Valentine's Day for a third-grader means decorated shoe boxes filled with chalky hearts. At age 13, it means carnations from secret admirers and awkward dances. At 21, it means a LBD and a fancy restaurant. Now, 4 kids and mortgage later, it doesn't exactly mean the same thing and those Valentine's traditions vary.When a "real life" mom plans a Valentine's date, these things typically come to my mind: Finding a babysitter who doesn’t have plans, the cost of said babysitter, making dinner reservations, crowded and overpriced restaurants, and then the feeling of disappointment because my expectations didn’t hit reality.After all
Tag Archive: Holidays
I don't know about you guys, but December has passed by rather quickly. With Christmas just a few short days away, we are getting into the last- minute ornament making and cookie baking stage. One of my favorite ornaments to make with my little guy are these cereal wreath ornaments. They are super fun to make and great for fine motor skills! Here's how you can make these fun little ornaments! Need: Cereal - I chose cheerios because they are gluten free, but fruit loops would work as well! Yarn - any color Scissors How To: Trim a 12in string of yarn for your little one. Instruct them
My little guy is really in the Christmas spirit this year and I love it! He's very curious and asks me many questions about the holiday, some that leave me quite puzzled. I've started doing a few of our own holiday traditions this year and a few that my mom used to do with my sister and I when we were growing up. One of those traditions was Christmas stockings. We always looked forward to our stockings on Christmas morning and my mom would fill them with the best things. Usually something we could use (socks, undergarments, hats, gloves), something
The clock is winding down! There are only about three weeks left of the holiday shopping season. Now is the time to finalize your lists and wrap things up — literally! If you’re still undecided about what to get that special baby, child, or mama in your life, look no further. The Cotton Babies Go-To Gift Guide is here!For Baby: The good thing about babies is that they aren’t old enough to judge you for the type of gifts you give! Anything goes! You can give something practical like bibs, sippy cups, teething toys, and of course, cloth diapers with
It's that time of year again! And the most wonderful time, if that! I don't know about you, but I really enjoy holiday shopping and snagging a few different things I know my little guy will love. With that being said I always try to shop as eco-friendly as possible. So many toys on the market are made with harsh chemicals and non-recyclable goods. Knowing that I can fill my little guy's stocking with environmentally-friendly options always makes me feel better, an one toy brand that I've grown to absolutely love is Green Toys. Here's why I adore this wonderful brand —
‘Tis the season for festive photos! Let’s fill the holidays with memories — and capture every moment along the way!From Dec. 1-23, we’ll be posting a daily theme on our Instagram and all you need to do is snap a corresponding photo for a chance to win #bundlesofjoy from the Cotton Babies elves. We will be choosing a winner each day!1. Snap a photo that represents our daily theme. Upload it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.2. Share your photo each day using the #BundlesofJoy and #CBFavoriteThings hashtags. Don't forget this step! We won't be able to find your pictures without these hashtags!3.
Beautiful autumn trees, crisp air, a warm fire, cider, eggnog, and big family celebrations are right around the corner. This REALLY IS the most wonderful time of year!When it’s cold outside, I find so much joy spending time creating delicious food in my warm kitchen. I love to bake and I LOVE sweets, so that is usually what I contribute to potluck events. Here are some of my favorite tried-and-true holiday recipes. I get compliments every time!I have a huge family and there are tons of kids, so I stick with traditional desserts that everyone likes. But I will search
When it comes to traveling with a baby/toddler, I think I’ve become quite the pro at it. Recently, we traveled 25+ hours, by car — with an energetic 2 year old. What an experience that was. With the holidays in full swing, I know many of you will be busy traveling with your own children. Here are a few helpful tips to make getting to your destination a little smoother. Create a “Fun Box.” This was a lifesaver on our trip. I picked up a small plastic basket from the store and filled it with things that were fun like small
With the cooler months in full swing, keeping your little one entertained indoors can be somewhat of a challenge! Play and imagination is everything at a young age, and here are my favorite toys that will not only keep your little one entertained, but are also great for learning. And right now, ALL Cotton Babies toys are on sale and there is FREE US SHIPPING! Just in time for the holidays! 1. Green Toys Tool Set - This toolbox from Green Toys is a favorite of ours. My little guy plays with his almost every day! 2. Interactive Books - Read, read, read! What little doesn't love a fun interactive book! Makes for great
What do moms really want for Christmas? To sleep in and go to the bathroom without toddlers banging on the door. But since that isn’t in the cards for the next few years, here is a list of practical Christmas gifts that any mom will love:Reusable water bottle or coffee mug. These are cute, convenient and a great way to stay hydrated. Lifefactory makes durable glass water bottles that are a healthy alternative to plastic.Wallet or billfold. Petunia Pickle Bottom carries adorable and affordable wallets to match any bag.Hat, scarf or mittens. Every woman loves (and needs) stylish winter accessories. PSST!