Monday, April 14, 2014

Reusable Kids Birthday Decorations: Review and Giveaway

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I have a couple of ideas for you to streamline kids birthday party decorating and start a tradition. We are heading into two birthdays in my house-my two older kids will be having a joint birthday party so we can celebrate with visiting family and local friends. I am keeping things very simple due to the twins requiring a lot of my time, plus I like to let the kids lead for their parties. 

Since simple is good, I thought, why not reduce waste and have some of the decorations be reusable so we can limit our expenses and reuse them each year as a fun tradition, so

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Color Sorting Activity for Toddlers

kleenex boxes labeled for a two-color sorting activity for toddlers

When my preschooler was just a bit younger, she confused the colors red and blue, black and white. I created a simple color sorting activity so she could practice with the colors at the same time to help clear up the confusion. (I wanted her to see blue next to red and black next to white.) 

All you need for this toddler activity are two empty boxes

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Moms Share: DIY "I Spy" Tray Table and Homemade Shakers for Infants and Toddlers

I am starting a new series here on the blog-Moms Share. There are many blogs and websites with great info, but YOU have so much you can share as well! After all, you are a mom and that means you have experiences that the rest of us can learn from. This series will share your responses to questions I post on the SAHMSG Facebook page, or ideas that you ask me to share, so all of us can benefit! Sign up to receive posts via email (the little "Subscribe by email" widget is just to the left) so you do not miss any of these great mom-inspired ideas or your chance to share with other moms.

Recently Ana T. and I conversed via Facebook and she shared with me a couple of simple toys she made for her child. Her daughter had so much fun with them

Monday, March 31, 2014

40 Days of Sensory Bin Fillers: Oats and Table Salt

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What is your child's favorite sensory bin filler? My older two will get their hands in just about anything. Playing with textures and getting their hands dirty is fun for them. There is so much learning that takes place when children get hands-on with their environment and a sensory bin is a great activity that allows that exploration to happen.

A sensory bin is just a container with a filler that allows for exploration using the senses. It is very simple. You know me, simple is the way I do things. All you need for this bin are oats and salt.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Outdoor Activities for Infants

{Appropriate for ages 2 months and up.}
Ideas for outdoor activities for infants from 2 months old and up
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It can be intimidating to take an infant outdoors for a little play time, but with a few simple activities and the right weather, you can get your little one exploring outside! I am always looking for ways (on the nicer days) to get outside with my kids. It can be a little stifling to be indoors all day long, and most children do much better during dinner prep time if they have burned off some energy outside. Even infants

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lilla Rose Hair Clip Review and Giveaway

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I am a pretty low maintenance gal...most days. Comfortable for me is jeans, a tank and a cardigan. That is my "uniform" on the days when I run errands or have friends over for a playdate. I am even perfectly content to leave the house without makeup on. I told ya-low maintenance. So, when Melody Detwiler of Lilla Rose contacted me about reviewing a hair clip, I made sure to mention that I can not do hair.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

When Will I Be an Expert Mom?

dealing with parenting advice for stay-at-home-moms

After sharing that there were indeed two babies in my pregnant belly, I was offered advice about how to manage twins plus the two I already had at home. I was asked fairly frequently, “Do you think you can handle four kids?” This stumped me a bit and made me initially feel that I knew nothing as a mom. I have been a parent for almost 6 years. I knew how to juggle, at least, two kids. In life we never get more than we can handle. “Can I handle it?”

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Fine Motor Play with Pasta and Playdough

fine motor activity with pasta and play dough

Do you have some play dough in the house? Here is an activity that can extend its use: pasta imprints for fine motor and sensory play! 

We had some old-ish homemade play dough in the fridge and this is the second of three ways (here is the first) that I thought of to use it