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3 Baby Proofing Tips for Holiday Parties

When we lived in the city, our apartment wasn’t big enough for our family to stay with us. At most, we could only have two people stay with us, but they’d have to sleep on the couch or on an air mattress in the living room. Now that we live in a house and not a small two-bedroom apartment, we have space to host our family and friends. It’s something that I’ve long been looking forward to.

With the holidays right around the corner, I am already planning on the parties and family that will help us celebrate the season. While I cannot wait to spend time together, I also want to make sure that they are prepared and know how to keep it safe for the little ones around. Most of our friends know that babies and toddlers get into nearly everything, but it’s always a good idea to remind them.

Kimberlee Mitchell, Child Safety Expert & Founder of Boo Boo Busters, gave me her tips on what I can do to keep my home safe during the holidays, and now she’s giving us her tips on how we can help prepare our guests when they come over to continue to keep our home safe.

5 Tips for Parenting as an Introvert

Recently, a friend of mine commented that, as an extrovert, having an introverted child was one of the most difficult things she’d done.

I fall on the opposite end of the scale – I’m definitely an introvert.

Almost all of my favorite activities are solitary ones – reading, cooking, photography, blogging, and crafting. I enjoy being around other people, but I prefer small groups to big parties, and I have to really prep myself for social events (and I’m always glad to come home afterward and spend some quality time with a book). Solitary time is what is the most recharging and energizing for me.

So parenting small children can be a challenge for me, because it is exhausting to spend so much time around people, even people I love as much as my two little girls. The constant chatter and interaction can really drain me quickly if I’m not careful.

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Over the years, I’ve learned some secrets for keeping myself from going insane and getting some of the quiet time I need to be a good mom. Here are five of my favorite:

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7 Tips for Baby Proofing Your Home for the Holidays

The holiday season is in full swing, and while I love this time of year, it also makes me extremely nervous for a number of reasons. This is our first year spending the holidays in a house rather than a small apartment. I’ve dreamt of the decorations that will fill the house and the tree that will glow in the corner of our living room. But while it’s fun to dream, I know that I also need to face reality. Holiday decor and children can be an unsafe combination.

Now that Macks is into everything in our house, I can only imagine that it will get worse once we have more decor indoors. Keeping him safe is my top priority, so I went to the expert to see how I can keep our home safe this holiday season. Since having a home during the holidays is new to us, I asked Kimberlee Mitchell, Child Safety Expert & Founder of Boo Boo Busters, for her tips on how to baby proof our home for the holiday season. She gave me some great tips and I wanted to share them with you so that you, too, can have a safe home for the holidays.

Cooking with Abuelita: Tres Leches

When my grandmother first moved to Miami from Nicaragua, she began working in a bakery making tres leches. This dessert is famous in this town. All the Latinos love it. Tres leches means “three milks” in Spanish, and it is made of condensed milk, evaporated milk, and cream. This is by far my favorite dessert. The cake is light and airy, while the different milks saturate it, making it incredibly moist and sweet.

Since my grandmother is the tres leches expert in the family, I don’t even dare making this cake without her. There’s just a special touch she puts in it that makes it even more delicious. Liam has a sweet tooth like his mama, and he loves this cake as well.

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Have a Magical Holiday at Walt Disney World® Resort with Baby!

Disclaimer: The Walt Disney World® Resort trip mentioned in this post, or any component of it, was not compensated for by Disney.

There really is something magical about Walt Disney World® Resort. From the second you step foot through the gates, your world changes. The streets are always clean, the workers are always happy and helpful, everyone in the park seems to be having the best time of their lives!

And when they decorate for the holidays, it becomes even more beautiful! From the dazzling lights to the Christmas carolers, everything just comes alive in the holiday spirit. After all, it is called the happiest place on earth for a reason.

I know my two boys are going to love our first trip to Walt Disney World® Resort. We don’t have an exact date nailed down yet, but I’m planning a trip for next year at Christmas. Christmas at Walt Disney World® Resort has always been my favorite time. The parks go all out for each holiday, but there is just something extra special about Christmastime.

Read on to find out all of my tips for an AMAZING Holiday at Walt Disney World® Resort.

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