As if the memory of eating cake, cupcakes and now donuts on her birthday wasn’t sweet enough, Ellie has videos to remind her of her favorite birthday party moments. My best friend Chris has gifted us with these sweet birthday videos after each of Ellie’s parties.
We celebrated Ellie’s first and second birthdays at the house with some fun themes (a lemonade stand and “two-two” party). This year, with a new baby sister at home, we thought getting OUT of the house would be a better bet. For her third birthday celebration, we had a fun “birthday at the bay” party. Mission Bay in San Diego is our “happy place” and so we thought it would be perfect to share with friends and family for Ellie’s special day.
The bedtime routine is one we all look forward to in this house. It’s a time to slow down, get quiet and enjoy some one on one time before lights out. The highlight of the routine is when we cuddle on the chair and read books.
As parents we have both an opportunity and a responsibility to set the stage for our kids’ futures. And that includes what they eat. I’m talking about creating smart habits and healthy preferences – and starting young – so that the stage we’re setting is one that nurtures their growing bodies and brains.
I love Cinco de Mayo but had honestly forgotten today was the holiday until Ellie’s Uncle Chris reminded me about the adorable dress he bought her on a recent trip to Mexico. With only an hour of sunlight left in the day, we managed to squeeze in a little photo shoot. A “pretty dress,” fun props and a hose got little miss to cooperate quite well…and end up quite soaked.
This day came sooner than I planned. But if I’m being fair, I guess I’m rarely ready for Ellie to grow up. She already seems so ahead of the game, communicating beyond her years, understanding more than a 2-year-old should, being so in tune with herself and her surroundings. It’s freaky sometimes – but its obvious she’s ready for this next step, even if I’m not: PRESCHOOL.
With Easter a week away, I spent some (ok, maybe too much) time on Pinterest “researching” some ideas for Easter egg decorating methods that don’t involve using food coloring. Seeing as it’s important that I keep artificial coloring and food dyes out of Ellie’s diet altogether, I figured, hey, if there’s a fun way to avoid food dyes and still give Ellie the Easter egg decorating experience, then why not?!
Since we have a baby on the way, and our first baby just turned 2 ½ a couple days ago (yes, half birthdays are a thing!), I’ve been thinking a lot about the essentails we need for baby – and what of those things we STILL use with our toddler.
A million things change between birth and toddlerhood and yet there are a few items that have had staying-power in this house, following Ellie through life as a baby to toddler. I’m sure this list varies by family, but these are the items that are still must-haves in our world, and have been since day one.
If I ever needed proof that routine is important to kids, this is it.
Anyone who knows my daughter knows that she doesn’t sit still for more than a second. There’s a world out there to explore and she’s going to explore it. Not a minute to waste!
And yet, every morning, she asks to go in her “crate.” Yes, she requests that she be confined to a tiny 4′ x 3′ space for 30 minutes or so.
I had to invite Ellie in on this review since this is a natural product all for her. She’s a typical two-year-old who wants to do everything Mama does, but all by herself.
I’m not about to hand over my nail polish (even if it is 5- or 10-free polish!!) but I happily provided her with Kidlicks’ organic edible nail polish for her to go to town with. All by herself.