Family

11.14.22

We’re Having a Third Baby

Well, the news is out. We’re having a third baby. I hit the …

Well, the news is out. We’re having a third baby. I hit the point where I couldn’t really hide it, and it was easier to just share the news with you. I’m not sure what it is this time around. Maybe it’s because I’m older, but I haven’t felt ready …

Baby and Kids

11.04.22

Holiday Gifts for Babies

Ah, babies. They don’t understand the holidays and would be happy with a …

Ah, babies. They don’t understand the holidays and would be happy with a plastic cup and some paper, but we buy them gifts anyway. 😉 I shared gift ideas for toddlers and today, want to share gifts babies 1 and under. I have many of these items – some small …

Baby and Kids

11.03.22

5 Ways to Create an Easier Bedtime for Your Preschooler

Are you met with resistance when it comes to bedtime with your preschooler? …

Are you met with resistance when it comes to bedtime with your preschooler? Does your child pull out all of the excuses when it comes to getting ready for sleep? As a parent, this can become exhausting, especially at a time when you know your little one is tired and …

Holiday

10.24.22

Gift Guide for Kids: Toys and Gifts Under $25

The best gifts aren’t always the most expensive ones. I’ve put together a …

The best gifts aren’t always the most expensive ones. I’ve put together a list of over 40 gifts for kids and babies, and they’re all under $25! I’ve covered everything from fidget toys and crafts to play food and vehicles. There’s something for every kid on your list. If you’re …

Baby and Kids

10.12.22

The Best Wooden Play Food Toys for Toddlers and Little Kids

My kids love play food sets. From treats to farmer’s market finds (but …

My kids love play food sets. From treats to farmer’s market finds (but it’s mostly about the treats), these are some of their most-played-with toys. They bake, play grocery store, and fills their little baskets with toys, carrying them around the house. We have some great felt and plastic play …

Baby and Kids

09.22.22

The Best Fall and Halloween Books for Kids

As sweet as my daughter’s first holiday season was, she was so little …

As sweet as my daughter’s first holiday season was, she was so little and not exactly into it. And Halloween has never really been my thing. You’ll never find me in a haunted house and it the only time I dressed up in my 30s was after I became a …

Family

09.22.22

How to Travel with Kids: The Best Travel Toys

I just returned from two weeks in Italy with my 2 and 4 …

I just returned from two weeks in Italy with my 2 and 4 year-old. We’ve traveled domestically a handful of times and took a big trip to Italy when my oldest was 13 months, but traveling to Europe with 2 under 4 was…an experience. This was our first long flight …

Motherhood

09.04.22

Reusable Snack Bags and Lunch Containers

Both of my kids started preschool and will be having lunch at school …

Both of my kids started preschool and will be having lunch at school this year! We’re also taking our first long-haul flight with two kids which is what really inspired this post. Since we fly out at 5PM and no one likes airplane food, I wanted to prepare dinner and …

Family

08.25.22

The Best Toys for 4 Year Old Girls

As a mom to a little girl, I didn’t really push especially “girly” …

As a mom to a little girl, I didn’t really push especially “girly” things on her. And to be clear, this post is only titled “the best toys for 4 year old girls” to make it searchable. But these toys are great for 4-year-old boys, too. So today, I want …

Baby and Kids

08.18.22

Tips for Traveling with Toddlers

Traveling with toddlers is fun 🙃 and this was our fourth and biggest …

Traveling with toddlers is fun 🙃 and this was our fourth and biggest trip with our 13-month-old. We traveled from Chicago, IL to Puglia, Italy, and it was an adventure. I figured out a few tips for traveling to Europe with a toddler. Two flights, two hours of sleep overnight, …

Baby and Kids

08.18.22

The Best Gifts for 1 Year Olds

I’ve now been through this stage twice, so I’ve learned a thing or …

I’ve now been through this stage twice, so I’ve learned a thing or two about what 1 year olds play with. I’ve also experience what they’ll keep playing with in the months (and even years) to come. It’s wild how quickly your one-year-old changes, isn’t it? There are too many …

Baby and Kids

07.31.22

Kids’ Outfits for Disney

We’re surprising our kids (ages 2 and 4) with a Disney trip in …

We’re surprising our kids (ages 2 and 4) with a Disney trip in a few months! I’m from Los Angeles and grew up going to Disneyland. I’ve actually never been to Walt Disney World, so we’re headed to California! This trip to The Magic Kingdom is going to be the …

Baby and Kids

07.20.22

The Best Usborne Books for Little Kids

Last year, a good friend purchased a few Usborne books for my daughter.

Last year, a good friend purchased a few Usborne books for my daughter. She loved them, and just like that, we were hooked. I love a good children’s book, so I went to purchase a few more. And I loved them so much that I became an independent consultant. I …

Baby and Kids

07.15.22

The Best IKEA Kids Table, Toys, and Furniture

IKEA is one of my favorite sources for organization essentials. It’s where we …

IKEA is one of my favorite sources for organization essentials. It’s where we purchased our cabinets for our budget-friendly laundry room update in our last home (that I never photographed). And you can’t forget our IKEA entry “closet” and toy storage units. It’s always nice when you can find a …

Baby and Kids

07.05.22

Margot’s Big Girl Room

My baby turns 4 tomorrow and we’re moving into our new house in …

My baby turns 4 tomorrow and we’re moving into our new house in less than a week. I was determined to get this grand tour up before her 4th birthday, and I did it. Since this won’t be our house next week, it feels like the perfect time to share …

Baby and Kids

07.05.22

The Best Apps for Toddlers and Little Kids (Ages 2-5)

Whether you love it or hate it, screen time is sort of inevitable …

Whether you love it or hate it, screen time is sort of inevitable when you have children. Toddlers and preschoolers have short attention spans, but just like good toys, the right app will keep them engaged, while combining learning and fun. Most of our favorite apps combine both learning and …

Family

06.29.22

The Best Birthday Toys and Gifts for 2 Year Olds

My second baby isn’t a baby anymore. My little girl is two! I’ve …

My second baby isn’t a baby anymore. My little girl is two! I’ve shared the best toys for 2 year olds before, but I’ve learned a lot the last two years. And as a mom of two (and one who’s gone through this stage twice) I want to share some …

Organization

06.10.22

Toy Organization: How to Declutter and Store Toys

When you become a parent, slowly but surely, kids’ toys begin to take …

When you become a parent, slowly but surely, kids’ toys begin to take over your home. I don’t want to be dramatic and call it one of the biggest challenges of parenthood but when you have little kids, it can feel like a lot. Pikler climbers, bounce houses (why yes …

Baby and Kids

06.05.22

Little Sleepies Pajamas Review and Coupon Code

I ordered my daughter her first pair of Little Sleepies Pajamas when she …

I ordered my daughter her first pair of Little Sleepies Pajamas when she was just 10 months old.  It took that one pair before we were hooked. That little girl turns 4 next month and wears Little Sleepies bamboo pajamas almost every night. She loves the fun prints (especially all …

Baby and Kids

05.23.22

Montessori Inspired Toy Organization and Storage

I vowed to be one of those parents that had very few toys …

I vowed to be one of those parents that had very few toys in her home. No brightly colored or light-up toys. I’d be different and keep things simple –  my kids wouldn’t need much. Then came winter and a pandemic. Months and months at home without anything to do.

Baby and Kids

05.19.22

The Best Double Stroller

When you have more than one child, a double stroller is the easiest …

When you have more than one child, a double stroller is the easiest way to get around. Like many parents, I purchased one of those convertible strollers that works as a single or double stroller. But for a number of reasons that I’ll get to in a moment, I ended …