Category: Parenting

The 10 Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas for 1-Year Old Girls

The 10 Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas for 1-Year Old Girls

Looking for stocking stuffer ideas for a 1-year old girl in your life?  You’ve come to the right place. 😉

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year, so shopping for stocking stuffers is something I look forward to every single year…and I start early!  And this year is extra special because I have a new little almost-1-year-old girl to shop for!

Years of shopping for her brother has made the task of coming up with the perfect stocking stuffers a little easier, but there are still some things that are perfect just for little girls!  

Hopefully this list will make your shopping a little easier this year:

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10 Hobbies that Make Money for Stay-at-Home Moms

All of these hobbies give stay at home moms the ability to make money from home!

I’ll be the first to tell you that nothing is as wonderful as staying at home with your kids.  I’ll also be the first to tell you that nothing is as wonderful as making your own money, on your own terms, doing what you love.  

And as luck would have it, you can actually do all of these things at the exact same time. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s totally achievable.  You just start by making money from your hobbies!

I have not one, but two hobbies that make me money while still being a stay-at-home mom.  Neither interferes with taking care of my kids.  In fact, often, they’re a welcome, if not necessary part of it.  But most importantly, these hobbies (both of which have the potential to become full-blown careers) provide me with more mental stimulation than I ever got in a 9-5 office setting.  They also give me something to talk about with my husband that doesn’t revolve around our kids or household.  And of course, they make me money, which means much more than just the extra cash around the house.

So if you’re feeling the pull to go back to work, but also have a big case of mom guilt, consider some of these hobbies that may be able to give you the best of both worlds!

Related post:  60 Ways to Make Money as a Stay-at-Home Mom  

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for 2-Year Old Boys

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for 2-Year Old Boys

I know, I know – it’s only October!  But I know I’m not the only one that has started Christmas shopping and if you want to be done by Thanksgiving (giving yourself December to get into the spirit!), then you need to get going!  So if you’re on the hunt for stocking stuffers for 2-year old boys, this list is for you!  These were the biggest hits for my son when he was 2…and many still make regular appearances 2 years later!

Good luck with your shopping and happy holidays!

Related post: 12 Best Gifts for 2-Year Old Boys

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What to Do if Your Child Hates Bath Time

What to Do When Your Child Hates the Bath

Bath time in my house has been an up and down roller coaster ride from Day 1.  In the beginning, my newborn son screamed like a banshee when I tried bathing him.  I had to resort to wearing him in a water sling while I showered!

The water sling did, however, gave me a chance to get him used to the water and the next couple of years were total bliss. He fell in love with bath time and it become a fun, bonding, and dare I say, even educational part of the day.

Fast forward to age 3 ½. I have no idea why it happened or what triggered it, but my son decided that he HATED baths.  The banshee screams returned, only this time with the strength of a 3 year old, and bath time became a nightmare.

Obviously, this was a problem.  Our kids need to bathe!

At first, I fought him and forced him because…well…like I said, kids need to bathe.

Finally, I got savvy. I researched, I tried different things, I became obsessed with making bath time fun again.

And finally, it worked!  

So if you’ve got a child that hates to take a bath, give some of these strategies a try to see if you can turn the situation around and make bath time fun again.

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The Virginia Living Museum: Williamsburg’s Other Best Attraction

The Virginia Living Museum was one of the best things to do with toddlers in Williamsburg! I'm so glad we found it.

Last month I had planned a trip down to Williamsburg for my family, but for some reason didn’t think about the weather.  So as a heat wave rolled through with 110 degree days, I had to scramble quickly to find something with air conditioning, or at least more shade….bonus points if you could entertain my 3-year old and let me roll through with a double stroller.

What a blessing in disguise that heat was!  We happened upon the Virginia Living Museum and it ended up being one of the best children’s museums we’d ever been to.

Not only did it have my prerequisite air conditioning and ample stroller space, but the interaction it provided for my 3-year old was out of this world!  With both indoor and outdoor exhibits, we were occupied for the whole morning.

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The 10 Best Gifts for 3-Year Old Boys

10 Gift Ideas for 3-Year Old Boys

3 year-old boys are at such a fun age!  They’re becoming self-sufficient, you can communicate easily with them, and they’re figuring out the world at full speed.  Regardless of how fun they are though, it can still be tough to figure out the perfect gift for a 3-year old boy (especially if you’re not around them a lot).

All of the gifts listed here are absolute favorites of my own 3-year old son, so I’m speaking from experience!  If you opt for one of these, I’m sure it will be a huge hit.

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Your Next Baby Shower Gift: A Fully-Loaded Diaper Caddy

How to Create the Perfect Diaper Caddy

When I had my first baby I quickly grew attached to parenting devices that I just couldn’t live without (our water sling, the Ergo, and the Rock ‘N Play to name a few).  So when baby #2 was on her way, I had all of those items ready and waiting.

But of course, as you’d expect, I didn’t end up needing them because she had her own ideas and her own needs.

So I started the discovery process all over again and for her, one of the greatest creations I came across was the diaper caddy.  

It’s basically a diaper bag that doesn’t need to be unzipped, is more easily accessible, and can be anywhere in your home that you need it. It was an alternative to having a dedicated diaper changing table and ended up making travel a breeze. (more…)

15 Best Gifts for the Tech Loving Man in Your Life

The 15 Best Tech Gifts for Men

I’ve got some definite tech lovers in my family, so this list was really easy to put together.  Some are past successes that I wish I could just give again, others will be making their appearance at the next holiday season. Thankfully, my husband and Dad have both agreed not to read this post (it will be really hard for them, I’m sure), so I can be totally honest with you. 🙂  They also both weighed in on these ideas, so I can tell you exactly what they were thinking.

Here we go!  The best gifts for the tech loving man in your life:

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The 10 Best Books about Trains for Preschoolers

Ten Best Books about Trains for Your Toddler or Preschooler

My son LOOOOVES trains. Train everything. Train shoes, train clothes, train tracks, train stuffed animals, train utensils, train movies. So of course, books about trains are very high on our list of train activities and I can assure you, we not only own all these books, we read them everyday.

So if you are on the hunt for the best books about trains for preschoolers, this list is for you!

Related post: 20 Unbelievable Thomas the Train Gifts for Your Thomas-Obsessed Little Boy

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