Here's some Mom Favorites:
For the 3 month old and beyond (maybe even through teen years!), moms love the Arm and Hammer odorless refill bags for their diaper pail. Your nose will love this investment especially when solid foods are introduced!
For the 6 month old, Allyson loves the Exersaucer by Evenflow. It strengthens Titus' fine and gross motor skills as it entertains him and gives her time to fold the laundry or grade papers for school.
For the 9 month old, Lauren loves the Portable Diner Placemat by Summer. It keeps the eating surface at restaurants sanitary and the small trough catches dropped finger foods so the waitress will welcome them back the next time!
Also for the 9 month old, Harper loves her Sit and Stand Learning Walker by V-Tec. It's very sturdy and supports a wobbly toddler as she learns to take steps independently. She also loves the activities for counting, shape recognition, and learning her animal sounds that are located on the front panel.
So moms and dads, consider this your sweet baby's first Christmas Wish List! Have a great and memorable Holiday and take lots of pictures!
Want to squelch the sugar at Halloween? As moms, we try to focus our children on healthy lifestyles. Then the school or neighborhood parties come around and they are bombarded with sugar and processed foods. I remember throwing my hands up, feeling totally defeated, and saying "I give up!". Now, I realize that doesn't have to be the case. The internet (which wasn't a household resource when my children were small) has given us a way out. Look at all these creative ideas for Halloween treats! If you are a class mom in charge of the holiday party this year, why not go healthy! The other mommas would LOVE you for it!
1. Fruit Tray - Bananas (cut in half longways) with raisins ghosts, "Cuties" with celery stem pumpkins, red apples with mini marshmallow teeth, grapes (halved) with Greek yogurt and raisin bits for eyeballs. the dip is 1 large container (unsweetened) Greek yogurt mixed with 1/4 cup Nutella. Put plain white Greek yogurt in a piping bag to form the spider web. The spider is made with black olives. How cute is that!
2. Deviled Egg Spiders - Spiders are just cut black olives! That's all! How simple!
3. Banana Ghosts and Pumpkins - This is another way to make healthy pumpkins and ghosts.
4. Veggie skeleton - This is so cute and if this won't encourage your child to eat veggies, nothing will! Head is ranch dressing veggie dip in a small bowl. The body is a combination of celery, red peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms and cauliflower.Use lettuce and broccoli for hair and hat.
Have a ghoulishly good time with the children this Halloween!
This is a great and meaningful idea from our PSF friend, Darby Allen, and her sister, Lacy Adams.
Darby used it as a craft during our local MOPS meeting and it was a hit for sure!
Cut the following verses out in strips and mount them on cute decorative paper. (You may even want to laminate them). Display them in appropriate places such as by you child's bed for when they wake up, by their highchair when they are eating, by the door as they leave, etc. These will remind you to stop and take a moment to pray over them at that point in their day. Let them hear you pray for them aloud. Then as they get older, if they have heard you pray these prayers, they will be able to begin reciting them for themselves. To know our 7 year old or even our 16 year old child is praying for their own spiritual and physical well-being because they have heard their mom pray it over a long span of time would be priceless! Such a great "raising kingdom kids" idea! Thanks Darby and Lacy!
Have a wonderful day with your sweet children!
This is a fun craft idea from Becca Marlowe. She is a senior at the University of South Carolina majoring in elementary education. It's an easy and fun project that can be made with things you have around the house. What a great way to have fun and recycle at the same time! Thanks Becca!
What you will need:
Recycled tin cans, paint brushes, paint, ribbon and a hot glue gun. ( Glitter and other decorations can be used also! )
How it’s made:
1- Remove the covering from the can
2- Paint the can
3- Let the paint dry, and then add any other embellishments you would like
4- Hot glue strips of ribbon to the inside of the bottom of the can
5- Hot glue a “ribbon hanger” to the top of the can. (long enough to hang from a tree limb or hook on your porch)
6- Once the hot glue has dried, hang the wind sock in a tree or on your porch and wait for a blustery day!
PAINTING THE DECK OR DRIVEWAY:
Need: sponge paint brush
pail with a handle
Fill the pail with water and show your child how water paints the deck, chair, or tree. Talk about how some things change color and some do not. You can also put colored construction paper taped down on a cookie sheet with a lip if you want to do the same thing inside on a rainy day without any mess.
Need: foam pool noodles
beach ball or other light weight ball
Put a few simple obstacles out or just use flower beds or pots as obstacles. Have your child hit the ball with the noodle around the obstacle or just hit it to the other side of the yard. If the noodle is too long for the child just cut it in half. This is one you can do with your 2 or 3 year old as well as your older children.
Enjoy fun with those babies while they still want you to. As a mom of young adults, believe me when I say THAT time comes much too soon! You may have regrets in life, but spending fun time with them when they're little won't be one of them.
(Ideas from "Hello Darling - This is Motherhood")
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