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    September 2, 2014
    Baby Books

    My nephew is almost seven months old! Time sure does fly. I’m lucky enough that I get to see him every day. I have a pretty unconventional work schedule, so I watch him during the day while my sister is at work. It can be tiring, but it’s pretty rewarding as well. I try to do as much with him as possible to help foster his mental, social, and physical development. We sing songs, play games, go outside, do tummy time, and I talk to him constantly. But most of all, I read to him. Of course, he’s too young to understand, but the more words he hears, the better off he’ll be. Also, reading from a young age will show him that reading is fun. Hopefully he’ll be a lifelong reader! But what do you read to a baby? I have a book of nursery rhymes, bedtime stories, fairy tales, a book about colors, and a few more fun, interactive ones that he loves. For more reading inspiration, as well as the different types of baby books out there, check out this post by Chanda at Pink Oatmeal:

    -The “crinkly” book is how it is referred to in our house.  This book is nice and soft for C to touch and makes a crinkly sound when manipulated. 

    -Finger puppet books are a ton of fun

    -Board books with few words on the page

    -Books with repitition

    -Touch and feel books

    Photo Credit: Devin F


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    May 9, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Mother’s Day Special- How to Make Crepes!
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    This video is adorable and educational! It may be a little messy, but it looks delicious. Moms will love these! As always, have a parent or older sibling help out with the cooking.


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    May 6, 2014
    Graduation Present Ideas

    It’s that time of year again! After years and years of hard work, kids all over the country are graduating high school (or maybe even college). They’re leaving the nest and starting their new lives as college students, or joining the full-time working world. Either way, they deserve a reward for completing something that took them almost their entire life so far to accomplish. Also, the grown up world is hard, and grad gifts give them a little boost while they’re still learning to fend for themselves: usually, money is given. But, if you’re a little hard up for cash at the moment, or want to do something a little outside the box, check out this post by Michonda at the Dollar Stretcher blog for creative grad gifts:

    -Laundry gift basket: with bag, instructions, soap, dryer sheets, and a roll of quarters

    -A rose made out of dollars (5s, 10s, 20s, etc) keeping up the tradition with a creative twist

    -School supply gift basket- for college or grad school bound graduates

    -A flowering plant- with a note that says “may all your hopes and dreams grow, blossom, and bloom.” 

    Photo Credit: Tulane Public Relations 


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    May 1, 2014
    Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

    Dads, get Mom out of the room for this one! Mother’s Day this year is next Sunday (May 11th), so you still have about a week to think of some gift ideas for the kids. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box! #1 Mom mugs, candles, and bubble bath soaps are great, but they can get a little old–(Dads, I’m sure you’re a little sick of golf themed neckties). All the moms I know love when their kids put some thought into gifts, and try to get them (or make them) something really meaningful. Be sure to show the mothers (and grandmothers) in your life just how much you love them every day, and check out this post by Kelly Hancock at Faithful Provisions; it lists her favorite Mother’s Day gifts to get:

    -Personalized Jewelry. I love jewelry that means something. I love the necklaces with charms of the kids and their birthstones, and the charm bracelets that represent significant life events.

    -Coffee and Tea, Chocolate – self explanatory.

    -Handmade crafts from the kids- that I can display around the home or yard. ex- mosaic garden tiles.

    -Canvas Prints. Yes, I want pictures of my family! And lots of them!

    -Time. My number one, favorite gift? Spending quality (and for me, that means quantity!) time with my kids.

    Photo Credit: Loren Kerns 


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    March 28, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: How To Build A Diaper Cake
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    Really cute idea for a baby shower or gift for new parents!


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    November 20, 2013
    Wordless Wednesday: Beanbag Chair with Stuffed Animals

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    October 8, 2013
    Offbeat (But Genius) Baby Shower Gifts

    At every baby shower, you see more or less the same things: about a thousand onesies, a million diapers, and maybe a few books and toys. While these are all useful and definitely necessary, it can get pretty old. Peggy Wang at Buzzfeed has compiled this awesome list of unexpected gifts that new parents don’t even know they need. It’s impossible to list all the products and pictures here, but be sure to check out the list! Included are ideas like stroller storage add ons, bottle holders, a baby shusher, an on-the-go changing mat, and a battery operated nail trimmer.

    Photo Credit: MeddyGarnet 


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    August 28, 2013
    Wordless Wednesday: Cookie Cutter+Sprinkles=Easy Cake Decoration!

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    August 27, 2013
    Gifts that Kids Can Make for Teachers

    Teaching kids about giving back is extremely important in raising them to be kind, grateful, and compassionate adults. One of the most important people in your childs’ life will be their teacher, and who better to show thanks to? Teacher gifts are a great way to show appreciation. There are the standards: candles, school supplies, coffee, etc. But wouldn’t it be better if the gift was something that your child hand made? It would mean a lot more to the teacher, and really…does he or she really need another scented candle? This post at Giverslog has 50 DIY gifts for teachers that kids can make (or help with). The entire post is amazing, but here are some of my favorites:

    Gifts Using Pictures of the Kids– like thank you portraits, photo pencil puzzles, or Christmas ornaments!

    Gifts Using Kids Artwork– personalized book plates, photo desk calendar.

    Things that Kids Color Directly– self explanatory– the possibilities are endless!

    Things Kids Can Make- like pens, bookmarks, and desserts

    Photo Credit: A Forest Frolic 


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    June 10, 2013
    Father’s Day Gift Ideas

    With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, now is the time to consider what to give to Dad and Grandpa.  With that in mind, also remember that handmade gifts are often those that Dads remember.  So what do you make for Dad?  A couple of years ago, I gave my parents both a book of 365 reasons I loved them. It took me all year to write one reason for every day.

    You can do something like this, though. Consider if a child is seven years old … come up with seven reasons.  15 years old?  15 reasons!

    Or maybe you can make a craft project.  Creative Green Living offers several ideas, including:

    Every year I struggle to know what to get my dad. Usually it ends up being something that defaults to his love of coffee (travel mug with photos) or his love of birds (birdhouse or bird feeder). This year I had an epiphany: Dad loves to fish. LOVES it. So I thought it would be appropriate to make him his own personalized fishing jigs.

    Here’s a link with detailed instructions.


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