Keep your Toddlers Safe in the Laundry Room with Packets Up!

Keep your Toddlers Safe in the Laundry Room with Packets Up!

This post was sponsored by The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) as part of the PACKETS UP! campaign.   Before we even become parents, we know we will need to babyproof our homes. We block off the stairs and fireplaces. We place locks on cabinets because for whatever reason everyone keeps their household cleaners under the kitchen sink. We even put soft tape around sharp corners of our furniture. But there is another important item to remember when babyproofing: liquid laundry packets. What are Liquid Laundry Packets? Liquid Laundry Packets are small soft packets with pre-measured highly concentrated doses of detergent. […]

Posted August 15, 2018 by Julie in Parenting, Sponsored, / 0 Comments
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Protect You and Your Baby: Learn About Prenatal Depression

Protect You and Your Baby: Learn About Prenatal Depression

What is Prenatal Depression?   Pregnancy is certainly a time of hope, love, and joy. However, for many women, it can also be a time of prenatal depression. Prenatal depression is common and occurs more often than you might think. It’s crucial not to ignore the signs and symptoms. Your life and the life of your baby may be at stake. Learn more about prenatal depression:   Understanding prenatal depression. It’s estimated that one out of every four women will experience depression. Prenatal depression occurs during pregnancy and can be triggered by many factors. Although some mothers are able to […]

Posted August 13, 2018 by Julie in Pregnancy, / 1 Comment
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Pre-Writing Practice in Salt for Preschoolers

Pre-Writing Practice in Salt for Preschoolers

My son is in preschool, and they have already been practicing writing their letters on a dry erase board. I thought it would be fun to continue this practice at home in a more sensory way.   Thanks to The Pencil Grip for sponsoring this learning activity.   Pre-Writing Practice in Colored Salt Trays for Preschoolers We are all about the sensory activities these days. Ever since I realized my son was a sensory seeker, I have been seeking activities we can do to meet his needs in a more productive and safer way. He loves when we do activities […]

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Mess-Free Sensory Science Color Activity for Toddlers

Mess-Free Sensory Science Color Activity for Toddlers

So you know by now I Love (yes with a capital L) simple, fun, easy toddler activities, and even more so when they are not so messy. A fellow fantabulous blogging duo just published this lovely book called The Sensory Science Book (Volume 1). And you know we’re all about filling the needs of my silly, hyper, sensory-seeking boy. So today I’m sharing a fun and super simple sensory science color activity from the book that we did this evening after work. The activity we did was the color mixing sensory bags activity. This sensory science activity is perfect for 3-year-olds and even younger […]

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Tips for a Fun Family Hike with Small Kids

Tips for a Fun Family Hike with Small Kids

This post was sponsored by BODYARMOR Sports Drink. All opinions are my own. A family hike can be a lot of fun. By hike, I do mean a gentle, easy, fun walk in the park through some trails. I’m including small kids after all. A three-year-old is adventurous, but also clumsy. So no serious hiking steep cliffs for us. But we do enjoy walking the trails around the lake and in the local parks here in Central Texas. We are especially looking forward to cooler temperatures when fall arrives, so we can do them more often. Here are some of […]

Posted July 30, 2018 by Julie in Parenting, Sponsored, / 5 Comments
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The Child Care Conundrum: To Get a Nanny or Not?

The Child Care Conundrum: To Get a Nanny or Not?

*This post is sponsored by CareWorks.   From the moment you become a parent, you are faced with choices each and every day regarding how to best care for your child. Should I breastfeed? Bottlefeed? Swaddle? Co-Sleep? Motherhood is all about choices, but one of the most important choices you can make is how to provide childcare for your little one once you return to work. You do have choices. I mean, you could search for local daycares, hire a part-time babysitter, or consider a full-time nanny. Nannies are often a popular choice, especially when you work with an agency like […]

Posted July 26, 2018 by Julie in Guest Posts, Parenting, Sponsored, / 8 Comments
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8 Tips for Taming Your Unruly Toddler

8 Tips for Taming Your Unruly Toddler

A mother’s love for her child is unlimited. But our patience? Well, even the most well-behaved children (aka unicorns aka they don’t really exist) can try a parent’s patience and the strong-willed kids? Well, they test and push our limits to the snapping point. Try these tips for dealing with toddler misbehavior:   Understand why children misbehave. Children may misbehave when they’re hungry or tired. If you ensure they have eaten adequately and take naps regularly, you may have fewer tantrums to contend with. While this is easier said than done, realizing that a child might be overtired can help […]

Posted July 25, 2018 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts, / 13 Comments
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When Your Hyper Child Just Doesn’t Listen, Try This

When Your Hyper Child Just Doesn’t Listen, Try This

Are you listening? I yell out. Why are you ignoring me? Yes, that’s me, trying to get my son’s attention. But he’s too busy. So busy and his body is always moving. Is your child constantly moving? Never does as you ask until you finally have to hold onto your child and make them give you eye contact, and really listen? I’m not a medical professional; I’m a mom like you who struggled with getting my son to listen and really hear me until I took the time to understand sensory input. So I’m sharing some of these tips with you today.   […]

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Ocean Sensory Bin play for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Ocean Sensory Bin play for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Sensory bins are the best learning play for little ones! There are so many variations and ways to introduce new concepts. And you can totally get specific topics too. Such as Shark Week! We decided to do an Ocean Sensory Bin since my kiddo loves fishies (you can see our paper plate fish craft here) and this one includes sharks so shark week fun begins! Making an Ocean Sensory Bin for Shark Week Supplies: Bin or pan Ice cube trays (my was fun to use) Water Scoops or tongs   Steps: I set this up in advance by putting a few […]

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Teach Kids about Dental Health and Risks of Sneaking Treats with Cami Kangaroo

Teach Kids about Dental Health and Risks of Sneaking Treats with Cami Kangaroo

  *We received this lovely book complimentary for our review and activity time.  Cami Kangaroo loves sweets. She can’t stop thinking about them. Even after Mommy catches her locked in the playroom eating out of a bucket of ice cream, she still finds ways to sneak them. What could possibly go wrong? Based on true-life stories of the author’s own daughter, Cami, this book will have you and your children laughing as well as learning a valuable lesson. This is the first book in the series “Cami Kangaroo and Wyatt Too.” Read more about the lovely author at her website: www.stacycbauer.com. […]

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