One of the great things about having a second baby (when it comes to “stuff,” that is) is that you don’t need nearly as much new stuff as you did with the first one, right? If you bought gender neutral equipment the first go-round, you really don’t need much of anything, right? Well, maybe. The transition from one to two wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be and there were a few things I found myself needing with Baby #2 that I didn’t with Baby #1. I’m 2.5 years into being a mom of 2 and so I thought I’d round up what we actually used, some of which we still use. Here are my Must Have Items for Baby #2.

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Ah, consignment sales. There seems to be a ton of them in multiple locations, usually in the spring and fall. It’s perfect timing: Spring Cleaning and Christmas Prep. I personally am a huge fan of the pop-up sales as a shopper; I tend to get the best deals there vs. the consignment stores that are open all year long. Now, I typically consign my girls’ clothes at a local family-owned store in my community; I love being able to just drop it all off and let their staff sort and label it all. Then, I just pick up a check whenever I feel like. Easy peasy. This year, though, I had a bunch of big equipment-type stuff that I wanted to off-load and knew I could keep a higher % of the sales at a pop-up (70% vs 50%). So, I decided to do the pop-up sale in addition to my normal store-consigning. Mistake. Now that I have that experience under my belt, I have some thoughts. Here are 5 reasons you should consign at pop-up consignment sales.

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Motherhood is hard. Social media has done so much good in how it connects women and creates a virtual community but I also feel that it’s done some harm for the new mom, too. When you’re a tired, desperate mama who spends her middle-of-the-night feeding sessions scrolling through everyone else’s highlight reels, it’s easy to compare yourself to everyone else and feel like you’re doing something wrong. Well, Mama, I’m here to tell you that you’re not. Inspired by a new mom who is very close to me, today I’m sharing some wisdom, truths, and advice for new moms from my own experience.

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Let’s talk about sippy cups, shall we? They always leak, am I right? I feel like in the 4.5 years I’ve been a mom, I’ve tried what feels like every cup on the market. Even if not right away, they all end up leaking at some point and it’s so frustrating. My beige microfiber sofas are covered in dried liquid rings from leaking cups left laying down by little hands; I don’t even bother trying to clean them anymore. Well, I’m so glad to say that I finally found one that saves my sofas! I’ve partnered with Playtex Baby as part of the #ForBetterBeginnings campaign to share their Sipsters cups with you! Spoiler alert: they don’t leak!

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Laundry. You hate it. I hate it. We all hate it, right? But it’s a necessary evil unless you can afford to have someone do it for you full-time. I’ve always been weird about laundry, though, and evn if I could afford my own personal laundry maid, I’d probably still do it myself. Weird, I know. Anyway, even though we’re (thankfully) long past the days of washing boards and clothing lines (yay, technology!), laundry is still such a drag, am I right? But, luckily for me (and now you), I’ve found something that saves my clothes and my money

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So, I’ve been talking a lot about new beginnings lately and I must say that adjusting to the newness of my life these days has been more challenging than I thought it would be in some areas. I always knew that SAHM’s often don’t get a chance to eat but I thought surely I wouldn’t have that problem on my days home because my kids are more self-sufficient than babies. Wrong! I’ve actually had people at work ask me if I’ve lost weight because my face looks thinner. My response is always that I’m on the “mom diet” – being so busy with my kids that I often skip meals. However, skipping meals and snacking on junk throughout the day (my normal routine these days) isn’t a sustainable lifestyle so I’ve found some healthy snacks and a superfood meal replacement from Viance Nutrition to help keep me nourished and control my mom diet throughout my busy at-home days.

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Making the decision to put my career on hold was not an easy one. Getting to the place where I was ready to actually make said decision was the hard part. That’s kind of how it is with a boyfriend, right? You just kind of skirt along knowing things aren’t working out, but you’re just not ready to call it quits yet. You tell yourself, He can change! Things will get better. I’ll never find anyone better than him. Maybe I’m the problem! Maybe if I do this, or try this, or do that… etc. etc. Blah. Blah. Blah. We’ve all been there, ladies. Being a happily married woman, though, I thought I would never be there again. Until I was. Until I found myself breaking up with my decade-long career.

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There’s something so sweet about Valentine’s Day, isn’t there? I used to love giving out Valentine’s cards as a kid at school and would anxiously wait to see how many I got and from whom. Such sweet memories. I love being able to relive that now through A, and soon through E. My husband isn’t a huge Valentine’s fan so I love having my girls that will be excited with me. Recently, I posted about the many Valentine’s Day gift and card options from Minted – something for everyone – and today I’m excited to share my picks with you!

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