What I Actually Used In My Hospital Bag

If you're pregnant or have been pregnant, then you know that one of the last big baby-prep agenda items is getting your bag packed for the hospital. If you're a first-time parent, you may be unsure as to what you'll actually need and what you should leave at home. In this post I'm sharing some insight into what I was glad I brought and what I'll be leaving at home next time.

20 Thanksgiving Traditions That Even COVID-19 Can’t Ruin

Rather than getting caught up on what we’re missing this year, I wanted to write a quick list to remind myself that the devil is in the perspective. Thanksgiving 2020 may look different - but it certainly isn’t ruined. In case you, too are feeling a little low this Thanksgiving, here's what I came up with.

4 Morning Sickness Essentials That Are Worth Buying Before You Get Pregnant

Like most pregnant women will tell you, morning sickness is probably the most inaccurately-named ailment on planet Earth. Contrary to its name, it can (and often does) last all day and all night, with little to no relief. While nothing truly "cured" the feeling of constant nausea or daily puking sessions for me during those first 13 weeks, there were a handful of remedies that made the experience slightly more bearable. Should my husband and I choose to have another baby, you can be sure that the first step in my pregnancy journey will be stockpiling these supplies so that I'm prepared for impending storm.

2nd Trimester Recap: Gender Reveal, Baby Registry and Nursery Progress

Here we are at the end of trimester #2 already! Some days it feels like this pregnancy is going to last forever and others it feels like it flew by. Read on to learn more about my second trimester journey and how Andy and I have continued plugging along in preparing for Baby Janitz's arrival.

How to Take Care of Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Whether you have been personally affected by the novel coronavirus or are feeling its effects - being asked to stay home from work and limiting your exposure to others - it’s important to make time for your wellness. Particularly, your mental health. These are some of the ways I’ve been prioritizing my mental health as a means of coping with this worldwide crisis.

Why It’s Important to Go Outside: Even When It’s Cold Out

When the wind is raging and the snow is falling it can be difficult to make yourself step outside - especially when you give yourself the option of sitting on the couch under a blanket with a warm cup of cocoa and your favorite slippers. But getting outside is important during all seasons and doing so - especially during the winter time - is a great way to practice hygge.