Tuesday, March 27, 2018

12 Things to put in Your Child's Easter Basket Besides Candy


for babies
01. TEETHER - the silicone Nuby Teeth-eez teether was Bruce's favorite as a baby! These bunny eared and textured carrot teethers are fun and festive!

02. SWADDLE - Instead of putting fake grass in your baby's basket, try using a small blanket or swaddle instead. Fake grass can be dangerous to babies if it gets in their mouth, so it's best to avoid it if possible. Aden & Anais swaddles have always been my favorite! They have the cutest designs and are so soft. Bruce still sleeps with his! 

03. BONNET - Babies -- boys and girls -- look stinkin' adorable while wearing bonnets, so why pass on an opportunity to buy them another? 

04. EGG SHAKER - I love egg shakers and am a huge fan of encouraging a love of music in children by giving them musical instrument as toys. These textured shakers are super cute.

05. BOARD BOOK - Rose is too young to care much for books but it's never too early to start building a collection. 

06. STUFFED BUNNY - Any stuffed animal would work, but in the spirit of springtime I like to focus on bunnies and cute baby farm animals. This Jellycat woodland bunny is my favorite bunny of all stuffed bunnies.


for toddlers
01. SNACKS - If your toddler is anything like mine, (s)he's obsessed with "'nacks" and "tweats". Some of Bruce's favorites include peanuts or trail mix, raisins, pretzels, goldfish, fruit snacks, fruit & veggie pouches, and graham crackers.

02. TOYS - Think about your child's favorite toy. If it's a barbie maybe give them a new outfit. How about a new truck to add to your son's collection? Maybe they're reaching new developmental milestones and need something new to challenge them. A wooden puzzle, plastic baby farm animals, or maybe a shape sorting cube.

03. ART SUPPLIES - A box of crayons, watercolors, finger paints and a pad of paper are simple but provide limitless entertainment.

04. SEED PACKETS - Springtime and Easter are celebrations of rebirth (flowers blooming, animals being born, Jesus' resurrection) and what better way to teach this to your child than by growing their own plant babies? A little shovel and rake would be cute additions as well.

05. BALLOONS - Does this even need an explanation? Kids love balloons!

06. HARMONICA - Like I said earlier, I love musical instruments for kids, and your little one will get a kick out of making music with their mouth.



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Monday, March 26, 2018

Magic Monday


It rained for two days straight last week! Bruce loved playing in the puddles left over after the storm passed. I hope you enjoy your Monday just as much as a toddler enjoys puddle-stomping in his cowboy boots!



On this weeks installment of Magic Monday...


I'm obsessed with Zara's new denim line for girls!

You can order a map of the stars from the day you were married (or another special occasion).


Are home renovations necessary? I've always loved the charm of old, quirky houses.

Spread a bit of Easter cheer with these DIY pastel-dyed pouches!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Magic Monday


It's that time of the week again when everyone is recovering from their relaxing weekend and trying to ease back into the daily grind. Hello Monday, you red-headed step-child of the calendar days (no offense to red-heads or step-children). Why do you have to be such a drag? No worries, I just might have a solution!

My newest series of blog posts is dedicated to making your Monday slightly more bearable. Every Monday starting now I'll be sharing my favorite internet links that are sure to lift your spirits.

So, are you ready to kiss your Monday blues goodbye?

No longer will Mondays be manic! From now on they are going to be magic!


In this weeks installment of Magic Monday:

See how a babies eyesight develops during the first year of life.

We don't have to be the same to be together. (an old article but we can always use a reminder.)

How to be a writer.

Embroidered birds!

25 photos that will inspire you to visit Antarctica.

How to make geometric pies. (also!)

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Friday, March 16, 2018

DIY St. Patrick's Day shirts


I've always loved St. Patrick's Day (embarrassingly so), I even have the shamrock and argyle-clad socks to prove it, so I couldn't pass up an opportunity to involve the kiddos in a bit of Irish festivities. It's been awhile since I've done anything too crafty and I thought what better way to ease myself back into the DIY game than some easy iron-on tees?? 


materials

plain green tees
iron-on letters
an iron


directions

01. wash your shirts before applying the letters. I also tumble-dried my shirts because if they shrink I'd rather it happen before I add the letters, that way they won't look wonky after I dry it later on.


02. brainstorm a cute saying and figure out your layout. Play around with your letter arrangement and spacing to find out the look you're going for.

03. follow the directions on your letter packaging, preheat your iron and iron on your letters.


tips

*I bought my shirts from Primary.com. You can buy cheaper shirts from the craft store but these shirts from Primary are soooo soft and well worth their cost, and they have a 20% off coupon for your first order! I bought this long sleeve classic tee for Bruce and this long sleeve PJ top for Rose.

*Out of all the iron on letters I've used before, these from Hobby Lobby were my favorite to work with. They simply peeled off and adhered well to the shirts.

*Be sure that your iron is hot enough! I've made the mistake of not having a hot enough iron to melt the glue in the past and my letters started coming off after I washed them for the first time.


I love the way these turned out even more than I thought I would! And, I've gotta say, they look even cuter on my two (one unwilling) models! 

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