When Savannah was a baby I’d sing her to sleep and read her books all day long. I was so good at making sure that we Read. Talk. Sing. (and do baby yoga), just like First 5 California recommends, every day when she was a newborn, a baby and even a toddler. But now that she’s 4, I’ve gotten so busy with work on the computer that she’s usually making messes around me while trying to occupy herself with creative activities until mommy can play tea party or make a blanket campsite. This isn’t something I’m proud to admit, but I know I’m not the only parent to realize that this is happening. That though they’re only little for so long and the first 5 years are most important for brain development, I’m simply not as involved as I used to be (or want to be) as a parent . . . which is exactly why I was excited to work on this simple list of ways to incorporate Read. Talk. Sing. into daily life. Read more
Roast some popcorn, put on your favorite dress and get your scissors out, because this weekend is the perfect time to watch the newly released Cinderella movie with the family and play some games to go with it! From Cinderella-inspired recipes to crafts and games, these free printables are the perfect touch to family movie night fun, or any slumber party. Read more
Not every family vacation is smooth sailing. If you plan on spending 2 or more hours in the car as a family, you may need some extra help.Keep reading for a few handy travel items for smoother trips. Read more
Disney recently announced all the big hits they plan to release in theaters this year during the D23 EXPO, and The Good Dinosaur — A tale about a world where dinosaurs aren’t extinct — is one of them. A sheltered Apatosaurus named Arlo finds a friend in a human boy called Spot, who helps him find his way home in this visually stunning and adorable tale set to release on Nov. 25. This movie doesn’t have an audience rating yet, but looks appropriate for toddler/preschooler ages and up, and the free downloadable activities in this post are perfect for those ages! Scroll through to get your free movie-themed downloads for activities that just might occupy your little one’s time and keep their interest! Read more
Finding ways to have fun with the kids this summer doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. As gas prices continue to fluctuate, the cost of groceries skyrockets and more families opt for staycations over the traditional family getaway, the time is now to get creative with summertime fun. Art museums, public museums and local zoos often offer free days to sample every so often, but the fun doesn’t have to end there — Keep reading for some activities you can do from the comfort of your own backyard! Read more
Bedwetting doesn’t always stop after a child is potty trained, in fact it can sometimes (intermittently) last into the teen years! Though it may be frustrating, blaming your child or putting pressure on him only aggravates the situation, and hurts your child. It’s important to remember that parenting shouldn’t be a competition — every kid hits milestones differently — and that there are a variety of possible causes for bed wetting, as well as solutions. Keep reading for a look at a few common causes and a great solution called Chummie, a bedwetting treatment system. Read more
Easter was one of the most important holidays of the year when I was growing up. My moms would always leave a jelly bean trail to a cute little basket somewhere filled with chocolate, gift cards or toys and an outfit to wear at church that day. The Easter dress was an annual tradition as sacred as the gifting of pajamas on Christmas Eve. I anticipated it and it was something I could always count on. So I thought it would be fun to follow up my Dapper Easter Duds For Boys post with some darling dresses for girls to get on Easter morning for that special day. These dresses are all fairly inexpensive and fit 12 months to girls’ 6X. Read more
Trying to figure out items for the kids’ Easter baskets isn’t always easy, especially if you want your basket to be food-free. So if you’re looking for extra inspiration (or just think it would be fun to see someone else’s Easter basket) check out the video below where I gab about Easter basket types and share what I’ve packed in my daughter’s basket.
What did you get your kids for Easter this year?
Easter baskets don’t need to have candy and chocolate, or even a ton of girly or boy things to make them special. If you’re looking for a few gender neutral basket ideas that will allow your son or daughter to explore both their creativity and critical thinking skills without the strict gender rolls, these options for toddler and preschooler Easter baskets under $20 should be helpful. Read through then let me know which are your favorites! Read more
Cinderella hits theater today, and many little girls are taking their parents to see it, so I thought it would be fun to put together a short collection of dresses for toddlers and big kids to wear to today’s big film. Dress up clothes are fun (if your kiddo will wear them, mine says they’re too scratchy), but I love to get my daughter princess inspired clothing so that she can wear it anywhere and it doesn’t always have a playtime only purpose. These four dresses are all from Target and under $30! Read more