Exciting Ways To Celebrate Halloween At Home This Year

This pandemic really has had everyone on their toes and parents have been trying to be extra creative when planning special events. We'd hoped social distancing measures wouldn't be necessary so many months later but here we are, planning to celebrate Halloween at home. Even though none of us really wanted so many things canceled, it doesn't mean everything has to be eliminated. Sure, most of us won't be trick or treating from door to door like we used to or gathering for epic Halloween parties with our friends, but we're getting super creative with our socially distant Halloween alternatives.…

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6 Practical Ways to Improve Your Kids Room Organization for Good

There's something about so satisfying about seeing an organized space. Having kids comes with a lot of... 'stuff,' and no one wants to see stuff all over the place. It's definitely a challenge to keep all the kids' 'stuff' in order but it is possible. I've always been an organization method addict so I'm sharing some of my favorite kids' room organization tips and ideas. * 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…

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Swim Instructor Tips You Can Use at Home

We all want our children to learn to swim – it keeps them safe, and it’s an activity they’ll enjoy for a lifetime. If possible, it’s best to enroll kids in a formal swimming lesson program because swim instructors are experts at introducing water skills safely. Since that’s not always possible, here are a few tips and tricks from seasoned swim instructors you can use at home. * 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…

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Timberdoodle’s Bunny Peek-a-Boo Review

Timberdoodle’s Bunny Peek-a-boo is a game for children of ages 2 and up for building spatial perception skills, important for reading and mathematical reasoning. You can find it on Timberdoodle.com or part of Timberdoodle's Preschool curriculum kit. The Bunny Peek-a-Boo game is made up of three parts. 1, three sturdy wooden pieces. 2, a wooden bunny. And 3, a set of cards. The idea of the game is to sort the wooden pieces in a way that matches the picture in each card. It's like a 3D puzzle, with multiple difficulty levels, or challenges, within the cards. * This post…

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Excellent Emotion And Behavior Books For Children

Reading books are an excellent way to help our children understand things from a different perspective, including their own behavior. Toddler Tantrums Children aged between 1-3 years old tend to have temper tantrums. A lot happens within a young child. Their social and emotional skills are developing and therefore clash with their inability to properly express themselves. Your child may start to show explosions in emotions and behavior that seem completely unnatural. Generally, the best thing we can do to help our children through these tough transitions is to comfort and guide them. One of the most successful methods for…

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Usborne’s Little Children’s Drawing Book for Preschoolers Review

A lot of parents are learning how to homeschool this year, including me. My 5-year-old son starts Kindergarten this fall and I'm making sure to balance out our lessons with some fun. The Little Children's Drawing Book is a perfect coloring book for little ones. * This post includes Affiliate Links. This drawing book is ideal for preschool-aged children, where they are given the opportunity to complete patterns and shapes on different animals and activities. I love that it's not your usual, color within the lines type of coloring book, but instead, a drawing book where little ones can express themselves…

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How To Make Tear Free Bubble Foam For Kids

My kids love exploring with their hands so I set up a fun sensory activity for them, tear-free bubble foam. Who doesn't love a great sensory play activity? * This post includes Affiliate Links.This activity is so simple and fun that there really are no limits to how you can play. We mostly just felt the textures, played with mixing colors, and did a little splashing. You can also add toy figures and a toothbrush and pretend to clean them off. For more ideas on fun activities to do this summer, check out How To Survive Social Distancing With Kids…

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How To Survive Social Distancing With Kids

It's already been two months and things are just starting to reopen. We are one step closer to normal. But it will be a long time until things will truly go back to our regular way of life. With a new normal headed our way my family will continue social distancing as much as possible this summer. So how will we, as parents, stay sane while we continue social distancing with kids this season? Some of the major things we've all taken from these crazy times is to take things more slowly, value the essentials, and spend time with our…

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Outstanding Free Resources For Kids While Social Distancing

Right now we are all struggling to maintain new lifestyles of social distancing. With kids, it's a whole new ball game. We're all looking for resources and ideas for keeping the kids entertained while continuing their education from home. For us stay at home moms, it's not much different than our usual routines, but now we can't take the kids anywhere. We can't take them to the store for a free cookie while we grab our groceries, we can't take them to the park to meet their friends, and we definitely can't take them out to eat at a restaurant.…

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How To Teach The Fundamentals Of Time With Simple Calendar Download

Teaching the concept of time to a child is not an easy task. However, with a daily routine, this interactive kid's calendar is the right tool for any parent. 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. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Concept of Time I created this tool for my child when he started asking about his birthday. Every day he would ask "is it my birthday?" At first, it was funny,…

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70+ Fun Kids Activities You Need At Home Right Now

In our time of Covid-19 shutdowns, some of us are running out of ideas for keeping the kids busy and entertained while social distancing. Compiled below is a list of the best toys, games, and fun kids activities on Amazon for toddlers and preschoolers at home. For us stay at home moms, these are our everyday tools to staying sane. It's not easy to find time to do things like showering, cooking, or cleaning. But I've managed independent playtime with the best tools and now we're cycling through all of them as well as enjoying some outdoor fun, family activities,…

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How To Find Perspective Parenting A Strong-Willed Child

Sometimes dealing with the power struggles of a strong-willed child leaves us with that feeling that our child needs to be "fixed." But what we really need is to change our parenting perspective and find appropriate solutions to communicate with our strong-willed child. * This post includes Affiliate Links. What Is A Strong-Willed Child? A strong-willed child is often described as "difficult" or "stubborn." Some of the common characteristics include: Determined Passionate Persistent Spirited Constant desire to "be right" Desperately need to be "in charge" Questions everything Free Resource Library Get direct access to download freebies all at once in…

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How To Encourage Communication Development In Your Young Child

Raising a little human is a tough task for any parent. We are responsible for teaching our children how to walk, talk, and be overall good human beings. A young child, as young as infancy, already begins to understand forms of communication, both verbal and non-verbal. There are several ways parents can encourage communication development in a young child. 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. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Two…

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Our First Preschool Experience – Finding Harmony in the Routine

This Summer I was a SAHM of two under 5. But this fall my oldest started Preschool and our daily dynamic changed. Transitioning to a part-time school routine while staying with my 2 year old has been a bit confusing. Granted, there are more positives than negatives, but we're all still trying to figure things out. Our first Preschool experience required a lot of emotional harmony between me and my two children. 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…

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How To Help Your Child Overcome Sudden Fear Of Water

A child's behavior is usually described as irrational, hence the random meltdowns, when battling internal struggles and developing fears. It is very common for young children, such as infants and toddlers, to develop a sudden and irrational fear of water. This article will help you determine the cause of this sudden fear of water and help your child overcome it. 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. A Child's Fear of Water When…

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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. 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. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Less diapering, but is your child ready? Determining readiness can be…

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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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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 vegetables, parents have to pull out their super powers and come up with a good hidden veggie recipe.I'm super lazy when it comes to the kitchen and preparing meals so I don't often cook meals from scratch. But since having kids I want to make sure I'm feeding them right so I try to make an effort here and there. Free Resource Library Get direct access to download freebies all at once in the Free Resource Library. Email First…

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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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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. Free Resource Library…

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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 Links. Free…

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