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Fall Festivities

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Margot’s Outfit // Sweater: Nordstrom | Pants: Old Navy | Boots: Nordstrom

Mama’s Outfit // Fleece: Groopdealz | Jeans: Nordstrom | Boots: Nordstrom

There is nothing better than fall in our book! From playing in the corn, traveling through the corn maze and picking out pumpkins we got to do tons of our favorite fall activities today.

I am trying to soak up these last few weeks of just being the two of us before our new little pumpkin decides to join in.

Happy Fall Y’all!

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Painting With Feathers For Less Than $10

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Well today we thought we’d go colonial style and paint… with feathers. If men and women could write letters to one another with a feather and ink for hundreds of years, why not give painting with one a try too?

My daughter loved it! It was something different instead of boring old paint brushes, or her fingers. Besides, between the paint and the feathers the entire activity cost me less than $10 at Michaels. This little paint session kept her busy for over an hour, which was awesome.

I loved the neon paint we bought, and her pictures turned out so cute because the paint was so colorful and vibrant. The pack of feathers worked great as well. There were so many sizes and tons of them, so we tried to pick big ones that were easy to paint with.

If you’re looking for something fun and easy to do with your toddler I would highly recommend this fun activity.

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11 Easy Activities To Do With Your Toddler on a Rainy Day

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Top: DressLily | Leggings: Nordstrom

The last few days have been rainy ones here in Western New York. Normally during the summer, I dread rainy days, especially stuck in a house with a toddler who needs to be moving all day long. But something about these last few days has brought me happiness with the never-ending rain.

Our summer has been nonstop on-the-go, and the last few days have almost seemed peaceful. It has forced us to slow down and relax. We’ve been able to try some new indoor activities, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve been that mom who has watched a little more TV with my daughter than normal. But you know? We’ve been so busy that I am okay with that. Over the last few months we’ve come up with a few rainy day activities that keep our time passing through the day.

Drawing with Foam

My daughter loves to color and draw, but one day I stumbled upon some extra foam pieces we had around the house and she was so excited. Now when she’s antsy and bored I pull out small pieces of foam and she loves to color on it with pen.

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Foam Puzzles

My daughter loves the foam and she loves puzzles, so one day I decided to cut out little hearts and turn them into small foam puzzles. She has so much fun mixing them up and putting them back together.

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Books, Books and More Books

Are you surprised that books are on the list? Probably not! But it is remarkable how much time my daughter will spend just sitting and “reading” books. Now that she is starting to say more words she loves to point out what she knows and recognizes. Read together, or let them just read on their own!

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Fort Building

Who doesn’t love a good fort? Even if it only consists of a blanket draped over two sturdy objects, it’s something new and fun for them to climb under and play in. My daughter loves a simple fort that she can just play with her babies, and read her books in.

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Bake Something Together

If you have the ingredients and the time, you might as well bake something yummy together. Besides, then eating it gives you something to do after it’s done as well!

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Go to a Museum or Indoor Nature Center

If you have a fun kids museum or an indoor nature center that you can visit, doing that while it’s a rainy day is the perfect time to go. I found that the Audubon Nature Center is a perfect place to go with children, and they have so much to do inside on rainy days. Check out my blog post for all the fun activities the Audubon offers.

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Exercise Together

There are so many mother and child exercise routines online now that are a great workout for mom, and also fun for kids. Every time my daughter sees me exercising she wants to jump right in and do it too.

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Organize

I have found this is a great idea to do on a rainy day. When I say organize, I mean one of two things. Organize can mean just organizing things for fun, or organizing things for a purpose. One day we organized all her toys by color just for fun. It kept her entertained for a long time, and she actually was having fun and showed me that she knew her colors.

Other times we have organized her room for a purpose. The best part about this is sometimes while we organized we found toys tucked away under her crib or other places that she had forgotten about and she was so excited to play with them again.

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Fill Plastic Bags with Fun Things

I’ve learned there are so many fun things you can do with plastic bags that are so simple. One day I just filled a plastic bag with blue colored water and buttons and she moved and played with those buttons at her highchair for close to twenty minutes.

Another fun thing to fill the bags with is just a few colors or paint. They can spread the paint around and make different colors. You can also throw in some random items that they can roll around in the paint.

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Yes, TV.

I’m not saying that we binge watch shows all day long, but we watch some of her favorite shows that keep her occupied. There are so many shows that are educational and great for young learners. Singalongs and movement shows are perfect for my daughter who loves to move while she watches TV. She also loves Sesame Street, and Sofia the First.

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Play in the Rain

Don’t forget that playing in the rain can be just as fun as playing outside on a sunny day.

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When it rains it nourishes the ground and refreshes the plants when they need it most. Sometimes you need to let the rain do that for you too.

 

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Cute Weekly Bump Picture Idea with Toddler

When I was pregnant with my oldest I never did the bump pictures. I felt weird standing in front of a camera by myself to take a picture of my growing bump each week, especially since it didn’t grow all that fast for a while. Looking back on it, I wish I had because it really is amazing to see the progression of the growing human inside the body. That is why I decided the second time around that I would capture at least most of the weeks. The only difference was this time I had a little helper that wanted in on the pictures as well.

I thought in order to remember exactly how big the baby was, I would try to hold the fruit or vegetable that baby was the size of in the picture each week. The only problem with that, is some fruits and veggies are not always in season when it’s time to post a picture of that baby in your belly, so I had to get a little creative with a few. Each week I bought two so that I could hold one, and my daughter could hold the other.

Week 15- Size of a beet

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Mom’s Outfit // Top: Nordstrom | Shorts: Motherhood Maternity

Toddler’s Outfit // Top: Nordstrom | Shorts: Old Navy

Week 17- Size of a Large Peach

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Mama’s Outfit // Top: Nordstrom | Shorts: Motherhood Maternity

Toddler Outfit // Top: TJMaxx | Shorts: Levi’s

Week 18- Size of a Sweet Potato

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Mama’s Outfit // Top: Nordstrom | Shorts: Motherhood Maternity

Toddler’s Outfit // Top: Old Navy | Shorts: TJMaxx

Week 19- Size of a Zucchini

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Mama’s Outfit // Top: Nordstrom Rack | Shorts: Motherhood Maternity

Toddler’s Outfit // Top: TJMaxx | Skirt: Old Navy

 

Week 20- Belgian Endive

Not gonna lie. We had no clue what that was. Sorry!

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Mama’s Outfit // Top: TJMaxx | Shorts: Motherhood Maternity

Toddler’s Outfit // Dress: Old Navy

 

Week 21- Lettuce

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Mama’s Outfit // Dress: TJMaxx

Toddler’s Outfit // Romper: Carters

 

Week 22- Ear of Corn

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Mama’s Outfit // Top: Amazon | Skirt: LulaRoe

Toddler’s Outfit // Top: Old Navy | Skirt: Old Navy

 

Week 23- Bunch of Grapes

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Mama’s Outfit // Top: TJMaxx | Shorts: Amazon

Toddler’s Outfit // Dress: Old Navy

 

Week 24- Eggplant

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Mama’s Outfit // Tee: CorkedBrew | Sweats: Amazon

Toddler’s Outfit // Tee: Old Navy | Sweats: Amazon

 

Week 25- Napa Cabbage

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Mama’s Outfit // Tee: Amazon | Shorts: Motherhood Maternity

Toddler’s Outfit // Tee: Old Navy | Shorts: Old Navy

 

Week 29- Pineapple

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Mama’s Outfit // Dress: PinkBlush

Toddler’s Outfit // Dress: Old Navy

 

Week 30- Cantaloupe

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Mama’s Outfit // Sweater: Nordstrom | Leggings: Nordstrom

Toddler’s Outfit // Top: Amazon | Pants: Nordstrom

 

Week 31- Large Romaine Lettuce

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Mama’s Outfit // Flannel: Amazon | Tee: Amazon | Jeans: Nordstrom

Toddler’s Outfit // Top: Amazon | Leggings: Old Navy

 

Week 33- Cauliflower

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Mama’s Outfit // Sweater: DressLily | Leggings: Nordstrom

Toddler’s Outfit // Top: Old Navy | Leggings: Nordstrom

 

Week 37- Honeydew

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Mama’s Outfit // Fleece: Groopdealz | Leggings: Nordstrom

Toddler’s Outfit // Fleece: Nordstrom | Joggers: Amazon

 

Week 38- Watermelon

(Sorry, we did not purchase a watermelon for the picture!)

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Mommy and Me Outfit from Beachcoco Maternity

 

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Boat day!

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If you’ve been following my blog you know that my daughter loves the outdoors. She loves the snow, rain, heat, wind, and any tropical storm that comes her way. The only thing she ever says to me is “ousside?”

When given the chance to go boating with Margot, I didn’t know how that would go. Trapped on a small vessel surrounded by water with a one and a half-year-old can be a dangerous game to play if she’s not interested. Lucky for us, she loves being “ousside”.

She had the greatest time. From fishing, to swimming in the lake, to just enjoying the wind in her face, I’ve never seen her so happy.

Don’t be scared to try new adventures with young ones. They learn so much from new experiences and opportunities that you give them.

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It’s Okay To Get A Little Wet

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Well it’s official. My daughter is obsessed with being outdoors. She loves going for walks, playing in the yard, but most of all chasing our dog around.

Today it was raining. We needed to let the dog out. I thought, “There is no way she’ll be out for long in this weather”.

Oh how wrong I was. She loved it. But I guess rain is more fun when you’re 1 than when you’re almost 30. We walked from the front yard to the back yard, waved at neighbors, dogs and cars driving by, and of course splashed in puddles. The entire time I watched those cute little pigtails run around, I couldn’t help smiling and enjoying myself despite the cold, dreary weather.

Today Margot reminded me it’s okay to go outside when it’s raining, to jump in puddles when you’re an adult, and to embrace the messy weather. I’ll always be there reminding her that I have an umbrella if she wants to stay dry, but she’ll always be there reminding me that sometimes it’s okay to get a little wet.

 

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