olive june: December 2017

ways to give back this holiday season

this time of year carries around a strong sense of kindness towards others. if you know me well, you know i am a very empathetic person... i feel for ya. it's around this time of year when my heart aches for others. if i am being honest, this has especially been the case since the moment i became a mom, almost two years ago. i really want to foster all of the animals and babies and kids who need someone. here are five different ways to give back and hopefully make a difference this season. there are so many ways that you can make a huge impact and spread joy. 

fun toddler date ideas for the holidays

i feel like one of my jobs as a mom is to make the holidays memorable and fun for my kids, especially while they are young. although parks is still very young, i have realized so much lately that he really just wants time spent with others. he loves people. (babies are his favorite but he also loves kids his age, older kids and adults so much) i want to make these seasons special- not with presents or over-the-top pinterest projects (although i think craft/activities from time to time is awesome/whatever you love- do it.) seeing the holidays through the eyes of a child is the most magical thing in the world. i am hoping to incorporate some of these activities + little things into our lives this month to make every day just a little bit more fun.