🤩 With stars in her eyes she said to me, “You know what mom, I had plans to be the first woman on the moon but daddy told me that mission is already scheduled. So I decided I’ll just be the first person that walks on Mars instead.”

And you know what? With the amount of conviction in her little voice, I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if this is the photo they’re flashing on tv years from now as her rocket takes off to Mars 🚀✨

🤩 With stars in her...

9 Months ❤️of our rosy cheek Josie😊

She has so many fun little quirks right now that I am just so in love with. The full-arm-extension clap. Her deep throaty giggle. The adorably coy way she hides her face against me and peeks out. How she still sings herself to sleep. 

She’s not quite officially crawling but definitely gets where she wants to go by any means necessary. 

She’s such a cuddle bug and I melt every time she puts her head on my shoulder or runs her little hand through my hair.

Her favorite toys right now are books, bath boats, drum, and anything she can bang together.

She loves “I’m going to get you” and tickle games, peek-a-boo, knocking down blocks, and putting herself right in the middle of whatever the big kids are doing.

This month has been tough. A big one for food allergies. A completely backwards month for sleep. And an exasperating month as we try to calm her eczema flares.

Always happiest in my arms and I’m enjoying every squeeze because i have a feeling it’s not long before she’s zooming off on her own.

9 Months ❤️of our rosy...

🌹Celery Stamp Bouquet🌹 Here’s a cute craft you can do with kitchen scraps; it turns out the bottom of a celery stalk makes a perfect rose 🤯😍!! So let your kids stamp you a pretty bouquet of roses for Valentine’s Day, you deserve it, mama! 💐❤️

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🌹Celery Stamp Bouquet🌹 Here’s a...

I love you, my little Josie Lu! 💗 It feels like we’ve been going in circles for the last month with allergists, scratch tests, blood labs, food challenges, and more food challenges. And finally here we are: content. 

We have some answers and a plan that will keep us on a safe and steady path for now and I’m grateful to feel a sense of relief and optimism that I don’t often feel as a long time allergy mom.

Josie passed both her baked milk and baked egg challenges, making it possible to keep baked products in her diet which will hopefully lead to tolerance of other forms in the long run 🤞🏻

Thank you, as always, for following along, sending love and kind words, and praying for my sanity when I’m stuck in a small food challenge room for hours upon hours with a mobile baby 🤪😘

I love you, my little...

Math, but make it sweet 💗💜

At the rate things are going, I expect Harper to be learning calculus by next month so I figured we’d have a little counting fun while we can still snack on the equations 😋

Here’s a quick peek at some of the preschool & kinder math activities I’m going to do with the kids this week - Grab the free printable on my blog if you want to join in!❣️

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Math, but make it sweet...

And since we’ve no place to go...❄️

The snow this week has done wonders to reset our mid-winter fatigue. It was a much needed break from our gloomy day monotony to have a reason to get out in the fresh, crisp, air and play 🤗! Pulling the three of them piled in the sled today was just about the cutest and just what I needed 🥰

And since we’ve no place...

I made the kids some ✨fancy✨ XOXO Dough valentines this year and if you watch my stories you’ll see that um, oops, I already gave it to them 🙈🥰 In my defense, it was a much more fun and festive way to practice spelling words this morning 🙃 {recipe on my blog & Reels!}

I made the kids some...

🪡Paper Heart Garland💞 I made this simple & sweet garland to decorate our Valentine book nook using pre-cut paper hearts (I see you @Target craft section🙌🏻) and my sewing machine! It’s a cute, easy, and budget friendly way to spread some love around the house! 💜
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🪡Paper Heart Garland💞 I made...

Celebrating the end of the longest month in history 🎉 Just kidding, kind of. But I do need a place to put the rest of our New Year’s pictures before January is officially over 😆 so, Cheers 🥂✨

⬅️Swipe to see all 3 getting in on the confetti fun: Which pic’s your favorite? It’s the baby confetti toes and tutu rolls for me 🥰

Celebrating the end of the...

House Special: Sunday Shortstack🥞

House Special: Sunday Shortstack🥞

Little Girl Gift Guide!

I’m so excited to start Christmas shopping this year and I decided to create some gift guides to share with you all as I start to plan! They will be filled with a combination of favorites we already have that I recommend checking out for your lists as well as new things I’m excited about this year! First up is the little girl gift guide I created for Harper! I think it’s a great fit for around 5-8ish years old (definitely some wiggle room in there for certain items) !

Shop the girl's Holiday gift guide that I made for my 6 year old. This Christmas little girl gift guide includes cute outfits and accessories, activities, and learn-at-home favorites!

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1. Colorful Dress – These dresses are Harper’s absolute favorite and come in a whole rainbow of colors and patterns. I plan on sizing up in a few of her favorite colors! (Items 7 and 9 are also from this shop if you want to combine shipping!)

2. Roller Skates – Harper got these skates for her 6th birthday and, while they are a bit of a challenge, she has been having so much fun learning a new skill! They come in purple or pink glitter (it does not flake off). Remember to add pads and a helmet !

3. Lego Building Kits– This STEM activity is perfect for Lego lovers and more intensive than free-building. It includes a step-by-step book of easy-to-follow directions with photos so that kids can independently build. It’s an activity we bring out on bad weather days and the kids work on it all day long! The dollhouse and Frozen castle also come with little figures that make it fun to keep out for a few days of pretend play before taking it apart and starting over again!

4. Rainbow & Unicorn Felt Sewing Kit – This beginner sewing kit includes all the materials needed to make 6+ sewn felt projects! Instructions show how to cut patterns and how to do simple stitches to DIY their own little plush crafts including unicorns, rainbows and stars! Plus- the case it comes in is SUPER cute and we’ll be able to use it even when the sewing project is finished.

5. Rainbow Dress-up Cape – (available in several colors!) Harper already has a purple one of these and wanted to put the rainbow one on her Christmas list for more dress up fun! This sparkly cape is great quality and beyond perfect for open ended pretend play for everything from princesses to fairies to unicorns!

6. Wooden Alphabet set – I’m so excited to incorporate this alphabet set into our learning-at-home activities. It’s under $10 and comes with 5 of each letter. Perfect for sight words, alphabet recognition, and word building! (Natural wood set here)

7. Dinosaur Purse – This purse is SO fun for a little dino lover to carry all her treasures ! I know Harper will love filling this with her jewelry, art supplies, and rock collection !

8. Charm Bracelet – Harper got this charm bracelet for her birthday and I could not love it more! This company has the CUTEST charm collection to create the most perfectly personalized gift. We chose to build a bracelet full of Harper’s favorite things and I’m also looking forward to adding more charms for holidays and milestones! I think it would be such a fun and meaningful group gift to have family members each pick out a different charm!

9. Unicorn Jumble – We have been playing a lot of board and card games at home and I think Harper is going to love adding this matching game to our collection (plus- if you haven’t noticed unicorns are always a win around here!) !

10. Custom Doll – This was another one of Harper’s birthday presents that I am so obsessed with- a one-of-a-kind handmade “Harper” doll 😍; I communicated with them to make every little detail ALL Harper; from skin tone to hair color, length, and texture, to ideas about the outfit she’s wearing (totally eclectic and 100% something Harper would pick out for herself 🌈). I can’t even explain how beautiful the quality is. It’s exceptionally made and I would definitely consider it heirloom quality yet still soft enough to be played with all day long! 💜They generously offered me a code to share with you: JessicaGrant14 for 20% off !! Get your Christmas orders in sooner than later!

11. The best underwear EVER – What’s Christmas without underwear and a toothbrush in the stockings 😅 Really though, this set of tagless underwear is the absolute best quality (I’m talking equivalent to Hanna Andersson at a fraction of the price) and I always throw a new set in as a stocking stuffer 😉 Available in TONS of fun prints.

More Gift Ideas (Click photo to visit post):

Little Boy Gift Guide !

Baby’s First Christmas Gift Guide !

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