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How to Enjoy Your First American Girl Store Visit

*Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive compensation for purchases to further my blog. Please see Disclosure page for full details.*   Our family was invited and sponsored to attend the opening of the American Girl store at our local mall, Washington Square Mall. The store is reopening for a short time, just for this holiday season, and they are celebrating the newest doll that has been added to their BeForever Collection, Nanae Mitchell. They gifted us a complimentary Nanae doll for attending and for…

How To Prepare A Camping Trip With a Toddler

*Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links & links related to my current associations, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive compensation for purchases to further my blog. Please see Disclosure page for full details.* We are taking our first camping trip with our toddler next weekend and I feel completely underprepared & worried. I have a week to get things together, but it takes much more planning than just a night over at Nana & Papa’s house. We haven’t camped this year yet, so this will be our first…

How to Enjoy Festivals & Fairs with a Toddler

At the end of every July, Newberg holds its annual Newberg Old Fashioned Festival. This year, it celebrated its 37th year & it was Scarlett’s second year attending. Matt & I have gone four years now & each year, the festival becomes more fun, entertaining & special to us as a family. It makes our very small town feel big & it always brings the community together. With vendors, parades, carnival rides, food galore & people, it can get a bit busy. We knew coming into this year, we wanted to be prepared with Scarlett so we could all…

Summer Activities for Families & Toddlers

Summertime has officially started here in Oregon with temperatures this past weekend in the low 100’s. The hot weather means lots of outdoor activities, water play & popsicles. Now that Scarlett is a toddler, we can enjoy a handful of things that we couldn’t do when she wasn’t walking. The Pacific Northwest offers a variety of activities for the summer months & no matter what the weather is, you can always find something to do to have fun. I wouldn’t be surprised if we still have some cloudy & cool days ahead of us, so it…