Browsing Category: Motherhood

Sleep Training & the Best Lovey for Babies

Does your babe have a lovey? We first started using one with our oldest daughter, Vienna, when we were sleep training. (If sleep training isn’t for you, please feel free to simply pass on this article #toeachtheirown). Miss V slept for 2-3 hours max at at time and while we were over the moon in love with all those new baby experiences, we were also Losing. Our. Minds.

One of the recommendations for sleep training was to have a “lovey” that always went to sleep with her and provided comfort. I think the proper reference is “transitional object”, but I’ll leave that to the sleep experts to discuss. 😉 Both of my girls have a lovey and they snuggle up and fall asleep easily with it every night.

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Hustle, Mama

H U S T L E Truth: I love to do all the things. It's who I am. In my bio, you'll learn that this has been true from a very young age. Sometimes I wonder if it's normal to think nearly everything can be a made into a job I'd love to have. It's actually probably a very good thing (and comforting to my husband) to know that I cannot for the life of me sew-- ya'all know I'd be madly making children's clothes and bows if I could but I'll leave that to the professional Mamas out there. In writing this post I  looked up the term hustle, just to set things straight. Hustle the verb by definition means to move quickly or hurriedly, whereas urban dictionary defines hustle as working towards a goal (often in the pursuit of money). Being rushed vs. chasing your dreams. Got it. Do you ever feel the intense pressure lately to be more, have more, do more, GO more? Me too, friend. Social media can be a bitch I tell ya. If you're nodding in agreement, have you ever paused in one of these self-worth, comparison kind of moments and considered if that is really for you?  Because that's what matters most. And while things might look and seem spectacular from the outsider's perspective, if you are chasing someone else's passion you are going to run your ass off for something that won't pan out the same for you, because it is not yours. Being present and slowing down is good. SO good. For your soul, your heart, and your head. And in that, you'll find your own hustle. Your passion to work for. Your alignment. The things that make you WANT to Hustle, in the verb sense. I'm all for the hustle, on your terms, for your passions. My hustle is raising my girls-- to be thoughtful, kind, and amazing people-- while pursuing my personal passions, from my career, to blogging, to health and wellness. I enjoy all of these things. Lately, it seems its pretty easy to get caught up in keepin' up. Hustling for someone else's take on life. But their hustle doesn't have to be your hustle. YOU DO YOU.  Maybe you do a lot, maybe you do a little. Maybe you work from home. Maybe you work out of your home. Maybe you cook. Maybe you don't. Maybe you are creative. Maybe you are athletic. Maybe you love politics, or wellness, or style and beauty. Maybe you love all of these things. Maybe you do some of them. Find your passion. Make that your ow

Truth: I love to do all the things. It’s who I am. You can find me pursuing many side hustles daily. In my bio, you’ll learn that this has been true from a very young age. Sometimes I wonder if it’s normal to think nearly everything can be a made into a job I’d love to have. It’s probably a very good thing (and comforting to my husband) to know that I cannot for the life of me sew– ya’all know I’d be madly making children’s clothes and bows if I could.

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Back to School

September is here and Fall routines have begun! I say that with an exclamation mark because although I love summer, something about the slightly cooler Fall weather and all the energy to be organized for Fall makes me so happy. Don’t worry, it wears off in about a month 😉 And in other good news, my husband is home a lot more as our seasonal business slows down, which is a welcomed change after a summer of me and the girls.

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That’s What She Read: 5 Books for YOU

Five books for happiness

If you’re following along, you saw that last week I shared our first set of favourite kid books about love and life in my new Little Library section! We love to read with our girls and I hope they continue to love to read as they grow up. I still remember my sister and I getting in trouble for having the lights on and reading too late! Haha, angels I tell ya!

Next up are some recommendations for us Mamas. Pre kids and post-University– you know that sweet spot when the world is your oyster time-wise (BUT you fail to recognize this and totally waste time?) 😉 I was still reading a lot. Over the past year I’ve made time for reading again, thanks in part to the encouragement of friends– my girlfriend started a self development book club, amazing for accountability–and I can tell you it is so refreshing and important.

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Wear Your Story: Meaningful Jewelry


Sometimes I think about this online world of ours and how so much of our social lives are online. I’ve made some amazing connections and I truly have friends in this online community. I look forward to seeing the latest posts of their kiddos, reading a funny story from their day, or exchanging advice mama to mama. The best connections often arise when we really get to know someone, the person behind that pretty Instagram feed.

This month I am excited to feature a collaboration that encourages us to tell our stories. Because really, what’s more fun than reppin’ your own life?! I’ve been on a journey to be me this year, and this collaboration is a perfect fit.

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The Little Big Things: Age 3.5

With Vienna’s first year of preschool wrapping up, I wanted to capture a few memories of her at this age. Although they’re about nothing substantial per se, these are my favourite posts to look back on.

Miss V, or “Nenna” to her little sister, is now 3.5. She is still the sweetest girl with the biggest heart (three-nager tantrums aside). She loves to play, especially outside, and she still has that sweet tooth, just like her Dad. Lot’s of people say she is tall for her age and people are forever shocked that this blonde-haired, blue-eyed baby girl is mine.

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Mom Balance: 5 Tips to (Not) Doing It All

Hi, I’m Raina, and I’m addicted to taking on new projects. When I was a kid I always wanted to be everything when I grew up (in third grade alone I was spouting off my plans to be a lawyer, doctor, and a Mom… meh, one out of 3 ain’t bad, right?) 😉 I’ve always kept that drive to continuously learn and grow… or maybe more accurately it’s more of an addiction to doing everything. Case in point: you can catch me around the holidays crafting my toddler’s “shared snack” for preschool into theme-appropriate shapes late into the evening. Anyways…

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