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…

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Valentine’s Day with Kids + Printables

Our Valentine's Week so far So far we've had plenty of Valentine's Day fun.Last week we attended a cute little Tot Time in our area where there was an open play full of toys and costumes as well as a little crafting area. My kids loved the simple craft of using stamps and putting foam stickers on paper. We had a lovely and calm morning.Over the weekend we spent quality time as a family. My husband captured some great moments on our camera of me baking with the kids. We made some yummy heart cookies. I had my son help me…

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DIY Chalkboard Fun for Kids

Chalkboards can be a lot of fun. 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. My husband and I decided to turn one wall in our son's room into a fun chalkboard art wall for the kids.  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…

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Favorite Tools for Feeding Babies & Toddlers

I find that sometimes having the right tools makes a huge difference in the way we do things.Kids are a huge market of products, but some of those products are amazing, some are decent, and some are complete garbage. So make sure you're checking ratings and reviews before buying anything!This is a basic list I've compiled of some of my favorite products and tools for feeding our children within the Baby and Toddler stages.Side Tip: Quality is always better than Quantity. You will not be using these things forever so you don't want them taking up all the space in…

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Toddler Development & Gift Guide for 2 Year Olds

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). 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. My little girl just turned 2 and I'm seeing her grow so much in so many ways just…

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Kid-Approved Hidden Veggie Meatloaf

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.One of the biggest issues for feeding children is usually getting them to eat their vegetables. While this is not entirely the case for me, I like giving them blended foods so that they get the proper nutrients.I first made this meatloaf for my daughter, who is pretty much the opposite of most children because she likes vegetables…

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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.  Potty training my first child has always terrified me. I put it off because I had a feeling it would be really tricky with my stubborn boy. We went through a lot of struggles through our potty training process but I managed to pick up some good tips and tricks. I even made several homemade potty charts to try to motivate my boy. In this post I'll cover topics like: Determining potty training readiness Potty training boys versus girls Beginning to potty train The poop struggle 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…

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15 Things to Know Before Going To Disney

My family and I planned a trip to Magic Kingdom over the summer that was extremely exciting, yet very overwhelming. If you're interested in our story, you can read it here. 1. Buy Your Tickets in Advance If you plan on buying at the park, that's an extra line you don't want to be in that day. If you purchase online in advance you can reserve FastPasses a minimum of 30 days in advance. 2. Download and use the my disney experience app Do this as soon as you get your tickets so you can study the park map, attractions…

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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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Toddler Birthday Parties

My little guy (our oldest) is turning 3 soon and I’ve been reminiscing. I just came across some pictures from his birthday last year and figured I’d put it together in a post.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.His birthday falls in July, which is when the weather is the most random because its horribly hot and randomly rainy. I had intended to throw him a casual playground party to keep to a minimum budget but with the…

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Toddler Gift Guide for 1 Year Olds

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. 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 the time that they are 2 that you will soon find yourself looking for more ways to entertain them.…

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Easy DIY Toddler Bed Bumper

Our son is about to turn 3 so 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 to help ease our boy's transition to a big boy bed using a few cheap pool noodles. * This post includes Affiliate Links. trial and error We've had a…

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Banana Muffins Recipe

I've made these muffins many times and kids and adults love them so much I decided to share here. 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. First let me say that most of my recipes I found online or was given by a friend and I may have tweaked a bit to my standards. I'm no chef by any means, but when I find a recipe I like I save it on my phone and reuse it as…

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Baby & Toddler Water Gear

It's Summertime, which means most of us are trying to survive this heat by spending time by the pool or water. Here are some Baby and Toddler Essentials for pool and water activities. Swimwear You can find baby & toddler sizes for swimwear anywhere you buy children's clothing, however I personally prefer ones with more coverage so I opt for rash guards. My daughter has very white and sensitive skin so her first bathing suit covered from her neck to her ankles. You can still find these, with our without hoods, for toddlers and young children but they also sell…

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Toddler Nap Struggles

Journal Entry about convincing my toddler to go to sleep at nap time. Introduction With my son being almost 3 he's become a little more complicated to put down for a nap because he wants to play all day. Today I tried something new and he was dozing off before I could leave the room, which never happens and probably won't work as well again! Babies and toddlers go through different patterns of their daily schedules in relation to meal times and sleeping times mixed with playtime and daily activities/outings. For a while I've established a pattern for us (me…

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My Daughter’s Silly Baby Hair

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. If you're not familiar with a cowlick, its 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 one's scalp, although sometimes on the forehead or back of the neck. They cannot be removed, only somewhat managed, although children's cowlicks are said to mature on their…

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DIY Non-Slip Socks

When our babies start to stand up, cruise, and learn to walk socks can become a slippery issue.I didn't like the idea of my kids being barefoot all the time so I adapted their socks to be non-slip.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. Every time I buy my toddlers new socks I cover my counter for a…

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Toddlers Helping around the House

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. But do you want your child to grow up to the opposite extreme of having no clue how to care for themselves or do basic things like cook and clean!? The key is: know your limits.…

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Toddler Screen/TV Time

Hi, I'm Paula. I'm a stay at home mom of two children and I abuse screen time. If you do too, welcome to Screen Time's Anonymous! * This post includes Affiliate Links. Mom's Addiction to Toddler Screen Time For me, the addiction started when my second child was born. I started putting the TV on for my 1 year old to keep him distracted so that I could keep an eye on him while I nursed the baby. Since then I've put it for him when he starts getting too grumpy or jealous, while I cook or clean, or when his sister is…

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