Monday, March 23, 2015

Candy-Free Easter Egg Stuffers (Toddler Friendly)


My toddlers love to search for eggs...but I hate all the sugar that comes along with egg hunting...so I put together a little list of candy-free egg stuffers. I was able to fill over 100 eggs with this list - and spent under $30. Enjoy! 


1) Stickers - this roll of 100 stickers is $4.55 (with free Prime shipping) on Amazon. I love them for my 1-year old because she is learning all of her animals...so she will have fun making the animal sounds as she opens her eggs on Easter morning. 


2) Squishies - I don't know why...but both my littles are OBSESSED with "squishies" - these little sea creatures are adorable and come in their own individual packages. I found them on Amazon for $7.99 (with free Prime shipping) for a pack of 24. (**Kiddos under 3 will need adult supervision with these)


3) Play-Doh - because what little kid is not obsessed with Play-Doh? Love these little party favor sized Play-Doh's in an assortment of colors - they are $9.95 for a package of 15 on Amazon (with free Prime Shipping). Keep in mind that I did need to buy the larger sized eggs for the Play-doh...the standard eggs are a too small.


4) Finger Puppets - puppets are so fun for language development and imaginative play. I found some cute ones on Amazon (with free shipping) for $2.99 for a package of 10.  Ikea also has some adorable ones for $4.99 for a package of 10.


Wishing you {and your little chickadees} a very Happy Easter!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ditching the binky...

Photo Love: Katie Berry Photography
Let's be honest. I was terrified to take away the binky from my two year old. He is completely unreasonable (all toddlers are) and I selfishly was concerned it would affect his sleep {in turn, affecting MY sleep}. But my pediatrician and dentist had recommended that the binky be GONZO by three years...so I knew I had to "grin and bear" it.

Here is the shocker - it was not as painful as I thought it would be! 

I thought I would share my process with you {note that our son was only using his binky for nap/bedtime - but he did sneak it in when sleepy, grumpy, etc. on other occasions}:

1) Buy "Goodbye Binky, The Binky Fairy Story" - I read this to our son nightly during our bedtime routine for a week. We talked about how "big boys don't need binkies"...and the idea seemed to finally STICK after 3-4 days. {one comment about this book is that it is geared towards a little boy...I am sure that there are plenty of similar books with a little girl as the main character if you find that more relatable}.

{Another great resource is this Sesame Street video "Bye Bye Binky"}


2) My husband and I would make comments over the course of the week to our son, like: "Wow, you are such a big feller - you don't even need a binky anymore." "Look at your baby sister - she is a baby and she uses a binky." Etc...


3) Our son is probably the most stubborn child, like ever. So, he never fully accepted the idea or leaving his binky for a binky fairy in exchange for a present. BUT this process did help to reinforce that BIG KIDS don't use binkies and being a BIG KID is cool.


4) After 5 days, we realized that he was never going to give up his binky to a binky fairy after plenty of pleading. So, I did the unthinkable. I chopped the tip off his binky with a pair of scissors. He hated the chopped up binky and refused to use it. Sort of tough love. But after some coaxing and reminders: "You are SO big - you don't even need this binky anyways." And a few tears (WAY less than I was expecting)..he slept through the night. And did it again...and again. Yes, really! You can do this.


5) After one week of binky-free days - we gave him a special gift (we got Braden this awesome roadster) from the Binky Fairy and made a big deal of the whole thing. He was pretty stoked.

6) He is now 9 days sober of the binky - no slip up's yet. :) 

Hope this helps! It worked wonders for us!




Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Family Photo Session

Love how our family photos turned out with the FABULOUS Katie Berry Photography  - I feel like she captured my little ones so well! And I love the pops of yellow!



{my little fam}

{trying to convince B to kiss Q}

{still trying to convince B to kiss Q}

{come on B...}

{no way jose...}

{my boy}

{boys love their mommas}

{happy q}

{my girl}

{cutest expression}

{always running}


{happiest little girl}

{me and q}

{daddy daughter love}

{he adores her}

{little thinker}

{family}

{my everything}

{love the backdrop of Texas}

{q}

{little q}

Wishing you a sunny day! Cheers! 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Quiet Toddler Activity: Jellybeadz




I am always looking  for new QUIET toddler activities in my house {especially with Braden's new baby sister needing lots of attention}. And these Jelly Beadz did the trick! They are $7 (with free Amazon Prime shipping) and provide some nice, quiet entertainment. Great for sensory development + hand-eye coordination. Braden also loved practicing colors and numbers while playing too!

{Disclaimer: you have to soak them in water over-night before you can use}

1) Soak in water.



2) Add some fun accessories (water bottles, tubes, spoons, bowls, cups, etc).





3) Play!



**Note that these beads are the size of marbles and ARE NOT recommended for little ones that still put things in their mouths! And they definitely need to stay separate from curious younger siblings.


I had initially seen this idea on my sweet friend, Mindy's Munchkin Menu, Instagram account. Check out her blog! It has awesome REAL FOOD recipes for your tots!

Enjoy your quiet time!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Quinn's Pink Boho Nursery

Now that Quinn is making the transition into her own room (moving her from her bedside co-sleeper this month) - I thought I would share pictures of her nursery! {Photo Love: Katie Berry Photography}



{I melt.}


{Boho baby}


{Love the pillows my mom hand-made for her nursery} 


{Absolutely love this rocker}


{Big brother reading to his sister}


{Adore this daybed...great for story-time, nursing and makes a great spare bed for guests}


{My sunshine}


{"You are my Sunshine" was my favorite song to sing her in my belly}


{This mobile was given to us by one of my hubby's coworkers. Love}


{The other print says "Let Her Sleep, For When She Wakes She Will Move Mountains}


{This daybed is amazing because it has drawers for extra storage}


{Adore the giraffe decal}


{Love the gold...I bought mine unstuffed for SO much cheaper and filled with old clothes}


{Little Quinn on her rug}


{Love this picture of my Mighty Quinn}


Click links below to purchase items from nursery (most everything is from Amazon...because, frankly...I love that place):
Rug
Prints
Chair
Black-out Curtains
Daybed
Sheepskin Pelt
Crib
Ventilated Bumpers
Giraffe Decal
Gold Pouf 
Frames
Animal Drawings were hand-made by my sister, Allie "Gato" Buck
Pillows were hand-made by my momma (she bought the pillow inserts at Crate & Barrel}

As a reminder, my "must-haves" for setting up a nursery are on an old post, click here.

Enjoy!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Toddler Muffin Recipe {great for breast-feeding mommas too}



It can be SO hard to get my two-year old to eat protein - so I love that these muffins are packed with Greek yogurt + eggs....and free of refined sugar, wheat and oils. An added bonus is that I LOVE them too! And oats are supposed to help with breast-milk production...double bonus! They are so easy to make!

Here is what you need:

{Makes 1 Dozen Muffins}

  • Blender 
  • Aluminum cupcake liners (the muffins stick to paper liners) 
  • Cupcake/muffin pan
  • 2 Over-ripe bananas 
  • 2 1/2 cups of Old Fashioned oats 
  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt 
  • 3 eggs
  • Half cup of honey (agave or sugar work too) 
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder 
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda 
  1. Pre-heat Oven to 400 degrees
  2. Pour oats into blender - little by little - until the oats looks like flour 
  3. Add baking soda + baking powder (blend)
  4. Add bananas (blend)
  5. Add Greek yogurt (blend)
  6. Add Honey/sweetener (blend)
  7. Add eggs (blend)
  8. After everything is good and blended - pour into aluminum cupcake liners in cupcake/muffin pan
  9. Bake for 22 minutes 

Enjoy! So easy for your toddler to grab for breakfast! And so easy for mommas to snack on during middle-of-the night breast feedings. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

In honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day, we wanted to share this mother's heartbreaking story. She hopes to provide hope and awareness to this little known cancer - she is asking that you donate your status to share this message:
http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/awareness/

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