I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. Ours was pretty good. We spent a LOT of time inside thanks to the lovely weather. When I found out on Friday that we were going to mostly be indoors, I went to see my good old friend Pinterest to figure out how in the world we were going to entertain an almost 2 year old inside for 2 days. I saw a couple of ideas that seemed fun, but let's be honest, needed some prep time from this mamma. So I skipped all of those for now (judge me! I don't care haha) and focused on the no-prep-time-needed-whatsoever ideas.
And... drum roll please... the big winner was: to bring snow inside. THAT IS IT! Can we get more simple than that? And let me tell you it was a big hit. We did it both Saturday and Sunday and it entertained him for almost 45 minutes each day, which in toddler world is an eternity. All of his Little People friends and animals jumped from the fire truck into the snow pool. They all partied it up in there and then they took some nice long naps in the barn. Epic!
So there you have it folks. Bring some snow inside next time and let the fun times roll.
What about you? Any simple indoor toddler friendly activities? Next weekend is a 3-day weekend so I need some ideas ASAP!
9/11. A day that I will never forget. I remember it like it was yesterday.
I was a Sophomore at the University of Dayton in Ohio. I was in an 8am Video Production class that morning and when I came out of class, I went to the cafeteria to get some breakfast. As I walked in, I noticed that everyone was staring at the TV in the corner of the room. It seemed so odd. What could they all be watching?
As I walked closer and saw the footage on TV, I asked what was going on. Someone said that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Center towers. At that point we thought it was an accident. I mean, how could it be something other than that?
Greeting card from Julie Ann Art
In case you were unaware, Mother's Day is this Sunday. So if you "forgot", here are 5 last minute gift ideas that any* mom would love.
*And by any, I mean, I would love. Matt: if you are reading this, pay attention.
1. A day at the spa.
You can't go wrong with this one. You probably ran out of time to schedule her a day at the spa on Sunday, but you can still give her a gift card that would cover a couple of services. Tell her to pick whatever day she wants and that you will take care of the kiddos. If you live in Boston, I highly recommend Bella Sante. They have locations in Boston, Lexington and Wellesley.
2. A coffee mug painted by you and your kids.
Go to a pottery studio that has ready-to-paint pottery shapes and paint her a nice mug. Have your kids participate to make it extra special. Check out Made by Me in Cambridge.
3. A pretty potted plant in a homemade hanging planter.
You could buy a hanging planter at a store but then it's not as special. Buy a plant that is easy to take care of and hard to kill. She already has enough to worry about. Here is a fun tutorial.
4. Schedule a professional family photo shoot.
She would love to have some nice pictures taken of all of you.
5. A year of dates
Give her the gift of 12 awesome dates planned by yourself. Do one date a month. It can include the kids if you want. Just make sure it's something different, fun and that she would enjoy. I gifted this to Matt for our anniversary.
Have a great rest of the week and don't slack off when it comes to Mother's Day! Take care of breakfast and make her feel special. We moms work very hard and a little appreciation is nice ;)
The other week I was reading the Cup of Jo and she was talking about gifting her husband a Year of Dates for Christmas. It's a pretty simple concept: plan a date every month where the two of you get to do something different and fun. I immediately LOVED the idea.
It's so hard to buy presents for the husband. He is so picky. Everything I suggest as a potential gift idea, I get an "eh" from him. To the point where he STILL hasn't received a Christmas present from me because he can't decide what he wants. You would think: "Just buy him something. Make it a surprise!" Well after you have done that for years and what you buy him sits unused, you have to try other ways.
For the last couple of years I have been "gifting" him trips. And I say "gifting" because it's also a gift for myself. HA! I love traveling and planning trips. Thankfully he loves traveling too but hates the planning part. So it's a win-win.
So for our 4th wedding anniversary last month, I wanted to change our gifting strategy. Plus, we can't afford that many trips anymore (thanks daycare costs!!!). So when I read about a Year of Dates, I was sold.
We decided that I would be in charge of the first 6 months and he will be in charge of the last 6 months. So to kick things off in March I planned a date night thanks to my parents being in town and babysitting. Aren't grandparents the best???
We started the night off at the 6pm show at the Improv Asylum. I've heard great things about this place so it was finally time to check them out. It ended up being a great show! I definitely recommend it.
After that we went to Taranta for dinner which is a Peruvian Italian restaurant in the North End. The food was good. It wasn't a memorable meal but it was yummy.
To end the night, we got cannolis to-go at Mike's Pastry. And we were home by 10pm. I know I know. We are such big partiers. Lol but jokes aside, it was a great night. Matt and I rarely get to go on dates just the two of us so it was nice to spend some time alone. It's nice to know that after almost 10 years we still like each other. Haha
So 1 out of 12 dates done. 5 more dates to plan. Any recommendations are highly welcome!