Baby & Toddler

07.26.21

Three Years With Margot

My baby turned three a few weeks ago and I realized I’d want …

My baby turned three a few weeks ago and I realized I’d want to have this post to look back on. To know Margot is to love her. She’s kind, funny, sweet, loving, empathetic, inquisitive, smart, silly, grateful and very strong-willed. She is a bit opinionated (ha) and honest, just …

Baby & Toddler

07.23.21

One Year with Kate

I shared Kate’s birth story one year ago and an eight month update …

I shared Kate’s birth story one year ago and an eight month update last spring, so it’s time for another update on our Kate now that she’s one! Kate turned one on June 27 and she’s not 13 months yet so I made it. Since very few people (read: no …

Baby & Toddler

07.14.21

Toddler Naps and Quiet Time (and Tips From A Sleep Consultant)

Some people love sleep. My toddler is not one of those people. She …

Some people love sleep. My toddler is not one of those people. She would rather stay up, play, and learn – her brain is truly incredible. “Can we play? Is it raining? Is it nighttime? Do you got a robe on? Is your hair dry? Can we go downstairs just …

Organization

07.12.21

How to Declutter, Organize, and Store Toys

  When you become a parent, slowly but surely, the toys begin to …

  When you become a parent, slowly but surely, the toys begin to take over your home. During a pandemic or long, cold winter, you might even find yourself making a few too many purchases to try to keep things fun while you hibernate. Pikler climbers, bounce houses (why yes …

Entertaining

07.08.21

Planning a Moana Themed Birthday

Our girl is three! She has been talking about having a Moana birthday …

Our girl is three! She has been talking about having a Moana birthday for months, so I transformed our house into Motunui on her special day. One of the best parts of being a mom is making your child’s dreams come true, and it felt so special to make some …

Baby & Toddler

06.10.21

Birthday Gift Ideas for 3-Year-Olds

Margot turns three in July, so over the last few weeks, I started …

Margot turns three in July, so over the last few weeks, I started looking at some gift ideas. She loves playing pretend – play food is probably her favorite thing right now. The thing I was most excited about is something I’ve wanted to buy her since she was born, …

Baby & Toddler

05.29.21

My Plans for Margot’s Big Girl Room

After a successful transition into a toddler bed and with Margot’s third birthday …

After a successful transition into a toddler bed and with Margot’s third birthday around the corner, the time felt right to make the transition to a big girl bed. I won’t be making too many changes, but we’ll say farewell to her crib, daybed, and glider, making some space for …

Baby & Toddler

05.10.21

My Attempt at a Spring and Summer Toddler Capsule Wardrobe

This is Margot’s first summer in a 3T, so we’re basically starting from …

This is Margot’s first summer in a 3T, so we’re basically starting from scratch with her summer wardrobe. In the past, I’ve just purchased things that were cute but had zero plan for when or how these pieces would be worn. There were too many outfits she only wore once …

Baby & Toddler

05.06.21

Our Favorite Outdoor Toys and Gear for Toddlers

Summer is so close I can literally feel it. We’ve had some warm, …

Summer is so close I can literally feel it. We’ve had some warm, beautiful days and have been spending as much time outside as possible. Last summer, we were fully isolated at home so I made a few pandemic purchases to keep things fun and interesting for Margot. New to …

Baby & Toddler

04.13.21

My Favorite Baby Essentials You Can Buy on Amazon

Now that I’ve been at this mom of two thing for 9.5 months …

Now that I’ve been at this mom of two thing for 9.5 months and I’ve collectively parented babies under a year for 21 months, I like to think I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. Of course it’s different for every parent and baby, but after testing multiple items and …

Baby & Toddler

03.26.21

My Favorite Usborne Learning Books for Toddlers

Last year, a good friend purchased a few Usborne books for Margot. She …

Last year, a good friend purchased a few Usborne books for Margot. She loved them, and just like that, we were hooked, so I went back to purchase a few more. I noticed that my friend Caitlin of The Mama Notes was promoting them and getting affiliate commission, so I …

Baby & Toddler

03.12.21

Why My Baby is Wearing a Helmet and Progress After One Month

Kate has been wearing her helmet for exactly one month, and I cannot …

Kate has been wearing her helmet for exactly one month, and I cannot believe the progress we’ve seen in such a short time. We noticed a flat spot at around three months. At first, our pediatrician wanted to keep an eye on it and started to see some improvement, so …

Baby & Toddler

03.04.21

My Favorite Etsy Shops for Babies and Toddlers

The last few years of motherhood, I’ve turned to Etsy for some great …

The last few years of motherhood, I’ve turned to Etsy for some great finds for my girls. From  PID Kids Convertible Tower/Table Another one of your favorite (most clicked on) products. This thing is awesome. Converts from a tower to a table, and we even have an extra seat for …

Baby & Toddler

02.25.21

8 Months With Kate

This was supposed to be Kate’s 6 month update that I started when …

This was supposed to be Kate’s 6 month update that I started when she had just turned 7 months. She’ll be 8 months this weekend. It’s my first Kate update (sorry, my sweet, second baby) but life is just nonstop with two and it’s all a blur. Can’t believe she’ll …

Baby & Toddler

02.21.21

Easter Gifts for Babies and Toddlers

It’s only February, but one of my favorite Easter baskets and the pajamas …

It’s only February, but one of my favorite Easter baskets and the pajamas I bought the girls already sold out. Before everything else disappears, I wanted to round up some of the cutest Easter baskets and toys I’ve found for babies and toddlers. The girls both have the basket with …

Baby & Toddler

02.19.21

Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe & Rainbow Unicorn Sensory Kit

You’re probably seen those sensory clay kits selling for $40. At first, I …

You’re probably seen those sensory clay kits selling for $40. At first, I thought the price was a little crazy (and it is given the value of what’s inside) but I bought one and Margot loved it. Then I bought a few more. These kits kept her engaged and busy …

Baby & Toddler

02.18.21

Our Parisian Playroom Wallpaper

Our basement playroom saw a lot of changes since we bought our home …

Our basement playroom saw a lot of changes since we bought our home almost three years ago. Paint, flooring, stair railing and a runner, and eventually, the most magical Parisian wallpaper. The room was really sweet but needed some whimsy, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. Margot …

Baby & Toddler

02.15.21

The Best Toys To Keep Your Toddler Busy Indoors

I’ve been meaning to share the toys that have kept our 2.5 year …

I’ve been meaning to share the toys that have kept our 2.5 year old busy during this pandemic. These are the toys she plays with regularly – they keep her busy and engaged, and most are good for independent play. These single digit temps and what feels like endless snow …

Baby & Toddler

02.06.21

The Best Budget-Friendly Blackout Shades for Babies and Toddlers

I love our window treatments, and even though they are blackout, our windows …

I love our window treatments, and even though they are blackout, our windows only allow for an outside mount so light filtering through is inevitable. Now that Margot is 2.5, it’s no longer an issue for her, but like most babies, Kate needs her room pitch black to get those …

Baby & Toddler

02.04.21

2021 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Babies & Kids

Valentine’s Day is one month away, and it’s a day I didn’t care …

Valentine’s Day is one month away, and it’s a day I didn’t care at all about until I became a mom. I don’t like red roses and prefer gummy candy to chocolates, and pre-fixe menus aren’t my thing. But any excuse for a little cheer and some extra love for …

Baby & Toddler

02.03.21

12 Valentine’s Books for Babies and Children

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and there’s something so fun about celebrating a …

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and there’s something so fun about celebrating a day of love as a mom. I’ve been putting little heart shaped notes on Margot’s door every day and filled her shelves with love themed books. Here are a few of our favorites. I did link to …