Non-toy Gift Ideas for Toddlers

J’s second (SECOND!!) birthday is this week, and because I have such wonderful and generous family and friends, they’ve been asking what the little guy would like for his birthday. Like a lot of kids his age, J has more toys than he could ever play with, so we’ll be asking for some non-toy gifts for him this year. I’ve put together a list of gift ideas that are perfect for toddlers (and their parents) that go beyond the world of toys!

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Weekend Recap

Today is June 1….WHAT?! I can’t believe 2014 is almost half over.

We spent the last day of May at the 2014 Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football game, a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. This was the second year Akron hosted the event, and my first year playing in the game. Last year, I cheered on Katie. It looked like so much fun, I decided to play this year.

And it was a great time! Unfortunately, the Brunettes’ winning streak was ended this year: the Blondes won 18-14 on a touchdown in the last minute of the game. But I still had a good time (and 2 interceptions!).

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Me and Katie – co-caption of Team Brunette

After the game, I did as little activity as possible. Holy sore muscles! I’m still feeling it today, which reminds me how badly I need to get back into shape!

As happy as I am that we raised over $8,000 (!!!) towards the end of Alzheimer’s, the highlight of my day was getting this gift from Katie:

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And inside the envelope was…

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HECK YES I WILL BE!

I’m honored that she asked me and so excited to help her plan her wedding! Check out the amazing gift she got me:

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Unreal. She’s so good at this stuff – I always tell her she should do it for a living. The basket is in the theme of her wedding colors (mint and pink) and the destination – HAWAII!

I’m over the moon happy that Katie has found the love of her life. She certainly deserves to be with someone as wonderful as she is! I’m so blessed that I get to be a part of the beginning of their new life together. Cheers to Fall 2015 and the soon-to-be Mr. & Mrs.! ❤

Since Ryan is working, today has been a Mommy/Baby day. We did a little shopping with my mom and nephew, then headed to a birthday party for the son of one of my high school besties, Katielynn. Her son is an absolute doll – and 100% boy! He’s hilarious to be around, if you can catch him! He’s way to busy to chat with his mom’s friends. 🙂

The baby is napping, I have some chili simmering and a glass of wine is calling my name. Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!

 

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Welcome Baby J!

Five days after my last post, Ryan and I got the surprise of our lives: our little guy decided to make his grand entrance into this world 4 1/2 weeks early on February 19, 2014. Baby J came into a house with two ecstatic parents and two furry big brothers.

The past month has been very interesting to say the least – on top of all the normal stress of a newborn, J spent 9 days in the NICU and less than a week after we brought J home, I was hospitalized with an infection for four days. But – as I write this, on J’s original due date – I’m happy to say that everyone in our household is happy and healthy… if not a little tired. Ryan and I (along with Sarge and Gunner) are adjusting to having our newest family member around – and he’s fitting in quite nicely. We’re unbelievably blessed and happy finally have our son here!

Ten cute little toes!
Cute little toes!

 

All the best,

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