EASTER BASKET FOR TODDLERS

There is something about experiencing holidays through the eyes of a child. Whether first or second, each year is just as magical as the last. This year however, Lena is much more aware of that magic and we plan to surprise her with her very own Easter basket!

Easter baskets may normally be filled with sugary sweet stuffers; yet, I chose crafts over candy for a toddler. I found washable paints in tip proof containers and brushes from Target, along with paintable eggs from a tried and trusted brand, Little Sapling Toys, to coordinate with.

Holidays are centered around tradition and I decided to start a tradition of our own centered around Lena's stuffy, Juliette Rabbit from Hazel Village, that was gifted to her for her first Easter. One of my favorite features about the brand Hazel Village is the interchangeable clothes they produce to coordinate with their dolls. So this year, I included Juliette in Lena's basket but with a new Easter dress!

Finally, I decided to forego the typical Easter-specific basket for a version that can be used year round. Plum + Sparrow produces beautiful, quality market baskets and the pint sized version was perfect for the job. To top it off, I added the cutest little pinwheel bow from Joey Mae Handmade!

TWENTY MONTHS

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Twenty months young and four months shy of the big T W O, which I am so not ready for! Speaking of two, I'm fairly certain we can all just agree this "terrible twos" period starts well before two years of age. We have been experiencing our fair share of toddler tantrums and meltdowns for months now. Who knew pajama bottoms were so important and that taking them off to change your soaking wet, 20 lb. dipe would be so devastating? Or that having mom remove the wrapper from your cheese stick would be the end of the world. Yet despite those more challenging moments of parenting, this really is such a fun, exciting age.

Lena is quite the girl on the go lately and we usually prefer to venture outdoors on our weekends, yet needed a safer area for her to play inside when the weather doesn't cooperate. So, we recently rearranged our living space to better suit her active nature (read: more open space to prevent trips/falls while she runs, dances, and climbs everywhere).

For the most part, we try to keep the indoor toys to a minimum. Since Lena was born and in these past twenty months I've turned to decluttering our home and simplifying our life. I am more intentional about our buying habits and I choose to invest in more classic, gender neutral and/or sustainable toys. This cow Wheely Bug - I purchased from Amazon but also found online at Kohls here - has become her latest obsession but also promotes those gross motor skills needed for running, dancing, and climbing everywhere. Some of her other favorite toys include dolls from Hazel Village, wooden stack toy from Little Sapling Toys, along with this Slice & Bake Cookie Set and Cutting Fruit Set from Melissa & Doug.

In addition to running around, climbing and play time, Lena has a strong appreciation of music and more specifically - dancing to it. Some of her current favorites include Shake It Off (probably because I listened to Taylor Swift all. the. time when I was pregnant with her) and Something Just Like This by the Chainsmokers.

We are soaking up this stage, embracing all the tantrums (ok maybe not all) because this time is truly fleeting and we will soon have a TWO year old running around. 

I've received questions about where to find our chair, stools, and play kitchen so I've linked everything below!

Lena's Play Kitchen: IKEA // Chair: Target // Stools: IKEA // Throw Pillow: Mae Woven // Lena's Onesie: Kid + Kind // Lena's Bow: Fourth + Pierce

TRAVELING WITH A TOT

This past weekend we traveled with a toddler in tow for a family wedding. Coincidentally, it was around this same time last year that we traveled with an infant for the first time. For our trip then, we all fared well enough sharing a room with a portable crib. It wasn’t until a family vacation this past summer however, that we realized Lena had outgrown the portable crib. Now with a toddler, we needed an alternative sleeping arrangement for our stay away from home. Enter the DockATot dock, a multi-functional lounger and co-sleeper.

From packing to unpacking, the DockATot was much easier to transport when compared to the portable crib. The dock, weighing just over five pounds without packaging, is much lighter than the nearly twenty pound portable crib we own. Not only is it lightweight but the On The Go Transport Bag (shown here in Midnight Teal) made traveling with the “tot” a breeze.

Our sleeping arrangement while traveling with a toddler this go around? One king sized bed and one grand sized DockATot. I was previously a little apprehensive about sharing a bed with the little one but the DockATot Grand Dock eased any concern I had by providing a comfortable sleeping space for us all. I slept more soundly knowing that our tot was nestled safely within the dock - thanks to the plush, cocoon-like design with built-in, air permeable sides.

In addition to co-sleeping, we found it helpful as a lounger Lena could play in while getting ready in the hotel room. In the morning, she would entertain herself with toys and books all the while snacking on Cheerios from the dock. Any product with a multi-purpose design is a win-win in my book.

Finally, as a mom I have become more conscious about not only the ingredients in the foods that we eat but also the materials in the everyday items we use. Because the DockATot dock is made of washable, hypoallergenic and non-toxic materials, I felt even more confident in not only using it while we traveled but also using it everyday while at home too! Lena has loved the dock so much that she regularly lounges in it while watching any one of her favorite movies. Plus, the added bonus for us will be having it to prepare for our next transition from the crib to the big kid bed.

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