There are so many things that you need with a baby. There is diapers, wipes, diaper creme, lotions, pastes galore! When I was setting up my sons nursery, I was trying to come up with a way to have all of these necessities within reach. I wanted something that would look nice, be easy and affordable that would allow me to store the endless supplies I needed for my son that was not on a shelf that he could one day reach. This is when I came up with my easy wall storage solution.
We put up four baskets that we could easily grab and take with us. When my son was a newborn, we had a bath basket that we could take with us to the sink. Over the last 18 months, they have continued to be reorganized. Currently we have baskets for nighttime diapers, cremes and pastes, hair and hygiene, and a medicines and first aide. These are such an eaxy and great way for us to store all of those littl;e things that we like to keep close.
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When my little guy was still an itby bity one, he LOVED feeling different things. One of his favorite outings was to the fabric store where he would reach out and feel all of the different fabrics, When he was around 4 or 5 months, I decided to embrace this activity for him and go with it. I knew I wanted to sew them together so that it had the texture on both sides as well as to prevent fraying and risk him eating all of the little threads.
I repeated this for each square. I made maybe 1-2 at a time, usually after bedtime until I had a whole variety of squares. I kept them in a shoe box which my son loved to open up and explore!
The Infant Textured Fabric activity will follow.
Another great part of this project, is that it grew with my son. Once he was older, I was able to develop the activity for him. The Toddler Fabric Pull Activity will follow as well.
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When were began preparing to board the airplane with our toddler for the first time, I knew I wanted to be as prepared as possible. I searched and scoward the internet to find ways to keep my little one busy. I found this great lunch box idea that I altered to fit my toddlers needs and interest.
This was perfect for my son. It was small and compact but had a variety of way for him to play. He loved to open and close the box pulling out each animal giving it a good shake between each turn. He colored on ever page of his notebook. We used it the crayons to trace the animals and work on our letters. We used both the bottom of the box as well as the inside of the lid with the magnets. For our long flights, I was glad I had another set to switch to on the return trip to keep his interest. We also found that it was extremely useful in the car as we were in the car over 14 hours on our vacation. You can customize it to your child. Maybe include toy cars or small dolls.
It cost me around $45. This is way more than I would usually spend and you can definitely be more thrifty making this. However, I did purchase more toys than I used and now my son now has several awesome toys we use not only around our house but on long car rides. An well entertained toddler on countless future road trips is well worth it to me.
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While planning for our travel plans, I knew that I needed to plan plenty of activities for my son. I wanted to make him a travel felt board that we could use on the plane, in the car, at a restaurant or any other place that I needed to keep him busy without toting around a pile of toys. Felt is light, easy to work with and one of my favorite parts, cheap!
I had plenty just laying around my house, so I used what I had available, however, you can by it by the sheet or the yard at almost any craft or fabric store. I thought about carefully sketching out each animal adding cute personal touches, but lets be real, finding the time when I am not running around doing them 10 million other things I need to get done each day made me think of an easier, quicker way to create some felt animals.
Here are my 7 easy steps to make the no-sew felt animals. And all you need is felt, scissors, hot glue, and a marker.
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Raised planter beds are a great way to define your garden. It can add a great feature while being very functional. It allows for good drainage and is particularly good with vegetables. We are currently re-landscaping our whole back yard and I was adamant that I wanted to grow vegetables, therefore, we needed to build some raised beds. I definitely do not like to spend a fortune on any project and while I was perusing for pre-made beds, I knew that making my own was a must!
The first step was to plan my area. How big do you want your beds to be. We went with 2 beds that are 4 feet by 8 feet. Originally we thought about going with a larger bed of 10 feet, but when we priced materials, the 8 foot boards were $10 cheaper each. This size made it very easy for us and we only needed two cuts. If you did not already know, many home improvement stores can cut wood for you.
We purchased 6 boards (2"x 8'x 12") and had them cut 2 in half. (The boards were around $15 each, so a total of $90 for the wood for 2 - 4'x8' raised beds) Next we needed the screws and we purchased corner brackets for added support. Since we did use the brackets, we used smaller screws. We went with 2 size corner brackets simply because they did not have enough of either size. The smaller brackets would have been fine and saved us a little money. (The brackets were around $3 each for the small and $5 each for the large, costing us around $64. Again, we could have save around $16 only purchasing the small ones)
We decided to put the brackets on the inside for aesthetic purposes. We screwed them in on either side of the long boards, roughly about 1/4 of the way from the side.
This part is easier with two people. We lined up the short boards and screwed them in. This completed the building process.
The final step was filling it in with dirt. This was my sons favorite part. He loved to help us out. Since our yard is already torn up, we have piles of excess dirt. If you do not happen to have extra dirt laying around, or don't plan on digging a hole in your yard (future pond?), you can purchase dirt. Just remember, the bigger the garden, the more dirt, which can definitely add to your costs.
In total, this project cost us around $160 for (2) 8' L x 4' W x 1' H raised planter beds. That covered the cost of the wood, brackets and screws.
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