Spring Books for Toddlers

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Now that Spring is here (hooray!) we've been reading some of our favorite spring books that Anabelle just can't get enough of. Sometimes she'll be playing a little too quietly in her playoom and when I peek in she's reading a book to herself. It melts my heart.

Where the Wild Things Are: A classic favorite I grew up reading about a boy that visits a far away land with terrible creatures that adore him. My favorite part has to be when he returns home to find his dinner waiting for him. What a sweet mother he has!

Sleepyheads: I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I love it because it gets Anabelle in sleepy mode, but I hate it because it gets me in sleepy mode to. Then I want to pass out at 8:30pm after pointing out all the other creatures that are sleeping. 

The Pout-Pout Fish: Anabelle loves to read along with me when we read this. It's about a sad pouty fish who gets a different outlook on his life. There's no reason to be gloomy forever!

Guess How Much I Love You: I love that this book is about the love between a father and son. They go back and forth on how much they love each other. Come on, how sweet is that?

Are there any books we need to add to our collection, even though the bookshelf is overflowing?

Easter 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Did everyone stop talking about Easter? I know it was four days ago, but man, I've been slammed with a cold that knocked me on my feet for eleven miserable days straight. I let my body straighten itself while eating copious amounts of oranges and cucumbers. Let's just say, I'm thankful my husband stepped up to the plate because when you're falling asleep while your toddler lays in bed watching Mickey Mouse, it's not good. Anabelle ended up getting sick too, so there was lots of slumber parties in the bed. 

We had so much fun this Easter visiting local festivals and eating ridiculous amounts of candy. We arrived at an Eater egg hunt that was literally seven minutes down the street from us, just in time for them to announce "0-2 year olds, go!" So we ran to the hunt and Anabelle grabbed about eight eggs and said, "all done." I started laughing and encouraged her to knock some babies over to grab the remaining eggs. Hey, it's a rough world out there. Afterwards, this little nugget was so patient and waited nearly an hour in line to get a pink monkey balloon, which she promptly popped less than five minutes in the car ride home. She also surprised both me and my husband by going in the bounce house and down the slide by herself. Twice over. She usually wants me to get in with her, but I guess standing in line for an hour watching the other kids go in and out, she decided she could go in solo!




Of course, we dyed Easter eggs and stuffed a few eggs with candy. Anabelle was totally into dying the eggs, but decorating them is where she drew the line. She stuck a few gem stickers on an egg and ran away from me. So I slapped some random stickers on the eggs, and told myself we would have better success (and a longer attention span) next year.



We also had a mini Easter egg hunt at her grandparents house. She was so excited to "ea egg" hunt again. Little did she know, I recycled all the eggs and candy from the previous 3 hunts she went on. I don't think she minded at all, because she had no problem opening and trying every piece of candy. Her blonde tip curls and baby muscles melt my heart :)



Happy (severely belated) Easter!

Simple Toddler Trail Mix

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Simple Toddler Trail Mix | bubbles and gold

I'm always looking for a creative and fun snack to feed my hangry toddler. Easy and to the point. I can't even begin to explain why Anabelle has a severe dislike for any and all foods that are mixed together, or even worse, touching each other. The horror!

So what other natural thing should a mother do but force a mix of delicious goodness together so she can get over her little OCD escapade she's been on for the past four months? A simple toddler trail mix of course. And what do you know, as soon as she saw it on the kitchen counter in all it's mason jar glory, she pointed and said, "me?!" Oh yes, just for you. I served her a bowl, she laughed in delight and it was a mom win for sure.

2/3 cups of raisins
1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
2/3 cups of marshmallows
1/3 cup of pistachios (or any toddler-friendly nut)
2/3 cups of Cheerios
2/3 cups of dried banana chips 

Simple Toddler Trail Mix recipe | bubbles and gold

Before mixing, enjoy it in all it's non-conglomerated glory. 

Store in an air tight container. 

Simple Toddler Trail Mix | bubbles and gold


our weekend

Monday, March 16, 2015

Oh hey! I've stepped off the social media radar for a week (or so?) to work on a few tricks up my sleeve. Don't you just wish time could stop for a minute so we can catch up? I certainly do.

The weekend weather was so beautiful! We finally got a chance to hang outside, in short sleeve shirts and sunglasses, no less. After a rainy and gloomy week, it was pretty incredible. 

Anabelle got a Schwinn bike for her birthday and she's been riding circles around the kitchen for the past week. Cool kid. 

Weekly Target run, top knots and messy tees. Real life, folks. 

Training this new puppy is hard work. Anabelle is the best big sister showing her the ropes and easing her fears of new sounds, smells and people. My heart swelled after watching these two walk around the block together. She wanted to grab the leash from me, but I kept seeing Lacey drag her face down on the sidewalk and a trip to the ER in my mind. So instead, she led the way! They both started to slow down 3/4 of the way home. Toddler + puppy walking is tiring, let me tell you.

Anabelle has been begging me to make pancakes for several days, usually after breakfast is already ready and we're running low on time. Mommy compromised, and we made pancakes for lunch. I think it was a win.

Anabelle had her first pinata experience this weekend! She was a little freaked out by the whole concept at first, but once the candy started flowing, she got over it. All the bigger kids shared way too much candy with her. She obviously didn't think so. 

Enter sugar delirium. Hey, you're only a toddler once!

Happy Monday everyone! I hope your weekend was incredible.

Two Year Old Birthday Girl

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

It's official. I have a two year old child. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around that. Time flies is a cruel understatement. 

Anabelle's 2nd Birthday | Bubbles and Gold

I wanted to surprise her as soon as she woke up in the morning to make her feel extra special. I splattered some gold and black paint on a few balloons and placed them throughout her playroom. As soon as she saw them, she was like "bawoo!"

Anabelle's 2nd Birthday | Bubbles and Gold

Anabelle's 2nd Birthday | Bubbles and Gold

Of course, she immediately saw her present waiting for her and couldn't wait to open it. I bought her a couple of books, including Where The Wild Things Are (aka the best book ever!) and a tutu she can play around in. I'll surprise her at her birthday party this weekend with a little something I've been working on.  She can't stop talking about her birthday "par-y." I've been gearing her up all month for it. She can actually comprehend and get excited about a birthday party this year, and I can't wait to see her face.

Anabelle's 2nd Birthday | Bubbles and Gold

Anabelle's 2nd Birthday | Bubbles and Gold

Funfetti Birthday Pancakes | Bubbles and Gold

We are in full two year old mode, let me tell you. I usually wake up about 5 am and get a few things done before I get a workout in. Yesterday, while waiting for my coffee and rice cake to digest I whipped up a batch of funfetti birthday pancakes to surprise Anabelle when she woke up. When I lit the candles and tried to sing happy birthday, she bucked away from the fire and screamed, "no!" Rude. The pancakes were awesome though. She ate them all and I ate the rest. She's a feign for anything covered in maple syrup. 

Anabelle's 2nd Birthday | Bubbles and Gold

After nap time, I took her to get some birthday cake ice cream. She had a choice between ice cream or the playground and she chose the former. A girl after my own heart :) I'm also pretty sure she didn't want to spend anymore time outside in this freezing weather. Freezing our insides is way better anyway. 

Anabelle's 2nd Birthday | Bubbles and Gold

Post ice cream coma, we went to the store and I told her to pick out one birthday gift for herself. Bad idea. I was tortured for nearly half an hour trying to convince her to make a decision. She eventually chose a 45 piece Elmo puzzle that I'm sure is going to take some work to put together. I was never the best at puzzles and I certainly can't rely on her nimble fingers. Yet. 

At two years old, Anabelle is sweet, kindhearted with a gentle, sympathetic spirit. She is always smiling and laughing with every chance she gets. This kid absolutely adores affection and requests "mo" hugs and kisses until I suffocate her in love. Her manners are on point too. She's always saying, "dank ou" (thank you) and repeating it until she hears a "you're welcome" in response. Let's see how long she can keep this politeness going.

Cheers to two, my delightful girl! Thank you for choosing me to be your mommy.

Life Via The Camera Roll

Monday, February 9, 2015

I cleaned up my office area during an organizational fung shui move and put my DSLR inside a shelf drawer out of reach from grabby toddler hands. In a punishment move from fate, I keep forgetting to bring it with me. Or even take it out of the drawer. So, here are a few snapshots from our weekend, courtesy of the camera roll.

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Waiting for breakfast inside her baby's stroller. The baby rolls safely on the visor. Hah!

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Being 4'11 has it's advantages, like hanging with my best girl in her wagon on the way home from the park.  

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She doesn't want to swing in the toddler swing, so I have to jump on with her. Sans makeup and sweatpants. It was a lazy Saturday :)

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life via the camera roll | www.bubblesandgold.com

Post lunch (which she barely ate any of) she played in the sandbox while I hovered like the helicopter mom I am. I keep telling her, "I'm always watching you!" Always. Like a creeper.

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We're making progress with these two. My tomcat is still trying to boss everyone around, and doesn't want anyone to forget he's the "man" of the house. Even with three other animals and a toddler fighting for attention. 

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As soon as she woke up this morning, she yelled, "Elmo!" And brought the vday cards her grandparents bought her from her bed. She slept with them last night, because, you never know when you'll need to hand them out to your friends.

Happy Monday!

DIY Valentine's Day Felt Tote

Sunday, February 1, 2015

I've been pumping Anabelle up for the past few weeks about giving and receiving "presents" on Valentine's Day. She's so excited. I mean, who wouldn't want presents usually in the form of candy? I wouldn't mind either.

Since I can't figure out what to gift toddlers for Valentine's, I figured I would start with step one. The bag. She needs a bag to hold the outrageous amount of sugar deliciousness and heart punny that will come her way.  

DIY Valentine's Day Felt Tote | www.bubblesandgold.com

I saw something similar while we were browsing the Target dollar aisle and thought, "I can totally make that." Since Anabelle was super psyched to spend the entire day running errands with me and going to the storwe, we grabbed the supplies from the craft store for less that $4. Cheap crafts around these parts, folks. I don't discriminate. 

Speaking of storwes, she had a meltdown after I broke the news that we had finished all the errands we had to. She was completely heartbroken. You would have thought I told her she could never have another bite of ice cream ever again. That would be heartbreak city. Not finishing your errands for the day. She was like, "Nooooooooooo! Mo' storwes." Homegirl can spend hours browsing like her mama. And she's only 23 months. I can't even imagine what the years ahead will bring. Oh my. 

The whole tote project, as we'll call it, took about an hour because I couldn't decided if I wanted her bag to look like a bag or a tote. The tote idea won. 


- stiff red felt 
- stiff white felt 
- white thread
- adhesive glue

DIY Felt Valentine's Day Bag supplies | www.bubblesandgold.comInstructions 
1. Cut into the red felt into two pieces measuring 5x9 (this is the front & back), two pieces meausuring 2x9 (side), one piece measuring 1 1/2x9 (handle) and one piece measuring 2x5 (bottom). 
2. Cut out the white felt into a heart shape.
3. Sew the back piece to the two side pieces, starting with the right side down to the bottom and around to the left side. 
4. Sew the front piece on to the side pieces. 
5. Sew the handle to the side pieces. 
6. Glue the white heart to the front of the tote using permanent adhesive glue. 

DIY Valentine's Day Felt Tote supplies | www.bubblesandgold.com

I haven't shown it to Anabelle yet, since I'm going to wait until Valentine's. I have a few other crafts I'm working on to give her throughout the month of February. I can't wait to share with you all!

Happy February! And go, Cowboys ;)

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