15 Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make

gifts kids can make

A few years ago, I started the tradition of making homemade gifts with my boys.  Originally the idea was that it would be gifts from them to various family members.  I want them to think about giving as an integral part of the Christmas season- not just always talking about what they want from Santa.   They were 1 and 3… Read More

Best Black Friday Deals for Parents!

You are probably getting tons of emails and notifications about Black Friday. As I reflected on how to structure this post, I want it to be worth your while- i.e Helpful in pointing out some good deals, and not just listing all the sites that have sales.  I’m going through some of the big retailers, and pulling out specific discounts… Read More

35 Baby Christmas Gifts Most Loved by Moms

The best toys aren’t always the ones with the most commercials, or in every Walmart or Target catalogue.  While we have  (and love) our fair share of toys that are purely bright and have cheerful music, some of the best baby toys aren’t the most obvious. Babies are learning through play and they are hitting developmental milestones at lightening speed.… Read More

The 31 Best Toddler Gift Ideas!

toddler gift ideas for boys, gifts for toddler girls

Toddlers learn the widest range of skills in the shortest amount of time than any other age range! Probably why they are so spirited, that is a lot of work. But thankfully for us parents, they work on a lot of those skills while playing. These toddler gift ideas are all about helping our little people thrive in everything they… Read More

Ultimate List of Preschool Gift Ideas- 45+ Gifts!

Ultimate list of preschool gift ideas includes toys in various categories for your science enthusiast, builders, creatives and masters of imaginative play.

There are A LOT of toys out there.  This Christmas 2019 gift guide for preschoolers will help you sort through all the madness and find some quality preschool gift ideas.  These are investments and should be good! So what makes a toy worth recommending? These are some of my biggest factors. They need to be good quality, can be played… Read More

Baby Led Weaning Sweet Potato Wedges Recipe

Sweet potato is one of the best first foods for baby! It’s stocked full of nutrients, super tasty and easy to cook in a variety of ways.  I’ve already included it in my baby food puree recipes, but with my third baby I decided to try some baby led weaning. The first foods I gave him are almost exactly as… Read More

My I Don’t Do List: Changing Perfect Mom Culture

I Don't List for Moms

Mom burnout is something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.  I wholeheartedly agree that it’s time we change the “perfect motherhood” era. I’ve said it before, but how do I help and actually put actions behind my words? That’s the hard part. We are in an age of motherhood that can be debilitating.  It is the age of… Read More

How to Make Instant Pot Applesauce

This Instant Pot Applesauce is so easy to make! You can cook it up in minutes! Since there is no added sugar, it’s a perfect snack for anyone in your family- including babies and toddlers. Freezer friendly and easy to throw into yummy muffins as well.  It’s mid October and beautiful in Chicago.  After living in Texas for years, it’s… Read More

4 Daily Toddler Schedule Samples

toddler schedule examples

I recently joined the 3 kid club and the forever boy mom club. The shop is now closed after I had my third boy 6 months ago. 🙂 My husband and I always planned on 2-3 and joke that a 4th would drive us out of Chicago where we love. So now that my 3rd boy Rhys is growing up,… Read More

Water Party Ideas: Splish Splash Birthday Bash

We have a couple summer birthdays at our house, and there are so many quintessential birthday themes that are all about summer. My son Ellis has the first summer birthday in June, followed by Miles in late August. Ellis is a ball of energy- incredibly playful, loves to to run and all the sports.  A theme has to involve running… Read More