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    October 21, 2014
    Baby Name Ideas: The ‘Write’ Stuff

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I LOVE collecting baby names. Now, I realize I will never use the majority of them, but the obsession doesn’t stop. I have around 5 naming books, pages and pages of lists, and 2 sites that I visit DAILY for new names. I also love writing- my own creative stories, and this blog. That’s why I love this list by Lauren Hartmann at Disney Baby- for names inspired by writers. Here are some of my favorites:







    -Walt (of course).

    Photo Credit: JE Theriot 

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    September 22, 2014
    Toddler Activities (That Are Totally Not Distractions)

    Babies and toddlers need constant supervision! You never know what they are going to get into, even if you have the most baby-proofed house in the world. But, there are also important things that you need to get done. House work, cooking, working with older kids on homework, working from home, taking care of pets- the list never ends. So, you need a way to keep an eye on the younger kids, while also being able to multitask and get other things done. Keeping them busy with educational and fun activities is the way to go! Set your toddler up in the same room as you with one of these activities from Amanda at Dirt and Boogers, then go about whatever else you need to get done. Of course, never leave your child alone- and always supervise (especially if they’re playing with water).

    -Clothespin drop- have your child drop clothespins into an empty container (like a milk jug), dump them out, then do it again. It helps with hand-eye coordination.

    -Water play- lay down some towels, put water in a large plastic bin, and fill it with balls, cups, and other toys.

    -Put together a sensory bin- fill it with large items with bright colors, different smells, and different textures- let your child explore.

    Photo Credit: Philippe Put 

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    September 15, 2014
    Showing Your Child That You Love Them

    Just like a relationship with a significant other, relationships with your family need you to put effort in them in order for them to thrive. With family, it can be easy to just assume that they know that you love them. And they do! But every once in a while, it’s nice to give them a reminder. Showing your kids a little extra love will do wonders for your relationships, and lets them know that they’re always on your mind. Read this post by Kristina Manscill at Mothers Niche for some ideas:

    -Always eat family dinner together

    -Know Your Child’s “Love Language” and Find Ways to Express it Often.

    -Take the time to be silly, to be messy, and to take in life’s simple pleasures. 

    -Get to Know Their Friends and love them as your own. 

    -Discover their Talents and Put Them to Use. 

    -Surprise!  Find fun ways to shock them with your love.  Love your children with surprises! Do something they wouldn’t expect.

    Photo Credit: THOR 

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    September 8, 2014
    Glow Stick Fun

    Alright, ya’ll! If it were up to me, we’d be planning for Halloween in June. I know it’s still only the beginning of September, but the stores finally have Halloween decorations out! That’s good enough for me. I’ve already started working on my “One Week Of Halloween” activities to do with friends and family. This year, we’re going camping, having a costume party, going to a pumpkin farm, having a horror movie marathon, spending a day of doing Halloween crafts, and going trick-or-treating with the kids on the actual night of Halloween. I’ve already bought decorations, and have started on my costume. Can you tell I have a problem? Hahaha! Halloween is my favorite holiday: it’s fun when you’re a kid, and it’s fun when you’re an adult. There are so many things you get to do that you don’t get to during the rest of the year. One thing that I’ve always loved has been playing with glow sticks. We’d wear them on Halloween night so we would be easier to see. I never thought of using them for other things, though! Check out this post at Listoic for more fun glowstick ideas that you can use any time of the year. I might take a few of these camping with us:

    -Glow stick ring toss

    -Glow in the dark bowling

    -Glow jars

    -Glow stick spiders / bugs craft

    -Glow stick pool party

    Photo Credit: Brett Holt 

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    June 11, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Super Cool Cloud Lights

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    May 29, 2014
    Lifehack: Eating In The Car

    When I was younger, we had a strict “no food in the car” rule. This was after my sister and I completely trashed our old car with french fries and soda. It’s messy, sloppy, and really difficult to eat (even for adults). But, sometimes it’s unavoidable: especially when going on long road trips with no time to stop for food. Well, this genius post by Missy at Lookie What I Did has solved most of those problems. She took a dollar store shower caddy and converted it into a food container! It fits a sandwich, fries (or other snack) and drink neatly, and your child can hold it all on his or her lap. So smart!

    Photo and Idea From: Lookie What I Did 

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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 3, 2014
    Kids Room Wishlist

    When I was a kid, I was happy with a box of Barbies, a beanbag chair, and a few good books. But times are changing and kids rooms are definitely getting snazzier! There are so many cool ideas out there (just check Pinterest) to make your child’s room magical. Check out this post by Jamie Reimer at Hands On As We Grow for the ultimate modern kids room wishlist:

    -A reading nook

    -Creative walls- go crazy with pattern, color, and design!

    -Lego storage- or other toy storage

    -Name or initial décor

    -A homemade quilt from grandma- (my grandma crochets every kid in our family an afghan. I still have mine!)

    Photo Credit: Paul Wilkinson

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    March 31, 2014
    Fun and Harmless April Fool’s Pranks

    Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day! You can help get your kids in on the spirit of the holiday by playing a few fun pranks on them (or they can help you prank other people)! It’s important to know how your kid will react to them, and to not do anything mean-spirited (like telling them you’re getting a divorce or some other joke in poor taste). Use your best judgment! However, these playful prank ideas by Laura at PlayDrHutch are fun for the whole family:

    -When you wake up your child have a concerned look on your face and ask them why their face is blue/green/purple-with-polka dots (you choose, have fun!).  Tell them to hurry and go look in the mirror.  Then say, “April Fools”!

    -If April 1 happens to fall on a weekend or spring break, tell them they have school that day, and wake them up. Be sure to tell them you’re joking and take them somewhere fun instead!

    Frozen cereal (just pour the cereal and milk the night before and put it in the freezer!)  The look on the kids face when they try to put the spoon in is priceless!

    -Tell them that someone “Poohed” in their bed. When they go to look, they will find a giant Winnie the Pooh plushie on the covers!

    Photo Credit: ganeshaisis 

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