Why Celebrate Halloween with Toddlers

Realizing Some People Do Not Celebrate This Halloween season I've been seeing some back and forth as to why people do or do not celebrate the holiday. In the past, I've always thought that not celebrating was because of cultural differences and for not condoning such a marketed holiday.Because I do not follow any religious affiliation, I wasn't fully attentive to those who do not celebrate or may even be outraged by the holiday due to religious reasons and "celebrating life and death" or "the devil." Having it Both Ways While I respect all points of view, please respect mine…

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Pão De Queijo Recipe

What is Pão De Queijo? Pão de queijo is a very popular Brazilian food. It is, in essence, a baked cheese bread/ball.Its not your average piece of bread, nor is it anything like a mozzarella stick.It is both soft and crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. This is due to the main ingredient, tapioca, a type of starch.It is often served for breakfast or a snack. Sometimes for dinner as well since the Brazilian culture doesn't have large meals before bed.The balls are usually about 1.5 inches in diameter, however some bakeries make much larger versions. Some people…

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Joining The Two Under Two Club With Colorful Perspective

Becoming parents of two under two is no joke. It was a thrilling a nerve-wracking adventure but also came along with some struggles, unwanted attention, and repetitive comments from strangers. Even through that, I wouldn't have it any other way. Deciding to Become Parents of Two Under Two My husband and I always wanted to have kids close in age. We had a set goal of having about three kids with an age gap of two to four years. Even after our first child was born we still agreed we wanted a second baby at some point soon. When our…

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Baby Talk Is More Practical And Valuable Than You Think

You've heard of baby talk, or child-directed speech. But did you know just how valuable baby talk is for infants and toddlers?By narrating my actions and breaking things down into steps with baby talk, I'm able to prepare my kids for what to expect. I started abusing baby talk to prevent toddler tantrums. Toddlers get frustrated when something happens out of their expectation so using baby talk helps to prepare them while also tremendously enlarging their communication and vocabulary. Free Resource Library Get direct access to download freebies all at once in the Free Resource Library. Email First Name Free…

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Greatest Life Saving Essentials For Every Nursing Mom

If you plan on breastfeeding, your milk supply will be with you at all times. But you'll need a few nursing essentials to make things a little more comfortable for you and baby. For starters you'll need accessible clothing, like nursing bras and tops or dresses that make your breasts easily accessible. Secondly, you will need a breast pump, bottles, and a milk storage system. Thirdly you will need more particular things for your breasts, to protect from leakage or for healing and therapy. And lastly, you may need a nursing pillow and some swaddles/burping cloths. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free…

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Beating the Heat with the Best Small Cooling Fans

Living in South Florida, we get extra heat during summertime. To survive the summer with kids I decided to purchase a few small fans that I could carry in my diaper bag.I've fallen in love with these products and have decided to write a mini review. They've been perfect on day trips to the Zoo and planned a weekend trip to Disney World with the whole family.Not everyone needs to carry around a small fan, but when you reach temperatures over the mid 90s with children, you'll do anything to protect them and these options are very affordable and useful at…

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Recording Bump By Week Photos Was The Best Decision

Being pregnant comes with so much excitement. You go through many amazing physical and emotional changes. Nine months seems like a long time to grow a child but then you feel like it passed very quickly. That's why it's so important to record an expecting mother's process with bump by week photos. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. Email First Name Free Resource Library Free Resource Library Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. Free Resource Library Get direct access to download freebies all at once in…

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15 Helpful Things To Know Before Your Trip To Disney World

My family and I planned a trip to Magic Kingdom at Disney World over the summer that was extremely exciting, yet very overwhelming. There is so much to do in such a short time that I didn't want to miss a beat.We took the whole family: me and my husband, our two young toddlers, and my husband's parents and sister. I was in charge of planning everything and did quite a bit of research to make our trip easier.For anyone planning a trip to Disney World, there are 15 things you really need to know and prepare for. * This post…

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A Day at Disney World With Toddlers

For our son's 3rd birthday we planned a family trip to Magic Kingdom for one day as a family of 7. This post is how I planned for our trip for 5 adults and 2 toddlers under the age of 3 and how our day actually went. Also see: 15 Things to Know Before Going to Disney -as I have recently split this post into two. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst NameFree Resource Library Free Resource Library   Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. Our History With…

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How To Plan Toddler Birthday Parties On A Budget

Everyone deserves to be celebrated on their birthday, including toddlers. But it doesn't have to be a huge bank-breaking party. I prefer to plan simple and exciting toddler birthday parties on a small budget. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get direct access to download freebies all at once in the Free Resource Library. Email First Name Free Resource Library Free Resource Library Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. Improvising Toddler Birthday Parties For my son's second birthday, I had to change his party location and setup within a few hours due to weather conditions.…

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Car Seats & Strollers

There are tons of carseats and strollers out there, and honestly there is no "best" for either category. Parents are looking for different things depending on their needs and their family size.I can't tell you which double stroller is the best out there, for example, because I haven't taken my kids out in all of them but I can recommend the one I have and the same goes for our car seats. I could add the carrier I used with my children but I will omit that since I did not love it for more than 6 months and I…

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Toddler Gift Guide for One Year Old

As a child nears the end of infancy they start to develop a lot more interest in objects and toys. So much changes for children between 12-18 months and 18-24 months. This guide will help you find an appropriate gift for a one year old based on growing developmental skills and needs.With the right set of toys they can explore and learn things on their own. They go from crawling to walking, or straight to running, while developing all new skills and abilities. Your child may still seem young for some of these at first but their brain development grows so much by…

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Easy DIY Toddler Bed Rail Bumper – Solution for Kids Falling Out of Bed

Our son is about to turn three and for his birthday we wanted to upgrade him from a crib with toddler rail to an adult sized (twin) bed. He's outgrowing his crib and we were lucky his came with a toddler rail so its definitely time for the upgrade.  Besides cost, our biggest concern was him falling off a much larger and higher bed. I figured I'd try a simple little DIY solution to help ease our boy's transition to a big boy bed using a few cheap pool noodles to create a toddler bed rail bumper. * This post includes Affiliate…

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Best Baby Approved Banana Muffins Recipe (Egg and Dairy Free)

This banana muffins recipe is baby, toddler, and adult approved. Who doesn't love muffins!? I love making mini muffins so once I find a great recipe for me and the kids I stick to it. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get direct access to download freebies all at once in the Free Resource Library. Email First Name Free Resource Library Free Resource Library Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. We All Love These 'Baby' Banana Muffins When I find a recipe I like I save it on my phone, print it, and reuse it as…

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Favorite Everyday Activewear for Moms

As a human being, we all need to stay fit. As a mom, who birthed two children, I gained some weight that I'm working on losing. Having the right type of clothing for working out is ideal. My favorites are leggings and comfortable and flexible shoes, and I use these ALL the time, not just to work out. Activewear is so comfortable and adaptable that it has become my everyday mom-wear.I wear it at home, I wear it to Zumba classes, I wear it to the playground, and I especially wear it to go to the Zoo (because it's super humid…

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Super Practical Essentials For Baby & Toddler Water Fun

It's Summertime, which means most of us are trying to survive this heat by spending time by the pool or water. This guide is for Baby and Toddler water fun essentials. It includes all things swimsuits, rash guards, water shoes, and water toys.  * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get direct access to download freebies all at once in the Free Resource Library. Email First Name Free Resource Library Free Resource Library Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. Baby & Toddler Swimwear You can find baby & toddler sizes for swimwear anywhere you buy children's clothing. Personally prefer…

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Nest Indoor Camera- Great as Baby Monitor

My personal review of Nest Indoor Camera.I wrote this because I highly recommend this product, and although I may get a commission from your clicks, I wrote this review out of my own intent to help others find good products.  * This post includes Affiliate Links.If you're looking for a security camera or a great Baby Monitor Camera that you can view from your phone I highly recommend this one.We also love our Nest Thermostat, which works on the same App. How The NEst Cam Works Set Up It works via powered outlet and Wi-Fi so you can install it anywhere. You…

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Visiting Zoo Miami with the Kids

Last week I took the kids on a day trip to Zoo Miami with a couple of friends and their kids. This was our second time there and we were in a hurry that time with no idea what to expect. For this trip we had a few things in mind to try differently. I also have some tips for anyone planning on going to Zoo Miami or planning a trip to any zoo with kids. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst NameFree Resource Library Free Resource Library  …

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The Birth of My Second Child via Planned C-Section

This is my personal story about the birth of my daughter, who was born via planned c-section. Our firstborn came to us via emergency c-section and fifteen months later we were having baby number two!  DISCLOSURE: This post does include a little bit of sensitive material. It is not meant to scare you, only to describe the details and emotions of my experience.* This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst NameFree Resource Library Free Resource Library   Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. Deciding on a Planned Cesarean My…

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How To Make Non Slip Socks for Toddlers – A Simple DIY Project

When our babies start to stand, cruise, and learn to walk socks can become a slippery issue. In my home we don't wear shoes inside. I figured out a way around the slippage, with DIY non slip socks for my toddlers. I expected to only do this for their learning-to-walk stages but we ended up loving it so much that I still do it. Toddlers are runners, and they're always distracted. Non slip socks make our lives a little easier, especially if you have slippery floors. * This post includes Affiliate Links. What You Need For DIY Non Slip Socks For Toddlers…

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Behind The Scenes Of Raising Multilingual Children

My husband and I come from mixed backgrounds and both migrated to the United States as young children. Our children were born here but we're raising them to be multilingual with the combined three languages we speak on a regular basis.  People have warned us against teaching our children more than one language but we didn't listen. Thank goodness we didn't. Even though our children are still very young, they're pretty good at speaking English, Portuguese, and Spanish. We never doubted raising our children to be multilingual. My husband and I were both raised bilingual and we love it.  Our…

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Benefits of Toddlers Helping around the House

As a mom of two, I've found so many benefits from having my toddlers helping around the house. It teaches them a responsibility while we get to tackle house tasks and bond together. The Debate Over "Child Labor" There's been a lot of back and forth about kids doing chores around the house. Some say it takes away from letting a kid be a kid while others say it teaches responsibility. I think the real concern is, how it's enforced. Of course it's essential that a child does not grow up in prison-like conditions, where they are forced to do hard labor.…

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“Styles” of Parenting

Everyone follows different parenting styles. Before we even become parents, we've already decided how we want to raise our kids. What I didn't know is that different styles actually have labels. I recently read an article about the six styles of parenting and it really got me thinking about my own parenting and what is really best for our children. "The 6 Styles of Parenting" The article focused on the pros and cons of six parenting styles: Helicopter Free Range Authoritarian Permissive Authoritative Uninvolved Helicopter Parenting A common term used with parents who are overly involved in their children's lives. Children raised…

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Homemade Baby Food Hacks

Baby stores will try to sell you mini appliances for steaming, pureeing, and storing homemade baby food. If you have a blender or food processor you can steam on the stove or microwave and puree them without buying new appliances that will take up space and become useless after a few months. And better yet, if you take the extra time to do several different kinds at a time you can be set for weeks or months at a time by freezing. Basically, meal planning for your baby!Blenders and ice cubes will soon become your best friend.I figured out this trick with…

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Wholesale Budget Hack for Buying Frozen Meats

For the longest time I was shopping for two (me and my husband) and had no need, nor space, for shopping wholesale. Now that we're feeding a family of 4 and still using diapers for 2 I'm finding there's a handful of things from wholesale stores that I've discovered to be of major savings. One of the biggest ones being buying frozen meats in bulk. Several Portions of Chicken Thighs, Tenderloins, and Ground Beef for Much Less $$ Disclosure: I have included some affiliate links throughout this post. At no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if…

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Two Under Two Struggles While Grocery Shopping You Wouldn’t Expect

Being a mom of two under two was the most exciting, yet complicated, phase of my life. And I faced some serious mom struggles every time I needed to go grocery shopping. Before you become a parent you think running errands is easy. You have two hands, a full cart to fill, and no problems. But with kids, you have to time things perfectly, accommodate them on your cart, worry about their safety at all times, entertain them, and still do your groceries.I've been lucky to not have had any major issues or disasters other than a few embarrassing moments here and…

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Skip Hop Forma Diaper Backpack

Men tend to carry very little big always have enough space in their pockets, while women love to carry a lot of things in a wonderfully heavy bag or purse. Women as mothers have a hard time making their regular purses work for them and baby, that's where Diaper Bags come in handy. A purse for mom and baby. But what's even better is a Diaper Bag that even dad can wear, because let's face it, we're in the 21st Century where Dad's will often be carrying the essentials. Any parent will need a great bag to carry their essentials.…

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Terrific Benefits Of Limited Screen Time for Toddler Development

We all know watching too much TV or staring at our phones or computers for too long can harm our eyes. We've all been through those headaches. Babies and toddlers, however, have new and sensitive eyes that are still developing and cannot handle nearly the same amount of screen time as adults can. So is it okay to allow our children to watch TV with us or watch videos on our phones? What are the effects of screen time during toddler development? When is too young? And what/how should we limit our children's screen time?Doctors might tell you one thing but as…

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How To Conquer Depression With A Great Motherhood Support Group

When you're a stay at home parent with a child, or children, you start to get lonely even though you're not physically alone at all. Even with family support, I often found myself feeling alone. But finding a motherhood support group changed everything. I finally had an outlet with people who would understand because we were all going through the same things.Being a parent is drowning on so many levels. We are pushed and pulled in all sorts of directions with no time to even process our own thoughts. So finding the right motherhood support groups is essential for any mom…

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Postpartum Recovery After A C-Section

Giving birth is a miracle, but postpartum stories are rarely shared. Our bodies don't go back to 'normal' and we get hit with the cold hard truth. Let's get real about the realities of the afterbirth period.I don't want to overwhelm you because being a mother is absolutely amazing, but we're not actually always glowing. Well, sort of, but that's because we don't often shower LOL. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst NameFree Resource Library Free Resource Library   Your information will be kept safe and spam-free.…

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What You Really Need to be Packing in Your Hospital Bag

Packing your hospital bag should be very simple and doesn't need a ton of planning. Hospitals provide a lot of the essentials for both you and baby during your stay so you really won't need much.The majority of new moms overpack the necessities due to a fear of the unknown. I think we all rather be overprepared rather than underprepared. But because hospitals provide so much for us mommies, there's a lot you can cross off your list.If you're like me, you will come up with a list of what you need and maybe a few little extras to be comfortable.…

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The Birth of My First Child & Emergency C-Section

I'm currently a mother of two toddlers and have already had my fair share of parenting experiences. Thinking back to the beginning of when it all happened feels like an eternity ago already but it was an amazing experience on so many levels. Being a first time parent is so difficult, I was for sure clueless! Hopefully my stories and experiences can help you or at least entertain you. Here's the story of my son's birth. Late and a Paranoid Nervous Wreck I was 6 days past my due date with no dilation in my previous doctor visits and my doctor had…

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Baby Shopping List – What You Really Need On Your Baby Registry

If you're expecting, everyone around you is probably telling you a list of things to buy for mom and baby. You might be overwhelmed by it all because it truly is a lot of information to handle, but I'm here to help inform you and get your baby registry going in the right direction.Here I'll be sharing the basic essentials you'll actually need so that you don't go overboard. I'll inform you about baby products, their uses, and help you distinguish what your needs are. * This post includes Affiliate Links. baby registry List Marketing Scam If you're a first time parent…

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