Hidden Messages in Our Smiles

Friend, I am so very excited about this post. The wonderful women at Confident + Connected Kids are sharing with us the importance of what our children see when we react to things that they do, it was a great reminder for me that even though sometimes I can get frustrated that my son does something wrong that he is still learning and really all he wants is to see that vote of confidence in me as he tries something new.

I’d love to know your thoughts on this and for you to download their amazing Free resource they have made available to you for being a member of my community. Here’s Confident + Connected Kids:

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3 Tips for Making Eating Out with Your Child Fun

One of the things that my husband and I like to do on occasion is attend a local happy hour around town. It can feel a little intimidating to still be able to do fun thing with your significant other when your little one is getting into everything but we’ve had pretty good success and I know these tips will help you too!

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Dinosaur Egg Excavating Activity | At Home Craft Idea

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!

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Sensory Activity | Dancing Rice

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.

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Fun & Free 4th of July Activity

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!).

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Edible Sensory Sand Recipe

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!

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Show Him You Care - A Free Father's Day Printable

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!

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The Importance of Creativity

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.

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An 18 Month Old's List of Favorite Toys

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.

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What is The Create Kit Thing You Keep Talking About?

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.

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Toddlers and Sharing

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?

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Toddler Treats | Banana, Butternut Squash and Oatmeal Muffins

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).

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Finding Your Parenting Voice

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.

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Toy Overload

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:

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Easy Christmas Craft Idea for Toddlers (under 15 minutes)

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.

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More Sensory Activities for Kids

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.

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