How to easily entertain your toddler

Can y’all believe January is ALMOST over? I feel like it just started but there are only two days left. It’s a little crazy to me how fast time flies now, like it’s nuts to me that today I officially have a 15 month old! WHA??? How did that happen? Where’d my itty bitty go?dsc_2172(seriously though, how cute was little B?)

Anyways, I am accepting that my boy is getting bigger and honestly I’m really loving watching all of the new things he’s learning. (I am NOT loving the tantrums however!) I have noticed that since it’s chilly out though I feel like the TV has been on a little bit too much and I feel like he’s been so bored? Anyone else? I mean who would have known that at 15 month old can get bored but I’m tellin ya.

So I scrambled around trying to find SOMETHING I could put together for him that would engage him that we actually had in the house. To backtrack a bit we just recently moved and a lot of things are still in boxes so I was pretty limited.

Then it was right there, a perfectly good paper towel tube! I taped that thing to the wall and my child played with it. He LOVED it. How much easier can it get than that? He started out putting craft pompoms down it but quickly switched to his goldfish and eventually he was trying to stuff anything down it that would fit. 16298871_10154367407137684_5042353824762346963_nHe consistently played with this for 10-15 minutes. After that he would wander off but he kept going back to it. For pretty much no work I count that as a total WIN! If you wanted to get really fancy you could even use this for a color sorting activity by painting the tubes the colors of the objects that you’ll be using. I plan to do that sometime in the near future but I don’t know if he will get that concept just yet.

When I posted this to facebook and instagram I had quite a few people give it a shot and even said their older kids joined in on the fun! I am sure this could easily be made more complex with multiple tubes for the older kids and they would have a blast.

So next time you are at a loss and are feeling a touch of mommy guilt because the TV has been on a little more than you’d like to admit (we’ve all been there),  you have a FUN and EASY activity that is sure to please!

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How I became a planner person.

Okay so it’s been about a month since I wrote my last post about no more excuses. I will not lie I actually really struggled in the beginning with this. I was motivated but then I wasn’t. I was ready but then not. For the first week of the new year I was seriously so wishy washy with my new commitment. I mean come on, isn’t that the week MOST people are super committed?

Anyways, it just wasn’t happening untillll I got a planner. Okay so I’m not usually a planner person, like at all. I have always LOVED the idea of planners but most of the time they would end up pushed to the back of a drawer with maybe a week or so filled out. (pathetic, I know) This time though, I had found a planner that actually “fit” me and what I needed.

The planner I have is the mom on the go planner and it seriously has everything I could ever want in a planner: meal planning, budgeting, places to plan for holidays, tons of place to dump my thoughts, AND it’s adorable.

Putting all of that on the back burner though what this planner really did was help hold me accountable. I was writing things down and actually following through this time. Now I have a neat place to put my workout goals and check them off each day. I have a place to plan our meals and stick to our budget. I know that I am now a planner person though because I have found one that actually works for me.

I never thought that any planner was all that different from the other but that is definitely not true. Seriously there is a planner out there for every type of person and they’re definitely not one size fits all.

I kind of can’t believe I just wrote a whole post about planners but I think I’m sold. I am now a planner person. I urge you all to give planners another shot. Find one that works for you and your life! I watched youtube videos, read blog posts, and tons of reviews before I committed and now there’s no turning back (for me at least).

Oh and did you know that decorating them is a thing now?  I mean, STICKERS!