The Truth About Tinkergarten, Our Favorite Mommy and Me Activity

We recently discovered Tinkergarten and have fallen in love. Tinkergarten is a program for educating children in the natural environment through outdoor play-based activities. Initially, I signed up for a free trial class with the kids and it was so much fun. It was wonderful being part of a tight-knit community, getting dirty and exploring nature with the well-designed activities.  So we signed up for Tinkergarten's summer session. At our first class, I started to realize how much we are benefiting as a family from this program. Free Resource Library Get direct access to download freebies all at once in the Free Resource…

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Best Potty Training Tips: A Guide For Parents of Toddlers

Potty training is a huge milestone for both parent and child. But how do you know if your child is ready and what are the best ways to go about it? Each child and situation is different so its important to be informed. Next, you'll need time and patience. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Less diapering, but is your child ready? Determining readiness can be a little tricky. Some children may notify you when they need a diaper change. Some may show interest in using a potty or a toilet. And often, there are cases when potty training takes…

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How to Teach Valuable Manners to Your Toddlers

Manners take a lifetime of learning because there are always more ways to apply them. That's why it's important to teach manners to children while they're young, as toddlers, so that they can develop them with time. When To Teach Manners to Toddlers The best time to start teaching manners is within the toddler stage. At this stage, children can follow simple directions and are more eager to please adults. It is also the time when they develop habits and patterns, and you'll want them to pick up on good ones.The toddler stage is when children begin to understand the…

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DIY Days of the Week Wooden Peg People

I don't know about you but I absolutely love these little DIY wooden peg people. I started making them for my 22-month-old a few months ago and I just can't stop making them :)Wooden toys can get a little expensive so why not making them yourself? If your child is old enough, you can even make them together and it'll be an amazing rainy day activity.They are super easy to do and you don't need a lot of supplies. I am certain that you might already have some of these at home. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Hey everyone,…

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50 Easy and Creative Pool Noodle Activities for Toddlers You Need to Try

Living in the 21st century, pool noodles are no longer as exciting for their intended use. People have gotten more creative with this amazing invention, particularly when coming up with pool noodle activities for toddlers. There are tons of creative ideas for pool noodles nowadays. They're so affordable and easy to find in the summer, only $1 at the dollar store or in bulk online. When cut into smaller strips, the opportunities for their use become endless. With one main tool, the pool noodle, we can have loads of fun with exciting and educational toddler activities. In this post, I've included…

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Practical Toddler “Chores” That Encourage Independence

As a stay-at-home-mom, I'm responsible for maintaining our home while taking care of our children. People don't realize that just these two tasks are full-time jobs. But I've learned that sometimes there's a way to implement doing house chores with your toddler or preschooler.  * 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. Children Mimic Everything - Even Cleaning I often feel guilty when my kid asks me to…

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19 Fantastic Must Have Items For Your Baby Registry

Shopping for baby and toddler stuff can get really tricky and expensive. With new products out in the market, there's a lot of trial and error for determining which ones are half decent or really worth having. Take my word for it, I've been through my fair share of shitty products, but these are all worth having on your baby registry to ease your life as a parent. 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. This post includes Affiliate Links. Where…

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Where’d The PACI Go?

Sometimes when it's quiet and I feel a bit of boredom I grab my phone and browse through my most recent pictures. I do this for many reasons, mainly to absorb these moments but also to remind me of my blessings- my beautiful family. The other day I stumbled upon a picture I posted on Instagram a few months back, of my daughter playing peekaboo with her pacifier on her face. I decided to repost it and got carried away writing a caption that turned into the story behind her bond with that pacifier.This isn't your average pacifier addiction story,…

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Easy Way To DIY A Quality Chalkboard Your Kids Will Love

Kids love playing with chalk outside, but did you know you can diy your very own chalkboard wall? They're perfect for any playroom, bedroom, or nursery design.Chalkboards are so versatile that they make awesome room decor as well, it's up to you how you paint the wall or draw on the chalkboard. But chalkboards aren't just for walls, there are a lot of ways to do a DIY chalkboard project and it can be fairly easy.  * This post includes Affiliate Links. Chalk Surface There are many cool ways to have a chalk surface for both kids and adults to enjoy.…

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Mom-Approved​ Feeding Favorites for Baby and Toddler

Having the right tools makes a huge difference in the way we do things. Feeding your baby can be such an exciting milestone. So having the right feeding tools for your baby at the right stage is essential.Kids are a huge market for products. Some of those products are amazing, some are decent, and some are complete garbage. Make sure you're checking ratings and reviews before buying anything!This is a basic list I've compiled of some of my favorite mom-approved products and tools for feeding our children within the baby and toddler stages.Side Tip: Quality is always better than Quantity. You…

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Toddler Development & Gift Guide for a 2 Year Old

Turning 2 is such a big deal, for both parents and children. From 18 months to 24 months our kids develop so much and for the next year there will be so much more change as they become independent little two-nagers and three-nagers. If you've met one you'll know why they're coined teenagers. This gift guide will help you find appropriate gift ideas for any 2 year old based on their developmental growth. * This post includes Affiliate Links. The 2 Year Old Gift Guide Categories My little girl just turned 2 and I'm seeing her grow so much in…

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Kid-Approved Hidden Veggie Meatloaf or Meatballs Recipe

One of the biggest issues for feeding children is usually getting them to eat their vegetables. When kids refuse to eat their veggies, parents have to pull out their superpowers and come up with a good hidden veggie recipe. With two toddlers in need of well-balanced meals, I came up with the idea for a hidden veggie meatloaf recipe.Since having kids I want to make sure I'm feeding them right but I don't always have the time or energy to cook. This recipe is simple enough to prepare, cook in the oven, and freeze for another day. * This post includes…

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Potty Training Struggles and Tips + Free Printable

Potty Training a child is a huge milestone but it is also a huge hurdle. This article covers all things Potty Training, including common struggles, our long journey with my son, and some of my best tips and lessons learned.You're welcome to scroll down to the bottom for the recap and additional tips. Make sure you subscribe to get the Potty Charts in the Downloads section. The Potty Training Hurdle Potty Training a child is a huge milestone but it is also a huge hurdle. Here you'll learn about common potty training struggles, tips on determining readiness, methods of potty…

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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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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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Managing Sensitive Baby Skin

My daughter has always had that baby soft skin. To this day, at a year and a half, she still does. She's got that soft and fair skin that can easily be irritated. When she was a few months old she started developing some rash-like patches around her chest, arms and back of her thighs and suspected a food allergy or Eczema. Turns out she just has fair and sensitive skin, dodged a bullet! However, I do take similar precautions and use soaps and lotions meant for Eczema as well. Disclosure: I have included some affiliate links throughout this post.…

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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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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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Celebrating Our Son’s 3rd Birthday

This week our son turned 3. We celebrated the weekend before with a trip to Disney World and on his birthday we had a full day of excitement! Disclosure: I have included some affiliate links throughout this post. At no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Last month, my husband and I decided we would skip having a party this year and go to Disney for the first time with the kids. We live in South Florida so the drive to Orlando isn't too bad. We drove up with…

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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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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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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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How To Style Baby Girl Hair: Battle that Wild Cowlick with Confidence

At a year and a half old, my daughter's hair has been growing from the back of her cowlick at her crown all the way to her eyes, making it a little difficult to manage. For us so far, it's been quite the battle to figure out how to style baby girl hair. * This post includes Affiliate Links. What Is A Cowlick? If you're not familiar with a cowlick, it's like a hurricane swirl that directs hair in different directions. It's a chunk of hair that has a life of its own. They are usually on the crown of…

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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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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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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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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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