My daughter Gemma just turned two years old. I was overwhelmed with what to get her for her birthday. Somedays I feel like my home is overrun with loud, plastic toys that get played with for five seconds before being tossed aside for the next thing. I am on a mission to slowly transition our home from these types of toys to more quality made items that spark creativity and imagination. So I decided to share my top TWO YEAR OLD GIFT GUIDE with you!
It is time to start going through closets and making sure you have all the winter clothes you need! I absolutely love the holidays and having two little ones to dress up makes it even more exciting! Today I wanted to share with you my absolute favorite Baby Boy Winter Clothes from Old Navy in hopes that you get some inspiration. These outfits would be perfect for Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Photos or even Christmas services at church.
I can not believe that Evander is already 5 months old and Gemma is 19 months! It has been a whirlwind getting used to being not only a family of four but a mother to two under two. (That’s a mouthful!) I decided to give everyone a quick update and list out my favorite baby essentials for these ages!
Anyone else feel like they are drowning in clutter? We moved back in June and I feel like despite trying to stay organized and minimal, our belongings multiplied. In the four months we’ve been in our house I’ve yet to organize our bathroom. I will blame that on being in a new setting, away from family, with a newborn and a brand new toddler. So we had two very cluttered and very messy bathrooms. I finally had enough and tackled both bathrooms. It took me way less time than I anticipated. I finished both bathrooms in one day by utilizing nap time and after I put the kids to bed. I probably spent no more than four hours total on this! And the difference is staggering! It is time to declutter your bathroom!
Fall is in full force with Halloween right around the corner. I have scoured Pinterest to find some cheap (and even free) fall activities to do with your toddler. It is so fun to encourage Gemma to be creative and I can not wait to attempt some of these with her!
Most of us parents have heard of “Tummy Time”. If you haven’t, that’s okay, I will explain it for you. It’s when you put the baby on their tummy. Pretty self-explanatory. With two kids I feel like I have gotten a grasp on Tummy Time and I’ve decided to write this quick guide for any new parent who does not know what tummy time is or who has a baby who hates tummy time and is looking for ways to cope.
We all know that babies and toddlers go through clothes so fast! With two under two I felt like I was drowning in clothes. We had clothes that were too small, all their current clothes, seasonal clothes and a bunch of hand-me-downs. After touching up this system for a few months I finally feel like I have a handle on all their clothes and I can really tell that their closets and drawers feel so much more organized. I also know where everything should go! It’s been amazing. I hope that you can pick up some tips that might work for you. (If you just want to see the kid’s shared monochrome nursery just keep scrolling!)
Let’s be real, as parents, there are many days when we are counting down till bed time. A smooth running night time routine is crucial in the Smith Household. With two under two we ALL need bed time to run like a well-oiled machine. Rested babies and rested parents are SO important. Below, I am going to go through our daily night time routine in hopes that you might find something that helps with your own child’s bedtime.
As a former teacher, education is so, SO important to me! I cannot WAIT to really do “school time” with Gemma. Because she is only one year old we do not have any overly structured or planned schooling. However, she is a sponge and I want to take advantage of that! Gemma, along with all one year olds, is constantly learning and trying to figure things out. This is such an important time and I am doing my best to lay down a good foundation for her to build her education upon. So here are the things that I am currently teaching my one year old.
My most popular post on the blog is when I wrote about my || failure to breastfeed Gemma ||. I opened up a little bit during the World Breastfeeding Week, about my breastfeeding journey with Evander but I wanted to go into a little more detail here. In all honesty, I hope this post will either encourage someone going through the same thing or just be another story out there exclaiming that FED is BEST.