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    April 23, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Not Sure If That’s How It Works… Funny Maternity Shirt!

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    April 22, 2014
    Diaper Bag Essentials

    New parents usually only have a very basic idea of what they need in their diaper bag. Usually, their list stops after diapers and wipes. Maybe a bottle? But, there is so much else you need to have on hand when traveling with your baby. That’s not to say that you need to pack everything and the kitchen sink! It’s good to keep it as light as possible, while including everything you need. My sister has a two month old baby (he’s perfect!) so she’s got the whole diaper bag thing down. Here’s her list of diaper bag must haves:



    -Formula or nursing equipment

    -Baby bottles with water in them

    -Extra water bottles

    -Hand sanitizer

    -Extra outfits

    -Extra socks (in case they get poop on them! It happens!)

    -Baby blanket

    -Pacifier (and an extra!)

    -Gas drops for upset tummies (we use Gripe Water)

    -Baby powder / ointment/ lotion

    -Bib or burp cloth

    Photo by me! It’s my nephew :)

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    April 21, 2014
    DIY Play-dough….That You Can Eat!

    I have a pretty weird confession to make…I LOVE the smell of playdough. I was always trying to eat it as a kid, and even as an adult, I want to nibble on it even though I know better. (Trust me, it does NOT taste as good as it smells). Well, now I can! And so can you and your kids. Check out this recipe for edible playdough by Danya at Danya Banya! It’s made with honey, peanut butter, and milk powder. You can add food coloring to different batches as well since the end color is kind of oatmeal-y.

     I also included small amounts of sprinkles, pearls, choc chips, stars for decorations. We also had novelty toothpicks and cookie cutters to play with!

    And the best bit is that the kids can make it from scratch themselves. Measuring out quantities is excellent early maths practice and mixing it all together is all part of the sensory experience.

    This is the first time that my toddler Bee (then 16 months old) has been involved in making play dough in the kitchen. She loved it! She spent a long time just touching, mixing, poking, squishing and tasting.

    Photo Credit: Phil Scoville

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    April 18, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Really Cool Multiplication Tip
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    This is INSANE!!! Way easier than the way kids are taught in school. It’s also great for when you don’t have a calculator handy.

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    April 17, 2014
    Pros and Cons of Adopting Toddlers

    If you’ve always wanted to adopt, and longed to have a child of your own no matter what the costs, you probably don’t care about the drawbacks. Also, this post is not intended to dissuade anyone from adopting a toddler- it’s a lifechanging, incredible experience. Rather, it’s so prospective parents know exactly what they’re getting into, especially when adopting a child that’s already 2 or 3 years old. This post by Carly at Africa to America is a pretty good guide. Be sure to click through to the entire post to read her story:

    -You get to be there for a lot of “firsts” with a younger child

    -Attachment may come more naturally with a smaller child

    -Toddlers are super cute!

    -…But they are EXHAUSTING, both mentally and physically.

    -Toddlers have most likely spent their early years in an orphanage, foster care, or a traumatic home. Be prepared for their emotional needs when dealing with this.

    Photo Credit: Jenny Downing 

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    April 16, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Home Book Club Idea

    Photo and Idea from Dabbles and Babbles

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    April 15, 2014
    Getting Outdoors With Your Family

    So far this Spring, I’ve tried to get outside as much as I can with my family and friends. Already, we have walked on our local Greenway, gone to the lake, driven around with the windows down, played badminton, volleyball, cornhole, and grilled out. I’ve been so tired of being cooped up indoors all winter! And getting some fresh air does wonders for both physical and mental health. It’s extremely important for kids to get to play and spend time outside (away from the TV and computer!), but if you’re out of ideas, this post by Jennifer Hughes at The Jenny Evolution has some fun outdoor activities for you to try out:

    -Go for a walk or hike together

    -Plant a garden and tend to it

    -Grab the bike

    -Go stargazing

    -Pick up sticks and clean up the yard

    -Go tent camping

    -Make an obstacle course

    -Draw with chalk

    -Play tag

    -Go to the park or playground

    Photo Credit: William Wootton 

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    April 14, 2014
    Easter Egg Hunt…. In the Dark?

    As a kid, egg hunts are the best part of Easter! They’re most likely to never get sick of them, but there are ways you can amp up the fun. Check out this idea from juleed at WarmHotChocolate– a glow in the dark easter egg hunt! Use large plastic eggs, fill them with treats, and a glow stick! Then hide them (at night)! You could also try it indoors with most of the lights off. The kids will have a blast! Here are some tips from the original post:

    -I recommend using all large eggs or purchasing mini glow sticks.

    -The solid color eggs were better at giving off a “glow” in the landscape that the transparent eggs.

    -Since you have to “turn on” the glow sticks, there isn’t a lot of opportunity to prep this activity in advance. It takes about an hour to hide them, so plan accordingly!

    Photo Credit: Robert S. Donovan 

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    April 11, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: How To Make Rock Candy
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    Really fun science experiment / treat for the kids! Could also be used in a homeschool lesson about geology.

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    April 10, 2014
    Is Your Family Prepared For Springtime Allergies?

    I am SO GLAD winter is over, and the first person I hear complaining about the hot weather is going to get slapped. I’d much rather it be ninety degrees than fifteen. Spring is glorious! Plants are blooming, the sun is out, the rain is warm, and everything is a little happier. However, one of the best parts of Spring is also the only bad part: the flowers. The pollen. The allergies. If you or your kids have allergies that kick in this season, I’m sure you’re already gearing up with little pink pills and tissues galore. But, this post by Sarak Wellensiek at the Right Start blog might be helpful. It’s written for baby items to have on hand during cold season, but this stuff is so useful during allergy season as well that it’s worth looking at:

    -Use cleaning wipes to wipe up sneezes

    -Nasal aspirators (sucker balls) suck out boogies.

    -A humidifier keeps the air from drying out

    -LOTS of tissues

    -A ton of patience and TLC

    Photo Credit: Tina Franklin 

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