I try to limit my sons sugar intake. It’s because as children, his father and I both did not take well to sugar we were CRAZY lol. We both were very hyperactive after eating sugar, my husband was actually sensitive to anything with red food dye.
We don’t ban sugar we just limit the intake. My son has had cookies and a sip of sprite once or twice but I am always on the look out for snacks that we can make at home that are made from real food and not packaged.
I discovered a great recipe that I wanted to try and it turned out GREAT. I wanted to share with you
2- 3 cups fruit of your choice
1 Tbsp of Honey(or sweetener or your choice i.e maple or agave necture
Wash all fruit (cut off stems, seed etc) place all ingredients in blender and mix until smooth.
Pour ingrédients on baking sheet lined with Parchment paper. Using a spatula, spread across backing sheet as even as possible. Fill in thin spots with fruit mix. I pre heated the oven to 225 degrees but depending on the fruit you use you may have to bring temp down lower or higher.
Bake anywhere from 2-3 hours. Just keep an eye on it. You know its done when it does not stick to your finger when you check it. take out of oven, let cool down. Once cool you can cut it intro strips. There you have it DIY Fruit Roll Ups, even better than the ones you buy pre made.
The older my son gets the more crafty I seem to become aka looking through Pinterest and finding inspiration to create or funding tutorials on what to create.
My son is 17 mo and has shown interest in shapes. so I found this awesome tutorial on how to make a Felt book of shapes. I will not go into a lot of detail because it’s all on the blog from Plain Vanilla Mom.
I will say that it was not that expensive. I purchased the felt from Joann’s fabric(total was $5) A hole punch from staples( $1.99) and I already had a needle and thread on hand to do the stitching. I waited until the little one was asleep and got out my adult beverage and began to cut and sew
Here is my final product. I am going to go back to Joann’s and purchase a little velcro to place on the back of the shapes so that they stick a little better to the page. Overall I would say this was a success and I love the added pocket on the back of the book to hold the shapes when they are not in use.
Winter is here and with that comes dry skin. Here is a great tutorial on how to make a moisturizing body scrub using only THREE ingredients that many have on hand in the kitchen.
I am not a big DIY person. However I looked up a recipe on how to make paint for my son. Yes I know that I could just go to the sotre and purchase some finger paint however, my son is still in the stage that he likes to put everything he touches in his mouth. This recipe is GREAT for the child that still likes to eat what they touch. I should also say that even though this recipe for paint is non toxic and that it can be consumed it is NOT meant to eat. I use the word edible in the description because if they happen to put it in their mouth then it’s ok. To make this BABY friendly all you need is yogurt and food coloring
This is very easy to make and the ingredients are things that many of us have in our home already.
- Food coloring
- Plastic Cups
Add 2 Tablespoon of sugar to pan
1/3 cup of flour next
1 Teaspoon of Salt
2 cups of Water and turn on heat to stir mixture together
Mix continually until smooth and mixture thickens
Pour mixture into plastic cups equally. I have four cups for the four colors I wanted to use. (you can have as many as you like)
Add The color. I wanted them to have a deep color so I added 5-6 drops( I used plastic knife to mix the color
Make sure that the mixture has cooled all the way down before letting toddler play.
while it was cooling I set up a play area for my son. I used a trash bag that I cut and taped to the floor so clean up would be a breeze
I let him have a blast. the food coloring didn’t stain the floor or my son. This is a great activity.
I have seen PLENTY of Yarn wrap letters floating all over pinterest and I think they look adorable. Especially for a nursery room. So I decided that I would make some for my son Xander (who will be gracing us with his presence sometime in September) But I wanted to put my own spin on it and make it unique.
His nursery is going to be monsters inc themed. I knew right away what kind of color yarn I wanted. But I needed an extra touch. So for the “Mike” letter I went to Micheals and purchused a googly eye and for the “Sully” letter I decided to purchase purple felt and cute our circles for his polka dots. The letters I bought from Joan Fabric. They were just cardboard letters.
Supplies Needed: Teal Yarn (for Sully)
Green Yarn(for Mike)
Felt Cut into Circles
Glue or tape
To start wrapping you want to make sure that you glue the staring point of the yarn to the BACK of the letter. I am sorry that I did not get a picture of this but I did get a picture of how I started to wrap the letter K. If you have spaces that are not covered you can go back over those by just cutting a piece of yarn and gluing it on. The X was a little difficult because of the angles but just play around with the yarn and figure out what works for you
After about two and a half hours I finally had a finished product and it’s ready to be put in the nursery.(These are also great props for newborn phots, which I plan on using them for that as well.)
Mike and Sully together again