Category: Parenting

What to do if you get Separated in Public

What to do if you get Separated in Public

Planning a family trip is fun and exciting. The whole family gets to go somewhere different and experience a new activity. This event could even be something you and your family look forward to for weeks. But then something you weren’t expecting happens: someone wanders off and gets lost! Over the Labor Day holiday when I visited my parents, we decided to all go to the zoo. This was four adults and two dependents (my toddler, and my Grandma). I list my Grandma as a dependent and not an adult because, well, she’s about as bad as a toddler. There […]

Posted October 17, 2016 by Julie in Family, Parenting, TopPosts, / 5 Comments
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What I’ll miss about having a Nanny and what I’m looking forward to with Daycare

What I’ll miss about having a Nanny and what I’m looking forward to with Daycare

Having a person care for my child in my own home as been absolutely wonderful. When we were deciding whether to hire a nanny or take our baby to a daycare center, there were so many factors we considered. An in-home nanny/babysitter type situation was perfect for us, and  I will miss it now that it is coming to an end. My nanny gave her notice, and today is her last day. I thought it would be fitting to reflect on our time together and the peace of mind she provided. Sure, it hasn’t been easy to having a stranger […]

Posted October 14, 2016 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts, Working Mom, / 30 Comments
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How to Transition a Toddler from a Crib to a Big Kid Bed, even if you’re not ready

How to Transition a Toddler from a Crib to a Big Kid Bed, even if you’re not ready

Every night there are tears. Every night a battle. I find myself repeating the same phrases. “Please go to sleep,” I say pleading. “Lay down” and “stop jumping” I beg, as I am worried he may hurt himself. I may not want to admit it, but it is time. My son has informed me that he no longer intends to sleep in his crib, and now I must face a scary milestone: transitioning my toddler from his crib to a bed. Crib to Toddler Bed Transition This is a scary milestone, isn’t it? Taking a child from a confined safe place like […]

Posted October 10, 2016 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts, , / 50 Comments
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How To Organize a Kids Room With Too Many Toys

How To Organize a Kids Room With Too Many Toys

Dealing With Kid Clutter Through Toy Rotation In case you didn’t know it, kids accumulate stuff like nobody’s business. Kids’ meal toys, gifts from the grandparents, birthdays, Christmas… the list goes on and on. They also spread said “stuff” from one end of the house to the other faster than you can blink, but that’s another story for another day. As much as I dread it, the pile of toys has to be dealt with. Now, I’m not a neat person by any stretch of the imagination. I have “creative brain,” often leaving plenty of evidence of where I’ve been […]

Posted September 28, 2016 by Julie in Guest Posts, Organize, Parenting, / 23 Comments
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How to Survive Flying with a Toddler with your Sanity Intact

How to Survive Flying with a Toddler with your Sanity Intact

I just want to close my eyes and rest. But beside me, there is screaming. And kicking. And things being thrown at me. I quickly realize that as a mom of a toddler, there will be no sleeping on the plane for me. Flying with a Toddler has to be considered cruel and unusual punishment. And not just for the other passengers. Having to entertain a cranky, bored little human is not only difficult but exhausting. Flying with a toddler is very different than flying with an infant. I recently had to fly with my little hurricane, and I wanted to share some […]

Posted September 26, 2016 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts, Travel, , / 40 Comments
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How I Breastfed my Formula-Fed Baby

How I Breastfed my Formula-Fed Baby

I remember those beautiful moments. Those beautifully terrifyingly exhausting moments that is. Those first few weeks/months with a new baby. Feed your babies; that’s what is most important. That is what the Fed is Best movement is telling us. That whether you breastfeed or formula feed, you are feeding your baby, and that is what counts. I agree. This is true, great, wonderful. But, there still seems to be a separation between one or the other as far as information goes. We are told to breastfeed on demand as the baby will know when the baby is done. We are […]

Posted September 19, 2016 by Julie in Influencer, Parenting, TopPosts, / 45 Comments
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A Live-in Manny, Guest Post by Tina of Los Gringos Locos

A Live-in Manny, Guest Post by Tina of Los Gringos Locos

Today I have a guest post from the lovely Tina of Los Gringos Locos on the topic of a male live-in nanny. The guest post below is an excerpt. For the full post, please follow the link below. This is part of a series I am doing on child care and nannies. If you are a blogger and would like to guest post here on this topic, let me know.   I never thought I would have a live-in nanny. I thought I should be able to do ALL the work myself, with my baby daddy’s help of course 😉 But […]

Posted September 6, 2016 by Julie in Guest Posts, Parenting, / 8 Comments
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Simple Toddler Activities you can do Right Now with what you have on hand

Simple Toddler Activities you can do Right Now with what you have on hand

As a working mom, the time I do get to spend with my son is very precious. I’m always on the look out for very simple activities we can do together at home, preferably with stuff we already have on hand. One of my goals is to be more present with him and not just let the weekends pass us by. I even mentioned this in a recent IG post. In fact, I’ll just let IG show off what we did this weekend.   What fun things do you have planned with your kids this weekend? One of my goals […]

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Feeding Toddlers Review

Feeding Toddlers Review

I can hear it now. The screams, the protests. I can see him shaking his head. Yep, you guessed it. It is meal time with my toddler. Feeding my toddler is a battle. A battle I usually lose, as my toddler’s will is apparently stronger than mine. Not every meal, as sometimes he absolutely devours his food. But often times the food ends on the floor, with both mom and toddler flustered and upset. Healthy Eating for Toddlers I’m excited to have this chance to read Feeding Toddlers: A Pediatrician’s Guide to Happy and Healthy Mealtimes and participate in the […]

Posted August 22, 2016 by Julie in Parenting, Reviews, / 13 Comments
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Tips to Survive Your Child’s First Haircut

Tips to Survive Your Child’s First Haircut

Last weekend my son got his first haircut. At the tender age of 21 months old, it was time. It was beyond time. My darling son has inherited my hair. He has inherited the curl and the fullness, but also the instant puff-out-in-all-directions head that happens any time you step outside into the humid Texas day. And if it is raining even a little? Fuhgetaboutit. We like to go for walks after I get home from work, and the temperatures have calmed to a balmy but no longer surface-of-the-sun level. Or, I should say, my toddler demands we got outside […]

Posted August 19, 2016 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts, / 31 Comments
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