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Elephant, Fox, Giraffe, and Hippo

These are some of Tristan’s favorite animals (mine too), so this was extra fun!


I found some FREE printable letters to go along with E F G and H.

It’s really neat seeing things start to click in Tristan’s brain. He almost knows all of his colors and points out colors everywhere we go. At two and a half he’s learning his alphabet and points out the letters he knows when he sees them.

All the kids get really excited when we look at our alphabet, number and color books. The girls have started to repeat letters when we do flash cards.

Learning is fun, and I hope it stays that way!

E for Elephant 
F for fox.

G for Giraffe

H for Hippo

I’m pleased that he can tell me the name of each alphabet animal, without me telling him! He traces the “hidden” letter with his finger and says “F for fox”. 

I do not have a pattern to share, I free hand all the animal letters. I use a pencil and erase a lot. Using a ruler helps to make some of my lines strait. I hate drawing eyes so googley eyes work great!

Thanks for following! 

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Repurposed Broken Crayons DIY

This was an easy project I’ve been meaning to do for a while now.

img_2200-3I had a bunch of broken/old crayons that my kids don’t really like to use. I pulled all the paper off the crayons.

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I broke the crayons to fit in my sylicone molds. Next time I’ll probably cut them smaller with a knife so I can fit more in each mold.

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Heat your oven to 150-200 Fahrenheit. Cook for about 10 minutes or until melted. I didn’t stir mine and they looked nice and marbled.

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Let them cool, then carefully pop them out of your molds. img_2230-1
img_2244They are the perfect size for toddler and baby hands. They wouldn’t work well for a child who can stay in the lines. 😊

img_2249-1I store mine in a pull string muslin bag.

That’s it, have fun!

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DIY Moisture Proof Picnic Quilt

I’m sick of getting a wet butt every time I sit in the grass. You can buy waterproof blankets that are the same general idea as the one I made, but I just like making stuff myself! 😊

  • 42 X 62 reversible quilted fabric
  • 42 X 62″ plastic vynal – may need to cut a little off to fit
  • Scissors – good quality fabric ones make it really easy!
  • Wonder clips Bought on Amazon
  • Sewing machine. 
  • Patience 

First step, go to your fabric store and buy your fabric and plastic backing. I got reversible quilted fabric that was fluffy and cute, but you really could use anything!

Fold over the raw edge all the way around using wonder clips (or push pins) to secure the fabric.

Sew a nice edge. 

This is what mine looked like – not perfect.
This is the vynal plastic.

Lay the plastic on top of the back side of your quilt. Again use the wonder clips to make a nice folded edge. This will hold the plastic onto your blanket.

Sew down your fold. Make sure the needle is catching the plastic. 

It’s a little tricky to sew with plastic vynal. My vynal kept pulling out of the wonder clips and getting all crinkled up. I used a chair to support the blanket. As always, my project are trial and error.

This is the finished edge.

Perfect for picnics. The wet spring season. Morning, in the dew covered grass. You could even use the plastic side as a table cloth!

Paisley trying out the new quilt. She’s not a fan of itchy grass blades so she loves this idea!

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    Usborne Books

    I finally got my book order, I think it took about a month!!! Well worth the wait though! I’ll just post a few pictures so you can see why I love my books!

    These are the five books i ordered.

    Paisley enjoyjng her book on the swing.

    Teagan and Paisley enjoy theor books inside while mommy makes lunch.

    Page in the babys first slide book

    Page in animally – probably favorite book ever 🙂

    page in the german book – this was a daddy pick.

    blue page of the color book

    pink and purple page of the color book

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    Letters B, C and D

    I needed a temporary solution for all of Tristan’s art projects and pre-school letters. I found a galvanized metal wall hanging at Michaels. It’s cute and effective as a magnetic board. Eventually I want a cork board “crown molding” to boarder the ceiling of the play/school room. I haven’t figured out all the details of that project yet!


    Tristan has been learning his farm animal names (he already knew most of them), numbers, colors and alphabet. We have so enjoyed making alphabet animals for each new letter! As you can see we already made B, C, and on a previous post I showed the picture of A for Aligator. You don’t have to be an artist, it’s for preschoolers. I can’t even draw stick figures so as long as he can tell these animals are letters I did all right 🙂

    Today we are making D for Dog or Dalmatian.

    Start with a blank white card stock, a pen or pencil and a ruler.


    Draw a big bold “D”. Doesn’t have to be perfect, you can shape it up when you cut it out. Depending on the age of your child they can help cut out the letters.

    Cut out the letter D and have your little helper glue it to a colored piece of card stock, Tristan picked blue.


    We looked in our paper scraps file and added some spots, an eye (kinda sad looking), collar, tag and an ear. 


    All finished and ready to hang on the magnet board.


    Tristan especially likes this letter because it’s just like his Dalmatian that he likes to carry around the house. 

    We are finished this craft and the girls are still napping. Time to do some pre-school!

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    Winter Blues?

    Wow, I can’t believe it’s almost March. This nice weather we have been getting is such a tease, I hope it lasts!

    We finally got our felt board, still working on cutting out all 600 some pieces. Tristan loves helping with Bible time, he puts the characters on the board while daddy tells the story.

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    Got a little behind on our alphabet with a grumpy teething baby. We made a fun uppercase letter A today.

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    Just for fun I made two different type of baby headbands for the month of love. So easy!

    You can find out how to make them here Bow top knot and Knotted baby turban.

    Since it’s love and farm month we decided to add to our little animal collection at get a bunny. 🙂

    Bugs is a mini lop bunny, just the cutest thing, and Tristan loves her! He is learning how to play nice and care for animals. We aren’t into movies (unless it’s educational or special occasions) or video games, but I’m all about being outdoors and taking care of animals. I think animals teach character and very important life values. I had bunnies, hamsters, guinea pigs, chickens, parakeets and fish when I was growing up. I think they taught me a lot of responsibility! We plan to bread Bugs with a Mini rex bunny, I think she’ll make some really cute baby bunnies!

    Ben isn’t a huge fan of pets, but he agrees that our kids should grow up around animals so I’m happy with that! Plus, he’s making Bugs a sweet home so I know he really loves her! 🙂

     

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    Burpy Bib Free Pattern & Tutorial

    This is a Mommy’s best friend. A burp cloth that fits nice on the curve of your neck, or around your baby’s neck as a bib! I came up with my own pattern and design trying to copy Aden + Anais Burpy Bib. Trying to save money by making my own! I’m still experimenting but I think I’ve come pretty close to the original, anyone that actually knows how to sew could do a better job than I did, I’m sure!

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    Mine top, theirs bottom.

    Here is my pattern. Download, print on 8×11 paper (I like card stock) and cut out the pattern. It’s pretty simple, you just need to tape the two pieces together. Lay the pattern on your fabric when you are ready to cut. You need to cut two pieces for the front and back. I used DOUBLE GAUZE (aka swaddle fabric, muslin), but you can really use anything. Flannel is really absorbent, I’ve used that for making bibs and it works well with a soft and fluffy backing. I did a pattern on the front and back this time, but in the future I would like to do a white back that way I can tell the difference between the clean side and the soiled side. 🙂

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    I don’t cut too close to my pattern as you can see.

    After you cut both pieces of the gauze, lay them right (print side) together.

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    Then cut a third piece for an absorbent inside. You could use terry cloth, minky, more muslin, flannel or basically any old fabric you have lying around the house. I even thought of using a waterproof baby diaper material, but I went with stay dri whicking fabric. It was my first time using this fabric, but so far I like it. It is very thin, and the idea is it holds the moisture so it keeps you and the baby dry, it’s often used for cloth diapers.

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    You now have three layers. Gauze right sides together, liner fabric on the top.

    Pin, or clip your three fabrics together so they don’t wiggle while you sew. I used wonder clips, but push pins work just as well.

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    Start sewing around your burpy bib, make sure you don’t get too close to the edges (I do this a lot) or you will have holes when you turn your fabric right side out. 1/4 inch seam allowance would be good. Leave a 2 inch space to turn your fabric right side out.

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    I have a habit of getting too close to the edge of my fabric – don’t follow my example.

    Cut notches around the edges of your fabric before turning right side out. Then you are ready to turn your burpy bib right side out. Just sew the 2 inch section shut and top stitch for a nice finishing touch and so your burpy bib holds up after lots and lots of use!

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    All that’s left is to add some type of closure to turn your burp cloth into a bib. You could use snaps right now the fabric, velcro, and 2 ribbons inserted in the seam to tie. I found this snap tape at Joanns so I figured I would try it out!

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    I cut my snap tape and sewed it on right at the seam on the burpy bib. I’m not sure if I did this part right, I think you are supposed to sew all the way around the snap so it doesn’t pull apart, but so far so good. Folding the snap tape over would have worked for sure, but they don’t give you enough space to do that and use a sewing machine. I may update this part of the tutorial if I find a better way to make this work. But like I said, there are many ways you can turn the burp cloth into a bib by adding buttons, snaps ribbon or velcro. As I said, I’m not a pro!

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    All finished! This was by far easier than the other bibs I’ve made in the past, no awkward sewing, I like the large cresant shape. I love that I don’t have to tote around a burp cloth and bibs like I have done previously. I just burp my baby then snap the bib around their neck just in case they spit up…or drool!

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    Paisley just loves the burpy bib, good thing cause she’s my spitter. 🙂

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    It looks a little big on her, but she is only an 11 pound (7 month old) baby. I know one think, it does what I made it to do, catch spit up!IMG_6105

    Let me know what you think, I’d love to see what other mommas come up with trying out the burpy bib. Please comment photos of your work!