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spread cheer with betty crocker

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that my little elf Eleanor and I had a holiday surprise up our sleeves! We decided to spread some Christmas cheer to our loved ones the best way we knew how - sweet treats!  With  some help from Betty Crocker, Eleanor and I set to work making our very first [...]

a book a day december

personalized children's book

This post contains affiliate links - thanks for supporting Makingmine! If you're a long-time reader, you might remember my post about doing a Storybook Christmas Countdown. The basic idea is that for each day in December leading up to Christmas, you unwrap a book to read together as a family. The 25 books can be [...]

preparing your child for a live show

**Keep reading till the end for a grooooovy giveaway sponsored by the Rose Theater ;) Hello and happy Monday! If you follow me on Instagram then you already know that this weekend Eleanor went to her first performance at The Rose Theater (a local children's theater here in Omaha). Pete the Cat: The Musical was a [...]

7 reasons you should try infant massage

I did infant massage with Eleanor when she was little, but it's a routine I haven't started with baby Everly yet. After talking to Taron (our FAVORITE yoga instructor at Mommy Fitness who is also a Licensed Massage Therapist) about the benefits of infant massage, I'm definitely making it a priority again!  Just 15 minutes a [...]

homemade banilla frozen yogurt

*Thanks Stonyfield for sponsoring this post! Making frozen treats can be just as fun as eating them! All it takes is your favorite Stonyfield yogurt, some yummy mix-ins, and a bit of space to run and play :) Stonyfield sent us this awesome Ice Cream Ball from YayLabs! You get to PLAY with a ball and [...]

father's day bicycle paint resist craft

Here's a bonus Father's Day craft idea - be sure to check out Eleanor's Milk and Cookies Gift too!  Aside from her daddy, Eleanor has two more special men to make gifts for this Father's Day - her grandpas! All three of these guys love biking (and do so often together), so I thought it would [...]

fathers day milk and cookie craft for toddlers

Be sure to check out Eleanor's BONUS Father's Day craft idea - it's perfect for any bike loving daddy!  From the time Eleanor wakes up in the morning, she's asking me when her daddy will be home from work, "Daddy home soon?!" When he walks through the door, she has a million requests for him. There [...]

grandparent gift

grandparent gift

Mother's Day was a few weeks back, but I have yet to share Eleanor's fun little gift she put together for her grandmas. I was inspired by an idea I found on Pinterest, but E and I made it our own with some special supplies and a personalized message :) Art projects with a toddler are [...]

toddler tasks

toddler tasks

Recently I've been trying to find a better balance between all of my duties as a stay-at-home mom. There's housework, meals, blogging tasks, and of course - quality time with Eleanor. Naps and post-bedtime for Eleanor used to be my sweet spot for tackling my "to do" list, but I was finding that I still [...]

last minute valentines

toddler valentine

Hey friends! I'm just popping by quick to share Eleanor's valentines! One of the moms in our playgroup is hosting a little Valentine's party for the kiddos this afternoon, and in true Joanna form, I didn't get started on Eleanor's treats until 2 hours before the party ;) Lucky for me, Target saved the day, and [...]

a christmas story

I mentioned on Monday that I had been on a Christmas performance kick last week. Three nights of fantastic shows all culminated with A Christmas Story at the Rose Theater. The movie is one of my all-time favorites, and the musical was just as fun! From the Red Ryder BB Gun... to Schwartz getting his [...]

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