Monthly Archives: February 2018


Weekly Finds

Happy Thursday! It’s time for another installment of weekly finds, and I have some really amazing finds this week; everything from home to fashion to beauty and more. You can check out past week’s finds right here.

If you’re ever looking for something specific, don’t be shy! Shoot me an e-mail, comment here on the blog, or over on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram, and I’ll do my best to find you my favorite picks!

Here’s what I’m loving this week …

Steven Lourdes Slingback Flats

Steven Lourdes Slingback Flats

Seagrass Boho Belly Basket Tote Storage with Gold Sequins

Seagrass Boho Belly Basket Tote Storage with Gold Sequins (So functional, so cute, and it’s just $15.99 with FREE Amazon Prime shipping!)

FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer (This looks bomb.)

See By Chloé Frilly Jersey Dress

See By Chloé Frilly Jersey Dress

Retro 5-Piece Ceramic Non-Stick Cookware Set, Pink (How cute is this?!)

Retro 5-Piece Ceramic Non-Stick Cookware Set in Pink (How cute is this?!)

Kim Seybert Otomi Cocktail Napkins

Kim Seybert Otomi Cocktail Napkins

Marc Fisher Ltd Raidan Studded Sandal

Marc Fisher Ltd Raidan Studded Sandal

Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia Decorative Wire Basket

Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia Decorative Wire Basket (Perfect for Easter!)

Citizens of Humanity Crista Jacket

Citizens of Humanity Crista Jacket (I’m such a huge fan of CoH – they’re denim is amazing quality – and the side slits on this jacket are gorgeous!)

Oli + Carol Origami Boat Bath Toy

Oli & Carol Origami Boat Bath Toy (My little ones would love this!)

Free People Santiago Embroidered Mini Dress

Free People Santiago Embroidered Mini Dress

Sugar & Cloth Peach Scallop Melamine Serving Set, 3-Piece

Sugar & Cloth Peach Scallop Melamine Serving Set, 3-Piece

MCM Visetos Medium Pouch in Pink

MCM Visetos Medium Pouch in Pink (Also comes in Cognac and Black.)

Any favorite weekly picks? What do you have your eye on?

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Lexi

The Prettiest Ceramic Dinnerware (and it’s Available on Amazon!)

Spring is just a little over a month away, and like any good pretend party planner, I’ve already got Spring soirées full of bright blooms on the brain. I’ve actually been prepping for a big Easter shoot this week, and while scrolling through Amazon (my go-to for last-minute party and styled shoot supplies), I came across this new-to-Amazon line: Dorotea Hand Painted Dinnerware. Y’all, this dinnerware is GORGEOUS.

Made by Seattle-based artist Carolina Silva, the ceramic pieces in the Dorotea dinnerware collection are inspired by nature. They’re whimsical and durable and absolutely darling. And the reviews are glowing. Even the packaging is cute.

And how sweet would these be for an Easter table or Spring party?

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Dorotea Hand Painted Soup/Cereal Bowl, Set of 4

The prettiest, whimsical floral dishes that are just perfect for Spring - and they're exclusive to Amazon! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Dorotea Hand Painted Dinner Plates, Set of 4

The prettiest, whimsical floral dishes that are just perfect for Spring - and they're exclusive to Amazon! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Dorotea Hand Painted Small Fruit/Dessert Bowls, Set of 4

The prettiest, whimsical floral dishes that are just perfect for Spring - and they're exclusive to Amazon! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Dorotea Hand Painted Coffee/Tea Mugs, Set of 4

The prettiest, whimsical floral dishes that are just perfect for Spring - and they're exclusive to Amazon! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Dorotea Hand Painted Small Fruit/Dessert Bowls

The prettiest, whimsical floral dishes that are just perfect for Spring - and they're exclusive to Amazon! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Dorotea Hand Painted Soup/Cereal Bowl

This bloom-filled line is exclusive to Amazon, so get it while you can!

Love this post? See more of our home décor finds here.

Images: Dorotea Hand Painted Dinnerware

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Lexi

How to Throw a Galentine’s Day Wine and Cheese Party

This post has been sponsored by Crunchmaster. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make Glitter, Inc. possible!

Ever since Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, from one of my favorite shows ever – Parks and Recreation (Seriously, if you’ve never watched it, it’s time. Binge-watch it right now.) – popularized the fictional holiday  – Galentine’s Day, has become a bit of a girl power phenomenon.

“Oh it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst.”

– Leslie Knope

Basically, Galentine’s Day is a girl-focused holiday that occurs every year on February 13th – the day before Valentine’s Day. Girls celebrate each other and their bond with one another; and having two little girls of my own, I totally dig the idea of solidarity and celebration. Plus, as a busy mom, I fully support wine, cheese, and dessert, all from the comfort of my own home. I’m a big fan.

This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Last year, Amy and I threw an over-the-top feminine Galentine’s Day dessert party (that you have got to see!), and now I’ve made it a bit of a tradition to celebrate girl power each year on the day before Valentine’s Day.

This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

This year, I wanted a glammed up wine and cheese night theme, complete with plenty of chocolate, sweets, and cake. Though this Galentine’s Day party is lady-focused, if you want to go ahead and throw yourself a party for your special someone instead, that’s cool too, because: CAKE.

This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

I kept the menu super simple and low-key. A heaping charcuterie board topped with cheese, fruit, nuts, and Crunchmaster® crackers, caprese skewers, store-bought cookies, chocolates, a chocolate cake, and plenty of wine and bubbly.

This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

You really can’t ever go wrong with cheese and crackers, and it’s such an easy thing to put together. I’m all about easy crowd-pleasers when it comes to entertaining.

This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Crunchmaster crackers are a favorite in our house. They’re made of simple, healthy ingredients like brown rice, quinoa, flax, corn, amaranth, millet, sunflower, chickpea, and edamame, they’re low in sugar and naturally gluten free, and they’re seriously good.

This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Pair crunchy crackers and bread with popular cheeses like brie, cheddar, parmesan, and goat cheese.

This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc
This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc
This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

To keep your Galentine’s Day gathering stress-free, stock up on store-bought treats. Right around Valentine’s Day, grocery store bakeries sell the cutest cakes, cupcakes, and cookies with a v-day theme, and I had no trouble finding yummy and adorable sweet treats.

This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc
This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc
This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc
This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc
This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc
This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc
This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc
This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc
This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Have you ever celebrated Galentine’s Day? Why not throw a little girls cocktail hour in celebration of the big day this year?

This year, celebrate Galentine's Day (and girl power) with wine and bubbly, cheese, and a whole lot of dessert. Here's how to throw one great party! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Looking for more Galentine’s Day inspiration? Check out last year’s feminine Galentine’s Day dessert party!

If you throw your own Galentine’s Day wine and cheese party, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your fun soirées!

Photos by Annie Watts Photography

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Lexi

Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

I wish I could properly put into words how amazing this chocolate chip snack cake is. Or how decadent it is. Or how something so simple could taste so darn good. But I’ll do my best.

I wish I could properly put into words how amazing this chocolate chip snack cake is. It's nostalgia and buttery, moist decadent melty chocolate-y cake all in one. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

I should start by telling you that I’ll admit, I’ve always loved a classic, buttery cake. Give me a sour cream or pound cake any day over something overly sweet. There’s something about that rich sour cream taste in old-fashioned cake recipes that I can’t get enough of. My husband, on the other hand, loves anything swirled in sugar, covered in sugar, dripped, stuffed, and drowned in sugar. Which makes this chocolate chip snack cake delightfully surprising, and quite literally, the best of both worlds. We both absolutely love it.

I wish I could properly put into words how amazing this chocolate chip snack cake is. It's nostalgia and buttery, moist decadent melty chocolate-y cake all in one. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

This chocolate chip snack cake is so simple, and so good. It’s a classic, soft, buttery, heavenly, moist cake, with the perfect hint of vanilla-goodness; then it’s amplified times about a thousand with little flecks of chocolate chips studded all throughout it. Every inch is warm, gooey, and incredible, especially with those mini chocolate chips bursting through every bite. We’re talking warm, gooey, and incredible. Because although the cake is soft, fluffy and so moist at any temperature; served warm, every bite is filled with a heavy smattering of melty chocolate chips. It’s positively scandalous. Seriously, good luck trying to let this cake cool before you dig in for a thick slice of heaven.

I wish I could properly put into words how amazing this chocolate chip snack cake is. It's nostalgia and buttery, moist decadent melty chocolate-y cake all in one. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

That’s the beauty of a classic recipe I suppose. Without being overly complex or very involved at all, the end result is one of the most delicious cakes around. I’m not sure how something so simple can taste SO good, but it just does. It’s easily a favorite cake recipe of mine.

And there’s a bit of nostalgia to this cake. The little squares remind me of childhood. Aside from the sweet memories of my mom baking up a delicious cake, all warm and melty out of the oven, I love the “snack” like quality of this cake in particular. It’s the perfect lunchbox cake, in perfect little squares.

Because it bakes up thick and fluffy in a square 8×8 inch baking pan, it’s best to cut the cake into small, thick squares; perfect for snacking. Sneak a square into your little one’s lunchbox, and you’ll be the coolest mom in town. Then, once everyone is off for the day, serve yourself a square with a big cup of coffee and pat yourself on the back for being a baking wizard. (Even though, I promise you, this cake is not hard to make.)

I wish I could properly put into words how amazing this chocolate chip snack cake is. It's nostalgia and buttery, moist decadent melty chocolate-y cake all in one. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

Ingredients

Snack Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Vanilla Glaze (Optional)

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk or water
  • 1-2 drops of vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 8×8 inch square baking pan with either butter or baking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugars with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time, beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl between each addition. Once all of the eggs have been added, beat on high until fluffy. Beat in vanilla.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  • Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until just combined. Add in 1/2 of the greek yogurt or sour cream and mix until just combined. Add another 1/3 of the dry ingredients and mix on low to just combine. Add in remaining yogurt or sour cream and mix to just combine. Scrape down the sides of your bowl and add the last of the remaining dry ingredients and beat on low just until there are no lumps in your batter, being careful not to over-mix.
  • With a spatula fold in 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared cake pan and top cake batter with the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the top is light golden brown and the center of the cake springs back to the touch. Remove from the oven and set on a wire rack to cool.
  • Allow the cake to cool for at least ten minutes (I know it's tough!) and then cut and serve in squares. The cake really is incredible warm out of the oven, so we never really let it cool for very long. 😉
  • OPTIONAL Vanilla Frosting: Whisk together icing sugar and water until smooth. You want a fairly runny, pourable consistency, so add more water or icing sugar to achieve that. Pour the glaze over top of the cake and allow it to set while the cake cools a bit.

Recipe adapted via The Sweet and Simple Kitchen

I wish I could properly put into words how amazing this chocolate chip snack cake is. It's nostalgia and buttery, moist decadent melty chocolate-y cake all in one. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

This chocolate chip snack cake stores really well – be sure to keep it in an airtight container to lock in all of that moisture.

I wish I could properly put into words how amazing this chocolate chip snack cake is. It's nostalgia and buttery, moist decadent melty chocolate-y cake all in one. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Just look at all of that chocolate!

I wish I could properly put into words how amazing this chocolate chip snack cake is. It's nostalgia and buttery, moist decadent melty chocolate-y cake all in one. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

I’m probably going to have to make this again. As in, right now.

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You can also add a vanilla glaze to this cake, though I typically make it without it (mostly because everyone wants to dig in the second this cake comes out of the oven!). A dusting of powdered sugar works beautifully on this cake – because it’s plenty sweet and moist all on it’s own. If you’re dreaming of that vanilla glaze, just whisk together 3/4 cup of powdered sugar, 1-2 tablespoons of milk or water, and a couple drops of vanilla, and pour over your warm-out-of-the-oven cake.

I wish I could properly put into words how amazing this chocolate chip snack cake is. It's nostalgia and buttery, moist decadent melty chocolate-y cake all in one. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc I wish I could properly put into words how amazing this chocolate chip snack cake is. It's nostalgia and buttery, moist decadent melty chocolate-y cake all in one. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc I wish I could properly put into words how amazing this chocolate chip snack cake is. It's nostalgia and buttery, moist decadent melty chocolate-y cake all in one. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc I wish I could properly put into words how amazing this chocolate chip snack cake is. It's nostalgia and buttery, moist decadent melty chocolate-y cake all in one. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

You really can’t go wrong here.

I wish I could properly put into words how amazing this chocolate chip snack cake is. It's nostalgia and buttery, moist decadent melty chocolate-y cake all in one. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

If you make your own chocolate chip snack cake, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your sweet creations!

Love this cake? Head to our recipe page to check out what else we’re whipping up in the kitchen!

Photos by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc.

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Lexi

Little Love Notes

Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares a few little love notes to the things she loved most this week, plus Valentine's Day plans (and cookies!) | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Hello, Friday! I’ve got a packed weekend getting ready for next week’s shoots (there’s a super cute Easter shoot coming up) and Valentine’s Day! I ordered the cutest bath time tea sets for the girls for v-day and I think they’re going to love them! (Scarlett’s Tea and Cake Bath Set and Emmeline’s Minnie Mouse Tea Set.) ❤️

I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the weekend over on instagram (lots of fun behind-the-scenes on my insta stories too!), facebook, and twitter. Follow along! How about you? Any exciting weekend plans?

With that, a few little love notes to the things I loved most this week …

Dear lessons in life, a pediatric palliative care doctor asked some of his young patients with terminal illnesses what they had enjoyed in life and what gave it meaning. The responses.

Dear counting sheep, testing bedtime hacks of six successful people.

Dear design dreaming, how gorgeous is this bold nursery?

Dear winter fashion woes, how to clean suede shoes using two products already in your pantry.

Dear budget beauty, the 10 best drugstore mascaras, according to the internet.

Dear shoe lust, the chicest slingback flats I ever did see.

Dear weekend baking, coffee, chocolate, and Nutella cookie sandwiches.

Get the origins of these sweet little love notes, here, and catch up on love notes of the past.

Photo by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc.

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Lexi

7 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Preschool for Your Child

This post has been sponsored by KinderCare. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make Glitter, Inc. possible!

Choosing the perfect preschool that’s a good fit for both you and your child can feel like a pretty overwhelming task. Of course, as a parent, you want to be confident that you’ve decided on the right program, but getting to that point requires a bit of homework on your end. Once we found the perfect preschool for our family, all of the stress just melted away. So I’m sharing a bit about how we chose our little girl’s school, plus 7 tips for choosing the perfect preschool for your own family.

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When we first moved to North Carolina, and away from our family and built-in support system, I was making a lot of huge changes in our lives. Scarlett was not even a year old at the time; she had never been in daycare because I had my amazing mom to help to take care of her while I worked as a lawyer in my family’s practice back in Miami. Once we moved for hubby’s residency, I made the huge leap to full-time blogging, but I worked from home, and had all of these mixed emotions about sending Scarlett to a daycare when I was working at home.

Years later, with a second baby added to our little clan, I can pretty confidently say that a lot of that mom guilt was totally fruitless. You see, the very best lesson I’ve learned in motherhood is to give myself some grace. Actually, a lot of grace. All of us mamas are just doing our very best to raise fine little humans.

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For the first year in North Carolina, I juggled a budding full-time business – that took plenty of sweat and tears – and a sweet baby girl, and to say I was burnt out would be an understatement. I felt stretched thin in every way possible. We had made the decision to hire very part-time help (who we LOVED and still talk to to this day), but it just wasn’t cutting it. My husband was working his tail off in his first year of residency (a.k.a., we barely saw one another), and by the end of that first year, it was all I could do not to cry every time he walked in the door from his own very long day. We made the decision to start researching preschools.

How to choose the perfect preschool that truly fits your family, with 7 easy actionable tips, plus, exactly what questions to ask. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

From the moment we sat down and met with Scarlett’s now preschool, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. Everything just clicked. Her school has become like family to us, and it will be an easy decision to send her sister there when the time comes. A great school will instill confidence in both children and parents alike. And that’s what ours has done for us.

How to choose the perfect preschool that truly fits your family, with 7 easy actionable tips, plus, exactly what questions to ask. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

And for Scarlett; well, that was the easiest fit of all. From her very first day, she took to her school like a fish to water, barely noticing my absence when I slipped out of the classroom on that first day. From that point on, we’ve never had issues with separation, and I credit that to how great the school and teachers are for our little girl.

How to choose the perfect preschool that truly fits your family, with 7 easy actionable tips, plus, exactly what questions to ask. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc How to choose the perfect preschool that truly fits your family, with 7 easy actionable tips, plus, exactly what questions to ask. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

7 Steps to Choosing the Perfect Preschool for Your Child:

Be aware of deadlines. Something we didn’t know going into the preschool hunt, was that most school’s run on tight admissions deadlines. For many preschools, there are waitlists and enrollment periods. Be sure to ask about the application and admission procedures and the timeline for these. Start considering programs early and get information to make sure you don’t miss any of those crucial deadlines.

Location matters. Is it important for the preschool to be near your home? Is it important for the preschool to be near your workplace? Does the school offer after-hours options if you’re in a pinch, stuck in a meeting, facing a longer commute, etc.? Think about your commute, potential carpool times, etc. When it comes to choosing a preschool, it’s important to evaluate practical issues specific to your family’s needs.

Same goes for scheduling. Does the preschool offer childcare services in the morning, afternoon, or both? Do the times fit your schedule? If your little one still naps, is nap-time built-in? Is snack or lunch provided? (And would that help your schedule?)

There’s a whole lot of talk about teaching styles and educational philosophies; Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Child-Led, Child-centered, Teacher-Led, Faith-Based; the list goes on and on. Focus on what the schools are actually DOING to teach your little ones. This is where a visit to a handful of your favorite potential preschool programs can be so helpful. Spend a few hours, observe a class, ask if your child can sit in on a class for a couple of hours. All of these teaching styles and philosophies meant so little to my husband and I (neither of us have a background in education and we felt totally clueless); but seeing the philosophies in action, that made everything so much clearer.

When you visit, ask yourself a few questions:

  • Do you feel welcome?
  • Are families encouraged to stop in at any time? (We loved this about the preschool we chose!)
  • Is the environment the kind you’d be happy to come to every day?
  • Do the kids at the school seem happy?
  • Do the teachers and staff seem happy?
  • How do the adults and kids interact?
  • Is the setting clean and safe?
  • Also, don’t be shy with your own questions. (We had plenty!)
    • What are the standard safety procedures and precautions?
    • Are there payment plans? Is there financial aid?
    • What is the percentage of the staff that hold degrees in early childhood?
    • How is potty training handled?
    • What allergy precautions are taken for kids with allergies? What experience do the teachers have to handle those situations?
    • How is discipline handled?
    • How are gross and fine motor skills taught? What about language and math skills?
    • Do the teachers communicate well and give the family feedback on the child’s development and daily routine?

Focus on the environment, rather than the individual teachers. Unfortunately, there is some turnover in schools, and you don’t want to fall in love with a potential teacher only to find out he or she was moved to a different class for the time when your child would be starting at the school. Great teachers are a great thing, and odds are, at a great school, all of the teachers will be fantastic.

Do your research.

  • Reach out to other parents you trust: Ask your friends, your neighbors, your pediatrician, your older kid(s)’ teacher – ask people you trust for recommendations for great programs in your area. What do they love about their preschool? What do they wish they had known about choosing a preschool? (i.e., low student teacher ratio, close to home, their kids are excited to go, etc.)
  • Take to the internet: You might be surprised at how much great info is available online. Look for reviews, parent forums, etc. Be on the lookout for any “red flags” like numerous complaints from parents, health or safety violations, or other bigger issues.

Remember, choosing the best preschool for your toddler doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Do your homework, visit a handful of schools that have come highly recommended, and go with what fits!

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If you’re currently searching for the right preschool for your baby or toddler, check out KinderCare. Their amazing services make theirs a perfect education facility for families across the country and their core values align with exactly what we looked for in a preschool. And with more than 1,400 centers in 38 states, their incredible programs are more than accessible. Their longstanding experience and dedication to creating rich environments for families is more than measurable in the experiences that they create and the outcomes they help kids achieve.

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