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+.

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

DIY No-Sew Olaf Costume

There is no doubt that neighborhoods will be filled to the brim with Frozen royalty this Halloween. No hood will be lacking in Queen Elsas or Princess Annas. And if you’re a big Frozen fan but are looking for something a little less expected, then maybe you should consider an Olaf costume for your Disney Baby! It’s also a perfect sibling costume if your other little wants to go as Elsa or Anna. I’m not a particularly crafty mama…actually…not really crafty at all, but this costume couldn’t be easier! All you need are a few items (many of which you may already have!), about 30 minutes, and zero sewing skills. So, let’s build a snowman!

DIY No-Sew Olaf Costume

15 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas from My Kids' Closet

If you’re a busy parent (or just a procrastinator like myself), and you’ve waited until the last minute to come up with a costume for your little one – don’t fret! Halloween has always been one of my most favorite holidays, because I love an excuse to dress up and dressing up babies? Well, that’s even better! Over the years I’ve gotten pretty good at coming up with costumes on the fly and with little else than the items that already happened to be in my closet (like last year when my toddler was Macklemore). So I came up with a list of super simple Halloween costume ideas to get you started. Maybe you’ve already got some of these in your little one’s wardrobe!

15 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas From My Kids' Closet

7 Style Tips That Will Make Your Mama Life Easier

When I first became a mama, I’ll admit that my sense of style took a bit of a sabbatical for awhile. A postpartum body and nursing access to concern myself with and fashion became more of a chore than something I enjoyed. But over time, my body returned to a new normal and I started to enjoy getting dressed again. And while I was settling into style again I found a few things that made the transition much easier and I wanted to share them here with you!
7 Style Tips That Will Make Your Mama Life Easier
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