As I have mentioned before, we are lucky to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but it doesn’t comes without sacrifice. The real estate prices are extremely high, and space is at a premium. We currently live in a 1,300 square foot home, and our previous space was just over 800 square feet. While I love our cozy little house, but I always say that when we move onto a different home, a bigger kitchen and white fireplace is at the top of my wish list.
When athletic leisurewear became a trend, I think moms everywhere rejoiced—I know I did. While many probably rocked the leggings with sweaters before it was popular to do so, now they’re actually the “stylish” ones at school pickup. Or at least, that’s what I tell myself, the many days that I throw on my black Lululemon pants, a sweatshirt with a jacket on top, and a pair of black runners.
My friends and I recently got our daughters together for a little Easter party. Inspired by the bright neon Peeps candy you can find at this time of year, the theme was bright and cheerful. More details for this fun-filled morning are coming soon, but in the meantime, I thought I would share the cute and easy canvas craft we did with the 3 and 4 year olds.
Recently my kids and I were at the library getting a new set of books for the week. My son had found a Geronimo Stilton book and had sat down to read it, while my daughter and I searched for a story that interested her on the shelves close by. There was another young boy in the reading area, who I would guess was around three years old.
I don’t know about you, but I have a number of friends who are having babies or are pregnant. So, ’tis the season for baby showers! In my time, I have attended a number of baby celebrations. I have witnessed the opening of many parcels and played an abundance of activities involving diapers. At my friend’s Oh-So-Sweet Cherry Baby Shower last year, I wanted to switch things up a bit, so we went with a few new games I had not seen done before. They were fun and received a great response, so I’m passing them along in hopes that you too can be inspired.
With Spring Break in full swing and the travel season upon us, I thought I would share a little trick I’ve been using for years when traveling with my kids. Actually, I even use it every time we go out to eat or for coffee as a group. It is not life-changing by any means, but as I have learned as a parent, any tip to make life even a bit easier is a good one.
In the last year, my daughter and I started going to “Mom and Me Ballet” classes. It was evident from her first couple of sessions that she loved the music and movement. Thereafter, she could often be found twirling or singing around the house. So it was a no brainer when I decided to throw a dance party to celebrate her turning three.
When I host a kids party, I always like to try one new recipe and add it to the dessert table. Inspired by a post I saw on Instagram, for my daugther’s party I thought I would test out sprinkled Rice Krispie treats shaped like donuts. Most know, I am a fan of Rice Krispie treats because they are fast and easy to make and they are always a hit with the children. But this new variation takes it to a whole new level and were a hit among party goers, so I thought it was a must share.
I don’t think I am alone in wanting my children to grow up in a world where they feel safe, confident, and equal to those around them. Similarly, I feel like parenthood has caused me to reflect on my past in hopes of learning from it and providing my kids with thoughtful insight as they make their way through their lives.
In my continuing literacy series, I am switching the focus from babies and toddlers to the emerging school-aged reader. This year, my son entered the first grade and is honing his reading and writing skills each day at school and during his nightly reading. It’s also the first time he was introduced to the spelling test. Like most students, each week there are a new set of words he needs to master when it comes to reading and spelling.