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Christmas Crafts for Kids

This is my favorite time of the year. I am a bit of a Christmas junkie, and for the month of December I enjoy all things Christmas. From the music that entertains me in my car and at work, to putting up the decorations, and all the time with family and friends - this time of year is special. One of the things I look forward to the most as my daughter gets older is the variety of Christmas crafts... Read More »

Thanksgiving 2012 – What I’m Thankful For

My husband posted about what he was thankful for last year, and I wanted to take a few minutes and write about some things that I am thankful for. I want to start by saying that I am thankful that I am just now writing this on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. My husband is currently driving us back from Tybee Island, Georgia where we spent Thanksgiving with family, so that is the first thing I am thankful for. I am thankful for... Read More »

Creative Baby and Toddler Halloween Costumes

As a new parent there are a lot of "firsts" that you look forward to. One of the great moments is picking out your baby's first Halloween costume. There are a lot of options out there for parents, and that has inspired my wife and I to put together a list of some of the mos adorable AND creative costume ideas for babies and toddlers. Whether you're deciding to make your own costume or buy one, we hope that the 20 ideas... Read More »

Top Ten Books for Your Baby

Reading is so important to the development of a child. It is a great time to spend time with your child as they are learning new things. Starting the habit early is always a great and easy way to prepare them for school too! There are so many good books out there that it was really almost impossible to choose 10, but I just chose the ones that my daughter chose to read the most in her first year and a half... Read More »

What My Children Will Learn about 9/11

Following an emotional 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I had to think about the fact that my daughter, and children for the last 10 years, weren’t around to experience that Tuesday morning. I, like every American, remember where I was when I heard the news and I want my daughter and any future children to know what happened and know the importance of that day. So I’ve documented some of the things I will teach my children about 9/11 so that they... Read More »

1st Year Progressive Baby Photo and Craft Ideas

If you've followed our blog for any period of time you'll know how much we love creative photo ideas. We've already shared thoughts on Ultrasound Photoshop Ideas, Newborn Photo Ideas, and Pregnancy Photo Ideas. This time we've put together a great collection of what the web has to offer regarding progressive photo ideas for baby's first year, linking all the ideas back to their source. We welcome any other ideas you may have as well as links to other great examples, so please... Read More »

Focus on Your Relationship to be a Better Parent

Parents know that it can be tough to make time for our relationship. Children are often put first and this makes our marriage or relationship take a back seat, but tending to your relationship will actually make you a better parent and a happier person. If you and your partner are not satisfied and happy with one another, this will surely carry over to your family life. Your children need a wonderful example of a healthy relationship, so make your marriage or relationship a priority.... Read More »

Children’s Consignment Sales in Louisville this Fall

I'm guest posting today over on LouisvilleFamilyFun.net with all of the local children's consignment sales this fall season. Back in February I posted about why parents MUST shop kids consignment sales, and I was glad to have the opportunity to share a post with all the sales. If you live in the greater Louisville Area, you need to go make a note of all the upcoming sales and save lots of money on clothes, toys, baby accessories, and anything you could ever need... Read More »

Games of the Parenting Olympics

With the Olympic Games in full swing, it's incredible to watch these athletes perform at such high levels. These athletes can swim as fast as I can run, jump higher than I can stretch, and make it all look so easy. I celebrate with each new American medal (no offense to our non-American readers, but I love my country). I've also noticed a common theme for the majority of these athletes; they are not parents. Most Olympians that are parents... Read More »

Daily Baby Food Meal Planning

Some of you have asked what we do to get our food from the frozen "food cube" state to being ready for our daughter to eat. The answer is simple, and requires just a little planning ahead. Every evening after our daughter goes to bed, we wash the containers from the previous day. We found some great ones at Babies R Us that are small, have sections, and seal tight. They were perfect for sending her to our moms’ or to... Read More »
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