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    April 21, 2016
    DIY Baby Mobiles

    Mobiles are an awesome way to get the nursery decorated, and also serve the purpose of entertaining and calming your baby. They stimulate the infant’s mind, and it gives them something to look at besides the ceiling as they fall asleep. You don’t have to go out and buy a fancy mobile; in fact, I’ve seen tons of beautiful homemade ones on Etsy and Pinterest. Check out this post by Nicole at The Kavanaugh Report for some DIY, Montessori inspired baby mobiles:

    Munari Mobile – uses styrofoam balls and black and white designs

    Octahedron Mobile –  consists of three octahedrons made from metallic paper (typically Red, gold, and blue) and hung at different levels

    Dancer Mobile-looks like people dancing in the wind; use shimmery, sparkly paper and string!


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    April 8, 2016
    Friday Fun Video: DIY Slime Recipe!
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    This looks like an awesome rainy day activity!


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    March 31, 2016
    What To Bring To The Beach With Toddlers

    14106263299_7dd041db3d_zMy two-year-old nephew went to the beach for the first time last week! He had a blast, but was more interested in playing with sand and rocks than the ocean. Still, he had a great time! If you are taking your toddler to the beach soon, make sure you’re properly prepared with the right items. To keep your toddler happy and safe, check out this packing list by Katie M. Mclaughlin at Pick Any Two:

    -2 bathing suits

    -Sun hat with wide brim

    -Kid-friendly sunscreen

    -Snacks

    -Sand toys

    -Hand sanitizer

    -Towel, blanket

    -Umbrella

    Photo Credit: Melissa Hillier 


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    March 30, 2016
    Wordless Wednesday: Duct Tape Nature Bracelet

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    Photo and Idea from Play Dr. Mom


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    March 16, 2016
    Wordless Wednesday: Wall With Toy Storage

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    Photo from Casa Abril


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    March 15, 2016
    Springtime Fun: Camping With Kids

    7299820870_e78782c078_zCamping is usually thought of as a summer activity, but I live in the South, and NO one wants to be stuck in a 98 degree tent for a night. Especially kids. That’s why I usually go camping in the springtime, or during Fall. It’s super fun, and usually fairly cheap (if not free). Campsites in my area usually charge less than $11 a night for a tent site, and you can usually find “primitive” spots for free. Of course, there is also your backyard! The possibilities are endless, and kids love cooking s’mores, making camp crafts, hiking, and enjoying nature. Check out this post by Amanda at The Dating Divas for a huge list of over 100 camping ideas for kids. Here are some of my favorites:

    Banana Boats recipe

     Campfire Monkey Bread recipe

     Flashlight Tag game

    Capture the Flag

    Camping Songs for Kids

    Pony Bead Lizard Craft Tutorial

    Tin Can Lanterns Craft

    Photo Credit: Arup Malakar 


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    March 10, 2016
    “No Spend” Activity Ideas

    14404820065_d5d8052503_zReserving a week (or weekend) of “no spending” is a great way to save lots of money for a goal. You do not spend any money except for bills, groceries, and gas. It may seem boring, but there are tons of things you can do for free. In fact, your kids don’t even need to know that you are on a “no spend” weekend. Check out this awesome list of free activity ideas for kids by Chonce at My Debt Epiphany:

    -Have a yard sale

    -Watch movies, or play video games

    -Take a walk or go for a jog

    -Visit a local historical location

    -Organize a scavenger hunt

    -Head to the library

    http://www.mydebtepiphany.com/75-free-activities-to-do-during-the-weekend/

    Photo Credit: Pabak Sarkar https://www.flickr.com/photos/pabak/


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    February 24, 2016
    Wordless Wednesday: Bed With Built In Fort

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    Photo from Domino


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    February 23, 2016
    DIY Bouncy Balls

    9223462675_a0df4dc9b3_zI love finding interesting crafts and kid science projects; it’s part of the reason why I’m addicted to Pinterest. I hoard all those cool ideas so that one day I can do them with my nephew, or maybe even my own kids in the future. One of the coolest ideas I’ve seen lately is this tutorial for glow in the dark, homemade bouncy balls by Crystal at Growing A Jeweled Rose. It looks super fun! Check out her recipe and full instructions here. All you need is:

    Photo Credit: Michael Cardus 


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    January 18, 2016
    Ideas For A “Bored” Jar

    One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from the comedian Louis CK, in response to his kids complaining about being bored:

    ‘I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. You live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless. It goes on forever, inwardly. Do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.’”.

    Whenever I start feeling bored, I think about that quote, and it inspires me to experience more of life- to write something down, read a book, talk to a friend, or just get out and go somewhere! One great way to stop the phrase “I’m bored,” is this super fun idea from Aimee Larsen at My Homespun Threads. She made a “bored jar”. If anyone says “I’m bored,” they have to pick an activity out of the jar and immediately do it. Some are fun, and some are chores. Here are some ideas I came up with to put in your own “bored jar”- you can adjust them for the age of your kid.

    -Do the dishes

    -Read a book

    -Play outside

    -Go for a walk or hike

    -Cook a meal or snack

    -Vacuum the carpet

    -Write a letter to a relative or friend

    -Go to the park

    -Go to the movies

    -Dust the furniture

    -Play a board game

    -Do a craft from Pinterest

    -Write a story

    -Play some music and dance

    -Do a load of laundry

    -Bake cookies for a neighbor

    -Paint a picture

    Photo Credit: John Morgan 


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