Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday Favorites!


My oldest had quite chubby feet as a baby, and I felt like it was impossible to find shoes that fit. Molly Kate's feet are smaller, and so I'm having fun putting her in all sorts of shoes.

Baby Birks

We got these a few weeks ago, and they're already gone online. I bet there are still some in the stores. They kind of make me laugh, because they're just so cute with chubby knees!! Similar strappy sandals for babies here.

These are great since she likes holding herself up on playground equipment now. 

Wish I had a better pic of these jellies, but oh my word, they're cute with her cankles.  And, as you can see here, if the toes come out, they still stay on!  Just loving all these spring time baby shoes.

I made this cake for a baby shower a few weeks ago, and the recipe was SO wonderful. What it lacked in appearance, it made up for in taste. Mine is not near as pretty as the real deal, but thankfully we used some shower decor to help hide  the flaws. It was SO easy, and I'm ready to make it again. Also, I'm really picky about cream cheese frosting, and I think this recipe was the perfect blend of sweet, but not-to-sweet.

Books of the Week

This week we've been reading some old school favorites, if you're looking for something different to check out from the library. I also posted on some of our favorite Eric Carle gear. 

Happy Friday!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What We're Reading Wednesday-Old School Books

This week my big girl has been completely obsessed with some books straight out of my childhood. I feel goofy even posting these, because these books are classics and most everyone has heard of them. I'm keeping these posts true to what Caroline is actually requesting to read this week, and this week she's been all about these classics.

Seeing Arthur makes me want a Juicy Juice Box from the old commercials on the PBS show? Anyone remember those? These two Arthur books are her absolute favorites right now, but she enjoys others as well. I wondered if some of these were even in print, and most all of the Arthur books can be purchased for pretty low prices on Amazon. Most of the books we've read have been ones my mother in law saved or books from the public library. Most of the libraries around us are full of these little treasures. I've also seen many of these at Half Price Books. 

Children love books that are reflective of their lives, hence the popularity of shows like Daniel Tiger...they're relatable to young children! The Arthur books are a bit older, but still have that appeal. "Mommy Artur eat dinner wiff his family and I eat dinner wiff my family...Artur got a baby sister and I got a baby sister." Caroline likes connecting with these books, and I'm just happy to be reading more books with plots!

This book. We've read it so.many.times. This is an old classic full of pigs, cats and bunnies, and it really is such a great book for beginning to count! 

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

We Love Eric Carle

This post originally appeared on my other blog. I'm slowly working to consolidate the blogs. I have added some updates to the original post! 

Eric Carle books and merchandise have infiltrated our home, and I love it! I've always loved his work. I loved using The Tiny Seed when I taught second grade. I loved doing Eric Carle inspired art projects, and I really thought about doing Pottery Barn Kid's Very Hungry Caterpillar bedding in Caroline's nursery.

I thought I'd share a few favorite Eric Carle items with you!

First of all, I have LOVED The World of Eric Carle and Gymboree line. Here is Caroline sporting her Caterpillar pajamas from winter of 2014. She had mismatched pants in the first pic, but you can see the cute polka dots in the second pic! (Update, Gymboree does not have an Eric Carle line anymore, but I wish they would make more!!!)

Caroline loves this Caterpillar neck pillow.

I found this awesome Eric Carle alphabet canvas at Target. I can't find it on their website right now, but the link above is for the same one at Walmart. I have the "girl" version, but there are other cute versions out there.

So, my genius mom took an early childhood teaching ideal/principle I learned in school and applied it to Caroline's room. In the classroom it is recommended to have many literacy items such as the alphabet or a word wall down on the child's level. I had never thought to hang a canvas like this so low in a bedroom, but it totally works. As you can see below, Caroline at 18 months was already enjoying it! :-) Now, we can actually discuss the letters/animals and use a pointer to tap the peacock, letter o, etc etc. This canvas would be an awesome piece to hang down low in a hallway, playroom, behind a door, etc. (Thanks, mom!!!)


Finally, of course we LOVE to read  many many Eric Carle books! One of our current favorites is From Head to Toe. It is awesome for teaching certain actions + body parts! It is also a great book for working on verb-words with your toddler.

It is also fun to read this book with your toddler/preschooler in front of a mirror so they can watch themselves do the actions!

What are some of your favorite Eric Carle books and Products?