• Food/Recipes,  Toddler

    How “French Kids Eat Everything”

    I recently started reading “French Kids Eat Everything” by Karen La Billon. In the book, Karen Le Billon was able to alter her children’s deep-rooted, decidedly unhealthy North American eating habits while they were living in France for a year. It was eye opening. Caleb isn’t necessarily a picky eater but he doesn’t eat as well, or have as varied of a diet, as I would like. We fall into the same rut as most parents in the United States – chicken nuggets, french fries, snacks at their demand. But it doesn’t feel right to me. I know in my gut that he should be eating better. He needs to…

  • Garden/Homestead,  Toddler

    Our 5 Favorite Toddler/Preschool Gardening Books

    I have a book addiction. It started when I was just a child myself – we had a spare bedroom at our house with built-in bookshelves and I made it almost a mission to fill them. When a used bookstore opened locally, the children’s section was well stocked thanks to me. I want to make sure that my son enjoys reading. While he doesn’t necessarily have as much of a love for reading as I do, I want to make sure that he does find pleasure in having a book in his hands. So we make it a point to read at least one book every day. I like to…

  • 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…

  • Misc,  Toddler

    18 Months of Breastfeeding

    Caleb recently turned 18 months old which means that I have hit 18 months of breastfeeding. It hasn’t been a smooth 18 months and to be honest, if I hadn’t left my traditional 8-5 job back in December, I don’t think I would have made it this far. While some moms do great using a breast pump, I hated it. It made me feel like a cow. I also hit a rough patch in the first month or so where breastfeeding was painful. I didn’t enjoy it. Caleb always seemed hungry. It just wasn’t working for us. I met with a lactation consultant who checked my latch – everything looked…