I loved last year’s valentines for my daughter’s preschool class. They were a perfect project to include my daughter, who wasn’t writing yet, in the process. I loved them so much I thought I would be doing them again this year, (and I may still). But now that she’s writing, sort of. I wanted to try a valentine that would let her write her name on it herself; which meant going to a more traditional paper card.
Last year my little one, at 2 ½, was old enough to really get involved with Christmas; beyond decorating the Christmas tree and decorating Christmas cookies. I wanted her to get involved with the Christmas presents, and while I’m sure she will master shopping someday I didn’t want to start that just yet. So I set out to come up with something she could make. Anyone who uses Pinterest knows there are endless options out there and here is one more for you! While spending far too long in the checkout line of my local craft store I couldn’t stop my eyes from wandering about at all the things I might still need. What they landed on was a wall of unfinished Christmas ornaments. They were just screaming potential! At a dollar a piece, in case I miss heard them and they were actually screaming disaster, it was worth a shoot.
Last year for Christmas Santa brought our then 2 ½ year old a play kitchen and a few things to go along with it. After a lot of research and talking to friends with children we finally decided to take the leap and commit to a play kitchen. My biggest hesitation was the space it would require; there are a wide variety of kitchens out there and most of them have a large footprint. The number one factor that changed my mind was the long term utility of the play kitchen. Everyone I spoke to said the same thing; their children played with the kitchen more frequently and until a later age than I expected. A key determining factor for any of our large gear or toy purchases is the lifespan of the item; based on my initial research I thought the play kitchen would have a long lifespan.
I’m not really sure if this is a product review or a travel tip; both I guess.
Our little one has done lots of traveling! Which has made it both effortless and second nature to me, as well as something I am always over prepared for. I would rather do as much work as possible upfront for any trip to make things go as smoothly as possible and to have as little work as possible once we leave home and set out on our adventure. I recently came across something to makes that a little easier, Annie’s Snack Packs.
We were looking for a stroller to work for our 15-18 month old while we traveled Europe and parts of Asia via train and other types of public transportation for 3 months. And, if it could be our “car stroller” (compact stroller to live in the trunk of the car to be available when needed) all the better.
Good recline – it would be used for 1 nap a day during our trip
Easy fold – this was a must for hopping on and off trains and going up and down stairs.
Moderate weight – we weren’t looking for a lightweight stroller, but we didn’t want the weight of a luxury stroller, we needed something we could easily carry.
Sturdy (wheels) – this stroller was going to spend a lot of cobble stone streets or bumpier
History: (our personal history, not the history of the stroller) We started off with a stroller that our infant car seat clipped in to. I was not planning on getting one of these because it was an extra piece of gear that we would only use for a limited time; and whatever our other stroller world be would have an add on piece to hold the car seat. A friend with 2 children recommended a couple things and a separate infant car seat stroller was one of them. That combined with the fact that getting the add-on piece was almost as much money as getting the full stroller we decided to make the leap; and have had no regrets. We went with a Maclaren because it had an umbrella fold and wouldn’t have changed a thing, (they no longer make this stroller).
Tis the season of too much candy – I’m not trying to keep all the candy from my little one, but I am trying to make sure at the end of October she hasn’t eaten her weight in candy. We are focusing on apple recipes and Halloween crafts instead. I’m also busy preparing Halloween treats to share with the other little ones in our life; to share some Halloween sprite, but not Halloween candy.
Packing a perfect carry-on bag is more than a science, it’s an art form. One I am still working on perfecting; I learn something to improve upon every time I fly. I know not everyone sees it this way, but they just don’t know how to have a good time. My goal whenever we are taking a trip or undertaking a relaxing activity is to spend as long as need be planning and prepping for it ahead of time so there is as little work as possible during the trip or adventure.