Why? – Strange Things Toddlers Do

I was introduced to the world of professional wrestling, WWF (World Wrestling Federation – later) at a very young age by my uncle (shout out to Uncle P!). I was the first grader walking around demonstrating the signature moves of D-Generation X, in particular, Triple H (Hunter Hearst Helmsley). If you have no clue, YouTube it and you’ll see the amazingness that is this mid-90s to early 2000s group. My adoration for the athleticism and performance of these individuals often left my teachers and parents saying – “Why?”

“Hannah why are you pretending to jackknife [XYZ person]?” My answer would always be, “Why not?”

Now that I have two kids and one has discovered his true toddler sass, I hear the phrase “why not?” on loop. Also, as a boy mom, I hear this more often than most – at least I’m assuming mothers and fathers of boys are always walking around looking puzzled because their son(s) has decided to do something crazy.

Along with questioning my children’s (keep in mind they are three and one) need to have an impromptu wrestling match like that of the classic Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant from Wrestlemania III in the middle of the living room (YouTube it), my list of “why” based moments is extensive.

Here are the top ten most recent reasons I’ve had to say “why?” and slowly shake my head in confusion.

  1. Mom – Why did you aim your penis at your face when you went to the potty?
    Three-year-old – Because the pee wanted to go up!
  2. Mom – Why are you chewing on the baby teether?
    Three-year-old – Because the baby teether is for people not babies!
  3. Mom – Why are you licking the wall?
    Three-year-old – Because I needed to mom!
  4. Mom – *Gives son a new toy* Where are you going?
    Three-year-old – To hide it!
    Mom – Why?
    Three-year-old – Because the worms will get it!!
  5. Mom – Why did you flip over the play kitchen?
    Three-year-old – Because the whale shark was coming, and he wanted popcorn!
  6. Mom – Why are you rubbing petroleum jelly all over your face?
    Three-year-old – Because I can’t breathe! *He thought it was vapor rub*
  7. Mom – Why is your play grill in your bed?
    Three-year-old – My blanket was cold!
  8. Mom – Why are you standing on the coffee table?
    Three-year-old – Because I need to dance!
  9. Mom – Why are you screaming at the drain?
    Three-year-old – The orca won’t stop yelling!
  10. Mom – Why are you not wearing underwear?
    Three-year-old – He needs to breathe!

So, here’s what I know, he watches too much Octonauts (which I secretly love), he’s extremely tactile, and he has a strong understanding of his body. With this said, all I can say is “WHY????”

What is something your kids have done or said that left you at a loss? Let me know in the comments below.

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A Healthy Snack Picky Eaters Will Love (Miffy and Friends US)

My three-year-old is a master when it comes to working around his picky eating habits. I could have a member of the Paw Patrol team parade his food in front of him, in a bowl made of sprinkles, with a firework display in the background, but he would see right through my creative efforts.

Finding a way to get him to eat his veggies is, dare I say, impossible. When I ask him to try something he takes the tiniest, microscopic bite. Immediately following his “attempt” of trying something new, he produces an intense feeling of repulsion. What is a mom to do?

Our friends over at Miffy have unlocked the answer to my prayers. Their Healthy Tulips snack-tivity has inspired my son to eat more than just processed carbs. I have never, I mean never, seen my child eat carrots, cheese, and cucumbers in one sitting, let alone at all.

Make eating healthy fun with Miffy and her friends. Here is what you’ll need for your Healthy Tulips:

  • One large carrot
  • One cucumber
  • One block of cheese
  • Toothpicks
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • A toddler with an open mind (I added that one in for myself)

  1. Slice carrots into a flower by cutting two triangles out of the top to create a tulip shape.
  2. Cut cucumber slices into halves and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds of the cucumber.
  3. Cut the cheese into blocks.
  4. Layer the difference pieces onto the toothpick
    1. Place the toothpick into the cheese creating the base of the flower.
    2. Next place the cucumber to create the leaves of the tulip.
    3. Finally, place the carrot at the top creating the flower.

Voila! Now you have an adorable, healthy, and delicious snack for your kiddos. So, if you have a picky eater, give this snack-tivity a try.

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Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (with Pancake mix?!)

I’ve spoken about it before, but we have a house of picky eaters (really just my toddler), and we are often left with an excess of various food. For example, one day my son LOVES bananas and the next day he hates them. It hurts me deeply to throw away perfectly good food, so I’ve become an inventive chef in my kitchen.

So, what can you make with limited time and overripe bananas (because your son decided the day you brought home the bananas he was no longer going to eat them)? Chocolate chip banana bread!

With four simple ingredients and less than an hour (because as parents we don’t have a lot of time), you can make a delicious treat guaranteed to fill your stomachs and make your home smell like a local bakery.

What you’ll need:

– 4 ripe bananas
– 2 eggs
– 2 cups of pancake mix (YES! Pancake mix)
– 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350

Step 1: Gather your four ripe bananas and mash them up.

* Here’s a trick I like to use when I’m baking at night and want to stay quiet – place all four peeled bananas in a gallon bag, zip up the bag tightly (remove all excess air), and start to smash. Once the bananas are fully mashed up, you can cut the tip of the bag and pipe out the contents like you are icing a cake.

Step 2: Crack and beat your two eggs.

Step 3: Combine the pancake mix (will work with gluten-free pancake mix as well) and chocolate chips, mixing it all together.

Step 4: Mix the eggs into your dry mixture.

Step 5: Fold in the mashed banana.

Step 6: Once all four ingredients are mixed together, evenly dispense the contents into a greased loaf pan.

Step 7: Place the pan in the center of the oven and bake for 35 minutes on 350 degrees.

Step 8: Cool and enjoy!

I’ve made many types of banana bread over the year, but this is by far my favorite combination EVER! Give it a try and let me know your thoughts. Trust me, it’s delicious!

Toddler Time – The Slime Book

I never fully understood the obsession with slime. For months Instagram stories, tweets, and even Youtube gurus were plastering their feeds with SLIME. While this was all happening, I was sitting on my couch saying, “what’s the big deal?” Well folks, I now I understand the fascination.

I am always looking for fun activities to do with my toddler on the weekend. It’s easy to cave and let him watch his iPad all day long, but I refuse to let him fall victim to the digital world (I had to add a dramatic flair). As any nearly three-year-old boy, he loves to get into anything and everything gooey, goopy, and gloopy. When we received The Slime Book by DK Publishing, I knew we had found the exciting activity my kid would love!

Now my toddler is obsessed with dinosaurs, so I wanted to do something slime related involving our prehistoric friends. I found a recipe called “See-Through Slime” which required ingredients I already had readily available in my home and used the tactile aspect of the “Dinosaurs in Amber” recipe and added plastic dinosaurs to the mix. Once our slime was mixed and filled with dinos, we played a fun game of archeologist. I’m not one to brag, but we discovered some pretty unique species that day (jealous?).

Even though fluffy, stretchy, and snow slime is fun to make, let’s keep in mind that toddlers, especially my toddler, like to put everything in their mouths. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told my son to “stop, remove it from your mouth, put it down, and step away.” The Slime Book brings the joy of making slime to an all new delicious level with their handful of edible recipes. You don’t have to worry about your kid consuming glue, glitter, saline solution or shaving cream when you mix these items together.

If you are looking for a fun activity to do with your kids, check out DK Publishing’s The Slime Book and their 30+ awesome slime recipes. “Each recipe is Borax-free and uses safe, readily available ingredients,” so you will feel safe making squishy experiments with your little ones.

Have you entered the world of slime? What are your favorite slime recipes to do with your kids? Let me know in the comments below.

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Toddler Time – Children’s Encyclopedia – The Book that Explains Everything

“Mommy what is that?” “Mommy what is it?” “Mommy! WHAT IS IT?”  We have finally hit the stage of development where my child has questions about anything and everything. His level of curiosity has taken off like a rocket headed straight for the moon (to quote my son “what is a rocket mommy?”).

I probably spend 90% of the time with my son answering questions about animals, food, colors, and so much more. I can appreciate his interest in learning. This new phase in his life is exactly where he should be. My toddler is finally clicking into the world outside of his own bubble, but goodness gracious it’s a lot for this mama to take on.

Fellow parents, I have found a tool that answers all of my son’s questions and can do the same for your child. DK Publishing’s Children’s Encyclopedia – The Book that Explains Everything, is a resource like no other. This hardback, 300+ page encyclopedia has information reaching from Africa all the way to zoo! With beautifully illustrated images and photos, this book makes explaining the concept of sinking and floating, for example, easy to do.

The other weekend we took a special trip to the Renaissance Festival. We make a point to do special things with each of our children, and that day was all about our two and half year old. We had been talking up the event with our son describing the delicious food, arts and craft, and the royal joust. When he asked what a joust was, I was able to look towards the Children’s Encyclopedia to help explain in a way that my son would understand. We flipped to the page all about knights where we found a definition for jousting. Seriously, this book has everything.

A wonderful feature of this book that I would like to highlight is the “see also” box where you are referred to additional pages throughout the book with similar content. For example, if you’re on the page about spiders it will tell you to also see animal groups, animal homes, food chains, insects, invertebrates, and sight. These helpful tips allow for additional thoughtful conversation and exploration.

Now that we have the Children’s Encyclopedia my son has more confidence. He loves to flip to the pages of his two favorite things: dinosaurs and sharks. He will sit there and talk to us about our prehistoric and under the sea friends. He even loves to bring his little figurines and read to them, sharing facts about dinosaur fossils and the great white shark.

The Children’s Encyclopedia by DK Publishing is one book we will be keeping around. This book is one that will grow with my child. Head on over to >> https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/558275/dk-childrens-encyclopedia-by-dk/ << and get your copy today! This is one you will want in your child’s bookshelf. Trust me!

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You Know You’re A Boy Mom If…

A boy mom is a special breed. We are in the trenches 24/7 collecting bugs, battling in lightsaber fights, and catching our children as they fling themselves off anything with some height. It’s a tough and messy job, but we are well equipped to take it on.

It amazes me the things my boys decide to do on a daily basis. Honestly, the depth of my imagination is not large enough to make up the things that my kids do. The way my household works, I should really have my own CBS comedy. We would be breaking all of the sitcom charts.

I thought it would be fun, well, more for you than me, to share some of the crazy things my kids have done; a list of instances that only a boy mom could really appreciate. Here is my list of 7 “you know you’re a boy mom if” situations:

  1. You know you’re a boy mom if you’ve been handed your child’s turd as a present.
  2. You know you’re a boy mom if you’ve been slapped in the back of the head by a LED blue Obi-Wan Kenobi lightsaber.
  3. You know you’re a boy mom if you’ve had to tell your child on multiple occasions that his penis is OK and it is not going anywhere.
  4. You know you’re a boy mom if you’ve learned every type of dinosaur and can recite them while giving your child a piggy back ride roaring at the top of your lungs. Quiz me; I dare you!
  5. You know you’re a boy mom if you’ve had to tell your two-year-old son not to wrestle his six month old brother. You’re going to win dude, I promise!
  6. You know you’re a boy mom if you’ve received a high five from your toddler congratulating you on your ability to poop in the potty (I am a big girl).
  7. You know you’re a boy mom if you’ve told your child to stop licking his boogers, the piece of gum off the floor, or the illustrations of food in his bedtime books.

These are just a few of my boy mom moments. The list could go on and on and on. Perhaps I will create a “you know you’re a boy mom if” list part two. That’s a thought!

What are your parenting moments?

Miffy’s Pie-Less Apple Pie

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for fun and festive activities to do with my toddler. When it comes to my two and a half year old, I have to find new and exciting things for him to do, because he can easily grow tired of playing with the same toys or watching the same shows over and over again.

Recently my son has taken a liking to helping out in the kitchen. He is still too young to be trained as a culinary master, but that doesn’t mean he can’t cook. Miffy Fun has a number of activities that are perfect for you and your toddler, including some fall themed craft and cooking projects.

We love chowing down on some apples in my house. We often have two or three bags of Granny Smiths in our fridge at all times. Eating apples the same way can get boring, but with Miffy’s fall fun Pie-less Apple Pie recipe we were able to combine our favorite snack and love for cooking together into one awesome treat!

What you’ll need:

One Apple

1/8 Tsp Cinnamon

1/4 Tsp sugar

Microwave

Good attitude!

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Here’s how you’ll make it:

  1. “Take an apple, peel if desired, core it, and cut it into 6-8 slices.”
  2. “Add less than half of ¼ Tsp of cinnamon and ¼ Tsp sugar to slices.”
  3. “Microwave for 30 seconds or until soft.”
  4. “Allow apple slices to cool, and then enjoy!”

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Pie-Less Apple Pie Recipe from Fall Fun With Miffy

This treat is so simple and easy to make! This is the perfect fall activity for you and your toddler to do together. Did I forget to mention that it’s delicious too?!

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Go to www.miffyfun.com and find more fun fall-focused activities you can do with your little one! You’re in store for a great time!!

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Toddler Time – Get Qurious

My two and half year old is very smart. I know what you’re thinking, “he’s your kid, and of course you think he’s smart!” Well that is true, but he really is very smart and needs to be challenge beyond basic spelling and counting songs often provided to preschoolers.

Like many children, my son enjoys the time he has to play on his tablet device. He loves watching his favorite shows and even playing learning games on his iPad during downtime. My son has been playing the same learning games over and over again and has memorized all of the potential outcomes. It wasn’t until we got our hands on Get Qurious, that he was excited to tackle new learning challenges.

Manu the meerkat and his friends from the Get Qurious app make learning on the iPad exciting once again. This is not your typical learning app; it is an augmented reality app. Get Qurious requires participation on the tablet device (camera is needed) as well as outside of technology. The digital world and the real world can come together as one.

We had the privilege to expand our minds with the Get Qurious Explorer Box. This box unlocks magic with new and exciting ways to play. There are four crafted games you can play with your kids through the Get Qurious Explorer Box. In your box you will receive the following:

  • 16 Double-Sided Cards
  • 4 Role-Playing Masks
  • 2 Double-Sided Treasure Hunt Maps

Build a story with the beautifully illustrated cards and listen/read along with the story as it’s played back, create a rocket ship built to take down asteroids and collect treasure, become a character in a story by wearing a mask, or go on an animated 3D treasure hunt. Adventure is endless with Get Qurious. The Get Qurious app is designed for children ages 4-8 years.

Many parents feel a hesitation to introduce technology to their kids at such a young age. As a mom that was once hesitant I understand, but Get Qurious is a phenomenal way of slowly introducing technology into your child’s life. It creates a safe space where they can learn to properly navigate digital devices while also forming their creative sides through digital education.

Playing by his/herself or with friends, Get Qurious is a great way to engage your kids in creative and thoughtful learning. Get your hands on Get Qurious by going to:

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Make sure you download the app and order your Get Qurious box. There are many Get Qurious box options to choose from, so why just choose one? Get your kids excited about learning TODAY!

You can now pre-order the Get Qurious Nature Box and Get Qurious Adventure Box. You will love this app just as much as your little ones, guaranteed!

Toddler Time – Dinosaurs A to Z

I don’t know about your kid, but my child is obsessed with dinosaurs. He has a stuffed dino companion (also known as Anton) that he takes with him everywhere. When you mention the word dinosaur he starts to roar saying “dinooooosaur, rooooooar!” (there is quite a bit of over dramatization). I can’t supply enough dinosaur stuff in my house to maintain my son’s dino fix.

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DK Publishing has come out with the perfect book for anyone who loves dinosaurs, Dinosaur A to Z. American Museum of Natural History educator, Dustin Growick, has created THE “visual dictionary for little dinosaur enthusiasts” and may I add, for the parents of the soon-to-be archeologists as well. I can’t get enough of it myself.

Dinosaurs A to Z

The bright and colorful pages within this large hardback book come alive with specially commissioned CGI images. The drawings are so gorgeous that I like to keep it out as a coffee table book. It’s such a beautiful and educational piece of literature. Dinosaurs that I never even knew existed pop out of the page. Have you heard of an Argentinosaurus? Me either!

With more than 150 dinosaurs listed, you guessed it, from A to Z, you are bound to learn something new. Each dino is a categorized from size, diet, environment, and even attitude. My son can point to each dinosaur and tell me if it’s “a bad guy” or a “good guy” (as he likes to define them).

Dinosaurs A to Z is an easy and fun way to make bedtime an educational adventure. Don’t you want your kid to feel like an explorer?

We are in love with this book! You can get your copy starting in October or you can pre-order it today by following this link >> https://www.dk.com/us/9781465463142-dinosaur-a-to-z/ <<

ROOOOOOOAR!!!

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Toddler Capsule Wardrobe for Season Change

The feeling of fall has recently made its appearance, at least in North Carolina, which means the changing of my kid’s wardrobe is essential. I love the crisp fall air, the autumnal smells, apple cider, and the warmth of a bonfire, but it sure does stress me out. The reorganization has to happen, but it’s easier said than done.

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When you’re in moments of transition between seasons, the weather can be unpredictable. Not only are you equipping your kids with clothes for every situation, you are also giving yourself a moment to deeply assess their ever-changing and ever-growing wardrobe.

Here is my toddler’s capsule wardrobe for season change check list:

10-12 t-shirts
4 long sleeve shirts
2 pairs of jeans
2 pairs of long pants (khaki, dress, etc.)
4-6 pairs of shorts
4 pairs of pajamas (2 short sleeve; 2 long sleeve)
8 pairs of socks (you could probably get away with less, but my kid has sweaty feet)
1 pair of sneakers
1 pair of dress shoes
1 pair of sandals
1 light-weight jacket
1 sweatshirt
1 heavy jacket

Of course if you have a daughter, you’ll want to adjust this checklist to reflect her needs, but it’s a matter of an easy substitution. Change out the additional long pants for dresses and add some leggings. Her closest will be all set!

If you want to feel really adventurous, you can take the same steps with your wardrobe. I’ve already started the process and I have a feeling it’s going to take me a little while.

What are your tips for seasonal change? How would you adjust the wardrobe checklist? Let me know in the comments.