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We interrupt your regularly scheduled Friday blog post to update you all- we settled on our new house yesterday! It went very smoothly and we couldn’t be happier.

We’ve got quite a few cosmetic changes we’d like to make, so we’re getting started right away. I spent the afternoon painting all of the trim / crown molding / chair rails white before our painter is scheduled to begin this Monday.

We also ordered new kitchen cabinets and a new countertop yesterday! We were hoping we’d be able to salvage the existing cabinets with stain or paint, but it wasn’t happening.

We’ll definitely try to share some before and after photos of everything as we make this house our home.

We’d also like to wish you all a Happy Halloween!! I will try to get photos up next week of Luca in costume. We hope you eat just the right amount of candy where you’re full and happy but before you get a belly ache.

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There’s a trite saying that, as new parents, we heard a lot.

“It gets easier.”

The funny thing about clichés is that they typically end up being true. After a couple weeks, things definitely got easier. After a couple of months, piece of cake. A year later, and I’ve even found myself saying the same cliché to other new parents.

“It gets easier.”

Well, almost. Not everything gets easier. Continue reading

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I wanted to show you all some of Luca’s favorite activities from the busy bag swap and show you how you could easily make them yourself!

First up is Luca’s favorite- this is the one he gravitates to most often.  It is a lacing activity using oversized items, which makes it great for little hands working on their fine motor skills.

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It is really simple- just a few pool noodles of different colors cut into “beads” and a knotted off clothesline.  The maker of this scoured the end so it didn’t fray.  It has held up really well after lots of play.  Such a basic idea, but we love it!

I think pool noodles are genius for this age demographic. I know they’re out of season right now, but you probably have some laying around in storage. Look for a roundup of all the great things you can do with them soon!

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Next up is the popsicle match.  This one required some sewing- the maker definitely used a machine to get the stitch nice and tight, but I’m sure it could be sewn by hand if a machine isn’t available.

Various colors of felt were sewn to form little ‘pockets’, and then we were provided coordinating popsicle sticks that fit perfectly inside to match the correct colors.

DSC_0217 Luca enjoys this one a lot- probably because of the soft felt.  He isn’t matching the colors up yet, but he does seem to understand they have different shades to them.  I am trying to teach him colors, so this is a great activity to do so with! Also, he loves to bang the sticks like he’s playing the drums…. #boys
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What I like most about the swap was that the activities were homemade.  (Most of them) were easy to make. Anyone with a toddler knows how easily they are entertained by the simplest things, so this just further proves that they don’t need anything fancy to learn and play with!

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I’ve always been envious of runners that have been able to raise money for a good cause when participating in a race. I’m not much of an athlete; far too lazy for all that physical stuff. I leave the running to Lauren, but I have been itching to get involved in a charitable cause recently.

Luckily, I stumbled upon the perfect opportunity this year: the Extra Life National Game Day. Literally, a charitable event that encourages participants to play video games for 24 hours. It’s a marathon for gamers. Perfect. Continue reading