Thursday, August 28, 2014

Baby's Brilliant iOS App for Babies and Toddlers: Engaging and Educational

We'd like to thank Baby's Brilliant for sponsoring this post.

These days, it's almost impossible for our young kiddos to avoid technology. It's invaded every single part of our lives. I know there are so many parents that avoid technology like the plague. And on the other hand, I know other parents that completely embrace it, in all its' forms. After all, I know I used to really avoid allowing Nugget play with my phone or my iPad. As a pediatric Occupational Therapist, I am completely aware of the benefits of utilizing technology as positive reinforcement or incentive to participate in an activity that might be a bit challenging or unpreferred by a child.

I just had the opportunity to check out a new iPhone app, Baby's Brilliant. With a busy three-year old on my hands, sometimes I just need a few minutes of quiet, sit down time. After all, she's a busy bee!!! Aren't they all at this age?

Friday, August 15, 2014

The LEGOLAND California Resort: Family Friendly Travel and Fun for Kids of All Ages

My family just had a blast at LEGOLAND California! This family friendly, interactive resort is ideal for young children and those young at heart. It was a vacation unlike any other my family has ever experienced.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Make-It Monday - Back to School Cloth Place Mats

My family typically eats our meals on place mats.  I've been told that this is "too fancy" by some people. While I like the the feeling that every meal my family has together is special, the honest truth is that cleaning up after meals is so much faster with place mats.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Make It Monday - Hair Clip Organizer

The saga of organizing hair accessories continues.  Last Monday we created a Headband Organizer from an Oatmeal Container.  This week's task is an on the wall, organized display for my daughter's beloved hair barrettes and clip.

Yep, on the wall. No more drawers full of hair clips for this family!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Make it Monday: Headband Organizer

As back to school draws near, I am focusing on organizing the "small stuff" that has the ability to create morning stress and tardiness for school.  Over the next few weeks I will be looking at the tasks that can make or break our morning madness.  As silly as it sounds, hair accessories are definitely a routine wrecker for my "princess."

My daughter LOVES her hair accessories.  Coordinating her favorite headband with her outfit may be easy, but waiting for her to finding the beloved hair accessory often makes me pull my hair out.

To solve her headband dilemma I created this headband holder.  It's super easy to make and lets my daughter know exactly where her headbands belong.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Learning with LEGO - Mathematics Addition sums of 10

My teaching career has resulted in boxes of manipulatives, visual models that promote hands on learning, to teach a variety of subjects. When I became a SAHM I kept all of my teaching tools with a dream of my children excitedly employing them to learn concepts at home.  My daughter fulfilled that dream, excitedly my exploring the properties of numbers and mathematical operations with my elementary manipulatives.

My son is a different story.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Make it Monday: Dry Erase Board (AKA re-purposing a picture frame)

In our attempt to be "green" we love to recycle items around the house.  My daughter is constantly finding creative, new uses for items.  She is really into re-purposing "junk," but wishes being environmentally conscious was called being "pink." 

Another benefit of reusing items is that it clears out some of the stuff jammed under our beds (AKA my storage unit). Come on, I'm sure you all have a place where you stash items that you aren't using.  My beds are hiding tons of old picture frames.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Make it Monday: Independence Day 4th of July Sparklers

4th of July is Friday!

My family has begun our preparations to celebrate the Declaration of Independence.  My children and I created these 4th of July Sparklers to double as decorations and "toys" for our festivities.

This super easy craft can add color to your celebration in a variety of ways.  You could place some in a jar full of red white and blue rice.  Stick them in potted flowers/plants.  They could even be used to decorate your lawn.  No matter how I end up using mine, I know that by the end of the day each one will be held in sticky hands as we celebrate our Independence.