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+.

Breastfeeding: Giving It Another Go

When it comes to breastfeeding, I’ve had a bit of a love/hate relationship. I think breastfeeding is a wonderful way to feed little humans, but I also think it can be incredibly challenging. Milk supply issues, poor latch, mastitis…there are just so many things that can make it complicated.

I’m coming from the perspective of a mom who, over the course of having two children, has exclusively breastfed, practiced extended breastfeeding, has supplemented with bottles of formula and donor breast milk, and who has met with multiple lactation consultants, nursing support groups, latch specialists, therapists for nursing issues etc. When it comes to feeding babies, I’ve been there, done that. 

Breastfeeding: Giving It Another Go

7 Simple Tips to Help Parents Get Things Done

Having little ones will definitely keep you on your toes. Between dressing them, feeding them, playing with them, and soothing them, there isn’t a whole lot of leftover time to accomplish day-to-day tasks. I recall wondering during my early days as a new mom how all these other mothers ever found time to get anything done and why their houses didn’t look like a hurricane had rolled through. It seemed nearly impossible to even find time to get the most basic tasks like washing dishes completed, let alone ever getting ahead with the items on my to-do list.
Slowly though, I found my rhythm and learned a few things that help me get a little bit more accomplished in my day. Hope they can help you too!
7 Simple Tips To Help Parents Get Things Done

16 Adorable Ideas for Dressing Your Baby Boy

As a wardrobe stylist, my most favorite “clients” to dress are my children. Let’s be real: Everything is infinitely cuter when it’s pint-sized. I’ve had so much fun dressing my 2-year-old daughter since she was a tiny babe, and I remember having so many moms of boys commenting about how lucky I was to get to dress a girl, because boy’s clothes weren’t nearly as fun.

But now that I have a little boy, I have to say I don’t agree at all! Sure, boy’s clothes are a bit simpler, but that doesn’t mean that dressing them can’t be fun too!

Here are some simple tips to spice up your little man’s ensembles.

Dressing Little Boys Can Be Fun Too!

An Open Letter to Second-Time Moms

There is something about finding out you’re pregnant for the second time that brings with it a whole new batch of worries. You’re not a complete novice at this parenting thing, because you already have one kid, but the idea of balancing being a mom to two…well, that just seems like a whole new ball game filled with extra challenges. Believe me…I’ve been there. I currently have a two-and-a-half year old and an almost 3-month-old, so I know these fears well, and I thought it might be helpful to write an open letter to all of you mamas out there who are waiting on that second baby to arrive.

An Open Letter To Second Time Moms

5 Things on My Dream Baby Registry

I am so thankful that baby registries exist, because without one (along with the generosity of friends and their hand-me-downs!) we wouldn’t have had many of the important baby gear items we needed for our daughter when she arrived. Swaddle blankets, bottles, binkies, and even diapers were all given to us, and it was wonderful!

With our second child, I didn’t register, because we already had most of the things we needed, but if I were creating a dream registry wish list, there are a few unconventional things I would include…

5 Things On My Dream Baby Registry
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