12 Incredibly Fun Construction Activities for Preschoolers

Now that we are in the middle of winter and snow days where I live, I am always looking for something to do with my little guy to keep him entertained. One can only take so many cartoons!

One thing we’ve really been into lately are construction activities – you know, trucks, construction, building things, etc.

If you are looking for some exciting things to do with your preschool-aged child (even if you live somewhere warm), look no further. This is our list of the 12 coolest, most incredibly fun, and mom/dad friendly, construction activities for preschoolers!

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1 Year Old Nap Schedule: 5 Things You MUST Know

As a parent, I find that sleep is imperative to the proper functioning of both myself and everyone in my house.

If someone in the house doesn’t get enough sleep, we all pay for it.

My son is now 2, and to this day, I count down to nap time. Nap time is a time for me to get things done, for him to get much needed rest, and sometimes…just a great opportunity for some peace and quiet!

As a parent, there are often a lot of questions surrounding sleep, particularly naps.

Once your baby turns 1, you will have people giving you all sorts of opinions on nap times for your little one. So, what do you NEED to know about the nap transitions that happen at 1?

Keep reading, because we have put together the 5 things you MUST know about your 1 year old nap schedule.

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7 Super Cute and Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts for Preschoolers

It’s that time of year again.  You’ve spent years dealing with Valentine’s Day with your significant other – some people love it, some people feel it’s just a Hallmark holiday excuse for buying cards and flowers.

And then, eventually, your kids enter this world. And they have to do Valentine’s Day too.  

I may be a little cynical at times (hayes, that’s the name of this blog), but I think Valentine’s Day is a fun opportunity for preschoolers and kids in general to do different crafts and start to explore the art of giving and receiving gifts.  It doesn’t need to have a romantic element.

Of course, we’re hot off of the holiday season, so your kids are likely well-versed in the gift receiving department.

With all of that said, we’ve rounded up a bunch of great (and easy) Valentine’s Day crafts for preschoolers that your kids will definitely enjoy.

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From $0 to $100K: A Year in Review – 2017 (Working Parent Side Hustle Challenge)

It’s been a long time since we shared our last update, but as 2017 comes to an end and we embark on a new year, we thought it was time to write another update.

Most importantly,  we want to look back on the goals from 2017 and set new goals for 2018.

In many ways, 2017 was a highly successful year.  In other ways…well, we failed. Somewhat.

But it’s okay. With a new year comes a new opportunity to set goals and accomplish them. I’d much prefer we set 10 goals and only accomplish 6 of them than not set any and not accomplish as much. 🙂

So, without further ado, let’s get right into the 2017 recap.

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Best Baby Humidifier (to help your little one sleep better and stay healthy)

As winter begins to rear its ugly head, I find myself and my family struggling with sinus issues and the dry air in our home. One of the BEST things you can be doing for your family during the winter is to use a humidifier, especially if you have a baby.

Humidifiers help replace the water (humidity) in the air that is lost with all the heaters running and the cold air outside. It can help your family (especially little ones!) avoid irritating sinus problems like getting sick or having nosebleeds due to the excessive dryness.

But you may find yourself asking (as I was!), what should I be looking for in a baby humidifier?

Here’s what you need to know, including our pick for the best baby humidifier.

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10 Insanely Fun Snow Day Activities for Kids (that adults will enjoy too)

Here in the Midwest, there are several months of the year when it is cold and there is plenty of the white stuff.

Snow is a four letter word most of us have a love/hate relationship with.  It’s pretty and fun to play in, but it can also be a hassle (driving can be a major pain in the ass). And sometimes, when old man winter is feeling especially generous, it means you’re stuck in your house for a while.

Fortunately, this makes me an “expert” on finding fun snow day activities (since I’ve been snowed in more than a few times myself!).

So, if you are dreading that first good snowfall and the inevitable school “snow” days, fear not! Here are 10 insanely fun snow day activities for you and the kids this winter!

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How to Stop Toddler Whining: The ULTIMATE Guide to Your Sanity

One of the most challenging parts about raising a small, toddler-sized human has to be how to deal with the whining. Unfortunately, our kids are no longer babies, but they aren’t really old enough to fully communicate their feelings yet either.

As a result, you get whining….sometimes….lots of whining.

Admittedly, whining can be extremely taxing and hard to navigate as a parent. I don’t know about other parents, but whining tends to be the one thing I have little to no patience for. It’s like listening to nails on a chalkboard and I have a limited threshold for whining tolerance.

Since it is something we’ve struggled with in our home, I have done LOTS of research on how to stop toddler whining.

Fortunately for us, we’ve found a lot of great strategies and compiled a nice little guide.

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12 Super Creative Pregnancy Announcement Ideas (your friends & family will love these)

One of the most exciting things about getting that positive pregnancy test is figuring out how to share your joy and happiness with those that are closest to you.

I know with each of my children I really scoured the internet for cute ways to share the news. I will cherish the memories of announcing our pregnancies forever!

So, if you have some exciting news to share (or are hoping to soon!), here are 12 creative pregnancy announcement ideas just for you! Most of these work for any child, but we’ve also included a couple that are specifically for when you’re at least onto your 2nd child.

Enjoy! (and congratulations on the new family member)

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Best Airplane Toys for 2 Year Old: How to Keep them Busy and Quiet on a Long Flight

There are few things more intimidating than traveling with small children.

Flying is especially difficult because it is the perfect storm of luggage, car seats, and several hours in a confined space with an overstimulated child. As a mom, I am not afraid to whip out a favorite television show, cell phone game or DVD when I am really desperate, but that doesn’t always work when your child is already overstimulated.

I also know that these are less effective if they are my first go to, so when we are traveling, I try to find creative ways to entertain my son in ways that keep his mind (and those quick little hands) busy!

Based on my experience with traveling, I’ve put together a list of toys, bound to take the woes out of traveling with your 2-year-old. This list of the best airplane toys for 2 year old kids is sure to take the stress out of a long flight by keeping your little one entertained and happy!

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10 Innovative and DIY Ways to Make Your House Smell Good Naturally

Anyone who has children knows that, when you have kids, you sacrifice certain things. We sacrifice time, sleep, energy and everything else for the little people we bring into the world. It’s both exhausting and rewarding.

Unfortunately, some things that get sacrificed really shouldn’t be. For example…those first few weeks when you couldn’t remember when you last showered?

Sacrifice.

A good sacrifice? Maybe… it depends on who you asked at the time.

Another sacrifice I didn’t even realize I was making at the time: the smell of my home. I remember, before children, opening the door after work and being welcomed with the faint smell of the candles I had burning the night before.

After my children, there was a light scent of neglect and dirty diapers (far worse than the smell of not showering). So, in the spirit of renewing the smell of our homes I have researched and compiled a list of 10 really innovate ways to make your house smell good naturally – and they’re all things you can do yourself.

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9 Dollar Store Hacks that Will Make You an Organizing Genius

As a parent, I am always looking for ways to keep organized and make life just a little easier.  One of the problems I’ve found is that all of the really cool organization stuff out there is expensive.

And when you’re looking to organize drawers, closets, kids toys, etc. the cost really starts to add up.

Fortunately, genius minds of the internet have found a lot of really cool low budget ways to get organized.  I’ve compiled a list of my favorite, and it’s time to share with you.

Prepare to have your minds blown with my list for 9 Dollar Store hacks that will make you an organizing genius!

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Best Baby Bottle Warmer 2017 (surprisingly, this can make a difference)

Whether breastfeeding or bottle feeding is your plan with your little one, an electric bottle warmer can be a life saver!

When I was younger, warming a bottle basically looked like running hot water over the bottle while comforting a screaming baby for 10 minutes (or more!). Forget that.

One of my favorite conveniences as a new parent was using a bottle warmer. It made late night and “urgent” feeding times (those little buggers don’t often give enough warning) a lot easier to know a perfectly warm bottle was just a few moments away.

When I first went looking to add a bottle warmer to my registry, I figured they were all the same. We’re just heating water, right? But they’re not all same, and having the right one can surprisingly make a big difference.

Keep reading, and we’ll get into what we found to be the best baby bottle warmer (including a couple solid alternate options).

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How to Teach a Child to Count: The Ultimate Guide

Counting. Many of us don’t remember learning it, but this skill is something we use daily without realizing it.

Counting is the stepping stone to all other math skills, so as a parent, it is naturally on your mind to teach your child early. Early development of counting skills can be a great way to give your child a head start on their preschool class. Studies show that learning to count at a young age is a great foundation to future academic success.

Plus, the more comfortable they are with numbers, the more comfortable they are likely to be when introduced to other math skills like addition and subtraction.

Fortunately, teaching your child to count doesn’t have to be overwhelming or overly technical. Many of the best teaching items I have found are easily handmade or laying around the house already. The biggest key to success is consistency and enthusiasm!

So where do you start in teaching your little one to count?

Lucky for you, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide on how to teach a child to count.  If you follow all the tips and strategies here, your child will be a better counter in no time!

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Best Toys for 2 Year Old Boys: 2017 Holiday Season Edition

With the holiday season quickly approaching, many parents are on the hunt for the “it” toy that is sure to put a smile on your child’s face.

Whenever I am shopping for my little guy, I know I want the best bang for my buck. I don’t want to buy a toy that will sit in his toy box or only hold his attention for 3 seconds while he quickly moves on to playing with the box it came in.

To help you prepare for the upcoming holiday season (or if your son’s birthday is coming up), we’ve put together a list of of the best toys for 2 year old boys.

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7 Crucial Things You Need to Know About Preparing for a Second Baby

Congratulations! You just found out you’re expecting….again!

If you are anything like me, the little plus sign on that pregnancy test brought me a wave of joy and excitement, quickly followed by a mini freak out.

How exciting! A baby, they will be best friends and think of those tiny toes!…..wait….Two?! How am I going to manage two of them?!

I quickly found out that, like my first, I would be taking it one day at a time and use the knowledge I’ve gained from my first to help me prepare for my second.

So, in the interest of sharing from experience, here is my list of crucial things you need to know about preparing for a second baby.

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