All Things Children · Parenting · Positive mealtimes

Sippy Cups and How Children Never Have To Stop To Drink Anymore

Sippy cups are now made so that they are essentially indestructible.   They are spill proof even when thrown down several stairs, across a room or probably out of a moving car.   They have really come a long way from this I grew up drinking from an open cup that sometimes had a lid made by… Continue reading Sippy Cups and How Children Never Have To Stop To Drink Anymore

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Road Trips and Pit Stops – PlayPlaces App

PlayPlaces – Ultimate Kids Road Trip App By AppAvenger I need to share this amazing app that Eliana and I used on our most recent road trip – PlayPlaces. Eliana and I took a 10 day road trip.  Jonathan was traveling for work and we decided to visit family while he was gone.  Our destinations included: Centerville,… Continue reading Road Trips and Pit Stops – PlayPlaces App

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My Mini Sous Chef

Mommy’s Little Helper in the Kitchen: Creating a Positive Mealtime Environment AND Positive Lifelong Associations with Foods I love to let Eliana help when she is able to and when is a better time than in the kitchen?  By watching me cook, she is becoming familiarized with the smells, sights and textures of foods while… Continue reading My Mini Sous Chef

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Please DO Play With Your Food! Encouraging Food Play And Painting With It!

Fostering a Healthy Mindset Around Food Creating an environment that encourages a healthy mindset around food is important to us.  Do we encourage Eliana to play with the food on her dinner plate?  No.  Do we create opportunities for Eliana to think about food in positive ways?  Yes.  At our home we are continually working… Continue reading Please DO Play With Your Food! Encouraging Food Play And Painting With It!

All Things Children · Child Made / Arts & Crafts · DIY & Home Projects

DIY Toddler Made Thank You Cards

We are blessed to have wonderful family and friends surround us!  Eliana was showered with love and presents for her birthday.  We wanted to show our appreciation, but Eliana isn’t old enough to write her own thank you cards yet.  So we did the next best thing – she decorated the cards and I wrote… Continue reading DIY Toddler Made Thank You Cards

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A Parent and A Therapist – Coloring and Crayons

When you are a Mom you are always wondering if you are making the right decisions. Knowing your parenting choices will impact your child, you wonder if it was the right choice or the wrong one. Of course children are resilient, and particularly in the first few years, they allow you to learn and grow… Continue reading A Parent and A Therapist – Coloring and Crayons

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Baby-Proofing the Wet Bar

Sometimes you have to get creative when baby proofing. I posted earlier about baby-proofing our cable box.  And also our fireplaces. We also needed to baby-proof behind our wet bar. It actually ended up being an easy fix.  I was having trouble thinking outside the box… and then it dawned on me… use an expandable… Continue reading Baby-Proofing the Wet Bar

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Flower Girl Activity Bag – “Flower Girl Princess All Dressed In White For Most of Today and Even Tonight”…

Eliana was a flower girl in my sister’s wedding a couple weeks ago.  She did a fabulous job and made it down the aisle!  That in itself is an accomplishment for a 2 year old!  In anticipation of the long day (potentially with no nap) I put together a flower girl activity bag. It was… Continue reading Flower Girl Activity Bag – “Flower Girl Princess All Dressed In White For Most of Today and Even Tonight”…

All Things Children · Child Made / Arts & Crafts · DIY & Home Projects · Holidays

Melted Crayon Easter Eggs – Dye Free Easter Eggs

We decorated Easter eggs last night by melting crayons!  I stumbled upon a cool new way to decorate Easter eggs by using crayons while the eggs are still hot when perusing Pinterest.  It was very simple and also not very messy.  We decorated them this way with a 9 year old (my cousin Mindi) and… Continue reading Melted Crayon Easter Eggs – Dye Free Easter Eggs

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Toddler St. Patrick’s Day Party With Crafts Food and Favors

Today we hosted a Toddler St. Patrick’s Day Party.  This group of parents and children get together frequently, but today we decided to embrace the upcoming holiday and eat a lot of green (and rainbow) colored foods, craft with green paints and wear as much green as our wardrobes allowed.  It has been such a… Continue reading Toddler St. Patrick’s Day Party With Crafts Food and Favors

All Things Children · Food · Parenting

Homemade Toddler Foods For When “On The Go” – Mac and Cheese Bites With Spinach and Chicken

Making homemade food portable and easy to grab for when “On The Go” can be difficult.  As much as I want to always provide healthy options for Eliana, it is sometimes easier to just run through a drive through while we are out and about.  These Mac and Cheese bites are awesome because they are… Continue reading Homemade Toddler Foods For When “On The Go” – Mac and Cheese Bites With Spinach and Chicken

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Easter Basket Ideas For A Two Year Old

Happy Easter!  The Easter Bunny treated us well this year so we thought we would share his basket ideas with everyone along with the excitement a 2 year old brings to the Easter holiday! Of course the Easter Bunny brought us some candy filled eggs and a chocolate bunny, but he must of had some… Continue reading Easter Basket Ideas For A Two Year Old

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Baby-proofing the Cable Box – diy

Eliana loves to play with electronics! ipads, cell phones, remotes….and the cable box. The only problem is that the cable box can’t be moved out of her reach. We also keep a basket full of puzzles to the right of the cable box – so it is often times very tempting to push the buttons… Continue reading Baby-proofing the Cable Box – diy

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DIY Wrapping Paper

Our homemade, or better yet, “Child Made” wrapping paper looks a little bit like modern art – freeform shapes and lines that intersect in beautiful disarray! It looks a little bit like our Child Made Thank You Cards except we only used red white and green paint for this art project. It is a fun… Continue reading DIY Wrapping Paper

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Gingerbread Man Decorating

Instead of the traditional Gingerbread House this year we opted for a Gingerbread Man. Mostly because I think a gingerbread house would look like a tornado hit it after we decorated it with a 1 year old. 🙂 We got all of our supplies together.  We made it pretty simple – since we weren’t eating… Continue reading Gingerbread Man Decorating

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Toddlers Costumes and Pumpkins

 A Toddler Halloween Party:Costume WearingPumpkin PaintingGood Food EatingFun Friends Playing All of them in costumes and painting!We had good friends over on Halloween for a fun filled get together.  This group of friends meets frequently at either someone’s house, the zoo or a park.   Because this day happened to also be Halloween we filled… Continue reading Toddlers Costumes and Pumpkins

All Things Children · DIY & Home Projects · Sewing · Tutorials

Travel Chalkboard Placemat

 Roll it open to color or eat:Roll it closed to travel:Did you know that they make chalkboard fabric?!  How cool is that?!  I have so many ideas for it (a table runner so that you can “name” all the dishes set out on your table, placemats with people’s name’s written on them for assigned seating,… Continue reading Travel Chalkboard Placemat