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Creative Monthly Chalkboard Baby Photographs

May 23, 2017

I wanted to do something creative for Teddy's monthly baby pictures. I have a background in art, and I wanted pictures that combined drawing and photography. I love thinking of new and funny ideas every month, and until about 10 months Teddy loved posing for them. Taking these monthly chalkboard photographs are easier than you might think, and won't cost you much money to create. Follow these simple directions to make the board, draw your background and set-up the shots. This post…

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HOW A BIRTH DEFECT CHANGED MY OUTLOOK

May 12, 2017
Ultrasound Gastroschisis

Everytime I look at Teddy’s adorable perfect little belly button I get reminded of how lucky we are. When I was pregnant with Teddy we were told by doctors that he might not have a belly button, he might not have a life at all.   The Happy News “Oh my god, there are two lines!” I said, my heart dropping into my stomach. “You have to wait the full 5 minutes… wait until the timer goes off!” My husband…

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THREE WAYS TO STYLE OVERALLS

May 11, 2017
Pink Blush Denim Overalls are The Perfect Summer Wardrobe Statement for New Moms

I don't know about you, but when I first heard that overalls were back in style I was ecstatic. Overalls are by far my favorite piece of fashion from the nineties. I fondly remember a pair of neon green corduroy overalls I used to rock in the 5th grade. I've been searching far and wide for the perfect pair of overalls and I finally found them in a rather unlikely place. This post contains affiliated links for your convenience. I only…

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EXTRA YARN REVIEW + ACTIVITIES

May 10, 2017
EXTRA YARN + CROCHET TOY FLATLAY

EXTRA YARN BY MAC BARNETT This book is by Mac Barnett and one of my favorite illustrators Jon Klassen. A little girl named Anabelle finds a magical box of colorful yarn. She knits herself a sweater but she has leftover yarn. She knits more and more and more and eventually transforms her dull gray town with her colorful knitting. BEYOND THE BOOK ACTIVITIES: YARN BOMBING- look at examples of yarn bombing like the work of Philadelphia street artist Ishknits .…

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FELT BALL NURSERY MOBILE

May 10, 2017

For Teddy’s nursery we wanted something light and airy, but with pops of bright colors. I found mobiles similar to this one, and I thought this style would be great for pulling in all of the random bright colors I chose. I couldn’t justify spending $70+ on something I figured I could make pretty easily. If you are super crafty you could even make your own felt balls, but I bought mine.    Side note: I was a tiny bit…

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BUNNY BOOKS FOR EASTER

May 9, 2017

I love holiday books, but it makes me sad putting them away at the end of the holiday. Why not get creative with this year’s Easter basket books and choose books that can stay on the shelf all year round! Here are ten of our favorite bunny themed books.   Bunny Roo, I Love You by Melissa Marr I usually discover my newest adorable children’s books in museum gift shops or on illustrator’s websites, but this one I actually found in…

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THE PERFECT NURSING ESSENTIALS GIFT BASKET FOR A NEW MOM

May 9, 2017

I remember before I was married and before I had a baby, every shower invite I received elicited a big groan. I also probably made excuses and maybe even forgot to send gifts… (Sorry guys! Shame on me, I was admittedly a pretty crumby friend, but I am trying really hard to make up for it). Now, I’m excited every time I get a bridal shower or baby shower invite in the mail because its a chance to get out of the…

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BABYLIT SERIES: CLASSIC NOVELS FOR BABIES

May 9, 2017
Teddy with rainbow grasper, starmilk kids fox socks and babylit books

TITLE: BabyLit® Classic-Lit book series AUTHOR: Jennifer Adams ILLUSTRATOR: Adison Oliver PUBLISHER: Gibbs Smith BEST FOR: Age 0- 5 BUY ON: Amazon    Your “Little Master” or “Little Miss” will love these colorful simplified adaptations of your favorite classic novels. Babylit adapts Moby Dick, Pride and Prejudice, The Odyssey, Les Miserables, Wuthering Heights, A Christmas Carol and other classics. These adorably illustrated board books teach different vocabulary words based on the theme of the book such as types of flowers, french words,…

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ARTIST-INSPIRED VALENTINES

May 9, 2017

  ARTIST INSPIRATION   Introducing American Pop Artist Jim Dine. Your kids will love this artist’s bright colors, childlike paint quality and fun textures.   This artist’s colorful hearts are a great inspiration for a variety of different Valentine’s Art Projects. Kids of all ages can paint on a piece of paper, blending pinks, reds and purples together and then cut them out into heart shapes or if they are too little to use scissors they can help you cut them with a heart-shaped…

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ART MUSEUM WITH BABY

May 9, 2017
Teddy at the Michener Museum

If you love art museums like me, you don’t have to wait until baby is older to go! Art museums can be a great place to bring a baby. Here are some tips to make your visit the most enjoyable.   What to look for:   LARGE COLORFUL ABSTRACT ART: babies start to notice patterns around 7-1/2 and 9 -1/2 weeks old.   BLACK AND WHITE ART: the high-contrast of a black and white image are more engaging and calming to…

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