This dinosaur egg excavating activity is so much fun and is packed full learning for your little one. Plus I know you are short on time and don’t have time to go to the store to get all the things to complete a craft or activity, I’ve got you girl!Read More
The wait is over! Get all the details on the latest kit here!Read More
The activity that I’m sharing today had successfully stopped the crying on multiple occasions and it has even kept my 22 month old occupied for longer than 20 minutes each time. It is full of sensory exploration with helps in their fine motor development and there is a lot of science involved in this activity. Download the free developmental guide to help you teach your child all this activity has to offer.Read More
That’s why I came up with this quick and easy craft. The reason why I love it is because it is so easy to make and keeps my little man entertained for over 30 minutes. He loved feeling the texture of the homemade watercolor and seeing how it showed up on paper was fascinating for him (even though we watercolor with regular watercolors often!).Read More
You know what that means? Long days and trying to come up with all the crafting activities to do with your little one.
Don’t start getting all panicked on me, thinking about how you don’t know what you are going to do to fill your days.
That’s what I’m here for remember!Read More
If your husband is anything like mine, well, then they are just as impossible to buy for and with Father’s Day swiftly approaching I was starting to panic on what to get the man who takes such good care of us.
This year I decided to partly honor my husband’s practical side and we are making part of his Father’s Day gift this year. Because I like to share the love, I thought you’d enjoy this free gift idea and a little tutorial on how to put it all together!Read More
I am reading a book for book club and it started me thinking about a lot of things. The book is called Essentialism and it’s basically about how if you really focus your attention (basically the essentials) then you will really excel in life. What I found really interesting is the chapter that is dedicated to play. The author’s point made me realize that there are a lot of things that make it so that we as adults are taught to stifle our creativity or as the author put in this case, play. This post does contain affiliate links.Read More
How is it that this month my sweet tiny baby is going to be a year and a half? I know you feel it too, sometimes you look down at your kid and you think “where in the heck did the time go?” Well, I don’t really have any answer for that, but I can share some of Euan’s favorite toys and activities lately if you want to throw something new into the mix.Read More
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, then you’ve probably seen me mention something called The Create Kit a time or two. To give you the brief version, The Create Kit is a themed crafting kit that contains two craft projects along with all materials, instructions and an educational development guide geared for kids ages 1-4.Read More
Mom groups get kind of a bad rap. Yeah sure, you get a large group of women together and there can be some issues, but for the most part I have found the groups that I have joined everyone wants nothing but to support and encourage each other. When we first moved to Texas and found out that we were expecting, I was concerned with where I would find other mom friends. I was having a pretty difficult time finding friends let, alone friends who also had kids.Read More
Hi Janaya here,
Recently, on one of the mom groups that I am a part of, the topic of sharing came up. We all know that we need to teach our kids to share eventually but when is it a realistic to expect them to understand the concept?Read More
You know when you get in a food rut? If you are lucky enough to not know what I am referring to let me explain. A food rut is when you are tired to eating or serving the same meals or snacks over and over and over again. I came up with this Toddler and Husband approved recipe that you can feel good about serving anytime of day (my favorite is right at wake up when you are waiting for your coffee to brew).Read More
In case you haven’t noticed yet Janaya and I chat quite a bit. I always make a note whenever we are talking and ask her to expand on a particular topic for all of you. It’s pretty funny because usually a day or two before a new post comes out on a topic I asked her to address someone will usually reach out to me and ask me to cover that topic here. This time around it happened to be my husband Gary.Read More
If you saw my recent Instagram Story or a recent post then you know I am working hard at organizing and clearing out clutter. Recently I was chatting with Janaya about how lucky we are to have so many family and friends that spoiled our little ones over the holidays that we had some serious organizing to do. I asked if she would be willing to give her tips here so I could implement over the weekend, make sure to check back to see my progress, or follow along on Instagram! This post does contain affiliate links, that just means I get a small fee if you purchase any of the items recommended on this site at no fee to you. Here’s Janaya:Read More
Hi Janaya here,
I was talking to Theresa about how I wanted to make cute Christmas gifts for my daughter’s grandparents and showed her a few ideas I found on Pinterest. Since I went out and bought all the supplies for one, she asked me if I wouldn’t mind sharing the steps for a blog post! When I did crafts with my grade 1s I would always pick something super elaborate that took weeks and many steps to complete with my kiddos, and I was pleasantly surprised at how quick and easy this craft is, especially because my little one can only focus on an activity for a short period of time! I plan on giving one to each set of grandparents and keeping one for myself.Read More
My friend Janaya and I were so happy that so many of you appreciated her post on Toddler Emotions and how you handle them. I thought it would be fun to invite her back so she could teach us some fun sensory items that we can start incorporating into our daily lives.Read More
There are a select few who asked for things that Euan would enjoy playing with (and let’s be honest I wanted to see what toys Santa may bring, yes we will have a gift from Santa, he’s one of those support system people we were talking about).
It was a lot of fun curating this list. All the items besides the tee-pee are under $20. I have a feeling that Santa may try and put some elves to work to make that tee-pee himself rather than purchase one…we will have to wait and see.Read More
Research shows that music, songs and rhymes help children develop important skills such as a larger vocabulary, speaking more clearly, and helping them strengthen their social and emotional skills. I found with my pre-school and elementary aged students that songs also helped them remember instructions and steps to tasks way better. I mean, why else would Daniel Tiger repeat the same lesson in song over and over in his episodes!?!Read More
This is the first post of a series I’m having my friend Janaya do. She is a teacher with experience with kids age 2-18 including a degree in Elementary Education and a diploma in Early Childhood Development. If you missed it over on my Facebook Page, she’s going to be doing another post that answers questions from you guys (feel free to submit more questions in the comments or over on the Facebook Page)!Read More
Hey parents! Do you need a quick, last-minute Halloween costume for your kiddos? This one is purr-fect for kitty lovers!
My son just turned one at the beginning of September. Ever since he was in the womb, he and my cat Nova have had a special bond. She curled up against my belly and purred for nine months straight. But go figure, as soon as he was born, she didn't want much to do with him. Maverick, on the okther hand, is OBSESSED with her. But not just Nova -- ALL kitties. We watch kitty videos, browse r/cats (whatever the sub is on Reddit) on Reddit, and have more cat stuffed animals than I care to admit.Read More