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Ideas to Keep Kids Connected with Their Friends During Social Distancing

March 29, 2020

VIRTUAL PLAYDATES Kids can talk to friends virtually and do a mutual activity together. We've used Facetime and Group Facetime, an app called House Party, and Zoom to talk with family, friends and even our entire preschool class (which was a little crazy!). SHARE VIDEOS Kids can take turns filming their own “educational” videos like dance lessons, cooking shows, storytimes, puppet shows etc. to share with friends.  TOY EXCHANGE Kids can exchange a favorite (sanitized) toy with a friend so…

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PETER RABBIT FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY

May 7, 2019
Peter Rabbit first birthday party blueberry pie smash

I can't believe we just threw another first birthday party! It feels like just yesterday we were throwing Teddy's first birthday party and now Scottie is one and Teddy is almost three! With Teddy's party we picked the PARTY ANIMAL FIRST BIRTHDAY theme because his nursery was a zoo theme and I wanted to reuse a lot of his decor. It worked out so well and saved us a ton of money so we did the same for Scottie. Scottie's…

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IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE: KELVIN NURSERY THERMOMETER

November 19, 2018
cute baby kelvin nursery thermometer

In both our new house and our old house, we have always had the problem of regulating the temperature in the upstairs bedrooms. Our new house (or I guess I should say our CURRENT house, because it is far from being new) uses steam radiators for heat in the winter and doesn't have any air conditioning in summer. The kids were constantly waking up at night because they were either too hot or too cold.  The 2am wakeups were really…

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IT’S TIME FOR MORE SLEEP: MELLA SLEEP TRAINER CLOCK

November 8, 2018

Teddy was a pretty decent sleeper until the switch from his crib to his toddler bed. Once he had the ability to get out of the bed on his own he would wake up, crawl out of bed and bang on his door screaming until we went to get him. Then we moved to a new house where the doors don't shut all the way so he just pushes the door open and comes into our room and climbs in…

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WHAT I NEEDED FOR A SECOND BABY

June 4, 2018

One of the things I learned after having my first baby is that you don't really need a lot of stuff. Our house was cluttered with toys and unnecessary baby items from our first baby so the last thing we wanted was to add even more baby stuff to the clutter. For our new baby we made a concerted effort to be more thoughtful and intentional when it came to buying baby things. As a more "experienced" mom, I learned…

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