The Secret Tip for Flying With A Toddler

The Secret Tip for Flying With A Toddler

With spring break and summer approaching, airline tickets are reserved with thoughts of pleasant vacations dancing in our heads. And then the thought occurs… Crap! I am flying with a toddler. *insert ominous music here* Traveling with a toddler can be like buying a lottery ticket. Rolling the dice on toddler behavior can cause even the […]

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Everything You Need to Know to Get Through the Toddler Years

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Everything you need to know to get through the toddler years. Toddlers are tough, unpredictable and extremely loud. Sometimes it feels like there is no possible way to make it through the toddler years with your sanity in tact. Which is why we have compiled the most useful information that moms of toddlers need to get […]

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DIY Clipping Toy: Road Trip Sanity with a Toddler

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Homemade toys don’t have to be fancy.  For young toddlers, sometimes the simpler the toy, the better the play. This DIY buckle, clipping toy kept my toddler (17m) entertained for hours! I was inspired to make this one morning at the park, when all the other kids were playing with the slides and the swings […]

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40+ Tips for Road Trips with Toddlers & Preschoolers

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I dread going on long trips with kids in tow.  We have driven across the country at least once a year for some time now and have learned a few things about traveling with children.  Here are some tips to make road trips with toddlers and preschoolers easier. To keep a bit of sanity. Road […]

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21 Handpicked Fun Activities For 3 Year Olds

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It’s a few years since my daughter was a 3 year old, but the memories of her enjoying independent play and my eavesdropping on her playroom chats are happily fresh in my mind. Being 3 is all about playing, being curious, having fun and ‘more’ playing! – watch them get busy with these 21 handpicked activities […]

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The Best Playdough Recipe

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Play dough is the perfect rainy day activity, and we love making it in our kitchen. When you make your own playdough with the best playdough recipe ever, you get way more dough for your money than when you go out and buy it. Plus, this homemade playdough is so much softer and easier to mold than the […]

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Around The House Toddler Play

Around the House Activity for Kids

Help your toddler or preschooler learn about the rooms in their home.  Which items belong in each space?  This simple activity helps teach in a fun way and you already have everything you need right at home. Around The House Toddler Play All you need for this activity is a large piece of paper and […]

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Fun in the Tub with Bathtub Paint

Kids love to painting.  Moms don’t love to clean up the mess.  What if you could combine painting with cleaning the bathtub? The answer is bath tub paint! You can make it thick and use it as finger paint, or you can dilute it and use it with paintbrushes.  This “paint” is washable, does not […]

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19 Engaging Activities for 1 Year Olds

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These fun activities for one year olds will encourage your tot to explore her surroundings.   Our favorite toddler activities have been researched and tot-tested!  Play with baby doesn’t require fancy toys or the perfectly designed nursery.  Activities for one year olds often use things already found at home in a unique way. Favorite toddler activities: […]

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Games With Ice: Dinosaur Breakout

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Any Dinosaur lovers out there!? My boys absolutely LOVE playing what we refer to as Dinosaur Breakout! It is a perfect simple activity for those HOT days when being outside means water must be involved in some way! Lately, we have been known to have dinosaurs in our freezer on a very regular basis! Materials […]

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Earth Day Craft: Butterfly Collage

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Earth Day is coming up and Rory and I have decided to make a few “earthy” crafts for the next few weeks!  One thing we do, almost on a daily basis, is go on a nature walk.  Our nature walks range anywhere from our own back yard, picking out colors of flowers and watching squirrels, […]

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Things to do with a Toddler: Clothespin Play


Are you looking for things to do with a toddler?  I was wandering through the dollar store the other day looking for more items to play with and explore at home. I came across a bag of clothespins. I put them in my cart, and waited for my inspiration. One of my fondest memories from […]

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April showers

Last weekend, I took a shower. Not that this is in and of itself stunning news.  I take a lot of showers.  But this wasn’t just a shower: it was a Shower.  Specifically, it was a shower at a hotel, with no kids, no time limit, and no interruptions. It was heaven. Now the physical […]

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Understanding Toddlers and Imaginary Friends

Reed (3) has lots and lots of friends. The majority of them are imaginary…sort of. They are real friends from school but he “plays with” them at home, they eat dinner with us every meal, bathe in the bathtubs and even cause trouble. He can talk about them all the livelong day. He even has […]

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Activities for 2 Year Olds

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Two year olds are so curious. Their brains just love to soak in the world around them. I try to have as wide of a variety of things for my kids to enjoy. My favorite activities for 2 year olds can be grouped as: Exploring, Fine Motor Skill Development and Messy.  Looking for other age […]

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Road Trip Tips for Summer (or anytime of the year)

Summer means road trips and camping–or maybe it means you want to take a road trip or go camping, but something is keeping you back. Namely your kids. Or rather, namely your chief fear of taking children along for the ride and adventure…which can be a scary proposition indeed. But it doesn’t have to be! […]

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Kale and Berry Smoothie: Genius Way to Get your Kids to Eat Veggies

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With three preschooler, an infant and a hubby who thinks “green” has a flavor, I have had to resort to a few tricks to make sure my kids are getting enough green leafy vegetables. My Genius Tip, for the Kenmore Challenge, is to get picky kids to eat veggies.  Guys, they beg for these!  We […]

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Pacifier Drama – Episode II

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Have I mentioned that Rhett (2) is a bit of a ham? I have no idea where he got that characteristic. He pretty much lives his life like he is on RhettTV. Which, while entertaining, has its drawbacks as in the never ending saga of his pacifier issues. In the last pacifier episode, my husband […]

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Pacifier Drama – episode I


My husband had the boys almost all weekend so that I could go do something fun. Very fun. I received a call on Saturday late afternoon that went a little like this: Ummmmm… Hello? Is everything OK? Oh yes, I just have a question. Sure, what is up? Rhett (2) just went to the bathroom […]

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Forest Park Miniature Railroad – Fort Worth

One of my boys favorite activities is riding the miniature railroad that starts in Forest Park and winds through Trinity Park to the duck pond and then back. The train route crosses several large bridges and circles through both large parks. She Is Dallas Info: Forest Park Depot off Colonial Parkway.  It is on the left just a […]

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Winter Sensory Tub

My two year old daughter really enjoyed the last Sensory Tub we made for the Fall. So this time I decided to make one with a Winter theme – since we will be getting to spend some of the holidays this year in a cold climate! Our family will be visiting family up North- and […]

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Bye, bye to the bah bah!

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We recently packed up Molly’s baby bottles, and the few pacifiers she had. Apparently age 1, is when doctors recommend you start to transition a baby from bottles to sippy cups. It’s also the time when some doctors recommend phasing out pacifiers. I wasn’t too worried about that though, because Molly never really took to pacifiers. But just as I was closing up the box, Molly noticed one of her little pacifiers on the top. And just like that – it was in her mouth.

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Color Race: Preschool Game

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My toddler is learning her colors! This was a fun activity that we did together. The older two kids rushed around the house independently, while Quirky Kid A and I looked for all the red items. Unfortunately, this is not an original idea, only I can’t remember where online I read about another family having […]

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Alphabet Cheese Crackers: How to Make your Own

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My preschoolers love crackers and all things snack related.  I was thrilled to have discovered Sara and her nifty blog, Splendidly Imperfect.  She has graciously agreed to guest post her alphabet cheese crackers for us!  Thanks Sara!  Go check out her blog today and leave a comment there if you like these yummy preservative-free healthy […]

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Potty Training in Less than a Day?

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The last 5 years have been great as far as changing diapers, spending money on diapers and cleaning up dirty diapers! That is due to my youngest child finally moving to regular underwear! Back then, one of the most popular potty training books my friends and I used was Toilet Training In Less Than A […]

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Road Trip Tips for Traveling with Young Children (part two)

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We are having a series of tips and tricks that have helped us on our last road-trip. We drove through 9 states and spent nearly 60 hours in the car with three kids aged 3, 2 & 1. Crazy.  Some of the things we used to help us maintain our sanity included: buckets, plastic Easter […]

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Going Camping with Preschoolers


I am on vacation, not camping, but at the beach – whoohoo!  Kristina, from Amenity Home, has graciously offered to guest post for us today!  She takes her preschooler camping regularly – something I admire.  I am a bit worried about what my kids could get into; I love the tips and ideas she has […]

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Fantastic Friday: Phonics and the Alphabet… my to-do list!

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Today’s Fantastic Friday we are going to feature a few of the great posts I have found over the past few weeks.  All of these posts are printables that you can create to help your kiddos learn.   I found a tutorial for custom alphabet cards, some printable word family books . I love this tutorial!  […]

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The Fun Way to Make Oatmeal with Kids

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I love feeding the kids a nutritious breakfast.  I also love teaching them independence and watching my preschoolers have a sense of accomplishment when they “make Daddy’s oatmeal”.  It’s precious!  Here are a few of the ways we have fun with our morning oatmeal.  Do you do anything to make breakfast more interesting?  I’d love […]

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How to Make Your Own Silly Sock Puppet


Who doesn’t have a matchless sock hanging around the laundry pile?  Sock puppets are easy to make and a ton of fun to play with this is a great way to inspire creativity and use those lone socks! . What you’ll need to make a sock puppet: A sock – the more colorful the better! […]

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