Tall Mom tiny baby: October 2015

Memorial Hospital: The Little Hospital That Could

Friday, October 30, 2015

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the Cigna Foundation, in partnership with Samahope. 
I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
There is a place in Pawtucket, RI - a magical place.  Place where dreams are made and life is created.  But not a lot of people know about it. In fact, when I say the name - people often look at me with a crooked eye and say, "what's that?"  The place I'm talking about is Memorial Hospital Of Rhode Island, and I absolutely love it.  Here's why:

Best Buds Are Sometimes Our Furry Friends

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"See Bonnie"
"Where's Bonnie?"
"See Bonnie, Dada!"

That's what my 2 year old son asks me almost three times a week. 

Bonnie, is my father in law's (Grampy's) dog. Bonnie is probably the most exciting and important thing in my son's life as of present.

Top Six Sleep and Naptime Tricks For Toddlers and Babies

Thursday, October 29, 2015

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I envy people who can sleep soundly. Nay, I envy people who can sleep in general.  Better yet - no, I really dislike them them.  

I feel this way because Tall Dad and I haven't had a normal night of sleep in nearly three years.  

Yup.  Three long years. Why, you ask?  


Between my two pregnancies, my son Rhys who refuses to sleep at all cost, and a newborn baby of only five precious months old, I can safely say that House Larsen has been struggling mightily in the zzz's department. But, given the hot commodity that sleep has become, I have learned some tips over the years that help lessen the sleep strangle in my house.  Here are my top 6 favorite tricks of the trade....

Best Hikes with Infants and Strollers {guest post}

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fall is one of my four favorite seasons to go hiking. Seriously! I love hiking all year round with my children in tow. It’s an easy, usually free, way for my family to have fun while enhancing our health and well-being. 

It wasn’t always easy though. After I became a mother, finding the time and motivation to hit the trails was difficult. Plus, I never hiked with little ones. But I did recognize how much better my children behave, ate, and–mercy!–slept if we ran around, climbed some trees, and splashed in a few puddles. So I started checking out parks and preserves all over the state and started a long list of my favorite kid-friendly hikes

My Happy Moments

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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Being pregnant can really suck.  But, it can be really beautiful too.  I've never felt more beautiful in my life than when I took my maternity photos. On the same level, having kids can really suck too. But then there are the days that I feel so full of life and love because of them that I cannot contain myself.  In fact, I often find myself crying a lot because of how fulfilled I've become in my life. (Which, by the way, if I told my twenty year old self that I feel this way now, the twenty year old me would probably kick my butt.)  But, nothing, and I mean NOTHING, gets me more emotional than one thing in my house.  That one thing is this picture...

Tall Mom tiny kitchen: Haunted Graveyard Cake Recipe

Monday, October 19, 2015

I've always loved Halloween. I've dressed up, every year, since I was three.  Whether it was being Big Bird, April O'Neil from Ninja Turtles, or the Evil Queen from Snow White - I've always been down to dress up.  Heck, one of my favorite movie's is the oh-so-bad-but-I-don't-care-because-it's-awesomely-bad Hocus Pocus!  Bette Midler in that movie is my spirit animal. 

Yup, you know you love it too.  Admit it.

But. this year will be different.  A whole new level of excitement is upon us.

Our Trip to King Richard's Faire

Friday, October 16, 2015

When you have two young kids, going out is really tough, man. (Wait, who am I kidding - going out ANY amount of kids is tough.)  There's a lot of planning involved, a lot of tension, worrying about who will take care of what, and what the kid(s) will be doing as well as getting into. In the end, it's really tiring.  To be honest, going to the park is enough for me.  I don't need a huge day out with all different kinds of activities and worrying about  a schedule like I how I used to be.  I suppose, all I want is to just go somewhere and have an experience - to let the event or the place I'm at just wash over me and guide ME where I should go.  Tall Dad and I recently took our family out and I got this exact experience - and it was to King Richard's Faire.  And my god, was it awesome.  Let me explain...

Why I'm Not Giving Out Candy This Halloween

Thursday, October 15, 2015

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wendy’s for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
My family is gearing up for Halloween in many ways. The house is decorated, costumes are being finalized, and we have also picked up some treats for our Trick-or-Treaters…except this year we are not giving out candy. We are instead giving out Jr. Frosty coupons from Wendy’s® .

Halloween Astromech Droid Eye Makeup Tutorial

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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I really like to dress up.  A lot.  Well, for special occasions.  (Otherwise I'm a favorite t-shirt and pajama bottoms kinda girl.) But, going on vacation, gala's, or the random date night definitely requires a nice touch.

But, here's the issue - I've got kids.

So, it's pretty much always a favorite t-shirt and pajama bottoms kind of night.  Which is ok.  I've accepted that.

No, I may not be able to dress up like I used to, but I can still have some style occasionally with makeup and small things. This in mind, I still like to experiment everyone once in a while with things while my kids nap.  My latest conquest - everyone's favorite little blue and white droid.

10 Adorable Infant Costumes: Baby's First Halloween Ideas

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Halloween is a fun time for the whole family. Unfortunately it can be difficult to come up with ideas for infant costumes. We want everyone in the family to be included in the fun,  but need to keep our babies bundled up to stay warm for parades and trick or treating. 

This collection of 10+ adorable infant costumes is bursting with cute ideas for Halloween! 

Dressing up as a whole family? There are plenty of cute ideas in here for the whole family as well. Siblings need matching costumes? We have that too! Are you a Star Wars fan? We even have a baby Yoda! Check out all of these adorable infant costumes to help prepare for Halloween. 

How To Safely Lose Weight While Breastfeeding : Walk Off The Pounds

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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I love being a mom, but man, oh man, am I having a hard time juggling my new weight and new body.

I know it took me nine months (let's be real, 10 months this last time) to brew a baby girl, and I shouldn't expect to be back in tip top shape by four months out, but I would be lying if I said I was happy with my body right now. 

I'm trying to be forgiving and kind to myself. 

But last week I had a come-to-Jesus moment. 

Maternity and Nursing Fashion - Through a Monthly Rental Service Called Bella Gravida

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Bella Gravida
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Being pregnant is exciting for so many reasons, but man is it hard to find clothing to not only flatters you, but also fits a belly with a bump!  I just learned about an AWESOME new website called Bella Gravida which allows you to rent maternity wardrobe.

That's amazing right?

I mean, even if I have another baby in a few years, who's to say that I'll even be pregnant during the same seasons? Some of my maternity wardrobe might not even work at all.