Parenting Toddlers

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The toddler years can be challenging… I’m right in the middle of them myself. There are days when all I want to do is find a corner and cry out of frustration. Please tell me I’m not the only one?!

But I’ve learned a lot about being a mother in the last 4 years and have realized that the key to any day going successfully is how I handle myself. A calm, stress-free mother is essential to any happiness in the home.

This is where my strategy of minimal activities comes in – I know I can’t handle a busy day myself without getting stressed out, so, to keep everything running smoothly and everybody happy, I’ve learned to say ‘no’ sometimes and limit our day-time activities to a manageable amount.

After all, how can I expect my children to handle a busy day AND a stressed momma without more than a few meltdowns and fights? I can’t.

I’m always learning more about parenting and stay on the lookout for helpful information and practical ideas that I can put to use in our own lives. I came across these links in the last few weeks that taught me a little more… maybe they can help you too?

Toddler Quiet Time: a daily routine to give everyone breathing time | Day2Day Joys

Baby Steps & Toddler Tips: discipline for the earliest years | Simple Mom

What Should a 4 Year Old Know? | A Magical Childhood

5 Ways to Love Your Life More Today | Steady Mom

Do The Very Thing You Ask of Them | Simple Mom


A New Look!

The old one was getting just a bit too busy for my liking… so welcome to the all-new, simplistic, Love Life With Kids!

Let me know what you think!

Beautiful Mama Blog Award


I’ve received another blog award! Thank you, Valerie!

The purpose of the award is to recognize mothers who show their obvious love of motherhood and are inspiring to other mamas.


A requirement of this award is to list 3 things that I love about motherhood. Let’s see…

1. the opportunity to watch little minds grow and learn

2. the ability to influence a little person’s character for life

3. the little moments, and things they do, that make my heart smile


I’d like to pass on this award to a few moms who stand out to me!

Life As Mom Knows It

Sophie @ Mommy Training Wheels

Five In Tow

Marlies @ Treasuring Our Moments

Julie @ Joy’s Hope


Jenny @ The Life We Have Been Given

Sarah @ Amongst Lovely Things

From Wine to Whine

Carla @ Making Our Memories


And there are MANY more mothers that I know, respect and admire in real life, but don’t have a blog that I can link to!

To accept the award, please do the following things:

  • Click the above award image, save it and use it in your acceptance post.
  • List 3 things you love about motherhood.
  • Nominate other deserving mamas; you may choose as many as you like. (And let them know of the nomination)

Awesome Home-Cooked Food!

Just wanted to share this recipe: Ham and Spaghetti Casserole over at Mennonite Girls Can Cook. It looks like a delicious way to use leftover ham. And you can probably switch the ham out for chicken or beef chunks if you wanted to!

And check out the rest of their website… very delicious home-cooked recipes to get your inspirational juices flowing in the kitchen! I’m thinking my next dessert to try is their Pavlova Rounds… look yummy!

Some Links for You This Weekend

I know, I know… I’ve been a little absent lately. I apologize. I will try to resume my regular weekly posts.

For now, here are a few links you might be interested in:

How To Deal With (Your Own) Anger | Simple Homeschool

A Child’s Ten Commandments to Parents | The Logan Family Blog

Saying “Yes” Anyway | Simple Kids

Why You Shouldn’t Pick Up After Your Kids | Tackling Mommyhood


Have a wonderful weekend!

Easy Weeknight Dinner | Taco Lasagna

Valerie is hosting a blog party this week! The theme is Easy Weeknight Dinners. The idea is to post an easy recipe that your family loves to have for dinner and then link up oveat her blog to share it with others. The collection of recipe links will be on Valerie’s main page from Jan. 21-25… check it out if you’re looking for some dinner inspiration!

Here’ s my recipe:

Taco Lasagna

Taco Lasagna

Taco Casserole

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 tortillas
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Brown beef in skillet; add taco seasoning. Divide beef into four parts. In a round 2.5 quart casserole dish, evenly spread 1/4 of beef in bottom, 1/4 cup of cheese on top, a tortilla, 1/3 cup sour cream, and a scoop of salsa. Repeat layers 2 more times. Top with remaining beef, green onion, and cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes, until heated through.

Makes 6 servings. Enjoy with a Caesar salad!

(Also delicious using oven-ready lasagna noodles instead of tortillas, in a 2.5 quart rectangular casserole.)

Hop on over to Valerie’s blog to see more delicious easy dinner recipes!

Top 5 Posts of 2012

Here are the most-read posts on in 2012… in case you missed any of them or just want to reread your favourites. You can also access all of the archives on the right margin.

1. 30 Things (A Fun Way to Learn More About Your Spouse)

2. Hello World!

3. Finding Joy in the Everyday

4. Seasons

5. The Power of Getting Dressed


Many thanks to all my readers!