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This is Real Mom!

This is Real Mom!

Two and a half years ago, I had a baby. It was what I had always dreamed of, but I had no idea what it would actually be like. Being a mom is so very different from what I expected, and the reality is that…

Naptime Deal: How to watch Daniel Tiger episodes online for FREE!

Naptime Deal: How to watch Daniel Tiger episodes online for FREE!

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. For the longest time, we were using the same few episodes on YouTube and then we found out that Amazon Prime has all of the Daniel Tiger episodes from the first 7 seasons (Update: As of 2019, only…

A Baby Story

A Baby Story

This is the birth story of my first child. At the end of both of my pregnancies, I found reading other women’s birth stories to be very comforting. I hope that my story can be useful to other women and that other women will feel…

Red and Lulu

Red and Lulu

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. I came across Red and Lulu this week and fell in love. I love falling in love with children’s books, it is definitely a great feeling when I find one that I know will be a story my children/students…

Fall Books

Fall Books

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. We took a trip to the bookstore yesterday to check out the Fall books, and we came home with some great finds! Llama Llama Gives Thanks – I had to get this to add to our Llama Llama collections.…

Baby and Toddler Gift Ideas Under $25

Baby and Toddler Gift Ideas Under $25

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. For Pretend Play Melissa and Doug Cookies  – My son loves to play pretend with these in his kitchen! Melissa and Doug Pizza Kit – My son got this pizza kit for his birthday and absolutely loves playing pizza store…

How to do Stamp Art without the Mess!

How to do Stamp Art without the Mess!

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. My two year old loves stamps! Particularly, he loves the vehicle stamps, but he has these too. When he gets a little older, I will let him start using the stamps with paper and ink, but for right…

What We Read Today

What We Read Today

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. These are the books I read this morning with my baby (4 months old). He loved them both so I thought I’d share! Little Panda is my favorite in this series of finger puppet books. The story is…

A Sleep Story

A Sleep Story

This is the story of how my first baby learned to sleep. You can find my second baby’s story here. and learn how to teach your baby to sleep here. Re-reading this story and the things I learned that I wrote when my first baby…

Vanilla Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. I’m not sure where I got this recipe from, but these are some delicious cupcakes! One nice thing about this recipe is that it makes about 10-12 cupcakes, which is perfect for most small families. I know in…

18 Month Schedule

18 Month Schedule

Find more sleep schedules and sleep stories here. This post contains affiliate links. See more information. 18 Months This was our schedule at 18 months. 7:45 am Wake Up He usually wakes up between 7 and 8 am. He is most often content rolling around in his…

Four Favorite Baby Books

Four Favorite Baby Books

This post contains affiliate links. See more information.   It can be overwhelming to choose books that both you and your baby will enjoy! My personal favorite is Baby Beluga. I really love all of the Raffi songs and books, and I find that both of my…

What We Read Today

What We Read Today

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. This morning, we read Let it Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler. This book is perfect for this time of year and for the 2-4 year old age group. She references apple picking, fall fairs, leaves falling, and at the…

10 Bath Time Tips

10 Bath Time Tips

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Bath Time! Here are some great tips on the different things to think about when preparing for bath time for your little one! 1. An infant tub – I always chose to co-bathe with my babies because I…

What’s in my Diaper Bag?

What’s in my Diaper Bag?

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Diaper Bag Essentials I sometimes use the backpack diaper bag pictured above (update: no longer available) and it does what it needs to do (other times I use a Jansport backpack or any other bag!) I love all…

Toy Storage

Toy Storage

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Where to Store all the Toys? Toys, toys, everywhere! I like for our toy storage to mostly blend in with the other decorations in our apartment. It is also important to me when I’m choosing storage that the…

Keeping Baby Warm in Winter for Babywearing Mamas

Keeping Baby Warm in Winter for Babywearing Mamas

Babywearing in Winter This post contains affiliate links. See more information. It’s a challenge getting around the city in the winter with a baby! When my now two year old was still of the age to be carried around in the baby carrier, I used this…

10 Rainy Day Toddler Activities

10 Rainy Day Toddler Activities

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Here are some ideas for rainy days, OR you could just turn on Daniel Tiger and call it a day! 1. Go to the bookstore or library (pictured is the bookstore 2 blocks away from my apartment!) 2.…

Preparing for Baby: Pregnancy Resources

Preparing for Baby: Pregnancy Resources

Photo credit: The very talented Malena who took maternity photos for us 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,…

Preparing for Baby: The Baby Stuff List

Preparing for Baby: The Baby Stuff List

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,…

The Baby Stuff List: For Baby

The Baby Stuff List: For Baby

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,…

The Baby Stuff List: Nursery Gear

The Baby Stuff List: Nursery Gear

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,…

The Baby Stuff List: Big Purchases

The Baby Stuff List: Big Purchases

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,…

The Baby Stuff List: For the Nursing Mom

The Baby Stuff List: For the Nursing Mom

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,…

Cloth Diapers

Cloth Diapers

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. I never thought I would become a cloth diaper-er. Before I was pregnant, I didn’t understand why my friends with kids would want to add one more thing (extra laundry, no thank you!!!) to all the other things…

13 Month Schedule

13 Month Schedule

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Find more sleep schedules and sleep stories here.  13 Months This is the schedule I followed with my now 2 year old and he is still an excellent sleeper! Times can be changed, but what I think is…

Shapes Theme

Shapes Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Songs/Fingerplays The Circle The circle is a shape That’s easy to be found. It has no corners on it And is completely round. (Form circle with fingers) A Square is its Name Here’s a shape that you should…

Fall Theme

Fall Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Songs/Fingerplays Scarecrow, Scarecrow (Sung to: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn Around)   Scarecrow, Scarecrow, turn around (children turn around) Scarecrow, scarecrow, jump up and down (children jump up and down) Scarecrow, scarecrow, arms up high (children hold hands…

Leaves and Trees Theme

Leaves and Trees Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Songs/Fingerplays Five Autumn Leaves Five autumn leaves hanging from a tree (hold up 5 fingers) The first one said “Very soon we’ll be free.” The second one said, “I’m falling to the ground.” The third one said, “I’ll…

School Theme

School Theme

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Songs/Fingerplays To preschool we will go! (Tune: Farmer in the Dell) To preschool we will go! To preschool we will go! We’ll learn and play and make new friends To preschool we will go! This Is The Way…

Apple Theme

Apple Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Songs/Fingerplays Ten Red Apples Ten red apples growing on a tree. Hold arms up in the air like branches. Five for you and five for me. Shake one hand and then the other. I will shake the tree…

ABC Theme

ABC Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information.  Songs/Fingerplays Action Rhyme: “Alphabet Beat”   First clap your hands. Then stomp your feet. Everybody do the alphabet beat. Apple, Apple, Apple – a – a – a, Apple, Apple, Apple – a – a – a, Wave…

Space Theme

Space Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information.  Songs/Fingerplays Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are! Climb…

Baby, Toddler, & Preschool Activity Time!

Baby, Toddler, & Preschool Activity Time!

Looking for activities to do with your baby, toddler, or preschooler? We are sharing real-mom-tested activities in Baby & Toddler Activity Time and Preschool Activity Time! Here are the themes we have been exploring: Activity Time Themes Each theme has ideas for songs/fingerplays, books, videos,…

Beach Theme

Beach Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Songs/Fingerplays At the Beach At the beach, The sun shines down (make a sun with arms over head) I see smiles (point to smile) On kids all around. Smiling in the sand, Smiling in the sea, But the…

Zoo Theme

Zoo Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Songs/Fingerplays One, One, the Zoo is Lots of Fun! One, one: the zoo is lots of fun. Two, two: see a kangaroo. Three, three: see a chimpanzee. Four, four: hear the lions roar. Five, five: watch the seals…

Carnival Theme

Carnival Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Follow along with our weekly themes in   Baby and Toddler Activity Time and Preschool Activity Time! Songs/Fingerplays “Five Little Kernels” Five little kernels sizzling in the pot All of a sudden, one went POP! (count down) Carnival…

Fruits and Vegetables Theme

Fruits and Vegetables Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Fingerplays Lemons in the Bowl  Five big lemons in the bowl. (Hold up five fingers) One fell out and started to roll. (Fold down one finger, and roll hands) It bumped the table and it hit my toe…

Naptime Deals

Naptime Deals

I started Naptime Deals to help moms save money on everyday items and all things mom! Deal shopping is a hobby of mine, and it is fun to share and help other moms save money, too. I love sharing deals on quality items that moms…

Fishie Activities

Fishie Activities

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. I recently found this song/poem/rhyme, and it is perfect for summer: 5 Little Fishies Swimming in the Pool The first one said this pool is cool The second one said this pool is deep The third one said…