DIY Sensory Snow is a fun way to have a snow day any time of the year! Homemade play snow is easy to make with a few simple ingredients and encourages hours of sensory play time. Bright out your DIY play snow on scorching summer days for some snowman-inspired fun. We made snow cupcakes and a snowman and had lots of fun sculpting our homemade snow into fluffy white balls.
Don't have anything to do on a rainy day? This is a wonderful way to keep little ones interested in a sensory board book! Read a sensory texture book or make your own by adding fabric or textures to a baby board book you already own! Kids love reading and starting at a young age encourages kids to love books; what's better than a sensory baby book that you can read and feel to explore different textures too?!
Everyone can easily have a backyard herb garden. I enjoy growing herbs each spring and summer to use in recipes; rosemary for chicken, cilantro for guacamole, basil for pasta with pesto, and mint for lemonade and mojitos. Herbs can quickly add up in cost when you buy them at the grocery store and it's a lot more efficient to buy an herb plant at your farmer's market than purchasing herb cuttings. Pesto requires a lot of freshly chopped basil, one of our family's favorite summer recipes, and a basil plant will grow all summer long if cared for properly. Here are some awesome ideas for crafting your own unique herb garden that are customizable for your yard or patio orientation, available space, and gardening ambitions.
These rhinestone embellished headbands are super easy to make and cost almost nothing. Glitz up your hairdo for Summer with one of these fun, custom accessories!
Does your house feel like a endless mess of baby clothes, accessories, kids' shoes, and toys? We've been there; these cool baby accessory organization ideas can easily help cut the clutter! Many of these DIY baby clothes storage ideas are easy to make from recycled or re-purposed items too. Check out these fun clothing organization hacks!
For Christmas one year I designed Superhero Capes for my nieces and nephews! They were a big hit and actually pretty easy to make. The pattern I came up with was essentially a square with a hole in one corner. Each cape featured each little hero's initial, which was a fun personal touch!
Chances are if you're not gluten free yourself, you know someone who is. Among our group of friends, more and more people seem to have an intolerance for gluten. If you are one of those people, then you know how hard it can be to find something to eat! My brother went through a period where he had to cut gluten out of his diet entirely. I remember the slim pickings available in fast food drive thrus; sometimes there were no gluten free options at all! Yes, you can always eat fruits and veggies, but if you are gluten intolerant you most likely still enjoy hamburgers, cookies and the occasional piece of cake. So what are the options for a diverse gluten-free diet?
I love taking something that was discarded and turning it into something beautiful. I found this chandelier at a local ReStore and if I was perfectly honest, my first thought was how ugly it was. True, I was seeing it out of context and it probably looked beautiful in its original Victorian style home; but at the recycling center surrounded by a variety of mismatched light fixtures, it just looked scrappy. I also balked at the price, $100, but after the second loop around the store I was inspired. A coat of spray paint could make this light fixture the focal point of a modern home.
I'm a pretty go-with-the-flow mom. I have 3 babies under the age of 4, which results in a busy home and very active daytime hours. I love breastfeeding my babies but I've had to work to be successful in continuing longer than five months. My first baby had a rocky start with nursing and the doctor encouraged me to start supplementing with formula pretty early. My second child up and quit wanting to breastfeed once she experienced the convenience of a bottle. I resisted for about a month, but when she continually refused to turn her head to nurse, I gave in and transitioned her to bottle feeding. My 3rd child has been the easiest and he seemingly loves nursing. However, I'm once again having a milk supply issue. My little guy is a tiny 25% on the weight spectrum, encouraging me to look into options for increasing milk supply. He still feeds every hour and a half at 5 months old, leading me to believe he would drink much more if he had the option. Here are some tips my research has provide for increasing milk supply while breastfeeding, plus some favorites for making my nursing experience simpler.
Parenting may seem easy from the outside looking in, but there are a number of issues that arise along the way and make things much harder than they have to be. One of them is the finances – children have many needs you might not have even thought about earlier. So, be sure to live frugally and always check for coupons at such sites as Discountrue.com that will help you get discounts in all your favorite shops including Sears or Kohl's. Other than that, there are a number of other parenting hacks, some of which are much less obvious. Let's take a closer look at these tricks and how they can make a parent's life simpler!
Do you dream of starting a family, but worry when "the right" time will be? Did you know you could freeze your eggs and take charge of your future? Thanks to advanced egg freezing technology, you now have the ability to stop your biological clock. By freezing your eggs, you can capture your fertility at its peak, extend your childbearing years, and take the pressure off yourself today.
One of my daughter's favorite things to bring to a party is a homemade party hat for the birthday girl. These cute DIY kids' party hats are easy to make out of a sheet of card stock and a few decorative accents. A fun paper party hat makes the birthday girl or boy feel so special!
If you have young children, you know all about the wide range of emotions that can arise throughout the day. I have 3 kids under the age of four, making me feel like a mommy pinball as I go about my regular routines. Normal household tasks can feel like mountains to conquer, as I'm interrupted 5 or 6 times while washing one load of dishes. Conflict between kids is bad, quiet is good, except too quiet means I need to investigate. In the middle of this, my little ones experience very real emotions within their limited worldviews and circumstances. One of the challenges of being new to mommyhood is how to deal with your kids' emotions. I still consider myself new; my oldest turns 4 this month so I really feel like I just began "parenting". I realize I have a lot of influence on my kids' knowledge of how to behave, how to interact socially, how to listen, how to forgive, how to love, and how to view themselves before God. Children look to their closest examples to learn how to respond to circumstances. Absorbing everything they experience is how kids learn to speak, interact, and identify their place in the world. As a mom, I need to be a source of guidance, correction, and comfort. Here are some tips I use to navigate life with kids and respond to their emotions.
First birthdays are so much fun and such an important milestone! I had the opportunity to capture my niece's first birthday party, filled with cute moments, darling decor, and cherished family memories. Happy Birthday little one!
Are you planning a first birthday or baby shower, or have you scheduled newborn photos for your new baby announcements? We are excited to tell you about Basic Invite, a fully customizable invitation creating service that allows you to upload your own photos into beautifully designed announcements, AND fully personalize your announcement with almost unlimited colors! We had a chance to check out the Basic Invite user interface that offers tons of designs for every style of custom invitations.
The news of a new baby often brings lots of joy to a family and subsequently can be accompanied by lots of stuff. While you are busy adding to your registry lists, filtering through your piles of baby products, and picking up tiny socks and discarded outfits from your toddler, there are several things you can do to reduce the trash output your little ones inspire. Here are a few tips to "Go Green" in the nursery.
Warmer weather and changing school schedules means we are looking forward to lots of summer fun and family vacations! It's always tricky taking small children on adventures, but it is possible. Despite naps, diapers, and nursing schedules, families with young children can still get out and enjoy some summer sunshine! Last year our family explored the beautiful Oregon Coast. My 3-year-old loved the pacific northwest beaches and our baby didn't mind coming along for the ride.
Setting up a food taste test is a fun way to teach a preschooler about the sense of taste from the 5 senses. I remember doing taste tests with my mom. It was always an adventure to try different foods and associate them with sweet, salty, spicy, sour, and bitter flavors. I was always excited to try something new; often "bitter" baking chocolate or "sour" salt and vinegar chips. I did a preschool taste test with my own daughter the other day after lunch; not only was it yummy, it was fun and educational too!
In Mommy Life, hugs and cuddles make up for all the dishes, diapers, and laundry! Our new video celebrates the daily life of moms, just in time for Mother's Day. Moms — Thank you for the labors of love you do for your families!
We love celebrating the most important person in many people's lives — their Mom! With Mother's Day coming up, it can be hard to find the perfect gift that's unique, personal, and special. We've put together this fun gift guide with goodies for new moms, seasoned moms, even grandmothers! Outside of these featured items, these awesome brands also offer a wide variety of other Mother's Day gift ideas perfect to pamper the wonderful mom in your life on her special day!