble, lately it has been these total mom jeans (which I love and Aaron hates), with a tucked in tee and these Sperry Top-Sider sneaks. It has felt like the quintessential laid back look for those scorching summer days. In fact, I rarely stray from a look that I feel comfortable in. This is most evident in my hair style, which I haven’t deviated from since 5th grade. I’ve got the same side part and shoulder length hair that is always pulled up into a generic pony tail. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m embarking on a big change (I’m teaching my first college class this semester), or that I can finally feel the shift away from the summer heat, but I’ve been feeling more adventurous lately. I’ve said it before, but my favorite thing about Stitch Fix is that it pulls me outside my comfort zone. And it’s not to say that I love every style that they send me, but I love that the Stylists listen, and make thoughtful selections that feel tailored to me. Here are the contents of my 11th Stitch Fix box.

Favorite Wall Decor for Kids' Rooms

Favorite Wall Decor for Kids' Rooms

The pictures on the walls can have a major impact on setting the tone of a room. Establishing a kid friendly space can be tricky because you want the space to be able to evolve over time as your child gets older, which means finding budget friendly pieces that can be easily swapped out. After reading this nursery decor post over at Hellobee, I was inspired by the way she framed calendar pages as wall art. The end result was so sweet and perfect for the space. Here are a couple of fun wall ideas I’ve found over the years.