TODDLER FASHION FAVORITES

PRINCESS DRESS UP FOR EVERY LITTLE ADVENTURER

By on May 15, 2018

“You are magical!” Something I have been telling my little lady  multiple times a day, every day since her birth. There’s nothing quite like feeling the magic inside yourself and I think my little lady got a big taste of it when she opened a surprise package a few weeks ago. Up until then I have never let Lila dress up in any clothes other than her own. I didn’t like the idea of her wanting to wear a princess dress over her own dresses. I didn’t want to bribe her to take it off or deal with a meltdown every time we had to leave the house. So I waited a long time before letting these come into our home. We go to Disneyland a lot and I always thought that it would be the perfect place for her to wear these dresses out of the house. It would also be super fun and magical I think. So when she turned 3 I thought she was at the perfect age to handle to the magic that comes with wearing a princess dress. I wrapped them up really special and told her she had a special delivery. After she opened up them up (and believe me our whole neighborhood knew she was excited from the squeals of joy coming out of her.)

The best part of these dresses is that they are comfortable, machine washable, and play friendly. They are the current obsession at home and getting to wear a Princess Anna Dress to Disneyland last week and meet Princess Anna was all too magical.

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 Mermaid Dress with Bow  // Seashell Shoes  // Clothing Rack

Princess Dresses enter code: GRw6TPyFZp for 10% off your entire purchase

 Mermaid Dress with Bow  // Seashell Shoes  // Clothing Rack

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MOTHER'S DAY

SOMETHING SWEET (THAT SHE CAN ALSO EAT) THIS MOTHER’S DAY

By on May 8, 2018

Is it just me or can you too still not believe it’s May already? May is the month that always seems to sneak up on me. When I was in school I would hope all year for May to come faster and now that I am mom I feel like it just seems to come out of nowhere. Once it’s May then the world around me seems to go on that ‘school is out for summer’ feeling and I catch myself feeling excited even though basically my life stays the same! I first realized the time was flying when I was marking my calendar for Mother’s Day and (poof!) now it’s only days away. What are you going to get for mom this year?

Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, I’m thinking something sweet for my mom! And what is sweeter than a box of chocolate dipped strawberries? (Personally I can’t think of anything!) These are the Mother’s Day Berries and they come in two sizes: 12 count or 24 count. The box itself is wrapped in a Mother’s Day decorated sleeve and can be found inside a beautiful red Edible Arrangements bag with a ribbon. The presentation couldn’t be more perfect. So this Mother’s Day let’s all give mom a gift she can eat.

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*This post has been kindly sponsored by Edible Arrangements. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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MOM LIFE

HOW I AM SKIPPING THE GROCERY LINES WITH MY TODDLER

By on November 27, 2017

We have all been there.

Well at least I’ve been there. With an overtired and cranky toddler getting pushed around in a shopping cart desperately trying to get each item on my list into the cart. We pass by the crackers, she cries for crackers, I give her the crackers. We pass by the cookies, she cries for cookies, I give her the cookies. And so on and so forth. Before I know it I can’t even see my kid because she is under a pile of snacks in the shopping cart. Then we get into the checkout line and out comes my telephone my kid is so sugar-ified that now she wants to run around. This is just fine for a Tuesday morning at 9am, but the last thing I wanted to do during this busy holiday season.

I have been using Milk and Eggs service instead of going to the grocery store for months now. Their produce is absolutely amazing. I would compare their their fruit and veggies to farmer’s market quality, but with grocery store prices. (Yeah, score!) But really the best part is I take the shopping list off of my refrigerator and after my toddler is asleep I sit down and on my phone or computer I make my order. It’s delivered to my doorstep before I wake up the next morning and I start the day feeling productive with a well stocked kitchen.

I can’t say enough good things about this service, or about not having to to grocery shopping with my two year old. I mean I love shopping with her at the mall, Target, or wherever. But grocery shopping? Skip. If you want to try Milk and Eggs with me this holiday season I snagged you a 40% off coupon- and 40% off groceries, I mean c’mon. When does that ever happen?! Happy Holidays everyone!

Enjoy 40% off your first purchase at MilkandEggs.com when you click this link or copy and paste it in a new browser: http://i.refs.cc/7oLxIJB5      (coupon will automatically be applied to your cart)

*Photos by Rebecca Orlandini Photography

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MOTHERHOOD | OUTFITS FOR MOM | TODDLER FASHION FAVORITES

WAYS TO PROMOTE TODDLER INDEPENDENCE

By on November 21, 2017

Hi Everyone!

It’s no secret that my little lady, Lila, is my BABY. I have defiantly been known to be a helicopter parent because I am pretty much that girl’s shadow. Since she is my first and only kid I have been keen on not missing a moment. I mean, not missing a singlemoment. She spends nearly one hundred percent of her time with me. I rarely will have my mom watch her for any reason. I can’t explain why I feel so attached to her, I just never want to be without her. Does anybody else feel that way?

Now that Lila is in full on kid mode I wanted to share with you ways that I have been encouraging her independence in different ways around the house. It’s hard for me sometimes to stop myself from just doing everything for her.

 

In The Kitchen

  • If I am cooking in the kitchen, I give Lila a special title of “Kitchen Helper.” She begs to be called this and will do anything I ask as long as she is referred to by this nickname. Figuring this out was a game changer in getting her excited to help out.
  • While in the kitchen I will ask her help for getting ingredients out the refrigerator. She can reach even the highest shelf in our fridge so unless something is really far back or blocked by a lot of other items, she can grab things with ease.
  • When the ingredients are being chopped or mixed I try to include her as much as possible while still being safe. Her favorite thing to do is pour pre-measured ingredients into bowl or mix with spoon in bowl.
  • When lunch is getting cooked I will hand her items to put items in trash. She really loves putting things in the trash can and my husband will ask her to do this from all over the house.

 

Mealtime

  • One thing I have never done is fed Lila. You know like put some on a spoon and fly it into their mouth pretending it’s an airplane? Not me. Ever since Lila started eating solid food I put her plate in front of her with a fork/spoon and let her have at it. At first mealtime was pretty messy, but the better her hands got with utensils the less messy it became. Since she has never had help, she doesn’t expect it. She is very independent when it comes to eating and even picking what she is hungry for.
  • I usually will offer two options and let her pick. This makes it easy because she has control over what she is eating while I get to pick what the options are. We do this for snacks and full meals.
  • When mealtime is over Lila will actually ask for a wipe and wipe her own face. It is something she started doing all on her own and I wouldn’t have it any other way. She sometimes needs help with her hands and if she asks I will help her.

Dressing

  • I have shared this before but Lila’s Montessori closet has a clothing rack with all of her available options. The majority of her outfits that she wears inside or outside daily are all created by her. I do monitor which selections go on the rack, but when it comes to picking outfits it is all her. Unless we are taking photos where she needs to be wearing a specific outfit. I really do try to never go against her outfit choices once they have been picked out.
  • Things that she can do by herself while getting dressed/undressed include:
  • pulling her shirt off of her head
  • pushing her arms through sleeves 
  • pulling her socks off 
  • putting her shoes on
  • pulling her shoes off
  • putting shoes in the shoes basket by our front door

Laundry

  • I have shared this before but Lila’s Montessori closet has a hamper where she puts her own clothes in a dirty bin after they have been worn.
  • When the bin fills up she will help me transfer the clothes from bin to washer, washer to dryer, and dryer to bin.
  • We are having a hard time learning how to fold without turning the clothing into scrunched up piles. We will get there! haha. (Tips welcomed!)

 

In The Bathroom

  • Washing handsis something that I do need to watch her do because she is up on a high stool. But she does the water and soap all on her own.
  • Letting me know she needs a new diaper. She will always tell me when she needs a new diaper and even go and get one for me to change her.Potty training is around the corner and that’s a whole new ball game.
  • This is simple but I alwayslet her pick which towel to use when she gets out of the bath. She will pick it before hand and we use it when she needs to dry off.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed these simple ways I am encouraging independence at home. We are adding to the list everyday it seems that before I know it I’ll have a little citizen on my hands.

*Photos by Rebecca Orlandini Photography

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