Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween!


A new perspective on Halloween

Being an October baby myself I grew up celebrating Halloween with an intense enthusiasm. All of my parties were Halloween themed. By middle school I was taking a huge group of friends an hour away to adventure through a haunted house/corn maze etc. This is in stark contrast to my husband who dressed up in costumes to attend "Reformation Day" at church. 

Now that we have an October baby ourselves, I tried to tone it down a little, but I couldn't resist sticking with a Halloween theme. {Check out photos here!}

No matter how you celebrate {or don't}, I think Halloween can still serve a greater purpose. One of the best blog posts I've ever read about how Christians can still serve their community on Halloween can be found here.

To sum up Troubleface Mom's post...

"Turn your light on. Lots of lights. A city on a hill cannot be hidden right? Be a city on a hill. Halloween may not be “redeemed” but you are. So open your door and smile."

I'll still be out ringing on a few doors trick-or-treating {with my daughter of course...I'm not dressing up}. But for all of you who are thinking about turning off the lights and pretending to not be home? Maybe check out this post first. 

And Happy Halloween!

{Here's a sneak peak of Little Lady's costume}




31 Days of Toys: Plan Toys Water Blocks

So today is the final day of my 31 Days of Developmental Toy Series. Be sure to check out the other featured toys if you missed it.

And Happy Halloween! Another post about Halloween later...

To finish off this series I'm going to talk about a really neat and different set of blocks by Plan Toys.
Aren't they beautiful? And fascinating. The various colors and water are perfect for catching the light. 

These would be an awesome addition to your block collection!

Check out the other toys featured on my series "31 Days of Developmental Toys"


*All opinions are my own. I was not compensated or asked to write this post. There are NO affiliate links. Images via Amazon.com, Ikea.com, and Diapers.com*

Thursday, October 30, 2014

31 Days of Toys: Skip Hop Dunks

Here's a favorite bath toy of ours, the Skip Hop Dunks

These awesome duck-shaped scoops are so much fun for water play. You can scoop water, pour, push them around, and best of all they don't collect mold like the squirt toys.


One of Little Lady's favorite things to do with them right now is stick them under the faucet and then try to drink the water. We love these!

Check out the other toys featured on my series "31 Days of Developmental Toys"


*All opinions are my own. I was not compensated or asked to write this post. There are NO affiliate links. Images via Amazon.com, Ikea.com, and Diapers.com*

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Daycare Stories: The White Shirt

I may have been the parent who dressed their kid without considering the menu this morning. I never really think about what Little Lady might be eating at school and whether or not that is going to create a mess when it comes to laundry. 

Maybe I should...

I sent her to school today in a beautiful white blouse.

Too bad it was BBQ day. 

Thank goodness for bleach. I'm going to need it. 

31 Days of Toys: Trikes and Bikes

I love gross motor toys. That probably has something to do with being a physical therapist. Bikes, trikes, and scooters are awesome for working on coordination and strengthening skills. 


For your young ones check out this collapsible option called the Fly Bike Glide Tricycle.


We all know I'm a fan of space saving toys. 

For when the kids are ~3 they can transition to a balance bike {this one is by Chicco}. This is a fantastic option for working on dynamic balance. 

And of course Radio Flyer has a wide range of tricycles, from the classic looking options to ones with sunshades and parental steering. Here is a mid-level Radio Flyer:


Check out the other toys featured on my series "31 Days of Developmental Toys"


*All opinions are my own. I was not compensated or asked to write this post. There are NO affiliate links. Images via Amazon.com, Ikea.com, and Diapers.com*

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

31 Days of Toys: Manhattan Toy Winkel

Here's another baby toy for all of you with kids under 6 months old. Once again, you see my love of Manhattan Toys. This one is called the "winkel".

It's soft.

Really easy to grasp.

Chewable. 

And it {kinda} rattles. I wouldn't buy it just for this feature.

This was one of the first things my Little Lady could grasp, bring to midline, and explore for an extended period of time. It may seem like a simple toy, but it was a huge hit for a long time!

Check out the other toys featured on my series "31 Days of Developmental Toys"


*All opinions are my own. I was not compensated or asked to write this post. There are NO affiliate links. Images via Amazon.com, Ikea.com, and Diapers.com*