Bedtime Routines for Babies

Post by Corri McFadden of corrimcfadden.com and Glitter and Bubbles.

Bedtime Routines for Babies

Bedtime with Zelda is one of my favorite hours of the day. There’s nothing like winding down and getting ready for some relaxation time with your babes! For all you Mama’s out there, determining a bedtime routine for your baby is extremely important to develop good sleeping habits. (Moms—we know that a baby with bad sleep is an extremely cranky one!)

A calming routine that follows a pattern every night helps give your little a head up that it’s bedtime, which will help him or her transition more easily. Even more so, bedtime is an amazing way to bond with your babes at the end of a long day. I’ve used some of Zelda’s very favorite Land of Nod products to help put her down at bedtime.

Bedtime Routines for Babies

BATH TIME WITH BABES
A soothing bath is great for your little in terms of help calming them down for bedtime. (This totally works for us adults, too!) Make sure the water is warm to the touch and not too cold. This will create a cuddly-like, warm atmosphere that will put your babe in a calm mood. Zelda loves splashing around with her monster rubber duck before we end her bath with a gentle massage to help relax her little muscles.

Bedtime Routines for Babies - Reading

READY TO READ
Just the sound of your voice can help lull your little one to sleep! Spending time with them while you read one of their favorite books is a great way to bond and help establish a bedtime routine. It also familiarizes them with more words and numbers, so you can totally credit yourself with being a multitasking Mama as you put your babe to bed and lend them a little knowledge. One of Zelda’s favorite books includes The Saggy Baggy Elephant, which she loves to read in her hooded elephant towel right after bath time!

Bedtime Routines for Babies - Hooded Bath Towel

ROCK’N’SLEEP
This is usually my last step before I put Zelda down to bed. Rocking your babe in your arms or a rocking chair is a great soothing technique to lull them to sleep. After I rock Zelda in her favorite rocking chair, I put her down in a dark room, with the exception of a night-light, and secure her in her baby blanket. It’s great to put your little to bed while they are still awake so they know how to soothe themselves to sleep.

I’ve found that each bedtime routine depends on your little’s personality. For example, bath time before bed may turn into a rowdy activity instead of a calming one–once they learn how to splash, there’s no going back! In that case, you’d ditch the tub and skip straight to a massage. It’s all about how you and your babe connect and what methods work best to put them to sleep!

Corri McFadden is the owner and founder of eDrop-Off Luxury Consignment. As a style expert and successful blogger, she hosts a weekly fashion segment on Chicago’s “You and Me This Morning” and features more tips and tricks on her website, Corri McFadden. She also recently launched Glitter and Bubbles, a savvy site for modern-day moms looking for inspiration through fashion, décor and food.

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids

We’ve still got about a month of summer vacation, and despite my best efforts, we need some new ideas. I have a summer goal of doing more art projects with the kids. Especially the messy, memorable ones; and now is the perfect time to get cracking on our list. Most of our summer camps have dwindled down; swimming lessons are over; as is our family vacation; so now I’m pulling out the (washable!!!) paint.

I’m planning on inviting friends, family and neighbors to the back yard at the end of summer for a gallery walk where the kids can show off the projects art projects they’ve completed this summer.

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids Checklist

For easy reference, I made a list of 50 Art Projects for Kids; and you can print it out here. My kids really liked painting with race cars and bouncy balls, and I have to admit that I gave it a whirl, too. If you’re going to paint with bouncy balls, or other projectiles, for that matter, here are a few tips: 1. Use washable paint. Obviously. 2. Wear old clothes 3. Work outside. Cover the ground or a table with a drop cloth; or use a table you can easily wipe down when the fun is over.

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids - Painting with Bouncy Balls

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids - Race Car Painting

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids - Salt Painting

I think my favorite summer art project though, was the salted watercolor paintings. The example above is my 9-year-old’s masterpiece. Even he isn’t too cool for most of these projects. (Hooray!) Simply “draw” a picture with Elmer’s glue, sprinkle liberally with salt; shake off the excess. While the glue is still wet, use watercolor paints and just touch the salt gently with your paintbrush. It’s so much fun to see the salt absorb the color; and it’s also a great exercise in color mixing.

I’m sharing our 50 summer art projects for kids over on Instagram, so feel free to follow me there @christinawilliamsblog; and if want to play along, use that hashtag #cwsummerart so we can create a virtual gallery walk for our kids! I hope you’ll join in the fun!

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids - Bouncy Ball Painting Project

Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her self-named blog, Christina Williams. 

DIY Father’s Day Gift – Felt Catchall

Post by Rebecca of Not So SAHM

DIY Father’s Day Kids Craft - Felt Catchall

By some stroke of luck, both of our kids learned to sew at school this year. Now I’m into lots of different arts and crafts, but sewing just isn’t my jam. So of course they both decided they wanted to sew their dad a present for Father’s Day. I racked my brain to think of something simple that was also useful and (*lightbulb!*) I came up with the idea to make Dad DIY felt catchalls. He really needed several containers to hold the daily contents of his pockets and I wanted something that wasn’t going to scratch all our new furniture. So these were perfect! I think he’s going to love them (and his new-found ability to rapidly find his wallet, keys, and security badge in the morning).

DIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt Catchall

To make our DIY Father’s Day Gift – Felt Catchall, you’ll need:

  • 2 sheets of colored felt (we used 9″ X 11″ sheets from a craft store and cut them into 9″ squares)
  • 1/8 circle hole punch
  • Colored embroidery thread and a needle
  • Ruler
  • Black marker
  • Scissors

And here’s how you make it:

  1. Cut your felt sheets into a square. DIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt Catchall
  2. Using your ruler, draw marks onto the corners of your felt where you are going to hole punch (I did this prep work and the kids jumped in at the sewing stage). You’ll need to gather the corners of your felt in two spots, so you will be marking for four holes:- 2 holes, each 1.5″ from the corner of the felt and 0.6″ from the edge- 2 holes, each 1.5″ from the corner of the felt and 1.25″ from the edgeDIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt Catchall
  3. Use the punch to make each hole as marked. I did this on one corner and then folded the felt in half and marked the opposite corner. Then repeated for the remaining two corners. You’ll be able to mark all four corners, but only have to measure once. Punch the remaining holes. Lay punched felt on top of second piece of felt. Using the holes as guides, mark where you’ll need to punch on the second piece. DIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt Catchall                                                  (folding to mark the same spot on the opposite corner)DIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt Catchall

  4. Thread your needle. Gather one corner and sew through the closest two hole punches several times. Tie the ends into a small knot and clip. Repeat for the two holes closest to the felt’s edge, looping the embroidery thread over the top as you sew. DIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt CatchallDIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt Catchall
  5. After you’ve done one corner completely, show your kiddos and help them do remaining three corners. Voila!

We’re wrapping our felt catchalls in The Land of Nod’s fabulous suitcases — the best reusable gift wrapping for this delicate present!

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Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails, and run long distances. A relatively recent SAHM, she blogs family-friendly activities, DIYs and celebration fun at Not-So-SAHM.

Father’s Day DIY – Minimal Geometric Clock

Post by Lidy of Hello Lidy

Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock

With Father’s Day just around the corner, we are thinking of ways to create handmade pieces that are truly one-of-a-kind for all the dads out there. Like this geometric walnut clock, which is just one of those ‘timeless’ gifts that last year after year. (Did you catch that?!)

Father’s Day DIY – Minimal Geometric Clock

Materials

  • Walnut Plywood
  • Oak block
  • Table Saw
  • Drill
  • Sand Paper
  • Clear Acrylic Spray
  • Clock Works

Directions

  1. Cut a block of wood or buy from a craft store. Setting your table saw blade to a height of half the thickness of your board, cut a kerf down the center of the block. It might take a couple passes until you reach the thickness of your clock face. Sand, wipe clean and set aside.Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock
  2. Use a 1/4″ plywood and cut to shape and size you want for the clock face. Sand, wipe clean.Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock
  3. Drill  a hole in the center of your clock face where you want the clock works to go.Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock
  4. Spray the stand and clock face with clear acrylic spray and allow to dry in between coats.
  5. You may choose to spray paint your clock works (we chose black). Place the clock works onto the clock face according to package directions.Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock
  6. Place your clock face into the block stand and enjoy!

Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock

I love the minimalist look with this clock. It’s also a sculptural piece that adds a nice touch to any shelf or desktop – don’t you think? I don’t know about you, but I have the hardest time finding things for the men in my life because they either have more than they need and never hint at anything which would make things so much easier!! But this clock Father’s Day DIY gift is truly sentimental, based solely on the fact that we took some time to make it by hand for a very special guy. And I think he is going to love it!

XOXO, Lidy

Lidy is the face behind Hello Lidy: a blog focusing on creating and cultivating unique spaces that integrate original handmade designs and vintage pieces while keeping up on current trends and designs. Lidy and her husband have three adopted toddlers.