3 Crazy Things You Probably Don’t Know About Mom-Blogging

Welcome to the fourth installment of The Mom Blog Collective. If you’re new here, here’s the scoop. Once a month, our group of amazing and inspiring mamas will answer the same set of questions to do with blogging, Instagram, photography, collaborations, sponsored posts, balancing it all with motherhood, and more. We each have different perspectives and different opinions, so this is a fun way to learn from one another. We hope you’ll join along! Check out the hashtag #themomblogcollective to see everyone on Instagram, and I will also link you to all of the amazing blog posts here at the bottom of my post! This week is all about the ever so elusive balancing act of motherhood and how we manage to make blogging fit into that.

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Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

I am SO excited that it’s October!! To me, it’s the start of the holiday season. I honestly never felt this way before I had kids, but I basically find a way to celebrate everything now. Wait, you mean you didn’t give your kids a basket of Halloween themed goodies on October 1st? And yes, that includes all sorts of things for my 10-month-old. Duh, I know I’m crazy and that he (and probably not Elouise either) won’t remember his jack-o-lantern sippy cup when he’s in his 20’s but it sure made him happy today! Long story short, I go overboard for holidays now, it’s just who I am. For Halloween costumes this year I wanted to make it super fun since I have two tiny humans to dress. I am totally down for the family costume but my hubby doesn’t love them and the 31st is also his birthday so it’s only fair for me to let him off the hook. It was so fun for me to come up with ideas that I decided to put together a whole blog post. Now, these costumes aren’t the pre-made store bought ones (and there’s nothing wrong with those, the stores just don’t sell these ones) and they also aren’t the crazy DIY kind with sewing and paper mache. In fact, every one of these starts with clothes from one of my favorite brands, Primary. Solid colors, no logos, cozy, and totally going back into my kid’s dressers after Halloween. The rest of the details were all things I grabbed from around my house or super cheap do-dads, I’ll link as much as I can for you guys!

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Favorite Fall Diffuser Blends

I’ll admit I am pretty basic in the sense that I have to have my house filled with the scent of whatever season we are in. Like, it’s not actually Fall until my house smells like pumpkin spice, dang it. I used to stock up on allllll the candles. Like 5 for Fall and 5 for Christmas and rotate them. Candles on repeat. Well, you won’t find me burning candles anymore. No judgments if you’re a candle lover, nope not one bit. However, I am in the mindset of when you know better, you do better. That’s what got me started on this whole essential oil journey in the first place. When I started researching and learning more about the things in my home and the things I was exposing to myself and my family so I was like, no thanks. Long story short, if you don’t want to go on a candle throw away rampage, don’t keep reading. I will say that I still achieve those amazing Fall smells in my home but in a way that is non-toxic and actually cheaper. Boom!

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3 Tips for a Great Family Vacation

You might think that “winning” a vacation with kids, specifically two under 2.5 years, would have some pretty low standards. Don’t get me wrong, you might not be doing all of the crazy things on your to-do list that you would have before, but you can still have an epic adventure with your family. These tips applied to your family vacation at any age or stage will help you pull off a serious vacation win, I promise. Before we hit the road I did a ton of research and found some great family travel tips on The Scenic Route from Alamo. Here are the three things I tried to keep in mind throughout our travels.

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10 things you need for a Road Trip with a Toddler

If I’m being honest, spending 5 hours in the car with two little ones is not ideal under any circumstances. Then when you consider the breaks to nurse, get out the wiggles, and use the bathroom (I have to admit that I am the guilty party here since my toddler isn’t even potty trained) it turns into more like an 8-hour trip. I can’t promise that these things will make it all rainbows and butterflies when traveling with a toddler, in your car, for hours, but I can tell you that these things made our road trip a lot easier and more tolerable.

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