Did Valentine’s Day sneak up on you?
NO WORRIES MATE!
Valentine’s Day is SO much fun for school age children but it can be a lot of work for parents to craft adorable, Pinterest worthy Valentines for an entire class! Below are two links that are EASY to print and attach to either a bag of chips or a piece of fruit!
ORANGE OR APPLE VALENTINE PRINTABLE TAG
ALL THAT & A BAG OF CHIPS PRINTABLE TAG
I’m going to be honest and upfront…
I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO CUT BUTTERNUT SQUASH.
I am attempting to make Hampton’s baby food and on my list is pureed butternut squash. This fun food is technically classified as a fruit and just like the squash’s fruity friend, Mr. Pumpkin…it is filled with seeds, pulp and goodness. That being said, I attempted several methods of getting to the core of this fruit in order to dice it up.
I watched several YouTube videos to help guide me through the steps and because knowledge is power, I wanted to share the links with you as well…
HOW TO CUT BUTTERNUT SQUASH & HOW TO CUT BUTTERNUT SQUASH 2
Once the squash is cut into small pieces, I simply steamed the pieces using my BEABA BABYCOOK followed by a quick puree session.
I poured the pureed butternut squash into several ice cube trays that work fabulously for freezing and preserving baby food! Follow the links below to check out what I use to steam, puree, and store Hampton’s butternut squash!
OMorc Cube Storage Trays
Let your baby be the STAR of “tummy time!”
I am absolutely obsessing over these STYLISH, FUN, and FUNCTIONAL baby bibs! In this household, we use around 15-20 bibs in ONE SINGLE DAY! I know, it is absolutely BANANAS!
Luckily, I discovered Copper Pearl! I love their Bandana Bibs or BIBDANAS! Each pack of bandana bibs offers a FUN and VIBRANT assortment of colors that will go with any occasion! The fabric is super soft and each bib offers an adjustable size to sit comfortably on your little one. I have washed these bibs multiple times and they continue to hold their color as well as their soft texture thanks to the high quality 100% cotton!
There are so many fun and colorful bandana bib packs to choose from but my personal favorites include the Maui Pack & Cruise Pack. Nothing says SUMMER TIME like a palm tree bandana bib!
Discover your baby’s sense of style by following this link…COPPER PEARL BANDANA BIBS
Bandana Bibs- CRUISE
This activity is super EASY and ENGAGING for tiny babies! I love keeping Hampton entertained but often find myself rotating between the same two or three activities. It usually consists of the “bouncer” or the “play mat.” I was looking for ways to switch it up and I finally found one!
THIS IS AN ADULT SUPERVISED ACTIVITY!
The set-up is simple! All you need is two balloons inflated with helium, each attached to a string. Gently lay your little one on a soft floor. Tie each balloon to their ankle. I opted to tie it over his clothing to prevent any discomfort on his baby soft skin. It took a few moments but I tapped the balloons a few times and assisted him with the kicking until he began to look up and realize “hey, maybe I’m the one controlling this fun?!”
This activity is FANTASTIC FUN and can also help develop their GROSS MOTOR SKILLS!
Meal time with “The Mouse!”
I love embarking on exciting adventures with my favorite little man! Trying new food is no exception! As you know, I live for planning! New food means new messes! Not to worry though, because this mama is prepared and ready for anything Hampton is willing to toss my way. Even if that means oatmeal or pureed carrots!
Bumkins is the perfect one-stop-shop for all of your baby meal time supplies!
I personally love the Disney Silicone First Feeding Set! What stood out to me the most, besides the adorable and stylish Mickey design, was how incredibly functional it is. The bottom of the silicone bowl features a large suction cup so the bowl stays exactly where you need it to stay, on the highchair tray. Hampton took immediately to the bright blue color and the soft texture of the silicone spoon.
I paired this feeding set with a matching Disney Super Bib that is waterproof. One clean swipe with a wipe and the bib is ready to be used again!
Hampton is starting off with oatmeal and rice cereal but don’t worry, I’m ready for the solid foods! I also ordered a Silicone Grip Dish featuring three compartments perfect for toddler sized portions! The silicone is durable, stain resistant and doesn’t harbor bacteria! It is the perfect addition to the world of self feeding!
Follow the links below to shop these FANTASTIC products to make meal time FUN with BUMKINS!
MICKEY WATERPROOF BIB (2 PACK)
MICKEY FIRST TIME FEEDING SET
SILICONE GRIP DISH (5 COLORS!)
The Scene: Grade School
The Event: Valentine’s Day Card Exchange
Almost all of my favorite memories from grade school include celebrating holidays within the classroom. Valentine’s Day was no different. I loved going to the store with my mom and picking out THE PERFECT valentine cards and signing my name on each and every one. I always went with an extremely colorful and cheesy card set. It usually consisted of puppies, kittens or Lisa Frank characters.
I channeled my anticipation for the big day through decorating my Valentine’s Day “Mailbox.” The one place ALL of my lovely little letters or store bought cards would be kept safe. The more color, glitter and stickers…the better the mailbox!
As an adult, I am now anticipating the day I can celebrate and craft with my favorite little man. Until then, please enjoy the links below that include FUN and CREATIVE ways to celebrate with your tiny human all month long! XOXO
Valentine Mailbox Decor & Kits
Valentine Kids Crafts
An open letter to the mysterious sock sender…
Dear Sock Friend,
I want to thank you. I received a small Amazon package recently and inside was a delightful surprise. It was a pair of socks. This was not just an ordinary pair of socks. These socks deliver a clear and very important message.
“IF YOU CAN READ THIS, BRING ME A GLASS OF WINE.”
The package did not offer a return address. It stated the socks were delivered from China but that was it. I have NO IDEA who went out of their way to send me this fantastic pair of socks. Hampton had his second round of vaccines today and needless to say, this mama needed a well deserved glass of wine. To whomever sent the socks, THANK YOU! They are comfortable, soft and offer a kind message of encouragement to my husband.
That being said, this Mama poured her own glass of wine. CHEERS!
Order your own pair here…WINE SOCKS