Category: Parenting

The Best Educational Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers

The Best Educational Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Older toddlers and preschoolers are in a very special part of their lives – everything is a toy, it is always playtime, and everywhere is an opportunity to learn.  Here are some wonderful educational toys to help enrich their minds while giving their little bodies something fun to do.   Toys for Building Building toys, such as blocks, are wonderful for little minds and tiny hands. Not only do they help build motor skills, but these activities develop critical thinking as well.         Toys that are Active Toys that promote movement and an active play time are […]

Posted December 5, 2016 by Julie in Gift Guides, Parenting, , / 6 Comments
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To My Son, Now That You’re Two

To My Son, Now That You’re Two

My darling little boy. You are two years old now; no longer a baby, but still my baby. You have grown so much and continue to learn new things each day. I have watched you change from a tiny baby, watched you crawl all over until you decided to stand up and walk. Now you run around, always in a hurry to explore everything around you and absorb all that you can. You notice everything now, and you constantly surprise me at the connections you make between items. You remember where things were and if they were moved, and you […]

Posted December 3, 2016 by Julie in Parenting, Smurfberry, / 23 Comments
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How to Care for Children’s Teeth

How to Care for Children’s Teeth

Thanks to TUNG Brush for sponsoring this conversation. My little one is working on some molars, as the perfect teeth marks on my shoulder are hinting at. Tiny humans grow a mouth full of teeth fast, but it will still be years before they learn all the necessary skills and can care for their teeth properly. This is where we as parents need to teach good practices early and help our little ones in their oral hygiene. Start Young, Start Early Toddlers are ever so curious over what we adults are doing and that includes brushing teeth. I have an extra […]

Posted November 15, 2016 by Julie in Health, Parenting, Sponsored, / 13 Comments
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My Family’s Formula for Happiness

My Family’s Formula for Happiness

I remember being so deliriously happy. So overwhelmed and exhausted. And so amazed at the little addition to our lives. Life as a new mom is an emotional roller coaster. It takes some time to get into a groove, to figure out your changed family’s rhythm. Of course, as the baby grows, that routine and rhythm will evolve as well, but the framework remains. How to Create your Formula for a Happy Family Patience and Grace It certainly takes a bit of trial and error to find out what works well, especially with a brand new baby. Everything changes. Everything! […]

Posted October 27, 2016 by Julie in Parenting, Sponsored, / 18 Comments
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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 Parenting, Sponsored, TopPosts, / 45 Comments
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