It's beginning to look a lot like fall...

Happy fall, y'all! I know, I know...I'm jumping on the fall bandwagon in all of its "It's October!" and pumpkin-ified glory. Oh well! Fall happens to be my favorite season and thanks to the positive results of my pregnancy glucose test, I am able to indulge in all yummy things pumpkin. However, I must admit that the ONLY pumpkin food item that I just can't get excited about is Starbucks' pumpkin spice latte. Every year I seem to order one and "try" to like it for the season, but I just.can' Sorry to my fellow PSL lovers! 

Here's how we've been celebrating this fall season so far...

We took a little road trip to watch some college football and spend time with awesome friends.

(more about taking a road trip with a toddler coming soon!) 

We made THE simplest apple and pumpkin crafts with 4 items: construction paper, toilet paper rolls, tape, and crayons. Start by cutting out an apple or a pumpkin and a leaf. Have your toddler color the item. Tape the apple/pumpkin and leaf to the toilet paper roll. Voila!

It's the simplest craft ever!


I made (and sampled) these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies yesterday during nap time. Delicious! You can find the recipe here

Our mantle is all set for fall! Last year, some neighbors and I spray painted the bottles on the left to look like candy corn. It's a fun and simple way to decorate for the season!

I still have some of my trolls from when I was a kid and Caroline likes to collect them and play with them at her table :)

Wow, what a difference a year makes! C loves to point out pumpkins anywhere we see them, so you better believe the pumpkin patch was an exciting place!

(Pic on the left - Oct 2013, Pic on the right - Sept 2014)

Last but not least...YUM! 

Have a great week, friends! 



Will you Be My Valentine?

Finger painting with a 13 month has the potential to be scary. However, with the right tools and a little patience, it can be a really fun activity for all involved! Caroline has been "painting" for a few months now, but just recently, she has started to actually ENJOY painting. Boy, was I a proud Mama! 

With Valentine's Day coming up this week, we made some valentines for dear friends. Here are some pics to show the process. Also note, from start to finish, this took no longer than 7 minutes. There is a lot to see and explore when you are 13 months old, so keeping Caroline in her highchair for longer than 7 minutes (without feeding her) is next to impossible! Enjoy :)


Start with: kid-safe paints, painting tape, paper, and something to cover your work space. Crayola Paints are good to use because they are non-toxic and wash out of clothes really easily. Yes, Caroline has licked her painted fingers and taken her whole paint covered hands and wiped them down the front of her dress...on multiple occasions.  

That's why we use kid-safe paint! 


With the painting tape, I stuck three pieces of tape together, each about 4 inches long, and cut out a heart. 


I cut two hearts out of painting tape and stuck them on the thick paper. The hearts will serve as a reverse stencil. It's time to bring out the paint! 


The work space is ready for the budding artist, complete with paint on a paper plate, sponge brush, plastic covering the table, and wipes. 


I imagine C thinking "Wow, painting is awesome! I'll just drag my fingers through this red stuff. OMG! My hand is red. How did THAT happen?!" 


C inspecting the sponge brush. She either paints in a bib & clothes or just a diaper. 


Here's the finished product after I took off the painting tape! 


Have a wonderful Valentine's Day weekend with the ones you love!