Lauren Hartmann

Lauren is a former preschool teacher, turned wardrobe stylist and blogger, living in Portland Oregon with her husband and high school sweetheart Craig (together 11 years and counting!), her daughter Fern and their German Shepherd Marley. She likes pretty things, funny things and a million other little things, and writes about them at The Little Things We Do. Read even more from Lauren at Babble, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

7 Everyday Activities That Can Become Teachable Moments For Toddlers

Before I was a mama and a writer and a wardrobe stylist I was a preschool teacher. I have a degree in Child and Family Development and spent nearly a decade working alongside children and families in various capacities before following a different path. Even though I don’t have a career working with children anymore, I still use a lot of my training and education as a parent. One technique that has stuck with me and that I continue to use with my own daughter is the idea of teaching through everyday moments (AKA “teachable moments”). Once you become more aware of these moments on a daily basis, you’ll be able to find ways to help your little one learn and grow in a way that is fun for the both of you and that doesn’t require flash cards. This is the type of learning that truly makes a lasting impression and it’s never too early to start. Here are a few ways I sneak teachable moments into the everyday with my little one. Maybe a few of them will help to inspire you!

7 Everyday Activities That Can Become Teachable Moments For Toddlers

My Favorite Daddy Daughter Moments Captured

Father’s Day is this weekend and in honor of this special day, I decided to get all sappy and nostalgic and scroll through my phone’s camera roll to compile my most favorite Daddy Daughter moments between my husband and our little lady. It was hard narrowing them down because there were so many sweet snaps in the mix! But, here are my absolute favorites…

My Favorite Daddy Daughter Moments Captured

Real Dads Share Their Favorite Thing About Being a Father

In a blogging world that is filled with moms, sometimes dads don’t get enough focus. It’s not that we don’t think dads are important, but as moms, we’re telling our own story — and often that story focuses heavily on our children during this stage of life. Because of this, and because Father’s Day is right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to shine the spotlight on dads. I asked a group of dads from a variety of backgrounds to finish this phrase: “My favorite thing about being a father is…” and it was so fun hearing their answers! Bloggers, pastors, engineers, chefs, and more shared their thoughts, and I love how despite their different personalities, all of the dads shared a common thread: just how much they love their kids. Check out their responses!

Real Dads Share Their Favorite Thing About Being a Father

7 Baby Shopping Tips from a Stylist

In addition to being a writer at Disney Baby and Babble, something you might not know about it is that I’m also a freelance wardrobe stylist and one of my favorite muses for styling are little ones. I just love kid’s fashion and putting together cute outfits for my daughter is one of my favorite things. Plus…everything is so much cuter in small sizes, no? So today, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite baby shopping tips to help you put together (or update) your little one’s wardrobe, so you get the most bang for your buck when it comes to baby clothes!

7 Baby Shopping Tips From a Stylist

8 Great Frozen-Inspired Crafts and Activities for Little Ones

Do you have a little one who has fallen head-over-heels for Frozen like my daughter? If so, then this is the post for you. I’ve rounded up a few great Frozen-inspired crafts and activities that your little one will be sure to love. And the bonus is, they’re all super easy! So add a little bit of chilly fun to your summer – your kiddo will get a kick out of having a bit of snow and frost in June!

8 Great Frozen-Inspired Crafts Activities For Little Ones
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