Celebrating Your Little One's Growth with good2grow

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My favorite parties are ones that incorporate things that the guest of honor loves. When planning a party for the two and under crowd, it’s easy to get caught up in the planning or focus on all the grownups — after all, the smallest partygoers are too young to remember all those details that kept you up crafting until the wee hours of the morning. Plus, on the day of the celebration, it’s unlikely they will compliment your handmade garland or carefully curated meat and cheese platter.

But likely, one day your child will sit and revisit that special day, and get a glimpse at your labor of love by way of photographs or home videos. At that time, they may ooh and ahh over the garland, but the biggest smiles might come from the memories prompted by the turn of each page.

They were only one or two at the time, and yet so much of who they were — who they are — was interwoven through a celebration that was more than a soirée but a celebration of them and the magic they brought to the lives of their loved ones.

The Road to Adoption: A Series

As I mentioned in this post, my husband and I are in the early stages of pursuing adoption. And because adoption is a whirlwind of emotion and a tornado of paperwork, I’m preparing to blog honestly about our experience – the goods, the bads, the struggles and the celebrations. If you’re at all interested in adoption – either international or domestic – please follow along!

The ONE Tip You'll Ever Need to Get Your Kid to Listen

The most frustrating part of being a parent to three little ones is trying to get them to listen. I don’t know how many times in a day I feel like I’m talking to a wall. I find myself having to repeat things to my girls over and over again and more often than not, it fuels my frustration which leads to me being a grumpy mom. No one wants a grumpy mom. I’ve tried charts and using your “listening ears, and all of that only goes so far — at least with my three little ones.

Recently, I started implementing a little strategy, and I honestly can’t believe how simple it is and how well it works, especially for my toddler! Click through to find out what my trick is for getting my children to listen!

Savoring Summer's End

Everywhere I turn, bits of Fall are around me. Many folks are back to school. Stores are now stocking fall and winter clothes and decor. Pinterest is already full of Halloween ideas and warm, comfort food recipes. But you know what? Summer is not over! Not just yet! Technically, we still have about a month of summer left, so I’m going to soak it up and enjoy every last bit. Here’s how we’re celebrating the end of summer…

The Love of a Great Grandmother

When we first moved back to Miami two years ago, we lived with my grandmother, Bibi. I was pregnant with Isabel at the time, and I remember my grandmother being so excited that she would soon have a great-granddaughter. From the time Isabel (who Liam nicknamed “Nene”) was born, my sweet abuelita was a constant in her life. They would spend time together every day while I stole a nap or played with Liam for a little while. At one point, she was the only one who could get her to fall asleep, by patiently rocking her and singing a lullaby.

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