Sep 272016
 

Halloween is almost here, and I have been thinking about costumes for my kids. My 3 year old daughter, Kayleigh, has sensory sensitivity, so she does not like to wear certain fabrics, or any kind of heavy costume that does not allow her to move freely, and she will not wear face paint. This year, she has requested to be a pumpkin for Halloween.

I want her to be able to dress up for Halloween, but still be comfortable, so I spent quite a while searching the web for Halloween Costumes for Toddlers with Sensory Sensitivity. Surprisingly, there were quite a lot of great hoodies that would make perfect Halloween costumes for toddlers with sensory sensitivity.

If your toddler has sensory sensitivity, and does not want to wear a normal Halloween costume, check out these great sensory-friendly costume ideas I found below. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 

Halloween Costumes for Toddler with Sensory Sensitivity

Astronaut – Pair this hoodie with these cute galaxy joggers!

Astronaut Halloween Costume

Big Bad Wolf – Pair with grey pants to complete the costume.

Big Bad Wolf Halloween Costume

Buzz Lightyear – A pair of white pants & green shoes would complete this costume!

 Disney Little Boys’ Buzz Lightyear Hoody Toddler, White, 4T

Captain America – Pair this hoodie with a pair of matching blue pants and boots to complete the look!

 Marvel Boys’ Captain America Costume Hoodie (2T)

Curious George – Add brown pants to complete this costume!

Darth Vader – A true Darth Vader mask would be a nightmare for a kid with sensory issues. This hoodie is much more comfortable, and it’s reversible too!

Darth Vader Halloween Costume

Dinosaur – Pair with matching blue pants.

Dinosaur Halloween Costume

George Pig Dino – Pair with green pants.

George Pig Dino Halloween Costume

Hello Kitty – Pair with white pants. Hello Kitty Halloween CostumeIron Man – Pair with red pants.

Iron Man Halloween Costume

Knight – Pair with these slub fleece joggers to complete this costume.

Knight Halloween Costume

Lightning McQueen – This costume is complete!

Lightning McQueen Halloween Costume

Lion Guard Kion – Add matching pants to finish this costume.

Lion Guard Kion Halloween Costume

Mickey Mouse – All it takes is a pair of black pants to complete this costume!

Mickey Mouse Halloween Costume

Minion – Wear with jeans!

Minion Halloween Costume

Paw Patrol Chase – This costume is all ready to go!

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iconPaw Patrol Everest – Pair with matching purple pants.

Paw Patrol Everest Halloween Costume

Paw Patrol Marshall – This costume is good to go!

iconPaw Patrol Skye – Pair with matching pants.

Paw Patrol Skye Halloween Costume

Pumpkin – This is the hoodie I ended up getting Kayleigh for Halloween this year. I plan to pair it with black pants, but if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you can pair it with a pair of orange and black,  green and black or orange and green striped pants.

Pumpkin Halloween Costume

R2D2 – Finish the look with a pair of white pants.

R2D2 Halloween Costume

Rainbow Dash  – This hoodie would look great with either a pair of matching blue pants, or rainbow striped pants.

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 Marvel Toddler Boys’ Captain America Or Spiderman Costume Hoodie and Pant Set, Red, 2T

Stormtrooper – Complete the look with white pants and white boots.

Stormtrooper Halloween Costume

Superman – This outfit is already complete!

Superman Halloween Costume

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle – Pair with green pants to finish the look.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Halloween Costume

Thomas the Train – Pair with matching blue pants.

Thomas the Train Halloween Costume

Yoda – Pair with khaki pants to complete this costume.

Yoda Halloween Costume

Does your toddler have sensory sensitivity? Do you think they would wear one of these cute character hoodies for Halloween?

 

Sep 162016
 

Kids will love these Daniel Tiger gift ideas!

My three year old daughter is absolutely obsessed with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. It’s a show she will watch over and over again, and never grow tired of.

I love that Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood teaches a lot of very valuable lessons, like learning how to share, trying new foods, taking care of pets, welcoming a new sibling, using the potty, and so much more. Every episode also includes catchy songs that help kids easily remember the lessons they are taught. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

I was born in the early 80’s, so of course, I also love the nostalgic feel of the show. I was a huge fan of the original Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood television show, and I think Fred Rogers would be incredibly proud of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

With Christmas right around the corner, I’ve decided to start my shopping a little early, and on my list is some Daniel Tiger merchandise, of course! I am so excited to get some of these for my kids this year. With great Daniel Tiger gift ideas like these, you really can’t go wrong!

Daniel Tiger Gift Ideas

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Friends Figure Set  The first thing that caught my eye was this Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Friends Figure Set. This adorable set includes Daniel Tiger, O the Owl, Katerina Kittycat, Prince Wednesday and Miss Elaina. Each figure has poseable arms and a rotating head and stands approximately 2.5 inches tall. Thy are the perfect size for little hands to hold!

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Friends Figures SetDaniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Friends Figures Set

Daniel Tiger Snuggle & Glow – I just love this Daniel Tiger Snuggle & Glow! It has seven different phrases, sings a “Goodnight Daniel” song when his hand is squeezed, and Tigey lights up! This cuddly toy can help to establish a bedtime routine, works great as a night light and promotes calming during the night hours.

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Snuggle and Glow Plush ToyDaniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Snuggle and Glow Plush Toy

Daniel Tiger Plush – This Daniel Tiger Plush is too cute. I just love his little red sweater. He’s perfect for hugging and cuddling with.

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Friend Daniel Tiger PlushDaniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Friend Daniel Tiger Plush

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Friends Family Figure (5 Pack) – This Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Friends Family Figure set is so cute! This set includes Daddy Tiger, Mommy Tiger, Daniel Tiger, Baby Margaret and even Tigey! These fun pocket-sized pals have poseable arms and moving heads, and are recommended for ages 3 and up.

 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Friends Family Figure (5 Pack)

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Cell Phone Toy – This Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Cell Phone Toy lets kids talk to Daniel and 5 of his friends! It features character phrases, song and phone sounds, and is recommended for ages 2 and up.

 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Cell Phone Toy

Daniel Tiger Deluxe Neighborhood – This Daniel Tiger Deluxe Neighborhood is great! Kids have a blast loading up Daniel Tiger and his friends for a ride around the neighborhood on this deluxe working trolley. The trolley comes with Daniel Tiger and Mommy Tiger figures. At the push of a button, Trolley lights up and moves forward all by itself! Another button plays the Neighborhood Song and the Stop & Listen song. Trolley also has 6 character buttons with 2+ fun phrases each and includes Trolley sounds!

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood-Deluxe Electronic Trolley VehicleDaniel Tiger’s Neighborhood-Deluxe Electronic Trolley Vehicle

Daniel Tiger Pajamas – These Daniel Tiger pajamas are too cute!

 Daniel Tiger Toddler Girls’ 2pc Sleepwear Set, Purple, 3T Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Toddler Pajamas (3T, Tigertastic Blue) Daniel Tiger Toddler Boys’ 2pc Sleepwear Set W/ Cape, Blue/Red Cape, 4T Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Little Boys Toddler Pajama Top with Cape 3pc Pajama Set, 4T Daniel Tiger Toddler Girls’ 2pc Pant Set, Blue, 3T Daniel Tigers Pajamas for Girls 4 Pc Set Shorts Shirt Pants (3T) Daniel Tiger Toddler Girls’ 2 Piece Legging Sleepwear Set, Pink, 3T Daniel Tiger Toddler Girls’ Dorm, Make Believe Pink, 3T Daniel Tiger Girls Nightgown Pajamas (4T, Goodnight Purple) Daniel Tiger Toddler Girls’ Gown, Pink, 3T

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Musical Instrument Set – Kids will absolutely love this Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Musical Instrument Set! With seven great instruments to choose from, kids can have fun playing and making music together! This set includes a drum, 2 drum sticks, 2 maracas, a trumpet and a tambourine.

 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Musical Instrument Playset

Daniel Tiger Socks – I love these Daniel Tiger socks too! My kids are so obsessed with socks, and I know they would flip over these.

 Daniel Tigers Toddler Boy Socks 6 Pair Low Cut Boys Socks Fits 2T-4T

Cute and Cuddly Baby Margaret – Kayleigh just loves the Daniel Tiger episodes when baby Margaret is born, and I just know she would love this adorable Cute and Cuddly Baby Margaret Plush plush too. This soft plush resembles a smiling baby tiger cub. She has a tuft of hair on her head, a flower behind her ear and comes swaddled in a soft blanket. Ready to be held and cared for, the Daniel tiger plush toy helps encourage nurturing behaviors and is ideal for sibling preparation or imaginative play.

 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Cute and Cuddly Baby Margaret Plush

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Which of these Daniel Tiger gift ideas do you think your kids will enjoy the most?

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Sep 142016
 

I have two toddlers, so I have been through the whole teaching baby to eat real food thing twice now. I’m the biggest worrier in the world, so of course, teaching my babies how to chew solid food was completely nerve-racking for me. One thing that did make it easier was Gerber Lil’ Bits.

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Gerber Lil’ Bits are great because they expose baby to new tastes and textures, without being too much for them to handle. I love that it’s a really slow and gentle way to teach baby how to chew. I also just love the cute little containers they come in that are easy to reseal and stack in the refrigerator.

My son, Logan, is now 18 months old, but he still loves to eat Gerber Lil’ Bits as a fun treat. With fall upon us, I decided to pick up a pack of the Orchard Fruit Medley flavor and make him a tasty parfait. This one included apples, pears and peaches, but there are several other sweet and savory varieties to choose from!

orchard-fruit-medley-parfait

While in the baby aisle at Walmart, I spotted Gerber Vanilla Custard Pudding with Bananas, and I just knew that would work wonderfully with the Lil’ Bits. I also had some vanilla Greek yogurt at home that I added to the parfait as well.

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Logan really seemed to love the combination of the delicious fruit, pudding and Greek yogurt. He devoured it!

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ORCHARD HARVEST PARFAIT

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Ingredients: 

  • 1/8 cup Gerber Orchard Fruit Medley with Lil’ Bits
  • 1/8 cup Gerber Vanilla Custard Pudding with Bananas
  • 1/8 cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt

Directions:

Spoon vanilla Greek yogurt into a small bowl. Top with Gerber Vanilla Custard Pudding with Bananas. Finally, top with Gerber Orchard Fruit Medley with Lil’ Bits.

What tips do you have for teaching babies to chew food?

Sep 082016
 

Your Family Will Love This Cheesy Ham, Italian Sausage & Pepperoni Rigatoni Bake!

When it comes to pasta, do you prefer meaty dishes or cheesy dishes? It’s such a hard decision, isn’t it? Well, now, you don’t have to decide between the two! I’ve come up with a hearty and delicious recipe that has both. This Cheesy Ham, Italian Sausage & Pepperoni Rigatoni Bake is packed with pepperoni, sweet Italian sausage and ham to please meat lovers, and loaded with mozzarella, Parmesan and ricotta to please cheese lovers.

Meat & Cheese Lovers Rigatoni Bake

Now, this dish is pretty much perfection with the wonderful combination of meats and cheeses, but the thing that makes it super special is the sauce. Ragu’s Homestyle pasta sauce is thick and hearty, and so flavorful! It hugs every noodle and packs a punch of flavor in every bite. There are several different varieties available, too, so you are sure to find just the right one to compliment your own pasta recipe. I chose to use the roasted garlic flavor for this recipe. It gives it such a great garlic kick, which I absolutely love. One more thing I love about this pasta sauce, is that it doesn’t have any artificial flavors, artificial colors or high fructose corn syrup! What more could you ask for?

Thick and Hearty Roasted Garlic Homestyle Ragu

You could really use any variety of short pasta for this dish, but I decided to use Rigatoni because my Gram always made a Rigatoni bake when I was a kid, and it was so delicious. Gosh, I miss her and her cooking so much. This dish really reminded me of her a lot, and brings back lots of great memories. She loved to cook and bake from scratch, but she often used Ragu sauces in her pasta dishes to save time. She knew good flavor when she tasted it!

Cheesy Ham, Italian Sausage & Pepperoni Rigatoni Bake

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 jar Ragu Thick & Hearty Roasted Garlic Homestyle Sauce
  • 8 oz. dry rigatoni
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ pound ground Sweet Italian Sausage
  • ½ cup chopped pepperoni
  • ¾ cup chopped ham
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (divided)
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg

DIRECTIONS:

Cook Rigatoni to al dente, according to instructions on box.

Meanwhile, brown Italian sausage in a skillet with extra virgin olive oil.

Add cooked pasta, pepperoni, ham, and all but 1 cup of sauce to skillet and stir to combine.

Transfer pasta mixture to a casserole dish.

Meat & Cheese Lovers Rigatoni Bake

In a separate bowl, combine egg, 1 cup mozzarella, parmesan and ricotta cheeses. Spread cheese mixture over pasta.

Meat & Cheese Lovers Rigatoni Bake

Pour remaining 1 cup sauce on top of cheese mixture.

Meat & Cheese Lovers Rigatoni Bake

Top with remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.

Meat & Cheese Lovers Rigatoni Bake

Cover loosely with foil and bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil and cook for 15 minutes longer, until cheese is melted and brown around the edges.

Meat & Cheese Lovers Rigatoni Bake

Meaty, cheesy, and DELICIOUS!! I love everything about this Meat & Cheese Lovers Rigatoni Bake!

Meat & Cheese Lovers Rigatoni Bake

If you’re looking for more great recipe ideas using Ragu’s Homestyle pasta sauces, visit Ragu’s website. They have TONS of great ideas for you to choose from, like Quick Summer Gazpacho, Tuscan Style Sausage Sandwiches, Spaghetti Puttanesca and more!

Will you try this Cheesy Ham, Italian Sausage & Pepperoni Rigatoni Bake?

 

Sep 052016
 

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Do your kids ever get attached to one piece of clothing and wear it over and over again? My daughter, Kayleigh, has just recently started showing interest in picking out her own outfits, and I’ve noticed there are a few things she likes to wear over and over again. I have to make sure to keep up with the laundry, because she gets upset if she can’t find her favorite items.

Now that summer’s almost over, it’s time to buy her some new clothes for the fall and winter months. I love that she is now at an age where she can voice her opinions on certain things, like what clothes she wants to wear. We had a free moment together a couple of weeks ago, so I visited the OshKosh B’gosh website to do a little clothes shopping. OshKosh B’gosh always has an awesome selection of kids fashion, and it’s the first place I check out when shopping for my kids.

I knew Kayleigh would mostly likely want to wear the same shirt over and over again, so I asked her to pick out her favorite one from the website. She was instantly drawn to this OshKosh Originals Graphic Tee, and I loved it too. This t-shirt has 3 beautiful and brightly colored flowers on it, which makes it really easy to pair with several other items, and that was one of my goals for this shop.

OshKosh

I wanted to maximize Kayleigh’s wardrobe by building a few different outfits around this one shirt. First, I found these adorable floral leggings.

OshKosh

Every girl needs a cute pair of leggings, right? They look so comfortable and go so great with the colors in the shirt. I just love them! She added a flower bow in her hair for an extra pop of color.

OshKosh

We also grabbed her this pretty button up sweater to keep her warm. I just love the pink trim on the sleeves and bottom of the sweater. It goes great with the leggings!

OshKosh

Next up, I really wanted to find a pair of pants that would match that gorgeous orange colored flower in the shirt. I found these drawstring jeggings, and I just knew they would work so well. They also look very comfortable, and will be great to wear on colder days. They are just so fun and vibrant!

OshKosh

Every girl also has to have a great pair of jeans, so of course, we snagged a pair of those too. I love that these ones have an adjustable waist band. Kayleigh is very petite and often times jeans will slide right off her, but I was able to adjust these to fit her perfectly. The stylish blue shoes are also from OshKosh and I love that they don’t have shoelaces. Kayleigh hasn’t yet learned how to tie her shoes, so these are super easy for her to put on and take off all by herself.

OshKosh

Finally, I bought her this hoodie, which will definitely be a staple in her wardrobe this fall and winter. She loves wearing hoodies, and this one will pair well with both the jeans and the leggings. The inside is really soft and it looks very warm and comfortable.

OshKosh

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