Baby Milestones

See which milestones to track as your baby grows, hear from other parents experiencing these firsts, and get great ideas for how to record each big (and small) baby event.

A Magical Milestone

One of the things my girls both love is a good book.

Since my professional background is in children’s libraries, this delights me to no end, and we’ve spent hundreds of hours snuggled on the couch or in bed reading stacks of picture books together.

In the last month or two, though, a new reader has arrived in our family.

Toddlers Reading

Our older daughter has learned how to read pretty fluently and she loves reading to our second daughter.

Now, whenever I need to take a shower or get something done or keep the girls entertained on the bus or train, I suggest that Ella reads a book to Ani and, like magic, the two of them are totally engrossed in the book.

It’s great practice for Ella to work on her reading skills, Ani doesn’t mind if Ella stumbles a little here or there, and the two of them get to enjoy one of life’s greatest pleasures together.

Plus, mama gets a few minutes of peace to make dinner or send off an email. Win-win!

Toddlers Reading

7 Reasons To Be Thankful You Have A Baby On Thanksgiving

If you’re anything like me, you may be stressing a bit about a holiday designed to have someone cooking for days ahead of time. 

Because baby + endless amounts of time in the kitchen do not mix.

Luckily for me, I do believe my mother will be hosting Thanksgiving this year (hint, hint, Mom) so hopefully I won’t be doing much cooking other than my famous mini chocolate-chip cheesecake.

And although cooking up a Thanksgiving feast with baby on the hip isn’t my idea of a good time, having a baby around for the holiday might just come in handy in a few different ways, such as…

Do You Dress Up for Thanksgiving Dinner?

In my family growing up, we always had a very nice Thanksgiving dinner, complete with china, cloth napkins, and candles.

We didn’t get totally dressed up (no ties for my dad and brothers, and dresses weren’t required for us girls), but it was definitely not a sweatpants kind of affair and there were usually not a lot of jeans or t-shirts at dinner.

Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Infant & Toddler Girl's Sequin Top & Leggings

Winnie the Pooh First Birthday Party Ideas

Macks is nine months next week, which means that he’s only three months away from his first birthday. I’m slowly starting to plan for his first birthday party. I love planning birthday parties for my children, because it’s a chance for me to get out some of my creative energy and plan something that they will always remember.

A first birthday party is something that is so special for both you and your little one. It’s a celebration that you and baby made it through the first year together.

Winnie the Pooh has always been a favorite of mine. I was read Winnie the Pooh books as a child, and now I read them to my children. If your little one loves Winnie the Pooh as much as we do, throw a first birthday party in the Hundred Acre Wood! There are so many great (and easy) DIY ideas that can make your little one’s first birthday unique!

We’ve got all that you need to throw a fun first birthday party for your little one’s special day. With these ideas and some yellow tableware, you will have Pooh-rific party! 

Winnie the Pooh Cupcake

A 1st Birthday Party Fit for a King!

I love party planning and am always bookmarking cute ideas to save for the future. I love anything that is unique, especially if most of it is DIY-ed. When I came across Henry’s Golden Birthday Party, I went into serious boy envy. (I have three girls and will probably never have a son.) Everything was done so well, yet so simply.

Click through to see the cute DIY decor of King Henry’s birthday party!

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