Mom Summer Essentials: 8 Must-Have Items for Water Activities

Hey mamas, it's officially summer! This time of year we're practically living either at the pool, exploring our local splash pads, or going to the beach. And as moms, we're responsible for being prepared with all the things for summer and water activities. Here is my list of favorite summer essentials for any mom that will make your summer with kids a lot smoother. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Sun Protection 1. Sunscreen You can't go through summer as a mom without smothering your kids with a little (or a lot) of sunscreen. Did you know that some sunscreen formulas…

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How To Make An Exciting Kids Eric Carle Inspired Craft

So many of us have been impacted by Eric Carle at some point in our lives. As part of a Kindergarten art lesson, we did a few Eric Carle-inspired texture collage craft activities. * This post includes Affiliate Links. The Freedom to Create Adults often envy a child's ability to be so creative and free and this craft actually brought me back to my own childhood. As I was explaining the first steps in creating this art collage to my kids, they became a bit confused. At 4 and 6 years old, they are already developing a standard form of…

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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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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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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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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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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 to avoid tracking in dirt and, in socks, it can be fairly slippery. But I figured out a way around the slippage, with DIY non slip socks for my toddlers. I expected to only do this little DIY for their learning-to-walk stages but we ended up loving it so much that I still do it just for fun. This really comes in handy because toddlers are runners and they're always distracted. Non slip socks make our…

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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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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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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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