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10 Magic Kingdom Tips with Babies and Toddlers

Top 10 Magic Kingdom Tips with Babies and Toddlers

Last weekend, we had a "staycation" and spent the weekend at Walt Disney World. I was attending a food blog conference for my food blog; Katie's Cucina and I was able to bring the family along. We spent 2 nights at The Grand Floridian Hotel and 3 days at the parks. Although we live in Orlando, we have yet to take Ryder to the Magic Kingdom. He's been to Epcot (Food & Wine Fest) and to Hollywood studios to see the Osborne Family Christmas Lights. Jon and I were both very excited to bring him … [Read more...]

15 Newborn Essentials

15 Newborn Essentials

Being a new parent is tough enough. It can be overwhelming to sift through all the baby products you really need. I'm sharing our top 15 Newborn Essentials! I started writing this post last year when Ryder was only a month old. Now that he is almost a year old I feel like I'm so much more knowledgeable than when I was a new mom to a 1-month old. You will receive so many gifts and most you will use and some you won't use. I wanted to share what we felt was absolutely essential for … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day 2015

baby cupid photo

Last week, just a few days before Valentine's Day I decided to take Ryder to go get Valentine's Day pictures. I really really wanted a baby cupid photo of him. Jon thought I was crazy, but it's what I wanted. Ryder will only be little like this once in his life and I was not going to miss out on the opportunity to get the photo I wanted. So I took him over to Picture People at our local mall, after our Circle Time Valentine's Day party. I only had one photo in mind and I was set that I was only … [Read more...]

You’re My Main Squeeze – Baby/Toddler Valentine

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I'm sharing a free printable Valentine for the tots in your life that love to eat squeeze pouches! Print off the "You're My Main Squeeze" Valentine card. We are attending our first Valentine's party tomorrow. It's with the mother's group that I go to every Thursday with Ryder. It's called Mommy and Me Circle Time. It's a free "music" class for all babies 0-18 months at a local church. You don't have to be a member of the church (I'm not) to go either. I learned about it through my weekly … [Read more...]

DIY “Hello My Name Is” Shirt

Hello My Name Is Onesies

I made this "Hello my name is" shirt almost a year ago. Hard to believe. Since then, I've been making them as a gifts and I've made a few larger sizes for my son since I love the shirt so so much. Everyone was predicting I was going to have a big baby. Little did they know or I know that I actually had a very small baby (6lbs 9oz). I only packed 2 items that were newborn size the rest were size 1-3 months. The "hello my name is" shirt happened to be a size 1-3 months. I was determined for it to … [Read more...]

Cruising with a 6 Month Old

Cruising with an Infant

I started writing this post right after we returned back from a cruise with our son, Ryder, who had just turned 6 months old.  And the holidays started to creep up on me, and well it's a new year and Ryder is 9.5 months old. Better late than never. We love to cruise. I've been on 15+ and Jon has been on 12+. We've done all the cruise lines. So today I'm sharing my insight in cruising with a 6 month old. Prior to leaving for our cruise, I researched and researched and found very little info. … [Read more...]

Christmas 2014

christmas morning with the family

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I wanted to share a few photos of Ryder's first Christmas. I know we've been absent over the past week. I've been trying to take more time with family and less with work. It's a constant struggle of time when you are self employed. You tend to work around the clock--or at least I do! We spent Christmas Eve at my inlaws house and Christmas day at our house. After Ryder woke up we took as many family photos as he would allow us too until he completely … [Read more...]

DIY Birth Announcement Subway Art + Painted Frame

DIY Birth Announcement Subway Art + Painted Frame 4

I've been wanting to make this birth announcement subway art for Ryder's room since before he was born. 8 month's later and I finally tackled this project. A few week's ago I shared his nursery gallery wall that we finally hung up. I also hinted that it wasn't complete, but that we got the big pieces up. Today, I'm sharing with you the chalk painted frame I finally got around to painting and the DIY birth announcement subway art that I put in the frame! It's super easy and ANYONE can make this … [Read more...]

Baby’s First Santa Photos – 2014

Baby's First Santa Picture

Yesterday, I shared 8 Tips For Surviving Baby's First Santa Photos. I took Ryder before Thanksgiving to avoid long lines. My plan worked out perfectly. He had the best visit with Santa. So today, as promised yesterday, I'm sharing a few of our photos from our Santa photo shoot. Yes, we had a photo shoot with Santa. We got 20 awesome photos and the price was reasonable! This is one of our favorite photos! Ryder was all smiles.  … [Read more...]

8 Tips For Surviving Baby’s First Santa Photos

8 Tips For Surviving Baby's First Santa Photos

A few weeks ago before thanksgiving I brought Ryder to the mall to take photos with Santa. I was a little concerned that he would not do well with Santa, but really what I was concerned about was entertaining him in a very long line! I choose to go the week before thanksgiving on a Wednesday in the middle of the day. Now I realize most people don't have that luxury but that's ok. I have other suggestions on beating the crowds. I'm excited to say that the photo above was our very last photo of … [Read more...]