Sensory: relating to sensation or the physical senses; transmitted or perceived by the senses.
I’m a hands on learner, so sensory play is my go-to. Lucky for me, E seems to be a hands on fella, as well. So, I think we’ll tackle this mother/son learning thing pretty well! I’m always brainstorming fun & creative ways for us to play/learn to help spice things up. Now, don’t get me wrong. We love some blocking building (well, banging) but even that can get old after a while.
So, here are a few of our favorite inexpensive, DIY, at home (etc, etc) sensory play items from the past month or so! Continue reading Sensory Play: Babies 6 Months & Older
Today, I hit the limit. I couldn’t stand to throw out one more diaper box. We’ve thrown out so many & each time I think to myself how wasteful it is. I mean, yeah it’s just a cardboard box & yeah, we recycle but still. There had to be SOMETHING I could do with them.
As I looked around my mess of a house I thought about how badly I needed to clean. There are baby toys & photography props everywhere. I’m forever complaining about how much easier it would be to keep things tidy if I had more baskets for organization but never get any because they’re so expensive.
That’s when it hit me: diaper box baskets!! They’re the perfect size, so why not?! Continue reading From Drab to Shab: Diaper Box Baskets
Are you tired of seeing footprint art yet? I hope not, because I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a regular thing. March’s St. Patrick’s Day footprint art was a little difficult for me. I had crafter’s block; all I could think of was shamrocks. I wanted to make St. Patrick’s Day cards to send out, but there was no way I could fit a footprint shamrock on the size card I was trying to make. So, I broke out my handy dandy side kick: Pinterest.
Continue reading Monthly Footprint Art: St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
Holidays are my jam. I love celebrating, decorating & documenting each month with whichever holiday is coming around. I focus on the bigger holidays, like St. Patrick’s Day, BUT I found this site that has a bunch of random holidays that I also add to our calendar. Some of them are a little out there, but most of them are fun things you can easily celebrate (like take a walk in the park day), so why not?! It makes an ordinary Thursday turn exciting super quick. Can’t beat it! This makes our calendar get packed pretty quickly, but I always make sure to schedule time for footprint art & for a photo shoot. This way, I don’t end up scrambling at the last minute.
Continue reading DIY St. Patrick’s Day Photo Shoot
I am still in shock at the fact that I have a six month old. (Where has the time gone?!) But I’ve always known I wanted to do half birthday traditions as a mother. Six months old is probably the most significant half birthday mark, but I plan on implementing half birthday traditions for as long as E thinks they’re fun! Because, why not? I was able to do all five of these half birthday traditions just with items I already had on hand. So whats the harm in some budget friendly family celebrations?! #amiright!?
Five (& a Half) Half Birthday Traditions Continue reading Five Easy Half Birthday Traditions to Start Today
Do you ever think of how Valentine’s Day was when you were a kid? The classroom is decked out, you decorated card boxes and everyone was your valentine. You anxiously wait for February 14 to arrive so you could enjoy the class party instead of math and eat way too much candy. That was the life!
You get older and the Valentine’s Day card appeal dwindles as romance becomes more prevalent. Which is wonderful & all, but as a new mom I’m now anxiously waiting for E’s class parties. I can’t wait for baking heart shaped goodies and making DIY Valentine’s Day cards. I’m totally going to be that mom living vicariously through him by forcing him to wear red and give a card everyone (even to the girl “with cooties”). & I’m SO excited.
Continue reading Monthly Footprint Art: DIY Valentine’s Day Cards
January has been a pretty busy month between traveling, doctor’s appointments, and family visits causing it to FLY by. Time almost got away from me, but luckily I broke out my paints & the bumbo with a few days to spare. I plan on doing monthly footprint art for at least the first year (surprise). Our little ones change so much over the first 12 months, it’s so precious to have keepsakes to help remember how teeny they once were.
we (lol, really Lori??) I decided to do snowmen & penguins. (Not that those are at all relevant to this North Carolina weather we’ve been having.) I also did a Mama Bear & Baby Bear craft just for fun!! I was feeling pretty confident this month since E can sit in his bumbo floor seat so well now. What I didn’t consider, however, is how interested he is in his feet lately…. I had to be sure to keep a toy in his hands the entire time in order to stop him from eating paint, lol.
Continue reading Monthly Footprint Art – January
Since I’m living the SAHM life now, we are ballin on a budget. SO that just means I get to notch my DIY skills up to the next level. Homemade Christmas presents are officially my go to for family presents! We took some at home Christmas photos, so I decided to make a Christmas picture ornament in honor of E’s first Christmas!
Continue reading First Christmas Picture Ornament
I’m only three months in, but I can already tell that the first year with a baby is filled with so many monumental milestones. Everything they do is a “first”. It’s mind boggling to me. From reaching for your hand to their first thanksgiving, every moment is so precious. I, of course, want to document every.single.one. in as many ways as possible. I constantly am capturing digital moments (I currently have 2745 photos & 238 videos on my phone….) but I also am a sucker for the tangible items. So I craft! & boy, are these thanksgiving crafts presh!
Continue reading Baby’s First Thanksgiving Crafts