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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!

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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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The 12 Month Transition

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

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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