Memorial Day Fun

I absolutely love Memorial Day, and I’m so glad that I can share it with my two babies now. We had a fun-filled weekend filled with family and food, and of course remembering and celebrating those who have bravely served our country.

Memorial Day is great because it really marks the beginning of summer, the beginning of grill season, and the beginning of weekends spent outside swimming and having fun! I always like to pause during this time of year because before we know it, summer will be over and we will be wishing it were May again!

I think it would be safe to say that these two had an amazing weekend, despite a small cold for Ella that appeared Sunday, and they are happy just cuddling and relaxing on this rainy, cloudy day today.

I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend too!

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What’s New Wednesday

So, I missed Monday Minute, which means I am going to give you all an update on what’s exciting around here today! I’ll combine it with “What’s on the Menu Wednesday” although I don’t have a ton of great food ideas this week.

Life has been hectic lately, which I am ok with, but I haven’t had any time to sit down and write! We are selling our house, which is a little bittersweet, but I am SO excited to move on to our next adventure. Between house showings, little outings since it’s getting nicer around here, and me feeling a little under the weather, life is crazy! I wouldn’t have it any other way (besides being sick maybe!).

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How to Teach a Toddler Empathy Through Reading

Literacy is a powerful tool, especially when we live in a world that can be intimidating and new to toddlers. Using books to teach toddlers lessons from an early age is one of our most powerful tools as parents. As a certified Literacy Specialist, I urge you to be thoughtful in the books you choose for your toddlers at such a young and impressionable age! There are some great titles out there, and many teachable moments for you and your little ones.

In our house, my 20 month old son has been fascinated with feelings lately, as well as the statement “Oh no!” He understands conflict and resolution more clearly in the shows he watches, in real life, and in the books he reads. He loves to point out when he sees a character crying and loves to shout hurray when a problem is solved. Having a baby sister has also begun to expose him to empathy and understand that other people have feelings too. I’ve realized that this is the perfect time to start teaching him about empathy and using his emotions.

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A Day In The Life of Two Under Two

Many people ask me about our “routine” or “schedule” and, if you are a mom, you know that schedules constantly change. It’s kind of like a schedule in a classroom. When I was a teacher, we definitely had a schedule and routine that we followed each day, but due to… well life… things were always changing! And that’s a good thing. Still, I’m a visual learner and I like to have a schedule in my mind, so I like to think we have sort of plan every day!

When you have two babies under two years old, you change your schedule based on their needs (because they are both extremely needy 😉 ) but routines are built into us, regardless of age! I thought I’d give a sneak peek into our schedule, plus give you some examples of routines we have. Keeping a rough schedule in my head gives me purpose, makes me feel important, keeps me on track throughout the day, and helps me feel organized! And if you’re a mom, you need to be organized! Now that we’re almost at the 7 month mark with two under two, I can actually say we have a great schedule and routine down.

HERE’S OUR FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE FOR MY TWO UNDER TWO! 

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Monday Minute

I don’t know about you, but when I have a particularly busy weekend I feel so unorganized when Monday morning comes! Usually I would feel exhausted and sad that the weekend was over, but today I am choosing to embrace the mess, enjoy my babies, and be thankful to be home after a busy few days.

This weekend was great. Saturday, I got to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie with my mom and relive my childhood! I also made a trip to Trader Joe’s with James, which I absolutely love but don’t get to often, and we took a nice long walk as a family. Saturday night Chris and I ordered Mexican. It was the perfect family day!

Sunday was very different than usual and so refreshing. Chris got up with both babies and I got to sleep in a bit. Then we had an appointment to get our taxes done, and at first we thought about bringing both kids. Then Chris’ parents offered to babysit James because they had been wanting to take him for a while, and we agreed it would be the perfect opportunity! My mom then offered to watch Ella and all of a sudden it became a kid-free day! I can’t believe we actually had a day together without the kids. It is the first time that this has ever happened, and I must say it was very refreshing.

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How to Create a Beautiful Nursery on a Budget

It’s Friday! And that means “Friday Favorite!” Today, I decided to focus on one of my favorite things – our home, and more specifically my children’s nurseries. I thought long and hard about how I wanted to decorate my son’s nursery, and spent a little more on it than I would have liked, but by the second just a year later, I realized what things were practical and what were not necessary! What I’ve learned is that it is possible to create a beautiful nursery on a budget.

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Friday Favorites – Favorite Family Food

Happy Friday! For this “Friday Favorite” I decided to highlight some of my favorite recipes for our family. I’ll break them down into three categories – one for baby, one for the whole family, and one that the adults can enjoy!

I’m still deciding what to have for dinner tonight. Any ideas? We may have to order from our favorite Thai restaurant, because that sounds delicious to me right now ;).

Enjoy!

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Sleep Deprivation Hit Me Like a Ton of Bricks

I’m going to get real with you guys here. I’m exhausted, and I didn’t see it coming. There aren’t many things that I’ll complain about as a mom, but sleep deprivation is the worst for me. I’ve always liked my sleep. Of course, I heard the warnings. Everyone says that you never get to sleep as a “new” mom, but what about a mom of a toddler and sixth month old? The difference about sleep deprivation when your baby is a newborn vs. when your baby is older is simple – no one has sympathy when your baby is older!

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Meal Planning 101

Hey everyone! I just wanted to share how meal planning has seriously changed my family’s life recently, and I hope it can change yours too. Meal planning is simply planning out your meals (I do it every Sunday for the week) and prepping some items for easy access throughout the week.

Being a mom to two small children has taught me how to multitask to the fullest and meal planning has helped me keep my nutrition on track, as well as my family’s. It’s easy to grab an unhealthy snack or swing through the drive-through when things get crazy with the kids, but if I have pre-portioned snacks and meals already made, I can simply grab them instead.

You have to take care of yourself as a mommy before you can expect to be a good mommy to those little ones! I’ve really tried to get my nutrition back on track recently, and it feels so good to eat healthy and exercise.

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