My little guy loves tagging along on adventures with his sisters. If my girls go outside, my baby boy certainly wants to go to even if there is a foot of snow on the swing set. It's been a bit challenging to keep our young kids entertained this winter because we've had so much snow. We've also been through several rounds of sickness, which doesn't help energy levels. Despite this we've found ways to keep busy and stay cozy with our three kids cooped up inside the house for days on end. See our DIY Kids' Activities below!
My girls love the story of Beauty and the Beast. This classic story from Disney is a timeless tale that even preschoolers and toddlers can enjoy. My 4-year-old loves Belle's twirling through the fields of dandelions and dancing across the ballroom in her yellow ball gown. The intricacies of the Beauty and the Beast storyline escape her, but that doesn't prevent her from enjoying the overall story. My 2-year-old just tags along for the fun! To celebrate the upcoming movie, we recently made some fun Beauty and the Beast inspired kids' crafts so my daughters can twirl around the house as Belle, complete with her magic mirror and the Beast's enchanted rose. I hope you enjoy our fun Disney inspired kids' craft ideas!
If you love coffee, you know the importance of having good quality coffee that's easy to make and customize. I often like switching between iced coffee and hot coffee and it can be hard to effectively make both using the same coffee machine. Single cup coffee brewers do a good job for individual cups of coffee but aren't efficient when hosting a group of people. I recently had the chance to check out the Ninja Coffee Bar System and I'm impressed that it offers all the functionality for brewing a cup of coffee, whole pot or carafe of coffee, and even offers features such as Rich Brew and Over Ice Brew for making delicious iced coffee and lattes. I'm excited to share my experience with this versatile coffee machine with you!
Finding a perfect diaper bag can be such a challenge but after trying multiple bags over the last few years I believe I have found it! Both functional and fashionable, Lily Jade makes the best diaper bags for today's moms that truly grow with your ever changing needs.
Kids can have endless amounts of energy, regardless of what the season is or what the weather looks like outside. My girls regularly ask to go on a walk even if it's snowing. We currently have about 18 inches of snow outside — not exactly family walk weather. My kids regularly need to burn off their energy and thankfully we have a basement where they can enjoy some active play, often chasing each other around our huge sectional or coming up with any number of imaginative games. I'm excited to share some tips for keeping kids entertained inside when your family is feeling especially contained or restless.
We know all about little girls around here. My girls love ruffles, dressing up, and accessorizing. They need no convincing to try on new outfits, unless my youngest is feeling particularly partial to her beloved purple tutu. If so, good luck getting it off of her. I'm excited to feature some of the latest fashions from Matilda Jane Clothing's Once Upon a Time collection! Many of these MJ dresses, tops, and leggings incorporate my favorite colors into darling designs; pink, lavender, dusty aqua, and mauve. These beautiful fashions for little girls spare no detail when it comes to buttons, lace, ribbons, trim, coordinating and contrasting patterns, and layers of ruffles.
It's always fun to kick off a new year with fun movies to look forward to! Disney does not intent to disappoint, with exciting new family movies that cover almost every genre! I'm very excited to check out the live action Beauty and the Beast and watch the second volume of Guardians of the Galaxy. I think we all want to see Baby Groot in action! Of course Disneynature's upcoming Born in China movie will delight kids with close up nature experiences and wonders, following the stories of three animal families including a rambunctious monkey, nurturing mother snow leopard, and mommy and baby panda family. Don't miss all the exciting new Disney movie details below, including movie trailers! Which new Disney movie is your family most looking forward to??
Little girls come with lots of personality, interests and preferences, and heads of tangled hair. My little girls wake up every morning with huge teased bedhead hairdos, so my husband starts the morning routine with brushing out their locks. He's so funny, one of the things he most looked forward to about having girls was doing their hair, and he faithfully brushes it out every morning while I'm changing the baby's diaper and picking up clothes off the floor. I actually have hair envy of my oldest daughters hair. It's perfectly wavy and blond; not too much so it gets tangled, but not stick straight like mine. My daughter's hair holds curl beautifully. I was excited to try out some new hair products too; the collection of SoCozy curl hair products for little girls.
Can you believe it's already 2017? For us, 2016 was filled with good personal development, fun family memories, some chaos and surprises, and lots of family time playing, watching movies, and going on walks. We stay home with our young kiddos a lot especially during winter and our home is their playground, which is why I'm excited to organize and declutter our home. To kick off 2017, we've coordinated a Happy Healthy New Year Giveaway featuring some fun products to help your family be a little healthier this year!
Can you believe it's already the start of a new year? The days and weeks following the holidays are always a great time to re-organize your life, clean out closets, donate old things to make way for new, and figure out how you can make your lifestyle a little more healthy and Eco-friendly. I have 3 young kids and I sometimes feel like I'm always cleaning up after them. I'm trying to organize the huge mess in the playroom that could be called "toy soup" and only keep toys that are educational, high quality, and engaging for little minds. I'm also trying to get back into regular cloth diapering and I recently updated my stash!
Ready for 2017? This year I'm going to be all about cleaning out, fixing up, exiting the baby stage (for now) and storing away all the baby equipment, keeping up with my rambunctious baby boy, and making daily memories with my kiddos. It's hard to have fun when your house is cluttered! This is why I've been cleaning out closets and only keeping things that are classic and high quality. My girls will wear any clothes they can reach and they love dresses, so these gorgeous playtime dresses from Olive Mae Clothing are perfect for everyday wear and dressing up for fun outings! Olive Mae dresses are detailed with so many gorgeous patterns, trims, and ruffles. They are perfect for tea parties, playing in the sunshine, and layering under a cozy sweater.
One of my favorite things about the changing seasons is breaking out a new wardrobe; scarves and boots for fall and winter and pretty dresses and flouncy tops for spring and summer. The winter holidays spark so much excitement especially for kids and it is lots of fun to dress up for the occasion! Our girls are all set for Christmas and New Year's with their colorful mix and match outfits from Kelly's Kids. The bright colors and fun patterns add to the festive excitement of the season.
We used to travel for the holidays, but with 3 young kids family travel during the busiest time of the year has just become too challenging. We stay home for holidays in our own cozy house, celebrating our own Christmas traditions. But we do love going on adventures, so when we do get out, we've come up with some ways to keep our young children happy and engaged, despite changing daily routines. Whether you are going to grandma's house, embarking on a weekend family adventure, or going on a much anticipated family vacation, here are some tips for traveling with a young family.
Baking Christmas cookies and holiday treats is a tradition for most families. My girls are old enough now that they can help in the kitchen! This week we made gingerbread cookies cut into hearts, stars, snowflakes, and gingerbread men. My girls incidentally don't like the taste of gingerbread (or most other cookies other than chocolate) but they had a lot of fun baking holiday cookies for our friends and neighbors! All you need to make gingerbread cookies is a good gingerbread recipe. I rescued our cookie cutters from the play dough box and let the girls cut out their own shapes!
Little girls bring with them lots of love, emotions, affection, tutus, and enthusiasm for accessorizing and creating pretty things. I have 2 girls in my house, and while I didn't grow up with a sister myself, I'm quickly learning how to navigate the sister dynamic in our family. Most of the time we have lots of fun and special times together. My girls love playing pet shop and coloring alongside each other. Here are some fun outfits, accessories, and toys that were designed especially for little girls!
Do you ever wonder what your little one is thinking? #ConfessionsOfaWeeOne combines hilarious photos with babies' proposed internal thoughts about life.
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