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
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
I can’t believe it’s Christmas time already! A year ago today, I told hubs I was pregnant. How crazy is that?! Time goes by so quickly! Just another reason why I love footprint art so much. (I promise I’ll do other crafts eventually, lol.) Seeing how much those little feet have grown over time is amazing. But out of all of the footprint art we’ve done, these Christmas footprint crafts are my favorite so far!
Continue reading Baby’s First Christmas Craft: footprint art
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
There is only one benefit of being home sick… free time to craft!
I recently took the pages out of my old Lilly planner but couldn’t decide what I should do with them, until one day it hit me–greeting cards! Lilly has such wonderfully uplifting designs, so what better use than to make someone’s day just a little brighter?
Continue reading Don’t Let Your Lilly Planner go to Waste
October 16 is Mike & my “dating anniversary”. This year made 3 years! Not sure if it’s “normal” to celebrate your dating anniversary after marriage, but I’m okay for any excuse to celebrate! This year I decided to do an anniversary scavenger hunt for Mike. This is really something I would love more than something he would love, but it’s the thought that counts, right 🙂
Here are all the clues:
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