Hey there, nice to meet ya!
I’m a teacher turned work-at-home mom. I try to live simply and mindfully.
Mostly, I’m just trying to keep it real and find my mom jean magic.
Some days, I finish my to-do list, but most days, I find myself falling asleep thinking of all the tasks I didn’t finish and all of the things I wish I’d done differently. Yet, each morning, I slide into my mom jeans and get right back into the thick of it. It’s true what they say– that your baby’s smile makes everything shine brighter.
I’ve always been fascinated with child development– so much so that I got a Master’s of Education with a focus on Early Childhood Education. I had more than a few people tell me that would prepare me for parenthood. But, of course, nothing prepares you for the biggest adventure of your life.
As soon as I found out I was pregnant, the researcher in me has been on the hunt. I spend countless hours researching products to use in my home that are geared towards learning, simplicity, productivity, and fun. Heck, when I was in labor, I decided that I absolutely, positively needed to spend three hours looking diaper changing supplies that were gentle, affordable, and practical.
Since then, I haven’t stopped. I wanted to make sure that I was using products that were right for my household. And I don’t want to waste my money on things that are low-quality or unsafe. I wanted to know what sheets would fit my son’s bassinet best so he’d be at a decreased risk of SIDS and what shoes would help promote healthy feet development. What gross motor toys would promote independent walking and what helmet he needed when he started to learn to scooter.
The list goes on.
Here, you can find everything that I’ve compiled so far, so you can skip the research and get a little more time back in your day. I believe that a big part of parenthood is sticking together and sharing the love.
What you'll see here...
I especially want to share products that:
Are kid-powered. As Magda Gerber explains, active toys make passive children and passive toys make active children. With that in mind, I try to stay away from screens and battery-operated toys when I can, so you won’t find many of those here. Most current “Best Toys” lists are overflowing with light-up, battery-operated, singing toys. But, as explained by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “Many of the new ‘interactive’ media -including videos, computer programs and specialized books with voice-recorded reading –make claims about educational benefits in advertisements that are unsubstantiated.”
But, I’m a human too and strive for moderation in my household. I’ll be the first to admit that I have been grateful for singing toys that have been gifted to us, and we don’t avoid screens completely. So, you’ll also find things like a list of TV shows for young children that you can turn on and not worry about nightmares later.
Don’t box kids in. A lot of places (and by that I mean every store, everywhere) split goods for kids into two categories- “girls” and “boys.” You won’t find any of that here. I believe, for an example, that toys are toys and children should have the opportunity to play with whatever they are drawn to. So, here you’ll find guides such as “toys that promote creative thinking” or “best outdoor toys for kids.”
Make parenting easier. We’re juggling a lot. I believe we’ve got to spread the love, not the guilt or pressure. I’m not here to offer parenting advice or offer some magical solution to all of the challenges of raising a family. I just want to share products that have helped make my life easier and more fun.
Cheers, to finding our mom jean magic.
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