Thursday, April 17, 2014

Isn't that Pinteresting

The weather is finally getting warmer which means time to get outside and enjoy it. I've had a few projects on Pinterest that I couldn't wait to try out and we finally got a chance.

Up first?
The home made bird feeders that are all over the web

These are so easy to make and we had so much fun doing them. The hardest part was waiting for them to dry completely so they didn't break apart when we went to hang them outside.  The tutorial says you only have to wait 12 hours, but I gave ours a full 24 hours just to be safe.

Boil Water then add geletin

Add your seed to the geletin and mix well

Fill your cookie cutters then wait.

We of course didn't have any simple shapes, so instead did baseball hats, teddy bears and dinosaurs.

He was so proud of his handy work and that he was able to feed the birdies!

This is something we do all the time at work and had kept meaning to "borrow" some supplies so we could do it at home. It was so much fun. Completely messy but a blast none the less. I suggest filling medicine cups up with the paint and having numerous syringes. Plus doing this outside with washable paint is a must.

Both of these projects were so much fun! Definitely something worth trying for everyone.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

10 Steps to Survive a Toddler Tantrum

We definitely have our fair share of tantrums in this house. Ethan is such a spirited little boy ( don't you love how people with "crazy" kids call them spirited, it sounds so much nicer then saying " My kid likes to act like a lunatic from time to time").We've all read and heard of ways to help a tantrum, but I thought I would give you a few more. I've developed what I like to think of as a 10 step way to deal with these tantrums and I thought I would share my knowledge with you. Your welcome.

Step 1-Realize that your life is about to be turned upside down for the duration of the on coming tantrum. You may as well embrace it. It just has to run its course, you can't control everything.

Step 2- Go to your kitchen and pour your self a glass of wine, this could be a bumpy journey

Step 3- Ensure your kid isn't going to get hurt, hurt someone else, or break something. You can't always remove your kid from the situation, but you can remove the situation from him. Give him or her somewhere safe to let their emotions outs. 

Step 4- Take a sip of wine.

Step 5- Ignore them ( and by ignore I mean make your kid think you're ignoring them when you're actually watching them like a hawk- see step 3)

Step 6- Drink more wine.

Step 7-Be consistent and stand your ground. If they are throwing a tantrum because you said no TV, then don't cave and give it to them just to make the tantrum stop. Trust me I know its tempting but all that teaches them is if I scream long enough I'll get my way because mommy is a pushover.

Step 8- Drink more wine, and refill as necessary

Step 9- Be funny. I don't know any toddler that can stay mad long when your making silly faces or sounds.

Step 10- When the storm has passed pick your kiddo up, give them a big hug, and carry on with your day. Remember that with a little patience ( and wine) you can get through anything.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Trendy Tot Tuesday- Easter

Easter is almost here, and with Easter comes church and time with family and of course "Easter Clothes".  I didn't think much about what I was going to put Ethan in on Easter Sunday, I thought I would figure it out the day of. But my mom- the same lady who made me curl my hair and wear stockings and giant hats every Easter when I was growing up, decided I shouldn't be a slacker and that Ethan needed to be dressed up. So I said ok, and I'm so thankful I did. He is going to look so handsome in his little tie and vest!

Don't forget the shoes!

The other contenders

So what about your little ones? Will you be dressing them up for Easter? If so feel free to share then head over and link up for Trendy Tot Tuesday.

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