Toddler Summer Wardrobe Essentials

Toddler Summer Wardrobe Essentials

When selecting Max’s summer clothes I looked for pieces that could be easily mixed and matched. I was careful not to go overboard (I have that tendency!) and limited myself to buying about 5 pairs of shorts, 10-12 t-shirts, 3-4 rompers/overalls, 2-3 pairs of shoes. I probably could have gone with a couple less in each category, but we typically keep 2-3 full outfit changes at daycare. Since I do most of my shopping online, it is easy to overlook some of the nuances associated with children’s clothing (i.e. functional vs non-functional draw strings). My guiding principle is to stick to bottoms that can be adjusted beyond an eleastic waistband.

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10 Car Activities for Toddlers

10 Car Activities for Toddlers

We recently took an 8 hour road trip with Max. To entertain him we brought along a couple books, one toy car and an iPad. If you have traveled a lot with a toddler you are probably laughing at our serious lack of toddler entertainment. Needless to say, we spent about 5 minutes on the books, 5 minutes on the toy and the remaining awake time watching shows on the iPad. I’m not opposed to letting Max watch the iPad, but I love the idea of amusing him with more hands-on activities as well. In the future I think Max will enjoy all the educational apps available, but at 17 months he isn’t quite ready for them. I’ve gathered a list of fun non-iPad ways to entertain a toddler in the car.

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Tech we Love - Rachio

Tech we Love - Rachio

The upside of being married to a tech geek is pretty obvious: lots and lots of gadgets. When it comes to a new product launch, it’s pretty much a guarantee that Aaron and his Dad will be on the phone gabbing about all the awesome new features and discussing their plans to get it. Whether it is a smart light bulb, a new feature announced on the iPhone or a new system for home automation, Aaron’s tech insight is always up to date. In a new series I’ll showcase the gadgets a tech novice like me has loved immediately, grown to love or just didn’t care about. This week, Rachio.

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When picking up your baby leads to wrist surgery

When picking up your baby leads to wrist surgery

A couple months after Max was born I noticed a slight pain in my left wrist. Simple gestures such as turning a door knob or brushing my hair started to ache. Aaron and I were entering into a tough sleeping phase with Max and were exhausted so I shrugged off the pain as something that would probably go away on its own. It didn’t.

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10 Things I wish I knew when I was 20

10 Things I wish I knew when I was 20

The other weekend we went to Aaron’s cousin’s high school graduation and it got me thinking about the things I wish I knew when I was in my 20s. Of course I wouldn’t want to take back anything that happened in the previous decade, but it’s fun reflecting how I could have done “better” had I known “more”. Obviously some lessons are more meaningful than others, but even the seemingly trivial ones have a major impact at times.

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