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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14 Days of love Affirmation Printable

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It’s coming up to the season of LOVE!!  As a pagan, we celebrate a version of Valentine’s Day on Imbolc, also known as Candlemas or Groundhog Day as it was made into.  We use this day as an excuse to celebrate our love, have a date night and enjoy good food.  I like to use the time between Imbolc and Valentine’s Day to really celebrate our love together.  We try to remember why we have this crazy life and family together.  We have two little ones and my husband has a busy work schedule so romance isn’t always at the top of our list at the end of the day.  This is the perfect reminder that it needs to be and we need to make it a priority.

 

Time for a relationship challenge!

I have a challenge for you and your marriage or relationship.  I will say marriage, but I’m from Quebec, people don’t always get married there but live together for decades and have kids.  Some people are in a same sex relationship and may or may not be able to get married. I include everyone, if you are in love and together, this is for all of you!

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Starting the first day of February you need to have two of these sheets printed out.  Post it on the wall, or fridge, someplace you both can see and appreciate.  You need to remember to do it daily, that’s the fun of it.  Every day you and your partner need to think of a reason you love the other person and write it down, every day from Imbolc to Valentine’s Day!  It’s a great way to show your partner how much you care, and get some affirmation yourself that you are loved too.

Ready to start?

Click the graphic below to print or HERE for the PDF.

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Are you ready?  Pumped?  Let’s work on our relationships and make our partner know how much we love and appreciate them!!!

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Ladybug Girl Wings

 

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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???

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.

 

Thank you so much for visiting us and I hope you find some awesome crafts to try out with your little readers.

 

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How to help your Direct Sales Business

I recently joined the world of direct sales last winter, almost coming up to my one year anniversary!  I have people ask me a lot of questions and from my experience blogging I have learned a lot so I wanted to share my tips on How to help your Direct Sales Business.  There are some websites that can make life a lot easier for you.

Whether you do trade shows, in-home parties, online Facebook parties, etc. there are a lot of ways you can make your life easier, and a lot of options for free too.  Do you want to know How to help your Direct Sales Business?  Keep reading below, make sure you add your tips to the comment section to help others too.

Tiny Torch

 

Do you host Facebook parties?  Then you NEED an online scheduling tool.  Facebook parties are amazing, but if you have to be present a few times a day (or night ) to post everything live it can be really hard, life happens, kids, families, making it so you cannot always be online to post when you need too.  You may also not be available at the times that are most optimal for participation.  Enter a scheduling website like Tiny Torch, this website is a life saver!  There are other websites you can use, but I like this one, you can sign up for a free account and schedule up to five posts a day per group/event/page, so you can preschedule all the posts for your private group in advance, as well as your parties.  Seriously a life saver.  It makes things much easier for you in the long run and gives you less to worry about.  For a small fee you can upgrade to a deluxe version and be able to schedule up to 10 posts a day, or add photo albums, all choices you can make if you think it would help your business, otherwise the free version is pretty awesome and still really helpful.

Use this link to get $10 free to try upgraded services if you want, or stick to the free ones: Tiny Torch

 

Tailwind

If you have a Pinterest account this is a great tool to have.  It is a great site which schedules all your Pinterest pins for you (similar to Tiny Torch above, but for Pinterest).  It is recommended you share content that is not always sales content to keep your customers interested.  If you sell makeup maybe tips on doing makeup, or a fun outfit to match with your makeup for a night out.  If you sell leggings tips on styling your outfit, if you sell essential oils, DIY recipes to use the essential oils in, you get it.  But for some having a Pinterest account is a big part of their business and scheduling your pins means you are pinning your content at the best time of day for your readers to see it, and sharing enough content to keep your business in other people’s minds.

Use this link to get $15 in free credit to try out Tailwind

If you are on Pinterest you NEED Tailwind, it is a great time saver and ensures you reach your customers at the most optimal time!

Hootsuite

Another free site that I use to schedule and share webpages is Hootsuite.  Whether you are sharing on twitter and tweeting it or sharing it on Facebook, this site can make it easy for you to share some fun content on both platforms to keep your readers engaged.  It’s a great way to share articles, or other pages that may be related to your business.  I use it to share recipes, tips, and other things that may interest my customers in my VIP group.

Use this link to try out Hootsuite

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Square

Do you do shows?  Sell your wares to people in person?  This is invaluable.  You sign up for free and they send you a free credit card reader, seriously, that’s how easy it is.  If you use my link below you will get some transactions free (and me too if I am lucky!), but in general it will charge you 2%, which isn’t the end of the world.  In this day and age not many people carry cash anymore, I never have enough cash to buy stuff.  To be honest, if they do not have a card reader, they will be loosing out on my sale and many other’s as I just don’t have cash.  Even at my local farmer’s market, most have card readers, it shocks me when people don’t, it’s free to get!  Seriously, by NOT having one you lose out on so much business, so set yourself up, try it free below.  If you sell stuff, do your customer’s a favour by offering them the choice to pay by credit card!!

Try this link and you can process up to $1,000 in credit card sales for free during your first 180 days Square .  It is still free to get the reader.

 

 

Vistaprint

 

I am sure everyone has heard of Vistaprint by now, but if you haven’t you need it!  It is a great affordable way to order personalized business supplies without costing a fortunate.  The best part is they always seem to have some sort of sale going on so it is rare you pay full price without some sort of incentive or reward.  They have fun monthly promo boxes to send you tools monthly you may need for your business.  You can get personalized business cards, magnets, post cards, address labels, signs, brochures, etc.

 

Follow this link to see how Vistaprint can help you

 

Canva

 

This is another free site, invaluable for making graphics.  I use it to make party graphics, graphics for the party page, my group, party invites, printables, signs, so many options of things to make.  It may take a bit of playing around to learn to navigate but is essential for keeping things fresh and making you own graphics.

Follow this link to start making your own designs through Canva

 

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Trello

This is a super cool site I was introduced to through blogging, it is amazing for making lists.  I have many different lists to keep track of, upcoming parties, who is hosting, the date, their address, etc. I always have a million lists on the go and his is perfect for keeping track of everything all in one place, again free!!

Follow this link to start organizing your lists through Trello

 

There you have it!!  My tips on How to help your Direct Sales Business, largely for free, and super easy to learn to use.  Which tip is your favourite?  So you have any more to add?  Please comment below on your favourite tips to help your Direct Sales Business succeed and flourish.

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Printable Preschool Planner Stickers

Printable Preschool Planner Stickers - I have made some Printable Preschool Planner Stickers to help make organizing your calendar easier for your Preschooler or Nursery School.

Have you got hooked on planners and planning yet?  Searching Michael’s for planner stickers?  I sure have been!  Along with Etsy, but I haven’t quite found what I am looking for, with my daughter in Nursery School and my son scheduled to start soon I decided to make my own Printable Preschool Planner Stickers.

 

If you are just getting into planning you may wonder what you need, I’m here to help you!

  • My favourite PlannerAn awesome planner.  I like the Create 365, The Happy Planner.  Personal preference, but I like how there are three slots per day. I have a home business, blogging stuff, and regular day to day kids, school, schedules to keep track of so having the three slots means I can track it all in one place.   If you go to the Michael’s website and get a 50% off coupon it makes the cost much cheaper!
  • Pens. A fun collection of fine tip markers, coloured pens, and other writing implements, I love coloured pens!  I use them to keep track of different things. Usually pink to keep track of stuff for my daughter, purple to keep track of my stuff, blue for my son, green for my blog, hot pink for my work, etc.
  • The best Planner BagA good planner bag. Like this one from Thirty-One.  It’s actually a hanging travelling case, but it fits my stickers, pens, markers, planner, etc.  Having a bag where I can keep all of my tools together makes things easier, then whenever I need to add something to the calendar or planner I grab the bag and have everything I need.
  • Stickers.   This is the best part, stickers to decorate your planner with, seasonal, inspirational, to do, etc.  You can use stickers to decorate your planner like a scrapbook, keep track of important events and holidays, whatever, it’s your planner!

 

Printable Preschool Planner Stickers - I have made some Printable Preschool Planner Stickers to help make organizing your calendar easier for your Preschooler or Nursery School.

Who else needs Preschool Planner Stickers!

I need some very specific stickers to accommodate the events at my daughter’s Nursery School.  My daughter belongs to a co-op so I bring snack once a month, my hubby cleans toys once a month, and I am on the board and have board meetings.  They have lots of fun theme parties, field trips, and other events, so by designing my own Printable Preschool Planner Stickers it made life much easier!

Materials Needed for Printable Planner Stickers

Ready to print your own stickers yet?

I discovered you can print your own stickers by getting full sticker sheets at the store!  Game changer for planning when I need specific stickers, I can make my own.  Just in case you could use them too I am sharing them!

 

Print the Printable Preschool Planner Stickers below. Or the PDF here.

Printable Preschool Planner Stickers - I have made some Printable Preschool Planner Stickers to help make organizing your calendar easier for your Preschooler or Nursery School.

 

What kind of stickers are you searching for to make your planning easier?

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8 Ways to keep Toddler Busy while Nursing 

 

8 Ways to keep Toddler Busy while Nursing - Nursing a newborn means a lot of sitting quietly, but what about your toddler how do you keep them busy. Try these 8 Ways to keep Toddler Busy while Nursing

Nursing I found was one of the hardest things to do on my own with two kids.  Keeping toddler occupied and quiet while you try to feed baby quietly and get them to sleep is a big challenge.  It can be done, but honestly needs a lot of planning and organization.  Try these 8 Ways to keep Toddler Busy while Nursing.

One of the big problems my toddler had was that she was left out and needed attention too.  The best activities were things we could do together WHILE I was breastfeeding so she was included but quiet.  The first few weeks I end up living on the couch with a sleeping baby to my breast.  But my daughter misses me too, so I soon learned she needed activities too!!  Please enjoy these 8 Ways to keep Toddler Busy while Nursing, great for any new mom, or ideas on presents to get a mom to be of two or a big sibling gift.

8 Ways to keep Toddler Busy while Nursing - Nursing a newborn means a lot of sitting quietly, but what about your toddler how do you keep them busy. Try these 8 Ways to keep Toddler Busy while Nursing

Activities you can do with your toddler are:

If your toddler is anything like mine be prepared before sitting down.  Sometimes that means baby has to fuss for five minute while you grab stuff, but, it’s better than starting all over again and having a crankynewborn.  Are you potty training? If toddler is potty trained make them go potty.  Even if they claim they don’t have too, do it anyway.  We had a few accidents as toddler always had to pee while feeding and I couldn’t always get her there in time.

  • Flash cards – shapes, colours, numbers, animals, alphabets, etc. go over them together.
  • Make busy books & bags so they have activities to do quietly.
  • Colouring – get a little tray so they can do it next to you.
  • Stickers – get the big stickers books, little sticker books or just regular stickers to put on paper.
  • Shape puzzles.
  • TV – I know not ideal right? Well, you have a newborn and they have needs too.  If putting toddler in front of the TV can buy you some quiet time to put baby down for their nap and nursing then that’s what you have to do.  You can always pick educational shows if it bugs you, but seriously sometimes it is the only option and that’s ok.  It won’t last forever, toddler needs a treat too and you need a break.
  • Get them a drink and snack.  Preferably stuff that won’t make a mess when they spill it like water (not juice that stuff is so sticky when they leave it to leak on the floor) and raisins or crackers (not apple sauce, yogurt or anything with peanut butter).  Pouches are great healthy snacks too, with fruit or yogurt.
  • Snuggle!  Snuggle those two babies close together, it is hard now and not easy, but it won’t last long and they will be big sooner than you know it.  You won’t always be able to cuddle with two babies together so take advantage while they are small and cooperate!

The NUMBER ONE activity?

  • Basket of books: this was the number one quiet activity to do while nursing.  Have special books they have not really read before so they are more interesting.  If you have friends or relatives close by get them to do a library run every week or two for you to get some new books.  Turning the page can take some maneuvering, but get toddler to help.  It’s a great way to keep them included and work on their fine motor skills. If you have an iPad, tablet, smart phone, kindle etc., use e-books, easier to hold and there are an abundance out there.

This too shall pass

Having two little ones is challenging, you will not always be able to handle it easily, but you will figure it out and get in your groove. It will pass and things will get easier. As kids get older things get easier too!

 

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Monthly Crafting Book for December – Flip and Flop Penguins Craft

 

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This month for the Monthly Crafting Book for December I decided to focus on the book Flip and Flop by Dawn Apperley.  I have a two-year-old and a three-and-a-half-year-old and they identify perfectly with the characters in the book. Both my kids are sick right now so I needed an easy craft, one that both kids would enjoy and could do on their own.

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Materials Needed:

  • Po enjoying making some penguin craftsConstruction paper in various colours: blue/purple/penguin colour, white, orange, yellow
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Glue

How to Assemble:

  • Before you gather the kids cut out a large penguin oval (I used half a paper) for the penguin body.  I picked blue (like one of the characters), but didn’t have purple so I used pink (to my daughters delight), you can use whichever colour you want or stick to Flip and Flop’s character colours.
  • Cut out a circle for the head in the same colour as the body.
  • Next, cut out a white oval, smaller than the body, for the tummy.
  • Grab the orange paper and cut out two orange feet per penguin.
  • Lastly cut a yellow beak.
  • Bee loving making her penguin craftsNow the fun part starts, gather the kids for gluing!  I gave them the pieces one at a time, body, then tummy, then head, then feet, then beak, and let the kids glue them on independently.  Then I had them draw eyes on their penguin.  My daughter’s looked more like eyes than my sons 🙂  But both kids were thrilled with their final product.

What is the Monthly Crafting Book Club?

Have you heard of the Monthly Crafting Book Club?  Have you seen any of our past posts?  I am a big advocate for children’s literacy and encouraging kids to read. I think that by incorporating a fun craft with the book it encourages a deeper love of reading and enjoyment of the book.  Every month a group of bloggers get together, whoever feels like participating that month and do a craft based on a specific book or theme.  It’s lots of fun and I get great ideas on activities to do with my own kids!  If you want to join our Facebook group, click HERE and you can check out other books, no obligation to participate each month.

 

Check out some of our past month’s book’s here.

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

 

Next month we are doing the Ladybug Girl series by David Soman, a personal favourite of my daughters! February is Giraffe’s Can’t Dance.

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Monthly Crafting Book Club for December

I love how creative everyone is in coming up with other fun crafts, I cannot wait to check them out too!

 

Monthly Crafting Book Club for December - Winter themed books & crafts from awesome bloggers

 

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Easy Vegetarian Indian Dinner

Easy Vegetarian Indian Dinner - This is such an easy dish to make and sure to be a family favourite. For kids of all ages and a quick dish to make making it great after a day of work.

This is one of our FAVOURITE dinners in my house.  I hate repetition, but we have it every month or so.  My kids love to dip things, and as vegetarians I am always looking for easy ways to get some iron (spinach) and protein (lentils) into them.  This is a whole meal and one, but doesn’t take a long time to make or require a lot of ingredients.

What do you need to make it?

 Easy Vegetarian Indian Dinner - ingredients

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Easy Vegetarian Indian Dinner
 
Author:
Recipe type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
  • •2 Onions minced
  • •Garlic (I use pre-minced) 2 tbsp
  • •Bag of spinach
  • •Package of Paneer cheese
  • •Oil
  • •1 tsp Tumeric
  • •1/2-1 tsp Cumin
  • •1/2-1 tsp Chili powder
  • •1 tsp Cinnamon
  • •2 cups Lentils (rinsed and maybe soaked for 5 min if you have time)
  • •Water to cover lentils in pot, I found aboutt 3-3½ cups
  • •2 tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • •4 tbsp. Lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Prep everything first, put lentils to soak, cut the onions, wash the spinach, cut the paneer, drain lentils.
  2. In a pot fry ½ onions for about five minutes until translucent, add in garlic and stir. While that cooks add in all the spices and stir. Add in lentils and enough water to cover, about 3½ cups I found. Add in tomato paste and stir. You can cook for 25-45 minutes, keep stirring regularly.
  3. Preheat the oven and put in the naan bread to warm. Only needs to be in about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Add the other ½ of minced onions and cook for five minutes again, until translucent. Add in the paneer cheese, stir/flip regularly until starting to brown, add in a hand full or two of the spinach and cook. We like our paneer a little crispy so prefer it too cook longer. (Check on your naan!) Spinach shrinks a lot when hot so keep adding in handfuls of spinach until your bag is done and it is all wilted. Ensure the cheese is done to your preference.
  5. Serve all three on a plate and watch your kids actually eat!
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