Preparing For The First Day of Preschool

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Preparing for the First Day of Preschool

The beginning of your child’s journey into preschool is an exciting and emotional moment for both toddler and mama. Preschool is a excellent place for our little ones to learn, make new friends and prepare for life ahead. It is so wonderful to watch our children grow and reach this pivotal milestone in their lives, but it can be quite an adjustment for them at first. Here are the most helpful tips for Preparing for the First Day of Preschool:

Begin a Schedule

I worked in a preschool for a few years prior to having Ella. I noticed that one of the biggest challenges for children starting out in preschool was adjusting to their new schedule. A great way for preparing for the first day of preschool is to start your child on their new schedule from home before beginning school. Most preschools have a set schedule for activities, meals and nap time depending on your child’s age. Request a copy of the schedule and begin implementing it at home a couple weeks before their first day.

Playfully Prepare for Preschool

Playfully preparing for your child’s first day is a great way to reassure them that preschool is a fun and exciting place. There are so many different ways you can make beginning preschool fun for your child. Ella and I began playing preschool during play time with some of her dolls to get her used to the idea of school. Some other ways you can playfully prepare for the first day of preschool is to read preschool themed books, watch educational kids shows, or create preschool themed crafts.


Practice Skills Taught in Preschool

Preschool is one of the first places outside of the home where children begin to learn basic rules and manners. It can be a challenge for some kids beginning preschool to learn some of these new skills. A great idea for preparing for the first day of preschool is to practice some of these skills at home. Some of skills to practice are: cleaning up toys after each use, sitting for quiet time activities, sharing with others and basic listening skills.

Schedule Play Dates

One of the funnest parts about starting preschool is your child will begin to make friends of their own! This is so exciting but it can also be intimidating being around so many other kids at first. A great way to make this transition easier is to schedule play dates with other children before starting preschool. Bring your child to the park, the museum, a local story time – anything that will help get them used to being around other kids. Not only is it fun for them, but it helps them learn new social skills to prepare them for their first day of preschool as well.

Involve Your Child in the Planning

You want your child to feel as comfortable and confident as possible for their first day of preschool. Letting your child join in on preschool planning is a great way to get them excited about their first day! Some ways you can involve your child in the planning are: take them shopping for their first backpack, let them choose their outfit for the first day, and let them help packing lunch.


Time Away From Mom

Another huge challenge for children entering preschool is being away from mom. It can be and especially difficult adjustment for kids who have never been away from their parents before. A great tip for preparing for the first day of preschool is to get them used to spending time away from mom. Before starting preschool, I let Ella play in the childcare room at my gym for an hour while I worked out. This was huge for her preschool transition! Another way to get your little one used to being away from mom is to let them stay with a trusted relative or babysitter while you run errands.

Make Their First Day a Big Deal (in a Positive Way!)

It’s so huge for your child to feel positive about beginning preschool for the first time. A great way to prepare them is to make their first day of preschool a big deal! Begin talking to your child about preschool and tell them how exciting their first day will be. On their first day of preschool wake your child up in a special way, make their favorite breakfast, take “First Day of School” photos! Anything you can do to make their first day a big deal  is a great way to help them start their journey into preschool feeling upbeat and positive.


Your child’s first day of preschool is a huge milestone in their life. Although it may be an adjustment for both mama and little one at first, preschool will be an overall exciting experience. I hope these tips help you in preparing for the first day of preschool. If you have any tips you would like to add to the list please share them in the comments below. Thanks so much for reading!

Mother Daughter Halloween Costume Ideas

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Mother Daughter Halloween Costume Ideas

Is there anything cuter than matching mother daughter Halloween costumes? I don’t think so! There are only so many Halloweens where it’s still cool to match with your mommy so I am taking full advantage of it. My daughter and I have matched for every year for Halloween and are so excited to continue the tradition this year.  Here are some of the cutest Mother Daughter Halloween Costume Ideas to inspire you this year.

Elsa and Anna | Mother Daughter Halloween Costume | Everywhere with Ella

Elsa and Anna from Frozen


Glinda the Good Witch and Dorothy Mother Daughter Halloween Costume

Dorothy and Glinda the Good Witch


wonder woman mother daughter halloween costume

Wonder Woman


Cruella Devil and Dalmation Mother Daughter Halloween Costume

Cruella D’Evil and Dalmation


Morticia and Wednesday Addams Mother Daughter Halloween Costumes

Mortica and Wednesday Addams


Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty Mother Daughter Halloween Costumes

Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty


The Incredibles Mother Daughter Halloween Costumes

The Incredibles


Ursula and The Little Mermaid Mother Daughter Halloween Costumes

Ursula and The Little Mermaid


The Flintstones Mother Daughter Halloween Costumes

The Flintstones


Little Red Riding Hood Mother Daughter Halloween Costume

Little Red Riding Hood


Sully and Boo Costumes | Mother Daughter Halloween Costumes | Everywhere with Ella

Sully and Boo from Monster’s Inc


Seriously, how cute are these mother daughter Halloween costumes? I wish it could be Halloween everyday so Ella and I could try out all of these Halloween costume ideas. Have any mother daughter Halloween costume ideas you would like to add to the list? Please share them in the comments below. Thanks so much for reading!

Looking for more Halloween costume inspiration? CLICK HERE for the cutest Disney themed Halloween costumes for girls!

Best Attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for Toddlers

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Best Attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for Toddlers

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of my favorite places to explore in Walt Disney World because there is always something new to see! There are so many great rides and attractions for toddlers at Animal Kingdom that will keep them happy and entertained all day long. Here are the Best Attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for Toddlers:

Animal Kingdom Rides for Toddlers

Na'vi River Journey | Best Attractions in Disney's Animal Kingdom for Toddlers | Everywhere with Ella

Na’vi River Journey

Na’vi River Journey is located in the very popular Pandora area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This ride is great for toddlers because it is extremely smooth, colorful and the overall feel is relaxing. The Na’vi River Journey takes you on a gentle boat ride down the Na’vi River where you experience the beautiful sights and sounds of Pandora. Our favorite part of the ride was seeing the large Shaman at the end!

Kilimajaro Safari | Best Attractions in Disney's Animal Kingdom for Toddlers | Everywhere with Ella

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Kilimanjaro Safaris is a guided safari tour through the African outback. Some of the animals you see during the safari include: antelope, baboon, rhino, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, lion and much more! The animals seemingly roam free so its awesome to see them up close. Kilimanjaro Safaris is a great ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for toddlers because at this age many toddlers are super into animals! Ella was so excited to see the different animals and make their noises as we passed by.

Triceratop Spin | Best Attractions in Disney's Animal Kingdom for Toddlers | Everywhere with Ella
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TriceraTop Spin

TriceraTop Spin is a slow moving spin ride that is basically Animal Kingdom’s version of Dumbo. This ride was designed specifically for little ones and is super exciting for toddlers! My daughter loves TriceraTop Spin because she gets to fly high above DinoLand and she even gets to control how high or low we soar. When she is feeling brave we even make our triceratops move up and down!

Meet and Greets at Animal Kingdom

Donald's Dino Bash | Best Attractions in Disney's Animal Kingdom for Toddlers | Everywhere with Ella

Donald’s Dino Bash

Donald’s Dino Bash is the newest addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Meet and Greets and we are obsessed! Honestly, this might be my new favorite meet and greet in all of Walt Disney World. There are quite a few characters you can meet at Donald’s Dino Bash including Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Chip n Dale (our favorite) and many more! The characters are available for meet and greets all day long and there is a special dance party for the little ones in the evening. If your toddler loves meeting the characters as much as mine does then I definitely recommend visiting Donald’s Dino Bash!

Donald's Dino Bash | Best Attractions in Disney's Animal Kingdom for Toddlers | Everywhere with Ella

Adventurers Outpost Mickey and Minnie | Best Attractions in Disney's Animal Kingdom for Toddlers | Everywhere with Ella
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Minnie and Mickey at Adventurers Outpost

The Adventurers Outpost is one of my favorite places to meet Mickey and Minnie. Not only do I just love seeing this duo in their safari gear, but it is also one of the only places in Disney World where you can meet both Minnie and Mickey together. This character meet and greet is so popular that it actually accepts FastPass+ so if you are interested I definitely recommend reserving them ahead of time.

Russell and Dug at Discovery Island | Best Attractions in Disney's Animal Kingdom for Toddlers | Everywhere with Ella

Russell and Dug at Discovery Island

Discovery Island is the only place in Walt Disney World to meet the cuties from Disney’s popular movie UP! Russell and Dug can be found on Discovery Island throughout the day for a really fun meet and greet. The meet and greet is located directly in front of the Tree of Life, you really can’t miss it!

Animal Kingdom Attractions for Toddlers

Festival of the Lion King | Best Attractions in Disney's Animal Kingdom for Toddlers | Everywhere with Ella
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Festival of the Lion King

Animal Kingdom is home to some incredible stage shows that are excellent attractions for toddlers. The Festival of the Lion King is a 30 minute theatrical performance of the Lion King like you’ve never seen before. There are acrobats, fire-knife performers, breathtaking musical numbers and some pretty awesome costumes! This show is a must do attraction for anyone visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The Bone Yard | Best Attractions in Disney's Animal Kingdom for Toddlers | Everywhere with Ella

The Boneyard Play Area

The Boneyard is a large open air play area for kids and it’s themed like a dinosaur dig site. This area is super cool because it has so many different things for the kids to enjoy. Ella would have stayed here all day if I let her! She loved climbing up the stairs and going down the slides in the toddler area. We also climbed up to the top of the dig site and ventured over to the large sand pit to dig for dinosaur bones. The Boneyard is definitely worth the stop if you’re visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom with a toddler.

Finding Nemo The Musical | Best Attractions in Disney's Animal Kingdom for Toddlers | Everywhere with Ella

Finding Nemo: The Musical

This is the cutest stage show ever and definitely our favorite. Finding Nemo The Musical is a 40 minute theatrical performance of the popular Disney movie Finding Nemo. Okay moms, I know 40 minutes sounds a little long for your little one I promise you it’s not! This show is so entertaining and exciting it will capture your toddlers attention from start to finish. The songs are great, the puppets are incredible you really feel like you are in the movie! Finding Nemo: The Musical is one of my top recommending attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for Toddlers.

I hope this list of the Best Attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for Toddlers was helpful for you! If you have any recommendations you would like to add to our list please share them in the comments below. Thanks so much for reading!

Looking for the best attractions for toddlers in the other Disney World theme parks?

CLICK HERE for more tips for visiting Disney World with a toddler.

10 Best Fall Activities for Families

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10 Best Fall Activities for Families

Happy fall you guys! It’s finally the best time of the year and we are thrilled.  Between the perfect weather, colorful autumn leaves, and of course all the best holidays – what’s not to love about fall? Fall is a great time of the year to spend with family and there are so many fun fall activities for you and your family to enjoy. Here are some of the best fall activities for families to inspire you this season.

Visit a Sunflower Field

Fall Activities for Families | Sunflower Fields | Everywhere with Ella

Sunflowers are in full bloom so take advantage of this fall activity while you still can. Kids love running through the beautiful rows of flowers. Sunflower fields also make an amazing fall family photo spot so be sure to have your camera ready. To find a sunflower field near you click HERE.

Go Apple Picking

Apple Picking | Fall Activities For Families | Everywhere with Ella

Autumn is the best time of the year to pick your own apples. And with so many delicious autumn recipes including apples it’s no wonder apple-picking is one of the most popular and fun fall activities for families! To find an apple orchard near you click HERE.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Visit a Pumpkin Patch | Fall Activities for Families | Everywhere with Ella

First of all can we talk about how tiny Ella was in this picture? It’s crazy to think she was this little only a year ago! Visiting the pumpkin patch was our favorite fall activity last year. Ella had so much fun running through the pumpkins and we even got to pick out our own pumpkins for free! To find a pumpkin patch near you click HERE.

Have a Bonfire

Bonfire | Fall Activities for Families | Everywhere with ella

Bonfires are a great way to get outdoors and spend some quality time with your family. So grab some marshmallows, cuddle up by the fire and enjoy this fun fall activity with your family! For the ultimate s’more making kit click HERE.

Family Halloween Costumes

Halloween Costumes | Fall Activities For Families | Everywhere with Ella

Everyone knows I live for Halloween so I’m all about matching Halloween costumes with Ella. Matching Halloween costumes are an awesome fall activity for families and make Halloween so much more fun (and the photos so much cuter!) Stay tuned for my upcoming mommy and me Halloween costume post later this week.

Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin Carving | Fall Activities for Families | Everywhere with Ella

Pumpkin carving is such a fun fall activity to enjoy with the entire family. There are so many different ways to carve your pumpkin. I’ve created an entire collection of the cutest and spookiest pumpkin carving ideas on my Pinterest board click HERE to for inspiration.

Go For a Hayride

Hayride | Fall Activities for Families | Everywhere with Ella

Does anything scream fall more than a hay ride? Hay rides are such a fun and relaxing fall activity for the entire family to enjoy. A lot of times you can get a free hayride when visiting your local pumpkin patch. If you’re feeling extra crazy you can even try a haunted hayride for Halloween!

Visit Your Local Farmers Market

Farmers Market | Fall Activities for Families | Everywhere with Ella

I am such a support your local farmers market kind of girl but my favorite time to go is definitely during the fall! Farmers Markets are always a fun family activity because there’s so much to do and see. To find a farmers market near you click HERE.

Fall Themed Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts | Fall Activities for Families | Everywhere with Ella

Fall brings so much beauty and inspiration for arts and crafts. There are so many options for fall themed crafts that your little ones with truly enjoy! I’ve created an entire collection of Arts and Crafts for kids on my Pinterest page. Click HERE for inspiration!

Jump in the Leaves

Jump in the Leaves | Fall Activities For Families | Everywhere with Ella

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make the best memories. There was nothing more fun than jumping in a giant pile of leaves as a kid! Rake some leaves and let your little one play and enjoy this fall activity.

Have any fall activities for families you would like to add to the list? Please share them in the comments below. Thanks so much for reading!