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Five Favorite Baby Items

Five Favorite Baby Items

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Here are some of my favorite baby items/toys from the first year! Birth – crawling (0-6 months) Before your baby can crawl, an activity mat is the perfect place for him or her to play! Our baby loved 

Holiday Books

Holiday Books

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. I’m sharing some favorites from my holiday book collection! Just click on the images below to learn more about each book!    1. Llama Llama Holiday Drama – a great addition to any Llama Lama collection 2. Auntie 

A Second Sleep Story & 3-4 Month Schedules

A Second Sleep Story & 3-4 Month Schedules

This is Part 1 of my second baby’s sleep story. You can find the update/Part 2 here. And, find more sleep schedules here. This post contains affiliate links. See more information. A Second Sleep Story The moral of the story is…. there’s no such thing as a 

2 year old schedule

2 year old schedule

Find more sleep schedules and sleep stories here. 2 Year Old Schedule These are the key points that I think are most important to maintaining peace with my 2 year old. It was a long journey with him to get to this point but it was 

Super Easy 5 Minute Vegetarian Roasted Red Pepper Enchiladas

Super Easy 5 Minute Vegetarian Roasted Red Pepper Enchiladas

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. I use the nonstick mats pictured above and everything always comes off the pan so easily! This is a recipe you can put together in 5 minutes if you roast the peppers ahead of time! My whole family 

A Second Baby Story

A Second Baby Story

This is the story of the birth of my second child. You can read my first birth story here.  My blood pressure had been climbing up with the low number hovering in the high 80s and they had a protein level come back high so 

Trader Joe’s Crock Pot Meatballs

Trader Joe’s Crock Pot Meatballs

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Having two kids two and under makes for a new kind of meal prep. I need easy and fast recipes, and I mean they need to be really easy and really fast. I either need to be able 

How to Start a Baby Book Club

How to Start a Baby Book Club

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Baby Book Club When my little one was about 18 months old, I really wanted him to have experiences socializing with other kids as well as engage in interactive literacy activities. I also wanted to socialize with other 

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