Instead of shopping on Black Friday, Dave and I hosted a little Daniel Tiger birthday party for our big two year old.
It turned out so cute, and I’m pleased to say I pulled off the whole party (including dinner for 16+ guests and gifts) for less than $40!
Get ready for some cute Nora pictures in today’s post… because our sweet, spunky, sassy, “siwwy” (silly), big blue-eye girl is TWO… going on 22.
Can you believe it!
It’s official — Nora’s new play kitchen is finished! I’m super happy with how the finished product turned out — so much cuter than I ever thought, and so much like a real kitchen.
I had so much fun working on this project and I’m super excited to share the before / after photos with you today!
As I announced last week, Baby Dekker #2 is a boy — so now we can start the process of deciding on a name. Crazy enough, this is probably my most favorite part of being pregnant — and if you ask Dave, he will definitely confirm my love / obsession with picking out the perfect name!
Today, I’m sharing the many different factors that affect our baby name choices
Although Nora is almost 2 years old, we really have not amassed many traditional toys at all. And while Nora loves playing with her real toys, sometimes I think she loves her “non-toy toys” even more.
Today, I’m sharing more than 75 of our favorite non-toy toys that help us save a bunch of money and keep toy clutter at bay in our home.
Life with Nora has been a struggle for me from the first moment she was born… and after 17 long months, we finally started to realize some of the reasons Nora is so difficult.
Not only is she way too smart for her own good, she’s extremely high needs and has severe sensory issues — all of which make it almost impossible to parent her like a “normal” child. But we’re slowly figuring her out…
Last week, I hopped up on my soapbox and shared some of my frustrations about all those silly Facebook and Pinterest photos that proclaim “good moms have messy homes but happy kids” — as if a good mom can’t possibly have a clean home and happy kids!
I received LOTS of feedback from that post and felt I should write one more follow-up post to expand on my thoughts (boy, do I have lots of thoughts!)
I recently read in a popular parenting magazine that 75% of adults say it’s important to educate children about finances, but only 36% of those same parents actually do so.
I’m not an expert in this area just yet, but there are so many things I want to teach my children about money management. In an effort to keep things simple, I’m sharing 5 financial lessons I definitely want my children to learn.
There are SO many things I could share about Nora since her 15 month update — I’m not even sure where to begin. Yes, she has grown inches and gained pounds, but it’s simply amazing how much she has learned these past 3 months.
She’s a little girl now — and I love it!
True story: Over the past 2 years, we have owned TEN different strollers! Yes, you read that correctly –10!
I’ve been buying and selling strollers on a mission to find the ones we really love, and today I’m sharing our favorites with you.
To the Mothers who are, the Mothers who were, the Mothers who will be, and the Mothers who wish they could be…
Happy Mother’s Day
Thanks to a recent gift from one of her aunts, Nora now LOVES bubbles. However, after a few days of intense bubble blowing, we were running low on our supply.
I found a really simple recipe for homemade bubbles that should keep us fully stocked throughout the spring and summer months! Thank goodness
A couple weeks ago, I shared a photo collage featuring just a few pages from a personalized alphabet book I made for Nora. And from that day on, I’ve received question after question asking how I created the book.
Today’s post is quite long, but if you’d like to learn how to make your own book (or if you just want to peek at Nora’s book) you’ll definitely want to keep reading!
One of Nora’s first words (after “no” of course) was “shoes”. She said it very clearly too — “sooos”. Nora LOVES her shoes, so much so that she’s has a fit if she can’t wear the shoes she wants to wear. So we make a game out of it — I pick her clothes, then she picks her shoes.
I’ve already learned to pick my battles, and Nora’s shoe choice is not something I’m willing to fight about
Cute baby alert — Nora is 15 months old today so even though I’m not doing monthly photos anymore, I decided to share some of my favorite pictures from the past 3 months!
Diapers are expensive… right? Even though my mom and I always seem to find fabulous diaper deals, the cost still adds up… especially for those of you who have multiple children in diapers!
Today, I’m partnering with BabyCenter to give away a couple packs of Pamper’s diapers (and a Target gift card!)
We celebrated Nora’s first birthday over Thanksgiving weekend, and I’m sharing a bunch of pictures — and a few tips that helped me keep the entire cost of her party under $50!
I’d love to hear any of your tips for birthday parties on a budget!
Today we’re celebrating Nora’s first birthday with both Dave and my immediate families… so since you all can’t celebrate with us, I figure I’ll just share a bunch of cute pictures and her 12 month updates with you!