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Spring Walk

by Sarah on 28 March, 2014

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Now that the weather seems to be turning a corner toward spring, we’ve started taking more walks. I’m fortunate to live in a location where we can walk to several stores and even the mall. But last week we took a walk with a very specific purpose: to look for Spring! Going for a Spring […]


Packing tips for Kids

by Sarah on 7 March, 2014

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I recently returned from a month-long journey with my two kids. We stayed in three cities in two states. I’m no stranger to packing up my little clan to go on the road. Both Hubby’s and my parents live in different states so we’ve made a lots of trips like this. I wrote about one trip […]


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During our recent trip to Austin, TX, we went to the Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary. The outing was perfect for my animal-loving three-year-old! I’ve written about visiting the North Carolina Zoo and I mentioned that I’m always somewhat worried about the ethics of keeping animals in a zoo. What’s really amazing about this zoo […]


Alphabet Learning Activities

by Sarah on 3 February, 2014

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Since my son is very nearly three, I’m slowly starting to add more purposeful learning to his play. We’ve been using our Hape Alphabet Puzzle and Qubes for some alphabet learning activities. We’ve also used them for a matching game, which I shared before, and some sorting activities. I’m a bit obsessed with finding toys […]


Gentle Weaning

by Sarah on 29 January, 2014

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I’ve been meaning to write a post about the gentle weaning experience we had since my son stopped nursing over a year ago. For some reason I just kept putting it off. Breastfeeding was extremely important to me when I was pregnant. I borrowed a copy of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and read it […]


Toddler Painting

by Sarah on 22 January, 2014

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When my nearly 3-year-old started rummaging through my craft drawers and came up with a handful of paints, my first inclination was to say no. But I decided to say yes and it turned out to be a wonderful painting experience! I had three cheap canvases that I’d once covered with fabric and used as […]


Christmas Crafting

by Sarah on 16 December, 2013

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This week we will be featuring guest posts from a few Sweetbottoms moms on the topic of ‘Baby’s First Christmas.’ It’s a major milestone for many, marked by special ornaments and embroidered t-shirts. While we want to make these milestones special, we also want to keep them low-stress and fun so that we can actually […]


Montessori Method: Work and Play

by Sarah on 3 December, 2013

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Here’s the last installment in the Tim Seldin Montessori series. As my son has grown older, I’m getting more interested in incorporating Montessori thinking into our home. To be honest, I’m not thinking about preschools yet (he will be three in February!) but I like to think that “Montessori” transcends just a specific set of […]


Cutting Back on Screen Time

by Sarah on 5 November, 2013

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Full disclosure: My kid is looking at a screen as I write this post. Yes, I do understand the irony.   There’s lots of research that tells us what we instinctively know: that looking at a screen isn’t great for our kids. Little ones need to play in the real world and interact with other […]


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In August, I published the first Montessori Methods guest post by Tim Seldin. I’ve tried to be mindful about incorporating Montessori-inspired activities in our playtime. Although my son is 2.5 years and can easily (and enthusiastically) pour water, he still enjoys pouring and scooping dried lentils. I’ve noticed that pouring is an extremely calming activity for him […]