Current Favorite Toddler Learning Tools

My kids are 20 months apart which has made for some absolutely crazy-town phases. The one where Oshiolema decided to potty train at 21 months old while I was nursing a newborn and leaning over the toilet to wipe him was a good one. His two year old sleep regression timing up perfectly with her four months old sleep regression was fantastic and there were plenty more times I’m not crying over being past. This 1.5 + 3 year old phase, though?  This makes up for every single one of them. I’ve also noticed in this phase my kids have needed less “stuff” than ever. We’ve simplified toys in a big way (legos, trains and baby dolls forever) and spend a good chunk of the day playing, reading and sneaky learning. Here are some of our current go-to’s throughout the day. 

Moving Series Part 1: How we knew it was time.



I grew up in Chicago, moved to Baltimore halfway through 6th grade and to Northern California halfway through freshman year of high school. I moved to back to Chicago for my freshman year of college until I was offered a scholarship to play volleyball in San Francisco. I moved to St. Louis after O and I were married and a few months later, moved to Virginia. I’m no stranger to moving.

Work Day Checklist



I’m a stay-at-home-mom, but sometimes I’m a stay-at-home-mom with work that needs to be done…anywhere but home. Once I committed to creating content every Monday, Wednesday and Friday without exception, working at random hours after putting the kids to bed wasn’t going to cut it anymore. 

Beet & Purple Cabbage Dyed Easter Eggs

I’m a huge fan of Easter egg decorating. Ever since I was little, it was always a huge family affair. With 7 kids, you can imagine we had about nine thousand eggs between us to decorate and just got to go to town with our designs. I tried out the white crayon trick, lots of ombre and even some tie dye. As I’ve gotten older and especially since having kids myself, using items like coffee, tea, fruits and vegetables to dye our Easter eggs has become the most appealing.