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These Christmas traditions are what make all the hustle and bustle of this holiday season worth it to me. We were never real tree people until Otto was born (funny how kids do that for ya) and ever since then we decided welp, time for a real tree. It was a happy decision not only […]

On the hunt for the perfect real tree


Our Favorite Christmas Tree Farm in Michigan

Just one more thing checked off the Christmas list, Ottos meeting with Santa Claus. This year Otto is all in on believing in Santa and he was adamant that he had to get Santa his list. When my friend Sarah announced she was doing mini sessions with Santa I signed us up thinking it would […]

Otto Meets Santa Claus


Pictures with Santa

One of my favorite things to do with Otto when we start to get a little stir crazy as the snow begins to melt is to bundle up and go for a long walk in the woods. Nature walks for kids and adults alike are so therapeutic and help clear your mind and relieve stress. […]

Scavenger Hunt Nature Walk For Kids


Otto in the woods

This weekend we needed a break. We needed to get away and we were also without a baby sitter. We put our heads together and decided to head north with our little family and our son Otto to meet up with my sister and brother in law. There are so many fun things to do […]

Fun Things to do In Traverse City with Kids


Sledding hill at leland lodge

This past week while Otto and I were cooped up in quarantine we decided to take a drive to check out the lake Michigan ice balls. I had seen the article on the news about them starting to form and thought.. what else are we going to do today? The sun was out and it […]

Outdoor Activity: Exploring the Lake Michigan Ice Balls


Fun things to do during quarantine outside Michigan with Toddlers

Valentines Day is most likely going to be spent at home for Joe and I. That means, it’s time for some Valentine’s Day DIY gifts! This is actually the one “holiday” where Joe and I opt to stay home anyway. In previous years the menus are always double the cost and super crowded. We have […]

Twenty Valentine’s Day DIY Ideas for Friends and Kids


Sezane Sweater with Tulle Skirt

Winter has arrived in Michigan and we are being creative with finding fun things to do outside of the house. We’ve been finding many fun winter trails that involve tracking through the snow and ice. As much as I love the adorable knit snowsuits (and those have their place) when we are out to lake […]

Practical Warm and Versatile Outdoor Gear for Kids


Carhartt Apparel for Kids in The Winter

The weekend before Joe went hunting we bundled up and went Christmas tree hunting our neighbors tree farm. It sounds a bit like a hallmark movie scenario doesn’t it? living next to a tree farm? Except I didn’t leave a big bustling career in NYC to return to rural Allegan to fall in love with […]

Christmas Tree Hunting


Otto looking up at the biggest tree

Thank you to Zonderkidz for sponsoring this post. All thoughts, opinions and reviews are my own. When Otto was a sweet little baby in the hospital we felt helpless as new parents. We didn’t know medical terms, we couldn’t hold him a lot and we were still learning about his heart condition and what the […]

Otto’s Zonderkidz Library Holiday Book Guide


Zonderkidz book library

When I was pregnant I would scroll for hours looking at all of the beautiful handcrafted heirloom wooden toys on etsy. I dreamed of a mess free playroom stacked perfectly with well made stunning toys that would spark my babies imagination and turn him into a tiny little Einstein genius. I wouldn’t even get mad […]

Ottos Gift Guide: Plastic Crap He Begs For


Downtown Holland Candy Store

Halloween 2020 well… It’s probably the scariest year it’s every been. Honestly I thought dressing up as 2020 would be the scariest costume yet. However we like to keep things light in this house and we have had a lot of fun with Otto’s Halloween costumes over the years.  We had a few options for […]

Halloween 2020 Harry We Took Care of It


Halloween Costume for Toddler Harry Dumb and Dumber

After months of shut downs and quarantine this spring, this family was finally getting back into the swing of things around here. Otto was finally not throwing a fit about going to daycare in the morning, Joe and I were able to get work done again at the office, things just seemed to be plugging […]

The great dodgeball game of 2020


Fall Family Photos