A few Love Nugget Quotes and Toddler Christmas Crafts

Good morning!

I’m finally getting back on track and getting a Toddler Tuesday post up.  I’m not sure I’m going to continue with the link up party for now but I do enjoy focusing on Toddler related topics once a week.  It’s a fun way to share what’s going on with The Love Nugget or anything else kid related.

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Toddler Tuesday – Technology quiz

The other day I was browsing my Parents magazine and came across a quiz titled, “r u raising a digitally healthy child?”  If you remember back in August I touched on the topic of technology with kids and how it was a struggle with us to find a balance between what we felt like should be allowed and what was recommended.  Ever since my doctor basically told me NO techonology until after 2, I’ve become more of a stickler for the amount of screen time that The Love Nugget is allowed.   Even though he’s past the age of 2, I want him to learn that he doesn’t need the iPhone, TV or video games to have a good time.  We definitely still allow some educational games on our phones, and he LOVES to watch Dora or Thomas from time to time however, it’s not something we turn to daily.  So when I saw this quiz, I thought I would ace it for sure since it seemed like we had a pretty good healthy balance going on.

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Toddler Tuesday – Why I’m Thankful I Became a Mom

Toddler Tuesday – Why I’m Thankful I Became a Mom

Thanksgiving is in two days!?!  Even though it seems later this year, it sure did sneak up fast!

Since this time of year is when we typically reflect and think about what we are thankful for, I figured what better time than to share why I’m thankful for motherhood.

I’m thankful for motherhood because,

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Toddler Tuesday – Let’s learn about the Letter A!

Toddler Tuesday – Let’s learn about the Letter A!

Good morning and happy Toddler Tuedsay!
If you’re just joining us this is a weekly link up where moms can share anything baby, toddler or kid related.  Milestones, activities, recipes, the possibilities with kids are endless!

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Toddler Tuesday – Citrus Lane

Toddler Tuesday – Citrus Lane

Good morning and welcome to Toddler Tuesday!

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As a busy mom, it can be hard to find and decide on which products I should buy for The Love Nugget.  Especially as he gets older and I have less time to spend in the store reading the back of labels before deciding on a certain shampoo, fruit snack etc.  Or deciding which toy is non toxic and age appropriate.  So when I heard about Citrus Lane I thought, Genius!

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Toddler Tuesday – Busy Kidz in Folsom

Toddler Tuesday – Busy Kidz in Folsom

Good morning!

Thanks for joining me today for another week of Toddler Tuesday!

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If you’re new here, I dedicate Tuesday’s to all things toddler, baby, or kid related.  If you’ve got kids please join me in sharing with others the fun things you do with them or just their random musings!

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Toddler Tuesday – Technology and Kids

Toddler Tuesday – Technology and Kids

I grew up in the 80’s – 90’s, born in 1981 (probably much earlier than most of you 🙂 We lived on a large piece of property with a plethora of things to do. We could build forts, go for bike rides, swim in the creek, and spend countless hours just being outdoors playing. We didn’t watch a lot of T.V. and it wasn’t until I was 10 or 11 that we got a Nintendo for Christmas. I remember playing it but we were allowed only a limited time daily and still spent a large majority of our time outside. I don’t think it was until I was in high school that we purchased a computer. If I remember correctly it looked something like this,

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Again, we used it but more mainly for school assignments and once we did finally get the internet, it took so long to connect (the annoying dial up sound is playing in my head right now) that we didn’t get on all that often.

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Toddler Tuesday – On the Go Breakfast for Back-to-School

Toddler Tuesday – On the Go Breakfast for Back-to-School

Good morning!

So I know I haven’t been very consistent with Toddler Tuesday but I’m going to try to bring it back along with the link up since it’s fun to discuss some kid related things each week.

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So if you’re new here and have kids please feel free to join in!  Here’s the basics,

Toddler Tuesdays is a place to share whatever is going on in your child’s life.  Got teething woes, link up!  Funny potty story, link up!  Anything child related goes. 

Rules –

Do not judge.  Everyone has their own parenting style and judging is not allowed. 

Do not compare.  If there’s one major thing I’ve learned from being a mom it’s that every child is different. 

Brag a little, it’s okay to be proud of your kids and this is the place to do it

For this edition of Toddler Tuesday I thought I would share a breakfast recipe perfect for those mornings you need something quick and easy.  I know many of you with older kids are experiencing much more hectic mornings as they start back up at school.  Often times breakfasts can turn into unhealthy choices or in some households, no choices.  Breakfast is truly such an important start to a child’s day and really sets the tone for how their day will be.  From my experience teaching, I saw first hand how student’s that were fed a healthy breakfast were able to focus longer, were less likely to be tired, were less likely to have behavioral problems, and typically were more active in classroom activities than those that had not breakfast or a sugary meal to start the day.

So, I’ve got a very easy recipe that you can throw together on the weekend and have on hand for a quick breakfast or snacks during the week.

Chocolate Chip Strawberry Baked Oatmeal Cups

Chocolate Chip Strawberry Baked Oatmeal Cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Steel Cut oats (soaked overnight in water)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp.100% pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare muffin tins or silicone muffin cups by coating with cooking spray.
  3. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl then pour into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until firm and lightly browned.
  5. Cool then store in the fridge or freezer for a quick and healthy breakfast!
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Yes these have mini chocolate chips adding a bit of sugar but if you use dark chocolate chips it’s going to have less sugar than a milk or semi-sweet chocolate chip.  I used Enjoy Life mini chips which are non-dairy, gluten-free, egg free, and only contain evaporated cane juice.

They were definitely a hit with The Love Nugget and will freeze nicely making them a great go-to breakfast on our busy mornings.

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QUESTIONS – 

  • Got kids?  What’s your go to kid friendly breakfast for busy mornings?  
  • No kids, what’s you favorite quick freezer friendly breakfast?

Keeping a toddler entertained on hot summer days

Keeping a toddler entertained on hot summer days

There were quite a few days this summer where the temperatures were well over 100 degrees.  Which mean even with a large shaded patio, we couldn’t spend too much time outside.  It’s crazy how fast The Love Nugget’s little body heats up and besides the fact that he could easily over heat, I’m not a fan of being sweaty and puffy within minutes of exiting the house.  So needless to say we spent several days inside which with an active toddler, can be a bit challenging.

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Toddler Tuesday – Spilt Milk

Toddler Tuesday – Spilt Milk

First of all, my thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the tragic tornado that swept through Oklahoma yesterday.  I can’t even begin to imagine what they are going through and am hugging my loved ones a little tighter today.  

This week for Toddler Tuesday, I’ve got a fun story/craft that The Love Nugget thoroughly enjoyed!

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We visit the library every so often to attend story times, music classes, check out books or just to play.  The town we live in has a great public library with TONS of books and resources for mom, kids, or whoever!  It also has an awesome park that has a toddler side and a big kid side which I LOVE!!!

Anyways, we like to check out book bags that are filled with themed items such as books, puppets, flash cards, and story boards.

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Although The Love Nugget isn’t really a fan of the puppet ones…  Such a scaredy cat sometimes!

We recently picked one up with felt board stories.  Now if you’re not familiar with felt stories, basically it’s a board covered in felt then pictures with velcro on the backs of them are typically laminated and used to show events in a corresponding story.  When I taught preschool we used them quite often and they are a great way for kids to connect pictures with words rather than the usual books they read.

If you don’t have a library that carries felt board stories, they are sold at many learning stores like Learning Express or on Amazon.

So, like I said, we checked one out the other week and The Love Nugget was immediately enthralled by this new way to listen to a story.

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One story in particular was perfect to pair with a simple craft which is always such a great way to extend a story and help little ones to build comprehension.

It Looked Like Spilt Milk is a story about white fluffy clouds that look like different real life things.  Spilt milk, a flower, a bunny, etc.  We  enjoyed reading the book, then reading it again using the felt board.

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After we finished the story, The Love Nugget continued to play with the felt and match the pictures in the book to the felt pieces.  This kept him busy for quite some time 🙂

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Then we decided to make our own spilt milk pictures.  All we needed was some black paper and white paint.   I let The Love Nugget squeeze out a little white paint,

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then we pressed a second black sheet of paper on top of the white paint and smeared it around.

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You could also fold it in half which we did for one picture but wanted some that were not symmetrical as they turned out when folded.

When we were finished, I asked The Love Nugget what he thought his pictures looked like.  Here’s what he said,

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This was such a fun and simple craft that you could extend in many ways!

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