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 access to download all my freebies all at once. Email First Name…

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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. * This post includes Affiliate Links.In this post I'll cover topics like:Determining potty training readinessPotty training boys versus girlsBeginning to potty trainThe poop strugglePotty training regressionHow…

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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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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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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. * 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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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. Free Resource…

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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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Skip Hop Foam Floor Tiles

My personal review of Skip Hop Foam Floor Tiles.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. My Review I have two sets of both of these mats in these exact colors in my kids' rooms and I love them. We have hard floors at our house…

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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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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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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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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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Munchkin Miracle 360 Cups

My personal review of Munchkin's Miracle 360 Cups. 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. You've probably seen these quite a bit because they're very popular. If you haven't they're worth checking out! It might take your child a little time to learn how…

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ez-pz Happy Mats

My personal review of ez-pz Happy Mats. 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. Now that our youngest is growing up a little more we moved her from the highchair to the dining table with the rest of us and needed a decent placemat…

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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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4moms Breeze Playard

My personal review of 4moms Breeze Playard. 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. We purchased this playard a few years ago when we were expecting our first son, recently the 4moms company released new versions of their playards that are a bit smaller.…

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Crocodile Creek Dinosaur Junior Jigsaw Puzzle

My personal review of Crockodile Creek Dinosaur Junior Jigsaw Puzzle. 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. Dinosaur 72 piece Puzzle 14" x 19" We got this for our son just last week because he has recently come to love doing jigsaw puzzles and…

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IKEA Children’s Table & Chairs Set

My personal review of Ikea's Children's Table & Chairs Set. 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 particular set is sold with 2 chairs but it is also available with 3. We got this as a gift from the grandparents and it was…

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Indigo Jamm Red Kitchenette Diner Playset

My personal review of Indigo Jamm's Red Kitchenette Diner Playset. 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. We got this kitchenette for our kids as a Christmas gift and they love it! It comes with everything you see in the picture. Just about all…

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OXO Tot Silicone Roll Up Bibs

My personal review of OXO's Tot Silicone Roll Up Bibs. 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. I'm IN LOVE with these bibs! I was struggling with the kinds I had originally purchased for my child. He would pull on the bib and it…

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Melissa & Doug Pretend Play Cleaning Set

My personal review of Melissa & Doug's Pretend Play Cleaning Set. 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. I purchased this over a year ago for my almost 2 year old, he was fascinated! Whenever he sees me clean something he goes to get…

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