The Power of Pretend

I have decided that 18 months is — by far — the coolest age of toddlerhood. Judah’s world has begun to take shape in whole new ways such that as a parent, I’m genuinely amazed at how quickly and creatively he’s taking it all in. Words, numbers, even letters! His little brain is practically moving at the speed of light. It is magical to behold.

But my favorite part? Watching him play pretend — and even playing pretend with him.

4 Ideas for a Creating a Blessings Jar with Baby

I saw this adorable “Blessings Jar” on a friend’s Instagram the other day and I just thought it would make such a great family craft to do for Thanksgiving. 

The only problem, of course, is that my baby is not even four months old yet and can’t really articulate her blessings in life (if I had to guess, they would be something like: mom’s arms and milk), so I thought of a few ways we could make the idea of a Blessings Jar work for the whole family–baby included!

The One Emotion Every Mom Can Understand

There’s one emotion, that above all other emotions, that every mother on this planet can understand: guilt. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? As a first-time mom, it’s something that looms large, no matter how much I do. I could be doing more for my son, I think. The thought creeps up at times where I feel my least assured, my least confident, my most overwhelmed. I’m never enough for him, my nagging self-doubt seems to say.

But the the truth is: I am enough. And so are you.

Thanksgiving "Casserole" Baby Food Recipe

We are so excited to celebrate Macks’ first Thanksgiving next week. I’m even more excited that he can join in on eating at the table with us. Since Macks started solids at six months, I’ve had so much fun making his baby food and trying out different combinations of flavors.

Every Saturday morning, I get all of the fruits and vegetables prepared to make Macks’ baby food for the week. It’s a time for me that I can relax on my own. It’s really easy and really fun.

With Thanksgiving coming up, I wanted to create something for Macks that he could enjoy with us. I know he’d love all of the food that we have at the table, but he’s not quite old enough to enjoy it all. As I thought about the dishes I was preparing, I knew I was going to make countless casseroles for our menu, and I wanted to do the same for Macks. Using some of the food items we will enjoy on Thursday, I blended them together for Macks’ very own Thanksgiving “casserole.”

If you’ve got a little one celebrating their first Thanksgiving, make this for them to enjoy along side with you at the table.

15 Creative Monthly Milestone Photo Ideas!

It is quite remarkable how fast babies grow, right before your eyes. So many changes occur: They begin to develop lovely little personalities, come to love, learn new things, and take on favorites as well as dislikes.

Many times, I have found myself saying how I wish I could go back — or how I wish my children were little babies once again. I think as parents, if we could, we would keep them tiny forever. No matter how fun they get as they grow, there is something so special about those first few months.

It is nearly impossible to capture every moment, although many of us have tried. But what we can do, instead of having hundreds of blurry photos with poor lighting in our camera roll, is to set aside a little time each month to snap a few milestone photos. Below I have listed a few creative ideas for such photos. Monthly milestone photos are a great way to not only capture your child at that specific age, but are also a great way to see how much they have grown and changed.

Want to take it up a notch? Try combining some of these ideas for even more memorable and unique photos.

15 creative monthly milestone photo ideas_alicia gibbs

15 creative monthly milestone photo ideas_alicia gibbs
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