Hygge, the age-old Danish concept of happiness, has traveled the high seas and is working it’s way through the American culture. Its popularity isn’t surprising – Denmark is consistently ranked as the happiest country in the world. So why wouldn’t we want to take a page from their book?
Christmas is no exception. In fact, if there was ever a time you should work on increasing the hygge in your life, it would be the holidays. As luck would have it, Christmas and hygge go hand-in-hand, so adding hygge to the holiday season is easy and enjoyable.
I’ll be honest. When my son started preschool this year, the last thing on my mind was what the heck I’d do with all his artwork. In fact, I couldn’t wait to see what he’d bring home! I had the magnets ready and oo’ed and ah’ed at his initial creations.
Then they kept coming.
And coming and coming.
I swear, he has 4 art classes a day!
So it wasn’t long before my husband confronted me. The artwork had to find a home. One that wasn’t the kitchen table, kitchen counter, or family room end table.
And he was right. Within weeks, the artwork had taken over the house. I wasn’t willing to part with it (obviously). So that left one option – figure out what to do with it.
Whether you’re visiting Philadelphia for a weekend or live here year round, there’s a ton to do and see, especially with your toddler and preschooler. But if you’re looking for something to fill your whole day with, then these Philadelphia day trips will do the trick.
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!
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It’s hard to believe that at such a young age your toddler is able to actually help out with the cleaning, but it’s the perfect time to get them started! Not only do they love to be little helpers, but it’s a great way to keep them busy and mix things up a bit. Not to mention that it’s great to get some habits instilled early so that they eventually do certain chores on their own.
Most of the chores my son has taken on started because he wanted to be doing exactly what I was doing. Then I started to realize that he was capable of doing more and before long he had his own list!
Believe me, you (and they) are ready for this! Here are some chore ideas to start handing off to your toddler:
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:
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).
What if you could look at a picture of your dream life and in an instant it became your reality? It may seem far fetched, but there is tons of research suggesting it’s possible. Not to mention anecdotal evidence coming from some of the world’s most successful people. And once you know how to create a vision board, you’ll be one step closer to living your dream life just like they are.
Vision boards have a simple but amazing concept. If you visualize the life you want, then you’ll ultimately obtain it. They’re an amazing source of inspiration and motivation for basically any goal you could possibly have.
Here is how the classic vision board works: You gather pictures that embody the life you want to have and you create a collage of the images on a bulletin board. You should spend time looking over your vision board at least once a day and voila! You’ve got instant inspiration to achieve your dreams.
While creating the classic vision board is pretty easy, I’ve found that they don’t always look that great over time or they’re pushed aside as yet another unfinished project. This is a huge shame because they truly are very effective! So how do you create a vision board that is effective and inspiring? Follow some of these tips to ensure your success:
Last year for Christmas, I wrapped all of our gifts in shipping paper and did my best to spruce them up with some fun embellishments. My son had been with me every step of the way (whether he liked it or not), so I finally figured out a way to get him even more involved in the process.
So how exactly does one get a toddler involved in gift wrapping??
Drum roll please….finger paint!
This scenario plays out in my house almost everyday: The playroom is strewn with blocks, cars are on their sides, balls are piled in the corner…and my son? He’s playing in our cabinet with the pots and pans. There’s no question he loves his toys, but sometimes I can’t believe how much he loves his “not toys.” So much so that I find myself converting old household products into play things just for some free indoor excitement.
So if you’re tired of buying toys, look around your house and see if you’ve got any of these big winners:
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