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Planning to hit up Walt Disney World with your baby and preschooler? Curious as to what you’ll need in the park every day and what you can leave behind? Well, I just got back from a week long trip to Disney World with my husband, 3 year old daughter and infant son and I can totally help you! I’ll clue you in on the items that we were SO grateful to bring with us every day, to the ones we liked having just in case, and which ones you can just leave behind (either at home or in the hotel). And as an extra bonus? EVERYTHING can be bought on Amazon TODAY (and don’t forget to click through and become an Amazon Prime member with free two day shipping!):
San Antonio lifestyle blogger, Cris Stone, shares how to make a “My 1st Visit” T-shirt for Walt Disney World using your Cricut Explore Air. Find out more!
Every other year, my little family and I spend the Christmas holidays in Texas with The Boy’s family. Those years are super fun because we’re not stressing about travel and my mother-in-law throws one FABULOUS Christmas Eve party. Tons of people show up and there’s always lots of food, music, and talking. The dress code is nice but casual so this year, I thought I’d toss the littles in some cute jeans and make adorable graphic tops for them with my Cricut Explore Air. Check out this “Merry Everything” graphic T-shirt and onesie (featuring Cricut)!
My daughter is a HUGE Hulk fan. Like, HUGE! She’s just loves anything “Hulk Smash” and we watch “The Avengers” at least once a week. So, when it came time to plan her third birthday party, I decided to go with an Avengers theme. As the Patron Saint of Slacker Moms, I kept things VERY simple but still wanted to have a few special touches. As the official Cheap Ass of my family, I also wanted to keep it affordable. So, the idea of doing a swimming party with a superhero theme was born. Check out the rest of the post for tips and ideas from Melanie’s Marvel Avengers Birthday Party!
I’ve done many posts on preparing for baby and I think that I do a pretty good job of making sure that I have what is needed before the little arrives. However, after the birth of Melanie, I realized that, while I had all the stuff, I had completely neglected to make any preparations for showing her off to the world. I totally forgot to plan for birth announcements, photo books, and photo canvases to showcase all her cuteness. But on my second go around – I was prepared, y’all! I booked a newborn session with Pure Happiness Photography and knew that, when it came time, I would be getting ready with Mixbook!
As many of you know, Melanie stopped wearing diapers soon after her first birthday (she would literally rip them off her body) but just was not ready to formally potty train at that time. Fast forward to a few months ago, she was ready so we stocked up on toilet paper and started the process. It’s been a bumpy road (Melanie is one of those kids who totally knows what to do but doesn’t want to stop playing to actually go to the bathroom) but I can safely say that she’s nearly 100% potty trained now. Along the way, I discovered some little things that I found helpful during this process. So today, I’m sharing my top 5 tips to make potty training easier (with Charmin® Essentials Strong):
This weekend, my little family had the opportunity to attend the LEGO® Americana Roadshow, a traveling display of large scale LEGO® models replicating some of the nation’s most iconic and well-known landmarks. We had such a good time since this one-of-a-kind exhibit is highly visual, educational, and free! Melanie has been playing with LEGOs® since she was a year old and it was so amazing to see her get incredibly excited looking at the workmanship and inventiveness of the LEGO® exhibits. Truly, it is family-friendly fun for all ages at the LEGO® Americana Roadshow at the North Star Mall!
I’ve been lucky enough for the last year to be able to snag the car from my husband (we’re a one car family) once a week so I can take my daughter to storytime at our local library. Since it’s literally the only time she gets to socialize with other children during the week, I’ve worked really hard to be sure and get us there no matter what. Sure, she sucks at sitting still and listening (and frequently stand RIGHT IN FRONT of the book being read) but she’s definitely grown and gotten better at participating. I do love seeing her enjoy the new books and playing with toys but, I gotta tell ya, as a total introvert, I’m totally over being there with other parents. I KNOW! I’m an asshole. But listen, they’re all there and have all these different personalities and, for my social anxious ass, it’s super overwhelming. And they all basically fall into the same groups, or, as I like to call it – the 10 people you meet at library storytime:
As so many of you know, I’ve been using this last month of my second pregnancy to plan and decorate a joint nursery for Melanie and Baby Boy. We’ve gotten a few big items crossed off the list: picked up a Big Girl Bed for Melanie, bought all the bedding for both kids, and snagged a gorgeous nightstand for next to the rocker. And now, I can start picking out the really fun little bits! Like these made-in-the-USA rockers from RockABye – I mean, REALLY, how cute are they?!?! So cute, that I’m having a hard time choosing the one (or ones) to keep in the room so today, I’m asking you to help me choose an awesome RockABye rocker for the joint nursery!
When I was pregnant with my first child, I wasn’t 100% sure if I needed a stroller or not. Honestly, I was leaning toward not since our house and car is very small (no storage for a large stroller even if it was collapsible), we live in a rural neighborhood with no sidewalks or trails for walking, and everywhere we go has shopping baskets. A stroller really felt like an extra that we didn’t need. Then, I started thinking. We knew that we’d be traveling a lot in the first few years of her life and that involved long, multi-leg plane rides… and that meant we really should invest in a stroller to make it through airport terminals. And you know what? I am SO GLAD we made that decision! Trying to travel or vacation with a baby or a toddler (though little buggers can RUN) without a stroller is like trying to make a hole in a brick wall using just your head – it’s really, really hard and you’re making things more difficult than they need to be. Don’t believe me? Here’s my 5 reasons a stroller is a must when you travel with babies or toddlers!