Family · Inspiration · Motherhood

The wisdom in children’s literature


Raising our children to be lovers of literature is important to Steve and I; so we are trying to get our kids excited about books and reading right from the start. Dash is already a little bookworm who gets giddy for trips to the library and at buying new books. When I think back to some of my favorite books as a child, I think so fondly about reading exciting tales spun by Roald Dahl and the real love I could feel while reading The Velveteen Rabbit. I recently stumbled across a great article that articulated some of the most profound passages and quotes from children’s literature, that we may not have understood when we read them, but can certainly appreciate the gravity they carry now. (Excuse me, while I go read A Wrinkle in Time again.)

Here are some of my personal favorites;

“When someone is crying, of course, the noble thing to do is comfort them. But if someone is trying to hide their tears, it may also be noble to pretend that you do not notice them.”

Horseradish by Lemony Snicket

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh by A.A.Milne

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

“And so for a time it looked as if all the adventures were coming to an end; but that was not to be.”
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

“Believing takes practice.”
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

“You must never feel badly about making mistakes … as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.”

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

“I don’t understand it any more than you do, but one thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have to understand things for them to be.”

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

“‘What day is it?’, asked Winnie the Pooh.

‘It’s today,’ squeaked Piglet.

‘My favorite day,’ said Pooh.”

The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

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Gift Guide · Motherhood · Shopping

Gift guide for new babies & Mamas!

So, two of my good friends had babies just this week! I’m so excited for them! I can’t wait to meet their little bundles of joy! (They are both first time Mama’s so it’s a totally new adventure!!!)

I’m hoping to get to see them soon and bring them some cute little tokens to make them and their little ones smile. If you have some friends having babies in your life and need something soon, here are some ideas to get you started! (Click on captions under photos for links!)

soundbub™Your New Best Friend
SoundBub, portable bluetooth speaker, soother (makes white noise) and storyteller
Milestone Baby Cards
Milestone cards
Personalized State Teether
Pearhead Photo Background Chalkboard
Baby milestone chalkboard for monthly photo shoots
Gift cert. to have baby’s receiving blanket turned into a lovey!
Nothing in this BAG belongs to ME | Large Canvas Tote bag | Black Tote Bag | Screen Print Tote | Mom Life Bag | Mom Bag | Funny Tote
Nothing in this bag belongs to me tote
Sea Life Tummy Time Toy
Tummy time activity wedge
Pleased to meet you baby journal
The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer
This DVD! Helped out with some major soothing!
Milestone blanket


Family · Motherhood · Pregnancy

Hospital bag!

Steve carrying in our hospital bags

My friend is having her baby on Thursday! I’m so excited for her! We were chatting tonight about what to bring/pack in her hospital bag…here’s what I packed and recommend! (Disclaimer: I’m a certified overpacker- you were warned)

Clothing: The key to this category is all comfort!

-Tank dresses, loose t shirt, bathrobe or this!!!!, loose fitting lounge pants, <nursing>tanks and soft comfy bras, cardigan/hoodie/light sweater, slippers, a comfy outfit to go home in

*You will probably end up wearing the hospital issued mesh (I know) underwear! If you have a few pairs left in your room, take them home with you- you will want them for the first days home! The hospital will also provide you with pads during your stay.


-Makeup face wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, contact case, glasses, eye drops, body wash/shampoo/conditioner, shower cap/dry shampoo, hair brush/hair products/ moisturizer, chapstick/gloss, hair elastics, and I liked having a basic makeup set- eyeliner, mascara, highlighter, under eye cream- you don’t absolutely need it, but I felt a little more put together when all those photos were being snapped.

Steve reading Red Sox news to Dash

Comfort items:

-My own pillow, a soft roll of your own toilet paper, face mist, a few snacks for you and hubby (a couple of Cliff bars, your fav candy), mints/tic tacs, flip flops for shower, chargers, small bluetooth speaker, camera, blanket for your spouse (for that seriously comfy pullout couch),  a book/magazine, ipad, earbuds and some music/downloaded podcast, anything you might want for breastfeeding (nipple cream, pads)

Nice to have:

An extra duffle/tote bag, notebook and pen, a place to save and remember this amazing day! sleep mask, your own towel

Baby stuff:

-A going home outfit, car seat and newborn insert for car seat, cotton swaddles, (do yourself a favor and get the one’s with velcro!) a soft baby blanket, boppy pillow, burp clothes

Hospital will provide: diapers, pacifier (only some hospitals provide this- so if you want one, you might want to pack one, Sailor really took to this one), formula/bottles, breast pump, undershirts, vaseline, wipes, baby blankets, newborn hat

Also: Don’t forget you picture i.d., insurance card, any hospital paperwork you may already have and a basic list of the most important things you envision for your birth to give to the nurse.

Welcome to the world Dashel!
Ahoy Sailor!