Toy Wrangling

July 2, 2014

As we approach 2 years old, Mazen’s toys are getting out of control. I have had the mentality of “the more the better” in his toy baskets thinking that variety would keep him interested, but of course the opposite seems to be true. There is so much clutter that he just ignores most things. We […]

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The Lunchbox Surprise

June 25, 2014

Remember Jem!? My mom recently found my kindergarten lunchbox. It’s 26 (!) years old or so yet in great condition. I was debating giving it away when my mom suggested I use it to store some of Mazen’s smaller toys. Mom is filled with good tips on parenting. She said she used to have a […]

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Mazen Moments

June 18, 2014

Yesterday you reached up to me and said “Hand.” You wanted to hold hands while we walked, and I hope you want to for a long time. We went to the park this week, and I followed you up the big play set to the really steep slide. I know you are brave enough to […]

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Cooking With A Toddler

June 11, 2014

I look forward to the days when Mazen and I can cook together (and when he can cook for me! Ha!) In the meantime, we’ve started to get him a little more acquainted with the kitchen. There are whole sites out there dedicated to ideas for kids and kitchens. Here are simply four small moments […]

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21 Months

June 4, 2014

If there’s a theme this month it’s “talk and play and play and talk!” Mazen has become quite the expert at both. He wakes up in the morning and says “Pway outside?” He gets down from his high chair and says “Pway bus!” He truly understands that play time is the best time. He is […]

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Toys From Hasbro

May 28, 2014

I received an email from Hasbro recently asking me if Mazen would like to test out some of their toys. I asked Mazen if he’d like to participate and he said an enthusiastic “JES!” Especially when he heard Elmo was involved. The box included an assortment of both classic Playskool products and new items for […]

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Nursery Update: Big Boy Room

May 21, 2014

I have been itching to redecorate Mazen’s room for some time now. Probably as early as the moment I realized that my vision for his yellow + gray nursery never really turned out how I imagined. As a reminder, here’s what we started with: Here’s what his nursery looked like right before he arrived: Here’s […]

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Thoughts On Baby #2

May 14, 2014

We have always known we’ve wanted two kids (if nature allows us). Maaaaaaybe three but probably just two. Matt and I were each one of two and we were 4 and 3 years apart in age from our siblings. When Mazen was born I always said we’d get to his second birthday and then start […]

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20 Months

May 7, 2014

The 2s!!! We’re almost there – 20 months feels so much bigger than 19 and so close to 24. As expected, talking has taken off. I lost track of new words! I’m sure he’s over 100 words by now, and he knows several sentences: “Mommy eats crackers” is our favorite. I watched this video about […]

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New Favorite Books!

April 30, 2014

We read a ton of books – before every nap and bedtime. Our collection is a combination of gifts, hand-me-downs and books my mom knows from her writing circles and sends to us. Here are some of our very favorites! How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? Every book in this series is awesome! My mom […]

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