How I Got Here

My parents have always been extremely big on reading. I remember as a child, getting read to every single night. My bedtime story was the most important part of the day to me. I also remember the first time I read an entire book to my dad. Just all the proudness radiating off of him.

We were also big on singing every single time we were in the car, whenever we did anything in the home, just all the time. We listened to Motown everything. My parents were really big on the oldies — so that’s all I knew. They were very interactive/hands on with me. My mom was amazing, she stayed at home and helped me with everything. My dad would show up at my school and do all field trips and projects with me.

I previously wrote about First 5 California¬†and how I was using their tools to help with the growth of my little ones. They know how important reading is to me and it’s showing in them. They are reading¬†constantly or want to be read to. They love books! We take trips to the book store and the library constantly. It is so important for their growth to be read, sung and spoken to in their infancy and toddlerhood. I’m sure you’ve seen the statistics. The majority of their brain is developed in their first 3 years of life!

Make sure you check out the First 5 California activity page! There are so many fun things to do with your little one. There are tons of activities for newborns, toddlers and preschoolers. There are book downloads, coloring pages, recipes – they have so much to offer! Check it out when you get a chance. Make sure you talk, sing, read with your little one!

What are some activities that your parents did with you to get you where you are today?

5 Autumn Activities

Autumn is my favorite season! It’s sweater weather y’all. Well, not in California. It was low 90s today, but I can’t wait until I can bring out all of my sweaters and hoodies. I also love layering up the kids. But enough about that, lets talk about all of the fun autumn activities that we can get into!

We have some fun activities that we do every year. I love getting everyone into the mood. I hate how stores essentially skip Halloween and Thanksgiving – they just put Christmas stuff up in their stores. So I like to make sure that we drag out the holiday and make sure that we can do everything possible to get us going!


  1. Visit a pumpkin patch – I love going to all the patches in the area. I like to support local businesses, so we go to actual farms. I love helping the kids pick out a pumpkin. We check out corn mazes and walk around for hours. We take pictures, play in the corn boxes, get on the train. It’s my favorite part. Birdie loves to read every single sign that she can get her hands on. We make sure that she learns about the different pumpkins and squashes.
  2. Do kids’ crafts – I go out of my way to basically have a craft to do every single day in the month of October. I love having the crafts and saving them for years to come. The kids love to participate. They “talk” back and forth to each other during the activity.
  3. Go apple picking – I love apple cider. I think that’s my favorite part. We go down to an orchard and just pick apples for hours. We read all the signs and sing every song that we can think of. Then we eat the sandwiches that we pack and drink up as much juice and cider that we can.
  4. Check out a harvest festival – There’s always a bunch in the area. So we try to go out every weekend.
  5. Baking – We use the apples that we get from the orchard and make everything and anything. We make juice, cider, sauce, pie… The list goes on. The kids love to help, and who am I to turn down help?

Check out some more activities by First 5 California. They have some fun ways to talk, sing and read with your child(ren). There are a lot of great resources.