Father’s Day Gift Guide 2020

I don’t know about you, but I think finding gifts for men can be extremely difficult… so I’ve rounded up a list of GREAT Father’s Day gift ideas for any dad in your life!  I polled all of the incredible women in The Plus Life Community, our private Facebook group, and many of these ideas came from there!

Easter Basket Ideas for Babies

I’m pretty sure I’ve never been more excited to celebrate any holiday than I am now that I’m a new mom.  Easter baskets were always a HUGE deal in my house growing up and we always looked so forward to Easter every year. I absolutely cannot wait to recreate the excitement for my daughter, Caroline, now.

In today’s post, I’m sharing the actual Easter basket I’m using and all my recommendations for items to fill an Easter basket for a small baby. Caroline will be almost three months old this year on Easter, so this post is geared toward young babies like her (or slightly older).

Two Months of Caroline Claire

I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun.  It feels like just yesterday that I sat down to write Caroline’s one month post and here we are again.  Caroline continues to amaze me every day with her continued growth.  She has DOUBLED in size from four and a half pounds at birth to nearly nine pounds at two months old (8lbs15oz to be exact).  We don’t know her exact length but it does seem as though she’s tall for her size.  She always seems to outgrow her footed pajamas in length well before they’re snug.

Honestly, the world feels like an entirely new and different place than it did a month ago.  I had heard of coronavirus or COVID-19 all the way back in January when I heard doctors talking about it at the hospital when Caroline was in the NICU.  I had been keeping an eye on things from afar and then a few weeks ago things started to get serious here in the US.  Much of the country is on lockdown and people are being encouraged to stay at home in order to slow the spread of the disease.

Given that Caroline was premature, we were on self-imposed quarantine before all of this began and had hoped and planned to be able to start taking her into public settings mid-April.  She only had a couple visitors because of this and now we’re not sure when we’ll be able to be around family and friends again.  I’m really sad that she’s missing out on time with family right now, but I’m comforted that she doesn’t understand what’s going on.

It’s a bit of a scary time in the world, but like almost everyone,  I’m doing everything I can to protect my and community by staying home.  I hope you and yours are feeling safe and healthy.

One Month of Caroline Claire

I can’t believe I’m sitting down to write about spending an ENTIRE MONTH with our new baby girl, Caroline Claire Schultz.  It feels like it took us a lifetime to get her and now our time with her is flying by already.

I’m sitting at my dining room table writing this in the early morning with her in her bassinet in the living room.  It’s snowing outside and I’m working solely from the light of my laptop as to not wake her.  It’s so good to be home with her after spending nearly her entire first month of life in the NICU.

There’s honestly so much to say about this girl, her story, OUR story… a blog post won’t ever be enough – I could truly write a book – but we’ll start here.

Gift Guide For Kids

I’m SO excited to share my gift guides with you this week!  When I asked on social media what holiday content you’re most looking forward to… gift guides were definitely it!  I was thrilled to hear it because they are by far my favorite things to create for you.

To me, there is no better feeling than putting a lot of thought into finding the perfect gift for someone you love.  In today’s gift guide for the gentlemen in your life, I included a variety of price points from stocking stuffers to splurges and tried to vary the types of gifts based on different interests of the people we love the most.

As for you, I hope you enjoy this curated list of items as you shop for your friends and family… and I promise I won’t tell if you pick up a couple treats for yourself!

If you’re a regular reader, you likely know that I’m currently expecting twins (see our announcement post here).  Since they’re our first kids, I’m not yet quite a pro on kid holiday gifts… but in today’s post, I’m relying on insights from the gifts all the other kiddos in our lives have loved in recent years.  I’m sure in future years, my kids’ gift guide will be much more extensive! Haha.

Gift Guide For Him

I’m SO excited to share my gift guides with you this week!  When I asked on social media what holiday content you’re most looking forward to… gift guides were definitely it!  I was thrilled to hear it because they are by far my favorite things to create for you.

To me, there is no better feeling than putting a lot of thought into finding the perfect gift for someone you love.  In today’s gift guide for the gentlemen in your life, I included a variety of price points from stocking stuffers to splurges and tried to vary the types of gifts based on different interests of the people we love the most.

As for you, I hope you enjoy this curated list of items as you shop for your friends and family… and I promise I won’t tell if you pick up a couple treats for yourself!

Of course, I call this a gift guide for him… but MANY of these options would be perfect for anyone on your list!

Gift Guide For Her

I’m SO excited to share my gift guides with you this week!  When I asked on social media what holiday content you’re most looking forward to… gift guides were definitely it!  I was thrilled to hear it because they are by far my favorite things to create for you.

To me, there is no better feeling than putting a lot of thought into finding the perfect gift for someone you love.  In today’s gift guide for the ladies in your life, I included a variety of price points from stocking stuffers to splurges and tried to vary the types of gifts based on different interests of the people we love the most.

Everything on this list is either something I already own or something I wish I did! I’ll be sure to let the people closest to me know which is which as they shop for me this year.  Haha.

As for you, I hope you enjoy this curated list of items as you shop for your friends and family… and I promise I won’t tell if you pick up a couple treats for yourself!

Our Fertility Story: The Journey To Becoming Twin Parents

If you haven’t read my recent pregnancy announcement post, you may want to start there first… but long story short, my husband and I are overjoyed that we are expecting twins!  I had referenced our fertility journey briefly and since sharing our news and mentioning our fertility struggle again, I’ve since received countless emails and DMs requesting the specifics or asking questions, so I wanted to prioritize sharing our story with you.

Over on my Instagram, I asked what specific questions you have and I’ll try my best to answer them all here.  If you do have any additional questions after reading the post, please feel free to post a comment below.  I’ll be monitoring the comments closely and will reply and/or update the post accordingly.  I’d love to have the discussions here vs. my DMs or email if possible so that everyone can benefit from the conversation.

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The Best Deals Available This Week! 10/18/2019

You love deals.  I love deals.  We all love deals! One of my favorite parts of being a blogger is obsessively tracking the best deals available and letting you know about them.

As part of this new blog series, I’ll be rounding up the best deals on plus size fashion, beauty, home, and lifestyle products.  If you like having nice things but also care about being frugal, this series is for you.  Be sure to check back often as I’ll be updating the deals regularly!

Miranda & Kevin Schultz of The Plus Life Blog Announce Pregnancy With Twins Standing in Field of Sunflowers Holding Balloon Sign Reading "TWINS"

Special Announcement – Life Update!

I’ve been keeping a big secret from you…  and it has been SO hard to stay quiet.

You may have noticed that you’ve seen a bit less of me here and on social media in the past few months.  I had shared that I was taking a bit of a hiatus but didn’t tell you why.

There’s actually not just one reason… there’s two.