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
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
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
Our very own repurposing. I guess we are “Green” or maybe it is just practical and logical.We got a new computer a few months ago. We moved from a Dell desktop to an Apple desktop. You may be wondering why we still have desktops….doesn’t everyone use laptops now-a-days? Well, I will write more on that… Continue reading Creative Toy Making
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!
If you have ever been to Chicago or other big cities they often offer a bundled deal so that you can go to multiple museums/venues for a cheaper price. Pittsburgh now has a very similar option! It is called the Pittsburgh Pass! You would pay $116.93/person, PittsburghPass price $83.99/personSAVE UP TO $131 on a… Continue reading Pittsburgh Pass
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
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
One of the reasons I fell in love with this house was for its charm. It is an older house with a unique layout. And, it has three fireplaces that I love. At the time we didn’t have children, so we didn’t realize that fireplaces were also baby magnets. How much fun to crawl… Continue reading Baby-proofing the Fire Places
Transitioning from Bottle to Cup and Formula to Milk Boy that is a lot of change that happens at the magical one year mark! Something that is soothing and comforting and done multiple times a day is suddenly supposed to change. Poor Babies! This post comes from the occupational therapist in me: knowing that switching… Continue reading The 12 Month Transition
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
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
The simple things that will entertain a baby for hours… A Leftover Box (or any other safe leftover you have in the car) Don’t be afraid to be silly! Babies love silliness – I first had this on my head – she was giggling. When it moved to her head, she exploded in smiles. A… Continue reading Traveling In The Car With A Baby
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
On Friday night, Jonathan Eliana and I went out to dinner. I was so proud of Eliana as she sat in her high chair at our table and enjoyed our family mealtime. We of course have mealtimes together almost every night at home, so sitting in her highchair while we sit around the table and… Continue reading Eating Out – Children’s Menu?