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    November 27, 2014
    Happy Thanksgiving!

     

    I absolutely love this idea! It’s a fresh twist on an old Thanksgiving tradition, and it gives everyone time to fully think about their answers.

    Photo + Idea from Typhanie Peterson 


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    November 26, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Crib Into Desk

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    November 25, 2014
    Toddler Food Ideas

    It can be really easy to get into a rut when trying to come up with meal ideas for your kids. Peanut butter and jelly, fruit, and frozen chicken nuggets can old fast. Plus, just throwing a lunchable at your kid every day (while easy) is not exactly the healthiest option. Toddlers are learning about the world, and their meals should let them explore a wide variety of food while also being healthy and balanced. The food also needs to be in small portions, perfect for little mouths. If you’re fresh out of ideas, check out this post by Krystal at My Life of Travels And Adventures for meal inspiration:

    -Chicken, asparagus, shredded cheese

    -Meatballs, carrots, corn, blackberries

    -Chicken strips, pasta, string cheese, peas

    -Bbq chicken, broccoli, squash

    -Meatballs, spaghetti, garlic knots

    -Fishsticks, apples, muffins

    Photo Credit: Bradley Gordon 


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    November 24, 2014
    “Are We There Yet?” Road Trip Rescue

    I love road trips. I can ride for hundreds of miles just staring out of the window, listening to music, reading books, and talking with my family and friends. However, it wasn’t always that way. I, like most other kids, hated them when I was younger. Most kids simply do not have the attention span to sit still and reasonably quiet for a few hours. And with the holiday season coming up, most of us with kids will be traveling. Be prepared by reading this post by Jacquie Fisher at kcedventures for boredom busting road trip lifesavers:

    -Have a roadside assistance membership. A flat tire, empty gas tank, or dead battery will ruin a trip in 0 seconds flat, especially if you don’t have a backup plan.

    -Travel buckets- Here are all the details for making your own travel buckets and totes for your next trip!

    -Have plenty of snacks and water ready.

    -Play car games

    -Talk about what you see out of the window

    -Coloring and activity books

    Photo Credit: State Farm 


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    November 21, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Can’t Keep His Eyes Open
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videoxvbet0

    My nephew fights his sleep so hard, and does this exact thing. It’s adorable!


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    November 20, 2014
    “So, How Was Your Day?”

    We all ask it- to our kids, our spouse, everyone close to us. We ask because we care. We want to know what they’ve been doing, and how they’re feeling. But the question usually gets the same response: “It was good,” or “Eh,”. I know that I definitely want more details than that! But when you ask the same question every day, you’re going to get the same answer. Check out this post by Clare at The Little Design Corner for alternative questions that will really get your family talking:

    -Who are you sitting next to at school at the moment? Who would you want to sit next to?

    -Did you break any rules? What were they, and why did you break them?

    -What was your favorite part of school today?

    -What learning part is the most fun? What is the most boring?

    -Who seems really funny/interesting that you haven’t gotten to know yet?

    Photo Credit: Frank Juarez 


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    November 19, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Extravagant Two Story Playroom

    Photo from Houzz


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    November 18, 2014
    Activities With No Screens

    These days, it’s extremely easy to just plop your kids down with a TV, iPad, computer, or phone, and just let the screen babysit them. I know, I’ve done it. We’ve all done it. Sometimes, you just need a break- and that’s totally fine. But, when your kids are just staring at a screen for hours and hours a day, every single day- that’s not so fine. Kids of all ages (adults too!) need activities that actually help stimulate the brain. For a great list of activities that don’t involve screens, but also keep your kids busy, read this post at Artsy Craftsy Mom:

    -Get crafty- paint, color, glue, relax!

    -Read to kids

    -Let them help cook

    -Play outside

    -Play indoors with a board game, puzzle, card game, or blocks

    Photo Credit: Balu 


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    November 17, 2014
    Getting Your Baby To Sleep

    I’m a huge fan of a certain skit comedy show that pokes fun at the city of Portland and its ultra hip residents. In one of the skits, new parents struggle with a crying baby and are trying different methods of getting it to stop. One of them is seen reading a book called: “Crying it Out, and Other Ways to Ignore Your Child”- which I thought was hilarious. When I babysit my nephew, and he’s being grumpy and fights his sleep- my dad’s advice is to always “put him in his crib and let him cry it out”. I always hate doing that. His crying absolutely breaks my heart, and I usually don’t last more than five minutes without going to get him. That’s why I was super glad when I found this post by Katie at Clarks Condensed, for gentler ways to get your child to sleep- that don’t involve crying it out (ignoring your child):

    -Develop a sleep routine- nightly rituals will always help a child sleep, if you stick to it and help them develop a habit

    -Comfort- I think it’s important to make sure your child is comfortable and knows you haven’t abandoned them. Make sure they are in a clean diaper, are warm and comfy, and give them a stuffed animal.

    -Wear their blanket so it has your scent on it

    -Have “wind down” time- read a book, snuggle together, play some music. Anything that will help them relax before bed.

    Photo Credit: Laobc 


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    November 14, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Easily Amused
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    My cat loves chasing a laser pointer. So does this kid. Put the two together and you get…. an adorable video!


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