Hi! Welcome to the world of an attorney, a self-professed research junkie and, above all, a mom of two. When I was a first time parent, I was overwhelmed with the amount of baby items and gear available on the market. And since I am a ridiculous research junkie – prior to buying ANY item – I always had to read every review and article to ensure, to the best of my ability, that I was buying what I believed to be the most necessary and worthwhile items (when balancing cost vs. quality).

I still remember being 6 months pregnant and shopping for hours at a Babies “R” Us. I ended up leaving with only a migraine and a onesie. I just couldn’t bring myself to buy a baby product without reading reviews first!

I try not to buy a lot of things, but when I do spend my money, I want to make sure that I am buying a high-quality product. Even though that usually means an item which is more expensive than a mainstream product in the same category, it is more worth it to me. (However, I also know that more expensive doesn’t always mean better. It can just mean… more expensive.)

With this blog, I hope I can save my readers the trouble that I went through of scouring the internet to find great, high-quality baby items. Honesty and integrity in my reviews is something that is very important to me. I appreciate when I can read a genuine and thorough review and that is what I always strive to do. I will never recommend something that I wouldn’t be willing spend my own money on.

Mommy tested, baby approved!

And as much as I originally intended this to be a review blog, it has also, inevitably, become a personal space for me. A place to talk about my family, my life, and my experiences as a mother.

I apply the same passion I have for researching products into every aspect of my parenting. As a result, I have become a semi-crunchy, semi-attachment parenting, semi-RIE-parenting, semi-baby-led-weaning, pro-babywearing, pro-homebirth/unmedicated childbirth, toxins-conscious, and organic-when-sensible mom. I say “semi” a lot because I don’t strictly adhere to any one philosophy or parenting theory. For me, there is no one size fits all. I strongly believe that you have to evaluate what works for your family. Because, even after I have read everything there is to read about a particular parenting topic, I always go with one thing above all – my common sense and mom instincts.

So a little about my family… I met my husband, the mysterious “Mr. C,” back in 2005. (I refer to him as Mr. C because he is a very private person and would prefer I not divulge any personal information at all.)

Mr. C and I in 2005

One of our first pictures together. We look so young!!

Since then, we have supported each other through college, grad school, and, finally, law school. I can say, without a doubt, that I would not be who I am or where I am in life without him. He is my best friend and he completes me.

law school graduation

In 2012, I had the privilege of marrying Mr. C in a dream wedding that I never even knew I wanted. It was one of the happiest and most memorable days of my life.

our dream wedding

Max was born on November 5, 2013, kicking and screaming into the world. No, literally, he screamed non-stop for over an hour. But he was, is, everything I knew I wanted and more. He is the embodiment of my heart outside of my body.

blurry max

Sometimes the best photos are a little blurry 🙂

Alexa made her appearance on October 7, 2015. She’s been a sweet, peaceful and more easygoing baby. Her personality is so different already. I can’t wait to learn more about her and I feel like our family is finally complete.

Baby Alexa

If you made it all the way to the bottom of this page, I figure you might want to read some stories about my family 🙂 Here are some of my personal favorites:

Happy First Birthday Max! (A Love Letter)

Please, Don’t Call My Son Smart

Alexa’s Birth Story (as Told by Dad)

When One Becomes Two

And Then the Frost Melted

Raising a Son Like Me

Farewell, Mochi

My Gift to Max & Alexa

About Being a Blogger

Race: Lessons from a Three-Year Old

My Daughter Makes Me a Better Mother

In Spite of the Teachers You May Meet…

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Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy Mommy to Max!