Life with a toddler or preschooler becomes even more interesting when you throw a baby into the mix. Our two little girls are a blessing for sure, but sometimes it gets a little tricky navigating various attractions and activities with both in tow. Crayola Experience worked out great when my mom and sister came along, but I was a little intimidated to do the trek to Crayola Factory (Easton PA) with the two littles by myself. When none of my friends or family could join us, I still decided to take the girls one weekend while my husband was golfing. It ended up being a really great, fun, and creative — but totally exhausting — day. Here’s everything I can share to help you have a successful trip!
Sometimes going out to eat with your little ones is more trouble than it’s worth. Other times, your kids can be so well behaved it makes you look like all-star parents. The latter is probably more the exception than the norm, but with a few sneaky tricks, you can enjoy more meals out at restaurants without catching all the dirty looks for having a screaming child.
I think lots of parents would agree that a good babysitter can be worth every penny when it comes to trying to enjoy a nice night out to dinner. Especially parents of toddlers, most especially parents of toddlers like mine… she won’t sit still, she tires easily of the crayons and coloring pages restaurants sometimes provide. Still, it just isn’t feasible to hire a babysitter every single time you want to go out to eat—especially if it’s a family meal with her cousins or a special breakfast you want to share together. So, as parents of toddlers, how do we survive a meal in a restaurant? Continue reading
Shaped pancakes are a huge hit in our house. As you may have read, we make the extra effort to make our own homemade dog-shaped pancakes for our toddler. She loves them so much that we will try to vary the shapes a little bit, making our family pet as well as Natalie’s two favorite stuffed dogs, Lucky and Pumpkin. Sometimes we also make a bone or a ball pancake and plenty of other shapes. Finding a pancake restaurant that makes creative shaped pancakes in our area or places when we travel is an especially helpful. It’s also a fun way to make sure our daughter gets enough food in her belly. Continue reading