5 Springtime Activities To Do With Toddlers

May 11, 2017

Springtime is the perfect time to brush off the dreariness of winter and get outside with your kiddos to try some new activities!

The toddler age is hard, though—they aren’t quite old enough for some major outdoor activities, but they have a TON of energy and love to “help out”. Which typically means getting in the way, right?

Here are our top 5 favorite springtime activities to do with toddlers. The trick is to have plenty of patience and bring your sense of humor. And know that they are loving learning and playing with you! Don’t worry too much about the mess or the outcome—it’s all about the journey, Mama!

5 Springtime Activities To Do With Toddlers

1.) Plant a Caprese Salad Garden (or any garden!)
Take a family trip to your local hardware or garden store and scoop up some beautiful plants to pot. Any plant will do, but we love the idea of a themed garden—like this Caprese Salad Container Garden (click link for full “how-to!”). Geraniums are super easy to pot and grow. And most herbs are fun because you get to harvest them as well!

2.) Take Nature Walks
Click here to download our Nature Walk Checklist. It’s a free printable (or you can just save it to your phone) with a list of things to check off as you take an adventure walk with your kids! Make a leisure walk more fun and more purposeful…no more saying “Hurry up! Hurry up!” The point is to take your time 🙂

Click HERE for your Free printable of a Nature Walk Checklist with the kids. Perfect for toddlers and older kids. A checklist of fun things to look for, to collect, and to do on your daily walks. Make walks with the kids more fun, more enjoyable and less of a "hurry up! hurry up!" moment with this free printable! Or simply save it to your phone and take it with you. www.TheDailySoulSessions.com

3.) Play “Finding Nemo”
If your house is anything like mine, all things Nemo are beloved. One of Sloane’s favorite activities is to fill up a plastic tub with a couple of inches of water and take all of her fish toys outside. She can spend a full hour or more just playing with her fish-ies. And octopus. And turtles. Bath toys work great for this—bonus points if you have some actual characters from the movie. (I have plenty, so just head on over to our house!)

4.) Picnics In The Park
Around 11am, pack up a picnic lunch (make it super easy, hand held bites) and head to your nearest park. We love our enclosed one down the street because I’m able to sit with my newborn while my 3 year old runs around…contained! She runs over every now and then to take a bite of food. And she’s exhausted and full by nap time!

5.) Driveway Games
So this is what I call that dreaded time after naps and before dad gets home. Ah! You know what I’m talking about. We head to the driveway with a bucket of bubbles, sidewalk chalk, whiffle balls, plastic bats, and “bases”. She runs around from activity to activity and I encourage her to “run the bases” every time she hits (or doesn’t!) the ball!

Patience Is The Key

Like I said above, approaching all of these “adventures” with a huge amount of patience is key! It’s something I struggle with and have to work on every day. But all of these activities are great because Sloane loves them, they pass the time, she burns some energy, and they don’t involve Micky Mouse Clubhouse or Paw Patrol! WINNER!

How To Plant A Caprese Salad Garden With The Kids

May 8, 2017

 

Try this delicious Caprese Salad recipe!

Why not make a Caprese Salad garden with your kids this spring? They will love getting all messy in the dirt while you plant, and then feel invested in the growth of the veggies all summer long. Plus, watching a tomato they grow might help them actually want to eat it! Win win 🙂

One of my favorite salads to make all summer long is a Caprese Salad. They are incredibly easy to throw together and absolutely yummy—especially when tomatoes taste ripe and juicy in the hot summer months!

How to plant a caprese salad garden with your kids. All you need is a pot of basil and a pot of tomatoes. Have the kids help you plant and watch them grow all summer long! www.TheDailySoulSessions.com

How To Plant A Caprese Salad Garden

1.) Pick up some basil, some already planted tomatoes, 2 medium sized pots, and some vegetable soil at the garden store.

2.) Once you’re home, fill the bottom 3rd of the pots with soil. Remove the plants from their plastic pots and gently loosen the roots. Place plants in their respective pots. Fill the pots with dirt and press the dirt down and around the plants.

3.) Water your plants and watch them grow! Then make a caprese salad throughout the summer and watch everybody devour the fruits of their labor.

Caprese Salad Recipe

  • Slice up ripe tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
  • Layer the cheese on top of the tomatoes. \
  • Top with shredded basil.
  • Drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar on top.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

And eat to your hearts content!

How to plant a Caprese Salad Garden with your kids. Plus a delicious caprese salad recipe. Healthy summer recipes for your family and toddlers. www.TheDailySoulSessions.com

The One Thing Your Future Depends On…

May 1, 2017

“The future depends on what you do today.”
~Mahatma Ghandi

The future depends on what you do today.

I read this quote this morning, and even though I’ve read it before, something about seeing it today literally stopped me in my tracks.

It is so easy to let all the days blend together right now—with littles at home running us ragged, we are lucky if we survive till the end of the day with only a few minor injuries and a house still standing! And yes, I’m joking—but also really not joking!

Motherhood is NO JOKE. And if we don’t purposefully spend time on our personal goals and dreams, time will slip away from us.

And before you tell me that you feel guilty spending time on yourself right now, let me just ask this: What do you want for your children? Do you want them to set goals and follow their passions? Do you want them to live mindful, confident, and positive lives? Do you want them to truly know themselves so that they understand how beautiful and unique it is to follow their dreams? And not simply succumb to the pressure and peers around them?

You are your kids’ first role model.

Kids learn from example. And role models are essential. YOU are their first role model. If they don’t learn these essential skills from you, who will they learn it from?

The days are long, but the years are short right now. And time flies by faster and faster with each one. So let’s not let them slip away. Let’s mindfully approach each and every day. Let’s make a plan for TODAY, because your future depends on it…

We can do this! What is one thing you are going to do today to get you closer to your dream life? First thing off the top of your head…aaaaand….go!

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