I don’t know about you but I was totally blown away by the opening ceremony at Sochi last week. Granted there were a few technical problems, but overall it was bursting with creativity and just so cool. My daughter is obsessed with being a ballerina these days so when the dancers came out wearing twirling glow in the dark head gear it was pretty much all over for us at that point.
(pic via NBC.com)
I woke up the next day with visions of glow sticks and duct tape so I headed to Michaels, and picked up some glow sticks, which are also available at the dollar store by the way. We always have duct tape on hand, because I’m semi obsessed, and I got taping. This was really really easy. Measure your child’s waste and cut the tape a little longer than that. Lay the tape out on a table sticky side up. Place as many glow sticks as you want on the tape, then place another piece of duct tape on top of it sticky side down. Cut little slats about a half inch or so around each glow stick so they can move around easily when twirling. This part is important because it gives the skirt movement. Fold over the edges onto each other so there is no sticky part and place some velcro on each end. There you have it folks.
D was happy to be my model while Gigi was sleeping. Umm…don’t eat that D. (bad parenting, please ignore)
When Gigi woke up, her eyes nearly bugged out of her head. It was still light out so we ran to the bathroom to try it out. As you can see, it works. And it was soooo much fun to watch her twirling and twirling, giggling and laughing. I am dying to have a disco party someday for one of the girl’s birthdays. These would make the best accessories for the party!
Thank you Sochi Olympic Creative Team for inspiring this idea and thank you Ana from BabbleDabbleDo for making light play seem so doable. You guys are awesome.
I am so excited and proud to announce the launch of the most incredible ebook Zero to Two, The Book of Play, put together by NurtureStore and countless mom bloggers from around the globe who specialize in doing amazing, super fun, developmentally appropriate play with babies and children. Seriously, this is a one stop shop for countless play activities you can do with your kids. You can order the ebook by clicking on the side bar where it says Zero to Two. There is a special discount launch price of only 6.99. I’m telling you, the pictures are gorgeous, the tutorials are simple and easy to understand and you are definitely going to find something your little one will enjoy! Zero t0 Two is THE resource for fun play ideas for babies and toddlers. I know you will love it! Oh, and you just might notice this little monkey on the cover!!! Go D! Here is little overview video of Zero to Two you can check out!
If you’re anything like me, the idea of your kids consuming heaps of candy for Halloween is not exactly appetizing, so a bunch of us moms have gotten together to share ideas of candy fun that doesn’t involve eating. Yay! By the end of the week we’ll have shared over thirty super fun candy art and exploration activities. These candy headbands are simple and so cute. My girls love wearing them. I painted some wood shapes found at Michaels, glued on different candies with a glue gun and glued on a simple elastic headband from the pharmacy on the back. D was so into it and they pics of her are seriously making me melt. Speaking of which, I tried coating the candy with Elmer’s glue, which turned into a gigantic melty gooey mess. Yuck, not what I was going for. So unless anyone has any ideas, these will just last a a wear or two but the cuteness and holiday spirit is worth it.
Make sure to check out these awesome how to’s on other fun things to do with candy!
Candy Jewelry by Mama Papa Bubba
Candy Pumpkin by Blog Me Mom
Erupting Art for Kids by Learn Play Imagine
Starburst Candy Mosaic by Mama Miss
Nerds Watercolor Trees by Reading Confetti
Last week we made giant rainbow waterbeds and they were so much fun. It’s still pretty hot in LA so I went with a smaller variation on the waterbeds and they were a big hit. Unfortunately, my camera broke so I don’t have a pic, but at one point there were eight babies happily playing together, each with a baby waterbed in tow. It was so cool. The silver board under all the kids, our in house “ice skating rink”, is insulation styrofoam found at Home Depot and sooo cool. I gorilla taped two large pieces together on the bottom and it created a great space for kids to play on.
One of the things I love most about play group is that there are kids of all ages. There is so much learning that takes place from the little ones to the big ones and vice versa. These two had quite a little love affair going on. I practically had to put a restraining order on Gigi with all the hugs and kisses.
The waterbeds are super simple to make. It’s just a ziploc bag, food coloring, water and duct tape for an extra seal. A few of the bags have bouncy balls swimming around in the water to add interest. The babies especially LOVED these bags. They can sit on them, touch them, paint them. It was really fun to watch. I will definitely make them again.
I’m kind of in love with this headband. I made it months ago for Gigi’s 2nd birthday but sadly, it didn’t make it into any of the birthday pics. There is a thin wood circle (found at Michaels) and a piece of fabric under all the tchotchkes. The headband is glued onto the back of the wood circle with E6000 glue. Everything else is glued with a glue gun. All the little pieces are from a mixed bead set I found at Michaels, along with some pom poms. I made one for D too, but we lost it. These make great birthday gifts and party favors. You can make them into pins too. Gigi loves to wear it. The headband itself is from the drugstore. I love how the whole thing sits like a little hat. I can’t wait to make more. They are so freaking cute.
ps I don’t normally dress my girls in matching outfits, but it was Yom Kippur today and I couldn’t resist these gold and white dresses from Old Navy. What do you think? Matching outfits for sisters, yay or nay?
I love being a teacher. I still get to have spring break! One of my goals for vacation was to start and complete this bird mobile I’ve been wanting to do since Ev and I got married. My friends and I had made almost 100 birds to hang from the trees at our rehearsal dinner. The guests were invited to pick a bird and write a special message on the back; words of wisdom, advice, best wishes, that kind of thing. This was one of my favorite parts of our wedding weekend. My best friends were with me all morning hanging the birds. We never thought we’d finish on time. Of course we did, right under the wire and it was so much fun. I’ve been saving the birds over the years trying to figure out what to do with them. Now that we have little d, a mobile for her room seemed like a great idea. I tried stringing them up a few different ways but in the end, scotch tape, some treated branches, crystal beads and fishing wire worked best. I love how you can see the messages when the birds turn. I keep rereading them. I think my favorite is from one of Ev’s best friend from childhood. He and his wife wrote three tidbits of advice. 1. First class is always cheaper. 2. Your wife is always right. and 3. Separate bathrooms = Marital bliss. Words to live by.
As soon as Ev hangs the mobile in d’s room I’ll post some more pics.
Yesterday, my girls received the best gift EVER. About six bags of amazing hand me downs from their very special big girl friend, Frankie. My heart jumped out of my chest as I unpacked every bag and meticulously folded every item and placed it in it’s proper pile. Let’s just say my girls are set for life. Or at least until they are seven. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH FRANKIE! (and to your mama too for having the best taste!) Gigi and little d will be stylin for years to come. Amen.
I am a handmedown/consignment/garage sale addict. Before little d was born I would get up early almost every Saturday and go from yard sale to yard sale while Ev hung out with Gigi. I’d prepare my list the night before from Craigslist and Jen’slist. It was very therapeutic alone time I treasured. Now it’s a little harder with two so I save my extra cash for a few monthly and yearly events, with the occasional yard sale thrown in. Here are my not to be missed favs.
1. LA Kids Consignment throws the absolute BEST EVER kid consignment blowout events. The Burbank one is the mothership of them all and it’s happening in exactly 20 days 10 hours and thirty some odd seconds but who’s counting. I couldn’t recommend this event more. My heart starts palpitating just thinking about it. They have everything from strollers, to toys, to endless racks of gently used clothes size 0 thru around third grade at incredible prices, plus stuff for moms. Splurging on the VIP pass is well worth it. You can go the night before the sale is open to the public and avoid two hour lines. Plus, you get first round picks. It’s amazing. The other locations are good also, but Burbank is by far the biggest and the best.
2. Cal Kids Consignment is a much smaller event but if you need a fix it can be pretty good. It’s getting bigger I think, so hopefully in a few years it will be really good.
3. The Silver Spoon Kid’s Consignment Shop in Palm Desert. We go to Palm Desert pretty regularly and always make a stop here. Last time I picked up the cutest Dwell crib bedding set for 20 bucks and we love it!
4. The Rose Bowl. Every second Sunday of the month you’ll find me there with this girl. Best second hand shopping experience ever. If you don’t know, now you know.
5. Bluebird is a great source for designer gently used kid clothes. The prices aren’t like LA Kids Consignment, but hey, they have a store to run so I get it. And definitely great for nicer stuff.
If you have any other spots that are a must shop, please let me know. Obsessed!