Parenting

Camp inspired hand printed T-Shirts!

By now you’ve heard, that Jackie, Wendy and I–  along with our husbands and two other couples — survived a long weekend in Muskoka with five toddlers. Five. Toddlers. Sounds intense, but it wasn’t as crazy as I had imagined. Sure, we weren’t short on tantrums, but no one caught on fire, and no one… Continue reading Camp inspired hand printed T-Shirts!

Everyday Parenting · Parenting

Easy toddler activity: how pasta and straws entertained 5 busy kids

Have you been following along on our blog this week? If you have, you already know that the This Bumpy Adventure crew just spent a fantastic weekend together in cottage country. Yes, five couples plus five 2-year-olds may sound like chaos. But, I was surprised to discover that there was also plenty of time to relax.… Continue reading Easy toddler activity: how pasta and straws entertained 5 busy kids

Little Picassos

Father’s Day Art Activity: Froggy gift idea for Dada!

Here’s to all the dads out there! Weekend warriors, stay at home dads, modern day Danny Tanners — and everyone in between. Sleepless and resilient, we want to wish you all a very happy Father’s Day! Still looking for a special gift for the big guy? You’re in luck! Hop along with us! This week’s… Continue reading Father’s Day Art Activity: Froggy gift idea for Dada!

Parenting

I’m failing as a parent: reflecting on parental guilt, worries, and fear

Have you ever felt like you’re failing as a parent? Of course you have. We all have, right? I’m willing to bet there isn’t a single parent out there who feels completely confident in their choices 100% of the time. My question is this: Where do you draw the line? How can you tell when… Continue reading I’m failing as a parent: reflecting on parental guilt, worries, and fear

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Top 10 Speedy Art Activities for Restless Toddlers

  Here is my Top 10 List of Speedy Art Activities that will entertain your restless toddler in a pinch! These activities are designed to bring calm to your storm, without a lot of prep! 1. Play Doh Sure this seems like a no-brainer, but grab a rolling pin and some cookie cutters and you… Continue reading Top 10 Speedy Art Activities for Restless Toddlers

Everyday Parenting · Parenting

Little G’s Bookclub Series: One rad toddler shares her top five books

Little G is an avid reader. She comes by it honestly, since her mom is an English Lit major who buys more books than she can read in a lifetime. G has books stored around the house so she can dive into a story whenever the mood strikes her. Our collection is vast and ever growing, but… Continue reading Little G’s Bookclub Series: One rad toddler shares her top five books

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How you can turn your little treasure hunter into a scientist!

Ben loves being outside. So much that he smuggles as many pieces of the outdoors inside. I empty his pockets (and stroller) at the front door and find rocks, leaves, and sticks. Some of the little treasures are so interesting, but I’m not about to keep a bunch of leaves. Or am I? This activity… Continue reading How you can turn your little treasure hunter into a scientist!

Everyday Parenting · Parenting · Uncategorized

My toddler refuses to nap (but I won’t take it lying down)

I’ve been struggling with naps this month. Okay, if I’m being completely honest, I’ve been struggling with naps this year. Why? Because my toddler refuses to nap. Toddler naps are so important. Especially when you’re a stay-at-home parent with a partner who travels through the week. Naps are like the mandatory lunch break you get… Continue reading My toddler refuses to nap (but I won’t take it lying down)

Mental Health · Wellness

Lessons from my two year old: Postpartum OCD and Anxiety

A year ago I wrote the following post. It was incredibly hard to talk about my struggle with postpartum OCD and anxiety, but I’m so glad I did and it was incredibly therapeutic. I wanted to celebrate my son’s first birthday with honesty, and that’s what I did. Motherhood is not black and white, there… Continue reading Lessons from my two year old: Postpartum OCD and Anxiety