Weaning My Toddler

Weaning My Toddler

+J.M.J.+ Zelie is 28 months old and she is now weaned. I can't believe I'm typing this, because just a few weeks ago on social media I shared a photo of her saying how we were on the downhill slope, but that I was "sure we have at least a few months of breastfeeding left." [...]

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Our Pre-school Curriculum

Our Pre-school Curriculum

+J.M.J.+ Philomena is four years old, and very interested in school (or "skew" as it sounds when she says it!). Daddy used to be a teacher, and her best little friend is in school now, so she has been harping on me to start school herself. However, if you know me, you know I am [...]

$60 Capsule Wardrobe for a 4 Year Old – Spring/Summer Edition

$60 Capsule Wardrobe for a 4 Year Old – Spring/Summer Edition

+J.M.J.+ We just had a children's clothing resale last week and I was excited to check it out and buy Philomena's wardrobe for this spring and summer. (Read about how I shop resales here) She will be four in June and wears a mix of 4t and 5t clothes right now. Not pictured are a couple [...]

My Favorite Babywearing Carriers

My Favorite Babywearing Carriers

+J.M.J.+ Second only to nursing, babywearing has been the most life-changing help in parenting for me thus far. Truly, I don't know how we would be able to function without it sometimes, and that isn't hyperbole. From grocery shopping and errand running with ease, no stroller necessary - And facilitating nap time anytime, anywhere - [...]

To The Mom Belittled For Her Healthy Choices: Your Work Matters

To The Mom Belittled For Her Healthy Choices: Your Work Matters

+J.M.J.+ The crunchy mom is often teased as if we're all stuck up, holier-than-thou snobs who want to put others down for their Happy Meal habits. Sometimes it's perceived as cruel to often deny kids junk food that's so mainstream in our society. Furthering this attitude, there are multiple memes going around online right now that [...]

Our Easy Night-Weaning Story

Our Easy Night-Weaning Story

+J.M.J.+ Zelie is almost 15 months, and as of last week, she is night weaned! I put the call out on Instagram to see if anyone wanted to know anything specific about our process so I'll explain how we night-wean as I answer your great questions. How Did You Know It Was Time? We do [...]

My Little Kids Don’t Use Screens. Ever. Here’s Why.

My Little Kids Don’t Use Screens. Ever. Here’s Why.

+J.M.J.+ In this world of Baby Einsteins and Netflix for Kids, Philomena and Zelie have never watched a t.v. show or movie before. They've never played with an interactive book or game on a tablet. They don't know children's digital entertainment exists, and while screens could definitely occupy them during the day, not letting the [...]

Instant T.V. and Movie Editing – Why We Use Vidangel

+J.M.J.+ Vidangel is not the latest news, yet I know there are still a lot of people who haven't heard of it or used it before. This is an awesome streaming service that allows you to filter out any content you find objectionable in one of their available t.v. shows or movies. This includes everything [...]

Tips For Dining Out With Kids

Tips For Dining Out With Kids

+J.M.J.+ One of the biggest things that I have gathered from reading Janet Lansbury's books (find them here on my parenting resources page), is that we should always try to set our kids up for success. Eating out is one of those activities that can be really hard with (and for) children. I also believe [...]

We Didn’t Potty Train Our Toddler {Undies at 3}

We Didn’t Potty Train Our Toddler {Undies at 3}

+J.M.J.+ Philomena is three and just now using the potty and always wearing underwear outside of sleeping at night. (And she actually wakes up dry every morning and goes potty first thing, but I still use the diaper in case). {Disclosure: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising [...]