Category Archives: Creative Parenting Solutions

Catching Up: Zoey’s Birthday Party, Part One

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Remember how I said in my last post that I have a lot of catching up to do to make up for the time I was sick during the first part of my pregnancy? Well, hopefully, this will post with be the start of that. Let’s talk preparations for Zoey’s third birthday party.

She had told me a couple of months before her birthday that she wanted to have a mermaid-themed birthday party. And at first, I really wasn’t planning on going all crazy with the decorations and stuff. I thought that I’d just browse online to see what kind of mermaid decorations were out there and maybe take a little look-see at pinterest.com. Nothing huge.

But somewhere along the way (I sort of blame it on pinterest.com), I kind of went a little crazy. I’ll admit it; I went loopy and decided that I was going to do all kinds of crafty craziness. Thankfully (sort of), I ran out of time for some of the ideas I had, but I was still able to make a rockin’ mermaid party.

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Our Easter Weekend, Part Two

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If you haven’t read the first part of our Easter weekend, you might want to take a look here.

Let’s get right into it:

So, as I mentioned in the last post, the Easter Bunny had left a special basket full of goodies for Zoey at Aunt Kim’s house. She had already tried out the bubbles with her cousin Lisa at their house, but when we got back home, she was all about trying out the sidewalk chalk. Since the weather was actually cooperating for the first time in MONTHS, Greg, Zoey and I headed outside to play.

The sidewalk chalk was shaped like a piece of cake, a doughnut and a piece of pie.

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Our Easter Weekend, Part One

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This weekend was packed with lots of fun and craziness. We were on the go almost constantly and by Sunday night, poor Zoey was just absolutely exhausted from all of the excitement.

Here’s how it started:

Saturday started out with swimming lessons, which Zoey LOVED. Her favorite part? Jumping off the side of the pool at the YWCA into Greg’s arms in the water. She would have done that for the entire class if we had let her.

Although she continues to be unsure about whether or not to like pool noodles, she really enjoys the singing games that we always do for half of the class after a couple of drills. And her teachers, Emily and Rachael? BEST teachers EVER. If we could hire them to be babysitters we would. Zoey adores them and even when she’s telling Greg and I that she doesn’t want to do something, Emily or Rachael just have to smile at her and she complies.

After swimming lessons, we took Zoey to lunch at MacDonalds–her special treat for being such a good girl in swimming lessons.

Then we went to the grocery store for a few things. Miss Zoey insisted on pushing the cart all by herself–which means her arms were extended all the way above her head so she could grip the handle of the cart. And yeah, she couldn’t see where she was going. I stood at the end of the cart and gently guided it around obstacles like shelves and people. When Zoey asked my why I was holding onto the cart, I told her that it was so I didn’t get lost (otherwise she would have tried to make me let go and then she would have run the cart into the nearest wall).

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DIY: Tye Dyed Easter Eggs

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If you know me even a little bit, you probably know that I tend to come up with these crazy, way-too-big-and-yet-brilliant ideas (typically centered around crafts). And most of the time, I actually try them out, which is why I was able to make pinwheel flowers and a pennant banner for Zoey’s first birthday, a tutu for Halloween (not for me) and homemade Christmas gifts two years ago. It’s also why I learned to crochet and scrapbook. But that doesn’t mean I always finish my big projects, which is why I have a TON of scrapbooks that need journaling, Zoey’s blanket is only halfway done and I have a HUGE list of crafts on pinterest that I haven’t even tried yet (brilliant ideas to come, right?).

All of that being said, a couple of weeks ago, I started thinking about coloring Easter eggs with Zoey and Greg. Then I got a couple of parenting magazines in the mail and started playing around on pinterest and I saw all of these awesome egg coloring ideas that are so different from the usual dunk them in a cup of dye. And I thought, Hey! Why couldn’t I try a bunch of them for this little dog-and-pony-show blog? That’s how my latest grandiose idea was born.

But I didn’t expect to run short on time, so I had to pare my egg coloring ideas down to just a couple and one of them I present to you now: tye dyed eggs.

I have to give credit where credit is due: I found this idea on pinterest, but it originally came from www.housingaforest.com.

Here we go:

DSC01585What you’ll need:

White eggs–any size

Push pin

Toothpick

Sharpie markers in different colors

Rubbing alcohol

Bowl

Some type of dropper (we used an old baby medicine syringe/dropper)

Instructions:

1. Gently, poke a hole on each side of the raw egg. To do this, we used a push pin.

2. Use the toothpick to make the hole on the bottom of the egg just a tiny bit bigger than the hole on the top:

DSC015893. Reach your toothpick into the larger hole and move it around a bit–this scrambles the yolk and makes it easier to get it out of the egg.

4. Hold the egg over an empty bowl with the larger hole facing the bowl and gently blow into the smaller top hole. You’ll see egg yolk start to come out after a couple breaths. Keep blowing until all of the yolk is out of the egg and into the bowl. Discard or make scrambled eggs.

5. Once the egg is cleaned out, start coloring the shell with Sharpie markers. If you’re doing this with kids, make sure they know not to push down too hard on the egg with the marker or squeeze the egg.

DSC015976. After you’ve colored your eggs, put the rubbing alcohol into your dropper and slowly drip it over each egg. The colors will run and start to blend in really awesome ways.

7. Let dry and then display:

DSC01603Some things to note: the original instructions from the source I used hard-boiled the eggs first, but also warned that once you color on the shells, the eggs should not be eaten because there is a chance the Sharpie marker could have bled through the shell and onto the egg. We fixed this problem by blowing out the eggs first. Also, the more color on each egg, the prettier it becomes when the colors blend.

Free Online Books Read to Kids

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I never knew this existed. HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS EXISTED?!?! Thank God for Pinterest.com setting me straight. Wanna know what I found? FREE books online that are read to kids while showing them the pictures. Seriously. It’s kind of like a cartoon for each book.

Don’t believe me? Head over to Barnes and Noble here and check it out for yourself. As of this morning, there are sixteen popular books that your child can enjoy FOR FREE.

So cool. So. Very. Cool.

The Crew In Review: A Whole Week of Stories, Part One

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This week has seemed to fly by, which wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t feel like we were all just caught up in a whirlwind of events and craziness. And now that it’s slowly starting to settle down, I finally have a chance to take a deep breath and review what all happened. Lucky for you guy, right?

This past Saturday, Zoey had her third swimming lesson and it was anything but stellar. She was all about the kick boards this time, still on the fence about the pool noodles and she didn’t understand why they just couldn’t play ring around the rosy over and over again while in the pool (there is a portion of the lesson where they sing songs while bouncing around in a circle in the water). And even that much could have been enough to handle if she hadn’t also decided in the past week to test all boundaries LIKE A BOSS and start throwing multiple tantrums IN THE MIDDLE OF THE POOL AT THE YWCA OMG. We’re talking a wriggling toddler, who is also screaming (her other new thing that we’re trying to nip in the bud), and complaining that she wants to sing ring around the rosy NOW.

Seriously.

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