10 Simple And Festive Activities To Celebrate Fall

THE MINI APARTMENT fall activities 2019I love when Fall comes around – but rarely do I feel like we have time to do all the fall activities that we want to do! This year, I thought it would be a better idea to make a simpler “bucket list” of fall activities. This list is full of fun and festive ideas to do during fall that are either free or cost next to nothing! You can do all of these activities with little prep, and on any day of the week.

Some fall bucket lists can be a bit overwhelming with so many things to pack in, and others include things that not everyone has access to (like jumping in the leaves or sitting by the fire – we don’t get opportunities like that in San Diego!). This simple bucket list for fall includes seasonal activities to do no matter where you live!

Click the link below to download and print your free fall activity printable (in color and on cardstock if you want the full effect) – then hang it on your fridge or cork board so you can access it all season long! And make sure to check out the details on each item below to make the most out of this simple fall activity bucket list 🙂 Continue reading

How To Leave The House With A New Baby And A Toddler

Hi friends! Today’s topic has been a much requested one since we’ve been home with our newborn baby – we’ve gone out several times a week (even up to once a day) since she was 2 days old! Whether it was a short trip to the park or a big trip to Disneyland, we’ve made an attempt to be active and it’s been so worth it.

Getting out of the house with multiple little ones on is a challenge, but here’s why it’s important to us. It builds confidence, creates a healthy challenge of working together with your spouse to problem solve and communicate efficiently, and lets your older kid(s) see that you have not “forgotten them” just because a new sibling is in the mix – which was super important to us to do for izzy. Continue reading

Things To Get Done Before Baby Comes That You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

things to get done before baby comesPreparing for your new baby takes a lot of work. Of course there’s washing all the newborn clothes, getting bottles ready, and getting out your baby gear! But from my experience, there are some things that – once I got home from the hospital – I thought, “dang I wish I would’ve done that before we left!”

Our second time around, I am making sure I do things that my future mom-of-two self will thank me for! That way I won’t have to worry about chores or prepping or cleaning once we are back home with a tiny newborn. Doing the following will totally help get rid of the stress of bringing your newborn home, will allow you time to just relax, and take care of you + your baby without fussing over your “should’ve done that” list: Continue reading

Celebrating Izzy At 1.5 Years Old


I journaled nearly everything all throughout my pregnancy, and then from birth to age 1. I wanted to memorize every single experience and detail about my first baby’s little life. But once toddlerhood came around after her first birthday, it became harder to find time to write all the things down that she learned, said, and did throughout the day. She has always been a super active kiddo, and I’ve hardly had a chance to breathe let alone document all the sweet, smart, and funny things she’s done these last few months.

This post is celebrating all the things she has accomplished so far, what she can do and say, and her likes/dislikes at 1.5 years old 🙂 This is such a fun (and exhausting and crazy) age and I am so excited to see how much she will love being a big sister once baby #2 comes. Continue reading

The Best Baby Gear List For Maximizing Your Space And Wallet

Once your baby reaches new milestones, you’ll need to keep up with their development by upgrading their toys and play areas. With our baby, we did not want to purchase or have all kinds of baby gear lying around or in storage (for the sake of wanting to maximize our living and storage spaces). We carefully chose a select few essential items (toys, play areas, sleeping gear, etc) for each milestone that were age appropriate, compact, functional, could be easily stored, cost efficient, and kept our baby amused and content for long periods of time.

This blog post covers most of the bigger baby gear you will be wanting or needing – I will do a separate post on strollers soon!

I did a ton of research on all kinds of baby products before and after we had our first baby to find out exactly what we needed, and what to pass on. Here’s a spoiler: you probably won’t need everything you think 🙂 Here are three easy tips to consider when you’re looking into getting baby gear: Continue reading