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It's All New To Ju!

There is an entire section of this blog dedicated to my playful toddler Juju. He is 1 1/2 years old and learning so much every day.


He is a fashionable young man with a growing collection of cool sneakers! 

Keep an eye out for his posts where I will share his daily schedule, favorite activities, review his favorite products, and just show him being the super silly boy he is! There will also be links to shop his  closet and sneaker collection.

*The shop Juju’s collection section contain affiliate links which pays this blog a tiny commission when you make a purchase, at no additional charge to you. Each click and purchase helps us keep this blog running!*

Scroll to the top of the page and click “Its All New To Ju” for all his posts! 

 
 

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Sensory Play On A Budget

Hi Peeps!

I wanted to do a quick post about some of the activities we were doing around the house with our 16 month old. We are currently coming out of an 80 day lockdown in Philadelphia, and during that time at home we had to get creative to replicate the activity level my son is used to getting at daycare.

Let me start by saying…

My family and I are truly blessed to have made it through this pandemic virtually unscathed. I was able to comfortably work from home while my husband watched the baby (thankfully not working from home but still getting paid). We had food, shelter, and even plenty of toilet paper to keep us happily indoors. We enjoyed watching milestones we would have otherwise missed if my son was in daycare. We also did some much needed spring cleaning and minimizing (Marie Kondo would be proud). 

Now that we have hit toddlerhood, the range of activities we can try out has vastly expanded. One of our favorites is…

SENSORY PLAY!

Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing.

Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. The sensory activities allow children to refine their thresholds for different sensory information helping their brain to create stronger connections to process and respond to sensory information.

Since we love FREE and EASY…

Our sensory material of choice is WATER PLAY! It literally requires nothing but a bucket or bowl and any random household items or waterproof toys.

Sensory Materials we use:

  • Balls
  • Bath Toys
  • Applesauce Pouch caps
  • Wooden spoons

Baby loves every minute of it and it’s always stimulating enough to his senses to incite a nap!

5 minute Sensory Idea

Sometimes after meals when Ju isn’t ready to get out just yet but he is done eating, we give him a bowl full of water and a wooden spoon and he goes to town. Water play is just that simple!

Tell me what sensory activities you are doing with your toddler so I can give them a try! I’m new to this and always looking to expand on FREE and EASY summer fun, so drop me a comment and share your favorite!

First Things First

Hello there!

Welcome to my brand new Money Conscious Lifestyle Blog! I’m Shannon the content creator for this site and first time Mom.

Ive been blogging for a while, enjoying some success with my Facebook Fan page-back when that was a thing! At the height of its success we boasted over 67,000 followers (still boasting actually!)

But along came algorithms and Facebook Ads and the online climate totally changed…

I found myself bored and created my now defunct Invading Mars site. During that time, I divorced, met the love of my life, got married, purchased a house, and had a baby boy!

I began documenting my journey purchasing my first home via this site until I had a hosting blunder that took this site offline for MONTHS.
Battered but not broken, I sulked for a few months and then decided to turn these Pandemic lemons into lemonade and RELAUNCH my site!

And here I am!

This site will still cover:

  • Articles and information about first time home buying and all the saving and credit management that goes into that process.
  • My first time parenting adventures, including our flawed but frugal Montessori system.
  • Projects we are working on around the house.
  • Tips and Recommendations about products   and services we love.
  • Whatever interests me at the time! 


Please stay tuned for plenty of posts and updated from me coming soon! If you haven’t already subscribe so you don’t miss a thing!

 

Talk to you soon!