Christmas Crafts for Toddler in September

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Before you judge me, I must tell you that I strongly suggested to Little N that we partake in some Halloween crafts and she unexpectedly suggested we go with Christmas crafts instead. Even though I feel September is a little early for even Halloween, I had seen a few Halloween crafts on twitter (@midwifeandlife & @gloryiscalling), and thought, you know what, I can do this!

Regardless, N insisted on Christmas crafts. I couldn’t really complain, I love Christmas. I also didn’t have orange paint or any other Halloweenie craft supplies on hand. But that’s neither here nor there.

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#FamJamLinky | Link Up Your Family Posts #8

Here we are at another Wednesday and week #8 of the #famjamlinky! Handbags & Snot Rags and I cohost this linky every Wednesday for all your family related posts – your kids, yourself, parenting, tough times, good times, everyday times!

Favourite post from last week was by The Hollyhock Door with Do You Have To Hug? I hope to teach my daughter kindness and manners and empathy, but she can show them in other ways if she doesn’t want to hug. Or she can choose to hug if that is what she wants to do with her body. Great read if you’re interested.

As for my week: The in-laws came for a semi-surprise visit – did I love it or hate it? Then, on the weekend, the hubs and I went on a little overnight retreat – sans kids – and he proposed! It’s kind of weird since I call him husband already and now he’s just my fiancee….

Anyways, we are way behind on EVERYTHING! Huge piles of clean and not-clean laundry, no food, a messy kitchen/house/life/kids, bags still lying packed from the weekend, zero blog posts written, but that ring though – it’s so sparkly and distracting.

Moving on! Here we are:
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#FamJamLinky | Link Up Your Family Posts #7

This is week #7 of the #famjamlinky! Handbags & Snot Rags and I cohost this linky every Wednesday for all your family related posts – your kids, yourself, parenting, tough times, good times, everyday times!

Favourite post from last week was by ‘Silly Mummy’ at R is for Hoppit who always writes the most entertaining and hilarious musings of her toddler and baby. This one was about her toddler being politically incorrect – I think we have all been there!

As for my week: I picked up a new mum-friend at Starbucks and she made a comment about anti-vaxxers that really intrigued me. I also wrote a bit about Baby M’s first encounter with food and the horrible thing she ate the other day.

Hope you all are having a great week: time for linky!
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#FamJamLinky | Link Up Your Family Posts #6

This is week #6 of the #famjamlinky! Handbags & Snot Rags and I cohost this linky every Wednesday for all your family related posts – your kids, yourself, parenting, tough times, good times, everyday times!

Favourite post from last week was by the View From In Here who wrote a very informative piece on the most effective use of images to portray your blog and draw people in. Great read for new or seasoned bloggers.

As for my week: Baby M tried solids for the first time! I’ll be writing more about that later this week. Everyone has been sick over the past several weeks so it’s been a little slow. First the Toddler was sick, then Baby, and now I’ve officially caught the cold as well. I thought I was going to get away with not catching it by diligent and obsessive cleaning and hand washing – but no such luck.

Let’s start the linky!
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2 Year Old | Teaching Independence

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I realized this month that (at 2 years and 8 months) Little N has started to do a bunch of things by herself and I kind of love it. A tiny part of me is a little sad that toddlerhood is moving fast and this independence is just another step closer to her being a teenager and hating me. I’m being ridiculous, I know. But the thought probably crosses my mind once a day. As if tomorrow all of a sudden she’s going to need a training bra and I’ll have my ear to the ground making sure she isn’t sneaking out of the house. I knew myself as a teenager, and I’m thoroughly scared.

I digress.

Mostly, it just makes caring for two that much easier if she can do a few tidbits here and there for herself.

Here are some things she can do by herself and what I did to help facilitate that independence:

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#FamJamLinky | Link Up Your Family Posts #5

Welcome to week #5 of the #famjamlinky! This is for all your posts about anything family related – your kids, yourself, parenting, tough times, good times, everyday times!

Handbags & Snot Rags and I cohost this linky every Wednesday.

Favourite Post From Last Week:

Modern Dad Pages wrote “Moments A Letter To My children” – a really beautiful read! It also received the most clicks.  This was one of my fave quotes: “All I know for sure is the moments in your life define you up until this very moment and every moment after this will define you.”

As for my week: We had our first date night after baby #2! It didn’t quite go as planned….read about it here!

I finally finished painting this antique silverware holder (see the before & after pics).

And, lastly, I have decided to pull the plug on transferring to a self-hosted site with Hostgator (for now). It was way too time consuming. I was constantly contacting them to try get the ball moving, and even a month later, nothing was happening. With two small kids, I can’t spend that amount of time chasing them. I might try BlueHost in the future and let you all know how that goes!

Now for the linky: 
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#FamJamLinky | Link Up Your Family Posts #4

Welcome to week #4 of the #famjamlinky! Handbags & Snot Rags and I cohost this linky every Wednesday. We had 23 wonderful bloggers last week.

This is for all your posts about anything family related. Your kids, yourself, parenting, tough times, good times, everyday times!

The Favourite Post From Last Week:

The Mama Berry’s post ‘5 Things I Believe In…Now That I’m a Mom’ was my favourite post and very relatable for moms! Her comments were disabled last week in case you were trying to comment (has since been fixed).

As for my week: I am still patiently waiting to switch my content from my current free hosted site to a self-hosted site. You can read about that experience here. Toddler has also been writing in her Toddler Diaries about the “bummie chair” here.

Now for the linky: 
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