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Archive for January, 2012

Stuffed Animals

My Mom made my son a giraffe stuffed animal and he loved it! He actually carried it around and played with it so much that I sent him to Mom’s house for repairs.

She just sent me a picture of a penguin that she made out of scrap material and I love it! The colors are perfect and it’s just so adorable! These are great gifts for little ones and easy travel companions.

You can find this penguin pattern at http://www.purlbee.com/purl-bee-penguin/

Basic Steps:

  • Draw a pattern with a washable fabric marker of the animal on the back of the fabric.
  • Cut out figures on the outer drawn line.
  • Decorate the front and back sides as you want.
  • Pin the two patterns together right sides facing each other.
  • Remove pins and turn the animal inside out so the right sides are now facing you.
  • Fill the animal with stuffing until it is as firm as you want.
  • Push the extra fabric of the hole inside the stuffed animal and sew the gap shut.
  • Add other details such as ears, tails or clothing such as a scarf or vest as wanted.
~~A helpful hint… Mom used chop sticks to push the stuffing into the beak!~~

There are a lot of different patterns and tutorials at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=tags;sa=showtopics;tag=stuffed_animal


The Japanese kusudama (薬玉; lit. medicine ball) is a paper model that is usually (although not always) created by sewing multiple identical pyramidal units (usually stylized flowers folded from square paper) together through their points to form a spherical shape. Alternately the individual components may be glued together. (e.g. the kusudama in the lower photo is entirely glued, not threaded together) Occasionally, a tassel is attached to the bottom for decoration.

For this project you only need paper and glue!

Even though they look pretty intricate they’re fairly simple to make it just takes a little time.

There is a great tutorial on http://foldingtrees.com/2008/11/kusudama-tutorial-part-1/

Give it and try and let us know how yours turn out or if you have any ideas to add!

If you’d also like some additional challenging patterns go to http://kusudama.me/#/Victoria/Victoria-L/vict5


When my cousin first sent us a ChuChi as a gift I thought what in the world… This thing looks crazy without a face!

Well I gave it to Kyler and he was in love from day one. Its a portable, unbreakable, comfy, night-light. It has two modes, one night light and the other is a heartbeat which is easy to turn on by the hand. It automatically shuts off after 2 minutes to help battery life.

Kyler really enjoys ChuChi when it’s dark outside and we’re in the car or at night time best of all. It’s cute and cuddly, can’t go wrong!


The only downside to ChuChi is that it’s only surface washable. My son has definitely gotten ChuChi dirty over time and he’s due for a cleaning that I can’t figure out!

You can purchase your own ChuChi for about $25 at Amazon… follow the link!…


Travel Toys We Like

Here are a few travel toys that we like…

I bought each of these toys for under $5 a piece!

The bunny is great because it’s also a teething toy, Kyler really seems to like it.

The giraffe is easy to hold and rattles as well.

The mobile is really cool because you can either attach it to your stroller or on the car window!

Every child prefers a certain toy more than others seem to but these are a few Kyler seems to enjoy!

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Of course we have a million other things that we bring with us on trips but these seems to be the easiest/smallest and keep him occupied just fine.

Here is a link for baby travel toy ideas that may suit your little one…



A swaddle is something you wrap your baby with to keep them cozy, secure and warm. 🙂

They are said to prevent colic, reduce SIDS concerns, ease fussiness, prevent scratching their faces, and making it easier to breast feed!

I did swaddle Kyler… I had to watch a tutorial because I couldn’t get it quite right! I soon became a professional at swaddling and loved it!

I hear that not all babies like to be swaddled but give it a try!

I love these organic swaddles, my cousin sent me one it had an adorable print and was super soft! http://www.adenandanais.com/shop/swaddles.aspx.

The picture of him wearing the polka dot swaddle in the swing (looking like a stuck silly lump :))  is from Babies R Us.

The picture of him with the organic cow swaddle is being used as a blanket when he’s a couple months old.

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A study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in May 2005 suggests that babies who are swaddled sleep better (have fewer spontaneous awakenings and fall back to sleep more quickly) and are more responsive to outside stimuli than babies who are not swaddled during sleep.

Building Blocks

At Kyler’s check-up they asked if he stacks things yet… Well he hadn’t so I was worried that he was behind so started trying as soon as we got home! Of course he’s not behind so don’t worry if your child is one and isn’t doing this yet!

My sister Tiffany got him stacking blocks for Christmas and he loves them!

He enjoys when I stack them and he can knock them over most of all but he will stack three on top of each other… They normally aren’t stable but he does a great job!

He loves to bang the blocks together as well! He loves to share and gives me a block to stack with him. 🙂

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12-18 Months

Develop better fine motor skills and coordination. Most toddlers are quite content to scribble with crayon on paper (and anything else that happens to be in the vicinity), to stack blocks instead of just banging them together, and use utensils when eating. All these skills take practice, so be sure to give your toddler plenty of opportunity to do so, and don’t expect perfection in the days or weeks to come.

Paper Carnations

You can find a tutorial for this project at http://foldingtrees.com/2008/08/flower-week-tissue-paper-carnations/

Mom used coffee filters instead of tissue paper. The bottom circle of the coffee filters were the perfect size!

It’s cheaper that way because she buys coffee filters in bulk and uses them to clean the mirrors/windows in the house.

I love these flowers… they’re a cute decoration or even a long lasting gift! 🙂

Eating everything

Does everyone’s child enjoy eating the toys more than playing with them? I feel he puts them in his mouth more than anything! 🙂

Switching to Cow’s Milk

Kyler didn’t want cows milk whatsoever! Maybe because breast milk is so sweet the cows couldn’t compare.

At Kyler’s 12 month check-up the pediatrician informed me that I could be Nesquik strawberry or chocolate powder into the milk.

Well, he didn’t like the strawberry at all either! I was a scardy cat and wasn’t quite ready to give him chocolate so kept trying the strawberry and plain every so often. Well a week went by and he still wouldn’t take it…

I tried the chocolate and it worked! I only added a tiny bit, it was barely discolored and he loved the milk.

Now he will drink the milk without chocolate and I’m only feeding him my milk at bed time… I still need to get out of doing this but it’s the only way to put him to sleep happy right now.

If you have an suggestions please feel free to help! 🙂

There is a great section on weaning at http://www.babycenter.com/weaning-from-breastfeeding.

Playful Puppy Pull Toy

Melissa & Doug Playful Puppy Pull Toy

I wouldn’t go out and buy one today but it’s an ok toy to have.

I love the pull string idea and the puppy wags his tail when you’re pulling him along which is cute.

Kyler enjoys chewing on the strings as he pulls it and seems to end up carrying it around by the string more than anything!

It recommends starting at age 18 months but he is 12 and fully understand the concept of the string pulling but prefers to carry him.

This toy is brightly painted with non toxic paint.

I don’t like it being so hard and him easily falling on the toy, yes I may be a worry wart but that’s the only down side I can think of.

He loves anything that’s a dog toy and seems to fully enjoy this one.

This can be purchased for only $15 on amazon… http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000VNXSPA/ref=as_li_tf_til?tag=tmim-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=B000VNXSPA&adid=08ZB98SY678WTNX99ZX2

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