These sort of memories and smells and feelings are engrained in me from holiday traditions. Now that I have my own family, I want them to have these sort of memories as well. I find that merging my own traditions with my husband's has created a really fun season for us. With Lincoln being 2 and Layla being 1, this year is finally a year that he gets it and can join in on many of our traditions.
It's NATIONAL COOKIE DAY!
I'm not a baker, but my mom sure is :) These are the entire family's favorite cookies EVER! Check out the recipe, try it, and let us know what you think in the comments! We've subbed in cherries instead of cranberries, but to be honest, it wasn't the same. We've also tried without a dried fruit and again, not the same. So much experimentation with this recipe, but the original is definitely the best!
🌱The packaging is fully recyclable and comes with 4 toothbrushes. It was really fun to unbox them and see how each brush is individually wrapped. It was like a little gift that keeps on giving. The child sized brushes feature different animals on them (Lincoln loves the panda and elephant) and the adult are extra long! They are easy to grip and just fit really nicely in your hand and your mouth.
Our favorite lift-the-flap books for babies and toddlers
Fun toys my 10 month old and 2 year old have loved to play with!
Fun toys picked out by my 2 year old boy that he loves at home!
I'm sure a lot of families are making the very difficult decision of whether or not you're going back to work and whether or not your children will be attending school (and how they are!). I made the decision to go back to work in early childhood education and bring my children in with me. I can go more into details on my decision at another time, but for now..here are some tips and tricks for returning or starting daycare.
My biggest suggestion is to invest is waterproof dishwasher safe labels. And then label every single thing you send into school. I'm talking each shoe, pacifiers, clothes, pouches, lunchbox...EVERYTHING. The days get busy and especially now, teachers have so much cleaning and preparing added to their plates. So make it easy on yourself and them by labeling everything and it will 100% ensure that your items make it home to you each night. I've linked the labels I created for my kids below.
A few more tips
This is ALL of our things on day one
Yes, you read that right. Pouches are such an easy, on-the-go way to feed your little ones. I feel like pouches get a bad rep but they can be so handy! And of course, some are gross (broccoli and carrot, BLECH!) but some are yummy for when mom or dad get hungry on the go, too! Here's my top 5 pouches to pack for YOURSELF (in case the need should arise!). Or to pack "for the kids" and you can steal later.
My son turned 22 months old and a MAJOR sleep regression hit. I genuinely thought that this child was done with any sleep training at 6 months, with the occasional teething night where a dose of Motrin was enough to soothe him. To say sleep is important to this child is an understatement. So when he woke up at 3 am, screaming, crying for us to come get him, I was shocked.