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Our Top 6 Fall-Themed Toddler Books

If there’s one thing I cherish about our bedtime routine, it’s the heartwarming sight of C clutching a book with his blue baby eyes begging me to read. My youngest has truly blossomed into a little bookworm.

Every night, without fail, he insists on reading at least three books. And when I say “insist,” I mean that endearing toddler persistence where no bedtime is complete without flipping through those colorful pages. His current favorite? Board books.

With fall around the corner, I decided to curate a collection of autumn-themed board books for C. The seasonal colors, warm tales, and the anticipation of holidays make them perfect bedtime stories. So, if you too have a little bookworm at home or are simply looking to introduce your child to the joy of reading, here are our top 6 fall-themed toddler books:

  1. “Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn” by Kenard Pak – A delightful tale that captures the essence of the changing seasons.
  2. “Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin” by Tad Hills – Join the duo in their quest to find the perfect pumpkin.
  3. “The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin” by Sonali Fry – A seasonal spin on the classic nursery rhyme that C absolutely adores.
  4. “Apple Picking Day!” by Candice Ransom – Dive into a day at the apple orchard, filled with fun and, of course, apples! And you can keep it for early reading later!
  5. “In the Middle of Fall” by Kevin Henkes – A beautifully illustrated book that captures the essence of fall in all its glory.
  6. “Pumpkin Soup” by Helen Cooper – A warm tale of friendship and the adventures of making pumpkin soup.

Each of these books brings a slice of autumn into our bedtime routine, and I love watching C’s reactions to the tales and illustrations. If you’re looking to add some fall magic to your little one’s library, these are some of my top recommendations.

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The Unexpected Potty Training Hack

Before my two adorable munchkins came into my life, I was chasing miles on the pavement. These days, however, I’m chasing a different kind of milestone. While those runs gave me the thrill of an accomplished mile, nothing quite matches the exhilaration of seeing my son, F, achieve a new “big boy” milestone. Potty training, as most parents would know, is a journey in itself.

We’ve tried it all. From the fancy potty seats that fit snugly on the big toilets to the colorful, toddler-friendly standalone potties. But F, with his typical toddler charisma, was far from impressed or motivated. Until a serendipitous moment at Target turned things around.

My husband was searching for Hot Wheels for F when a lady told him how she had used them to work on potty training with her little on. F is obsessed with cars. So obsessed. Anything with wheels gets him all riled up. So we thought, “why not?” Each successful potty run would get him a car.

To say it worked would be an understatement. Within two days, eight shiny cars had found their way from the basket to F’s collection. But the cherry on top? We went apple picking yesterday and when he saw other kids using the porta potty, he realized he had to go pee and told me. This is a HUGE accomplishment, seriously. Let’s just say it was a bit of a struggle with his little brother in tow and no other adult to help. We may have had a tiny accident, with a bit of pee landing on our pants, but in my books? A resounding success!

Our potty training adventure isn’t over. There are more cars to earn and probably a few more porta potty misadventures to endure. But these moments, these milestones, are what make the mom-life marathon worth every step.

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Bonjour – Babies Onesie

It’s been a long time since I’ve designed something. So I was pleasantly surprised when one of my girlfriends said she had a baby shower needed help designing an invitation for (not her, but she’s hosting it for her friend who has a bun in the oven). I was so excited. We chatted about designs, colors for the shower, and I finished up a few variations for her. I’ll show you all a version after she has the baby shower because I don’t want to spoil any surprises, but let me tell you, it was pretty darn cute.

I also learned a brand new term – new to me, anyway. Sprinkle. No, not the rainbow colored candies you put on your ice cream. She kept telling me her friend was having a sprinkle. Is that some new term for a baby? Turns out it just means the mommy-to-be has already had a baby and this is the second or third, or whatever. Get it, a smaller shower.. just a sprinkle .. of rain. SOO cute!


Anyway, you’re probably wondering what that has to do with onesie with “bonjour” on it. Well, it was inspired by me trying to come up with some baby clothing ideas. Mostly, what would I want to buy someone for their baby shower (or sprinkle). The pink and blue tulle-covered onesies are so overdone. I’m quite a fan of the more thoughtful ones or out of the ordinary, like these:

Chemistry Baby

Chemistry Boys Science Onesie for Baby - Blue


Baby Cardigan

Baby Cardigan Onesie and Bowtie, Baby, Little Man Outfit, First Birthday Party, Baby's First Pictures


Or for the Bio-Major, Insect and Plant-Inspired

Custom, hand-drawn onesiesIf you like the one I designed, check it out here: Click.