Fall Scavenger Hunt

This time of year we cannot be outside enough. Millie loves to go on walks multiple times a day. We walk up and down our street over and over. She likes to walk up to certain houses with fun holiday decor and ohh and ahh at them. It is so funny. There is a *tiny* hill between our neighbors house and ours. She will walk up it saying “HILL” like it is a huge mountain and run or roll down it over and over and over and over. She really does kill me.

In Dallas we usually have a short amount of time where we can really enjoy the outdoors. We have HOT summers and our winters are pretty chilly (to us at least). Overall we do not seem to have a lot of 70* weather days around here. That does not keep us locked up in the house though. There is nothing like the fresh air from being outside. I love to see Millie’s face when she finds something new on the ground. A stick, flowers, leaves, acorns, she will collect them all. A lot of the time we take a bag or bucket with us to collect all of our treasures. Not getting her to take all our findings inside has been a challenge, but I have convinced her to leave them on our front porch.

Since she loves finding items on our walks I decided to make a fun Fall Scavenger Hunt checklist! This is a FREE printable for you! These are items we would really find on our walks outside anyway, but it is a fun way to go on an adventure and find everything. On our list is different color leaves, acorns, small animals, a flag, bug, stick, and a couple more. You can save and print out the Fall Scavenger Hunt and use it as a checklist for your fall walks and adventures. You could even take it to the park with you too!

Tell me…what do you find on your walks?

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Donut Grow Up

Y’all!!  My BABY is now almost 13 months old!  How can this be?!  I swear it was last week when she was 13 days old snuggling on my chest (and screaming non stop from 7pm – 10pm).  Now she is a few days shy of 13 months old and walking around the house (still snuggling on me too- but only between the laps she WALKS around the house). Why is time such a thief? Why do babies not keep?  All of the emotions get me.  I am so happy  watching her grow up, but I do wish she would stay little for a little while longer.

I have been looking at her FIRST birthday party pictures over and over and over (and maybe over and over).  I cannot believe it was a month ago my baby turned ONE.  How do we have a ONE year old? I still cannot believe it.

We decided to do a birthday party at home with our family.  I wanted the focus to be on Millie and the celebration to be with the people closest to her.  Let’s face it- the party is for the parents anyway- and we wanted to keep it for family.  I debated on throwing a huge bash- a HOORAY we kept the tiny human alive AND also survived ourselves party- but decided against it.

I purchased all the decorations on Amazon and at the Dollar Tree.  Since it was a morning party and a DONUT Grow Up theme it made for easy food options! We had donuts, fruit, and my hash brown casserole (recipe in upcoming blog post).

I bought “If You Give A Dog A Donut” book and had everyone sign the inside of it.  I thought this was a great way to have everyone’s sweet wishes for her all in one place.  One day (went she won’t chew it and try to rip out the pages) I will give it to her! I hope she thinks it is a special as I do!

What did you do for your child’s first birthday parties? I love to hear all the fun parties and fun themes people chose! It is such a special day.

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Keeping Millie Corralled

Who knew one tiny human would need so much stuff?!  After weeks (more like months) of my husband pointing out that Millie’s toys were in every. single. room. of. the. house. I figured it was time to convert our office (more like throw all room) into a playroom for our little munchkin.  It has made the house a lot more tidy and Millie seems to like having a room for all her fun things.  The ONLY problem: she is on the move.  Like you look to your left for .04 seconds and she is in the kitchen pushing the kitchen table chairs around.  Who knew they were so quick?! I knew we needed a baby gate to keep her in!

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The wonderful crew at North States Industries Baby Gates graciously sent us the Arched Auto Close Gate with Easy Step.  I love how the grey color and the 18 in door opening incorporates style and function all in one. There are a few reasons we absolutely LOVE about it:

  1. The threshold is low- this makes walking (or crawling) out of the room much easier for all of us
  2. How the gate shuts- with one simple push the gate shuts firmly and securely so you don’t have to worry about the safety of your children
  3. How the door works– The door swings both directions making it convenient for getting in and out.  It also has a stopper so the doors can also only swing in one direction if you want
  4. You can lock it- or keep it open- It has a triple locking system so you can have peace of mind OR you can use the hold-open feature so you can pass through easily if you don’t need the gate closed
  5. How easy it was to set up- The pressure mounts were easy to adjust by using the tension knobs to secure the gate in our door way- I set it up by myself (yay me!)
  6. You can put it other places- There was hardware for mounting on the top of stairs too- measuring 28.5 – 38.25 inches wide with two extensions. If you need the gate for a larger opening you can purchase their extensions measuring 7 1/4 in and 10 3/4 in wide.  (The gate measures 30 inches high)

We are thrilled with the style and ease of the Arched Auto-Close Gate with Easy Step. It is easy to use and I know she is safe and secure behind the gate.

You can purchase their gates directly off their website. Make sure you use millieandmommie20 to receive 20% off any purchase on northstaesind.com

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Look how much she loves it!

**I received the baby gate from North States Industries for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.**

Our favorite baby gate

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Millie Monet

Millie is going to be the next great artist! Well maybe not, but we had fun doing this activity!  It is a great sensory activity to do with babies.  They can see the colors, feel the paint moving, and bang their little hands all over. It is SUPER easy- mess free- and you get a cute piece of art.

Materials:

  • Paint (a few different colors)
  • Paper
  • Ziplock
  • Tape (optional)

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Squeeze blobs of paint on the paper inside of the ziplock bag and seal.  I choose to use cute Duck Tape to hold it down on her high chair so she doesn’t grab and throw it.

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Then let them have at it!  Millie loved to push her little fingers on the paints- then she took to banging away.  She moved and squished the colors around until she had made a beautiful piece of art.

 

We had a fun time doing this sensory activity.  It was cheap, easy, and best of all MESS free! Have you tried this or something similar with your baby? Tell me down below in the comments!

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Millie’s First Easter

This past weekend we celebrated Millie’s first Easter.  Easter is one of my favorite holidays.  I love how it is about being with family and celebrating, but there is no stress (unlike Christmas).  Having a baby makes ALL the things so much more fun.  It is fun to celebrate all the FIRSTS- even though she has no clue what is really going on.

The day started and the Easter Bunny brought Millie an incredible Easter basket! Daddy was pretty surprised with ALL the fun items the Easter Bunny brought her.  For brunch we go to my brother-in-laws family’s and have a huge brunch with EVERYONE!  There is usually between 45-55 people and it is awesome.  My nephew carried Millie around the whole time.  LOVE IT! After brunch we came home to snuggle and nap.  It was a great first Easter- one that I’ll never forget! Hope everyone had a great time too!

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