When I first got engaged, I would try to keep my engagement ring spotless. I was meticulous about going to the jewelry store and getting it shined up so it was always sparkling. After my wedding, I got pregnant pretty quick and ring cleaning fell to the wayside. I have rings with a lot of nooks and crannies so I always worried that I wasn’t getting them as clean as I thought. I have a found a method that works and my rings haven’t been this clean since I first got them! [Read more…]
There is something about the smell of a book. [Read more…]
Going back to work after maternity leave is never easy and your first day is the hardest. Here is a list of what goes through your head when you return to work.
Day One: [Read more…]
No lie, I really was addicted to Diet Coke. There was a time where I was drinking it constantly. For me, it gave a better caffeine rush than coffee and that first cold taste hitting your mouth quenched the greatest of thirsts. It took some time but I was finally able to break the addiction and I do feel a lot better. It wasn’t easy but here are some tips I have for breaking the addiction.
Mini Wild Child #2 is almost two weeks old and things on the home front have moved along pretty seamlessly. Mini Wild Child #1 is adjusting to his brother well and is helpful and nice. I’m counting my blessings so far and taking note of what is working for us. Here is what I noticed has made my life easier so far. [Read more…]
I was recently asked to review a new reading app called FarFaria which works on iPad and Android devices. This is a great app for parents who are looking for a variety of books but can’t make it to the library or bookstore regularly. FarFaria gives access to over 600 children’s books, along with 5 new books that get added every week. The app is easy to use and the Read-to-Me feature is wonderful for those moments when your child wants to read but you have your hands full. I have had some peaceful times cooking dinner while my son sat at the table getting some stories read. The app is very interactive and can also let you read the books yourself and go at your own pace.
FarFaria was created for children 2-9 and has a variety of books for all interests and reading levels. They give a reading level badge in front of the story so you know how advanced it is before opening. The categories vary from “Preschool Playground” to “Classics Grove”, even “Fairy Tale Falls”. We already have a few books that are favorites, which is convenient since the app has offline access for children to read their Favorites. I know this was a great change of pace from reading “Goodnight Moon” for the 16th time in a week. My son is going through a farm animal obsession right now and there was several great books that he loved reading over and over again.
You can download FarFaria for free from the App Store for iPads and Google Play for Android devices. You can try FarFaria for free after download by reading one story every day for free with no obligation to pay. Monthly full-access subscriptions to FarFaria start at $3.99 a month.
We all have those days, where we are tired and the idea of putting dinner on the table is just not something you want to do. I am now three weeks away from my due date and thinking about how cooking is going to work with two children under foot. Luckily I have a few standby recipes that I use when I need something good but doesn’t require a lot of prep work or time in front of a stove. Here are eight of my easy dinner choices for a delicious meal without the drain on your time: [Read more…]
I think this is a topic any of us with a toddler has struggled with. You see them being picky eaters, sometimes so bad that they will only eat a bite or two, and you wonder if they are getting any nutrition at all. It turns out that they are getting more than we think. I recently read an interesting blog post about serving sizes for small children over at Your Kids Table and it really opened my eyes to how much I was looking at my childs eating habits but not factoring in his size or ability read his own body cues. [Read more…]
Winter has finally left us and in its place things are blooming all over. The downside to that blooming? Allergies. Everything was fine until one day I woke up and felt like my head was stuffed airtight. Allergy season has begun and being pregnant adds an extra level to your discomfort. While taking certain over-the-counter medications is approved by doctors I wanted to try and find another solution that didn’t involve taking medication unless I had to. [Read more…]
Life with a two year old has its ups and downs. They become more independent, which is both a blessing and a curse depending on how you look at it. They are more verbal and can tell you what they want easier-again, blessing and a curse. But the appetite of a toddler is a fight you need a will of steel to win.