Saturday, March 25, 2017

Monthly Crafting Book Club: How Do Dinosaurs...? Series


            Welcome back for the March Monthly Crafting Book Club! This month's selection is for the fun “How Do Dinosaurs...” series. I was pretty excited about this as the one thing Myka has been consistently interested in since she was 2 is dinosaurs and I've been meaning to check these books out!
            I knew my friend had recently nabbed a lot of cheap dinosaur-related books for her older soon who has become interested in them as well, so we borrowed two: How Do Dinosars Say Goodnight? and How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors?I thought these would be good choices for us because Myka usually makes a chore of bedtime and, while she's pretty good with her colors, she still has a hard time remembering some of their names. Here are some snippets from each so you get a feel for them.

“How does a dinosaur say good night when Papa comes in to turn off the light? Does a dinosaur slam his tail and pout? Does he throw his teddy bear all about?”

“Dinosaur colors start with red: A red fire truck tucked under the bed, a purple towel left on the floor, a green sign taped to the bedroom door...”

            Fun, right? The illustrations are amusing too. Myka laughs every time we get to the page in the bedtime book where the t-rex is puckering up for a kiss. We also like that the names of the dinosaurs are “hidden” on each page so we can learn more about dinos too! I highly recommend both of these books for the dinosaur lover in your life! I'm sure the others in the series are fun as well.
On to the craft! I had an idea for combining different aspects from each book into this month's activity. It's not so much a craft as an activity, but I hope you like it nonetheless!

Bedtime Dinos Color Matching Activity


Ages 3+

What You'll Need:


-marker
-a rainbow of felt plus white (as pictured)
-scissors (fabric scissors come in really handy for the felt, if you have some)
-a rainbow of dinos (as pictured)

(In case you're wondering why there is tape in the picture but not listed on the materials list, I was going to put this on the wall if we happened to do it while the little monster was awake. Lol)

*On each color of felt, draw a book, lips, and X. These are the “items” I decided to incorporate from How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? The book for an extra bedtime story, the lips for a goodnight kiss, and an X to symbolize a hug.

*Cut your felt pieces and printed dinosaurs out. You can make the dinosaurs out of felt too, of course, if you like.

*Next, line your white felt up with a colored piece. Lay your dino out to look like he is laying on a bed. Mark your lines and cut out your “beds and pillows”.

*Once you have everything cut out, it's time to tuck your dinos into bed! This in and of itself was amusing to my 4 year old. :)

*Once they are tucked in, ask your child to put the matching color of books, kisses, and hugs on the correct bed.

And it conveniently fits into a sandwich baggie for easy clean up or taking it with you somewhere to keep the kids entertained. 


            I hope you and your kids find this to be a fun way to work on colors. I am a fan of starting your kids out early on using scissors too, so if you think they can be safe with them, definitely encourage your child to try cutting some of the pieces out, such as the beds and pillows. You could probably do this activity with 2 year olds as well, they just won't be able to help you as much in making it. Oh. And one more thing. Even with all of the cutting, this really doesn't take that long to set up.


            Don't forget to stop by all of the other bloggers who participated this month for even more craft/activity ideas!

Come join us for the Monthly Crafting Book Club. Each month we focus on a different book and encourage early literacy by pairing it with a craft.

Monthly Crafting Book Club

 
 
http://www.raisingfairiesandknights.com/dinosaur-craft/


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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sunny Spring Days Giveaway

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We are celebrating Spring with this fun Sunny Spring Days giveaway for families! Coordinated by Mommy Scene and sponsored by the participating brands, this fun giveaway has something for everyone! One lucky winner will receive all of these awesome prizes when the giveaway ends 4/14/17.
Charlie Banana One Size Diaper Twitter Bird - Sunny Spring Days Giveaway

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Prize: Charlie Banana One Size Diaper Twitter Bird & Deluxe Inserts
The Charlie Banana reusable diapering system is innovative and Eco-friendly; each set includes 1 cloth diaper and 2 highly absorbent, reusable, washable inserts. The sizable safe-snap system allows the one-size diaper to grow with your baby. Highly absorbent inserts make these cloth diapers great for both daily and overnight use. Learn more at charliebanana.com.

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Prize: 2 Scrub Bugs Hand Scrubbers
Scrub Bugs are the 1st surgeon inspired hand scrubbers for kids. They are proven to clean hands over 3X better than ordinary handwashing. Cleaner Hands, Healthier Kids - More Fun! Learn more at myscrubbugs.com.
A Wild Dill exclusive print - Sunny Spring Days Giveaway

Wild Dill Kids

Prize: A Wild Dill Exclusive Print!
Wild Dill commissioned artist Juliet Meeks to come up with a sweet nighttime inspired watercolor for a baby nursery. The result is this magical sleepy narwhal swimming under a starry sky and moonlit night. 8" x 10" high quality print designed by Artist Juliet Meeks. Learn more at wilddill.com.

Kangapouch - Sunny Spring Days Giveaway

Kangapouch

Prize: Organic Cotton White Sleep Sack, 0-12 months OR 12-24 months
Kangapouch is a cotton down fill baby sleep sack that will move with your baby through rolls and turns during sleep, keeping your baby warm, comfortable and covered at all times. Kangapouch is also ideal for sleepovers and camping. Kangapouch is the original down filled baby sleep sack. CPSA certified and created to the highest quality, ethical and safety standards. Kangapouch has adjustable snaps on the shoulders and Velcro waist fasteners to allow for growth. Zipper-pull guard protects your baby's skin and two- way zippers allows for easy diaper change and added ventilation for use in all seasons. The white organic cotton Kangapouch uses a 550 thread count of 100% organic cotton fabric and is filled with duck down. Easy machine wash & dry. Learn more at kangapouch.net.

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Lottie, Finn & Friends 

Prize: Lottie, Finn & Friends 7.5" Doll
Lottie, Finn & Friends are age appropriate, relatable and empowering dolls and accessories inspired by childhood. Unlike other dolls, Lottie is based on a nine-year-old child. This collection of dolls and accessories encourage children to be imaginative, adventurous and most of all, to have fun. 2017 will see Lottie launch a series of chapter books with Penguin, as well as a 'Brownie' doll and accessories as part of a licensing deal signed with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Learn more at lottie.com.

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Yummi Pouch

Prize: Jewel Cloth Snack Bags - set of 3
Take snacks on the go with Yummi Pouch cloth sandwich bags. These gorgeous Eco-friendly cloth storage bags have a moisture resistant interior, open with a zipper, and are decorated with modern jewel color patterns. Also available in snack bag size! Perfect for crackers, sandwiches, dry snacks, small items, accessories, and cosmetics. Learn more at revelae.com.

Sudsy Dough Moldable Soap - Sunny Spring Days Giveaway

Sudsy Dough

Prize: Sudsy Dough Moldable Soap
Sudsy Dough is an interactive, sensory bath toy that doubles as a moldable scented dough and a cleansing soap. Kids can squeeze and squish Sudsy Dough in the bath, rub it on as body wash, or take it outside the tub and let it dry to make custom-shaped soaps. Sudsy Dough is scented and moisturizing, available in fragrances Sassy Strawberry, Merry Mango, Bubbly Blueberry, and Awesome Apple. Learn more at revelae.com.

Enter to win this fun prize collection!

This giveaway is coordinated by Mommy Scene, sponsored by the participating brands, and is open to US entries ages 18 and older. No purchase required to enter. One winner will be randomly chosen and contacted through e-mail, and their name displayed on the giveaway widget after the giveaway ends on April 14, 2017. Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand. Have fun and good luck!

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2017 Summer Bucket List


            Hey folks! Is this unusually warm weather getting anyone else excited about summer activities? It's bad enough that it's got us wanting to plant stuff and start more seeds indoors already, but I'm getting antsy to go exploring new places this summer too!
            I guess “summer” is somewhat misleading for this post as I would like to do a lot of these things in the spring or fall when it's not too hot. I'm one of those people who doesn't really like summer all that much. There, I said it! Regardless, let's dive into my (somewhat ambitious) list!

*Visit all of our state parks. I know. A little overzealous, right? But, for the 5,000th time, we got a state park pass for Christmas and I intend on using it! To be honest, I'll be a little disappointed if we don't make it to at least, let's say, roughly ¾ of them, but I'm not going to beat myself up too much either.

*Ride the “Mini Trains” in Johnson County. My husband somehow came across this place through his work. Myka's a big fan of trains and we think she would love this! It starts at a park and the rides run for 20 minutes! And it's only a few bucks to ride!

*Borrow an Explorer Backpack from Griffey Lake. I remember reading about these last year, but it sounded like the kind of thing that would be better suited for Myka when she was older. I have no idea what is in these things, but it sounded like a fun way to incorporate some more learning into our great outdoors experience. Plus, we didn't get to Griffey Lake (in Bloomington, IN) as much as I wanted to last year, so it's a good excuse to visit.

*Go to the pool/Teach Myka to swim. She already has the basic idea down, but I'd really like her to learn to swim for real. I feel like it's an important life skill and she loves playing in the water. I can't exactly teach her to swim in a kiddie pool at home, though, can I? We didn't get to the pool at all last year because the whole “getting out with a baby and being afraid your older kid is going to run off or drown” thing was too frightening.

*Visit the Splash Pad and Sand Playground more. We went here once or twice last year, but I'm hoping to go more this year...Just not when it's so freaking hot out! Pretty sure the baby and I were both miserable, especially the day we went just to visit the new sand playground. There is a giant canopy over the area, but that almost makes it worse and traps heat somewhat. At least we weren't getting sunburnt?

What is on your summer bucket list this year?


P.s. If you're local to the Bloomington, IN area, be sure to click on the bold links (and some of the pictures) above to learn more about the places listed!
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Meet Our Newest Farm Friend, Gabby!


           Hey folks! I know I promised exciting news last week, but what can I say? I wrote the soup post and completely forgot. Do you forgive me?
            We brought the newest member of Wild Onion Acres farm home a few weeks ago on March 4th. Her name is Gabby and, if you're new around here, she is an American Guinea Hog (AGH). She will also be the future Mrs to our other AGH, Mr.Bruce, once she reaches maturity. ;)


            When we first brought her home, we put her in the small pen for a few days as we learned our lesson with Mr.Bruce when he first came home. She had eaten most of the greenery after not quite 2 days, so I decided to let her out. It didn't seem like there was much of a threat of her trying to get out of the fenced in area since she had company. However, we weren't she if she was “fence trained” or not and we have an electric fence. Mr.Bruce has (accidentally or otherwise, who knows) pushed her into the fence a few times and she hasn't ran screaming into the wild green yonder, so we're good!


            They are getting along pretty well so far. Pigs, or at least AGHs, are kind of like dogs. There was a lot of butt sniffing at first on Mr.Bruce's part. I have to admit I was a bit worried about him trying to * ahem *, get a little frisky with her right off the bat, but I haven't caught him doing so yet, which is good since she's still too young for that. That's probably why he hasn't tried anything, but you never know. I'm new to this and I worry too much, ok?!
            Like I said, everyone seems happy so far. Mr.Bruce probably thought he had died and gone to heaven because we moved him to a new area before we brought Gabby home. Ha ha Fresh green stuff and a new friend?! He doesn't seem to care about me as much any more, which is fine. ;) Maybe now I will be able to clean their house without him getting his big butt in the way! Speaking of which...
            It was so cute the afternoon I let her out. It started raining harder later on and I was curious as to which house Gabby would go in, her barrel house or Mr.Bruce's glorified dog house. When I went to feed them dinner they both came out of his house. Aw! As for dinner...


            That is pretty much the only time Mr.Bruce doesn't get along with his new roommate very well. He is not used to sharing his food and kept chasing poor Gabby off. So, being the spoiled little pigs that they are, I just feed them in separate bowls. Ridiculous, right?

            What do you guys think of our newest farm friend? Do you have hogs?

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thirsties Natural One Size All-in-One Cloth Diaper Review


            Hey folks! If you're not on YouTube or don't follow us there, you may have missed out that we won Love Notes, the special Valentine's print, by Thirsties in their natural, all-in-one, one size diaper via Diaper Junction's “Feed Your Stash Friday” giveaway last month! It seems to be such a popular cloth diaper right now with a lot of interest, so I decided to do some video reviews, which you can view at the end, if you like. If you're more into reading and looking at pictures instead, read on! (Plus, I'm including a couple of things I forgot to mention in my second video. Oops!)


A little about the Thirsties Natural AiO OS diaper...

*Waterproof, TPU laminate outer
*Hemp & organic cotton inner
*11 layers of absorbency
*Two sewn in soakers
*Available in hook and loop (Velcro) or snap closure
*Fits most babies/toddlers from 8-40+ pounds
*Three different rise settings

Our experience and what we liked/disliked...

On the smallest rise

*The only time we've had issues with leaking was the first time after I initially washed it...But that could be due to two possible different factors. Chances are, it's because I didn't prep it exactly as the instructions called for. Or, I just needed a bit more absorbency for my 13 month old.

*Every time after that, I added a Hemp Babies doubler thing and had no issues. I generally change her every 3 hours.

*Even with the extra insert, these diapers are very trim underneath clothing...Which is a nice change for us!

She is as rotten as she looks!

*The fit also seems very good in general. I did get it a little tight the first couple of times around her chunky little thighs and the elastic dug in. But, as with all new diapers, trial and error, right?

*I went with the hook and loop closure because I feel like it gives the best fit. However, Ripley is getting to the age where she realizes she can get it undone if I let her run around with no pants on. Just something to keep in mind. With that being said, though, the aplix is super sticky! I always forget how wonderful it is on new diapers, but it's even stronger that that of the Best Bottom covers we usually use! It was super strong on our Thirsties newborn covers too!

*To be totally honest, we haven't experienced a poo yet, so I can't attest to the effectiveness of the diaper in that aspect. However, I do have this to say...

*I am a bit disappointed there are no double gussets on the legs. I haven't gotten spoiled, I guess, and they really do come in handy for poo-splosions. So, this may or may not cause issues with runny, little baby poo. Solid, older baby poo should be just fine, though, in my not-so-professional opinion.

*I love that this diaper uses natural fibers for a couple of reasons. 1) With both girls, I couldn't use microfiber or synthetic materials. Insta-rash. 2) The Thirsties Natural diaper dries faster than all-in-one diapers made with synthetic material because cotton and hemp both dry a lot faster! So, no need to run your dryer extra long to get this puppy dry all the way!

*The price is comparable to other all-in-one diapers at $24.75 each.




            Have you tried the Thirsties Natural One Size All-in-One diaper yet? Don't forget to visit Diaper Junction's Facebook page every week to see what they're giving away for their “Feed Your Stash Friday” giveaway!

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