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A Christmas Tree That Baby Can Play With!

Babies and toddlers are curious creatures — and when Christmas comes around, that curiosity piques. All of a sudden, there are lights, garlands, and so many shiny things. When that big tree goes up with all the colorful ornaments, it’s almost like a moth to a flame. They simply can’t help themselves. They. Must. Touch. That. Tree.

And that’s when disaster strikes. How do you keep baby away from the tree? In our house, we came up with a great solution.

Our "Three-Gift" Rule

Like most things in our life, we try to make Christmas a simple and meaningful holiday. Instead of going crazy on presents for our girls, we have a three-gift limit. Of course, we get them a few stocking stuffers, but they each get three main gifts — something to wear, something to read, and something to play with…

A Last Minute DIY Advent Calendar

Someday I’m gonna be the mom that has it all together and plans everything weeks or months in advance. Or maybe not. There’s just something about that last minute rush that really gets me going.

Tomorrow is December 1st, and some families have beautiful and creative advent calendars ready to go for their little ones. But if you waited until the last minute and all of a sudden decided you want to have an advent calendar for your family – don’t worry, here is an easy and fun idea.

A Cute Little Craft for Your Disney Baby

Something that I love about my church is that they hold regular play dates all over the city for moms of babies and toddlers. As a stay-at-home mom, it’s nice to get together with other moms and have my kids interact with other kids. It’s also nice because they will often have crafty activities for the children to enjoy. I have to say, I am not very crafty. We have a well-stocked art supply closet in the house but most of the time I just give my kids the supplies and let them go crazy. We don’t really make anything special.

Recently, I took my daughter to one of our church’s play dates, and they were making Mickey and Minnie inspired crafts. Since Isabel is a true Disney Baby, she was pumped about this craft. We had fun working on it together and it was so easy even I could pull it off.  

Finding the Fun in Parenting

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game!”

- Mary Poppins

I know that Mary Poppins was teaching Jane and Michael Banks the importance of cleaning up their nursery when she bestowed this nugget of wisdom, but I like to think the advice is extra pertinent to parenting. Lately I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed as a mom. With a 2-year-old and a 5-month-old, things get a little crazy from time to time, and there are definitely days where this feels like the hardest job in the world…actually, I think it really just might be. But, lately I’ve been working on reframing things and changing my perspective and looking for the elements of fun to be found in parenting.

Finding the Fun in Parenting
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