December 19, 2014

Toddler Gift Guide

 

I get asked all the time, “What are you getting Everett for Christmas?”.  And all the time I just keep thinking, “What in the world do you get for a little miniature crazy person who likes one thing one minute and then something totally different the next?” 

 

 

The teacher side of me is always looking at items from an educational standpoint, and the organized part of me is always looking at the “how much space will that take up and where are we going to put it” side.  It’s a tough balance, but I think this year we have some winner gifts coming on the 25th.  Hopefully E agrees!

 

Personalized Name Puzzle – Everett loves to learn and he loves letters.  He’s really great at picking out an E and saying “E, Everett” so I thought a personalized name puzzle would be a fun and tactile way to learn all of the other letters in that family name of his.  Gransie was excited to get it for him and I know he will love it for years to come.

 

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Step 2 Little Helper’s Grocery Cart – I decided a few months ago that with a mom that calls herself Grocery Lane, how could our little dude not have his own grocery cart!  He loves pushing anything and has played with other cart versions various places, so I know this will be a fave.  A friend of mine got this version on Black Friday for half price and it even came with play food.  Score!

 

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IKEA Toy Hammering Block – Boys (especially mine) love anything they can bang on.  Period.

 

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Black & Decker Junior Toys – E played with his buddy Palmer’s toy tools a while back and loved that he could push buttons and make noises (don’t all toddlers!?!).  When Grandma Pam asked what she could get E, we were so excited to help her shop for a few things for his tool belt!

 

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Mr. Potato Head – Grandma Pam also splurged for E’s first Mr. Potato Head.  This takes me back to my childhood and I can’t wait to play with it (with Everett, of course Smile).

 

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IKEA Play Furniture – We haven’t purchased any of these for him yet, but they are definitely on my radar.  I love the look, the price and the durability.  Maybe next Christmas?

 

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And now on to my favorite part of Christmas morning…the stockings!  Here are a few last minute toddler stocking stuffer ideas if you need some inspiration:

 

Health and Hygiene – What toddler doesn’t love Flinstones Vitamins and Thomas the Train Tooth Brush/Toothpaste.  I know mine does!

 

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Matchy-Matchy – I fell in LOVE with these matching father/son socks from Pair of Thieves.  I found them at Target on Black Friday and can’t wait to see my two guys in them.

 

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Fine Motor Activities – Lock and Key along with rolls of coins to put in a piggy bank = hours of business that is beneficial to fine motor development/problem solving.  Mom for the win.

 

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Cling, clang – Noise, noise and more noise is I’m sure what we will have on our hands once E gets ahold os his new train whistle and harmonica.  He’s really getting into music and trains, so I think he will find these quite comical (as will we).

 

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Artsy, Fartsy – Everett visits his mini desk that we set up for him (it was mine from my childhood) at least once a day, so rounded tip markers and play-doh were a must on my list and I’m sure will end up being some of his favorites.

 

 

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Food finds – I can’t rave enough about Dippy Cups.  I found them at Once Upon a Child and we use them everyday for some type of dipping (syrup, peanut butter, ketchup, ranch).  They are perfect size and super easy to clean (silicone). 

 

 

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December 15, 2014

Menu Monday

 

Howdy y’all.  I hope this past weekend found you all having a great time with some of your best friends.  I know mine did and it was spectacular.  We laughed, ate, drank and laughed some more.  We were all so happy to have Kate visiting from Colorado and wanted to soak up every minute with her!

Friday night we found ourselves drinking some ‘ritas at Colibri Mexican Cuisine in Baldwin Park.  The food was delish and the service was much better than my first experience there.  We had a blast.  Thanks to Tuller for manning our photo shoot (below).

 

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Saturday we were all up and at ‘em early (that tends to happen when you have little ones) and Mike, E and I headed to meet up with the gang in Winter Park.  We opted for an adventure run through the gorgeous neighborhoods near our old Rollins stomping grounds. 

We alternated between running and doing some stationary exercises that were designed by a designated person at each stop.  It was a great way to take in the gorgeous, chilly weather…and I’m sure quite comical for those watching outside of their windows.

 

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If you know us at all you probably know that after any sort of exercise food always come next!  We all headed over to the Winter Park Farmers’ Market for some fresh veggies, popcorn and bagel sandwiches for lunch.  E decided on a cherry danish from Olde Hearth Bread Company and was delighted with his choice (he ate every morsel).

 

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After grilling out at our house Saturday night, we headed back over to Kam’s house Sunday morning for, yes, even more food…brunch!  We had a delicious spread of quiche, southwest hash browns, bacon, fresh fruit and monkey bread.  There wasn’t a thing left after we all dug in.  So good.

 

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Our day ended with a Broncos watching party at Gators Dockside and a farewell toast to Kate.  We can’t wait to see her soon…maybe a trip to Denver is in our near future?

 

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This week we are trying to finish up some last minute shopping (online ordering) for our Wisco family since we are staying here this year, and I am giving it my best shot to try to survive this last week of school before two weeks off…they are much needed! 

We are also super stoked to host Gransie this weekend as we will be traveling to Tampa to see our beloved Packers take on the Bucs…not to mention we get to go with and sit by our best buds; Jenny, Jeremy, Lynn and Jason (all of whom are Bucs fans)!  Go, Pack, Go!

Sooooo, without further ado, here is our menu for this week…what are you eating?

 

M:  Chicken Cordon Blue Paninis w/ Steamed Broccoli

T:  Egg Salad Sandwiches, Carrot Chips and Yogurt Parfaits

W:  Bacon, Egg and Cheese Burgers w/ Sweet Potato Fries

Th:  Grilled Steak w/ Apple, Dried Cherry and Walnut Salad

F:  Brinner – Mushroom and Turkey Sausage Quiche w/ Chopped Salad

Sa:  Pasta e Fagiole

Su: Go, Pack, Go!  GB @ TB

 

Have a great week!

December 13, 2014

Insta-fab

 

It’s no secret that I love Instagram.  Heck, I even have an Instagram account for my first grade class – the parents seem to love the updates as much as I love sharing them.  So, in the spirit of sharing, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite Instagram feeds as of late.  Enjoy!

 

 

Target Does It Again-  Shopping duo Jen Coleman and Laura Wiertzema share their trendy Target finds.  If you love Target as much as I do, this follow is a must.

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Stella & Dot – I love Stella & Dot jewelry and love to see the different way people are wearing their pieces…this is a great way to start making your birthday wishlist as well.

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The Land of Nod – If I had all the money in the world I would decorate the adult areas of my house using 100% Anthropologie goods and I would decorate the kiddie areas using 100% Land of Nod items. 

Their approach to you design is so trendy yet classic, fun yet sophisticated.  I love everything they put out, I just wish it was a liiiiiitle bit more inexpensive.  I do love getting inspiration from their pictures, even though I have yet to purchase anything from their store…kind of like digital window shopping.

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Urban Walls – I have no idea how I even found this goodie, but it is an awesome place for inspiration.  I have a decal (from another company) on my family room wall and think they are a great way to decorate a space without committing to holes in the wall or wall paper.  The spaces they showcase on this feed are beautiful and I can’t wait to gather some nursery ideas whenever baby #2 comes into the picture (don’t get excited…not quite yet).

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I Heart Organizing – I couldn’t agree more…I do heart organizing, so this blog/feed is a no brainer; fun ideas, gorgeous organizing and beautiful colors.  Two thumbs up.

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The Ellen Show -  One word.  Hilarious.

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Confetti & Sparkle Party Shop – This online party and supply shop in BC Canada offers great party inspiration.  I love everything they post…it makes me want to host a party and has gotten me so excited to start planning E’s 2nd bday party in February!  PS – How in the heck is he already almost 2!?!?  Sheesh.

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J’s Everyday Fashion -  I have loved this blog since I started my blog in 2011.  J is a local fashion blogger who loves recreating outfits from inspiration photos and is into budget fashion.  Think Stacy London for everyday people.  She rocks.

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These are just a few of my faves…what are some of yours?  Feel free to share in the comments!

 

Have a great weekend!