I’ve been trying to come up with new activities for O since it seems like we’re never EVER gonna get to play outside.
I actually kind of hate when people complain about the weather because, unless you just moved to Indiana, you should be used to this by now. We’ve had snow on Easter before, people… But I think I can say I speak for a lot of people when I say…We have had enough of winter. I repeat: WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH.
I’ve managed to get the boy outside to play exactly three times. I even made some bubble solution one day, but it was way too windy. Lame.
The thing is, O is perfectly happy to play inside, I just like to give him new things to do every now and then. A friend posted some pictures on Facebook of her daughter having fun with some homemade play dough and thought it would be perfect for a fun new activity. The fact that it was edible and used stuff I already had? Even better!
My friend suggested this recipe and it worked really well. I had to use peach apple oatmeal because we didn’t have rice, but I think it was fine.
It looks green in the pictures, but I actually dyed it blue. O poked at it for a while, occasionally looking up at me and saying, “Boo?”. It didn’t take long for him to eat the whole lump (thank goodness I only gave him a little). That made for some…interesting…diapers.
Of course I got busy and forgot to put it in the refrigerator, so I ended up tossing ours out. It was fun while it lasted, and I think it was a good way to use up the baby cereal we had left. I think for my next project I’ll find something that will survive being left on the counter, though.
Do you have a great toddler – approved indoor activity? Share it in the comments!
I’m not very girly. I rarely wear makeup, I don’t do my nails, and “doing my hair” involves washing it and scrunching some mousse in. Lucky for me, I was blessed with the kind of hair that can just air dry into bouncy curls. If I had to drag a hair dryer and straightener out every day I’d probably just shave my head and be done with it because, seriously, who has time for that?
Not this girl.
Sometimes, though…Sometimes I do have time, or rather, I make the time. This usually happens when the BF and I make plans for an evening. For our anniversary I actually did drag out my hair dryer and curling iron…And I had to brush the dust off before I used ’em.
Saturday we planned to go to a friend’s birthday party. I wanted to do more than just scrunch up my hair, but I did NOT want to stand under that hot curling iron again… Am I the only one that gets sweaty when heat styling my hair? Yeah, probably.
So I was putting O down for his nap when I saw a piece of pool noodle on the floor. I bought one at the Dollar Tree a while ago to keep my tall boots standing up. After I cut it to fit my boots, I had some left over.
Why couldn’t I make foam rollers out of that noodle?
I washed my hair (yes, with my NEW FANCY SHAMPOO and it was glorious), added a touch of mousse, let it air dry for a bit, and rolled it up.
I also did my makeup again. Twice in one week? Unheard of.
So after basically hanging out with the rollers in my hair for half of the day, I took them out and ran a little more mousse through my hair. I even got a little cray (Is this still a thing? Do we still say this?) and added a shot of hairspray.
Oddly enough, my hair was pretty much the same as usual. Maybe a little bigger and a smidge bouncier.
But! I successfully executed a complete DIY, upcycle, repurpose project and it worked. Take THAT, Pinterest!
As I mentioned in my previous post, the Halloween festivities in my area were postponed until Friday because of the weather. Instead of trick-or-treating on Thursday, we ended up going to Goodwill and Wal-Mart to get what I needed for my costume.
I told you, I do everything at the last minute.
Friday, the downtown area merchants hosted a costume contest for the kids, as well as trick-or-treating along Main Street. I had put a lot of work into the boy’s costume, so I was pretty excited to show him off in it.
I was so proud when I they announced that he had won first prize for his age group! He even made the front page of one of our local newspapers on Saturday. I was so excited that I bought four copies.
After the contest, the BF and I took O to visit a handful of people… But we decided against doing any real trick-or-treating, much to the BF’s chagrin.
On Saturday, the BF and I had our own Halloween excitement to get ready for.
I have to say, I haven’t had such a fun Halloween in a very, very long time. I loved making O’s costume and seeing his reaction to all of the other costumes… And we had a blast at the party we went to as Al and Peg Bundy. I’m almost sad it’s all over. Now what am I going to look forward to?
Well yes, O’s first birthday is in a couple of weeks…
And of course Thanksgiving is soon after that…
And there are only how many days left until Christmas?!
How did you celebrate Halloween?
When I created my baby registry, I looked at a lot of baby books for little O. I thought all of them were just kind of cheesy, but I put a couple on my registry because I thought we were supposed to have one.
I was perusing the scrapbook aisle at Wal-Mart (it’s all we have in my town, unfortunately) looking for something to use as a guestbook for my baby shower when I happened upon something interesting. It’s called a Smash book, made by K&Company. There are books for every occasion (wedding, travel, etc…) and the Baby version was perfect to use as a baby shower guest book/baby book for little O.
This book comes with a black pen/glue stick that is really handy…and it’s a lot like a Sharpie pen. I love Sharpie pens.
There are tons of other accessories you can order through the website… Pockets, acid-free tape, notepads, etc… I could spend a lot of money on this stuff but I manage to practice self-control.
Ok, I ordered a blue pen and some acid-free tape while writing this post. I’m only human.
I plan to try to cram O’s first year into it, but I’ve got an awful lot of stuff in there already. I may have to buy another book for the remaining five months.
Part of the reason I love this book so much is that it’s completely original. Instead of having the same baby book that every other kid has (because they really are all the same), my little guy will have a book that is unique.
Part of me wants to buy one for every year, so he has his very own library. I have a feeling I’ll meet with some opposition from The BF on that one. Besides, if we ever had more kids I’m not sure I could keep it up.
Just so you know, K&Company did not pay me to write this…they don’t even know I exist. If they wanted to send me some free stuff I would certainly let them, though!
They have a blog, and as of today (June 18, 2013) you get a 10% off code by checking it out here.
I happen to think this would be a great gift for a new mom, or perhaps for a newly married couple.
I have a friend who makes the most adorable tu-tus ever so I made sure to order one. I even asked that she add a cute little initial charm to make it extra special.
Of course, the super cute tu-tu couldn’t just be put in any old gift bag…no sir. So I found an adorable hat box and some ribbon that would match the tu-tu. I already had a paper flower (I made it a couple of weeks ago to test out my new glue gun) and the fabric was leftover from the other gift.
Obviously, that was not enough.
I formed a plan to make a cute picture frame to hang in her bedroom. Unfortunately, after spending THREE HOURS in Hobby Lobby I realized I wouldn’t be able to make exactly what I pictured. I ended up grabbing everything that I thought I could use to make something and crossing my fingers that it would actually work. I like to live dangerously y’all.
I was pretty happy with the results…But I forgot to take a picture of it completely finished. Here’s a pic before everything was glued down:
That still wasn’t enough so I threw together a box full of goodies and a three-pack of Tommee Tippee bottles.
I’m pretty sure that I had the super coolest most awesome gifts**. Plus, I had so much fun making all of this stuff that I’m thinking I’ll have to make something similar for little O. Win-win!
The chick on the left is my SIL. I feel the need to point that out because girlfriend is due in May and she looks like she just ate a big burrito. Of course, she was the teeniest person ever before getting knocked up so it makes sense.
She also isn’t one of these (shameless promotion of another post right there. Yep).
**Ok, I don’t want anyone to get upset and think I’m saying everyone else got her gifts that sucked. I seriously did not see a single crappy gift…If fact, everyone got her really great stuff. I’m simply poking fun at my tendency to be competitive about ridiculous things.
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