25+ Children Books for Fall and Thanksgiving

25+ Children Books for Fall and Thanksgiving

Seasonal books are really great for young kids. Children can learn so many new things and be exposed to new topics through seasonal books. I typically check out most of our books from the local library, but I linked each book to the picture bellow. It would never hurt to buy some to keep in the box with your fall decorations…then you just pull them out to read when you get your fall decorations out for the year.

Here are some of our favorite Fall and Thanksgiving books:

Capsule Wardrobe Basics from Amazon

Do you have a capsule wardrobe? I have never successfully created one. But now that I am on the other side of having baby #2, I’m about to jump ALL in to forming one. The biggest problem is that I do not want to go spend a ton of money at one time. I plan to invest in higher end basics over time, but I want to start with a full capsule wardrobe sooner than that. I plan to visit thrift stores and consignment stores to help fill my capsule, but I have also found some great options on Amazon! For pretty decent prices! Here are some of my picks!

Tops

Bottoms

Dresses

Outerwear

 

Shoes

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10 Independent Activities for 4 Year Olds

A four year old is old enough to have independent activities and play time. While I LOVE to encourage just good ole’ play time, we all have those moments that need structure. That is why I always have activities on hand for my four year old daughter. These are activities she can get out all on her own, play with on her own, and clean up on her own.

Before I jump in to some of our favorite activities, I think it is important to emphasize that these are supposed to be INDEPENDENT. That means that you, as the parent, need to step back and let your child be in control of how they want to play and how long they want to play with that specific activity. Of course, you will probably have to model how to go about threading a pipe cleaner with beads if your child has never done that. I’m not saying you should not help them figure out what they are doing. What I’m saying is that and independent activity is supposed to encourage INDEPENDENCE!

Enough of the rambling, here we go…

**Most items are linked bellow.**

Bead Threading on Pipe Cleaners

This is a great activity for fine motor skill practice, and I PROMISE it will keep your four year old busy for a good 20-30 minutes! All you need are these beads and these pipe cleaners.

*Make sure little beads are kept away from baby hands (you know they will stick them straight in their little mouths)!*

Lacing Cards

Lacing cards are also a great activity that four year olds should be able to do on their own. It might not be perfect, but you are encouraging an independent activity. You can get all kinds of lacing cards on Amazon, but this is my personal favorite (these might make it on our Christmas List)!

Wiki Sticks

Wiki Stick are great for your little creative one. There are endless possibilities.

Pipe Cleaners and Wiffle Balls

Pipe Cleaners and Wiffle Balls are a great alternative for a creative building activity. Tell your kiddos to thread, connect, and build!

No Mess Markers

These Crayola Wonder Sets are amazing! You don’t have to worry about finding marker stains or cleaning up a mess. Someone recently gifted us the Melissa and Doug version of these, and we love them as well. These are perfect for traveling also.

Magna Doodle

My four year old loves the freedom of a magna doodle. There are no rules about where she can use it…she can even use it in her bed! This one is also great for travel.

Magnetic Play Set

So I normally pick these up in the dollar isle at Target, but here is a link to one on Amazon. It is still a good price, and I think would hold the attention of a silly four year old for a while.

Boogie Board

This is a lot like the Magna Doodle but less bulky! For the longest time, every time I sat down to meal plan and make a grocery list, my daughter would grab her boogie board to make her own grocery list. She would draw pictures of things she wanted to get at the store.

Grab & Go Play Packs

I normally pick these up in the Target dollar section also. But here is a link to a set of 15 (5 of 3 different books). This would be great for party favors or to add into Birthday gifts. And I’m sure your special four year old would not mind repeating some of the packs either.

Art Sets (Color By Number)

My four year old loves any type of princess coloring set, but she especially loves color by number sets. She will go back to the same set time after time for months.

Sticker Books

We get these from my Mother-In-Law’s gift shop in MS. You can order from Amazon, find at Target, or any local store with gifts.

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Preschool Lunchboxes and Necessities

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Budget Friendly

This is the one we currently own. This Bentology box has been really great, and has held up a year with almost no signs of use.  We use it at least 3 times a week if not more, and stick it in the dishwasher every single time.  I'm impressed with how well it has held up.  My only complaint is that *sometimes* there are some leaks...not often, but I feel like I should include this here.

Most Popular

I have been really interested in the Bentgo lunch box for years...it has over 3,000 reviews on Amazon! It is dishwasher and microwave safe, has easy access for littles, is leak proof, and has the perfect sections for the perfect portions.

Splurge

If I was going to splurge on a lunchbox, it would be this one...it comes with a pretty good price tag, but I think it would probably be worth the splurge.

Lunch Box

Obviously a lunch box is pretty high on the list for packing a lunch for school.  I found this one on Amazon for a great price with great reviews.  There are tons of color options, also.

Ice Packs

And, please make sure you always put ice packs in the lunch.  Food safety, guys.

Water Bottle

I think this is going to by new purchase for this year.  My 4 year old likes cold water (insert eye roll here), so this will help keep it cold.  Again, great reviews on Amazon.

Baby Sleep Products We Can't Live Without

I know how weird this is going to sound, but I am so passionate about the topic of baby sleep.  I can't help it.  It has just been such a huge blessing to me as a mom.  I want others to experience that blessing, as well.

We all know that every baby is different and different things work for different people.  But today, I want to share with you the FIVE baby sleep products that BOTH of my kiddos have loved.  These 5 things have really helped both of my littles to learn to love to sleep. Click the picture to go directly to the product.

Noise Maker

This goes number one on my list for a reason.  If you don't buy anything else to help your children sleep, buy this.  This is great for all ages (even adults)! Not only do noisemakers help newborns adjust to life outside of their mother's womb, noisemakers also help block out noise that might disturb older babies, toddlers, and preschoolers while they sleep.  I have found that by only using the noisemaker while sleeping helps teach my kids that if the white noise is playing then it is time to sleep. This is my favorite noisemaker.

Sleep Sack

I also think a sleep sack is very important.  First, it helps you know that your child is warm without the risk of a blanket in the bed.  Second, it helps those older babies not able to move around quite as much. And, third, it is just another tool to use to signal bedtime.  My eight month old's eyes start getting heavy the second I turn on the noisemaker and zip him into his sleep sack.

***If you have a newborn, I suggest using the Miracle Blanket swaddle, and I absolutely loved the Magic Merlin's Sleep Suit from three to 6 months. At 6 months (or whenever baby starts to roll in the Magic Merlin's Sleep Suit), I like to start using a regular sleep sack...I prefer the Halo Sleep Sack***

Paci

I know that some people are just completely against pacifiers, and that is OK. BUT, I am not against them...I am very much FOR pacifiers.  Both of my kiddos have loved the Wubanub. Any pacifier you want to use is fine.  I like to offer multiple wubanubs in the crib.  That way if the baby rolls to the other end of the crib while sleeping, they have a better chance of finding a wubanub when they wake in between sleep cycles. I also offer opportunities to practice independently placing the paci/wubanub in their mouth.  It is a glorious day when they place that paci in themselves for the first time!!

Night Time Diapers

When my first was a baby, a friend from church shared this tip with me...it literally changed everything.  Not only do we use night time diapers every single night, but we use one size up from what they normally wear.  So if your baby wears a size 3 diaper during the day, put them in a size 4 night time diaper.  We only ever use Pampers Baby Dry or Target brand Night time.

Comfy Pj's

Lastly, I really notice a difference when my kiddos are in really comfy PJ's.  My personal favorite are the Cloud Island Brand from Target, but they don't have 12 month in the footie pj's, so I like the Carter's ZIP UP sleep and play sets also. We're really loving the footless ones in this summer heat!

And that's a wrap! Those are my top 5, can't live without baby sleep products. Comment with questions! And, as always, follow on Instagram for daily tips!

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Kindle Fire Kids Edition with Freetime Unlimited Review

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I have been wanting to write a post about kids and screen time for a while now, and then follow up with a post about how much we love our Kindle Fire Kids Edition with Freetime Unlimited. But, in honor of Amazon Prime day, I decided to go ahead and write about how much we love our Kindle Fire Kids Edition.

Kindle Fire Kids Edition

Picture is linked to product.   Original Price $100       Prime Day Price $70

Picture is linked to product.   Original Price $100       Prime Day Price $70

Picture is linked to product. Original Price $130        Prime Day Price $90

Picture is linked to product. Original Price $130        Prime Day Price $90

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Picture is linked to product. Not Included in Prime Day

 

The Kindle Fire Kids Edition comes with a year subscription to Freetime Unlimited, a wonderful case for protection from those precious little ones, AND a two year warranty...Really, we started having a problem with ours charging, and Amazon replaced it for us! The Kindle Fire Kids Edition come in 7", 8" and 10". The bigger the screen, the better the resolution and more storage you get.  We have the 7, and are completely happy with it. The above pictures have links to each product.

**We did decide to add this Micro SD card to expand storage.**

Freetime Unlimited

Freetime is a subscription (one year included with purchase of Kindle Fire Kids Edition) to unlimited access to TONS of books, educational games, and tv shows. This is seriously so kid friendly, and you are able to personalize for your child.  We have ours set for the 3-5 year old age.  You can also set daily goals and time limits, block entertainment content until all daily educational goals are met, or even blog specific content you do not want your child exposed to. How cool is that? The ability to personalize makes this even more developmentally appropriate.

You actually do not have to have a Kindle Fire Kids Edition to have Freetime Unlimited.  Freetime Unlimited is actually compatible to many different devices including Fire, IOS, Android, Kindle, and even some Amazon Echo's

Click on these pictures to either buy a 1 year plan and save 40% or to try a 1 month FreeTime Unlimited.

Safety

As I stated earlier, there are so many ways to personalize your child's FreeTime Unlimited profile.  I absolutely love the safety that this brings to your child having access to a tablet.  This world is scary, friends.  Anything connected to the internet could potentially be very dangerous for our kids, but this feature adds another level of safety.

**Sidenote--Personalization aside, I think you should still keep a VERY close eye on what your child is doing on any tablet...no matter how safe it is.**

Books

There are SO MANY books included in the Freetime Unlimited Plan.  There is a huge variety of books ranging from Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? to Big Sister Dora! and Disney Princess books. I prefer to read actual books to my kids, but this is great for offering variety and especially when traveling. 

Educational Games

I think I was most impressed with the Educational Apps collection when we first bought the kids' kindle. There are several Daniel Tiger Apps, which we love...always great for character development. There are also lots of great Math and Reading apps.  And, of course, there are apps that, in my opinion, serve no purpose...but, used with discretion, these are not harmful.

Shows

While there are no Disney shows available in Freetime Unlimited, there are lots of PBS show and other favorites.  Some of our favorites are Daniel Tiger, Chloe's Closet, Team Umizoomi, and Mother Goose Club.

Traveling

Lastly, I just want to say how wonderful this has been when traveling.  We have traveled a good bit the last two years, and I am so thankful we have had this...for car rides and plane rides. And BONUS, you can connect headphones.  I suggest these.

Also, if you buy a Micro SD card, you can download shows, books, and apps to that so you can have access to them while away from WiFi.

ABC Mouse and Netflix

You can also exit out of the kid profile to access regular apps.  Don't worry, you have to have a passcode to do this.  I love that we can access ABC Mouse and Netflix from the main screen.  We have also downloaded shows on Netflix for travel days.

**You can actually set the profile to allow certain Apps (like ABC Mouse and Netflix) from your regular screen to show up in the FreeTime.  We prefer to keep them seperate, but this could be useful information for some of you.**

If you have been considering buying a Kindle Fire Kids Edition for your kids, take advantage of Prime Day.  You could give it now before your next summer trip, or you could save for a Birthday present or Christmas Present.  Or if you already have a tablet, you could just try out the FreeTime Unlimited free trial or 40% off the year long subscription.

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4 Year Old Girl Gift Guide

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Four year old girls are so fun! They seem to get SO excited about the simplest things.  Really, it is not hard to please a four year old girl. Here are some simple and easy ideas for gifts to buy a special four year old girl in your life. Just click the picture to take you to the direct link for each gift idea!  Most of these have been tested by my very own four year old, but there are a few items that I just thought were good ideas...I might be referencing this myself when it is time for Christmas shopping!

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Top 5 Summer Essentials for the Stay At Home Mom

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Summer is already just weeks away, so I thought today I would share with you some summer essentials every SAHM needs/would benefit from having.

Pool

Since we live in a townhouse, we do not have a yard. BUT, if we had a yard, number 1 on my list would be a blow up pool! These were my two favorite finds on Amazon.

Puddle Jumper

Emma has been in swimming lessons this spring, but I am not ready to tackle the pool with a baby and a 4 year old not in floaties.  So for everyone’s sanity AND SAFETY, we will be using our puddle jumper this summer...unless dad is with us to help out!

Picnic Blanket

I love this picnic blanket. I just got one for Mother’s Day. I’m looking forward to using it at the beach in a couple of weeks, but I’m also gonna use it when we go on picnics.

Bubble Machine

As wonderful as summer is, it can bring some crazy days for moms and kiddos alike.  I don’t know what it is about bubbles, but they always calm down the crazy at our house.  We absolutely love our bubble machine.  From babies to big kids, bubbles are a must for summer fun!

Something to Build With

Make sure your child has a way to build this summer.  This engages their creativity/imagination and works on early math skills. Our favorite is MagnaTiles, but we also like to pull out the blocks and legos.

Craft Supplies to Keep at Home

When I was teaching, fun crafts were my favorite thing to plan.  I loved creating relevant crafts that left room for lots of creativity from my students.  And, as a mom, I feel the same way. My preschooler LOVES crafts with mommy!

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As a mom, I don’t always have the time to plan like I did as a teacher, so I just make sure I always have any supplies we might want to use on hand.

Here are some of the supplies I always keep stocked up:

  1. Markers

  2. Crayons

  3. Construction paper

  4. Drawing paper

  5. Yarn

  6. Googly Eyes

  7. Pom Poms

  8. Pipe Cleaners

  9. Straws

  10. Popsicle sticks

  11. Toilet paper and paper towel rolls

  12. Paper plates

  13. Glue

  14. Scissors

  15. Stickers

  16. Paint

  17. Paint brushes

  18. Stamps and Ink

  19. Buttons

  20. Vinyl tablecloth--I lay this down for EVERYTHING!

Giving children lots of opportunities to create is so important for their development, so if you don’t keep craft supplies on hand, this list will give you a starting point.  Now, go help your child create!