How Do Dinosaurs… Clothes Peg Dinosaur craft

 

This month’s craft for the Monthly Crafting Book Club is How Do Dinosaurs… Clothes Peg Dinosaur craft.  Have you ever read the book series How Do Dinosaurs…… by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague?  It’s a really fun series.  They cover a bunch of  different topics How Do Dinosaurs Go To School, How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Dogs, How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colours, How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms, etc.  Tons of books to cover almost anything.  It’s a really fun series as it is a great learning tool.  It starts off with naughty dinosaurs doing the wrong thing, but usually funny.  Then it continues on to show how to do things the nice way.  A great and whimsical way to teach kids right or wrong in certain situations and a big hit with my kids and sister!

This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with

 




If you haven’t been following the Monthly Crafting Book Club you should!  Every month we focus on a different book, series, or theme geared towards kids.  A group of bloggers all contribute fun crafts or activities towards the theme to help you connect with your kids and help encourage their love of reading!  I chose to do How Do Dinosaurs… Clothes Peg Dinosaur craft.

This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with

Materials Needed:

materials needed

  • Fun Foam (not a lot) in varying colours
  • Clothes peg for each participant
  • A googly eye for each dinosaur
  • Glitter glue
  • Glue gun, scissors, and markers
  • How Do Dinosaurs … Book by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

How to assemble:

example of dinosaur

  • Have kids colour one side (the outside edges) of a clothes peg while you roughly sketch out the top of a dinosaur head, and the Bee making her dinosaurmouth section (two separate sections) on fun foam and cut them out.
  • Next, distract kids and have them choose what colour glitter glue they want while you use the hot glue gun to glue the top and bottom of the face onto each clothes peg.  Add on a googly eye (if they are antsy and hovering I get them to point to where they want me to place it) and add on a dot at the end of the mouth for a snout.
  • Give the new dinosaur to the kids to saturate, I mean decorate, with glitter glue.
  • Let it dry for a few hours, or days depending on how much glitter glue they used.
  • Then VOILA, it’s ready to be played with!

Po making his dinosaur

This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with

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This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with

 

This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with
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Next month we are doing The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, any books you would like to see us do?  Let me know in the comments below.

Did you miss some posts from last year?

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

September – It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

October – Have You Seen My Monster

November – Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft

December – Winter Theme Book

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

 

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Kids Birthday Party Easy DIY Decorations plus a GIVEAWAY

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I love an awesome kids birthday party!  They are always so much fun and so different.  Some have parties at home, some are basic kids birthday parties like we had growing up, some are totally Pinterest-inspired and make me envy the mama’s creativity and energy to pull off something so amazing.  Other birthday parties are held at a hall, or an all-in-one center where there are friendly associates to help guide the kids though amazing activities.

SnapologyMy son has the misfortune (or rather I do I suppose) to have a birthday the week before Christmas.  I will probably be looking for a center to hold his kids birthday party every year, otherwise I risk my house being over run by 10 three-year-olds and my Christmas tree and ornaments are seriously put at risk.  Finding the right center can be challenging, do you look for a hall and bring everything yourself for the party?  Or pay extra to go to a location where they do it all.  I have never had it outside the house as my kids are still young.  But, I have heard it’s not a big price difference between the two.  Personally, I would rather go somewhere where they do it all and I don’t have to worry about a thing.  Especially so close to Christmas.

How to make parties easier

Snapology Next year we will be looking into a kids birthday party franchise to host our party (to save my Christmas stuff!).  One place I wish was closer was Snapology.  This place looks so cool.  I am a big advocate for STEM, especially for my daughter. Snapology She is so clever, she loves science, space, and wants to be a doctor or a cat vet when she grows up. My son too is very technical and loves to learn about how stuff works. Having an educational birthday party would be a great way to encourage their love of learning.  My son had a Paw Patrol party for his second birthday party, that could easily be accommodated with their wide array of themes.  If one opened where I live then he could have a superhero birthday party next year there or maybe a Star Wars party so he could make light sabers.

Make sure you enter in the giveaway below to win a LEGO® brick set of the Snapology Mascot Sebastian Gator to be mailed to your home.  It is recommended for ages 6+, but with most Lego, with parent supervision your child may be ready to play with it earlier.

 

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DIY Kids Birthday Party Decorations

For those who have a kids birthday party at home, or who like to bring decorations with them to their birthday party location, here are some super easy ways to make DIY decorations for the party in three easy steps:

  1. One of the key ways that you can add a bit of magic into these DIY Birthday Party Decorations is to make them with a free computer site, I use Canva.  It makes it super easy to find graphics online, then add them into Canva to make your decorations.
  2. Next you want to get some pretty paper, card stock, scrapbook paper, even construction paper.  Make sure the pretty paper is bigger than the sign, an inch border on big signs, it could be a cm on smaller signs like for the food table or decorations.
  3. Now time for the magic, hit up your local craft section at the dollar store and buy decorative gems.  Make sure they are the sticky kind, it can be diamond-type, colourful crystals, pearls, whatever goes with your theme.

Invitations

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These are easy to make on your computer and can save you a lot of money.  Instead of buying them, or paying for a personalized etsy one, make it yourself!

Signs for the door to welcome your guests

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This is one of my favourite touches for a party.  Perfect to put at the door, whether to your house or of the party room at your venue.  It tells people they are in the right location, welcomes them to your party, and sets the stage for the theme.  Check out how the bling and decorative paper take it up a notch and make it more magical.

Signs to decorate the room

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Adding extra signs around the room are super cute and fun touches.  The kids love seeing their favourite characters around the wall and the parents get a kick out of them.  It is so easy to pick favourite taglines or quotes to incorporate different parts of the party area into the party.

Banner to decorate the wall

Kids Birthday Party Easy DIY Decorations - Kids Birthday Party's are so much fun! Here are some awesome ways to make them easier on yourself, DIY Party Decorations and locations to go for parties.

I love how easy it is to make banners for a party.  For a one-year-old party it is so cute to post a picture of them each month to see how they have grown.  To make it easy, you could even just stick to the traditional triangles.

Optional: Signs for the food table, labels for water bottles.

See how easy it is to make signs for your own party!  Don’t buy designer templates on etsy, or spend tons of money at a party store, save your money for more important things, there are no shortage of expenses around a child’s birthday and there are much better things to spend it on then decorations!

 

I love celebrating Birthday’s!!  Check out some of my other posts on ways to celebrate birthday’s below:

Birthday CelebrationsNever Too Old For A Nerf WarChai Cupcakes with Vanilla

Giveaway

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The giveaway is for a LEGO® brick set of the Snapology Mascot Sebastian Gator to be mailed to your home.  It is recommended for ages 6+.

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Do you love Lego?  Make sure you have some awesome tools for the kids to play with on the go!

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Ostara Spring Equinox Cards free printable template

Ostara Spring Equinox Cards - Do you like to send out seasonal cards to your family and friends? Check out below for a free printable and some tips to brighten up anyone's day.

Every Ostara, also known as the Spring Equinox, we take that as a chance to send our family and friends some happy mail.  I use any excuse I can to send grandparents and great grandparents cute little gifts from the kids.  I made up this Ostara Cards free printable template to make it easy for you to as well.  Kids love to be involved, and sending mail is so much fun!  Plus, maybe if they are lucky whoever they send mail to will reciprocate and send them back a surprise in the mail too!

My friends and family are used to my eccentricities.  I am the only pagan in my family, but lots of pagan-friendly friends and family.  I think even if people get cards that say Ostara on it, they don’t care as they take it in the spirit it was meant.  It’s more fun for everyone as they get to learn something new, and not following the Pagan wheel of the year it’s a surprise when they may receive a random gift from us.  Seriously, make friends who are part of a different spirituality, it makes things much more unexpected with extra holidays around and you learn so much!

Do you prefer to do things paperless?  You like to save the environment?  Or simply want to save time and resources by doing it all online?  I have another option for you too, I got a sample at Paperless Post to try out their really cool site.  It’s a great alternative to still send some fun cards to your family and friends, but a lot easier as you can do it all online.  Some really fun ways to customize a card to send to someone.  It’s easy to find individual cards for each person you want to send a fun surprise too, there are even free options so make sure you check it out!

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Ostara Cards free printable template

Ostara Spring Equinox Cards - Do you like to send out seasonal cards to your family and friends? Check out below for a free printable and some tips to brighten up anyone's day.

Materials Needed:

  • Scissors & tape
  • Ostara Cards free printable template PDF (or use the graphic below)
  • Packet of seeds for every person you want to send it to
  • Glitter glue and other decorations
  • Envelopes & stamps

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Tip: Write the names in the “to” and “from” section BEFORE letting the kids destroy it with glitter glue, it’s REALLY hard after and not nearly as pretty.

 

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Do you like to send your family little surprises in the mail?  What’s your favourite thing to send?

 

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Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments

You need to Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments for kids, you never know when you may need to run out the door fast to the ER or doctor, be prepared!

 

How many times does it happen that you have little to no warning that you have to go somewhere and keep the kids busy and quiet for a prolonged period of time.  Usually a walk-in clinic, doctor’s office, go to the ER, etc.  This is why you need to be organized and Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments in advance.

I cannot tell you the number of times I have to grab the kids and go to the walk-in for step tests, ER for minor injuries, etc.  The last thing I want to think of when running out the door to take my sick or injured baby to the doctor is what I need to pack and bring with me to keep them entertained.  Even with an appointment we are at our doctors office for usually almost two hours.  A walk in clinic two to three hours.  The Emergency Room (even if considered high priority) three to eight hours.  Sometimes you really need to be prepared to keep your kids busy for a prolonged period of time.  But not just the doctor’s office, restaurants, shopping, non-kid houses, there are tons of places you may go where it can be helpful to have a dedicated bag full of kids activities they can use.


You need to Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments for kids, you never know when you may need to run out the door fast to the ER or doctor, be prepared!

Here are some items I like to Pack in my Busy Bag for Medical Appointments to keep my kids busy at the Doctors office:

  • Grab & Go bags – I find them at the cash at Micheal’s, for a dollar, this is an AMAZING find.  Even just to throw in your purse.  A mini colouring book, crayons, and stickers.  These are perfect to keep kids busy.
  • Books – New-to-them books, or books they don’t read often.  Pick thin paper books so it isn’t as heavy or takes up a lot of room.  They are great to read quietly in the waiting room to kids, or in the examining room while waiting for the doctor or between medical tests.  Bring a bunch.
  • Flash Cards – Great to go through with kids and start conversations.
  • Brain Quests – They have tons starting at 2-3 years old.  Great to keep kids busy and interactive to do with the kids as you sit trying to keep them entertained.
  • Snacks – try to keep it peanut free as you never know what kind of regulations there will be, raisins, fruit pouches, crackers, juice boxes, water bottles, etc.  Don’t forget to pack some snacks for yourself.  Try not to bring items that squish easily.
  • Grab a tablet and chargers as you run out the door, once your busy bag fails, take a break and let them watch Netlflix or play games on your tablet.  Plus, especially in the Emergency Room your phone will die, bring a charger!
  • A book or magazines for you, you will get bored too, bring some stuff to entertain yourself with as well.
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What to pack it in?

  • Cinch Sac – I love this bag, it’s a Cinch Sac by Thirty-One Gifts, we have a bunch we use for different purposes, but I keep this purple one by the door with stuff for a quick visit to the doctors or anywhere else we may have to go.  You can check them out HERE to get one.

What would you Pack in a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments?  Where else would you use one of these bags?

How do you keep your children busy in the doctors office or restaurants?

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You need to Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments for kids, you never know when you may need to run out the door fast to the ER or doctor, be prepared!

I made a bag for kids to use in restaurants check it out below:

You need to Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments for kids, you never know when you may need to run out the door fast to the ER or doctor, be prepared!




 

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Bedtime Routine for a Toddler & Preschooler

I am a stay at home mom and my husband works a long hard job so by the end of the day we are both exhausted.   We don’t normally do bath time every day as there isn’t a lot of time and frankly we are just too tired.  Instead we focus more on family time for relaxing.  We have a fairly simple Bedtime Routine for a Toddler & Preschooler, which we try to stick to every night.

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Our Routine:

  • Brush teeth.
  • Put on pajama’s and night time overnight diapers (I choose Goodnites).
  • Snuggle on my bed and read stories together for 10-20 minutes together.
  • Tuck in babies and goodnight kisses.

This routine works for us.  We enjoy snuggles together as a family and encouraging reading.  Even though my son is only two, he loves to sit for stories and my daughter has been sitting still for stories for many years as well.

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Night-time Diapers

I was approached by Influenster to test out the Goodnites diapers for free, and I jumped on it!  My daughter is almost four-years-old, and although she was fully day-time potty trained at two-years-old, she is still no where near ready for night-time potty training.  She was very excited to try these Goodnites in lieu of her normal pull-ups for bedtime.




Night-time Potty Training

Bee is a deep sleeper and just doesn’t wake up to pee, even if I try to wake her up, she has usually already gone so she needs nighttime stuff.  We have been using Pull-Ups for two years, and are very happy with them.  But they only go up to a size 5T, which is a little smaller than Bee’s normal clothes.  To be honest I didn’t even know there were bigger options.

Once I received these Goodnites and she tried them on, she was hooked.  They are a much better fit for a big preschooler.  She seems to be between sizes, the Pull-Ups are way to small, but the Goodnites are still big.  Which is good as she will have room to grow.  Who knew they had to go to Goodnites after Pull-Ups get too small? My only negative feedback on the Goodnites is they do not have the easy off sides. Pull-Ups my daughter can take off herself when she wakes up by ripping down the sides.  The Goodnites are more like undies and you need to remove them fully and that can be a pain.

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Is the end in sight soon?

I know she won’t be in nighttime diapers forever, but I cannot wait until we are no longer in diapers!  I have a toddler in diapers too so I am excited when the day comes that we are no longer in diapers.  But when we next to re-stock we will for sure be buying these Goodnites for her since they fit better.

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For those who have been through it, what are your tips to help the older child get potty trained?  I know limit liquids before bed, have them pee before bed, and before you go to bed, but anything else?

How do you know your child is ready for night-time potty training?

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Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

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Welcome to February 2017’s installment of Giraffe’s Can’t Dance.  This book is a really fun one to have around.  If you have not heard of the Monthly Crafting Book Club yet it is a group of bloggers who get together to make up a craft related to a certain book, this month we are covering a Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft.  Make sure you check out the other blogger’s crafts below.  I am a big advocate of early literacy, we read a lot of books together as a family and I spend WAY too much each month on my daughters Scholastic catalogs through her nursery school.  Both my children love to read though and by combining a book and a craft together it furthers that love and encourages conversations about the story and more fun.

 

I decided to do a giraffe craft where they can make the giraffe dance.  We use items around the house as I believe crafts shouldn’t cost a lot either, and special trips to the store make it harder to do crafts sometimes, so hopefully you have a stock of basic craft stuff, construction paper, paint, glue, crayons, markers, etc.

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Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

Materials Needed:

  • Giraffe’s Can’t Dance by Giles Andreas & Guy Parker-Rees
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Paint in desired colours (yellow and brown if you are going traditional)
  • Construction paper or regular white paper
  • scissors, glue, markers, brushes

Method of Preparation:

  • Have the kids help decide what colour their giraffe will be and what colour the spots will be.  My three-year-old daughter of course chose pink and purple.  My son is two and still learning his colours, so let me go the traditional route.
  • Help the kids paint their toilet paper roll completely.
  • As that dries (try to keep it a thin coat), help them use the other colour (brown and purple for us) and dip their whole finger in it then press it on the paper to make the giraffe ears.
  • Use their finger prints to make spots on the toilet paper roll
  • Ours dried for a few days, then I pre-cut the ears out, and helped them draw faces on their giraffe and glue the ears on.
  • Then I cut two holes in the front for their little fingers so they could put it through and make the giraffe dance.

Next I found on you tube some clips of people singing the giraffe’s can’t dance story, so we played the video and the giraffe’s had fun dancing away to the story and songs afterwards.  I think they had more fun making the giraffe’s dance then even making it.  But they enjoyed the painting part too.  I got terrible pictures of the “after” part as they spent too much time moving to get a clear picture!  I hope you try this out with your kids and get to try out different colours too!

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Please check out the other inspiring Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Crafts below from the other bloggers participating in the Monthly Crafting Book Club this month:

Giraffe's Can't Dance Craft - Monthly Crafting Book Club is celebrating Giraffe's Can't Dance Crafts this month with a group of bloggers and crafts to show that Giraffes CAN dance.

Giraffe's Can't Dance Craft - Monthly Crafting Book Club is celebrating Giraffe's Can't Dance Crafts this month with a group of bloggers and crafts to show that Giraffes CAN dance.

Next month (March) we are doing the books from “How do Dinosaurs” series, in April we are doing The Hungry Caterpillar and May camping themed books.

Did you miss some posts from last year?

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

September – It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

October – Have You Seen My Monster

November – Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft

December – Winter Theme Book

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Thank you so much for stopping by.  Let me know below what are your kids favourite animal books?

 

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Ladybug Girl Wings

 

Ladybug Girl Wings - Celebrate the monthly crafting book club for January with Ladybug Girl, come see the crafts bloggers have come up with, like my Ladybug Girl Wings.

This month for the Monthly Crafting Book Club we are covering the Ladybug Girl series.  This series is a personal favourite in my house and my daughter is always asking for Ladybug Girl Wings.  My son is game to try anything and likes the character Bumblebee Boy so he was happy to get his own wings too.

The Ladybug Girl series by  Jacky Davis and David Soman is really fun.  Each book is trying to teach children how to overcome obstacles, sometimes it is boredom, disagreements, etc.  My daughter was almost three-and-a-half when she fell in love with this series, she told everyone her name was Lulu (so strangers at the park asked me about my daughter Lulu!).  She even taught her 18-month-old brother to answer to Bingo (the main character’s dog) and would try to lead him around on a leash.  I couldn’t wait to do this book as a theme in the Monthly Crafting Book Club and see what everyone else came up with too!

If you are new to the Monthly Crafting Book Club, it is a group of bloggers I organize where every month we focus on a different book, series, or theme and all try to come up with a craft or activity that relates to the book. We have sucessflly done it for a year, you can check out last years themes and crafts below:

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

September – It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

October – Have You Seen My Monster

November – Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft

December – Winter Theme Book

If you are a blogger and want to join us, join our Facebook group HERE and feel free to participate whenever you can.  The next book we are covering for February is Giraffes Can’t Dance and March is How do Dinosaurs….series.

 

On to our Ladybug Girl Wings, what child doesn’t love a set of wings to run around and fly with?

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Ladybug Girl Wings

Materials Needed:

  • Large Fun Foam
  • Wire
  • Glue Gun & sticks
  • Extra fun foam and glitter for decorations
  • Elastic
  • Cardboard to cut out (like an old cereal box)

How to assemble:

  • Sketch out the wings on some cardboard and cut it out as a template.
  • Trace it out on the fun foam, you will need four, two per side.
  • leaving a space a few inches long at the top left for the wire, glue two sides together with the glue gun, repeat on the other side.  Trim access foam around the edges so it looks uniform all around (save the spot you saved for the wire).
  • Take the wire and make a loop in the middle, with the wire sticking out the top on both sides (see diagram).
  • Use the glue gun to attach the long loops into the wing on each side.
  • Trim again to make sure the wings are uniform.
  • Take the elastic and tie to the top of the wire and bottom on each side. Adjust them to your child’s size.
  • Time to get your child to help you decorate the wings!  For my daughter we cut out black circles for the lady bug dots and she helped to glue them on. For my son I stuck to glitter as he is two and his help makes everything challenging.

Time to run around like a bunch of crazy fairies, bugs, etc.

What kind of bug is your child if and when they play BUG SQUAD??

 

Did you get a chance to see the other amazing crafts shared below by the other fabulous bloggers???

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My Four Favourite Baby Carrier’s plus a Giveaway

My Four Favourite Baby Carrier's plus a Giveaway - Baby wearing is amazing! Having the best baby sling or baby carrier is important. Here are my top four favourite baby carriers plus a giveaway!

I am frequently asked what kind of carriers I like and which I recommend.   I have been thinking and working on My Four Favourite Baby Carrier’s for a year to be honest.  I want to preface this by saying that carriers are like bra’s, very personal to shop for.  Each carrier fits each woman differently, and they also fit the baby’s differently too.  I firmly believe you need to try out a lot of carriers to find the one that fits you best.

I have a pinched sciatic nerve, which gives me a lot of back trouble, I was not sure I would be able to babywear at all.  I started with some of the cheap and free ones (Infantino stretchy and soft structure, Seven Slings free pocket ones) and found even with a newborn they hurt my back and were not that comfortable.  It did not take me long to realize I needed a better carrier.  My local baby store lets you try out carriers (for free!) for a few days and I found it really helpful.  I tried out four carriers before I found one that didn’t hurt my back.  I found that the carriers with the crossed straps in the back were the easiest on my back.

Are you looking for the best baby sling?  There are tons of amazing ones out there, but I am going to introduce you to My Four Favourite Baby Carrier’s plus a Giveaway at the bottom of the post so stick around!

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Please ensure you are practicing safe baby wearing, here is a great site to remind you of some important safety rules while baby wearing.

My Four Favourite Baby Carriers

Wrapsody Water WrapWrapsody Water Wrap

Honestly, I cannot stress my love of this wrap enough.  I use it so much and for so many things!  Bee was not very tolerant of being on her own for long, even while I showered.  I heard of a wrap I could wear in the shower so she could shower with me.  I literally went out the next day to buy it.  This was a life changer!  I could have nice long showers with a baby all happy and close on me and shower every day.

I wear this wrap a lot in the water while camping.  It is REALLY hot in a tent and can be near impossible for baby to sleep.  I put baby in the carrier, put a hat on their head to protect and shade from the sun then go to the beach and hang out in the water for an hour so they can sleep in cool comfort.  It works amazing!  On vacation this summer this was Po’s main way of napping during the day, my sister would watch Bee playing in the sand and I chatted with friends and enjoyed the water.

I also used it a lot as a newborn stretchy wrap (like a Moby, Baby K’tan, or Maman Kangaroo).  I started wearing Po when he was a few days old in my Wrapsody.  It is super comfortable and worked so well for him to be snuggled up against me.

Hopefully I have convinced you of how awesome this wrap is!  You can use it as a newborn stretchy wrap, lightweight wrap easily stashed in your diaper bag, and for in the water for showering or hanging out at the beach.

Beco SoleilBeco Soleil

This is my favourite soft-structured carrier.  I prefer to wear it with the straps crossed, but I can wear it regular in the front or as a back carry too.

Po napped in here in a front carry for the first 6 months of his life while I worked.  It was super comfy for me and a lot cooler than a stretchy wrap for him (he was a hot baby) and gave me lots of room to get my arms around him to type.

I also use this while running errands as it is super easy to put on and put him in, I also used it for Salsa Babies (baby wearing Latin dancing), while cooking/baking, going for walks, watching Bee at the park, pretty much anywhere.

When Bee got older I loved having her in a back carry.  I had SPD while I was pregnant so I couldn’t carry Bee without having excruciating pain in my pelvis.   Not all stores have carts kids can ride in and using a stroller wasn’t always an option so a carrier worked great.  She was also happy being up high and seeing everything.  It was also much safer in parking lots, I could not chase after a toddler, she was a lot faster than I was and I was worried about her safety so being in a carrier made me more comfortable and her out of harms way.

Toddler TulaToddler Tula

When I had Po my hubby got me a Toddler Tula!  I was so excited!  I could tandem wear them both, which I do not do often as they are heavy.  I found the Beco Soleil was a little small on Bee at this stage so this was much comfier on both of us.

My sister tends to wear Bee in the Tula more than I do as when we go somewhere I wear Po while she wears Bee.  It makes going to festivals and events so much more convenient.  Although she can walk, sometimes she is tired and with large crowds we prefer to baby wear them both and zip through places, not to mention we don’t have to worry about escalators, elevators, rocky slopes, or tight quarters.

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Tula carrierTula

My final favourite carrier is the Standard Tula.  I didn’t get to wear this for long.  I had an amazing adventure with my son’s birth group in which we shared a Tula and it got shipped across Canada so everyone had a chance to wear their December 2014 baby in it.  You can check out my story on it here.  This is one of the most well-known brands and most popular so our group went with this Tula as the baby carrier, I only had it for two weeks (insert crying here) but I fell in love with the Tula and seriously debated getting a new pretty Tula in a fun print to enjoy with my son too.  It is similar to other soft-structure carriers too but super fun!

Have you considered baby-wearing? Here is a great site to check out on WHY you should babywear and how awesome it is.

Giveaway Time

I am super excited to announce I am doing a giveaway for a $50 USD gift card.  You can enter in the giveaway below, may the odds be ever in your favour!  We will be contacting the winner after the contest is over.

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I love this baby wearing quote on Pinterest, “Food Spoils. Babies don’t. Hold her. Wear her. Breathe her in. Keep her close.  It goes too fast.”  You can never spoil a baby by loving and baby wearing them!

 

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Yule Sun Ice Catchers

Yule Sun Ice Catchers - Celebrate the Winter Solstice by making beautiful Yule Sun Ice Catchers, alone or with your kids, easy to make with ingredients you already have & fun!

 

It is almost time to celebrate the shortest day of the year, soon after the days start to get longer and we will see the sun more and more each day.  For this reason we celebrate the sun at the Winter Solstice, also known as Yule.  In our house I am always looking for ways to get the kids involved and excited in our celebrations too.  This year we are trying out these Yule Sun Ice Catchers after seeing some fun pictures on Pinterest.  What better way to celebrate the return of the sun than to make some Yule Sun Ice Catchers to catch the suns rays and make some pretty designs in the snow??

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I have a toddler and a preschooler, so my crafts have to be easy for both of them to do, but slightly challenging for my preschooler so she won’t get bored. My son likes to be right in there though so I have to be creative and adapt the Yule Sun Ice Catchers craft for each of them.

Yule Sun Ice Catchers - Celebrate the Winter Solstice by making beautiful Yule Sun Ice Catchers, alone or with your kids, easy to make with ingredients you already have & fun!

Supplies Needed:

    • Water
    • Food Colouring
    • Circular Tupperware containers
    • Smaller containers filled with coins or nails to weigh them down.
    • Fun shaped ice cube containers if you have, or regular if you don’t
    • Thick ribbon

 

Directions

  • Before you get the kids excited and involved (depending on the age), find some circular empty Tupperware containers.  Stick the weighted down little containers inside it a few inches from the edge (you will thread the ribbon for the Yule Sun Ice Catchers through here). I used some empty play dough mini containers, or ones for making baby food.
  • Fill with water a few inches (as thick as you want it to be) and stick in the freezer for an hour to an hour and a half to start to set.
  • Grab some ice cube trays, fill with water, and either alone or with a child helper, put a few drops of food colouring in each one and freeze for an hour too.
  • Once set for an hour, get the kids out, let them use a spoon to poke the ice a little and break it.  There are a few different patterns you can try:

    1 – drop a few coloured ice cubes inside the ice water
    2 – let the kids use food colouring and drop a few drops in to the ice or freezing water
    3 – or do both!

  • Refreeze overnight until completely frozen.
  • Let sit in hot water until it can come out of the container.  If the weighted down circle isn’t coming out put hot water in that until it slides out.   Keep an eye on it as it will melt quickly.
  • Take out the weighted down circle and thread a ribbon through.
  • Hang the Yule Sun Ice Catchers outside and enjoy how pretty it is!!!

 

 

Final Results

My daughter was much better at the food colouring drops than my son was, he just squeezed the whole bottle so he got a lot more guidance, my daughter could do it more on her own.  My son probably made most of them more coloured than anticipated as he kept poking and stirring, but I still like how it turned out!

 

 

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Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck

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I am so excited to be joining the Picture Book Month again this year hosted by Krystal at Healthy Happy Thrifty Family.  The book I am focusing on is Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck.

A great way to get kids involved in reading is by incorporating the book into something more than just reading, like a craft.  This was the inspiration for the Monthly Crafting Book Club that I host each month for bloggers.  We focus on a different book or theme each month and come up with a fun craft or activity to do with the book.  If you are interested in joining us please join our Facebook GROUP for more info. Check out some of our fun crafts below we have covered in past months.

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

September – It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

October – Have You Seen My Monster

Last year for the Picture Book Month I covered Little Elliot Big City, which is still a favourite of my kids.

Elephant Family Hand Print Painting - pt

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Pirate Treasure Hunt Craft - As part of #picturebookmonth, I am covering Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck and doing a fun binocular craft to help your kids on their adventure.

This year I will be participating in two days worth of stories, the first is to cover a book by Jan Peck.  Once I signed up for Jan Peck I immediately put my name on the waiting list for all her stories at our local library.  But, I guess they are popular as even after over a month this one was the only one available, so this was the one we did! Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck, is a fun book, similar to going on a bear hunt to help a child go on an imaginary adventure.  After getting to the page about needing a “spyglass” I immediately decided to make binoculars with the kids to help them go on their own pirate adventures.

Materials Needed:

  • Paint
  • Paint brushes, scissors, duct tape, twine
  • 2 toilet paper rolls per child

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Instructions

  • Have the children pick out their favourite paints and paint their toilet paper rolls as much as they can.
  • Allow to dry overnight.
  • Take some duct tape and tape the two rolls together.
  • Have the adult poke a hole in the ends of the toilet paper rolls and string a piece of twine through it to make it into binoculars.

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Now have an adventure with the kids!  Go over, under, around, and through your obstacles on your adventure!  Have fun with them and help them use their imagination.

Pirate Treasure Hunt Craft - As part of #picturebookmonth, I am covering Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck and doing a fun binocular craft to help your kids on their adventure.

Where is your favourite place to go on an imaginary adventure?  Comment below and let me know!

 

 

 

 

 

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