• Celebration

    Creating a Memorable Secondhand Christmas

    In one of the Facebook groups I’m in for December babies, someone recently asked what our Christmas budget was for our kids. I saw a lot of numbers – ranging from almost a thousand dollars to just a few hundred (per child) but no one had as low of a budget as me. My budget is $50 for my son. Now, this post is in no way shaming anyone. I don’t care what someone spends on their child for Christmas. What I care about it what we spend on our child for Christmas. Caleb already receives so many gifts from his grandparents before and after Christmas, so for our family…

  • Celebration

    Celebrating the Coming of Spring (with a Toddler)

    What a weird past month it’s been. We’ve gone from watching news about the coronavirus’ impact in other countries to seeing its impact firsthand. We are in quarantine mode – no gatherings larger than 10, restaurants are take-out/drive-thru only, teleworking, etc. Which means no group celebrations for the spring equinox. We actually just received notification of the cancellation of an Easter Egg Hunt our friend was planning for next Sunday. Bummer. But just because you can’t leave the house doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the coming of spring. Here are a few easy ways to rejoice in spring’s arrival when you have a toddler at home. This is the time…

  • Celebration,  Misc,  Toddler

    Trick-Or-Treat With Us + Sensory Activity

    This was Caleb’s first time trick-or-treating. Even though he was walking last year, I just had him stay with me and pass out candy. This year was quite the adventure for him though! When he went to his first two houses, he was quite skeptical. But by the time he hit his third house, he had figured out what was going on and loved it! Running around going “More houses, more candy!” By the end of the night, he was running from house to house dragging Robb. Check out this video for more fun:

  • Celebration,  Misc,  Toddler

    The Teal Pumpkin Project®

    We are a teal pumpkin family. The Teal Pumpkin Project is about “raising awareness of food allergies through the addition of non-food trinkets and toys to your treats, making Halloween safer and more inclusive for all trick or treaters.” We’re fortunate that none of us, Caleb included, have any known allergies at this time. But several of Caleb’s friends have allergies or intolerances toward certain foods. We became a teal pumpkin family even before Caleb was born. I love Halloween but dreaded the thought of my future child having all that sugary candy. In looking for alternatives, I stumbled upon the Teal Pumpkin Project and instantly thought that the idea…

  • Celebration

    5 Ways to Celebrate Lammas with a Toddler

    Lammas, or Lughnasagh, typically falls about August 1st, or the halfway point between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox. It marks the beginning of the harvest season and even though it’s blistering hot outside still (at least in North Carolina), it’s when you can start seeing the first signs of fall such as the harvest of grain and the ripening of certain fruits. At this time we give thanks for the abundance of the past growing season and look forward to the remaining weeks of light and warmth as we continue reaping what we have sown. Source: http://wiccaliving.com/wiccan-calendar-lammas-lughnasadh/ As fall is one of my favorite seasons, this is one…