Taking a brief blogging hiatus, but we have a very good reason – no internet connection!

We’ll be waiting patiently all week for the Verizon folks to come hook up our new house – in the meantime, we have plenty of projects to keep the three of us busy.

Who knows, in our limited sans-internet free time, maybe we’ll pick up a book, or play a board game – like the good old days.

Until next time,

Tom, Lauren and Luca

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Back again with two more great busy bag activities!

The first is an animal “puzzle”.  The maker of this activity printed out colorful images of various animals on a thick card stock. Each image was cut in half, and Luca’s job is to match up the pictures.  Simple, yes, but also entertaining, engaging, and even educational! These could be laminated to be even more durable.

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Next up is a cute button activity.  Several sea shapes were traced and cut out of colorful felt.  Coordinating large buttons were sewn onto another piece of felt.  Each sea shape had a slit cut into it (the button hole) and L’s job is to button the shapes onto the felt.

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We love this activity! Again, it helps develop his fine motor skills as well as matching colors together.DSC_0259

So there we have two more inexpensive and quick busy bag activities perfect for toddlers.  Hope you enjoy!

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Dealt with my first mega tantrum the other night while Lauren was at the gym.

I’ll set the stage.

An hour before bedtime, no afternoon nap, no Mommy in sight, and veggies on his plate. We are in between houses at the moment, and currently living at my Mom’s. Luca has been spoiled the past few months because the living room television is viewable from the kitchen. He’s grown quite comfortable watching his favorite TV shows during dinner. Typically, we don’t have a problem with this as long as he actually eats. Continue reading

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Hi friends! We’ve got a lot of stuff going on around these parts (when don’t we?), so here’s a brief update on it all:

First, we’ve had our house for about a week now and have already accomplished so much! We’re not living there yet, so it’s been easy to make improvements in an empty house. I’ll have some photos for you soon showing the before and after of each room, but I’ll ruin the surprise for you- we think it looks awesome.

We hired out most of the painting and swapping out the existing light fixtures. But before our painter began this past Monday, I spent the weekend painting our cream colored trim, chair rail, and crown molding back to white. It was a lot of work- not difficult, but time consuming!

In a week or so, depending on delivery, our current kitchen will be gutted and new cabinets, countertops, and backsplash will be installed. We’re not doing any of it ourselves because we are not all that handy (and because we want it done correctly). We can’t wait to share that transformation with you!

We also have lots more on our to-do list that we will tackle ourselves. Our first priorities- removing wallpaper in two bathrooms (and then painting those walls) and purchasing furniture. Remember we sold all of our stuff right before we sold our previous house? Now we’ve got lots of furniture to purchase!

In other exciting news, Tom and I are now working with Baby Gizmo as contributors to their site! We’re very excited to provide content to this awesome resource.  Check out my first two articles-   Fall Vegetable Recipes and Facts and Leftover Canned Pumpkin Recipes. And while you’re over on Baby Gizmo, be sure to click around for all things baby and parenting.

Hope you all have a great weekend! Any big plans?