10 Tips for Transitioning a Co-Sleeping Toddler to Their Own Bedroom

Transitioning a co-sleeping toddler to their own bedroom can seem like an impossible task, but it's easier than you think and it WILL happen. Here are some tips to help!

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).

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How to Pay Off the Mortgage Early

Thinking about paying off your mortgage? Now's the time to do it! Here are some great tips to help with the process.

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:

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Your Next Philadelphia Day Trip: The Crayola Experience

The Crayola Experience is such an amazing Philadelphia day trip for your toddler! If you're in the area, you have to check it out!

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.

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The Next Book You Have to Read: Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind is one of the greatest inspirational books I've ever read. It's a total game-changer!

In my attempt to read more books this year, I’ve come across some real winners and some ho-hum forgettables.  Even a mediocre book can sometimes be a welcome break from reality, but what I really love is a book that is so exciting that I actually get an adrenaline rush when I’m reading it.  And I’m not talking about the rush that comes with finding out who the killer is or a steamy romance scene.  I’m talking about the rush from that AH-HA moment that makes you realize one small tweak to your life could help you achieve your next goal…or the moment you realize that you actually can quit your job and do what you love…or even just deciding what your next pursuit will be. THOSE moments are the best.

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Subscription Clubs for Men (that are actually worth the money)

Nothing beats an amazing subscription club, especially ones that are geared towards men! Check out this list for some great ideas.

I’m a total subscription club addict for a ton of reasons.  Primarily, the experts picking stuff out always seems to be a better hit than anything I could come up with!  But also, who doesn’t love a gift that keeps on giving?  Men can be especially hard to shop for, so in my opinion manly subscription clubs are BRILLIANT.  And with Father’s Day coming up, I figured it would be the perfect time to share some of the best that I’ve come across!  The key is to find ones that are actually worth the money…because the last thing you want is to spend your money on a monthly disappointment.

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How to Turn Your Hobby into a Money-Making Machine

What could be better than making money from your hobby? It's so easy nowadays, you won't believe all your options! Check out this list to get started.

Back in the day, living the American dream meant finding a great job that let you buy a home, vacation every year, and take care of your family.  Nowadays??  What a different picture!  For most of us, the American dream now means finding a way to make money from what we love, work anywhere and at anytime, and still take care of our families. And it’s totally possible! I see it happening every single day.

So what’s the first step towards achieving this dream?  Turn your hobby into a money-making machine.  Believe it or not, there are a ton of ways to make money from your hobbies, whether it’s just pocket change or a full-time income.


Here’s where to start if you’re ready to make money from your hobbies:

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Why You Need to Focus on Small Wins Instead of Big Ones…and the Ones You Should Focus on First

10 Small Wins that will Ripple through your Life

I don’t think there’s ever been a time in my life (at least not in my adult life) where I haven’t been trying to accomplish something. Whether big or small, there’s always something going on – paying down debt, learning new things, weight loss, clearing my head, running more often…the list goes on and on.

So I’m sure it’s not surprising that I love coming across new ideas and ways to accomplish more, especially if it saves time or effort.  And I’m always on the hunt for new ideas. My last source of inspiration (from The Power of Habit…not as amazing as The Miracle Morning, but still a great read!) has me really excited because it outlined a brilliant and simple way to accomplish anything and everything:

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5 Documentaries that Will Inspire Minimalism

Ready to take the plunge into minimalism? These documentaries are great inspiration for helping you get there!

I’m a total documentary junkie, so there really aren’t any that are off limits.  But my absolute favorites are the ones that inspire big lifestyle changes or somehow manage to change our perspective of the world. They can be amazing sources of motivation if you need that extra push!

So this is for the aspiring minimalists out there! If you’re looking to downsize your life, or more importantly find more with less, this list is for you.  All of these documentaries inspire minimalism in one way or another.  

So are you ready to purge your house, focus on happiness, and live more simply? Here’s where to start:

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8 Benefits of Using a Credit Card Instead of Cash

Using a credit card instead of cash can have a huge positive impact on your personal finances. You just need to do it the right way! Here are the reasons you should be using a credit card instead of cash.

In the personal finance world, I feel like all I read are posts about ditching the credit card and shifting to an all cash world. I’m not going to deny the potential downside of credit cards (or the upside of cash), but I just can’t stop myself from laying out all the benefits of doing the opposite – exclusively using a credit card instead of cash. The only important rule you have to remember with this method is that you have to pay off your full balance every month. But if you can do that then you can seriously improve your finances. This is what I do and I’ve never had a moment where I regret it.  In fact, I think it’s the smartest way to manage your money.

Here’s why:

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10 Easter Basket Ideas for 2-Year Old Boys

Looking for Easter basket ideas for your 2-year old boy?? These are the winners in our house!

It’s that time of year again!  The Easter Bunny is on his way and more importantly, spring will soon be here!  Easter can be a really fun day, especially with little ones.  This will be the first year that my son will understand what’s going on (kind of), so I can’t wait to pull out all of the stops!  We’re going to be decorating eggs ahead of time, hiding them, and of course opening up an Easter basket from the Easter Bunny!

In my excitement, I’ve already ordered the fixings for my son’s Easter basket this year and I know how tough that can be when you don’t want to spend a lot and you just don’t really know what a toddler would like.  So here are some great Easter basket ideas for 2-year old boys!  Happy Easter 🙂

 

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