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We love us some light play activities at home and at our early childhood center!
We have been having light baths ever since our eldest was a teeny babe. Someone had given her a small sphere shape bath light from Avon, and we have of course added glow sticks to baths.
SAFETY TIP: DO NOT CUT GLOW STICKS OPEN!
I once saw a #fail post when this became a trending pin on Pinterest thanks to the gorgeous photos from Growing a Jeweled Rose. Someone didn't read her instructions, cut open some glow sticks and poured the content's into their kids' bath. Glow sticks contain a GLASS TUBE with a separate liquid, which is why that cracking sound happens when you snap it - the two liquids combine to activate. You DO NOT want that inside your child's bath water!!
So when we had an freezing rain storm causing all school boards to shut down for the day yesterday, having a fun bath activity was added to our day's list of fun things to do. The kids chose the bath light, lavender bath bomb, and mermaid dolls for some magical play.
My daughter was missing her original bath light she received from a friend who ordered it from an Avon catalog YEARS ago. It finally died... but Santa came to the rescue when he left one under the tree this past Christmas. (He knows his stuff doesn't he? Wink, wink.)
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We have been brand loyal to another blender for the past 12 years: receiving one as a wedding gift, and then replacing it 7 years later with the nutritional edition. When that broke a while ago, we waited until we found a good deal on any brand. We had seen and heard good things about Ninjas, so when I saw the discount on the model I wanted, I asked Santa for one right away. (Important to note here: no one is paying me to say all this about Ninjas, I am truly in love with ours.) Here it is in all it's glory:
The whole family loves blending, but I ESPECIALLY love the health benefits and how easy it is to get more veggies and vitamins into our systems. ALWAYS on my mind: more ways to spend time with the family, and it's so fun to get us all in the kitchen to make new concoctions.
I wanted to share all my favorite supplies with you, all things I use to accompany our smoothies and such.
1. Reusable Straws
2. Bottle Brushes
3. Popsicle Molds
I am very loyal to Tupperware for all our food container needs - they literally last FOR.EV.ER. My childhood friend's mom had some of these growing up, and I just had to get the newer version for my own kids. I love how they are individual containers so a tray won't make my freezer dirty, and that they catch drips in the mold that turns into the handle. And again, I can toss them into the dishwasher - top rack. (I think it's apparent that I love quick clean ups.)
4. Reusable Squeeze Pouches
5. Healthy Ingredients
What are your favorite things to do with your smoothies? Got more tips to share? Lett me know in the comments!
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If your kids are anything like ours they love making forts: Pillows, couch cushions, blankets... anything they can get their hands on. I love to watch their creativity as they find materials, and methods of making it all stay put so they can crawl inside. So this product has been on my daughter's wish list for a while now.
I had read many reviews and heard from friends and fellow educators that the Crazy Fort rods bend easily, so I was interested to see how well the Discovery version would hold up as the inside is reinforced, as you can see in the photo below:
I don't know what I was expecting the pieces to be made of, but it definitely wasn't this: the connectors are made from a hard foam like plastic that is sort of malleable to an extent. (Please correct me if you know the actual name of this material in the comments below!)
I was having a bit of difficulty inserting the rods into the connectors sometimes, but once I got them into place, they stuck and it didn't come apart.
I wonder if it will be easier as we use it more and more as the connectors are malleable...
I grabbed some old Queen sized sheets to cover the structure, which I would recommend to make sure you cover the whole thing. We used a fitted sheet around the roundest part the igloo structure we created and that made it even easier to keep it in place.
Once built, our 3 year old loved bringing his toys in and out, but also putting them on the sheet to make it collapse on his sister as she relaxed with a pillow and blanket inside.
The result: we love when we find family activity products that can get all ages involved, so this one definitely fits the bill!
Do you have a favorite structure / building set? Let me know what else we can try out by leaving us a comment,
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Everyone that knows us, knows that I like to plan, and that I love products and hacks that will facilitate any trip we are taking - even if it's just a day trip to the local beach.
I took the kids for a day of swimming last week and on this trip more than any other, people kept coming up to us to tell us they were admiring our beach set up and asked where we got our stuff. I thought it would be fun to compile a list of our everything we bring with us, along with a wish list of items that I want to purchase next.
While accumulating these items, I made sure (as always) to find a deal. That's why a lot of the things I bought came from Varage Sale or were on liquidation at the end of the season.
And fun fact, our beach kit is small: everything fits in our car (I drive a compact) and is small enough to store in our mess of a garage.
Our Favorite Beach Supplies
Sun Shelter Tent
Mesh Laundry Basket For Sand Toys
Stearns Puddle Jumpers
Cooler Shopping Bag Tote
My Beach Supply Wish List
Here are the items that I want to eventually add to our beach convoy:
What are your must haves and tips for a trip to the beach? Leave me a comment below - maybe I can add what you've got to our next trip!
Melissa is a mom, wife, and early childhood educator who blogs about her journey looking for new experiences for family time.