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My Girl Mack

If you’re looking for some super cute holiday or shower gifts, I recommend My Girl Mack!  You can take a look at this mom’s adorable hats, headbands, and blankets on Etsy.  I love Baby B’s knit hats!  Here are some pictures from last spring and this fall.  I can’t believe how cubby he was and how big he’s getting.  🙂  The baby headbands are also precious.  I’ve given a couple away as shower gifts.  Happy shopping!

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Spinach and Butternut Squash Enchiladas!

I’m very excited to share my friend’s recipe for Spinach and Butternut Squash Enchiladas!  This mama is an amazing cook, so check out her blog Stupendous Strouts.  She’s especially great at baking and designing very cool birthday cakes.  She also has gluten free recipes like one for Chocolate Chip cookies.  In addition to cooking, she’s also very crafty!  I love her Letters craft with bright, colorful buttons.  I’m not sure how this mother of three gets it all done but I’m looking forward to seeing what she’ll make next!  🙂

Stupendous Strouts:

Stupendous Strouts

Stupendous Strouts Craft

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Montessori Toddler Room Videos

I made videos of our new Montessori inspired toddler workroom and bedroom.  You can check them out by clicking on the links below or by searching on YouTube for Montessori toddler rooms.  Also, check out my prior blog post about Montessori activities for 18 month old toddlers.  Enjoy!

Montessori Toddler Workroom

Montessori Toddler Bedroom


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Learning ABC’s with Letter Tubs

A confined toddler on a tiny airplane could spell disaster.  My toddler has been on a plane four times in the last two weeks.  Luckily, half those times he was asleep.  Some of the places we have been include San Francisco, St. Louis and Miami.  My little 19 month toddler is BUSY and changing all the time.  We had to be very creative on the plane and in the airport terminals.  I packed a bag of new goodies that he hadn’t seen before and surprised him on our trips with these presents.  The LeapReader Junior was a big hit.  I also brought 5 new Matchbox cars.  I brought a old wallet and small calculator he hadn’t played with and I also brought a couple of old favorite toys, like our Ikea cars.  We made it but I’m ready for him to have his own seat.  Do you have toddler tricks for traveling?

One of our trips was to visit family, including Aunt Karen.  She is a big inspiration for this blog and a great resource for interesting challenges.  Some of her challenges to me have been to make my own laundry soap and date bars.  One this trip, I spent a day following Aunt Karen around her home learning very cool ways of staying healthy and saving money, all of which I will post about later.  Aunt Karen runs a daycare in her home and has years of practice keeping toddlers busy and learning to read.  I was very fascinated with what I call her “Letter Tubs” and plan to make some of my own.  She saved old yogurt dishes and labeled each one with a letter of the alphabet.  Then she filled each tub with tiny objects that started with the corresponding letter.  For example, the tub for “F” had a tiny fence, frogs, flowers, felt and feathers.  Each tub also had a big letter and small letter, which were usually magnet letters.  You can also make Color Tubs using the same concept.  I will post about the other activities Aunt Karen shared with me including sprouting, raising active yeast for bread, composting in the back yard, art projects, bike riding and play dough just to name a few.  Just as soon as I get back from my next trip to DC!  Any suggestions for long car trips with toddlers! 🙂

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