This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
The other day I found myself sorting through my little girl’s closet once again, reluctantly selecting the baby clothes that no longer fit her and folding them to later put away in storage. This activity always tugs on my heartstrings. Each piece of clothing holds a memory, a moment in time; and packing it away signifies the end of an era. It’s so bittersweet, watching your children grow. It’s such a pleasure to watch them develop and learn knew things, and so rewarding to witness their own unique personality blossom. But yet so heartbreaking knowing they will never be this small ever again. A fleeting moment in time, to be treasured and remembered, preserved only through photographs and journaling.
With the recent unexpected warmer weather, I started selecting Everly’s spring wardrobe; picking out rompers, playsuits and dresses that I know will soon hold their own memories. This will be the first springtime where Everly can truly participate in all the fun activities that take place, and I can’t wait to capture these moments.
Here are my favourite springtime activities for babies and toddlers:
1. Visit a Petting Zoo – Each year, our local mall sets up a petting zoo with various small farm animals – ducklings, rabbits, pigs, llamas, lambs etc. It’s a lovely way for the children to get real life experience with the animals they’ve seen hundreds of times through their favourite books.
2. Botanical Gardens – Visiting a botanical garden is great way for children to learn about various plants, flowers, and trees. We’re lucky that our local one has an amazing children’s garden, complete with a treehouse, sand pit, splash pad, story basket trees and an array of other charming additions to entice little one’s imaginations.
3. Gardening – I don’t know about your kids, but Henry and Everly just LOVE to dig through dirt, splash in mud and explore outside! We collect acorns, talk about how trees grow and they have so much fun using the watering can. This springtime I want to nurture their love of the outdoors and introduce them to planting seeds and tending to flowers. I’m also keen start a vegetable patch, I think it would be so much fun! If you don’t have the space yourself, search for local allotments to grow your own.
4. Easter Egg Hunt – I documented Everly’s first Easter last year, when she was a mere four months old. I’m so excited for her to take part in this year’s Easter egg hunt and enjoy all the fun alongside her brother. I’ve already started to work on their Easter baskets and I’m going to keep an eye out for local Easter activities for children – there’s usually plenty to choose from!
We’ve been lucky enough to enjoy spring temperatures already, so Everly donned her new Carter’s polka dot playsuit and we headed to the botanical gardens. She charmed everybody she saw in her sweet little straw hat! I had also brought along some adorable tortoiseshell sunglasses, but try convincing a sassy 14 month old to keep them on her face! Now that Everly is confidently walking, I’ve loved picking out shoes for her. I couldn’t resist the most darling little white lace and ribbon shoes from Carter’s, if only they had them in my size!
As part of today’s post, I’m offering 20% off coupon for Carter’s (valid from 9th February – 6th March) to use online or in-store. You can find all the items that Everly is wearing on their site, plus an array of spring styles featuring rompers, supersoft knits, dip-dyed fabrics and little extras like hair bows and hats.
Also keep a look out for the Carter’s baby sale which will take place from February 21 – March 6; they always have amazing deals!