Halloween pj's in our house as just as exciting as Christmas pjs. Halloween isn't that far away so here is your reminder to get your Halloween pjs TODAY! I have found quite a few that I am sharing with you today. Who knows what Halloween will look like this year but at the end of this post I share some fun ideas that could work in place of traditional trick or treating.
Hey all you cool cats and kittens....did I really plan a birthday around the Tiger King? The answer is no but it may have swayed me that way. It is so funny what your children chose as their favorite thing. We bought Leo a bunch of lion things as a baby, I mean Leo the Lion, but he had absolutely no interest in them. Then our little Roe Roe enters the world and as much as I have tried for her to live in a world full of princesses, butterflies, and unicorns, she just loves lions, tigers, bears, dinosaurs, and bugs. She has a special love for Lions since about the age of 1. I would say she is actually OBSESSED with Lions to put it mildly. I had a different planned theme for her birthday but when covid hit and we had to have something a lot smaller I knew what the theme had to be. Carol Baskin from Tiger King.... then I texted my party planning girl Kate from Posh Party Bebe and she made my dream come true!
As schools begin to be called off for fall and as we prepare to "hunker down" this winter I wanted to highlight some home school items and toys. I would say it is highly likely things will get worst over the winter and we will be spending just as much time at home than ever.... I'm sorry to break that news to you. So before things sell out here are a list of some educational and play items I suggest getting. I have a feeling alot of "homeschooling" items are going to go fast. While Leo's school (private) is choosing to go back Sept 1, we are opting to keep him at home at least for the first month, but probably going to keep him home all year.
Times are tough between a pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, there is a lot of heavy topics for little ones. The kids had an abrupt ending into their school years and their normal lives seem to be gone. Now they are getting used to seeing people with masks on and catching glimpse of the news and protests that lead to a lot of questions. This blog post is not about talking to your kids about a virus or racism. I am not an expert able to tell you how to talk to your children, but please educate yourself on how to do that and make sure you aren't avoiding the conversation about covid19 or racism. This post is about sharing a few things your child needs to hear in this world that seems scary and big to them.
My poor kids and I have been lucky enough to have eczema. While all 3 of us have different symptoms and technically different types they all fall under the eczema umbrella. After seeing multiple dermatologists we eventually ended up at Seattle Children's dermatology for different issues but since I had a top pediatric dermatologist ear, I thought I'd get my questions in about eczema and diaper rash. She was amazing and spent 50% of the appointment talking with about eczema (which wasn't what we were even there for). After giving us a wealth of knowledge I thought I would pass it on. Please remember to consult your doctor before making medical changes.
I am all about indoor kids activities during the winter. Maybe I spoil them by setting up an activity most days but honestly they will play in it for hours so it is worth it in the end. I always think I missed my calling as a preschool teacher or something cause I just have way too much fun creating activities for the kids. So here are 5 indoor activities that entertain the kids from 1 year all the way up to 6 year olds.
I surprised Leo this year with a new Christmas "dino" room. To say he was thrilled was an understatement. I made most everything and I wanted to show you how easy it is to swap out a few things in your kids room to get them in the Christmas spirit. So buckle up my DIY friends and check out how to make a wreath and a diorama for your kiddos and a few other little touches that will transform their room for Christmas.
As Christmas and Black Friday approaches I thought I'd share with you a big ole list of educational toys. Leo is a toy kid, I swear he should be a toy tester. This kid will sit and play with a toy for hours. Get him a new hot wheels car at the grocery store and he will get home put together a hot wheels track, create a demolition derby, or take his car through a shaving cream "car wash" and wash it in the sink. Despite that he will play with pretty much any toy I have noticed toys that are more educational than others. What I love about educational toys is it requires me to stop doing "normal life stuff" and sit down and teach and play with the kids. It is proven many times over kids learn best through play so here are my favorite educational toys.
So I've been on a quest to find more things to entertain both kids and I don't have the energy to set up two different activities. So here are 5 activities that I can do that both kids enjoy. They are super simple and pretty much are mess free which is a even bigger WIN!
We just got home from a week long vacation. Let's just say it wasn't easy with a baby. Monroe developed a diaper rash that turned into basically bed sores. We were an hour away from a grocery so I made due with the little stuff I brought and we amazon primed some items to the resort. It was quite challenging keep her dry on a lake/beach vacation. But the worst part was her crying all hours of the night. I think Jay and I contemplated driving home about 40 times, but we knew how much fun Leo was having so we felt bad. I was reminded that traveling with babies isn't ideal. They just do better in their environment at home. We survived and we have tried to catch up on sleep a little since we have been home. But I'm highlighting some of my go to travel items as well as my little travel boxes I made that quite a few of you messaged me about.