Breastfeeding Essentials

I had some reservations about this post.  At first I wondered if this was a little too personal or if I would end up offending anyone.  I also worried I, like a lot of bloggers on this subject, would come off preachy.  Then I remembered how clueless I was about breastfeeding and how much a post like this would’ve helped me.  So here it is.  Read on for some helpful hints and product suggestions if this topic is of any interest to you.  If it isn’t – please stay tuned for less kiddo posts.  I plan on making up for all of these maternity/baby/toddler posts with many a happy-hour cocktail recipe post. 

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My Favorite Wallpapers for Children’s Spaces

I love wallpaper!  It is unfortunate that so many people still have a negative association with it.  Wallpaper can often add warmth, texture, and personality to a space that paint just can’t.  Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and a place for paint — especially in large rooms where wallpaper would be overwhelming.  I particularly love the patina of all of Farrow & Ball paints (we have card room green in our living room and calluna in our dining room).

However, there is something about a kid’s space (be it a bathroom, bedroom, or playroom) that screams wallpaper to me.  Read on for some of my favorite children’s wallpapers.  P.S. – A lot of these would also be great in non-kiddo rooms or at the beach!.

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Banana Bread with Cinnamon Crumb Topping

Happy Sunday!  I was doing my weekly kitchen clean out and was about to toss some overly-ripe bananas when it hit me that I should make some banana bread.  Mondays can be such a letdown, so it is nice to have a sweet treat to brighten (and simplify) your Monday morning routine.  My toddler might even get a slice fresh out of the oven with her dinner tonight. 

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Our Sweet Little Nursery

So . . . I’ve got nesting fever over here with less than five weeks to go.  I’m rounding out my week-of-all-things-baby with a nursery post.

I’ve always had a passion for interior design, and once we bought our home in May of 2013, I started thinking of how I would design the future nursery.  Little did I know that less than one year after moving in, that sad, empty room at the top of the stairs would become such a happy little space for our entire family.

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Newborn Essentials & Registry Must-Haves

As I approach my due date, I am unearthing all of the newborn items that worked so well for us two years ago.  Here is my list of newborn must-haves that will make those hectic, life-altering first few months a little easier.  I’ve divided this post into categories (1) Sleeping (2) Feeding (3) Diapering (4) Bathing (5) Clothing (6) Playing.  This post also doubles as a great registry guide if you are a first-timer!

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Foodie Friday: Chrissy Teigen’s Yellow Cake Baked Oatmeal with Peaches and Raspberries

Happy Foodie Friday everyone!  I am coming at you with Chrissy Teigen’s Yellow Cake Baked Oatmeal from her Cravings cookbook — a sinfully good breakfast/brunch/breakfast for dinner (“brinner” here at the Wolf Den) item — just in time for Father’s Day.   Y’all, this is delicious.  It would make a great addition to any brunch lineup for a crowd, or you can make it for brinner (and have more leftovers than you can possibly consume the next morning) like I did.

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Living the Wolf Style: Toddler Girl Swimsuit Edition & What’s in Our Pool Bag

It’s that time of year, so I’ve rounded up the best in swimwear for toddler girls and included some pool-bag must-haves.   Continue reading “Living the Wolf Style: Toddler Girl Swimsuit Edition & What’s in Our Pool Bag”

Mocktails (that also make great cocktails)

Happy Hump Day!  Cocktail hour does not have to end just because you are pregnant!  Here are some great mocktails my husband has dreamt up for me.  I promise, you won’t even miss the real thing.  And — bonus — any non-pregnant drinking companions can easily add booze to any of these recipes.

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Master Closet Refresh

I have long dreamed of a walk-in closet, and when we purchased our 1920s home three years ago, I was ecstatic to find one waiting for me in the master bedroom.  However, I soon realized that size isn’t all that matters.  In fact, too much of a good thing, in this case unorganized rack space, could be a bad thing.  No matter how hard I worked on organizing my clothes by category and color, my closet still looked liked a jumbled mess.  I realized that what I needed wasn’t less space – heavens no – but some new built ins and a new rack configuration.  Read on to hear about my process and to see the before and after photos!

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Foodie Friday – Tzatziki Pasta Salad and Grilled Pineapple Sundaes

We cooked out Sunday night of Memorial Day weekend, and I dreamt up the most delicious Greek-inspired pasta salad to go along with our grilled chicken sandwiches and grilled pineapple sundaes.  The pasta salad was creamy without being heavy thanks to the addition of Greek yogurt, and my toddler even took a few bites – gasp – despite the garlic and dill.  Read on for the easy and delicious recipe.

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