A new Disney Pete's Dragon live action remake hit the theaters this summer. If you remember the childhood classic as well as I do, then you were probably excited to introduce your kids to this modern update of an old favorite kids' movie! Pete's Dragon is about a boy who finds a dragon who quickly becomes a friend, and all the adventures that ensue! To celebrate this classic Disney movie release, we've put together some kids' coloring pages, fun dragon paper puppet activity, and even a dragon-themed snack!
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Now that I am well into my third-trimester the "nesting" bug is in full force! I am desperate to have everything clean, organized, decorated and ready to go! I think I'm driving my husband nuts with our to do list :) Good thing he loves me and knows how to handle me. Obviously my baby girl's nursery is on the front of my mind these days. I wanted to give you all a little sneak peak tour of the nursery we've been preparing for our sweet girl! It's not "Pinterest perfect." It doesn't look like a high end designer baby girl nursery. It won't be featured in Baby Vogue (no I don't think that really exists). But we put our love, time, hard work and thought into creating a cozy, safe and beautiful space to care for our little girl and that's what is important. Being about a month out from my due date, it's nice to feel like everything is ready to welcome Baby Girl home! So without further ado... welcome to our Baby Girl's Nursery! Come on in, and I'll show you around.
Can you smell falling leaves and apple cider yet? Fall is just around the corner! I'm really looking forward to bundling up my kids, breaking out my favorite boots, and stomping through the leaves. A change in seasons isn't the only change, I have several friends who are anticipating welcoming a new baby this fall! I've taken the opportunity to put together some of my personal favorites that should be on your baby registry! Diapers.com offers a super easy option to build your baby registry easily with the Ultimate Checklist. It even organizes baby products by category, suggests quantities for each item, and checks off important baby registry items as you add them to your baby shower wish list. For new moms, this reduces a lot of the work of preparing for baby!
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When you have a baby, friends and family will give you all kinds of stuff. I've been overwhelmed in the past and watched as my house turned into Babyland. 4 years later, I still live in Babyland but I've learned how to identify what's essential and what things are just fun to have. Baby Essentials are things you'd use every day; Baby Extras are fun things to have.; hair bows and hats, cute shoes, dresses, room decor, and darling stuffed animals. Regardless of what you register for, there is sure to be a lot of stuff.
This morning started out with a bang, or should I say crash? Our patio umbrella completely shattered our glass patio table! So instead of going garage saleing to pick up some more baby boy sleepers, I spent an hour and half after our shattered patio table explosion with my husband vacuuming up glass shards out of our gravel. It happens, at least all our babies were safe. While we were at it, we also emptied the sand out of our inflatable kids swimming pool (also happens) and did some basic yard clean up. All in all a productive morning.
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My kids ask for a snack about 200 times a day. Most often I give them cheese, yogurt, or a cracker, but I've been trying to get a bit more creative with snack time (or sneaking lunch into snack time). Fun and creative kids' snacks makes snack time or lunch more fun and encourages kids to try new foods. Here are some of the fun and healthy snacks for kids I've made recently that make fruit, cheese, and even veggies a lot more appealing for kids.
Enjoy the last days of summer before school starts with these fun fizzy soda ice popsicles. They are super easy to make and even easier to enjoy! You kids can help assemble them and drop in the fruit and gummy bears. The only hard part is waiting for them to freeze!
With 2 months to go until my due date and at least a month and half left of summer heat I am trying to thinking of all the ways my toddler and I can stay COOL! Let's be honest my favorite way to stay cool these days is sitting on the couch in my air-conditioned home eating ice cream. My toddler however LOVES to be outdoors. All. Day. Long. And I love that he loves to be outside, I want to encourage that as much as possible. He also LOVES water. Pools, puddles, drinking fountains, the bath tub, dumping his sippy cup, he'll do anything to play with water and get him self soaked. We don't have a pool and so we've had to some up with other creative water play ideas for toddlers that will keep my little man entertained and keep us both cooled off. Here are some of my favorite outdoor water play activities for toddlers!
My daughter and I recently attended a sweet baby shower celebrating a baby girl and we returned home with a single gold balloon. I put a loop in the string, instructed my daughter to hold onto it with all of her fingers, and told her several times if she let go, the balloon would fly away and we wouldn't be able to get it back. We arrived home, I held onto the balloon as we got out of the car, and then I looped it around my daughter's hand and let go. So far so good.
It took less than 3 steps towards the front door for my daughter to let go, and watch in devastation as her balloon rose freely into the sky. She immediately burst into tears, saying she "forgot to hold onto it" and a tiny piece of my mommy heart broke. She had done the thing we had guarded so carefully against; she had let go of her balloon. I had let go too, and the worst had happened. Thoughts immediately started going through my mind. "I shouldn't have let go," and "I could have spared her this disappointment."
I'm excited to show off my DIY wood wall art! At the end of last year I welcomed my first baby boy, inspiring some boy-themed nursery decor. After two rounds of baby girls, I had a lot of tutus and glitter. I wanted my little guy's nursery to be whimsical; my wood wall art isn't anything fancy, just simple and made with love. I took words from Proverbs and painted three slabs of wood with the message "Grow in Wisdom, Grace, Strength and Courage."
Some days as Moms, we have an "A-ha!" moment. That instant when we see something in our child that reveals their deep need or their strong fear.
I don't talk about our son as often as I talk about our girls. For one, he is more private, and I respect that. And two, well, he is in the middle. He is easy-going, sweet as can be (no really, I have never met a sweeter boy), hard working, loyal, thoughtful, eager to please... seriously a delightful 12 year old. He is also brilliant, literal, and very black and white. He can talk your ear off, and it's usually to analyze something that he has seen, done or heard. But he loves to be on his own, quiet and lost in his thoughts, toys or task. He loves the Lord and all things doctrine, and loves his sisters practically and sweetly. I tell you all this to give you some insight into my incredible boy.
My four-year-old celebrated her birthday this year with all the fanfare and a party, a Superhero-Mermaid birthday party to be exact. She loves celebrations, having her friends over to play, and parties that sparkle as much as her personality. Now that she's four, she has lots of ambitions to do big girl activities; she learned how to ride her bike in a matter of 30 minutes thanks to the hours she spent practicing on her Strider balance bike. My daughter loves baking and helping mommy cook in the kitchen. She loves painting and doing crafts. My 4-year-old is also an amazing older sister to her two younger siblings. With all the activity in our house, it can be challenging to come up with activities for her to do. Here are some of the fun kids' crafts we've done recently that are perfect for toddlers and kids!
Let's talk about water beads! Have you every heard of them or used water beads for anything? These delightful little squishy balls of water absorbing polymer (they look like Jello marbles) offer endless ways to entertain, soothe, educate and stimulate little ones in fun sensory play. There are also lots of cool ways you can also decorate with water beads too. I thought I would share with you some fun uses for water beads to inspire you to try something new with your kids this summer!
Can you believe the summer is almost over? We are already gearing up for back to school with some awesome ideas for moms to use in your office or kitchen work space! We are also stoked to bring you a huge Back to School Giveaway that could help you buy some of your school supplies! Spruce up your work space with a fun and creative pencil holder, custom fabric covered notebook, or washi tape keyboard that you can design to match your own style. Whether you are a teacher, homeschool mom, or just revitalizing your office, many of these projects will make starting a new fall schedule a little more fun. After all, fun "school supplies" aren't just for kids! Don't miss entering our Back to School Giveaway below too!
My daughter somehow heard about the tooth fairy, possibly from an older friend or cousin. Since then, she's been eagerly anticipating her first tooth falling out. I told her she may have a few years to wait, being only 4 years old. Nevertheless, that doesn't mean we can't have some tooth fairy inspired fun! These tooth fairy coins are a fun way to use old coins. I'm not sure who carries pennies anymore, since they seem to be obsolete even at garage sales. We found a few around the house that served perfectly for our tooth fairy coins! Using foreign coins would also work well, since many other currencies include tiny coins, perfect for this tooth fairy currency project! The daintier the coin the better!
My little girls love playing together and discovering new ways to have fun. This week we went to the splash pad, ran around the yard, made some yummy snacks, and enjoyed the awesome summer weather. It's been the perfect summer temperature this week; not too hot and not too cold. We live in smaller town and some of our extended family has property; my girls love helping to feed the chickens and running around open fields. One of this week's highlights was shooting some pics for Matilda Jane. Matilda Jane Clothing makes lots of darling outfits that mix and match, and many styles grow with your child such as dresses that can also be worn as tops as a girl gets older. I'll be posting a full Matilda Jane photoshoot soon, so stay tuned! In the meantime, how much do you love this hair bow?! My little girl is sweet and sassy, she's just beginning to find her words and share the thoughts that are behind her big blue eyes. I'm loving watching my kids' personalities develop and discovering their interests and personal styles.
Homemade crayon shapes are fun for kids to make and color with afterwards. Making chunky crayon shapes are easier for kids to grasp with their little hands and they won't break as easily as regular crayons. We made a variety of crayon shapes using melted crayons and small cookie cutters. We even experimented with making layered colored crayon shapes! DIY shaped crayons is a fun afternoon creative project to do with kids.
Life with kids changes a lot, which you know if you have them yourself. I no longer can run out to do a quick errand without extensive planning and packing for the occasion. Each child usually needs diapers, snacks, and an extra change of clothes, and the day I forget to bring an extra shirt for one of the kids is usually the day I need one. I even ran home from church today because our 2-year-old somehow escaped the house covered in yogurt. Life with kids also includes fun times such as doing creative crafts and watching them learn new things. I love the cozy moments with my kids before bedtime with a book and a favorite stuffed animal. This weekend we ventured out to a local botanical garden, which is always really fun to walk around and enjoy the sunshine. Botanical gardens always have lots of beautiful flowers that sometimes change depending on which season it is when you visit. Our kids love running through the grass and exploring the various trails and avenues throughout the beautiful curated gardens.
Do you have a little princess in your home? These DIY lace crowns made out of stiffened lace are SO fun to design and pretty easy to make! I made these glittery lace crowns for a birthday party and as a fun photography accessory. I expected them to be more challenging, but all you need are the right materials and a warm, sunny afternoon to air dry your homemade crowns. DIY lace crowns are beautifully intricate and delicate looking, and they are completely customizable! You can use wide or thin lace, vintage or modern lace designs, and pointed or rounded lace. I've seen lace crowns with roses around the bottom and other silk flower embellishments. Take your crowns a step further with rhinestone and feather detailing. For my project, I make simple glittery lace crowns with a touch of color and glamour.
Summer can bring changes in schedules and lots of time spent outdoors. As a mom of 3 kids ages baby to preschooler, I know it can be tricky to get outside with enough clothes, snacks and gear for everybody. Just the basics include extra diapers, one outfit change per kid, bottles and formula, sippy cups, and snacks. We usually end up bringing ALOT more with us. Here are some of my favorite products designed for moms and families that have really helped us enjoy the summer that much more.
Sweet Tea whipped body polish is perfect for summer pampering after a long day. Swipe a dab of this luxurious body polish onto your loofa for a soothing experience in the shower. This whipped body polish from Farmhouse Fresh Goods smells just like sweet tea and is infused with peach, ginger, orchid and white tea. Sugar grains and peach stone powder exfoliates the skin without causing it to feel tight, dry or stripped of natural oils. It also contains Shea butter which hydrates and provides a healthy glow. Sweet Tea Shea Sugar Whipped Body Polish is 90% natural and paraben & sulfate free.