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Less Waste with Babies and Toddlers

I recently read Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson, who, along with her family of four, creates only one quart of garbage per year. I knew we could learn something from a family that can go that extreme (they aren’t big recyclers either!). I love her ideas–like buying in bulk, simplifying so you have only…

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Picture Books for Truck-Loving Toddlers

My mom and I were talking recently about how many books there are now that are geared specifically toward toddlers who are fascinated by trucks (or construction or trains). It makes it so much easier to help kids with these interests engage in reading. Since we will soon be a two boy family, we are really glad…

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10 Picture Books for Construction-Obsessed Toddlers

Motherhood has given me an appreciation for construction sites that I never had before. I know what different machines do (to some extent!), and I am astounded by all the details of a construction site. These ten picture books are filled with bright, eye-catching illustrations, and more than a few focus on how machines can help…

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8 Picture Books for Train-Loving Toddlers

Before I had a child, I secretly thought I could steer my child’s interests. I was convinced my son wouldn’t be just into “boy things.” However, his obsession with loud noises and things that go started young. Trains are definitely on the things that go + loud noises list. My dad gave Liam a little battery-powered Thomas…

Liam Reads II: Books for 6-12 Months Old and Beyond

Now that Liam is almost a year old (how?!), I wanted to give an updated book post (here’s the previous one) with some of his current favorite books. Every book in this previous list is still heavily read, but we’ve added some new favorites as well. I’ve also noticed some unexpected benefits of reading to an…