10 Favorite Play Date Ideas

Favorite Play Date IdeasEven if your kids aren’t at the age where they are asking to spend time with their friends, you might find it good for your child’s development to schedule some play dates. It will give your kids a chance to socialize with someone new and maybe learn a few things.

If you’re at a loss with what to do with the kids, here are some ideas.

1. Hold an arts and crafts session. Many kids like a little direction. Set up some crafts that are appropriate to the children’s ages. They should also relate to the season or upcoming holiday somehow to make it extra special.

2. Serve some fancy mocktails. There are plenty of mocktail recipes online you can find to make adult-like drinks for the kids. Put them in a fancy glass and serve with lunch.

3. Personalize some cookies. Baking is fun for kids because it’s usually pretty simple: add ingredients, stir, and wait for the deliciousness. Spice up the event by letting the kids personalize their cookies with frosting and sprinkles. Send your guest home with some treats.

4. Take a nature walk. Have your guests meet your family at a nearby park or forest reserve. Spend the day exploring the paths and enjoy a water-side picnic. Let the kids run around and play among the trees.

5. Lego free play. Sometimes the best activity is not one at all. Some families have huge tubs of Lego pieces. Spread them out on a carpeted floor and let the go to town.

6. Have a book reading. If you can get your hands on multiple copies of the same book, invite some kids over and read it together. Ideally the book shouldn’t be too long so no one gets bored. Prepare some simple questions to get them talking about it.

7. Play some Olympic games. Set up some simple active games in your yard, like ball toss, relay races, and jumping contests. Have everyone compete for simple prizes, like ribbons.

8. Have some water play. As the weather get warmer, it might be warm enough where you live to get wet. Even if you don’t have a pool, connect your hose to one of those simple sprinklers. Let the kids toss water balloons at one another or splash each other in kiddie pools.

9. Set up some sensory play. For younger kids, they might enjoy a sensory table. You’ll find plenty “recipes” for these online, but essentially you just add lots of items with different textures to a bin or bucket for kids to explore.

10. Camp indoors. For sleepover play dates, set up a whole campsite in your living room (or backyard if the weather cooperates). Eat traditional campfire foods, tell ghost stories, and sleep in a tent.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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10 Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids

Can you believe it’s nearly February already? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – a holiday for more than just romantic couples, a day when we should how much we love those we’re close to. Work together with your kids to create something truly special for mom or dad. Here are 10 Valentine’s Day crafts you can create with your kids.

1. Candy Collage Cookie Pops

Valentine’s Day crafts that kids and adults can make together for classroom Valentine exchanges, festive party snacks and more. These edible gifts kids are simple, but they look professional! Click here for the craft.

Candy Collage Cookie Pops

2. DIY Tissue (Kleenex) Flowers

These may require a lot of tissues, but they’ll keep your kids busy for hours. You can make as many flowers as you like – a whole bouquet or just one. What mom doesn’t love flowers? Click here for the craft.

DIY Tissue (Kleenex) Flowers

3. Lollipop Flower Treats

Not only are these fun to make, but you get to enjoy a sweet treat! Click here for the craft.

Lollipop Flower Treats

4. Gumball Machine Valentines

This is a great craft for your child to give out at school. It’s a small bag of treats and a Valentine’s Day card all in one. Click here for the craft.

Gumball Machine Valentines

5. Cupid’s Arrow Valentines

These nontraditional Valentine’s Day cards are sure to stand out. Working with straws also helps kids develop their fine motor skills. Click here for the craft.

Cupid’s Arrow Valentines

6. Mod Podge Heart Decals

What’s nice about these is that you can hang them anywhere – from walls to windows. You can make as many as you like depending on the size of your home and stick them wherever you like. Click here for the craft.

Mod Podge Heart Decals

7. Pipe Cleaner Base with Button Flowers

This is a great Valentine’s Day gift for a family member, friend or teacher because it can be displayed nicely on a desk or counter top. You can make as many flowers as you like and use any colors. Click here for the craft.

Pipe Cleaner Base with Button Flowers

8.  Valentine’s Day Handprints

Handprint crafts are fun because they create a memory of when your kids were little. Use their hands, feet and a bit of paint to make something special. Click here for the craft.

Valentine’s Day Handprints

9. DIY Valentine’s Day Paper Hat

These are pretty simple to make and you probably have the materials you need right at home. It’s a great craft for younger kids who don’t have a lot of skills or older kids who like to work independently. Click here for the craft.

DIY Valentine’s Day Paper Hat

10. Hanging Hearts Mobile

This is a great craft to make if you’re having a party of Valentine’s Day celebration. Click here for the craft.

Hanging Hearts Mobile

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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Arts & Crafts for the Winter Holidays

In my area of the world, it’s gotten real cold but we haven’t had much snow, so the kids are playing indoors for the most part. It is fun to decorate our homes for the holidays, but store-bought decorations can only go so far. Every home needs a few personal touches to feel authentic. Here are some holiday art projects that you can make with the kids to decorate your home.

1. Mitten Cupcake Toppers

Mitten Cupcake Toppers

These are simple, quick and you can add them to any type of cupcake you prefer (although a white frosting looks best). All you have to do is print out an image of mittens, cut them out and tape a toothpick to the back.

2. Paint Chip Christmas Tree

Paint Chip Christmas Tree

This tree made of paint chips can be hung up anywhere – the hallway, the kitchen, or a bedroom. If you live in a small apartment, it can also substitute for a real tree. Basically you just use paint chip samples (or colored paper) cut into triangles to form the shape of a colorful tree. (Helpful tip: lay out your design on the ground before you start securing it to the wall and take a photo so you get the pattern just right.)

3. The Rudolph Wreath

The Rudolph Wreath

Every kid knows the story of Rudolph! It’s a big part of childhood. With just some basic silver garland, a plain wreath, a few antler-like branches, and a red ornament, you can hang Rudolph on your door for everyone to see.

4. Bottle Cap Snowmen

Bottle Cap Snowmen

These are a pretty simple craft you could probably do with the supplies you have at home. All you have to do is paint some bottle caps white, paint on the buttons, eyes and noses, and secure it all together with ribbon. Hang on your tree or wherever!

5. Felt and Ribbon Ornaments

Felt and Ribbon Ornaments

Admittedly, these aren’t simple but they look simply amazing – unlike any ornament you can buy in a box. You’ll need some special supplies and have to follow the directions carefully, but once you make a few it will be easy to reproduce them quickly. Plus you can vary the craft so you have different ornaments.

6. Rudolph Cork Ornament

Rudolph Cork Ornament

There are actually several crafts you can make with your extra wine bottle corks, but Rudolph is my favorite (because the kids get a kick out of it). With a couple twigs, some fabric scraps and a bead or button for the nose, you can make all of Santa’s reindeer plus Rudolph.

baby swaddleGuest Blog by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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Creative Fall Themed Art Projects for Kids

fall arts and crafts for kids

Image: Kiwi Crate

Arts and crafts projects are a great idea for kids for many reasons: it allows for creative thinking, it’s a good way to keep kids busy, and it’s a self-esteem booster when they have completed an awesome craft of their own.

Fall is the perfect time of year for arts and crafts as well. The kids can stay warm indoors while doing something fun, and the foliage and changing colors of the season can serve as inspiration for their

Arts and crafts projects are a great idea for kids for many reasons: it allows for creative thinking, it’s a good way to keep kids busy, and it’s a self-esteem booster when they have completed an awesome craft of their own.

Fall is the perfect time of year for arts and crafts as well. The kids can stay warm indoors while doing something fun, and the foliage and changing colors of the season can serve as inspiration for their art. Here are a few arts and crafts projects that will keep your child busy this fall:

Cardboard Tube Owls

For this project, the kids will be making their very own owl out of toilet paper tubes and various scraps of paper and other materials. Using googly eyes, orange beaks, and adding proper wings to these creations will already show signs of the owl-to-be. Kids can then decorate and detail the creation to their liking.

This project doesn’t create much mess at all and provides a fun activity for kids of many different ages. An added bonus of this project is the teachable moment of showing your kids the importance of using recyclable materials!

Leaf Doodling

I can’t think of a more fitting arts and crafts projects for the season! Using metallic gel pens, kids are able to create colorful, unique designs on different types of leaves. The leaves serve as a blank canvas to allow your child to get creative on their own with the metallic pens.

This is another project that is virtually mess-less and just right for kids of many different ages. Creating tons of designs and drawings on an endless supply of leaves will keep your child busy for hours.

Ribbon Wands

This arts and crafts project is two-fold. Your child has the fun and enjoyment of creating the actual ribbon wands for themselves (with your help on this one), and then they can play all day long once they’re finished. For this project, all you need is the long ribbons, wooden dowels, and a drill (which you will obviously use for them).

Once the holes are drilled into the wooden dowels, your child can begin feeding the ribbon through and tying it up tight. They can either choose to stuff a bunch of different colored ribbons into a single dowel for one big streaming wand, or they can create separate wands for each color ribbon you have.

organic baby toddler clothingGuest Blog by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

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Baby Nursery Decoration Tips You Can Do Yourself

When it comes to your baby’s room, you want to make it as nurturing and comfortable as possible. Your baby is going to spend a lot of time sleeping in the room during the first few months, so it’s important to make sure this room is a loving environment. Here are some do-it-yourself projects that you might enjoy to put your personal touch on the room.

1. Chalkboard Dresser (Elledesign.ca)

DIY projects for baby nursery

Use chalkboard paint to cover any surface of the dresser (or any piece of furniture, really) that you like. Not only does this give your child another place to safely doodle and be creative, but it gives you a great way to keep the room organized.

2. Yarn-Wrapped Letters (RepeatCrafterMe.com)

DIY projects for baby nursery

The ABCs are a staple of childhood. They’re usually one of the first songs and lessons a child learns. Plus, it’s good to familiarize your child with writing later on so they readily accept reading lessons. Simply pick up some wooden letters from your local craft store and wrap them with colored yarn to give them a softer appeal.

3. Crayon Monogram (ChicCheapNursery.com)

DIY projects for baby nursery

This is a fun way to really personalize your baby’s room. All you have to do is print out a letter in a font you enjoy on a piece of paper. Arrange the crayons over the letter and cut them with a knife to the proper fit, then glue them to the paper. Frame and hang.

4. Story Book Wall Art (HoneyWe’reHome.com)

DIY projects for baby nursery

This is a super simple project. First, find several pages in a storybook that have some meaning. These are usually the end pages that offer a moral or lesson. (I Love You More is a great book because each page states something the narrator loves. Goodnight Moon is a good one too.) Slice the page out of the book and center within a frame. Secure the page with tape.

5. Growth Chart (ICanFindtheTime.com)

DIY projects for baby nursery

Most families record a child’s growth (by height) somewhere in the home, usually in a doorway. Using a long piece of wood and some wooden letters, decorate something a little more special. Figure out how you’re going to hang it before you add the height marks. You’ll want the bottom of the chart to start around three feet.

6. Geometric Wall Art (Curbly.com)

DIY projects for baby nursery

I like this because it doesn’t take a lot of artistic talent, but it looks like it does. Use it to add some color to a room, break up large walls, and give baby something fun to look at. You’ll need wooden circles, paint, a few dowels, and tape (to make straight lines while painting).

organic bedding and accessoriesGuest Blog by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

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