The Ultimate List of Preschool Gift Ideas

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

We know young kids learn through play and having some of these in your repertoire can spark those little minds even more.   There are so many toys out there for preschoolers, but as I think about what gifts to buy my 4 year old this year- I want them to meet some basic criteria. Don’t get me wrong, he is… Read More

8 Tips to Prepare your Toddler for New Baby

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Do you remember the fear you felt while pregnant with your first baby? So many things that were new! Not just the changes with your body, but also mentally preparing to take care of a new little being. I read a lot of different pregnancy books and that definitely helped ease some of my fears. But when that little baby… Read More

Encourage Brain Growth with these 50+ Gifts for Babies and Toddlers

50+ gifts that are developmentally matched to encourage brain growth AND hours of fun! Perfect gifts for babies and toddlers, from 0 months to 2 years old. Gift guide for babies, gifts for toddlers, one year old birthday gifts, two year old birthday gifts, christmas gifts for babies and toddlers

Babies and toddlers learn through play!  When we use games that target developmental skills- It’s a win win. I’m not saying we don’t have the flashing Paw Patrol toys, but it’s essential that I have at least some open ended and educational toys. For Christmas and birthdays, I love to focus on the gifts for babies and toddlers that help… Read More

2 year old refuses to eat? Try these Super Helpful Tips

The problem with feeding kids is that it’s constantly changing. Right when you figure how to feed your baby, they grow into one year olds needing completely new foods. They develop a favorite food, to then completely dislike it a few months later.  Then there are the phases when they refuse to eat complete food groups… or forget food groups-… Read More

Party Planning with a Kids’ Birthday Checklist!

Kids' birthday party planning guide with a birthday checklist, a brainstorming page and an organized shopping list. birthday party checklist, birthday party list, party planning ideas

I’ve wanted to share these planning checklists with you all for some time! Now that we just wrapped up another birthday party, it was all fresh on the brain again, so a perfect time to write it out. Having a birthday checklist going into your party planning process is really really helpful. Just like any to do lists and writing… Read More

Daily Toddler Schedule to Combat that Summer Chaos

Create a daily toddler schedule to combat summer chaos. Includes tips for adjusting your routines, simple dinner ideas and a daily example schedule.

This post is sponsored by Red Baron but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Summer is fun and exciting, making room for vacations, pool days and excursions. But it can also get a little chaotic. With school and other times of year, there is more routine and structure to the day and as we know, really helps… Read More

Make Memories with a Summer Bucket List for Toddlers!

Having a summer bucket list and a plan of summer activities for toddlers is a perfect way to make lasting memories and get the most of your summer as a family!

Summer makes me so giddy!  And not just because I live in Chicago with super long winters. When I think of my childhood, I have so many fond memories that revolved around summer- like jumping through sprinklers, watching fireworks on the 4th, eating ice cream at a shop and playing kickball in a friend’s yard.  Summer is all about memories,… Read More

End the Power Struggle with this Easy Daily Routine Chart

End power struggles, stop repeating yourself and ease your worries about nagging with this super easy to follow daily routine chart. Teaches positive independence with this visual and interactive tool for completing routines in the morning, during meal time and before bed.

If you find yourself repeating instructions over and over to your toddler or engrossed in power struggles with them- than this daily routine chart is for you! I work on our routine all the time. As babies, I had them on schedules and it worked great. I’m sure you can guess- things change when we hit the 2 year old… Read More

Mothering Two: Acknowledging the Bad and Celebrating the Good

Mothering two kids or becoming a mom of two is tough and exhausting work. Thinking about the best moments siblings have together helps celebrate the joys of motherhood and acknowledge what all this hard work is for.

Motherhood can be tough! Going from one to a mom of two is definitely an adjustment. There are truly lots of positives of becoming a mom the second time around, as I mentioned in things that are easier with your second baby.  Those are still very true.  But there are also lots and lots of new situations and personalities to… Read More