Hear that? It’s a huge sigh of relief coming from yours truly. I have been working on finishing the kids’ shared room since before Graham came along (which happened in June of last year), and I have FINALLY finished all the things I had wanted to do. Of course, there will always be more and…
It’s cold and rainy here in Colorado. Technically it’s still summer, but fall is creeping up on us and bringing us a light snowfall in mid-September (what??). I’m already dreading the days of being stuck indoors with 3 kids and no where for them to run free…
So today I’m thinking about finding a project that they can do indoors that will benefit us all and keep us happy amidst the gloomy weather. I pinned a couple of these ideas a while ago for DIY watercolor art from your kid’s creations, and I’m loving the thought of putting them together. Not only will the kids have a blast doing them, but it will keep them occupied (read: mommy stays sane while trying to get some work done), and in the end, I’ll have a new piece of art to hang in our hallway. Everybody wins!
I love dressing my kids almost as much as I love dressing myself. Raise your hand if you often forego purchasing clothes for yourself so your kid can have some new skinny jeans and an old man cardigan… oh, just me?
Dressing my daughter for school always presents a bit of problem for me; I want her to look cute, but I also know that a white dress and tights is in no way practical. She will inevitably fall and dirty her knees while on the playground, get marker on her sweater sleeve and have a mystery mark on the seat of her jeans. So while I send her out looking like the perfect little lady, she returns home with frizzy hair, a sweaty forehead and one less sock.
Months ago, I pinned the plans for a DIY bunk bed from Ana White, knowing there might be a day when I would need them. I loved the fact that it was open underneath, allowing room for another bed or play area, and the stairs were a unique feature that I hadn’t seen before. As soon as we found out that we were having baby #3, I knew we were going to need that bed.
I’ve been in a planning frenzy these last couple of weeks trying to figure out what in the world I am going to do in the nursery. For some reason, I’ve been very noncommittal and totally overthinking the whole thing. But it’s time to get down to business because I’ve got a little over 2 months before my due date (*insert scary, panic face here*).
When it comes to the nursery, I don’t exactly have a blank slate to start with, which makes it even more difficult. The walls are painted a light yellow (not the prettiest yellow, either) and because we rent, we aren’t allowed to paint. So after much searching for appropriate color schemes that would play down the yellow and still scream “boy,” I decided on a yellow/teal/mint/grey palette.
What is with the nightmares that preschoolers get? I can’t even begin to tell you about the things my poor 4-year-old daughter has dreamt about. Things that I don’t think she has ever seen on TV or read in a book. Scary things that are somehow created in her imagination in the middle of the night.
If you’ve read my blog, you know the frustrations I’ve dealt with when it comes to getting my 3 1/2 year old to eat. And if you’re a mom who’s ever had a 3 1/2 year old, I’m willing to bet you’ve dealt with the same issue.
I guess it’s a mason jar kind of week since I just talked about making pumpkins and other Halloween decor from mason jar lids on Wednesday. So let’s just continue on with the theme and discuss painted mason jar pumpkins – the perfect craft to do with your child this Halloween/fall.
Since Mia loves crafts (particularly painting), I am always trying to find something that she can create that won’t just get thrown in the trash (we are probably the #1 wasters of paper due to all the coloring and painting she does and the lack of space we have to hang her creations). I came across this craft in Family Fun magazine and was happy that she would get to create and I would get some decor out of it. Bonus: This craft cost me about $4.
I decided a couple of months ago that it was time to give Mia some chores around the house. After putting it out there on Facebook, I realized that majority of my readers already had their young kids doing chores and I was way behind! I knew we needed to start teaching her some responsibility (and of course, I could use some help around the house, too), and I was hoping that chores would help her gain confidence in her abilities and even help out with some behavioral issues.