My Favorite Recent Target Purchases

Is there really anything better than a nice run to Target? If I was on my death bed and had one chance to see anywhere in the world, one last trip to Target would be at least top five places on my list. Maybe that sounds a bit morbid, but we are just getting off the Halloween train, so don’t judge me.

Last week I had a fabulous Target run and got all the things! Here are some of my favorite finds that I felt needed to be shared.

This chunky, comfy, cozy cardigan.

Apparently this cardigan has some great alliteration and can only be described with adjectives that start with the letter “C”. It is definitely chunky, comfy and cozy. In the last six days that I have owned this sweater I have worn it four of those days. The only reason I didn’t wear it one day was because I was Halloweening it as a unicorn (and we all know that unicorns definitely do NOT wear cardigans). The only reason I am not currently wearing it is because it is in my washing machine.

I will give you $100 if you can guess what I’ll be wearing tomorrow. You can then use $29.99 of that money to go buy yourself this cardigan.

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Booties, booties, booties, booties rockin’ everywhere.

Talk about the cutest, comfiest booties on my feet. I have been dying to get a new pair of brown booties, but have not pulled the trigger because of how expensive so many pairs are. These were only $37.99! I thought I’d try them out to see if I liked them and then go back and order the black pair.

Well, I already purchased the black pair.

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Doormat….(s)

Over the summer I purchased a doormat from Target that said “Welcome” with a pineapple on it. It was cute for summer, but didn’t seem to fit with this chilly, fall weather. I bought this colorful, leaf doormat (above) for only $10.99. Such a cute autumn touch for such a cheap price.

Then I thought to myself, “Hmmm. I really like this for fall, but I bet I’m going to want another one for winter”. We now have a doormat for every season thanks to Target.

Our summer doormat that was just replaced for fall.

Clothes for the baby.

I’ve always loved Target for myself, and now I get to love it for my daughter too. They always have the sweetest clothes at the best prices. I bought my daughter not only one, but two nice sweatshirts for only $7.00 each, and black leggings that were only $5.00.

Once again, Target for the win.

 

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Explore The World One Bite At A Time

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For the longest time I hated cooking. I could make a mean grilled cheese, and don’t even test me on my scrambled eggs, but anything more than that was pretty much a flop.

Over the last few months I’ve broken out of my shell and have been trying new recipes here and there. Slowly it has broadened my taste and now I have secretly found a love for cooking (who knew?!)

Yummy Bazaar has helped with that. This unique food subscription box has me wanting to try foods from all over the world. I have not had many opportunities to travel and try new food, but for this affordable price Yummy Bazaar offers so many foods from different areas around the globe, and delivers it right to your door.

With Yummy Bazaar you can shop by region. They can provide food from so many countries and locations:

  • Columbia
  • Eastern Europe
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Scandinavia
  • Southeast Asia
  • Spain, Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • Other regions

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If you’re not sure where you want your food from, but want a certain type of food you can choose from their different gourmets.

  • Baking
  • Beverages
  • Bread
  • Breakfast
  • Candies and chocolates
  • Condiments and sauces
  • Dried fruit, nuts and seeds
  • Herbs and spices
  • Jams, honeys and spreads
  • Oils and vinegars
  • Pastas and sauces
  • Pastries and desserts
  • Pickles, olives and spreads
  • Rice, noodle, bean, and grains
  • Snacks
  • Soup meals and stock
  • Specialty fruit and veggie
  • Specialty meat and seafood
  • Truffles

They have tons of items to browse, and different types of subscription boxes to choose from.

We received a World Sampler box that we have loved. Everything inside was so unique and delicious. I have loved sharing these items with my daughter who is now trying all sorts of new foods. Here are some of the awesome items we were sent:

Guinness Chips from the United Kingdom

These chips go wonderfully with Guinness beer. They are crispy and the perfect snack to chow down on when you need a bite to eat.

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French Brioche Chocolate Croissant from France

This delicious croissant makes you feel like you are right in Paris. It is so light and delicious. Between my daughter and I this didn’t last long!

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Salted Striped Lithuanian Sunflower Seeds from Lithuania

These have traveled with us in the car for us to snack on. They are the perfect salty treat, and amazingly delicious.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies from Korea

Thankfully we received two of these cookies because my husband and I would have fought over just the one. They have that great crispy taste, and the chocolate hazelnut tastes amazing.

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Bombon Supercoco Coconut Lollipops from Columbia

This was such an interesting, unique taste! It almost tasted like a chocolate caramel flavor. I have never had a coconut lollipop, so I can now check that off my list of things to try.

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Samsa Seasoning from Russia

This is the only thing I have not tasted yet. I have gathered a recipe for a Russian Samsa recipe that this seasoning goes on. I am so excited to try it and have heard it is wonderful.

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Dulce de Leche Mini Arequipe (caramel) from Columbia

Yum, yum, yum! We have some apples that we dipped into this amazing dip. When we ran out of apples, we just used our fingers.

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If you are looking for a unique food subscription box at a great price you should definitely check out Yummy Bazaar. I promise you won’t regret it!

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Five Habits That Have Made Me Happier During the Week

Once you get into the habit of doing something you are likely to continue doing it for a while. If there is something you would like to improve, try doing it for one week straight. Each time you complete the task it will get easier to complete it more regularly. Here are a few things I’ve gotten into the habit of doing that have made me happier during the rest of the week.

Wake up early.

I’ve always been an early bird, and would rather get up early than stay up late. Now with a old year old at home I love getting up early in the morning to have time to myself, and get things accomplished.

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Sweater: Nordstrom | Jeans: Nordstrom | Shirt: Nordstrom | Mug: Walmart

Make your bed every morning.

If you are not a morning person this can be the last thing you want to think about doing every day. For some it can be an easy habit to start. The first thing you could do in the morning is hop out of bed and make it. For some people other tasks may need to come first (like running to the bathroom). In that case do a few morning tasks and when you reenter your bedroom, make your bed. After a few days of getting into the habit of this it will become second nature and you may even enjoy seeing your bed looking so lovely. Making my bed each morning has made me want to keep the rest of my house cleaner as well, and this habit is moving on to other rooms in my house.

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Get those dishes out of the sink each night.

Before you go to bed every night, get the dishes out of the sink. Whether it’s a simple move to put them in the dishwasher or forcing you to actually clean them, you can try to get into the habit of leaving your sink empty before you head up to bed. It will be so nice to wake up in the morning with a nice, clean kitchen.

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Meal plan for the week.

I don’t typically enjoy cooking, but when I meal plan for the week it’s a lot easier to get myself motivated to cook, and you know what? Sometimes I even enjoy myself. Whether it’s Saturday, Sunday or whatever day of the week works best for you, try to plan out your meals for the week and what you’ll need. It’ll will be nice to only have one long shopping trip instead of many quick trips during the week. If you’re not a chef like me, start by meal planning three meals and week. Once you get the hang of it, try adding more dinners to your repertoire.

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Get rid of stuff you don’t need.

I talked about purging items you don’t need in another post. Since doing that I have so much more space in my closet and in my house for the items that are truly important to me. I thought getting rid of clothes in my dresser and closet was going to make picking out outfits harder because of the loss of the items, but in fact it has made it so much easier. Having less items to choose from makes picking my outfits a breeze.

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Top: DressLily | Jeans: Nordstrom | Boots: Nordstrom | Bag: Louis Vuitton

 

What is something in your life you wish you were better at? Pick a habit to try out and your life may just improve, and make you a bit happier.

 

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How Carrying My Mom Purse Helped Me Purge the Clutter in My Life

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Top: DressLily | Jeans: Nordstrom | Boots: Nordstrom | Bag: Louis Vuitton

Before I had a mini me that traveled everywhere with me I always wore a crossbody purse. It was easy to grab, simple to carry, and held all sorts of stuff.

Then I became a mom. There are now many essentials that need to leave the house with us. Sometimes I will bring the diaper bag with us, although I hate lugging that thing around. I tried putting my items into the diaper bag for a while, but they got lost and cluttered. I have finally found the happy medium by carrying around a wide purse that holds all my essentials and her essentials. Lately I’ve been leaving the diaper bag home, and I’ve never felt so free.

I stopped carrying items that I didn’t need. Items I always said to myself, “Maybe I’ll use this at some point”, but never did. There were so many things I purged, which made room for the important things in my bag.

Next I thought to myself that this is something I could do in other places of my life as well. I started in my closet. I pulled out all sorts of clothes that I thought, “Maybe I’ll wear this at some point”. Let’s face it, if you haven’t worn it in years, you probably won’t be wearing it anytime soon. All of a sudden I had more room in my closet, and that has never been the case.

This continued with kitchen utensils, other accessories, shoes, books, purses, DVD’s, toys, and so on. Here are three things I started asking myself to begin decluttering my life.

Ask yourself, “When is the last time I used this?”

If you have no idea what the answer is, then get rid of it!

Ask yourself, “Am I only keeping this to hold onto a memory?”

I had shabby, old sweatshirts that I got in Boston and Syracuse that I never wore because they were… old and shabby. I loved my trips to those cities, and hated to throw away the clothing I brought home from there, but there is no use holding on to something simply for a memory.

Ask yourself, “Does it make you happy?”

If you keep something just to simply have it around then it is not worth taking up your space.

Decluttering is such a good feeling, and it allows you to see the essentials that you love and need in your life. Start by decluttering one part of your life and move on to the next. I promise you won’t regret it.

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Why I Love Wearing Graphic Tees

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Over the last few years graphic tees have really taken off. There are so many inspirational, hilarious or just plain awesome tees that people can choose from.

If you know me at all you know I am all about comfort. If I am home I am in sweatpants and a t-shirt. That’s why I was so happy to stumble upon CorkedBrew. They have so many amazing shirts that seem to fit me TO A TEE (see what I did there?)

Their name refers to tees about wine (corked) and coffee (brew), and I sure do love both of those. Wine and coffee tees are not all they have though. Some other tees include holiday themed, funny quotes, mom tees, TV themed, sports themed and so much more.

Let me tell you why graphic tees are my jam.

They allow you to express yourself.

Whether it’s your favorite band, TV show, sport, drink, or anything else, these tees allow you to share with the world what you love, or what you want people to know about you.

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They are a great conversation starter.

People love reading graphic tees. Sometimes conversations even start from your shirt. Even just a simple, “OMG your tee is awesome!” while you’re waiting in line is worth the purchase. You will very quickly see who your fellow Game of Thrones fans, Harry Potter nerds, and coffee lovers are. Your graphic tee may even make someone else’s day.

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They give you something to wear without thinking about an outfit.

Is it Sunday? Pull out the football tee. Is it the Halloween party? Pull out the Halloween shirt. Maybe my new goal should be to find a graphic tee for every day of the year…

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They go with everything.

If it’s a lazy day at home you can wear a graphic tee with sweatpants. If you’re running errands with your kids, #Momlife graphic tee and jeans it is. According to this shirt they even go with yoga pants. Graphic tees can be worn with everything.

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Comfy cozy.

Let’s face it. They are comfortable, and that is all there is to it.

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You are supporting an awesome business.

When you buy a graphic tee from a shop you are supporting a small business. They want you to not only be comfortable, but love the message that you decide to spread with the people around you.

If I haven’t convinced you yet, checkout CorkedBrew’s page to find the graphic tee that fits you. They have tons of styles and themes to choose from, and I know you will find tons that you love.

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Shop My Outfits here:

Football Tee, Jeans

Coffee Tee, Sweatpants, Mug

#MomLife Tee, Jeans

A huge thank you to CorkedBrew for partnering with me on this post. I absolutely love my graphic tees, and they fit perfectly. All opinions are my own.

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How Online Daily Boutiques Work and Where I Purchased My New Favorite Fleece

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A few weeks back I stumbled upon a site called Groopdealz. Groopdealz is an online boutique store with tons of adorable things to purchase like clothing, accessories, home decor, jewelry, baby gear, and tons more. They are similar to many other boutiques except for two big reasons. First, they have tons of sales all the time. Pretty much everything is marked down. Deals, deals, DEALZ!

Another difference with Groopdealz is that they are what you would call an online daily boutique. Instead of just being run by one brand or company, Groopdealz has included tons of different sellers onto their site. That’s why you have so much to choose from! This also means that these sellers only have a limited amount of time on the site. Sellers are given a certain amount of days to sell and promote their product, but after that it is taken down.

I bought this fleece that was originally $54.00 for only $34.99, and let me tell you it is worth every penny. It is so amazingly soft, and perfect for fall and winter. I had the opportunity to choose what thread I wanted to use to get it monogrammed as well, and I love how it turned out.

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HERE’S THE THING… if you’re interested in buying it, you have to act now! The other day I went online to show my friend this fleece that I had purchased. I was going to send her the link, but it wasn’t there! I searched Groopdealz page by page, and it just wasn’t there. I figured I was lucky to get it while I could because it was already gone. WELL GUESS WHAT, when I went back on their site today it was BACK! If you think it’s something you or someone you know would enjoy, get it today.

The fleece seems pretty true to size. I typically wear a small, but didn’t want the fleece to be too small so I ordered a medium. If I was to go back and buy another one (hmmm, maybe black now?) then I would order a small because the medium is a little long. One more thing to mention is that I ordered the cream color. In the Groopdealz website picture it looks a little darker than it actually does it person. I love the color in person more than I do online because it’s very light, which is the look I was going for.

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This would make a great monogrammed Christmas gift for someone who likes to be comfy cozy. Maybe even a little Christmas gift for yourself!

I also purchased this extremely comfortable V-neck tee from Groopdealz that fits so perfectly. I went back to order another and they were gone, but you know I’ll keep checking back to all their cute clothing just incase!

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Don’t forget to snag that fleece today before it’s gone. You won’t regret it!

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Why My Warby Parker’s Are My Favorite

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For the longest time I did not update my glasses prescription because I couldn’t afford the prices that my eye doctor was giving me for a pair of glasses. I would go as long as I could without buying a new pair. They would try to convince me to update with their glasses, but they were typically way out of my price range. When I would ask to see the cheaper glasses they would lead me to the section with the plain, small frames. Most of them didn’t quite fit my face right, the frames felt cheap, and I just wasn’t impressed.

Then I stumbled upon Warby Parker and my life was changed. Not only did they have glasses that I simply adored, but their price was more affordable for a pair of glasses and their customer service was even better.

Warby Parker does it right.

You can easily shop their glasses online with their user friendly site. They have tons of different colors and styles to choose from. They even have a quiz that can help you pick out the glasses that are right for you.

After you’ve figured out which ones you would like to try, they allow you to do a “Home Try-On”. You can choose up to five frames to test, which for me was more than enough. I chose five frames that I thought would suit my face, and they shipped them right to my house.

At this point you don’t even need to worry about the prescription because it’s more about the frames and how they fit your face. You get them for five days to try out. I even wore my contacts one day with frames to see what others thought! Once you figure out which ones you like, send the box back to Warby Parker with their prepaid return label.

This is my favorite part- they can handle your prescription! They called my eye doctor to make sure my prescription was updated and then THEY handled the rest. It was amazing. Now it was so easy for me because I had an updated prescription. Some optometrists may not disclose that information if they don’t feel you’ve had a recent eye exam.

Once all the logistics were handled it was time to ship. Sure enough my glasses came in perfectly, and I love them. They are comfortable, adorable, and affordable for the product that I received.

My husband also has had two pairs of Warby Parker glasses, and now we are in the market for sunglasses as well.

Go snag a pair, try them out and let me know what you think. I hope you love your at home try-on as much as I did!

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How to Rock Your Dirty Hair For Days

For almost all of my life I have had long, thick hair. Not including that time in third grade when my parents cut my hair to look like a boy for a few months. #neverforget

I don’t think I even want to know how many times I have had to blow dry this crazy mane. Ladies, we all know drying that hair can sometimes feel like an early morning arm workout.

I used to be one of those girls that washed and dried my hair every day until my sister-in-law introduced me to the wonderful world of dirty hair. Oh how this world has changed my life. My morning routine is shorter, I’m saving at least a little money on shampoo and conditioner, I’m not wasting as much water in the shower, and best of all my arms are no longer slaves to the hair on my head from blowdrying. Life is good (insert praise hands emoji).

Now it wasn’t an easy transition, and I know I am fortunate to have thick hair that usually doesn’t become a greasy mess right away. I will say the longer I practice these tips, the longer my hair seems to be able to stay “dirty” without having to wash it. It’s like I’m training my scalp for a marathon of no washing, and he is working hard to cross that finish line. The longest I have been able to go is five days. Yes, FIVE DAYS. It was only one time, but still… it was five days. We’re trying for a week, and I’ve never believed in anyone more than my own head of hair.

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Sporting a DAY 2 dirty hair look

Here are some things I do to make sure my hair can go days without having to wash it:

Shampoo… twice.

First things first, when I know that I am going to finally wash my hair and try to make it last a few days I will shampoo my head twice. The cleaner the better to start off that week of dirty hair.

The product of shampooing twice.

I don’t condition my roots.

Sometimes my roots get oily so quick during the week. Those are the weeks I usually condition my roots. I have found that if I condition my hair starting at the top or crown of my head and work my way down that I can usually have my hair go dirty a little longer.

The only part of my hair I condition.

Dry shampoo is life.

If you want to avoid washing your hair, you will eventually have to hop on the dry shampoo train. This stuff is a great way to keep your hair going with just a quick spray on your head and a rub on your scalp. I wait until I start noticing that my hair is thinking about getting greasy and I spray this on to help.

Some products even say it works better to spray it the night before for a fresher more voluminous look.

Dirty hair day FOUR- finally broke out the dry shampoo

Keep your hands off!

I know sometimes we instinctively play with our hair, or mess around with it during the day, but try try try to keep your hands off of it. The amount of oils that can travel from your hands to your hair is unreal, so keep your hands in your lap and your hair should avoid extra greasiness.

Sport that shower cap.

I used to think if I showered but didn’t want to wash my hair I would put my hair up into a bun, maybe pull it back with a headband so it avoided getting wet and it would be fine. I found that my hair was getting damp or sometimes very wet, making it get slightly frizzy or limp in certain places.

One day I tried a shower cap and it worked wonders. I was able to keep it completely dry without losing volume or gaining frizz.

Just took the shower cap off- dry as can be.

Try to avoid products.

Sometimes oils and hair products can leave your hair greasier by the use. The less you can avoid using these, the longer you will be able to get away with your unwashed hair.

Alright guys this is a DAY FOUR dirty look. I had to pull out the headband.

Pull your hair back from your face.

The roots on the top of your forehead can easily get greasy from oils on your face. Try to pull that hair back to avoid the hair from touching your face and receiving those oils. Bobby pins may be your new best friend.

Day three dirty look

Teach yourself some updo’s.

We live in a day and age where any hair tutorial you could ever want is posted somewhere online. Braids, buns, anything you need to know is on the internet for you to try. Teach yourself a few updo’s for those dirty days when you just don’t want to deal.

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Sleep with your hair up at night.

Whether it’s in a braid or a bun, sleep with your hair up at night to avoid nighttime movement. If you move your hair gains frizziness from the pillowcase, so the less hair touching it the better. Also that way you don’t get drool in your hair either… or is that just me?

Sunday Bun day

Hats are cool.

Listen, if it’s a chill day, running errands and hanging out, hats are the way to go. No one can see the greasiness under that hat, and typically the ends still look alright. Maybe that hat will even last you one more day without washing your hair.

Day 5 dirty hair 100% needed the hat

Good luck, dirty girls!

Tips For Reading With Your Baby

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One of the most important things you can do with your child is read. Read anything and everything. Read them books, read cereal boxes, read signs, read menus, read, read, read.

Why read if they don’t even understand? Why try if they won’t stay seated? Sometimes it almost seems pointless with a toddler or a baby.

I promise you it is far from pointless.

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Why you should be reading with your child:

It introduces them to a world of new ideas.

From shapes and colors, to letters and numbers books provide children with a wealth of knowledge in print form.

It helps to teach your child about communication.

When they see a word and hear you say it, it shows them what reading is all about.

Reading builds many skills for your child.

It helps build listening skills as you read aloud to them, and vocabulary skills as they begin understanding these new words. Reading books over again may build memory skills with common words or phrases.

It gives children information about the world around them.

From different places, to unique machines, and exotic animals reading can provide information to your child that they may not learn about otherwise.

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Tips for reading with your child:

For young children find books with bright colors, and little words.

Allow them to really take in simple pages at a time.

Find fun books with different textures or feelings.

Maybe there is something soft on one page, and something bumpy on another. Keep your child engaged and connected to the book with the sense of touch.

Find interactive books for young children that need more engagement.

Pop-up books are great for reading with young children, or find books that have pages that open up to something hiding. They are interactive and will hopefully keep the child engaged for a little longer.

Read aloud to your child with expression.

If there is a small character use a high voice. If there is a large character using a low voice. If there is a rhyme, say it in a song. Keep it light and fun.

Point to the words as you read.

When you point to the words as you read you show baby that when you read you are speaking the words that are written on the pages. They will eventually learn to do this too.

It’s okay if they chew.

It’s fine if the younger children chew on books because that it how they learn, but don’t encourage it. Hopefully they will soon learn that books are not edible!

Don’t be afraid to read the same books over again.

Young children love repetition and might love hearing the same book over and over again. It will help them learn phrases, and will help with their reading fluency.

Snuggle up.

Cuddling or holding your child while you read creates a warm environment for reading.

It’s okay to not finish a book.

It is completely fine if you don’t finish an entire book when you read with your child. In fact, you probably won’t! If they just want to flip through the pages, or they are finished halfway through the book, it is okay. They are still getting small doses of reading at a time and learning how reading works, and that is better than nothing at all.

Ask questions.

Ask your child questions while you read. Things like, “What is the girl holding? A ball! You know what a ball is!” Try to connect it to their life. Using pictures can be a huge help.

Read every day.

Try to get into the habit of reading every day. It will show children that reading is important, and that we use our reading skills every day.

Have fun!

Make reading fun any way you can! Sing, dance, clap your hands, make noises, whatever it takes to have a good time while you read with your child.

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Baby Pancake Recipe

This morning while Margot was still sleeping I thought I’d clean out our corner cupboard because that thing is a hot mess. I found some rice cereal and some oatmeal cereal that we’ve had in there for a little while. She hasn’t eaten those in a long time, and now that she’s eating normal food I thought maybe I should just get rid of them.

I decided to see if there were any recipes I could use these with. I’m glad I did because I found an awesome pancake recipe from Must Have Mom that uses both of them. Unfortunately I didn’t have all the ingredients for these to make this morning, so I slightly adapted it so my daughter could eat pancakes when she woke up.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal cereal
  • 2 cup formula, breastmilk or cow’s milk (if baby is over 12 months old)
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Additional milk to thin batter

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until combined.
  2. Add additional milk, formula or breastmilk to thin batter as needed until you reach pancake batter consistency.
  3. Pour batter onto hot griddle and cook until bottom side is golden brown. Flip and cook for only about 30 seconds to 1 minute and remove pancake from griddle onto a plate.
  4. Top with bananas and strawberries (cut up if needed for baby/toddler)

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I used the batter to make six pancakes. I gave one to my daughter, and saved the other five. This will allow us to use the pancakes all week long! The original recipe says that the pancakes freeze well if you chose to save them for longer periods of time.

When I use this again I will take the advice from the original recipe to use pureed food as toppings as well to give it a little more flavor.

Enjoy!

We dumped the bowl and just went to town on the tray.