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Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Holiday Gift Guide 2019

This post contains affiliate links.See more information. Holiday Gift Guide 2019 I can’t believe it’s that time of year again!! Here are my top picks this year for babies through preschoolers!! For updates on the biggest sales of the Holiday Season, be sure to follow […]

A New Baby

A New Baby

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Announcing a New Baby Adding to your family is such an exciting time! Telling your older child(ren) about the new expected arrival can be more fun with a little planning and a few small gifts! When we told […]

Black Out Cordless Blinds

Black Out Cordless Blinds

Black Out Cordless Blinds This post contains affiliate links. See more information. My first solution to blacking out the windows in my kids’ room worked for about 3 years! I purchased black out fabric, cut it to the size of the windows, and secured it using […]

Pizzelles

Pizzelles

Pizzelles This post contains affiliate links. See more information. We love Pizzelles! They are really simple and easy to make! You don’t even need an oven, but you do need this Pizzelle cookie press! Ingredients 3 eggs 3/4 cup white sugar 1/2 cup butter, melted 1 […]

Updated Toy Storage

Updated Toy Storage

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Toy Storage We moved into our current apartment when our first baby was 2 weeks old! I am a planner, and I spent the last month of my pregnancy planning our new apartment (we moved from 500 square […]

The Best Lightweight Strollers

The Best Lightweight Strollers

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. The Best Lightweight Strollers One question I see asked A LOT among moms is: which lightweight stroller is the best? And, like almost every baby item out there, the best one for you depends on a variety of […]

Making Food Fun

Making Food Fun

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Making Food Fun Mealtimes can be stressful for a variety of reasons — picky kids, picky parents, not knowing what to serve, and fussy kids can all come together to create occasional chaos. I find that I always […]

Prime Day Tips & Tricks

Prime Day Tips & Tricks

This post contains affiliate links. See more information.  Prime Day Tips & Tricks I love shopping! I have pretty much been a life-long shopper of things on sale, as whenever I enter a physical store I run straight to the back to check out the clearance […]

Preparing for Baby: The Baby is Here

Preparing for Baby: The Baby is Here

I have already written extensively about what I have done with my babies in my baby stories, sleep stories, schedules, and secret to sleeping through the night. But I needed to add this post for the mama who is 39 or 40 weeks pregnant and feeling […]

And Now He’s Two!

And Now He’s Two!

Photo by Camille CD Photography How is my baby going to be two this week? Looking back at his newborn photos has me feeling very nostalgic about the past two years! I am so happy to be his mama and also so thankful for the […]

How to Interview a Babysitter

How to Interview a Babysitter

This post contains affiliate links. See more information.  When my second baby was about 6 weeks old and my toddler was just over 2, I realized that I was going to need a little extra help in the coming months. I contacted students at the local […]

Preparing for Baby: After the Baby Shower

Preparing for Baby: After the Baby Shower

This post contains affiliate links. See more information.  So much fun! And then… the party is over and everyone goes home! You may have received some things that you have never seen before and don’t know what you will do with! Where will you put everything? […]

Baby Registry: Save, Spend, Splurge

Baby Registry: Save, Spend, Splurge

This is the list of resources I send to my pregnant friends whenever I find out they are expecting! You can view all of the other sections through these links: Pregnancy Resources, The Baby Stuff List, What Do I Really Need?, Nursery Gear, For Baby, Big Purchases, For Mom, Save, Spend, […]

Traveling with Littles: A Weekend in Chicago

Traveling with Littles: A Weekend in Chicago

This post contains affiliate links. See more information.  We had a blast this past weekend visiting a new city — Chicago! I love traveling with my family even though traveling with littles is not always easy. I’ve written many of my tips and tricks for traveling […]

5 Travel Tips plus Bonus Tip: Sleeping Away from Home!

5 Travel Tips plus Bonus Tip: Sleeping Away from Home!

This post contains affiliate links. See more information.  Here are some travel tips I recently shared with my Facebook group, Naptime Deals! Click here to join and follow along for great baby sales, deals, tips, recommendations, and more! Also, I have written more posts on travel […]

Naptime Deals! Enfamil, Contact Solution, Target Beauty, Probiotics, Echo Dot Kids, Duplo, Keens, Stride Rite & Much More!!!

Naptime Deals! Enfamil, Contact Solution, Target Beauty, Probiotics, Echo Dot Kids, Duplo, Keens, Stride Rite & Much More!!!

Today’s Deals 3-13! Facebook is down! So here are the deals from today! Follow when Facebook is back up at: facebook.com/groups/naptimedeals (Links are Affiliate Links) Basics 35% off Enfamil NeuroPro More Enfamil coupons here! $5 coupons to clip on Contact Solution! Renu and BioTrue Target 14 […]

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

It ain’t a party ’till someone poops in the tub… Lunch & Nap I might as well just start serving lunch straight from the floor, since yesterday at lunch, little man sat on his lunch, threw it on the floor, and then asked to get […]

My Favorite YouTube Videos for Kids

My Favorite YouTube Videos for Kids

There are so many great quality programs for littles on YouTube — one thing we did yesterday that worked amazingly was setting a timer for 15 minutes of playtime and then doing a “brain break” YouTube video and repeating the cycle! Another thing that works […]

Easy Christmas Cookies

Easy Christmas Cookies

I posted the story of how I ended up with this cookie recipe over on Instagram 🙂 Here is the Recipe, adapted from Betty Crocker’s Christmas Cookbook: 2 sticks softened butter 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups flour sprinkles Beat butter, sugar, and […]

The Realities of Motherhood: Birth Stories

The Realities of Motherhood: Birth Stories

When I started the @thisisrealmom project, I set out to document everyday realities of motherhood. I was inspired by my own struggles, especially when it comes to expectations vs. reality. Here are some stories from myself as well as other mothers who can also relate […]

Holiday Gift Guide!

Holiday Gift Guide!

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. My favorite holiday is just around the corner! Over in Naptime Deals I have organized lists of gift ideas by age and other members have added their ideas as well! It’s a great collection of holiday gift ideas! Clicking […]

A Year of Seasonal Toddler Themes

A Year of Seasonal Toddler Themes

We are sharing activity ideas every day in our Facebook groups Eat, Play Sleep, and Preschool Activity Time! Here are some seasonal activity themes to use for activity inspiration! Fall September Apples School Leaves and Trees Seasons: Fall Shapes October Bats Spiders Pumpkins Halloween November […]

First Birthday Tradition: Birthday Book

First Birthday Tradition: Birthday Book

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. First Birthday Tradition We started a tradition at my son’s first birthday where we had a book sitting out at his party for everyone to write messages to him in. It is really special to look back and […]

On the Airplane: What Worked For Me

On the Airplane: What Worked For Me

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Little Airport Sticker Book (pictured above) On the Airplane Here are some photos and notes from our latest airplane trip. For more travel tips, check out Traveling with Littles: Tips and Tricks! These activities kept the littles entertained […]

Teaching Kindness to Toddlers

Teaching Kindness to Toddlers

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Have You Filled a Bucket Today? I recently pulled Have You Filled a Bucket Today? off the shelf to help my toddler understand why it is important to be kind to others. I wasn’t quite sure if it was […]

Favorite Toys for 1 Year Olds

Favorite Toys for 1 Year Olds

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Favorite Toys for One Year Olds I have written previously about great toys for babies and toddlers: see Favorite Baby Toys and Choosing the Best Toys for Toddlers for ideas for other ages… but what about the in-between stage, from approximately 12-18 […]

How I Taught my Babies to Drink from a Straw Cup

How I Taught my Babies to Drink from a Straw Cup

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Drinking from a Straw Cup I have been meaning to write this for a month, and it’s such a quick and easy trick that I don’t know why it took me so long! My son turned 11 […]

Tumbleleaf Coloring Activity

Tumbleleaf Coloring Activity

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Tumbleleaf Coloring Activity My son’s favorite shows right now are Tumbleleaf and “Mouse-Cookie.” His cousin was so sweet and sent him these finger puppets (pictured above) of the characters of Tumbleleaf and we have been having so much […]

Traveling with a Two Year Old

Traveling with a Two Year Old

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Traveling at age 2 Traveling at age 2 (he was 2.5 when we traveled) was the easiest age yet! I already posted about our airport and airplane experiences here, but I thought I would do a little follow […]

The Secret to Sleeping Through the Night

The Secret to Sleeping Through the Night

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Need More Sleep? My mom keeps telling me I need to write a book to help others learn how to put their babies to sleep. She keeps saying, “I wish I had known how to put my babies […]

Toot Scoot Toddler Bike

Toot Scoot Toddler Bike

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Toot Scoot Toddler Balance Bike My two year old loves riding around on his Toot Scoot. It’s a great tool for learning to ride a bike, and he is so happy scooting around the neighborhood independently! He has […]

Potty Training Essentials and Update

Potty Training Essentials and Update

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Update Potty training has gone well for us! Of course there have been accidents here and there, but overall, 3 months in, I am happy we did it when we did and am confident that he was ready […]

When Sleeping through the Night Can Wait

When Sleeping through the Night Can Wait

I believe that sleep is a learned skill. That teaching your baby to sleep is a gift you are giving him — when he is well-rested, he is happier, more alert, better able to learn new skills, and fully present in the world around him. […]

Traveling with Littles Tips and Tricks + Printable Packing List!

Traveling with Littles Tips and Tricks + Printable Packing List!

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Pictured Above: Must-haves for flying with 2: Baby Carrier and Toddler Headphones Traveling with Littles Traveling with little ones is not easy. Anyone who says otherwise either isn’t telling the truth or hasn’t done it… However, for many […]

For the Luck of the Irish: Blarney Stones

For the Luck of the Irish: Blarney Stones

This post contains affiliate links. See more information.  Blarney Stones Every year on St. Patrick’s day, my grandma makes Blarney Stones. I remember being at home one year when a package from her arrived in the mail: it was a box full of these unique treats! […]

4 Unique Personalized Big Brother – Little Brother Gift Ideas

4 Unique Personalized Big Brother – Little Brother Gift Ideas

This post contains affiliate links. See more information.  Matching Big Brother – Little Brother shirts (also comes in sister varieties!) – This is now my son’s favorite shirt! We have had it for almost 9 months and it has been through countless washes and still looks great! […]

Spring Books and Fingerplays for Babies and Toddlers

Spring Books and Fingerplays for Babies and Toddlers

This post contains affiliate links. See more information.  Spring Books and Fingerplays Spring is just around the corner! Talking to babies and children about the changing seasons prepares them for the changes and gets them excited for what’s to come! A fun theme to explore in […]

Daniel Tiger Episode List

Daniel Tiger Episode List

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Daniel Tiger Episode List Sometimes I want to watch a specific Daniel Tiger episode (doctor, birthday, new baby, feelings, school, etc.) with my son, and it is hard for me to find it. So, I made this list […]

Baby-proofing Tips and Tricks

Baby-proofing Tips and Tricks

This post contains affiliate links. See more information.  Baby-Proofing Time! When your baby starts crawling, cruising, and exploring, it’s time to start thinking about baby-proofing! These are some tips and tricks that worked for us, but by no means is this a comprehensive list or guide […]

How to find Great Stroller Deals: Amazon Warehouse Deals

How to find Great Stroller Deals: Amazon Warehouse Deals

This post contains affiliate links. See more information.  Amazon Warehouse Stroller Deals Above is a flash-back to our first stroller! Back then, I would have never guessed that we would over the course of 2.5 years own 5 different strollers. I thought it was a “you […]