• Pine tree with twinkling lights
    Holidays + Seasons,  Motherhood

    Family Holiday Traditions

    Wrapping paper, lights on houses, and jolly tunes all around: ’tis the season, ladies and gents! With the holiday season creeping in and Christmas just around the corner, our family is preparing to slow down and enjoy each other’s company for a while.  Along with the new and exciting holiday adventures we plan to partake in, we also enjoy the…

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    Dinnerly Meal Kit Review

    After months of debating over whether or not a meal kit would be worth it for our family, I found Dinnerly and I’m hooked! Dinnerly is an affordable (only $5/ serving) meal delivery service that focuses on simple meals, fewer ingredients (no more than 6 ingredients in any meal), and quick cooking (30 minutes or less). Our experience with Dinnerly…

  • Christmas countdown on stockigs
    Motherhood,  Toddlers

    Children’s Book Advent Calendar: 12 Days of Books

    One of my happiest memories during the Christmas season growing up is opening the little compartment on my Advent calendar every December morning. I loved the anticipation, the surprise, the countdown to Christmas- and the chocolate. Of course, I want to pass on this happy memory and fun tradition to my own child. Unfortunately for him, however, I’m not up…

  • Roasted brussel sprouts and carrots
    Food,  Reviews

    Dinnerly Meal Kit Review: Week 1

    Welcome to Dinnerly, Week 1! I stumbled across the Dinnerly meal kit thanks to an Instagram ad that pulled me in. We’ve been trying to be better about meal planning and eating healthy and, quite frankly, failing pretty spectacularly.  Yockie and I can never decide what we want to eat for the week and when we make plans, we never actually stick…

  • Family Fun,  Reviews

    Review: KinderMusik Infant Class (Berks County, PA)

    I first learned about our local Kindermusik class for infants through a post in a Berks County mom’s group on Facebook. I’ve been searching for things to keep us both entertained lately and am a huge music education fan!  So after checking out the website and contacting the teacher, I was pretty excited for our free trial Kindermusik “Foundations” class!…

  • View of the main room inside Ballocity at The Works at Wyomissing
    Family Fun,  Reviews

    Review: Ballocity at The Works at Wyomissing (Wyomissing, PA)

    The Works is a large indoor entertainment complex in Wyomissing, PA. The building contains a restaurant and bar, massive arcade, an indoor go-kart track, snack bar, trampoline park, climbing wall, and the focus of this review: Ballocity. Ballocity is a massive indoor play structure. Think McDonald’s play place on some serious steroids. We found Ballocity after a recommendation to visit…

  • Couch with soft blanket
    Babies,  Motherhood

    My Breastfeeding Must-Haves: 5 Items that Saved Me

    The Mini man and I had a rough breastfeeding journey thanks to my emergency c-section and his undiagnosed lip and tongue ties.  When the going was rough with biting, mastitis, and bleeding nipples, these 5 must-have items helped me stay strong and stick it out. Lansinoh Soothies These gel pads made by Lansinoh were an absolute heaven-sent. My nipples were…

  • Tips + Tricks,  Travel

    Prepare for International Travel: The Beginner’s Guide

    Preparing to head across the pond for the first time? Check out these tips from Ister to get you ready- prepare, pack, enjoy! Call in the pros. Whether this is your first or twentieth time out of the country, consider contacting a travel agent! They can help you make plans, book reservations, and handle problems along the way. It can…

  • Typewriter and clipboard with list and pen
    Travel

    Our Bucket Lists

    Everyone has a bucket list, right? Check out each of our ever-growing bucket lists below and check back as we check them off, share our stories, and add in new ones! Daytay  Ride on a jet ski.  Ride a quad in an exciting adventure location.  Visit Canada.  Zip line.  Visit Japan.  Spend time at every Disney property.  Travel on a…

  • Babies,  Motherhood

    5 Baby Must-Haves We Didn’t Have to Have

    Everyone wants to tell a new parent what supplies they need, their “must-haves,” but different things work for different people. The 5 baby items below did NOT work for us… 1. Receiving blankets I’m sure these have a purpose, I just have no idea what it is. Too small for swaddling. Too thin for warmth. The soft cotton ones became…

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