*Note from the blogger, Chasity Boatman: So often I receive messages from new mothers in particular about how they hate their postpartum body. When will the extra fat go away? What can they wear? Where can they turn? And my answer is always the same: your body did something magical, beautiful, and miraculous. Embrace the body of motherhood and take steps to love yourself. You’re deserving of love just the way you are. You are worthy. But modern ideas of body image are toxic, and the concept is difficult for many.

When one of my Facebook friend's put together a Buc-ee Beaver birthday party, I knew that I had to feature it on my blog. Buc-ee's isn't just a gas station in Texas. It's a road trip destination. From the cleanest bathrooms in America, to a wide array of snacks and prepared foods, and hundreds of gas pumps, Buc-ee's has it all.

Are you stressed out about your child’s upcoming birthday party? Especially in the age of the Internet where it seems that every mother is planning the perfect Pinterest party? Well there are some traditions that your children will love with many of them costing very little, but meaning a lot! As parents, I think sometimes we get caught up in our own expectations and wants. But kids really are simple! They just want their friends, cake, and to feel loved!


Chloe Parker is the owner and designer of Pookie Wear. According to her Etsy shop "About" section, she began her business after making her son booties that were easy to put on and cute. She then had a girl, so she began making more items, and before she knew it she had a business on her hands! She said she was the happiest person in the world because she gets to raise her kids, and help provide for her family.

Benjamin was hospitalized at one-and-a-half after consuming a few cashews and going into anaphylactic shock. So to provide a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience for other children with allergies, my business has hosted a Teal Pumpkin Trick-or-Treat for the last three years. We provide allergen-free candies and toys so children with allergies have a fun and safe environment to enjoy the holiday.

Every weekend I dedicate a day to doing a science project with Benjamin. Since he was two, he's shown a strong interest in science. His current obsessions are entomology, paleontology, geology, and astronomy.

My son is going to Kindergarten! I have so many feelings about him hitting this huge milestone-worry, pride, and excitement. To get Benjamin excited about his first day of school, I decided to put together a "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" mini celebration! I called it, "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Welcome to the First Day of School" party. My husband and son enjoy the rhyming and the colorful illustrations of "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," so I chose that book as the inspiration for the celebration.

I think it's important to take children out in public spaces as much as possible whether it's the grocery store, museums, or restaurants. We take our children out to restaurants often. I believe that restaurants can be used as tools to teach children good manners, self-discipline, and respect for others.

THERE'S NO ONE RIGHT WAY TO DO THIS. Okay, now that I've screamed that at the beginning of this post, I'll continue. As you begin your food journey with your baby keep in mind that each baby is different. No one plan works for every baby or every family. Every baby is interested in different foods and ready to start solids at different times. If you have serious questions, don't hesitate to consult your child's pediatrician.

Introducing foods with both of my babies was extremely different.

Your little bundle of joy is almost here but you don't have a lot of room! Don't worry. I'm here to help. With a little creativity, you can make it work. At the time our son was born we had a one-bedroom, 500 square foot apartment. So we ended up creating a one-walled nursery. That way we were able to still have fun wall decor for him, a crib, a changing table, and some storage without renting a larger place!