Lauren Hartmann

Lauren is a former preschool teacher, turned wardrobe stylist and blogger, living in Portland Oregon with her husband and high school sweetheart Craig (together 11 years and counting!), her daughter Fern and their German Shepherd Marley. She likes pretty things, funny things and a million other little things, and writes about them at The Little Things We Do. Read even more from Lauren at Babble, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

10 Tips for Flying (Coach) with Your Own Little Peter Pan

Recently I went to Disneyland with my two littles (ages 2.5 years and 5 months). We flew to California from Oregon, so it wasn’t exactly a super long flight, but as any parent who has flown with children knows, flying with children can sometimes be a little less magical than Peter Pan made it look.

It wasn’t my first time flying with a baby (I’ve flown with my daughter at least five other times), but it was my first time traveling with two kids instead of one, which made things a bit more interesting. With little ones, you can’t always predict or plan for everything (i.e. the time our flight was delayed for FOUR hours and fell well after bed time – you can imagine how that went), but I’ve found that when I put in the effort to plan ahead things definitely go better.

Here are a few tips that help me to make our flying experience go a bit more smoothly.

10 Tips for Flying (Coach) with Your Own Little Peter Pan

The Beauty in Our Differences

“The seaweed is always greener, in somebody else’s lake.” – Sebastian, “The Little Mermaid”
Sometimes as a parent, it can be easy to play the comparison game. You see how other parents are doing things or how other babies behave and you begin picking apart your own parenting techniques or wondering why your baby doesn’t do this, that, or the other thing. But, there is something so beautiful about our differences…something to be celebrated.
The Beauty in Our Differences

The Sweetness of Baby's First Stuffy

I can’t really remember the first stuffed animal I purchased for my daughter (I think it was a handmade doll?), but I do remember the first stuffed animal she chose for herself, and it’s one that I will save forever.

It was during her first trip to Disneyland at the age of 15 months. We went with my mom, and while we were there, my mom told her she could choose a dolly to take home with her. The park gift store was vast and she painstakingly perused the shelves of toys, dismissing them as she shuffled along with her signature toddler toddle. And then she saw it. The perfect doll… just for her.

The Sweetness of Baby's First Stuffy

Making Magical Memories... My Own Way

We live in a culture where we are constantly connected to others, and as much as I love keeping up with what my friends (and to be honest, even perfect strangers) and their children are up to via social media, it can be hard not to feel pressured to keep up with the Joneses… or however that saying goes. But, I’m not talking about pressure to have a nicer house or car, but rather the pressure to make childhood magical for our little ones.

When I see parents who make their kids amazing, elaborate bento box lunches with princess faces, or who hand stitch super awesome Halloween costumes, it’s hard not to feel like I’m doing it wrong. But, lately I’m starting to look at it differently, because magic is in the eye of the beholder.

Making Magical Memories...My Own Way

Finding the Upside to Toddler Tantrums

Let’s be real: Toddler tantrums aren’t really anyone’s most favorite thing. I mean…who in their right mind could possibly love meltdowns in grocery store check out lines, or trying to reason with a tiny person whose communication skills are limited at best? Basically it’s not awesome.

We’ve been having a lot of these tantrums lately, and I decided that instead of getting frustrated about it, I would try to look on the bright side.

Here are a few positives about toddler tantrums…

Finding the Upside to Toddler Tantrums
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