Category Archives: Toddler

“Bee” Day Party: Bumble Bee Birthday Party for Our 1-Year-Old

I love decorating for my kids’ birthday parties and I go all-out, especially for their first birthdays. I suspect that this is something that will change as my kiddos get older because they will call the shots for their special days and probably end my party decorating craze era.

 

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The Love & Joy of Raising Our Toddler Daughter

As I shared in “Loving Life with a Toddler: The Things I Most Appreciate Today” I was extremely surprised by how deeply I loved being the mom of a toddler. I must say that I have a completely different relationship with our little girl, Baby B, than with our little boy, Kiddo A, but I’m just as fond of her toddler stage. She regularly leaves me missing the two-year-old version of the boy who made me a mom and I delight in watching her explore, develop, and acquire knowledge.

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6 Pinterest Wins You Should Try

I know it can be intimidating but I promise you, there are Pinterest pins that are absolutely worth a try. The six projects I’m sharing today are tried and true. That’s right, your’s truly has been able to celebrate Pinterest wins! I am a real person with a normal life and I have successfully executed Continue reading

Jelly Bean Journals Coffee Talk: Potty Training Vlog

Well, friends, it’s official. We have put out our very first vlog. You will notice that Chelse is pregnant in this project and that is because this little clip was filmed a year ago! It has taken some courage, processing, and plenty of editing time to prepare this video. Writing and posting pictures is one thing, but the act of looking at and listening to ourselves has pushed our boundaries. We weren’t even sure that this vlog would ever make it to you, but we decided to practice what we preach and live in the moment. Hey, there’s no place to go but up from here! (This is where we ask for your love and acceptance of our amateur vlogging skills!) If nothing else, we hope you can share in our friendship and giggle a little with us.

Picking the subject of our first vlog was much easier than pressing the “share with everybody” button. We struggled through the process of potty training Kiddo A and N around the same time and our stories are intertwined. We decided to tell those tales together and share some ideas for other parents working on potty training. We didn’t want to be another of those self proclaimed “potty training miracle” videos, so we intentionally shared the things we each tried in a conversation style clip. We hope that providing a little encouragement and maybe a new idea or two with others working to get their toddler to do their business without soiled undies will be just the ticket. Enjoy and be sure to share your tips and tricks with others in the comments.

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Easter Cup Baskets: S’more Spring, Please!

Easter is so…very…close and if you are like me, you may be looking for a last-minute treat to share with coworkers, friends, or family members. Look no further! A quick trip to the store (or possibly your own pantry and craft bin) will have you set to make these affordable and adorable Easter Cup Baskets.

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Despicable Me Birthday Party For Our 2-Year-Old

Kerstin and I went to a dinosaur themed toddler birthday party over the weekend. Our families joined us for “Little Handsome’s” second birthday celebration and everything was adorable from the dinosaur bone digging activity to the parting favors. Baby A was an active participant in selecting a present for Little Handsome, as well. He was insistent on gifting cupcakes which presented it’s own set of challenges while shopping the weekend before the gathering. Continue reading

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Tissue Paper Craft

We got A LOT of snow in Wyoming last week. For the first time ever, I’m pretty sure, my office closed for the day due to weather. So, I decided to keep N home and enjoy a day with him. I wanted to do an easy activity with things I could find at home. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, Continue reading

DIY Costumes: “Despicable Me” Style

You probably remember reading in one of my first posts that fall is my favorite time of year. There are so many wonderful things about this season including Halloween. I have a special love for creatively dressing up and it has become even more fun now that we are parents. For baby A’s first Halloween we dressed up as a group of mummies. For his second Halloween we were a Wizard of Oz family and he was our cute lion. Continue reading

A Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday

My first and only, Baby A, turned two a little over two months ago. After his second birthday I went back through old photos to reminisce over the past 365 days of our time together. When I came across his first birthday photos, I had a wonderful time remembering his party. We had a blast planning it and I was reminded of the feelings and emotions of preparing for the huge (in my mind) celebration of navigating our first year as first time parents. Continue reading

Printable: Things To Do

If you are like us, you want the caregivers to your children to be engaged during their time together. We leave our son very seldom and when we do it’s with select people. On the occasion that we do leave him in the care of others we like to provide a “play list” or list of ideas to keep him…and them…entertained. This is important for a couple of reasons. First, even the people most familiar with toddlers and childcare can run out of ideas. So, we like to offer a list of activities to take the hard work out of it. This helps the caregiver successfully keep our son engaged without a lot of worry or stress. Second, we want him to have a fun and positive experience when we are away. We already know our son enjoys these activities and we hope the caregiver will, too. Continue reading