Olivia Youngs

Olivia is a full time mom and blogger passionate about inspiring others to live simply. When she's not writing, she can be found drinking coffee, drinking coffee while writing, or thinking about coffee.
Recent Articles

9 Maternity Shoot Ideas That Aren't Corny AF

Pregnancy only happens in your life once. Or twice. Or three or four times. Ok, maybe even more — kudos to you. But regardless of how many children you've had or plan to have, each pregnancy is unique and worth documenting. Maternity photos, however,…
By Olivia Youngs

Avoid These Words Like The Plague When Talking To Your Daughter About Puberty

Every mom knows it's coming, but likely — with echos of awkward conversations and embarrassment ringing in her mind from her own childhood — puts it off until absolutely necessary. It's one of "the talks" that every parent dreads, but knows they have…
By Olivia Youngs

9 Comfortable Holiday Dresses For Postpartum Women

Holiday parties aren't quite the same right after you've had a baby. Although you've got more responsibility, you're exhausted, and your body probably doesn't feel the same as it used to, the postpartum period shouldn't stop you from feeling your bes…
By Olivia Youngs

The Hottest Toy Of 2017 Will Leave You Broke If You Don’t Act Fast

Christmas shopping season is in full swing, and parents everywhere are having kids make their lists and check them twice. Whether you're a "go all out" type of Christmas shopper, or prefer to keep the holidays simple, asking what the hot toy of 2017 …
By Olivia Youngs

What Is The Full Cold Moon? It's Kind Of A Big Deal

Everyone has their own reaction to the changing seasons. In my case, the moment my feet are perpetually frozen and I'm hit with an intense desire to layer excessively, I know that winter has arrived. Nature, however, has it's own way of signaling the…
By Olivia Youngs

9 Things You Should Never Eat If You Haven't Gotten Enough Sleep

The word "tired" is essentially another word for "adult". Whether you've got kids at home who insist you stay in a permanently exhausted state, you work a full time job that demands your constant energy, or a combination of both, it's a safe assumpti…
By Olivia Youngs

You're Welcome For These 11 Ridiculously Cute Babies Dressed As Turkeys

Although turkeys aren't necessarily the cutest of birds, they're made infinitely cuter when you dress a human baby up as Thanksgiving's starring animal. You can call it strange, but whether you have a baby of your own to celebrate with or not, these …
By Olivia Youngs

These Deep Fried Thanksgiving Turkey Fails Are Horrifying, Yet Hilarious

Thanksgiving isn't meant to be an extreme sport. It's supposed to be a calm, happy gathering, with delicious food and good conversation. For some families though the simple act of cooking their turkey turns out to be much more action packed than they…
By Olivia Youngs

15 Funny Thanksgiving Fails That Would Never Happen To Martha Stewart

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and with it comes ultra-perfect expectations for the day. You'll cook up a four course meal, every dish expertly crafted. Your kids will behave perfectly and won't spill anything or pull any of the tablecloths …
By Olivia Youngs

8 Vegan Desserts To Top Off Your Thanksgiving Feast, Because Everyone Deserves Pumpkin Pie

One of the very best parts about Thanksgiving, besides you know, the gratitude and family bonding, is the food. Vegans know full well that their options aren't limited merely by the fact that they choose to eat a specific way. Instead, the diet opens…
By Olivia Youngs

Panera Bread Has Items On Their Menu That Could Help Increase Milk Supply

Did you know that everyone's favorite eatery has several options that could be perfect for nursing moms? Panera Bread is far more than just a bagel stop these days, with a full, newly revamped menu including a wide variety of healthy breakfast and lu…
By Olivia Youngs

6 Pregnancy Hygiene Tips That Will Save Your Ass, And Everywhere Else

Just when you think you've got the whole "caring for your body" thing down, boom, there's another person growing inside it and things start changing really quickly. Due to ever-fluctuating hormone levels, a decreased immune system, and, you know, a g…
By Olivia Youngs

Your Baby’s Chinese Zodiac Sign Decoded

When you're expecting a baby, there's no better pastime than dreaming about your baby-to-be's personality, skills, and future. Although time is the only true prophet, learning your baby's Chinese Calendar is an ancient technique that many believe can…
By Olivia Youngs

7 Red Flags That Appear In A Weaning Baby That You Don't Want To Ignore

Weaning your baby is one of the most exciting and simultaneously exhausting experiences of your baby's development. Exciting, because your baby is moving onto solids, your poor, tired boobs will get a bit of a reprieve, and it's one step in their exc…
By Olivia Youngs

11 Family-Friendly Restaurants Open On Thanksgiving, Because Doing The Dishes Sucks

Thanksgiving is meant to be a time to celebrate family and loved ones, reminiscing about the many things you have to be thankful for. But, if you've ever hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner or even helped prepare one, you know that the holiday can also be f…
By Olivia Youngs

9 Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas, So You Can Have Your Tofurkey And Eat It Too

Thanksgiving is the holiday for taking stock of all of the blessings in your life: your health, your family, your job. But, sentimentality aside, perhaps the part of Thanksgiving that deserves the most appreciation is — drum roll please — the food. T…
By Olivia Youngs

The Messed Up Messages You Send To Your Kid When You Pick Out Their Clothes — It's Time To Rethink Your Strategy

Regardless of age, children are prone to want to do everything themselves, right down to the clothes they wear. Although your knee jerk reaction may be to keep a handle on what your kid wears (a tutu in the middle of winter isn't a great choice, no m…
By Olivia Youngs

7 Creepy Things You Never Knew Would Happen To Your Body After Having A Baby

They say parenthood changes you, but whoever coined that famous phrase probably wasn't aware of just how much of an understatement it would actually be. Motherhood doesn't just change you — it warps, distorts, and re-models you until you're a barely …
By Olivia Youngs

This Mom Found A Way To Avoid The Halloween Sugar Crash, & It's *Brilliant*

Every mom knows it's coming, and yet most don't see any way around it. The crash. The sugar coma. The inevitable weeks on end of hearing, "mom, can I have more candy?" after a single night of trick-or-treating. You can try to ration it — two pieces p…
By Olivia Youngs

These Two Moms Know You're So Over Researching The Right Toys For Your Kids

Having a baby is like signing up for the most research-intensive job you've ever had. Aside from the fact that your baby develops at the speed of light, you've got to stay on top of the best foods, books, toys, sounds, schedules, and more for each st…
By Olivia Youngs