The Oil Drip Pan Magnet Board

oildrippinI have a confession to make: I spend A LOT of time on Pinterest. From recipes, to DIY home projects, to beauty regimens, I have found some great ideas on this social media platform. I have Pinterest to thank for softer skin – the honey and sugar scrub recipes I’ve pinned are nothing short of fabulous. Pinterest is the reason why my kids have a really cool sensory table and a super upgraded play kitchen. {Awesome tip: Go to Pinterest, Type in ‘Ikea Play Kitchen Makeover.’ Be prepared to have your socks knocked off!} My husband is probably thanking the heavens for Pinterest every day, because I was a terrible cook before finding the pins on my “Scrumptious” board!

But have you ever come across an idea and thought “There is no way this project can be that easy to complete” or “This looks way too good to be true”? Click here to read about my Pinterest adventure!

10 Must-Do’s to Survive 2 Under 2

How I Settled in to Life with my Two Littles

2under2Previously, I wrote about why I love having children who are close in age. They’re best friends, built-in playmates, and we only have to go through developmental phases once.

In hindsight, it is easy to gush about how great it is now, because we are past the early difficult stages (i.e. they are both sleeping through the night and potty trained). The truth is, those first few months with two itty bitties were demanding and challenging. There were many times when I wondered, “How on earth am I going to do this?”

So how DID I do it? Click here to find out how…

Close-in-Age Kids: Why I love it, & Why You Might Too

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I’ll never forget that afternoon in May. My husband and I took Little Boy for his 9-month checkup with our family doctor. I wasn’t feeling well that day, but as we mommas often do, I persevered in order to make sure that Little Boy was in tiptop shape and meeting the appropriate milestones.

Little Boy was doing great. A chubby, giggly, smiling baby as always.

“And how are you doing,” Dr. B. asked me. She was the doctor who cared for me when I first learned I was pregnant with Little Boy. She even delivered him at the hospital. It was safe to say she knew me pretty well by then.  Continue reading…

Pool Noodles: A Summer Favorite for Year-Round Fun! (Part 2)

poolnoodlepart2PINSummer may be fleeting, but pool noodles are here to stay!

In my previous post, I shared two ways I recycled pool noodles to create activities for my Little Boy and Little Girl to enjoy year-round. These have been great for independent play and as something to promote sharing and conversation.

Today, I am back with two additional ways I have repurposed our old pool noodles.

Click here for more ways to use your noodle!

Pool Noodles: A Summer Favorite for Year-Round Fun! (Part 1)

PoolNoodlePinImageBy now you may have noticed that I like to recycle things around the house to use for fun activities with the littles – fabric, toilet paper rolls, squeeze-pouch tops… the list goes on. Today I’m back with a way to recycle a summer time favorite that doesn’t need to disappear when the warm weather does.

Pool Noodles: We often use them for water play. But what do you do with them when summer is over?  Rather than stuffing them in the back of a closet or throwing them away, you could recycle them to make fun “any season” activities.

Today, I bring you PART 1 of my Pool Noodles series.

Click here to use your noodle!

Squeeze Pouch Tops: A Surprising Essential for Play and Learning!

pinimageI love recycling things to make toys and activities for my littles. I find that they enjoy my DIY and home made activities much more than toys I buy from retail stores. Can anyone else relate to having toddlers get more excited about playing with the packaging than the actual toy?

Today, I am sharing something made from one of the most surprising materials available: squeeze-pouch tops! Check it out!

Very Hungry Caterpillars

caterpillarpinPreparing for tough conversations with my children.

“Mommy, will you read to me?”  It was my son: a 3-year-old, shy, and incredibly smart little boy with big almond brown eyes and a smile that warms my heart. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar! You know that is one of our favorites,” I exclaimed. As he climbed on my lap, I hugged him, smelled the sweet scent of his curly hair, and for a few silent seconds, I wept. “In the light of the moon, a little egg lay on a leaf,” I began. I could barely see the pages through my tears. Fortunately, I have this story committed to memory.  Continue…

The Button Slide – A Fine Motor Activity

thebuttonslide_mylifewithlittlesWhat are Fine Motor Skills?  When we talk about fine motor skills, we are usually referring to a child’s movement of small muscles in their hands, fingers, and wrists. Examples of fine motor movement include: picking up and manipulating small objects, holding a crayon or feeding utensil, and buttoning/zipping a jacket.  Fine motor skills are an essential part of daily living activities such as dressing, feeding and playing. Research shows that along with attention and general knowledge, fine motor skills can also be a predictor of math, reading, and science success in school.

Try one of my FAVORITE fine motor activities: The Button Slide! Let’s go!