Dear Santa… (Part 2)

I shared a few weeks ago about toys the kids have had throughout the past few years that are still huge hits around our house. I thought today I’d give you a sneak peak as to what Santa will be bringing them THIS year. Just don’t tell the kiddos that Santa has a big mouth… Bean’s big gift this year is going to be a bike. He saw this cool one at Toys R Us, and has been talking about it ever since. We’re getting him the bike and a…

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Dear Santa…

I realize that it is October.  But in my family, Christmas shopping starts early.  In preparation for the holiday shopping season, I thought I’d share a few toys around our house that have withstood the test of time.  These are the best bang for your buck gifts that have lasted us through two kids and multiple developmental stages.  If I had to do it all over again, these are the toys I’d buy… Little Tykes Rocking Horse ($37.67; Recommended age: 1-3 years old) – This toy is probably the most…

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Toddler and Preschooler Meal Ideas

I said I was going to do a post on meal ideas, but then I realized that most of my meal ideas have been covered in my post from last week. But in case any of you out there are visual people, here are a few pictures and descriptions of recent kid meals at my house… Steamed broccoli with a little butter Fresh sliced pineapple Steamed, diced sweet potatoes (I think it is easier to dice it first because steaming) This was a snack one afternoon for the kids and…

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Fresh Eating Makes Life Simple

After months and months of trying to get a handle on how to get my kids to eat, I think I finally – FINALLY! – have figured it out. I STOPPED COOKING! That’s right.  Turns out, the less preparation I put into the kids’ food, the more they ate it.  I’m still working out psychologically what this means about my cooking, but for now, I don’t really care what it means.  They are eating, darn it! Before, I was fixing big meals for my kids.  Spaghetti and meatballs, tuna noodle…

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The Older Kid Diaper Bag

**Alright, folks.  This is my last diaper bag post.  I promise!  It’s just been on my mind lately, and I had to blog it out!** Now that Bean and Gracie are getting a little older, the needs of my diaper bag have changed. I don’t really have to carry around bottles and burp cloths and multiple changes of clothes for each kid. Now, my diaper bag is more about entertaining the kids when we are out somewhere. Actually, just this past weekend I cleaned out my diaper bag and repacked…

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Short Cuttin. Baby Food

When Bean was a wee lad, he did not like processed baby food at all. Try though we might, we could not get him to eat anything out of a jar. I was working full-time and I was not at all excited about having to make homemade baby food. Turns out, though, making your own baby food is super easy! You can read all about the process I used with Bean here, but basically I’d take a couple hours on Sunday afternoons to make enough food to get us through…

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Logistics.

One of the hardest parts of being a parent is figuring out the logistics. I remember being pregnant with Bean and sitting up all night long worrying about things like how I was going to get him from the car into the doctors appointment, or what I was going to do with him in the grocery store? What I hated most about being a new mom was feeling like everyone else knew how to do things and I didn’t, and so I wanted to figure it out before anyone knew…

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Gift Ideas: Stacking, Sorting, and Collecting

This year, I am having a hard time coming up with Christmas gift ideas for Bean. He’s in that in-between age where he’s too old for toddler toys, but he’s not quite old enough for preschool toys. I’m also stuck because he has strong preferences for a few different kinds of toys (mostly match box cars and little figures he can carry around) and I don’t know if I want to just buy more of things he already has because I know how much he likes them, or if I…

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Toddler Activities

Anyone whose been around these parts long enough knows of my love and slight obsession with Pinterest. I can’t look away. I can’t stop. It’s become a problem. But it’s also been a real blessing, too. I have found some really great gift ideas (a few I’m using next week for my Secret Santa exchange at work that I’ll blog about), some excellent food ideas, and some fun activities for my family and kids. Last week I was cruising around Pinterest and found this incredible website called, “Fun and Engaging…

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Gift Idea: Light Up the Night

Bean is going through a little phase right now where he is scared of the dark. He used to say he was scared of the dark in order to get out of going to bed. He’d call us back into his room over and over again, saying things like, “Mommy, I need the cwoset light on,” or “Daddy, I need the door open.” We caught on to those games really quickly and after a week, we quit going back into his room and instead would just stand at the top…

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