Raise your hand if your wee one would drink a gallon of juice a day if you let them?? Hand raised over here. My little guy definitely has a sweet tooth! Let’s be honest…sugar tastes good. It’s kind of like bacon…everything is better with bacon or in this case, sugar. 🙂 Americans consume an astounding amount of sugar & often times it is hidden by sneaky nutrition labels. Unfortunately, our bodies are not meant to consume the 22 added teaspoons of sugar a day the average American consumes in a day. Yikes, my teeth hurt just thinking about that! To give you a little perspective on just how much sugar Americans are devouring, check out these numbers from Yale Health:
Bambinos + Toddlers + Beyond
Before my husband and I had kids we talked a lot about how we wanted to be low maintenance parents. We’d see parents stroll into a restaurant with their entire house, setup shop with more stuff than we even thought a tiny human “required” and thirty minutes later they were ready to order. Yikes! Wouldn’t it just be easier to eat at home?!? Fast forward to life with our little guy and we still feel we are pretty low maintenance. We definitely do things we thought we would never do when it came to dining out with a tiny human. Table for three please. Oh, er, uh that table won’t work. Sorry, but it’s in the middle of the dining room and although we may look entertaining, it’s best for all involved if we are seated at one of the far corner tables. Most hostesses are happy to accommodate, but occasionally we get the look of…ah ok, you are that family.
A B C D E F G…I catch myself singing this tune more often than I want to admit. Don’t get me wrong, I love helping my son learn and develop, but lately we seem to be doing the exact same thing every. single. day with toys and activities. It has felt like groundhog day around here and I am going a bit bonkers! Thankfully, reorganizing C’s bookcase a few weeks ago led me to dust off his alphabet magnet board. When we lived in Arlington, VA I was inspired to create this magnet board after perusing the aisles of Home Goods. Our refrigerator looked like the back of an old VW bus covered in bumper stickers, but instead our fridge was covered with letters, animals and car magnets. C was interested in the fridge magnets for a hot second. So, I figured if I buy this magnet board I can easily change up the magnets that are on it and bring it in and out of the toy rotation to help keep his interest. That definitely worked, but after our winter move up to Newport I just never got around to dusting this bad boy off. During one of…