Category: Learn + Grow

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In the Garden: Fun Ideas for Harvesting with Kids

Welcome to Lauresa Larson who is guest posting today from Backyard Fresh Meals! Read on to enjoy a bunch of simple and practical learning activities for this time of year with your toddlers in the garden. -Bethany Harvest time is my second favorite part of gardening.…

Cookie Color Mixing

Sierra Wilson lives with her husband, two daughters, and 12 chickens in South Texas. She is a full-time mom and part-time art teacher who also enjoys writing, hiking, and eating too much chocolate. The magic of mixing colors + the deliciousness of cookies = a total…

Cooking with Toddlers: 20+ Easy Kitchen Tasks

Cooking with toddlers is quite an adventure! Toddlers are so eager to help and yet not in control of their fine and gross motor skills – so you’re sure to have a mess! I find that when I pick 1-2 tasks from a recipe that I…

5 Easy Activities to Promote Early Music Literacy in Toddlers

Big thank you to Rachel for being a guest here today! Here’s some background on Rachel for ya, then love her practical ideas for promoting a love for music and using music to teach your toddlers! -Bethany Rachel Koller is a full-time mama trying to make…

Stephen Gammell’s Gallery of Children’s Art

So this week I decided to go a little out of the box and I picked a whole bunch of books from the same illustrator instead of the same author, to see if my kids would like all of their books.  And it worked!  Stephen Gammell’s…

Let’s Talk Picky Eating

Hey there my friends. This idea box topic is such a hot-button issue! When you have a child who is picky, meal times can be so stressful! I remember growing up my parents had a rule that we had to eat whatever number bites we were…

Win a Free Printable!

Anyone else just LOVE inspiring and beautifully designed quotes? I know I do. I find that having happy words on the walls bring my thoughts upward to a positive place – so I love having little reminders around my house. Here is one from my door……

Summer Shorts Sewing Tutorial

This tutorial comes our way from the talented Anne of See Anne Sew, where she documents her sewing projects that she makes for her kiddos. So thrilled that she could share her expertise with us! Enjoy! -Bethany I was thrilled to be asked to share a…

Why Garden with Your Kids? from Jessica at The Little Farm Wagon

Enjoy this gardening inspiration today courtesy of Jessica Smith from Wilsonville, Oregon! Check out Jessica’s instagram @thelittlefarmwagon and facebook page where you’ll find more beautiful pictures of their gardening endeavor and made-to-order bouquets. -Bethany My 15 month old toddler trips over the hose and falls into the…

Chris Van Dusen and His Diverse Books

These books are some of my favorites.  The illustrations are amazing and the stories are super unique and entertaining. From circus animals escaping from their trainer, to a man and his dog who just can’t seem to cut a break, Chris Van Dusen always has great stories. His rhymes are…

Capturing Magical Toddler Moments: Tips from Photographer Jaquilyn Shumate

Jaquilyn Shumate and her husband have their own photography business with a great following in the Seattle area.  Jaquilyn specializes in just about everything, from nature to the nursery and nuptials.  Not only is she an amazing professional, but she knows personally how to photograph kids.…

Toddlers + Chores

What are your favorite ways to involve your toddler-aged kids in household chores? For me this question is an important one. I remember being told long ago that as a mother you should “work yourself out of a job” – meaning that you should train your…

Bob Shea vs. Kids: He Wins Every Time!

These books are adorable and my kids think they are hilarious.  The whole “Dinosaur vs….” series is about a dinosaur who faces big kid tasks and tries to get out of them, but the tasks always win. Things like going to the potty, being quiet at the…

Helen Lester and Her Quirky Penguin Friend

Tacky the Penguin.  How my kids love this quirky little penguin who marches to the beat of his own drum and finds that being different is an amazing thing to be.  They love these books and so do I.  I love the message that Tacky teaches: it’s…

Tips for Quick + Cute Toddler Hairstyles from Tessi Wood

So excited to have Tessi Wood as our first guest post.  We met while our husbands were in grad school together.  We had just had our first babies and we were at the same point in life.  Trying to figure out how to be a first-time…

Mercer Meyer, Monsters and More

You may remember these books from your childhood since Mercer Meyer began writing and illustrating his books in 1966 and has 300 published titles.  Well guess what, toddlers still love them!  I have read these books over and over again and both Jack and Nora adore…

Toddlers in the Garden: Planting time, again!

We were told that some plants need to be planted earlier and some later, so we planted lettuce and peas first, in the earlier spring and we planted everything else about a month later.  The picture below clearly describes my two-year-olds interest in gardening this round.…

Toddlers in the Garden: Weeding + Planting

A lot of the actual prep work had to be done by Jed and I.  There was just no way Jack and Nora were going to be able to pull out huge weeds and till the soil.  But.. they really loved trying.  We gave Jack a…

Toddlers in the Garden: Planting Starters

So this year my husband and I decided to start gardening with the kids. (ages 4 and 2)  We are by no means gardeners, so if you are looking for tips on how to make a spectacular garden, this definitely isn’t the place.:)  We DID decide…

NO David Shannon

Many mom’s know about the “No David” series; most mom’s have experienced the “No David” series with their toddlers, I think that is what makes these books so hilarious.  My kids memorized and related with David’s books by the age of two! 🙂  What I didn’t…