St. Patrick’s Day for the Kids

St. Patrick’s Day for the Kids

Not sure about you guys but we are getting through this pandemic one holiday at a time! Having kids means celebrating allll the holidays! Doesn’t matter if it’s national donut day, Valentine’s, or St. Pattys, making these days fun and special not only creates such great memories but also gives us something to look forward to! Anyone else?!

With St. Patrick’s day quickly arriving we wanted to share some fun ways to celebrate with kids! Whether it’s just throwing on something green to wear, getting a new fun book to read, or doing a fun activity we have rounded up some of our St. Patrick’s day favorites!

  • Clothes for Boys: Anyone have a dinosaur loving boy? This short sleeve graphic tee would be perfect for St. Patricks Day! More of a dog lover? Here is another cute graphic tee. And we adore this shirt in the green patterned poplin, it’s your classic button down for the littles! (And can’t beat the price, $15 at H&M)
  • Clothes for Baby: Love everything about these cotton overalls…especially this color though! Here is a cute headband set for girls and gender neutral onesie!
  • Clothes for Girls: This mint green under $10 cotton sweatshirt is a favorite and this shamrock graphic tee is perfect for those wanting a bit more green. Kylie’s green leggings are old but here are some cute St. Patrick’s Day leggings!
  • St Patrick’s Day Books: How to Catch a Leprechaun , Pout Pout Fish, Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun (all great books for littles!)
  • St. Patrick’s Day Baking: Use these cupcake liners or cookie cutter to make a fun treat!
  • Other St. Patrick’s Day ideas: Here is a cute St. Patricks Day activity book (great for ages 4-8) or grab some green paint and stickers for a fun art project! Lastly, you can never go wrong with balloons!

Cheers! 🙂

Women’s History Month – Children’s Books

I cannot believe that we are in our last weekend of February! With March being Women’s History Month, we rounded up some of our favorite children’s books to celebrate! These books are a mix of teaching about amazing women in history, about how we are all different and learning to accept others, and women empowerment. You are sure to find a book to share with your kiddos – they are suitable for children from toddler through elementary aged and both boys and girls can enjoy these books.

*Courageous World Changers: 50 True Stories of Daring Women of God
*101 Awesome Women Who Changed Our World
*Malala’s Magic Pencil
*The World Needs Who You Were Made To Be
*A Is For Awesome
*Rosie Revere, Engineer
*She Persisted: In Sports
*The Day You Begin
*Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around The World

Grayson Is 4!

Grayson Is 4!

I know every mom says this at every child’s birthday, but I CANNOT believe that our little nugget is 4 years old.

Party Details
For Grayson’s party, he wanted a Power Rangers theme… specifically Tommy – the green power ranger.
*Banner – I DIYed this banner when the wall decal I ordered did not arrive in time
*Balloons – this pack of Power Ranger balloons is from Amazon, we have this helium tank to blow up balloons at home (highly recommend)
*Green Cups – these adorable Power Ranger cups we ordered from Sequins & Lipstick on Etsy, I have friends that have ordered custom cups/napkins/etc from her for parties/events and I always thought it added such an adorable and personal touch, so I figured I would try them and I LOVED them! I will definitely be order more in the future.
*Cookies – these cookies were not only adorable but so delicious! We got them from a local bakery and will absolutely be going back for more custom goodies and our next donut run!

Update on Grayson!
For those of you who know me (and Grayson), know that one word I use to describe him is passionate. He is passionate in all he does, whatever he is doing.. playing, feeling, anything – he does it to the extreme. Grayson is funny, random, and the absolute sweetest. He says what is on his mind and tells you exactly what he is thinking. I pray that this sweet little boy never loses his ability to laugh at the smallest things, his ability to make others laugh, and his ability to make others feel special and loved.

Height & Weight
Grayson has always been a peanut – and he is sticking to that trend. We had his 4 year check up earlier this week and he is just over 38 inches tall (11th percentile) and 31 pounds (10th percentile).

Schedule
Grayson will usually wake up anywhere between 6:30-7:30 in the morning. All three boys will go down for a nap/rest time in the afternoon anytime between 1:00-2:00. During this time, Grayson usually sleeps for at least part. If he doesn’t sleep then he just plays quietly in his room until his Hatch Light turns red (which is when he knows he can leave his room). Rest time is typically about 2 hours. Then he will go down for bed anytime between 8:15-8:45, on a normal day.

Activities
This summer Grayson (and Hunter) played t-ball, and loved it! All three boys have completed the ISR program and refreshers. At this point, he is not in any activities and outside play (here in Chicago) is a rarity. We cannot wait for the weather to get nicer and be able to play outside and sign him up for outdoor sports!
Grayson is such a homebody and thrives in the comfort/safety of his own home. He loves anything and everything that Hunter loves (Legos, Star Wars, etc) but he also loves Power Rangers (hence the party theme), monster trucks, and Blippi. He enjoys puzzles, playing with Preston, and also playing solo a ton too.
G is also in school 2 full days per week and absolutely loves it. He always tells me that his favorite part of the day was “all of it because I love school”. Grayson has always shown an interest in “academics” and is always asking about letters, words, and numbers. His sweet little mind is always wondering, thinking, and investigating.

Eating
Grayson is a pretty typical child when it comes to eating. He could live off of yogurt, mac n cheese, and fruit (berries, apples, bananas, clementines, grapes, all the fruit). He much prefers snacking throughout the day as opposed to meals. For breakfast Grayson will usually ask for oatmeal or pancakes & turkey sausage. Lunch would be a yogurt parfait every single day if Grayson had it his way. Dinner is not his favorite meal by any stretch of the imagination, he always tries what we are eating and sometimes it’s a win and sometimes it’s a flop.

Happy Birthday G-Money! We love you!

Valentine’s Day Cards For Kids

Valentine’s Day Cards For Kids

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we wanted to share with you all the Valentine’s that the boys picked out for their friends at school. Our boys absolutely love donuts, I wonder where they get that from.. 😉 so when they saw these darling donut options – they were both sold!

We got these Donut Valentine’s from Ellington Paper Company and could not be happier. Our original plan was to get either a donut or a couple of donut holes for the each child in the boys’ classes but no food is allowed to be passed out this year. So we had to rethink the donut theme after we received the Valentine’s. Instead of giving each child a donut we made a little bag of donut themed goodies for each child! If you still need to get Valentine’s for your little ones, it is not too late! You can place an order and then print them yourself. Below are my top three choices of Valentine’s that you can purchase through Ellington Paper Company’s Etsy shop.

Valentine’s Cards and Pairing Ideas
1. These WELLY Valentine’s would be adorable with a package of Welly bandages
2. I Dig You Valentine’s are so cute for those who love trucks and it would be perfect to pair with this little toy truck!
3. These Pink Bunny Valentine’s would be perfect to add with these bunny ears or even Annie’s Bunny Fruit Snacks

Black History Month: Books for Kids

Black History Month: Books for Kids

Books are such a great way to open up conversations with your children, about any topic! See some of our favorite books to help you celebrate Black History Month with your little ones. The topics range from jazz music and confidence in your appearance to slavery and marching for civil rights. Many of these books are biographies but all are inspiring!

Books Linked Below
ABCs of Black History – this book takes you thought the alphabet of Black history and culture
Dream Big, Little One – this book features 18 black women who have blazed the trail in American history
Hair Love – this book features the relationship between a father and a daughter, where he has to do her hair for the first time
A Smell of Sweet Roses – this book is about two young girls who sneak out of their house to not only witness but help change history
Trombone Shorty – this book follows Trombone Shorty’s dream of becoming a musician and how, despite the odds, he became an international sensation (this is a favorite of my boys, they like listening to the read aloud on storylineonline)
Follow Your Dreams, Little One – this book highlights true stories of black men in American history
Henry’s Freedom Box – this is a true story of a slave who escaped by mailing himself in a crate to freedom
The Power of Her Pen – this book tells the story of Ethel Payne and her journey from growing up on the southside of Chicago to becoming a journalist, where she was one of three black journalists who were issued a White House press pass
Let the Children March – this book tells the story of thousands of children who volunteered to march for civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History – this book educates and inspires as it tells true stories of 40 black women in American history (this book is the “older child’s” version of Dream Big, Little One that we mentioned above)
The Oldest Student – this book tells the story of Mary Walker, who was born into slavery in 1848 (she learned to read at the age of 116)

Valentine’s Day Activity

Valentine’s Day Activity

I love an activity/craft that is 1. quick & easy to set up (and clean up) 2. where I have all the supplies already 3. and one that all three boys can enjoy! This craft covered all three of those areas and you all have asked for more kids craftities so I figured I would share this.

Supplies:
*Large Paper – we have this one for our easel, so I just cut off a large section. You could easily do this craft on regular construction paper too for a smaller, individual craft.
*Painters Tape
*Crayons

Steps
1. Tape the paper to any surface. I decided on the floor since all three boys were participating in this together at the same time.
2. Use the painters tape to spell out your message or design.
3. Color away!
4. Once the coloring is complete (making sure that all areas around the tape are colored) then carefully pull up the painters tape on the paper to reveal the design!

The boys had a great time with this activity. I love that all three boys (5, almost 4, and 22 months) were able to have fun with it! I will say that Hunter (5 years old) had a hard time understanding that on this activity it was okay for him to “scribble scrabble” and not worry about coloring on the tape. Once I explained to him what would happen when we took the tape off, he loved being able to scribble as fast as he could!

Valentine’s Day Basket for the Kids

Valentine’s Day Basket for the Kids

Valentine’s Day brings back such nostalgia for me. I vividly remember celebrating in elementary school, making homemade card holders out of construction paper and writing out Valentine’s for my classmates. It’s such a fun holiday for kids and I want to provide Kylie with the same fun memories. I ordered this cute Valentine’s Day bucket for her and will be a fun tradition to use each year (for Valentine’s, cards, etc!). This year, I am putting her Valentine’s Day gifts inside. I got her this book and this adorable baby doll diaper bag.

See below for additional Valentine’s Day gift ideas for kids!

Matching Sweatshirts

Matching Sweatshirts

When you don’t have a daughter to match with…. you borrow your sister’s!!! We all know how much I love having my boys match (we’ll see how much longer they let me do that), so when I saw these sweatshirts (kids size here) from Pink Lily – I could not pass up the opportunity to match with my sweet niece!

I am typically not a “graphic tee” fan but this one spoke to me! The simplicity of the white sweatshirt with the blush xoxo is so darling. If you are looking for a bolder option they also have a hot pink sweatshirt that is sure to be a showstopper. I love how pretty the lettering is, it is super lightweight, and so comfy. With Valentine’s Day coming up, this sweatshirt will be on repeat – but since it doesn’t scream Valentine’s Day, I know I will be wearing it nonstop year round!

Kylie is Two

Kylie is Two

How in the world is my baby girl two?! I know, I know, that’s so cliche to say but it’s SO TRUE! I can’t believe how fast these first two years have gone. Each and everyday she does something new or says a new word/phrase and seeing her grow is the greatest joy of my life. I say this at every stage but this is certainly my favorite age! We have dance parties galore, play with baby dolls for hours and hours, and cuddle while we read books. I never want to forget these moments and I’m hanging onto these days where I get her all to myself.

Kylie’s shirt is old H & M but here is a similar option, hanging decor garland here

Due to the pandemic we didn’t have a birthday party but we were able to celebrate with each set of Kylie’s Grandparents. We are so blessed to be so close to them and Kylie adores her Gigi & BudBud and Grandma & Papa. Give the girl her Grandparents, balloons, and cake and she is set 🙂

I wanted to capture and share our daily routine as well as share a few of our daily must haves! Below is what a typical day looks like:

7am-Wake up! Kylie wakes around this time…she’s still in a crib and so content there (knock on wood!). Most days she hangs out and plays/talks to herself until Kevin or I go get her. We still use the HelloBaby monitor and it’s by far one of our most used products since day 1. The price is great, it doesn’t connect to wifi, battery life is wonderful…the list goes on!

8am-Breakfast…her favorites are pancakes, chicken sausage, cereal. We absolutely love these Skip Hop utensils!

8:30- Playtime! Her favorites right now are this dollhouse and puzzles…oh and lots of dance parties!

10:15 -Snack – our “go-to” snacks are smoothies, cheese/crackers, yogurt & granola, and fruit

10:30 – Outdoor play or activity. Kylie LOVES the park and I love to get outside even in the winter months. I know it sounds silly but her favorite thing to put on when going outside is this scarf ha!

12:00- Lunch and it’s usually nothing fancy…quesadillas, mac n cheese, chicken nuggets, tomato soup

1:00- Nap time. She wears the woolino sleep sack (she has since 6 months old!)

4:00- Hands on activity (cooking, arts & crafts, sensory bin play) I try to get creative but other days it’s books, stickers (and running around our kitchen island) and ipad until dinner time 🙂

6:00- Dinner, we eat together as a family every night and it’s so fun! She typically sits in this booster seat however recently has wanted to sit solo…

7:00- Bath (a couple nights a week), she loves this little bath shower!

7:30 Bed-We do one book (one of her current favorites) and then it’s lights out!

What items are a must have with your toddler/two year old? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Gifts for 2 Year Olds

Gifts for 2 Year Olds

With Kylie’s birthday quickly approaching on the 18th (cue the tears!!) I wanted to round up the best toys to gift a two year old. These are all toys that we own (or she is getting for her birthday this year!) and gender neutral!

  • Little People Big Yellow Bus– a pull toy plus a real life “wheels on the bus” #winwin (here is amazon link)
  • Play Kitchen with running water – a close friend (with a toddler boy) recommended I get this for Kylie. She assured me water does NOT get everywhere and it’s one that will actually keep them occupied
  • Fishing Game – Kylie was gifted this for Christmas and it’s been the biggest hit by far! She loves to play this by herself or with someone else. (here is a cool puzzle version, too!)

  • Look & Find Books-another gift that she LOVED getting at Christmas. This Frozen one was a hit. Other good ones: Paw Patrol, Mickey Mouse, Sesame Street, and Muppets
  • Train set-it doesn’t need to be anything elaborate. My parents have a fancy train table and 9 times out of 10 she goes for this wooden set. (Target link here-but cheaper on amazon!)
  • This or this airplane toy and Hello Airplane! book would make a cute gift set! Kylie loves to read this book!