The ABC’s are one of the funnest things to start teaching your toddler – assuming they’re interested in learning. Luckily, there are so many different ways to incorporate the ABCs into their day – and more importantly, a billion ways to start exposing them to their letters so that they start to pick it up on their own.
Having a late talker, we were obsessed with learning the ABCs, so I’ve tested out more than you can imagine. Here are some of the coolest ideas I’ve come across, as well as some new fun things to try:
My son is obsessed with trains. And leading the pack of all-things-trains is, of course, the one and only Thomas the Train. I don’t know what it is, but something about that show has him completely mesmerized.
And of course (as with all things), from that little boy obsession has sprouted an entire industry of Thomas the Train accessories and toys. And while I’d love to say that my (not) crafty-self has discovered a way to make the equivalent of Thomas from scratch, the reality is that nothing makes me happier than discovering a new Thomas gift that sends my little guy over the moon. He’s just too cute!
So if you’re in need of a new Thomas friend or accessory for your little one, check out these winners in our house:
Writing is a funny thing. You don’t necessarily have to be an expert at it to make money doing it. You just need to be an expert at something – and that’s what you write about. If you do happen to be gifted at writing then you’ve got an extra leg up, but it’s not a prerequisite.
Better yet, writing is one of the most flexible, gratifying jobs out there. You’re creating something tangible (even if it’s only available in cyberspace) and you get better and better the more you write.
In my opinion, everyone should spend some of their time writing. The benefits are endless, but the obvious ones can’t be ignored –
- You can do it from anywhere, at anytime
- You can write about anything
- It makes you better at whatever you’re writing about
- You can make some easy money!
If you haven’t considered writing for a living (or just on the side), it’s time to think about it! And if you’re ready to start dabbling, consider some of these ways to make money as a writer (whether full-time or part-time):
I can’t tell you how excited I am at this discovery. I’m a total LUSH bath bomb addict, but as you may or may not know, those things are expensive! They are hands down the highest quality bath bombs you will find, but at $7-$8 a bomb, it becomes a true luxury. I can’t pay that much every time I want to relax in a bath!
So needless to say, for years I’ve been on the hunt for comparable bath bombs that don’t cost nearly as much. And I have tried A TON. None have come close – until my last attempt. I found these guys on Amazon (which makes them even better because it’s free shipping for Prime members!) and was instantly excited.
When my husband and I bought our first (and current) house, we loved it because we felt like it was the perfect starter home. It is small and cozy and perfect for two people – maybe a little baby too. The plan was to live there for 3-5 years and then move onto a bigger, more spacious McMansion-style home where we’d raise our kids.
We’re now 6 years in and each additional year we seem to dig our heels in further, finding new reasons why our small starter house may actually be our perfect forever home. Because believe it or not, there are some amazing perks to living in a small home.
So before you sign up for 30 years of paying off your mansion, consider these reasons for picking a small house right from the start:
Coupons can be a confusing thing. On one hand, we know that most coupons are a gimmick to get us to buy products we don’t really need. On the other hand, we’ve all seen Extreme Couponing and know that it’s possible to not pay for groceries at all. And for many of us, that would be a gold mine.
Even the best budgeters usually spend $500+ a month on groceries for their family! Imagine how much could be saved by figuring out how to really make the most of coupons….especially when it means getting free products.
Here’s what you need to do if you want to start saving a bundle (and not spending more!) using coupons:
I’m not the world’s best DIYer, so when I find a project that I can actually pull off, I get really excited! And if I can get my toddler involved, it’s even better. That’s what happened with these DIY bookmarks and they ended up being a huge hit (both for my toddler and everyone that got the bookmarks).
Co-sleeping is a wonderful, wonderful thing. It’s a decision I never really anticipated making, but now that I’ve experienced it with my oldest, I hope I get to experience with every other child I end up having. But as with all great things, at some point you realize it’s time for a transition. Whether it’s overcrowding, time to welcome a new baby, or just the right time for your toddler, you will most likely need to figure out how to get them into their own bed…in their own bedroom.
So how do you do that? Or, as so many like to point out, are you destined to sleep with your child until they leave for college? Hardly.
My husband and I co-slept with our son until he was 2 and then began the transitioning process. And believe it or not, it was way easier than we thought! Just like with breastfeeding, the transition seemed to be 1000 times easier for my toddler than for me…which was a relief because I ended up being the only one that needed to cry-it-out. 🙂
Obviously every child (and parent) is different, so some tips may work better than others, but this is what worked for us. And as I said, we were able to pull it off without any crying-it-out (at least from the toddler).
One of my BIGGEST goals right now is to pay off the mortgage. I won’t lie, it’s sooo hard to stay motivated when you’re chipping away at such a big number, but the benefits are just way too huge to ignore. But the reality is that if you prioritize getting it paid off, it CAN and WILL happen. And your future self will thank you for it!
Related post: 7 Important Reasons to Pay Off Your Mortgage
So if you’re in the same boat as me, consider these different ways for getting your mortgage paid off way earlier than you ever expected:
When we were invited by friends to join them at The Crayola Experience, I was so excited for a new Philadelphia day trip to enjoy with our little guy. I had memories of The Crayola Experience (though at that time we called it The Crayola Factory), but none of my memories compared to what it is now. What an amazing trip! I’m not exaggerating a bit when I tell you this was just as amazing for a 2 ½ year old as Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum – it was that cool!
The Crayola Experience is located in Easton, so it’s a bit of a drive for some of the Philly suburbs (it took us 1 ½ hrs.), but there’s so much to do there that it’s well worth the drive. We were also pleasantly surprised by how nice Easton was, so there’s lots of restaurants and shops to keep you busy if you want to hang around after The Crayola Experience. We were there on a Saturday and a huge farmer’s market was set up right in the center of town, so check to see if that will be there! It was a lot of fun.