I found this awesome idea and Pinterest for Mess Free Finger Painting and I thought to myself. Can't go wrong here, mess free? Heck yes I'll try it! This kept little one occupied for an hour and it is also a great opportunity to learn colors!
What you will need:
Gallon Size Ziploc Bags
paper or cardstock
different color paints. I used a glitter glue and acrylic green and red paint.
Put about a dollop of pain on your paper and slide it into your bag. Carefully slide your paper in your Ziploc bag and close. Try to get as much air out of it as possible before sealing it. Tape your bag down. We used the floor, little on wanted to use both his hands and feet for this project. Enjoy hours of fun!
It makes me so sad to see a baby or a toddler that has a monster cold. I don't know about you, but we can go through boxes and boxes of Kleenex when a family member is sick. This past week my LO has been sick and we went through a box or two, and of course, the result was a pretty raw baby nose. I like the concept of boogy wipes but they can get awfully expensive if you use a ton of them. So I put my Pinterest research skills to work and found this DIY project that not only helps be gentle to tender noses, but also helps clear congestion as they blow.
What you will need:
1 cup hot water (preferably distilled)
A pinch of sea salt (I probably used about 1/2 teaspoon)
1 Tablespoon of aloe vera (gel or liquid)
The contents of 2 Vitamin E capsules
3 – 4 drops of lavender essential oil
3 - 4 drops of eucalypts essential oil
2 teaspoons witch hazel
Combine all the above ingredients into a small bowl, then soak pre-folded cloth wipes in the solution. I received a ton of cloth wipes from my baby shower and I used a few packages of these. Squeeze out most of the water and place in your container. I reused an old formula canister because we have a ton of these to place my wipes. If you run out of solution make a second batch to coat the rest of your wipes.
LO and I go to a local playgroup weekly and at the end of the month they are doing a Halloween themed playgroup. It should be lots of fun, I'm excited that LO gets to play with other toddlers his age, he gets to wear his costume, and their will be treats and crafts. What more can this mom want? All of us parents are pitching in and getting something for all the kids to take home, with LO only 16 months old and most of the toddler around the same age, I obviously wasn't going to bring a bag of candy to hand out. After extensive researching, I have adapted the melted heart crayon DIY that has been floating around Pinterest to create what we will be giving out during our Halloween playgroup. This is an awesome alternative to candy and if you are doing a kiddy Halloween party this is also a great inexpensive party favor!
What you will need:
*A silicon mold tray that is heat friendly. We used this Skull and Crossbones tray, it was only $4.65 (free shipping with amazon prime)
*2-4 dozen of Assorted Crayons - I mean, what kid does not have a huge shoebox full of broken and random crayons. That means this item was FREEEEEEEE since we already had it in our house. SCORE!
LO and I started peeling, but before we got to far, I found box cutters in my junk drawer and just sliced the wrappers off. It only took me a few minutes to get the wrappers off.
Chop up your crayons and place them in your mold. Bake the crayons at 230 degrees for 15 minutes. If you are baking with a NuWave oven bake at P10 for 7 minutes.
Let the crayons cool till the bottom of your tray feels cold to the touch. we waited at least and hour or two before popping them out. Look at those awesome skulls and crossbones!
Lay-n-Go Lite Small Activity Mat & Toy Organizer. (check for pricing here) An Innovative Organizational Solution for Life, Play & Travel! Lay-n-Go is perfect for home, but durable enough to hold up wherever your travels take you. The Lay-n-Go Lite is an 18 inch patent pending travel/mini activity mat that converts into an easily transportable satchel, allowing for a quick and effortless clean-up of small toy pieces in seconds! Toy collections used on the Lay-n-Go surface are easily spread out for hours of fun at restaurants, on airplanes, in cars, or at Grandma's house! Once playtime is over, the drawstring is pulled and the activity mat is instanly converted back into a soft storage bag. Shell/ Liner is 100% polyester, and provides a water repellent/wipeable and washable surface. Durable nylon cord and cord lock provide an easy opening and closing system which keeps small toys securely inside. A velcroed front storage pocket provides a place to stow the drawstring when closed and carrying or storing the bag. Nylon handle adds both comfort and convenience for carrying.
From a reviewer:
I bought the small size and while it is good quality and easy to carry around it doesn't hold much and if I had it to do again I would have gotten the bigger size. The small one cinches to about the size of a cantaloupe so it fits in a backpack but doesn't hold much. The product material is excellent and it closes tightly so you don't drop small toys out the top. I bought it for my daughter who likes to play with legos but doesn't like to pick them up. She can only carry a small number of blocks in this so she doesn't like to use it. I think if I got the bigger size it would have been just what we were looking for, but this little size would be useful for traveling. The product came on time and as advertized so I gave it 5 stars, but word to the wise - size matters.
This is an easy sensory toy that you and your little one can make together. I got most of these items at the dollar store or things that I had lying around my house.
What you will need:
Dollar store dish soap
Small items to put in your bag, I used beads and confetti
One Ziploc freezer bag
Start by putting your small items in your Ziploc bag. Squeeze dish soap into the bag as well, use the whole bottle.
Close the Ziploc bag and secure it by duct taping the edges with the tape.
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-Join a Support group – it may be silly but joining a support group and hearing other people’s cray cray stories will help you and maybe make you realize that your situation isn’t as bad as you thought. I didn’t have one in my community, but there are numerous ones online that you can participate in. Sometimes an anonymous posting to a forum with a bunch of women that understand is all you need.
-A Magazine for you - Step Mom Magazine is an awesome magazine dedicated to step moms like you! I subscribed to a year of it last year, and it helped me find inspiration to stay positive. It’s strictly an online magazine, so a tip I can share with you of what I did was I printed out my favorite articles, put it in a three ring binder and whenever I needed a pick me upper, I read through my book. There is also a support group forum that you can join and get email notifications. It’s $45 a year, which is why I could only afford the one year.
-Allow your partner to actively take care of his children - If you want to have a good relationship with your stepchildren and your partner, don’t automatically become the primary housekeeper. Of course, you may do some tasks for your stepchildren, just as you would for other family members, but you'll become resentful if you feel you must fulfill all maternal duties for them -- especially if you don’t feel appreciated for what you do. You aren’t shirking stepmother duties if you don’t cook, clean, and do their laundry. Those are your partner’s jobs, even if you're staying home to care for your own biological children. In most cases, stepmothers should operate more as a babysitters or aunts than as parents. This will leave you more time for activities that provide you with the most meaning and pleasure.
-Make your Marriage a Priority - Did you know that second marriages have a higher risk of divorce than first marriages? 70% to be exact... 70 FREAKING PERCENT!! Your marriage is a delicate flower, no matter if this is your first or second. It takes work to nurture it, to grow it, to make sure the hypothetical petals don’t fall off. To be content as a stepmother and survive the stresses of stepfamily life, your relationship with your partner must be the most important priority in your life and his (right after your own well-being, which should always come first). Having fun together and making sure you have your date nights alone strengthens your relationship and makes it easier to get over the crises when they occur.
-It’s a Business Relationship with the Ex - If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, Don’t Say it at All or Don’t Even be Around to Risk Saying it. I do not like the ex. She is very rude, cray cray, irrational, and difficult to deal with. Because of my tendency to protect the ones I love, I have made the decision not be around her as much as possible. You may find this odd. I just do not want to risk getting into verbal blows with her, especially when my stepchild is around. When I am around her, I keep conversations short, sweet and business like. Remember, there is a reason why your husband divorced her.
-Accept that your feelings for your stepchildren and the feelings that your stepchildren have for you are “good enough”- Oftentimes, stepmothers feel pressured that they must love their stepchildren and expect their stepchildren to reciprocate that love in return. Love is an emotion that can’t be forced. If you love your stepchildren, that are wonderful, but if you don’t, that’s also acceptable, as long as you provide kindness, compassion, and respect to them. No more and no less should be expected of you. When you remove expectations that you must love your stepchildren, it'll be easier just to be nice to them -- and in a genuine way. This can lead, eventually, to love.
-Don’t take it personally-This is something I need to personally work on myself. Most of us as stepmothers try our hardest to be kind, considerate, and loving to our stepchildren. If our efforts are rebuffed, we naturally feel extremely hurt. Stepchildren may reject your attention and warmth for various reasons. Perhaps they feel that since they already have two parents, they don’t want a third one in their lives. They may be afraid their mothers will be hurt if they become close to you. They may not trust that your relationship with their father will last and don't want to experience loss again. Or they simply may not share your interests or temperament, and find it hard to relate to you. Any of these obstacles can take a long time to overcome, and the situation might not change at all despite your best efforts. Whatever the case, you need to accept things as they are for your own emotional welfare and not take stepchildren’s rejection of you as a personal attack.
-Not all step moms are created equal – Don’t compare yourself to those other step moms because you’re not them. Everyone’s situation is different. You’re going to meet moms who are best friends with the husband’s ex (yeah I know, I could never), you’re going to meet moms that have amazing relationships with their step kids, you’re going to have step moms that absolutely hate having step children, and you’re going to meet step moms that have cray cray ex’s they have to deal with (I’m in this category. Sigh.). In this crazy blended world, each situation is different and comparing your relationship to someone else will only drive you nuts.
-Knowledge is Power – Read this book. It’ll give you some insight on step motherhood and justifying the feelings you feel as a step mother. I promise you won’t regret it.
This Daniel Goes to the Potty book is a perfect addition to your child's potty collection. Just released this month and with my Little One being a big fan of Daniel the Tiger. It was a must have in our home. LO loves to press the flush button that comes with the book. Find it here.
For other potty book recommendations, visit my recommendations on potty books here.
I like buying the baby wipes in bulk, right now you can get them $0.02 a sheet on Amazon. With them being so cheap you can’t always get them travel friendly. You can make your own travel baby wipes container by upcycling the stuff you already have in your house
What you will need:
An old Baby wipes holder top
An old make up bag or cooler. The makeup bags that you sometimes get from Target Samples would be great to use. I just used an old cooler today.
Hot Glue Gun
First remove your top from your old baby wipes holder. They should be easy to peel off, they are just held together with a cheap adhesive.
As you can see in the photo, I first attempted by using fabric glue since I thought it might stick to a canvas type of material, the material was too slick I ended up hot gluing it. If you have a more appropriate fabric then fabric glue would be perfect.
Wait until the glue is dry before cutting your hole.