October Mommy & Toddler Favorites.

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As I write this, it is October 30th, Halloween Eve. October is at an end and we are just four weeks away from Thanksgiving and seven from Christmas. Is it me or does time go by faster as you grow older? I think that this is all relative, meaning that the more years you experience, the faster time goes. But anyhow, that’s for another post, for this one I would like to share with you Nico and I’s favorites for October!!!

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5 Books Your Young Toddler Will Love.

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“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”
– Dr. Seuss

When I was a child, on Saturday mornings my mom and I would walk to the city library, where she would let me check out as many books as I could fit in my tote bag. In theory, these books were supposed to keep me entertained throughout the week, but in practice by Sunday night I had already read all of them. I was intrigued with the various adventures that I could go on through the pages of books. One time, I recall my dad getting mad at me because I would not put my book down while we were having a family lunch. As “punishment” he told me to go to my room. Of course, I gladly went to my room as this meant quiet time for me to continue reading my book. It took him only a few minutes to realize that it wasn’t much of a punishment for me and he gave up. Fast forward twenty something years later and I can only hope that my little one finds as much excitement and as many adventures in books just like I did.

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DIY Woody Cowboy Costume for Toddler.

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Last year Nick had several costumes, including Mickey, a sailor, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Monster from Where the Wild Things Are. The kid basically lived in costumes all of October. This year my husband and I started brainstorming costume ideas for our little one in the middle of September. Our go tow as Daniel Tiger since Nick is obsessed but quickly realized they didn’t have costumes small enough for him. Since I wanted us three to do a theme, we decided to go for Toy Story. Unfortunately, I could not find a Woody costume anywhere in the park or Downtown Disney area during one of our visits and the costumes I did find at other shops were very plain and expensive. Being the DIY mom that I think I am I decided to make Nick’s costume. I remember my mom made me several costumes when I was little, including a Pocahontas one that I absolutely adored. Keep on reading if you want to know how I made his costume under $20.00.

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Our Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

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Today we took Nick to the Pumpkin Patch, one of or our yearly fall traditions. I was excited because last year Nick was only three months old and did not really know what was going on. Also, because the weather was nice and cool, unlike last year when it was over 100 ° in October, which is why we have named it “The Pumpkin Patch from Hell.” And, I was finally able to cross something off of our Fall Bucket List. If you’re looking for fall activities with a toddler, check out my post here.

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5 Breastfeeding Tips for First Time Moms.

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My first month or so as a new mother was marked by a horrible breast-feeding experience. Check out my full story here. Although I was delighted to finally have my baby in my arms, I could not help but feel as if I was living a nightmare. The truth of the matter was that I did not know what to expect in regards to breastfeeding and at that point I thought that everything that was going wrong was my fault. Now that I am no longer burdened by the pressure of being a first-time mother and take a closer look, I see that the situation would have been much better if I had taken certain things into consideration.

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Finding myself after losing myself, again.

Today I turned twenty-nine years old. Over the past few weeks I had been brainstorming of the perfect birthday blog post. I thought about writing “29 things I would tell my 20 year old self.” I quickly realized, however, that I probably wouldn’t be able to come up with twenty-nine items without going too much into detail for them to make sense to you. Like this one, I have about four other unfinished posts that just did not sit well with me. The truth is that something about this week just made me lack motivation. Maybe it was that a personal endeavor on Tuesday did not go the way I planned; or that there was a misunderstanding at the firm that almost cost one of our clients his freedom; or well maybe I was just starting to feel twenty-nine start to crawl up on me. Unfortunately, when I go through a phase like this one, I tend to fixate on the bad aspects of the situation and completely forget of the good.

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DIY Dollar Tree Shelf + Fall Decor.

During our house hunt last year, one of my “must haves” was a fireplace. I always wanted a fireplace, I wanted to decorate the mantle for every season, hang our stockings from it, etc. Unfortunately, the home we ended up purchasing was missing just one thing: that fireplace. Since our current home met all of our other expectations we (or I) ended up letting go of the idea of a fireplace. My husband has promised that eventually he will build me a faux fireplace that I can use to decorate. In the meantime I have came up with a quick and inexpensive fix for my decoration bug: a shelf.

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I made this shelf with just $9.00 and it took me less than an hour to make. Mind you I did take a few bubble breaks because my assistant could not concentrate in the task at hand haha. This is what you will need:

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