Babywearing and Nursing Made Simple – The Lulabu Soothe Shirt & Giveaway!

The Lulabu Soothe Shirt - Nursing and Babywearing Made Easy!

Babywearing is such a smart and easier way to survive those first few months of your baby’s life, that “fourth” trimester as it’s so aptly named. But finding the right way to nurse and carry your baby around without having to deal with buckles, straps, and complications can be hard. That’s why I’m so excited […]

Real Food Snacks for Kids (that even adults will love!)

Real Food Snack Ideas for Kids - Kid Tested and Approved!

We all want to raise our children with good healthy food, but it can be very hard in a processed, convenient world. Welcome to my series on how to eat real, healthy food with kids. If you missed my first post, you might be interested to read, “How To Get Your Kids to Eat Real […]

How To Get Kids to Eat Real Food Without the Battles

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Real and Healthy Food Without the Battles

I think we can all agree that we want our children eating the healthiest food possible, but unfortunately, information on how to practically do it, day-to-day, meal-to-meal is not widespread. Here are my tips and tricks that have worked for my family. My kids eat about 98% real food, and you and your family can, […]

Homemade Teething Oil and Other Natural Teething Pain Remedies for Babies and Toddlers

Homemade Teething Oil and Other Natural Teething Pain Remedies for Babies and Toddlers

If you’re looking for natural alternatives to acetaminophen for teething pain in babies and toddlers, you’ve come to the right place! I’m sharing a homemade teething oil and all my other favorite, go-to natural teething pain remedies. A friend asked me the other day what I use for teething pain and I realized I had […]

Kitchen Montessori Trays – Preschool Learning Activity

How to Make Montessori Tray Activities using items from the kitchen via My Merry Messy Life

As part of our homeschooling routine, I like to add in Montessori practical life trays for my toddler and preschooler. Here are some ideas for how to do it on the cheap, using objects you may already have in your kitchen or can get at the dollar store! I get these trays out for my […]

DIY Felt Board and Printables to teach Weather and Seasons – Preschool Learning Activity

DIY Felt Board to Teach Seasons and Weather to Preschoolers

Making a felt board to teach the seasons, weather and even holidays to children is easier than you might think, and can even count as whimsical wall art! This also comes with a free printable template for all the shapes AND a coloring page for each season to place above the board! This is a […]

DIY Montessori Sand Writing and Drawing Tray – Preschool Learning Activity

DIY Montessori Sand Writing Tray with Free Printable for the Letter Cards

Use this handy, fun Montessori sand writing tray to teach your child how to write their letters, and ultimately, learn to read! It comes with a free printable for all the letters. Montessori Sensitive Period Our four-year-old, Gabriel, is having one of those sensitive periods (as described in the Montessori Method) where he is hungry […]

Learn Shapes with Craft Sticks – Preschool Learning Activity

Learn Shapes with Craft Sticks for Preschool - Free Printable!

Shapes are an important part of building math skills and are very useful for teaching colors as well. Aside from shape puzzles, I’ve been trying to come up with activities to help my children (a toddler and a preschooler) with their shapes and finally found a super easy, Montessori-inspired one using supplies I already had […]

How to Go on a Nature Walk – Preschool Learning Activity

My Merry Messy Life: How to go on a Nature Walk with Kids to Inspire an Appreciation for Nature

Going on a nature walk or scavenger hunt with your children is an excellent way to inspire a love and appreciation for the natural world. I share how we do it and give a free printable for your own nature hunt book! Once we decided we were going to try homeschooling for pre-k, I searched […]

Mud Pie Kitchen Fun with Kids – Preschool Activity

My Merry Messy Life: Outdoor Mud Kitchen fun with Kids

There’s something so primal and animalistic about mud. It’s cold, wet, slimy, sloppy, sticky, gooey and brown – a sensory bin at it’s finest. Recently, I let my kids tap into their inner cave boys and go to town in it. It was quite the success and a great way to kill a couple of […]