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 …

Family

06.29.22

The Best Birthday Gifts and Toys for 2 Year Olds

My second baby isn’t a baby anymore. Kate is two! I’ve shared the …

My second baby isn’t a baby anymore. Kate 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 of the …

Organization

06.10.22

Toy Organization: How to Declutter and Store Toys

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

When you become a parent, slowly but surely, the 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 …

Baby and Kids

05.01.22

The Best Outdoor Toys for Kids

On warm, beautiful, summer days, we spend as much time outside as possible.

On warm, beautiful, summer days, we spend 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 my preschooler. I found some great outdoor toys and new to the mix this year: …

Baby and Kids

03.13.22

The Best Toys 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, and 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 toys that …

Baby and Kids

01.12.22

The Best Toys For 18 Month Old Toddlers

Finding the best toys for your 18-month-old can be a challenge. They’ve outgrown …

Finding the best toys for your 18-month-old can be a challenge. They’ve outgrown their baby toys but are not ready for toys designed specifically for older toddlers. We’ve talked about the best toys for 1 year olds, but your 18 month old is busy. I try to choose toys that …

Baby and Kids

12.03.21

Toys That are Safe for Toddler Siblings

At around 2.5, Margot got very into “tiny toys” – mainly her mouse …

At around 2.5, Margot got very into “tiny toys” – mainly her mouse house accessories and sensory clay kits. She is allowed to play with them while Kate naps and we always keep a close eye on her because you just never know. Right before Kate started crawling, I went …

Holiday

11.23.21

Gift Guide for Kids and Babies: Toys 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. Here’s my …

Holiday

11.12.21

Gift Guide for Toddlers and Little Kids: Our Favorite Toys

I still have a few more gift guides coming out 🎅🏻 and am …

I still have a few more gift guides coming out 🎅🏻 and am especially excited about this one. These are all toys we own or very similar versions of the kinds of toys we play with. My girls are 16 months and (almost) three and-a-half, and it’s so fun watching …

Baby and Kids

11.11.21

How to Purge and Organize Toys

I’m always surprised at the content that resonates, and today, I’m going to …

I’m always surprised at the content that resonates, and today, I’m going to talk about how to purge and organize toys. I hope this helps some of you learn more about the toys that are worth investing in. All kids are different – they play differently and will each have …

Life Lately

05.08.21

Life Lately: A Big Collaboration, Mother’s Day, Treatment, New Toys etc.

It’s Mother’s Day weekend and all I want is to get through Margot’s …

It’s Mother’s Day weekend and all I want is to get through Margot’s Steroids. In the past, Mother’s Day has been a tough day for me because of my very complicated and painful relationship with my own mother. Then I became a mom and with my new role came healing.  …

Baby and Kids

02.15.21

The Best Toys for Toddlers

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. When it comes to toys for toddlers, there are the toys they with regularly – they keep them busy and engaged. The ones that are good for independent play. These single digit …

Baby and Kids

12.20.20

The Best Toys For Two Year Olds

When it comes to toddlers, it’s amazing how much things can change in …

When it comes to toddlers, it’s amazing how much things can change in five months. Earlier this year, I shared Margot’s play area and some of her favorite toys. Now that she’s almost half a year older and loves to dance, sing, play pretend, and put stickers on every single …

Baby and Kids

03.19.20

Living Room Storage Ideas for Toys

Now more than ever, parents are looking for ways to keep their little …

Now more than ever, parents are looking for ways to keep their little ones busy and engaged in the comfort of our own homes. Last month, I realized Margot (who is now 20 months) was lacking age-appropriate toys, and she seemed a little bored. I did some research and placed …

Baby and Kids

12.10.19

The Best Educational Toys For Toddlers

When buying toys for Margot, I look for ones she’s likely to play …

When buying toys for Margot, I look for ones she’s likely to play with for more than a few months, and ones that will benefit her development. These are toys she’s played with for months now, and ones that (bonus!) keep her busy. After sharing a few videos of Margot …

Baby and Kids

03.19.19

The Best Baby Toys for The First 8 Months

I am long overdue on sharing Margot’s favorite toys – a post that …

I am long overdue on sharing Margot’s favorite toys – a post that has been requested oh…just a few times. If I’m being really honest (and when am I not) I started this when she was 6 months old and even took a few photos but never got it together …

Baby and Kids

02.05.19

My Thoughts on Screen Time and Light-Up Toys

When Margot was born, I was very against her seeing a TV, cell …

When Margot was born, I was very against her seeing a TV, cell phone, or computer screen, and made the decision to hold off on light-up toys for as long as possible. It was my plan to keep anything and everything electronic away from Margot until she was 18 months …

Personal

08.15.22

What’s On My Mind This Week: Houseguests and Traveling to Europe

I feel like all my posts as of late have been about how …

I feel like all my posts as of late have been about how we’re in a good little summer groove. We’re living life. It’s just that our lives feel so unbelievably different than they did for the longest time, and I’m really enjoying every moment. I am happier than I …

Personal

08.13.22

Weekend Reading: 7.13.22, Pickleball, Plans, and Links

We’re still really making the most of summer and have been going nonstop.

We’re still really making the most of summer and have been going nonstop. It feels good! Lots of plans with old and new friends, trips to the pool, pickleball, and trying to get the house settled and organized for fall. Here’s a new weekend reading post: recent finds and what …

Organization

08.11.22

The Best Products You Can Buy at The Container Store

I love organization as much as any other virgo, so when we moved …

I love organization as much as any other virgo, so when we moved into our new home, I made quite a few trips to The Container Store. In fact, I went to The Container Store today. Most were online orders with a same-day pickup (curbside is the best, isn’t it?).