Hello! This is Part 2 of my Honest Holiday Toy Guide, focusing on our most beloved and well loved toys we already own, particularly for kids ages 1-7. If you are looking for older kid’s toys you will want to take a look at Part 1.
A quick run down on why this toy guide is different from other guides and why it is so helpful: Read More
Not only do I have 4 kids but sometimes I feel like I have owned every toy ever made at one point in Mom life. That makes me an adult toy expert, right? Being a toy expert is actually good for nothing…. except when someone needs gift advice!
Why this list is so helpful:
ALL of these are toys we actually OWN, that my kids have loved for years!
ALL of these toys can be found on Amazon
This is not sponsored or a list of toys I am getting paid to promote.
Disclaimer: I confess something in this post that I'm certain none of you have ever done.
1. Start your child's day off with a 20 second hug right when they wake up. I read somewhere (heres a link) that hugging for a minimum of 20 seconds triggers a release of the neurotransmitter oxytocin. Oxytocin is a hormone in our brain that makes us feel connected to someone and safe and cared for! All those warm fuzzy feelings you want your child to feel. So when they climb out of their beds all cute and sleepy in their pajamas, bend down and give them a 20 second squeeze! Read More
I used to only shop at Gap, Nordstrom and Old Navy Kids for my daughters' dresses religiously because they always had the best dresses that I could find. I still shop their girls department frequently, but in the past few years I discovered some online shops that I shop from all the time! Read More
Our youngest two, Camille + Leo, started preschool today and I had some fun with their first day of preschool pictures! Read More
This is a total mom thing to say, but I think our family's traditions will be the secret sauce that keeps our family ties strong over time!
Whew. Ok, I said it. I'll just be over here putting on my mom jeans and my old Reeboks now.
Today I'm talking about real life ideas for little traditions that you can easily put into action with your own crew. Sometimes the kids will whine or it won't go as planned, and that's ok, your tradition is not ruined. It is not about everything-was-perfect-with-magical-matching-outfits-and-instagram-worthy-pictures (although I do love those so much!!). It's about simply repeating something - together with your people - in a positive way, just like you did last year and the year before, and building on those memories. Read More
Every year since my oldest went off to first grade, I've thrown a back to school party the night before! This year we have a 5th grader, a 1st grader, and 2 preschoolers. Read More
What’s it like having 4 kids you ask?
- Loud. You stop finishing sentences permanently. Read More
Ever since my son's last day of school when he raced down the steps and into my car, he has been telling us, "Don't say the S word!". Now it's late July and I can't WAIT to say the S word. School, school, school, school, SCHOOL! I can see it coming!
Here are 20 affordable + stylish backpacks for kids to take into the school year.... as you happily wave goodbye and turn up all the hip hop in your minivan. Read More
Y'all, its 2018 and I'm just going to put this out there about myself: cooking dinner is annoying. I hate planning it, all the chopping is annoying, I'm constantly leaving out ingredients, I don't like to be precise (in everything in life) so its always too much of this or that. Read More
This post was originally going to be called "How to discipline kids and not lose your sh*t, over summer break." But.. we all know that's asking for something we can't have. I firmly believes every great mom is entitled to completely lose it every now + again. ESPECIALLY over summer break.
So, we have something in our house called a Job Jar! Read More