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    WHAT WE’RE READING: HALLOWEEN BOOKS

    Location: on our bookshelf

    I haven’t done a “what we’re reading” post in some time now, so I figured I would round up a few of the books we are loving right now. It’s so fun, at this age, that Luca can listen, understand, and appreciate books. I hope his love for books sticks. I know for me, books always took me anywhere in this world I wanted to go, and to this day, there is simply nothing more comforting to me than reading or being read to. Halloween comes with it’s share of fun, but there are some really cute books out there we’ve been keeping on rotate during this season. We hope you like them as much as we do!

    There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat // Based off the song “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” and just a really cute read-along-sing-along.

    Room on the Broom // I know most of you have probably already become big fans of “Room on the Broom,” like us, but just in case you are unfamiliar, this is a must have. It rhymes and the story line is perfection. They also have the film rendition of it on Netflix. Both have been on repeat over here.

    How to Make friends with a Ghost // Ordered this off Amazon on the fly to add to our Halloween collection, and I think it’s my personal favorite from the list. I love the illustrations, and it reminds me so much of This Moose Belongs to Me, which is another favorite of ours.

    Triangle // This book looks so cute on a bookshelf, I’ll admit that’s why I bought it, but it turned out the adorable story about a square and triangle who prank each other is well worth its shelf space.

    Dracula // This one is more for Harlow, but Luca likes to count with all the objects in the photos. Jen Adams makes the prettiest picture books and primers from classic stories.

    Popcorn // I found this in a collection at my dad’s house. It was mine when I was younger, and I’m so glad I found it! I had forgotten all about it, but as I read it, it all came back to me, not to mention, I think it goes for $7 or something like that! It’s totally worth sacrificing a latte for.

    The Bad Seed // This is the last book on our list, and I love the lesson behind it, that even those who choose to do bad things, can in turn, choose to become good. It also shows how bad ways, can stem from much deeper places. I always try and teach Luca to see the good in all people, and this is a great introduction to such a wide-spanning and impactful concept.

    Edgar and the Tattle Tale Heart // based off of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart, this is such a fun little rendition for little ones, especially those with siblings, *cough* Luca & Harlow *cough,cough*

    There you have it! Our October reading list! Have you read any of these books? Do you have any Halloween books you’d recommend for us?! Always looking to expand our library, so send em’ on our way!

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    FIRST DAY OF PRE-K

    Location: Preschool

    We woke up bright and early this morning with excitement for Lu’s first day of Preschool. He’s been in small care programs since he was about 2, mainly to stimulate his social development, but this was his very first day of actual school. It wasn’t too emotional for him, since he doesn’t have much attachment anxiety in regards to school. Don’t get me wrong, he cried and cried when we first started him in daycare, but after enduring those first two weeks, it was one of the best decisions we ever made. Now, he looks forward to making new friends and learning from new teachers. Once August hit, Summer had him pretty antsy to start back up again. We all kinda thrive on a routine over here. Read more

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    CURRENTLY READING: MY FAVORITE AUDIO BOOKS.

    I used to read a book nearly every two weeks (that was B.K. –before kids). Now I’m lucky if I can finish one in a 3 month time frame. It’s just not realistic for me to sit down and have quiet time to flip through a new page turner. Even with the little time I do have to myself at night, reading makes me tired + I’m sure to fall asleep with the book on my chest and drool on my chin.

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    OUR FAVORITE APPS (PART 2)

    Location: Toddlerville

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    Over the past few months, we’ve gone back and forth on allowing more technology into Luca’s life, and cutting back on screen time. Its hard to navigate this territory as there hasn’t been any precedence to this situation, and likewise, the foregoing continues to advance quickly therefore, studies on the subject become outdated faster than they can be published. Even Miles and I are on a hamster wheel trying to keep up, especially since both of us are heavily within the realm of social media. Read more

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    WHAT I’M AFRAID TO TELL YOU.

    Location: VULNERABLE BLVD.

    True to form, the New Year is off to a quick start…How we’ve already made our way mid-month blows my mind. Enough small talk though, I feel like I’ve been keeping so much from you, and I want this year, this new season, this new chapter of this place to be different. Lately, it feels like the reason I haven’t felt as connected is in the way I’m partially leading with a front, and holding back so much of what is going on in my world for sake of being embarrassed or exposed, and that makes me nervous. I also know what a blockade that has made between us, and that changes now. My body is literally begging for me to be more vulnerable with you, and I have to admit, that is hard for me. Maybe I should read some Brene Brown? But until I can schedule more time to get on that task, I thought I would start by listing all the things I’ve been afraid to tell you and then some.

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    NATURE WALKS: OUTLETS & A FREE PRINTABLE!

    NATURE WALK SCAVENGER HUNT

    NATURE SCAVENGER HUNTWe had a few days of really hot weather here, and we’d be cooped up in our house, all fans running, until the sun’s rays began to relieve themselves a bit. We like to be out as much as we possibly can, especially with two little boys. I try to put some sort of learning activity in all we do, especially with Luca who is such a sponge. So I quickly put together a little nature scavenger hunt, and totally underestimated what a hit it would be. Luca had tears streaming down his face as we walked back to our house saying “But we didn’t find the berries, mama!” “I know, I know, next time,” I reassured him. I love that we can reuse this little map over and over again and experience different finds each time. (P.S. if you can’t find some of the items on the list where you live, I suggest grabbing a few items from in your home or where you can, and then scattering them about as you go. Even if they aren’t in their “natural habitat,” it just makes it more exciting for littler ones to be able to check everything off the list.)

    SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWe colored the sheet before we left (ahem, I colored the sheet because L was too anxious to get his shoes + backpack on– he just wanted to get on with the hunt, go figure. #boymama) but I intentionally left the printable in black and white so you and your little ones could make a coloring activity out of it too!

    NATURE WALK SCAVENGER HUNTNATURE WALK SCAVENGER HUNTWe did most of our scavenging in our complex’s yard because I knew there wouldn’t be any poisonous plants that would be dangerous to touch within our private grounds, but if you are deep into nature just be sure the leaves you are picking aren’t poison ivy or anything! I found this app to be helpful for foraging, which offers to identify what plant or flower you’ve found by simply snapping a photo of the flora on a white background. Also we made sure to wash Lu’s hands the second we got home and before he touched anything. Currently loving this foaming hand soap for small hands!

    NATURE SCAVENGER HUNTNATURE WALK SCAVENGER HUNTNATURE SCAVENGER HUNT^^^We found a mushroom + the smallest pine cone I’ve ever seen along our way too!^^^

    NATURE SCAVENGER HUNTNATURE SCAVENGER HUNTThe patch of clover was such a trip for Lu as well! He thought it was so amazing that each leaf on each clover was shaped like a heart. Nature really does put on a good show for us, sometimes in the most unexpected of ways.

    NATURE SCAVENGER HUNTNATURE SCAVENGER HUNTNATURE SCAVENGER HUNTDandelions were by far, the most “fun” find, as they seemed to be everywhere, which left Luca to blow tirelessly at each one he’d come upon until they were stripped bare.

    NATURE SCAVENGER HUNTNATURE SCAVENGER HUNTUPPA BABY STROLLER REVIEWNATURE WALK SCAVENGER HUNTOnce we walked further towards the coast, we found all sorts of exotic flowers and leaves of all different shapes and colors. When we go on walks, I always wear my favorite New Balance athletic shoes. They are light weight like Nike Free Runs (but half the price, woop!), and so, so comfortable. I can walk and run for hours in these without the slightest discomfort.

    UPPA BABY STROLLER REVIEWUPPA BABY STROLLER REVIEWUPPA BABY STROLLER REVIEWI love that these walks require me to get active too without really even thinking about it. Harlow loves just cruising in our lightweight stroller and when Lu baby gets tired, well, it’s a piggy back ride for him and a good sweat for me. What type of outdoor activities do your kiddos love the most (aside from the traditional park going)? We are always looking for new ways to explore our town and be outside. I hope one day L + H look back and remember how much fun we had together. I know I will. Heck, I already do.

    nature hunt printableI’ve created this free printable for all of you to enjoy with your little ones too! I hope you love it as much as we did!

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