Author: Julie

7 Simple Ways to Teach Your Preschooler the Alphabet

I’m thrilled to share a guest post with you full of easy ideas to teach your child the alphabet. Annabelle from Wunderlabel is stopping by to share how she teaches the ABCs. I’m loving these low-prep ABC learning activities. Learning the alphabet can be so much fun! For a preschooler, the first exposure to learning can be a bit overwhelming. It pays to incorporate fun activities into learning to help your preschooler stay on track and enjoy what they are doing. Here are a few different alphabet learning activities to try either at home or in the classroom with...

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Three Simple Tips to Rock your Six Month Baby Schedule

“Ah-guh!” Baby girl gurgled at me, a mischievous glint in her eye as she glanced over her shoulder. She’s headed for the coffee table, army crawling with incredible gumption. Vini, vidi, vici. She came, she saw, she chewed! There are so many new skills that your baby learns around six months: sitting up, more advanced rolling, even crawling! No more “lap babies,” these kiddos want action! With all these new skills come… you guessed it, a few more hiccups in your baby’s daily routine. With both my son and daughter, six months has been one of my favorite ages....

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One Simple Question to Transform Your Child’s Behavior (It’s not what you think!)

Isn’t it so easy to over-complicate this whole parenting thing? Strategies, tips, parenting hacks… the list goes on and on. Sometimes these tips come at just the right time. Sometimes the right parenting strategy can be a game-changer! (Like how I taught my toddler to finally sit still!) But other times we need a reminder that motherhood can be simple. There’s one simple question that I’ve been asking my son that has been improving his behavior like 97.5%. It’s so simple, and it’s not what you would think! “Can I play with you?” This simple question has been working...

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How to Make Date Night Happen as a Nursing Mom

Mama, you need a date night. I know it. You know it. Your hubby sure knows it. You’ve been spending literally all your time taking care of that sweet new baby. You think baby, you breathe baby. It’s all. about. that. baby!¬†As a new mom, you’ve got a billion things pulling at you. Your mind never stops, and chances are you’re more than a little sleep deprived. But trust me, you need a date night. If you’re a nursing mom, you might feel like you’re stuck in a three-hour cycle of feeding and sleeping. Don’t get me wrong, there...

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Three Month Baby Schedule: 3 Problems and How to Fix Them!

Remember those newborn days, when your baby would almost instantly fall asleep in your arms, in the car seat, in church, in WalMart… pretty much anywhere? Well, those days are over, mama. The good news is that your baby is developing new skills and soaking in knowledge at a ridiculously amazing rate. The bad news? Your three-month old baby’s schedule needs work! Around three months the shoe drops. This is the time when you can tell if you’ve given your baby a foundation of good habits or not. Of course, even if you’ve managed to do the whole newborn...

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Three Simple Tips to Help Little Kids Manage Big Emotions

My son is a lot of things.. He’s curious, smart, a wonderful singer, super cuddly at bedtime, extraordinarily energized in the morning, and most definitely a force of nature. He loves to help me with chores and is incredibly sweet with his baby sister. And don’t even get me started on the cuteness of when he tries to wrestle his daddy! But, he can sometimes let his emotions be his boss… instead of the other way around. Yep, my sweet little guy sometimes isn’t quite so sweet. It’s a fact of life…kids sometimes have trouble taking control of their...

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How to Teach Online with VIPKID

Have you ever wondered how to make money during nap time? A few years ago, I wouldn’t have even thought it was possible. Isn’t making money online only for tech gurus? That’s not me! However, I recently heard about an online learning company that makes it easy for stay-at-home-moms to make money part-time from home. Now it’s easier than ever to use skills you already have to earn money online. If you’re like me, one of these skills is teaching! I loved being a public school teacher, but I also jumped at the chance to stay home with my...

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Swaddle Wars: The Best Swaddle for Your Baby

Had a few sleepless nights lately? I’ve been through my share as well, mama. Here’s a virtual hug and a cup of coffee for ya, friend. You’ll get through this! You know what you need? (Besides a hot shower and 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.) You need an awesome swaddle for that baby. Lucky for you, I’ve also been through my fair share of swaddles and lived to tell the tale. Today I’ll share with you the pros and cons of each and give you my (definitely biased) opinion on which swaddle would beat the other swaddles in a...

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DIY Newborn and Sibling Photography (with only your iPhone!)

  There’s nothing sweeter than a newborn photography…. unless you add an adorable older sibling to the mix! Take a peek at how I tackled a super sweet newborn and sibling photography shoot with nothing more than my iPhone. If you know me at all, you know I’m a bit of a cheapskate. I absolutely hate spending money on things that I can make or do myself. Sometimes this habit comes back to bite me… Like those jeans I mutilated trying to make cute shorts… Or the time I spent a good chunk of change to grow approximately four...

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Baby Sleep Advice: 6 Baby Sleep Mistakes to Avoid (and What to do Instead!)

I couldn’t hold it in any longer. “I just can’t. I can’t do this!” My husband was leaving for work for the first time after our first child was born. I was about to be alone with the baby. The baby who wouldn’t sleep. The baby who was crying in his swing while I silently sobbed beside him. I desperately needed baby sleep advice that worked! Three and a half years later, and I’ve learned a lot. I graduated from the sleep school of hard knocks. To be honest, we are still managing the effects of all those bad...

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