Kid-Made Picture Frame for Mom

DIY picture frame craft for mom! Trace your child's handprints to make a flower bouquet and add them to the frame for an adorable Mother's Day gift idea!!

Every mother wants to cherish those precious early memories with baby. From holding those tiny hands in her own, to marveling at the cuteness in front of her. So with Mother's Day around the corner, wouldn't it warm your heart to receive a (mostly) kid-made gift from your little one? Just pass along this cute picture frame tutorial to dad to help create a beautiful keepsake mom will forever treasure! Related: Handmade Jewelry Dish for Mom This post contains affiliate links. Handprint Flower Picture Frame Materials: Picture frame White card stock Pom poms Pipe … [Read more...]

How to Keep Toddlers Entertained in Public (Without a Phone!)

Great tips to prevent tantrums and keep your toddler entertained when you are out in public places like restaurants, grocery stores and department stores.

Toddlers. They're miniature people with ginormous attitudes sometimes. The problem is, occasionally you find yourself out in public with them; exposed to the elements and all the other mommies out there. We've all been at the store and witnessed tiny people languishing on the tile floor or demanding candy bars from the checkout upon pain of death (or just motherly embarrassment). We've even been some of those mothers who's little angels have just.had.enough. I once left a completely full grocery cart in the middle of the aisle when my 2 year old was losing it.  Yes, even frozen food. That … [Read more...]

10 Easy Activities Baby & Toddler Can Do Together

Need to find a way to entertain both baby and toddler at the same time? Our list includes 10 easy activity ideas the kids can do together!

That moment you bring home a new baby is full of joy and love, with all the feel-goods that make you ever so giddy inside. But then you remember the task ahead of you is real: dividing your time and attention between the baby, toddler and other kids. This is especially true when it comes time for entertaining the little ones ALL AT ONCE. It's not always easy to find activities that both baby and toddler can partake in. Typically babies and toddlers don’t have the same interests and aren't quite on the same skill level. That's when life calls for a little creativity. Read at home or … [Read more...]

Butterfly & Dragonfly Pom Pom Magnets

Create cute butterfly and dragonfly magnets using pom poms! An easy Spring craft to make with your toddler or preschool age child!

Guest blog post by Anika from Little Free Monkeys. I am so happy to be here at Ana's blog to share my fun Pom Pom magnet tutorial for the kids! I love doing crafts with my daughter -- especially the quick and easy type that provide tons of fun while my very naughty toddler boy takes a nap.  Some of our favorite crafts include this fun hairband and valentine's wreath. Anytime we're crafting, my goal is always to keep the number of supplies to a basic few and use them for multiple crafts. That way we don't end up buying a ton of supplies for every project we do. In the spirit of … [Read more...]

Easy Steps to Introduce Your Child to the Pool

Happy infant baby boy enjoying his first swim in pool

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review. As a child, summer was the best time of the year with endless fun to be had. Hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, kids chasing ice cream trucks down the road, weekly trips to the beach and little ones of all ages splashing about in the kiddie pool. Fond memories indeed! It was also a time many kids learned how to swim and got to enjoy many of the perks that come with being an avid swimmer. But unfortunately, I was NOT one of those kids who … [Read more...]

Your First Pregnancy vs. Your Very Last

Expecting your last baby? The differences in your first pregnancy vs. your last can be very emotional. See why.

It's a bittersweet moment. That precise point in time that you recognize this will in fact be your last pregnancy, for whatever reason that may be. And it is so vastly different from your first pregnancy. That very first time you realize you are going to be a mom, as a a new life forms inside your body...all the joys in the world filling your soul. For your very last pregnancy flies by, with little time to care for yourself, soak in every new baby movement or even take baby bump photos like you did the first time around. You are barely surviving life with a baby and toddler to wrap … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Manage Your Time Better With a New Baby

Portrait of a mother with her 3 monthes old baby

When my first child was born, I didn't have time for anything. Literally. My days were consumed with breastfeeding, washing and folding onesies...and diaper change after diaper change. So finding time for the basic care regimen (like showering and eating meals) was a luxury. And forget about finding room for "me time." That never occurred. If I wanted to do anything, it seemed as though I needed to wait until nap time arrived. Then of course, I could get things done while baby rested.  But this was my first mistake: Waiting for the perfect time. Because what I found was that there was … [Read more...]

Top Reasons You Need a Baby Carrier with Your Second Child

Are you a mom to a baby and toddler? Then add a baby carrier or wrap to your must-have baby items - for your sanity and baby's!

As a first-time mom you're bombarded with must-have baby products...many of which you never really end up using. When it's just mama and baby, while tough, life is certainly more manageable than when you have a toddler to chase after on top of caring for your infant. Related: Raising a Toddler While Pregnant But as a second-time mom some baby products REALLY do make a huge difference. One of those products? A baby carrier or wrap. There will come a period when you have to balance your time between two kids - for making meals, soothing a cranky baby or attending to your toddler. … [Read more...]

Lucky Charms Jell-O Snack: Easy St. Patrick’s Day Treat for Kids

Treat your kids to this yummy Lucky Charms Jello Treat - it's an EASY St. Patrick's Day recipe for busy moms!

Like most kids, my little ones are always begging for a tasty snack to satisfy their sweet tooth in the afternoon. While I don't like to give in to their every whim and craving, I do let them indulge in a tasty treat for special occasions like St. Patty's day. Last year they devoured my Shamrock Pretzel Pops - which were a HUGE hit! So this holiday, I figure I can continue the trend with a super easy green Jell-O treat. Because I'm a busy mom (and not to mention 8 and half months pregnant) fast and easy snacks are a top choice! I decided I would simply dress up a Jell-O cup with one … [Read more...]

Surviving Cold & Flu Season with Toddlers

Pedialyte drink helps hydrates kids to alleviate flu symptoms.

I have been compensated by Pedialyte for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own. It’s one thing to be sick in bed with the flu virus...but it’s a whole other story to be fighting the flu at 7.5 months pregnant while your two little boys are also exhibiting those telltale flu symptoms at the same time. But that’s exactly the predicament we found ourselves in last month. Running to and from the bathroom day and night. Cleaning up all sorts of messes around the house and trying to get the kids to stay hydrated. Because a mother’s biggest concern is making … [Read more...]