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Books Daddy Likes

When Drake was little, Mr. Chocolate and I did bedtime together most nights. We would take turns reading to him but as Drake got older, he had a marked preference for having me read to him every night. Since Juliet’s birth though, Mr. Chocolate ends up doing bedtime by himself often so I have started [...]

How to Survive the Early Days of Motherhood

I remember the moment when I realized that everything in my life had changed after I had Lil’ Tea Cup very clearly. I was in the shower at the hospital, the morning after I had given birth. I had a head covered with shampoo and had just gingerly put soap on a cloth while trying [...]

favorite sippy cups

The Search for the Perfect Sippy Cup

Little Lion is 13 months old now, and we are almost completely weaned from the bottle! It was a long road to get there…I read Mrs. Tea’s post about her little one’s experience over and over. But in the end, there was nothing I could really do to hurry the process. We kept offering, he [...]


outdoor toddler toys

Chloe was about 6 months old our first summer as a family of three, and the only outdoor activity she really enjoyed was splashing in her baby pool. Our backyard gets a lot of sunlight and even with umbrella shade I was nervous to have her out for very long. Last summer, she was 18 [...]

noncandy easter basket fillers

Easter Basket Fillers

Easter is one of those holidays where I have to restrain myself from overdoing it.  Even though it isn’t a gift-oriented holiday, it falls during an opportune window for us.  It has been four months since Christmas, and it is four months until Scribble’s next birthday.  I don’t tend to buy many gifts “just because,” [...]

toys for 2 kids

Toys for Two Kids

Drake and Juliet were born 3 years 2 weeks apart from one another. As their 4th and 1st birthdays draw near, I am starting to think ahead to their party and presents. While thinking of gifts for Drake is easy, Juliet is much harder. Since Juliet is my second, many of Drakes toys are there [...]

Gifts Under $25 for Age 1

Toy Gifts <$25 for Ages 1, 2, and 3!

Since I just celebrated both my children’s birthdays the past two consecutive months, I’ve still got gifts on my mind… and thought I’d do a round-up of some gift ideas less than $25 for the toddler crowd.  Here are some of our favorite toys based on age – from 1 through 3!

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