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Coping with the Monsters Under the Bed

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At our 15 month well-visit, our pediatrician told me that we would probably start to see some fears developing in our daughter over the next few months, and that this is normal for the course of development. It seemed like with just those few words of advice AJ immediately started becoming afraid of the dark.
Of course, it took me nearly a month to figure this out. Mother of the year award, right here. ;)
AJ has always been especially clingy right after we come home from a trip. This is normal. After being with mom and dad 24/7, sharing a bedroom and getting loads of attention from other family members, it's hard for a toddler to adjust back to "real life." Well, a few days after we got back from our Disney trip, AJ started waking up in the night nearly every hour. Cry cry cry, fuss fuss fuss. She was never one to be held and rocked to sleep, and had always soothed herself really. (Literally from two days old, she wouldn't allow me to swaddle her. My slings immediate…

Spotlight Disney World: The Magic Kingdom with a Toddler/Young Children {Review}

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 Even as an adult, my favorite place at Disney World has got to be the Magic Kingdom. It's just the best, hands down. This was my first trip to the Magic Kingdom as a parent though. Our daughter was 16 months old for the trip. I'll be honest with you - if you're planning a Disney trip with a toddler you will hear people ask why? isn't that too young? will they even remember it? Don't let these people get to you. You're going to Disney World because it's the world's best family vacation destination. There is no such thing as too young for Disney World (in fact, I was surprised at how many 2-3 month infants I saw here!). Will they remember it? Probably not in detail, but rest assured mom and dad will, and the memories are some of the sweetest that you'll ever have. And that is what really matters. I personally thought that 16 months was the perfect age for a first trip to Disney World.
The Magic Kingdom for Toddlers & Young Children:

The att…

24 Hours of Progress: The 17th Hour

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About 24 Hours of Progress:


So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way!

Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on average about one hour to do. Pick one project each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to work on from now until April 1st. By the end of the session, you will have made 24 Hours of Progress towards the home you deserve!

The Seventeenth Hour:

Eyes to the Skies: This morning I was preparing a grilled cheese sandwich for my daughter when I decided that I would get the cookie cutters (which are stored on top of…

24 Hours of Progress: The 16th Hour

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About 24 Hours of Progress:


So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way!

Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on average about one hour to do. Pick one project each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to work on from now until April 1st. By the end of the session, you will have made 24 Hours of Progress towards the home you deserve!

The Sixteenth Hour:

Change Your Air Filters: It is recommended that you change the air filters in your home every three months, but if you are leaving this chore up to your memory it often be…

How My Toddler Became Rich

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One of the activities we've been doing to practice our fine motor skills is putting coins in the piggy bank. AJ has quickly become a huge fan, and how can I resist this face when she wants to feed her "giggy" ?
My husband and I laugh that our 16 month old has a higher net worth than us, but it's true! No mortgage or debt for her! ;)






24 Hours of Progress: The 15th Hour

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About 24 Hours of Progress:
So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way!
Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on average about one hour to do. Pick one project each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to work on from now until April 1st. By the end of the session, you will have made 24 Hours of Progress towards the home you deserve!

The Fifteenth Hour:

Although the majority of Spring Cleaning is based around revitalizing your sleepy house after a long winter, I find it also important to revitalize yourself. Now is the p…

24 Hours of Progress: The 14th Hour

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About 24 Hours of Progress:
So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way!
Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on average about one hour to do. Pick one project each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to work on from now until April 1st. By the end of the session, you will have made 24 Hours of Progress towards the home you deserve!

The Fourteenth Hour:

Back-Up Your Computer: Most of us don't back up our computers on a regulary basis, if ever. Somehow we trust the box of a machine to protect all of our documents, photo…

Spotlight Disney World: Coronado Springs Resort {Review}

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If you're planning on taking a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida, your best bet is to stay at one of their amazing hotels. From Disney's Magical Express shuttle taking you to/from the airport to the internal shuttle taking you to all of the Disney Parks to the endless hotel amenities, you really can't go wrong. For our March trip this year, we chose to stay at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. Our full review is as follows:

Disney's Magical Express: Disney really has an eye for making your vacation as stress-free as humanly possible, beginning with their complimentary airport shuttle, Disney's Magical Express. Prior to your Disney vacation, if you didn't already book your flights through the Walt Disney World website (the packages make it super convenient!) make sure to call the Disney reservation specialists to let them know your flight information. You will be mailed a special voucher with personalized luggage tags and a bus ticket for each person in yo…

24 Hours of Progress: The 13th Hour

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After 8 amazing days at Disney World, I'm having a little bit of trouble getting back to my "real life." Good thing I have this 24 Hour of Progress to keep me on track, right? ;)

And yes, we had an awesome vacation. Please stay tuned for my series of Disney reviews coming soon. :)




About 24 Hours of Progress:
So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way!
Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on average about one hour to do. Pick one project each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to work on from now until Apr…

24 Hours of Progress: the 12th Hour

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I'm an hour behind on my progress here... mostly because I've got vacation on the brain. It's getting so close now. I never really anticipated being this excited about going to Disney World, but I'm like a toddler on Christmas morning. It's a wonderful feeling. :) With that being said, today's post is inspired by my friend Jen, and is all about indexing and getting organized.

About 24 Hours of Progress:
So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way!
Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on aver…

24 Hours of Progress: The 11th Hour

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About 24 Hours of Progress:
So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way!
Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on average about one hour to do. Pick one project each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to work on from now until April 1st. By the end of the session, you will have made 24 Hours of Progress towards the home you deserve!

The Eleventh Hour:

Clean Your Kitchen Cabinets: Regularly cleaning your wooden kitchen cabinets will keep your kitchen sparkling, and prolong the cabinet life as well. I prefer using wood-safe…

Giveaway: A Year Supply of Purina OM Dog or Cat Food!

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GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!! Thanks to all who entered!!! Congratulations to Shanna from Minneapolis!
In October of last year I introduced you to my overweight cat, Nessie. At her three year checkup she weighed in at 17.2lbs. Our vet suggested that we try her on Purina OM (overweight management). For our household, it was a double thumbs-up because our other kitty, Genevieve, also needed a diet extremely low in fat for her chylothorax.

We signed Nessie up for the Project Pet Slim Down right away. She has not yet been back to the vet for a weigh-in, but her eating schedule is more routine not and she definitely has more energy to snuggle and play with her family.



The Purina Project: Pet Slim Down™

The wonderful folks at Purina are determined to create a healthier world for our pets. Often, we feed our pets without even thinking about it too much. Are we measuring the amount of food they get? Do we let them graze how they please throughout the day? How about treats? Are we really keeping track a…

Spotlight Williamsburg, VA: Great Wolf Lodge {Review}

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In today's world we live with a diminishing ozone layer and 100+ SPF sunscreen. When the weather is warm enough, you'll trek to overpriced water parks where you are willing to wait in line for 45 minutes for a water slide and pay $5 for a snow cone. You get back in line for a ride and just as your turn is about to come up, thunder booms through the air. A summer storm is passing through. Sorry, folks, the rides will be shutting down until further notice. Everyone out of the pool. Please make your way into one of our overpriced restaurants or gift shops or towards the exits. We apologize - there will be no refunds or reentry. The scenario described above is a nightmare for any parent. So to think, that somewhere out there, there is an indoor waterpark designed only for hotel guests. The sun shines in through enormous floor to ceiling windows, but you don't have to worry about being scorched or staying dry long enough for new sunscreen to set in. Sounds like my kind of place…