FREE printable for Toddlers- “All About ME”

Happy Tuesday!!

Today’s post is going to be a short one, but one I have been wanting to do for some time now. It is a free printable worksheet all about your toddler. Did I mention it’s FREE! ๐Ÿ™‚

I am a complete hoarder, when it comes to my daughter. I keep all her pictures, her drawings, I love to save it all!ย  They grow so fast, so everything little thing becomes so special. I think the toddler phase, might be my favorite stage so far. They have no filter, they’re dramatic, and they are so cute all at the same time. So I wanted to make something I could have to document everything about about this age. From favorite foods, to all the funny things they say. So I made this printable, for all the mommy’s out there to have as a keepsake. It has everything to really capture your kiddo from all the things they love, funny things they say, to even a place to put their hand prints. I think it’s something that will be really fun to look back on one day and have a laugh.

I got his ideas from back when I taught kindergarten. I loved doing these types of worksheets with my students, so I wanted to make one that was more appropriate for a two year old. I love that I can add this to her scrapbook or even laminate it and give them as gifts for the grandparents. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Hope you enjoyed!! Thanks for stopping by!!

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Mommy Monday: Potty Training Tips

Today’s post is all about potty training. It’s not the most glamorous of topics but it’s a real topic I think most mama’s out there will appreciate. Potty training can be very stressful for us parents, especially in the beginning, I know it was for me. It can get hard too, when there are so many posts out there showing you how to potty train your kid in 3 days, or 1 day, or even 1 hour!! What!?! That’s great if that’s works for your kiddo but for mine, it was a little more of a process.ย ย So I thought I’d share a few helpful tips that worked for my little one that are realistic and still work.

So quick disclaimer, I am not some sort of a potty training expert,ย  I have only potty trained one kid. I’m just one mom passing along some helpful mommy advice.

 

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1. Start when they are ready!

This might be the most important tip for potty training. If there not ready, don’t force it on them. Every kid is different and will learn when they’re ready. I thought Maddie was ready very early on, and so I tried right away, and it only ended in frustration. Don’t let it become something they dislike. You’ll know when they’re ready to learn.

2. NO MORE DIAPERS

One key thing that helps, in the beginning, is to get rid of all the diapers. Let your kiddo go without diapers for a couple of days around the house. Plan out a time where you can stay home, if you can, working on going to the potty every few minutes. It is a bit of an adjustment not to have that comfort of wearing a diaper, but it teaches them real fast not to depend on one anymore.

ย 3.Monitor drinks

My kid can drink!! So monitoring her drinks defiantly helped, especially in public places. If she had one cup of water, I would wait until she went potty to give her another drink. This helped so much with her getting used to understanding when she needed to go.

4.Set a timer

When your in the beginning stages, I found it is helpful to set a timer to remind your child when to go. Even if he/she doesn’t need to go, it’s a great way to get them used to thinking about it. I would set the timer 15 to 20 minutes after she would have a drink. This really helped, and it let me better understand her “potty” schedule.

5. Rewards: stickers/M&M’s/progress chart/potty dance.

What ever reward works for your toddler, DO IT!! Rewards and incentives are so important when it comes to teaching anyone anything, toddlers included. Celebrate every time they go, make a big deal about it. They learn real quick whats expected of them and they find it gratifying. In our home we used M&M’s as the reward, which were advised by our dentist. They’re a small treat, and not gummy, so they won’t stick to their teeth.

6. Fun underwear.

This is simple but true. Having fun underwear with all types of characters on them makes transitioning out of diapers a little more fun. It’s something they can get excited about, and feel like a big kid. ๐Ÿ™‚

7. Introduce, Demonstrate, Have them try.

If you want them to succeed going potty like a big kid, you have to show them how. Show them how to use the potty and then let them have a try. Keep it simple.

8. Pull ups only for sleeping.

I feel like pull ups and I have a love/hate relationship. When Madeline was potty training, and I felt like being lazy or didn’t want her to have an accident in public, I would end up relying on pull ups. But in her mind that meant to just go in her pull up because that’s what they’re there for. So learn from my mistake, only use them when they are sleeping.

9. Get ready for accidents

It’s a messy job but somebody’s got to do it. When your potty training your toddler, there will be accidents, so get ready. Have paper towels, wipes, cleaning solution, and a change of clothes ready for when they do there business elsewhere. Even when they seem to have good days or even a perfect week with no accidents, they will have “off” days, that’s normal.

10. Potty before you leave the house.

I now feel like my mom, every time we leave the house, I now have to ask “Do you need to go potty?” Have them go before you leave the house, which seems obvious but it wasn’t for me in the beginning. This was a big help, especially out in public. Another tip, don’t give them drinks in the car, unless they absolutely need it. Having an accident in the car is never fun.

11. For the kids with “FOMO”

This is what my daughter had and still has. The “Fear of Missing Out.” So after she understood the whole going potty in the potty she got bored with it. She didn’t like the idea to stop what you are doing to use the restroom. Once she realized this, she reverted back to not going when she needed too. So my advice for any of those busy kiddo’s, who don’t like to stop to go, is to have a little activity to do while on the potty. Have them look at a book, sing songs, play with a couple of toys, give them stickers, anything to make going to the potty fun.

12. Don’t get discouraged.

Every kid is different and will learn at their own pace. Don’t expect it to happen over night. It sometimes seems in potty training, that they will go two steps forward and three steps back. Don’t get discouraged, it takes time. If it takes longer than you expected, that’s OK. Just stick with it, it will happen. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

ย I hope some of these tips where helpful. Stay tuned for more “mommy” topics every Monday.

As always thanks for stopping by!!

Traveling with a Toddler + Road Trip Essentials

 

 

Today’s post is all about traveling. In particular, traveling with your toddler. I got the idea to post traveling tips because I recently went on a long road trip with my daughter to visit family and wanted to share some things that really helped along the way.ย  I have made many road trips in the past and at this point in my life I am actually starting to enjoy them. In some weird way, there therapeutic. But this was actually the first time I had traveled with just it being the two of us. Luckily, I have to say, both the trip there and back were as smooth as I think they could possibly be. Seven hours in a car with a 2 1/2 year old was a journey to say the least. Before I left, I planned ahead as much as I could, which I don’t always do, and wow, what a difference it makes. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  So I put together all my road trip essential items, including a kid’s packing list, snacks, activities, and simple tips for easy travels. ๐Ÿ™‚

::Packing List::

For the journey ahead, with aย  little one, it’s important to be prepared. From the messes, the tantrums, and keeping them constantly entertained, you have to be ready for anything. Before any trip I love to make a packing list. (I love to make lists in general, lets be honest) Having everything listed out for you and your toddler is such a big help. It’s the worst, when you get to where your going and you realize you forgot to pack something important, like your toothbrush or worse yet your undies. So I put together a list format that you can click and printoff, with everything listed in different categories. This packing list, in particular, is for young kids with plenty of space to customizeย  for everything you might need.

::Packing Tip::

After making your list, lay it all out. Outfit by outfit, paired with shoes and any other accessories. I do this for myself as well, when I pack,ย  just so I can see exactly what I need. Once it’s all laid out and ready to be packed away, put the little extras together. Meaning, pack undies, bows, socks or hair ties together separately in bags to keep it all organized.

:: Things to keep close by::

  • Paper towels
  • Pull ups
  • Wipes
  • Change of Clothes
  • Toys / Movies / Activities

Having the essentials close at hand is key. For any spills, accidents, mishaps along the way, these are the things you need to keep, preferably in the front seat.

Toddlers = mess, it’s just a fact

::Activities for the Road::

  • Mess Free Magic Coloring book & Play Pack (You can find these at target)
  • Movies (+ DVD player)
  • Snacks
  • Favorite Toys
  • Books

Pack activities that will make less mess. The mess free magic coloring books are amazing and keep a busy kid occupied for a good while. As for movies, if you have a DVD player this will make the drive easier and keep your kiddo entertained. I took 4 movies on our trip but we ended up only using one.

For snacks, keep it simple. Don’t get things that might upset their tummy, and have a good balance of starchy foods, sweets, and drinks. I only say this, because I have made the mistake of getting to much fruity snacks for the road, which only ends in potty accidents. :/

So think ahead as much as you can.

::Long Road Trip Tips::

Leave early-This is a very helpful tip when your traveling with a toddler, or traveling in general. Getting an early start makes the drive seem to go by way faster, and your kiddo tends to sleep a little longer as well. We left at 6:30 a.m. for our trip and it made such a big difference.

Plan out your Route- Although this can be hard to do, especially if it’s a new place your traveling too, it’s important to have a plan. Know your route and plan out pit stops. With things like weather and construction this doesn’t always work out, but figuring out stops to make for getting gas, bathroom breaks, and just getting their wiggles will help.

Stop to Eat and Play- Plan some time outside of the car. I know this will make the journey longer but it will be more enjoyable, trust me. Making one long pit stop to eat and get your toddler moving, will help you keep your sanity on the road. Packing a lunch to eat at a park, or my favorite, finding a McDonald’s with a playground is the best way to get them moving and ready for rest of the trip ahead.

Make nap time count- The more they sleep while traveling, the longer you can keep on trucking alone without any disruptions. Knowing when they typically nap is a great way to plan out the day. For instance, after we made our lunch stop and she played for a bit, and then nap time was shortly after. It made the drive a little more easy for her and for myself.

Phone Apps- This is something I always use as a last resort. It wasn’t until the last 30 minutes of our drive, that my daughter started to get frustrated, so I handed her the phone with some educational apps to keep her calm. It’s not my favorite thing to put my kid on a phone but in some cases, like traveling, it helps.

So if your in a bind, here are some links to apps for toddlers. They are FREE & educational!!

ย Apps

ย starfall.com

colors for kids

shapes_colors

123 colors

puppy (fisher price)

 

I hope some of the tips were helpful. Comment below if you have any other tips I didn’t mention that you would like to add. I would love to hear them.

Thanks for stopping by!! & Safe travels!!

Mommy Monday: Post Round up

Happy Monday!! For today’s Mommy Monday, I wanted to round up all of my favorite mommy blog posts, that I have done since I started blogging a year and a half ago. All these range from simple cleaning tips, holiday fun, to lunch ideas. Links to all the posts are below. Go check them out and let me know which one is your favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚

How to get Crayon off of Plastic

Now that I have a two year old, I find myself googling the oddest questions, most in which involve cleaning tips. Cleaning crayon off of plastic was one of them. As you can tell in the picture Maddie went a little cray-cray with her crayons, and I was left to figure out how in the world do you clean this off? So this post shows a few simple steps to cleaning crayon off of toys, that is effective and safe to use around your kiddos.

 

Toddler Girl OOTD

This next post is a simple toddler outfit I shared back in January. This link will take you to the post and show you where I purchased everything. It’s so cute to see this, I loved putting her in those little booties. They’re too small for her now, its so sad. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Oh how time fly’s.

 

6 Lunch Ideas for your Toddler

Here is a post I did back in August, where I show 6 lunch ideas for your toddler that are easy and healthy. I put together lunch ideas that my daughter loves, while still incorporating different fruits and veggies. There is also aย  Youtube video, that I did that goes along with this post. It’s crazy that this was almost a year ago. She has changed so much in a year, and eats so many new things. I’ll have to do an updated version. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Toddler Halloween Pumpkin Costume

Last couple of years I had so much fun making my daughter’s costumes. Her first Halloween, she was a ghost, and then this past October she went as a pumpkin. This turned out so cute. Here is the link to how I made her pumpkin costume step by step. I have a feeling this year she’s going to want more say in her costume. #divaintraining

 

Make your own Snow

My next post I mentioning was a fun indoor activity for young kiddos. We did this when it was a bit colder outside. It was very easy to make, inexpensive and a great activity for fine motor development. She had a blast with this, it would really be perfect for anytime of the year. The only thing that would have made it 10x better, is if we added some little toys that she could play with in her tub of fake snow. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Hand-print Christmas Plates

This was my very first blog post ever. I had so much fun making these for all of my family for Christmas. We get to display them every Christmas and I just love them. They are truly the best keepsake. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  These were very inexpensive, just using white plates from the Dollar Tree and some acrylic paint. The link above will take you to the post where I show you step by step how I made them all :). The Grinch plates were defiantly my favorite.

 

Homemade Playdough

I love this idea for a fun activity for kids either for a rainy day or even for a birthday party. Itโ€™s a great way to build their fine motor skills all while having fun, and who doesnโ€™t love play dough. ๐Ÿ™‚ Since it is homemade, it is safe just in case your little one decides to have a little taste test. ๐Ÿ˜‰

6 Easy Toddler Girl Hairstyles

I love being able to style my daughters hair, when she let’s me that is. For the blog post I put together 6 toddler girl hairstyles that are cute and easy to do.

 

Doing a little mommy post recap definitely gave me inspiration for future blog posts. I hope this was helpful to any mommy’s out there. Stay tuned for more Mommy Mondays. If you have any suggestions or post ideas you would like me to do, I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

As always thanks for stopping by.

Mommy Monday: Toddler Girl OOTD

 

Happy Monday!!
For today’s mommy post, I put together an outfit of the day (OOTD) with my little model, Madeline. I love that this is a simple mix of neutrals and perfect for this crazy Texas weather we are having. It’s affordable and comfortable, which is always a plus for this crazy two year old stage. ๐Ÿ™‚
Check out the links below to the exact pieces or very similar ones.
Thanks for stopping by!!

 

Boots: Old Navy
Pants: Target,
Sweater: Target
Vest: Baby Gap (old)
another option
Bow: Hobby Lobby

Mommy Monday: 6 Easy Toddler Girl Hairstyles

One of my favorite things about having a daughter is getting to doll her up, but sometimes knowing what to do with her hair can be a challenge. Her hair is very fine, and straight, so putting it up helps keep it out of her face and keep it from getting dirty. I’ll admit I am not the greatest when it comes to doing hair, so when I am doing hers I stick to easy basic looks. These are 6 hairstyles I wanted to share because they are easy, cute, and take up very little time. If I can do them, so can you! To get these looks I used a detangler, a tiny bit of baby lotion, a brush, a comb, and clear hair ties. (I use the tiny bit of baby lotion to tame any fly a ways or baby hairs in the front )

Hope this was helpful, let me know which one is your favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

1. Top Knot
2. Classic Braid

 

3. Fun Pig tails

4. High Pony Tail with a Braid

5. Half up with a Twist
6. Pig Tails

Thanks for stopping by!!

Caitlin

Mommy Monday: How to Make Play Snow

 

Who says you can’t have fun staying indoors ๐Ÿ˜‰
Being a stay at home mom, I am always on the look out for fun activities to keep my little one entertained. Now that we are in January and the weather is very unpredictable, it’s nice to have some indoor activities that are easy to put together. This one was so much fun and kept her busy for quite a while. Which will give you time for all the other mommy things that you need to get done.
To make this fun project, all you need is 1/2 cup of shampoo and 2 cups of baking soda. I used a small storage container from the dollar store to hold all the mess. Just mix your ingredients in the tub and that it!! You have snow, well play snow that is. Not only was she having fun, but it’s a great activity that helps strengthen those fine motor skills ๐Ÿ™‚ So if your looking for something fun to keep your kiddos entertained when the weather is bad, this is perfect.
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Happy Mommying!!
Caitlin

DIY Christmas Ornament

ย What you need:
1 Christmas picture that you wantย  (wallet size)
Styrofoam
Glitter
Clear Plastic ornament
Small ribbon
2′ Wide ribbon 7 inches long
Instructions:
1.Cut your picture small enough to fit inside the ornament. Wallet size works best, even it you want your picture to fit inside the ornament horizontally
2.Crumble up the Styrofoam as small as you can, in a bowl and then add glitter. You only need a little.
3.Then place your mixture of Styrofoam and glitter into your ornament. Add your picture in the ornament the way you would like it to look.
4.Close your ornament and then add your thicker ribbon to the top and tie in a bow. Then tie your smaller ribbon through the loop so it makes an “o” shape to hang on the tree.
Then you are finished!!
Thanks for stopping by!!
Caitlin

Princess Cupcake Cake

It’s never easy throwing a party together but I will say it is quite fun in the end and well worth it. Our little Maddie turned two today and had a great time at her party this weekend with family and firends. I wanted to share her cupcake cake that was an absolute hit. It was super yummy, easy to make, and very cute. It fit the theme of her gold and pink princess party.

What I used:
2 Rich & Creamy Cream Cheese Icing tubs (Betty Crocker)
Red gel food coloring
Super Moist French Vanilla cake mix (Betty Crocker)
White Cake Pearls (I got these at Hobby Lobby)
Recipe makes 48 cupcakes but I made my cupcakes a little fuller so I ended up making about 40 (so I had a couple extra)
Icing:
1 tub add 2 drops of red
1 tub add 3 drops of red
(Then use the cupcakes that are a little darker pink at the bottom to create a little ombre effect for the dress)
Instructions:
1.Following the cake recipes exactly.
2. Let your cupcakes cool and then add your icing. I put mine in a Ziploc bag with the edge cut off to make it easier to apply the icing.
3.Then sprinkle little white cake pearls on all the cupcakes.
4. Arrange your cupcakes like a dress and then add your tiara and jewels
( I got these at Hobby Lobby as well)
I also wanted to give a shout out to the Etsy store that I used for Maddie’s invites. They turned out super cute and I got them within 24 hours. I highly recommend them and I know I’ll use them again. ๐Ÿ™‚
!!Happy Monday!!
Caitlin

Toddler Pumpkin Costume

Halloween is just around the corner and I am so excited I finally finished my daughters costume just in time. Last year I had so much fun making her costume I knew I wanted to do it again. After scrolling through Pinterest for some inspiration I found a couple of pumpkin costume ideas that I wanted to try and recreate. I put together this costume in about two hours and I have to say, it was two hours well spent. It turned out so cute and I found out sewing paired with a glass of wine is a very relaxing combo. It might just be my new form of therapy ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  It was so fun to create something one of a kind and that Maddie was excited to wear. If your looking for a fun homemade costume idea for your toddler this one is perfect. I am no seamstress by any means, so if I can do this so can you.

ย What you’ll need:
1 yard of orange knit fabric (depending on the size of your toddler)
Sparkly Green ribbon (for the straps)
3 yards of orange tulle
1 8×10 black piece of felt
2 leaf arrangements
Sewing machine
Thread (any color.. I used white)
Scissors
Hot glue gun with glue sticks
Fabric measuring tape
Everything I used was from Hobby Lobby (minus the sewing machine)
ย 1. Measure out fabric
ย This was my first time putting together an entire garment, so it was definitely trial and error. First step I measured out how long I wanted the dress using the fabric measuring tape and the distance around my daughters chest. Then cut off any excess fabric I didn’t need.
2. Sew on Straps
Don’t worry what your stitching looks like, it will be covered in the end. I cut two pieces of the green sparkly ribbon for the straps and made sure they were the right length and in the correct places in the front. Then sewed the straps on the inside of the dress.

 

3.Tulle Tulle Tulle, and more Tulle

This was definitely the hardest part of making this costume. After a while I did start to get the hang of it. I made two rows of tulle. I used the same length measurement of the dress and cut out many pieces of tulle that same length.

Then I began the top layer.
Top layer: 3 pieces of tulle laying on top of each other vertically, then sewing them across the top of the dress
Bottom: 4 pieces of tulle underneath the same way to give it more fullness.

Sew both layers all the way across your orange fabric. Now sew the dress in the back so its completely closed. This is time I let my daughter try it on so I could make sure the fit was right. Then to finish sew in the straps to the back.

4.ย  Add leaves

I started at the front and hot glued each leaf all the way around.
5. Jack o Lantern Face
Now time to make the jack o lantern face. Cut out 2 large triangles and 1 small one and the shape you want for the mouth. Before I glued I straightened out all the tool while it was hanging up. Then I placed the pieces for the face were I wanted them to go.ย  Then hot glue each piece in place. Trim the length of tool at the ends if you need too.
The dress is done!!

ย Head Piece:

What you need:

Hot Glue Gun
Hair Clip
2×4 piece of fabric
Left over leaves

Glue the fabric to the clip. Arrange your leaves they way you want. Then glue them in place

 

Now your little one is ready for trick or treating!!

Thanks for stopping by!