There are two gifts that I love to give at baby showers and birthdays — clothes and books. The first is a need (and let’s be honest, shopping for tiny clothes is so much fun!). The second is a gift that I believe has the potential to keep on giving. One of my favorite things to do with my girls is read. We have a “library” (bookshelf) and it isn’t unusual for us to start our mornings and end our days curled up turning the pages of books. My hope is that my girls will always value literature the way they do now — that they will always find beauty in words.
This month, my littlest one will be turning two, and so far we are planning to gift her one toy and a couple of books. I had gotten her a Mickey Mouse shirt too but couldn’t wait to show her. (She asked to put it on immediately.)
Disney has a variety of books that make great gifts and are perfect for your little one’s library. Here are a few that are on my radar:
As a child, my friends and I often talked about the things we would wish for in the event we were ever granted a few wishes by way of a genie or a fairy. Cinderella was quite fortunate to have Fairy Godmother. She worked magic on Cinderella’s behalf. I don’t have a godmother, let alone a fairy godmother, but if I did, here are a few things that I’d wish for:
This week my oldest returned to school. It’s a marker for me – a clear indicator that summer as we know it is almost over.
As the final weeks of summer slip away I find myself grasping on to whatever is left of it. An ice cream date after school. An evening trip to the park, a bowl filled with berries, bubbles and sandals.
I’m not ready to say goodbye. Even when it’s so hot it feels unbearable there’s something magnificent about the summer season.
As my littlest inches closer to her second birthday I find myself grasping onto whatever is left of babyhood the same way I’m grasping on to what remains of summer. I know she’s a toddler and yet there are still glimmers of a baby in there. Even when motherhood feels challenging and I feel unequipped there’s still something magnificent about this season too. Again, I’m not ready to say goodbye.
Several weeks ago, I took my girls in for their dental exam. During Lola’s exam, we discussed her “binky” (pacifier) usage, and it was recommended that we start weaning her off of it. In my head, I knew that this was something we needed to do, but in my heart, I questioned how I could. Lola is a binky baby all the way, and a part of me hates to take it away, knowing that it comforts her. A part of me is also aware that doing so won’t be easy, given her love affair with the pacifier.
And sure, I realize that motherhood isn’t about being easy. Challenges, big and small, are a reality — but they’re even more of a reality when I’ve got an irritable toddler on my hands, or I’m sleep deprived because she couldn’t sleep either. Still, I want to do what’s best for my little one, and I know helping her find an alternative way to self-soothe is it.
Aside from the dentist’s recommendation, there were also a few other indicators that it was time for us to say goodbye to the pacifier. Here are 12 of them.
We’ve been enjoying our summer days over here. Some days we’ve opted to stay indoors in an attempt to escape the heat. Other days we’ve bravely ventured beyond our front door in an effort to enjoy the California sunshine. This summer we haven’t done any traveling, choosing to go on a few “local adventures” instead. Between a part-time summer program for our oldest and moving, we decided that we would save up for some family goals and plan for our daughters’ upcoming birthdays in August and in September.
With a toddler and big kid in tow we’ve still managed to make summer feel pretty magical even on a budget. We’ve shared small moments that made for some big memories. Summer will be over soon but there’s still time to partake in some family fun without “breaking the bank.” Here are 10 ways to make summer feel magical on a budget: