Author Archive for Mrs. Pen

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The Next Big Step…

I shared this on the boards, but I am so excited to share it here as well. I have spent the last two semesters working on pre-requisites to apply to a very competitive nursing program at my school, and on March 15, 2014 I received my acceptance letter to the program! Emotions ranging from anxiety [...]

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Cookbook Arsenal

I make a point to do a meal plan every Saturday, and then I grocery shop every Sunday. It took me a while but I finally have my go-to resources for recipes. I feel that we eat pretty healthy, and when I keep an arsenal of tried and true recipes on hand, it’s a lot [...]

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Favorite Toddler Shoe Brands

I feel like we have tried many shoe brands since J became mobile. Over half were complete duds – as a crawling baby, it was hard to find shoes that didn’t fall off his feet. Given that he was around nine months when winter hit, he needed some type of feet protection. And now as [...]


Breastfeeding and Thrush

My breastfeeding journey is long over, but I wanted to share one of the toughest challenges I faced as a breastfeeding mother: Thrush. It developed when J was just about four months old, and I’m not sure it ever fully went away until I stopped breastfeeding. Initially I had no idea what was going on; my [...]

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Eco-Friendly Diaper Price Comparison

I wrote a review for Honest diapers here a while ago. We have loved them and the cost didn’t end up being too much for us because a one-month supply would last about 6-7 weeks. But recently I’ve been looking for areas to cut costs in order to pay for my tuition and J’s daycare. [...]

Our Experience with the 18-Month Sleep Regression

From 12-18 month J slept through the night and we had absolutely no complaints about his sleep. When the 18-month mark hit, we experienced a very sudden and challenging regression with his sleep. He had consistently been going to bed around 8pm and waking around 8am, but all of a sudden he protested bedtime, and [...]

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Gifts for Two Year Olds

Shopping for Jacobi’s second birthday gifts was a lot more fun now that he’s older and can genuinely appreciate receiving a gift and exploring a new toy. I had so much I wanted to buy for him, but ultimately chose a few gifts I knew he would love. Two weeks after receiving the gifts, I’ve [...]

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