Top 3 Utah County Pumpkin Patches

Now that Mila is a full-fledged toddler, we are constantly looking for kid-friendly activities where she can explore. I’ve been trying to be more aware of how I am using my time with her (aka getting off my phone) and I find that I love our outings so much more! As the days go by I am constantly reminded that she won’t be this little forever. Man, she’s in such a cute stage right now and I don’t want to miss a thing!

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Books for an 18-Month-Old: Make it fun!

I’m so happy to be back sharing all things cutie patootie with you! My daughter Mila will be 18 months old at the end of the month and IT. IS. THE. BEST! When people tell you things over and over, sometimes you don’t believe them. This is exactly me when people said that babies get  more fun as they get older. Well guess what? They are so right.

Each phase with babies has it’s silver lining, and this phase is that Mila is learning things so quickly! Every time I turn around she’s saying a new word, or copying something I’ve done. Her personality is developing  and I’m loving it. Nothing makes this Momma’s heart swell more than my daughter understanding her surroundings and making connections on her own.

Her personality especially comes out during reading time (Read: She throws the books she doesn’t like.). I find the best way to keep her attention and loving the books is to make them fun! Little actions, pointing to specific words/illustrations and singing make all the difference.

1. Silly Sally

This was one of my all-time favorites growing up and now it’s one of Mila’s! Plus there’s something extra fun with a book that ends with some tickling.


2. Pride & Prejudice: A BabyLit Counting Primer

BabyLit has done an amazing job simplifying the classics . We love counting the gentlemen, horses and the marriage proposals!


3. The Napping House

This silly book was given to me at a baby shower and quickly became a favorite. I have to read it at lightning speed because Mila loves to turn pages before I’m done.


4. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Colors & animals together–what more do you need?


5. Little Women: A BabyLit Playtime Primer

This fun, colorful walk through the activities that go on in Jo’s world. There’s no harm in starting to learn about picnicking and sewing early!


6. Pajama Time!

We love singing and dancing and this book has both!


7. Baby Touch and Feel: Animals


8. Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA

For obvious reasons, this is my husband’s favorite book to read, and look, more animals! Our favorite!


Hope you can get a few snuggles and time to read some of these with your little! Happy Reading!

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My 10th-Month-Old’s Favorite Board Books

Hello Patootie readers! We are so delighted to be back to work. We have so many fun books, songs, and activities getting ready for YOU. As I write, my 10-month-old baby boy is chewing on my foot, but I assure you, he is actually quite bright.

When given a choice between “Chicka Chicka Book Boom” and “Farm Animals”, Cyrus knows that if he throws the former, he will most likely be read the latter. It’s a good life here in the Poole household.

Don’t worry, we are not always a book-throwing circus. He is actually getting really good at pointing to his favorite books. So I figured I should share his favorites with you! Some are classic, some are strange, but all are loved by this busy 10-month-old. Listed in order of preference:  Continue reading

Patootie Folder Games!

When I was growing up, I remember watching my Mom sitting at the kitchen coloring Finch Family Games (anyone else remember those?) to make into quiet games for us. She even added glitter. She’s awesome. As I became a teacher, I borrowed those games and used them with my students. Since there weren’t many activities my students could do all by themselves, they LOVED these games. They could take as much time as they needed and it was quick and easy for me to check their work!

At home, we used them at church, on road trips and in the doctor’s office. It was fun to show off how much we knew and switch out the different folders we had.

Along with fully-finished folder games, we have DIY packs for sale where you can do most of the work yourself!


As Tawni and I started Patootie Learning Co I kept thinking about these folders and how much fun they would be for Moms to have now, so we created our own! They cover skills like matching, counting, and letters. They are perfect for beginning learners and are super durable! Each piece is laminated and use velcro to attach.

We sell them on Etsy, but in a few weeks we will be selling them at the Holy Cow Boutique March 22-25 at the Old PG Rec Center (65 East 200 South Pleasant Grove, Utah 84062)! We will also have a few brand new designs (that we don’t have photos of yet 🙂 ) that are cuter than ever! Thank you for following our journey and supporting us!! Happy learning!

He is here!


My handsome husband and I are excited to announce the birth of our son, Cyrus. We all made it through the somewhat dramatic birth and are on the mend and adjusting to life with a newborn. We love our baby Cy! We love his scrunchy face and rolls of chub. We love his smell and his baby sounds. And most of all, we love it when he sleeps for more than 2 hours in a row at night (bless you Cy!). Continue reading