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What to Pack For a Day at the Beach With a Toddler

July 27, 2017

Filed Under : Motherhood - Travel

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It’s not summer to me until we’ve been to the beach. Being by the water has always been so restful and healing for my soul. The older I get, the more of a beach gal I seem to become. I’m happy to report that Piper shares my love of the water and has loved the beach since our first trip with her last summer. It’s definitely a game changer being at the beach with kids, though, so I thought I would share with you guys what to pack for a day at the beach with a toddler, to make the day go smoother, and what all has worked for us.

As much work as it can be to manage a day at the beach with toddlers, it’s so worth it to see the joy on their face and watch all the fun they have. We made so many fun memories this year, and I’m already thinking about next year!

 

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Sunscreen // We always make sure to have 50 SPF on hand, and we are a big fan of babyganics.

Beach Tent // Having a large tent, versus just an umbrella, gives a lot of shaded space that little ones can play and sit, without having to be exposed to the sun all day. We’ll put our tent up in the morning, and leave it up all day until dinner.

Sand Toys // A set of beach toys are $5, so super cheap and a must have. I’d also recommend getting a set with a bucket, as filling buckets up with water and emptying it out again always seems to be a hit, ha.

Soccer Ball // When the tide is low, we love to run around and kick the soccer ball. There’s so much space, and I think soccer is an underrated beach sport!

Yeti Cooler // Make sure to stock up on water and snacks for the day. We’ll also pack lunch sometimes so we don’t have to go back up to the house. We had a yeti cooler on our last trip and was so impressed with how cold it kept everything.

Toddler Beach Chair // We didn’t think to bring a beach chair for Piper last trip, but we definitely will next time. She always tried to sneak and steal our chairs, which was so cute. I think she’d love to have her own!

Water Shoes // If you’re at a beach that is particularly ‘shelly’, it’s a really good idea to have water shoes for them to prevent cuts and achy feet. If the sand is really hot, having water shoes can also help keep their feet cool.

Some other things I’d recommend, is renting an ocean front house when possible. Being on the ocean makes the biggest difference, especially if you’re juggling nap times. It also makes it much easier to tote everything back and forth to the beach.

If you aren’t oceanfront, I’d definitely recommend renting a golf cart or bringing a wagon to wheel everything down to the beach.

And the most important of all, bring grandma! ;)

10 Outdoor Summer Activities for Toddlers

July 17, 2017

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Motherhood

10 Outdoor Summer Activities for Toddlers

With summer in full force, I’ve compiled a list of our favorite 10 outdoor summer activities for toddlers. If we stay inside too much, both Piper and I will go a little stir crazy. Just getting outside for an hour makes the biggest difference in our day. This has also made me realize how essential it is to have a yard space that feels groomed, managed, and safe to play in. Terminix offers so many services outside of termites, including ants, spiders, and mosquitos that you don’t want hanging around during your play time!

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1 | Baby pool. We love our little $10 baby pool purchase. On a hot summer day where’s it’s a little too miserable warm to play at the park, we’ll fill this thing with water and splash around for hours. We’ll practice putting our head under and blowing bubbles, and Piper is currently obsessed with bringing all the leaves in it too.

2 | Swimming pool. We don’t have access to a real swimming pool, but we’re highly considering a membership at the Y just for this reason. Outdoor splash park, anyone!? We have some friends with neighborhood pools, so we love when we get to meet up with them.

3 | Splash pads. When you aren’t up for a pool day, a splash pad is such a fun alternative. And they’re free!

4 | Bubbles. Piper loves when we blow bubbles outside. Given, she might not fully get the concept yet and I might have caught her trying to figure out how to drink it a time or two, but blowing bubbles always gets a good set of giggles!

5 | Play at the park. We are fortunate to have so many great parks near us, and we can switch it up often. The slide still makes me a little nervous, but Piper is so brave and always wants to climb up and go down herself.

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6 | Chalk. We found these adorable donut and ice cream shaped chalk sticks at Target, and Piper kept trying to lick the ice cream one, haha. She’ll scribble around on the pavement, in between her pool splashing.

7 | Picnic. When we’re tired of being cooped up inside, sometimes we’ll take our meal outside and turn it into a picnic! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a blanket and a solid spread of fruit and cheerios can do the trick ;)

8 | Play in the sprinkler. Do you see a pattern, and can you tell it feels like a million degrees in South Carolina this summer!? When we feel like we’ve exhausted the baby pool but are dying to go outside, we’ll run through the sprinkler together. Piper calls it “rain, rain” ;).

9 | Take a trip to the zoo. Since we’re learning all of the different animal noises right now, it’s fun to go to the zoo and let her put a live animal with the noises. This is also a great thing to meet up and do with other moms, and get a little adult conversation time in too ;)

10 | Kick the soccer ball. This simple activity is one of our favorites. Scofield grew up playing soccer, so of course he’s completely convinced she’s going to be the most stellar soccer player. I don’t doubt it. This is such an easy way to get her energy out, too. She’d chase that soccer ball around the back yard all day, I swear.

10 Outdoor Summer Activities for Toddlers

I’d love to know what your favorite outdoor toddler activities are!

Thank you to terminix services, inc. for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

First Ice Cream Cone

July 6, 2017

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Motherhood

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While we were at the beach last week we took Piper our for her very first ice cream cone. This girl loves breads, muffins, etc. but we don’t do a lot of desserts. When she had cake at her first birthday party, she looked confused and then spit it out, so I wasn’t sure how she was going to feel about ice cream. When we ordered the ice cream cone she didn’t even reach for it or pay attention to it because she had no idea what it was, ha. Part of me felt like, ‘oh no, we are ruining her do we really want to do this.’ But the other part of me knows that she would eventually eat ice cream and it’s a delicious treat that I knew would be a fun adventure to experience together. Plus, I want to teach her that all things fit in moderation.

We got two cones to share, a strawberry and a vanilla. She’s a strawberry feign, so I thought she would love that one the most, but she was all about the vanilla.

Can’t wait for more ice cream adventures!

Piper at 18 Months

June 1, 2017

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Motherhood

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How is this girl already 18 months old!? It’s been a  year in a half with her, but it already feels like a lifetime. What was life before her? She is such a light, and keeps us laughing all day long.

I will say though….18 months has been tough. At times it feels like pure.total.chaos. I’ve been in the process of fully weaning her, and she hasn’t taken it well. Which means I haven’t taken it well either. She’s has been falling apart over it, which just breaks my heart. I think we are over the hump though, and every day gets easier…for the most part.

EATING

Piper has quite the appetite and hasn’t had too much trouble trying new foods, thank goodness. We introduced her to crackers recently, and when she’s hungry she chants “cracker, cracker” which sounds more like “dada, dada.” ha. A girl after my own heart. She’s finally warmed up to broccoli, she’ll eat fish when we call it chicken, and she’ll devour any and every fruit.

SLEEPING

Just like me, this girl loves some sleep. She had a week or so where she was sleeping until 10!? I was worried at first, but figured it was just a phase so I welcomed the extra quiet in the morning. Lately she’s been going down at 7:30 and sleeping until 8:00 or so. She’ll go down for her afternoon nap at 1, and on a good day sleep until 4 pm. One thing’s become certain, and that’s that she has to have her blanket to fall asleep at night.

FAVORITE MOMENTS

It was probably around 17 months, she was taking a bath and kept pointing to her bottom. I held her on the toilet just to see if she’d respond, and she used the bathroom in the potty for the first time! She has yet to do it again, and sometimes I’ll point to the toilet and she’ll exclaim “no.” Watch us be the last ones to potty train now ;)

Her favorite game is “Where’s Piper,”….where she covers her face or hides behind a chair, or table or curtain and yells “Where’s Piper!!” It’s my favorite too. She loves to sing and dance, and often points to our bluetooth speaker and asks, “dance, dance?” When we sing her to sleep at night, if we stop even for a second, she signs and says “more, more.” She’ll watch Clifford on weekends or when we’re in a pinch and really need to keep her occupied. She loves it. So now she refers to TV’s as “dog.” haha. I just love seeing her little personality pop out.

photos by sophie brindle photography

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