Becoming 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 son was just a few months old, I had the crazy thought to have our second child right away. Our baby was so calm and easy that we felt like we could handle another baby.Within a few months, we agreed to try for our second and suddenly we became a…

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Why I Narrate To My Kids

I often narrate what I'm doing or what I'm about to do to prepare my kids for what to expect. I usually break things down into steps. I started this to prevent a tantrum when something happens out of their expectation but it helps tremendously in enlarging their communication and vocabulary. Talking To Myself When we had our son, our first, I was told to talk to my child often but once dad went back to work and and I was alone with him we were usually in silence. I always felt awkward talking to him because he couldn't talk…

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Baby Bump Photo Sequence

When you're expecting a child everything is very exciting and you cannot wait to meet your child and start a new journey of life. It takes a long time to grow a child but its also a beautiful process. Most parents like to take professional photoshoots at the beginning and end of the pregnancy as well as after the baby is born. My husband and I aren't much for professional photography but with our first I did try to do my own baby bump photo sequence throughout the whole process. I got into the same outfit each time (I made…

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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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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. * 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. 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…

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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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Baby Approved Banana Muffins Recipe

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.I've made these banana muffins many times for several toddler gatherings. Both the kids and adults love them so much that I decided to share here with you guys.This recipe is baby, toddler, and adult approved. * 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. I'm no chef by any means, but…

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Moonlight & Melodies Nightlight Owl Soother

My personal review of Skip Hop's Moonlight & Melodies Nightlight Owl Soother. 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. 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. This is a great baby product! It's a nightlight, sound monitor, and a star projector all in one. My daughter loves this thing! I got…

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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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Ingenuity Toddler Booster Seat

My personal review of Ingenuity Toddler Booster Seat. 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. 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. Looking for a Dining Table Booster Seat? This one is great! And it's available in multiple colors in varying prices. Ingenuity Toddler Booster Seat This is the second booster…

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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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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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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. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst…

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Multilingual Parenting – Benefits of Raising Bilingual 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 at first but we didn't listen, and thank goodness for that. Even though they're still very young, they're pretty good at speaking English, Portuguese and Spanish.We never doubted wanting to raise our children to learn our languages. My husband and I were both raised bilingual and we love…

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Benefits of 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. There are great…

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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:HelicopterFree RangeAuthoritarianPermissiveAuthoritativeUninvolved Helicopter Parenting A common term used with parents who are overly involved in their children's lives. Children raised with this style have higher chances of…

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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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Mom Struggles With Two Under Two – Grocery Shopping

As a parent of two young toddlers, I've faced some serious mom struggles when it comes to grocery shopping. I've been lucky to not have had any major issues or disasters, other than a few embarrassing moments here and there. But with two kids under two, the logistics of grocery shopping got very complicated for a while and I serioulsy struggled.  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. Main mom struggles of shopping with two under two Here were some of…

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Toddler Screen 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. 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. 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 one year old to keep him distracted so that I could keep an eye on him while…

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What You Really Need for Baby Shopping

Congrats, you're expecting a baby! So you're bringing a child into this world and everyone is telling you what you need for the baby. 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.  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. Don't Show Again * This post includes Affiliate Links. The Marketing Scam If you're a first time parent you're…

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