Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Felt Board

 Felt Boards are so adorable! I can remember as a little girl having a ball playing for hours on end. A felt board provides hands on learning, which is beneficial to a child's development and self esteem. Felt boards stretch the imagination as well as giving pure entertainment.


Felt Boards are a mutli-sensory approach- allowing children to feel the different textures, AJ was absolutely floored by not needing glue to make them stick! It is intellectual using a cause and effect. NOT to mention mommy and daddy had a blast making this board.

I found this board at the dollar store for ($1), I went to Joanne's Fabric and purchased 1/2 yard of light blue, 1/4 yard of green, and wa-la you have the bases of our "Everything Outdoors" board! 
I then used scraps of felt from other projects to make a house (triangle and square shapes- do not glue so the child can construct this themselves), a car with tires (again do not glue), a tree (which was glued), flowers (glued), the sun, stars *not pictured, and clouds *not pictured.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

They Do Exsist

Have you ever met someone and got a high? Pre-mommy life I worked in a VIP lounge, I hung with the best of 'em, I rubbed elbows with A-list celebrities... and never have I been star struck, or felt so in awe. However today I met the lovely woman behind the blog Our Muddy Boots, she was such a delight, a breathe of fresh air.... I saw myself in her, and it felt GREAT!


We chatted about attachment parenting, nursing, joys, and lessons of parenting, and coming to terms to our type A personalities clashing with our new lives.


I have learned over the course of the past 2 years women need to support and encourage each other, it's so hard when you don't necessarily see eye to eye, or have the same passions as one another, but keep the faith that what you're doing as a mother is what is right for you, and know there are others out there who will support and encourage you to strive to be the best mother, wife, and friend you can be.


Friday, March 2, 2012

Banana Sour Cream Bread

After a day of being snowed in, watching my boys play, and relaxing with my husband I enjoyed the simplicity of cooking, cleaning and taking pleasure in the quite easy life.

This morning I woke up yearning for the same comfort and incomplex day I just experienced less than 12 hours prior... It seemed beyond my reach, as Allen hustled for work, I woke a sleeping and cranky toddler for school... and I thought about all the errands I needed to run.

I took a breather, smiled, and headed for kitchen! I was determined to have just a piece a mild day, and  it was start with Banana Bread... Or for this matter Banana SOUR CREAM Bread.


Ingredients:

2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons butter
1-1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 (16 ounce) container sour cream1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup and 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions:


1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease loaf pans. In a small bowl, stir together white sugar and cinnamon. Dust pans lightly with cinnamon and sugar mixture.

2.In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Mix in eggs, mashed bananas, sour cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix in salt, baking soda and flour. Stir in nuts. Divide into prepared pans.

3.Bake for 60-90 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Nesting Flower Pots Stack 'em Up Pots Waldorf Montessori Inspired

"What child doesn't love to stack, stack and unstack?
Turn them upside down, right side up, stack them, knock them over, nest them together. Can you find an object that matches the color of each bowl around you? The possibilities are endless with your child's imaginative mind. A fun way to learn colors and then a wonderful addition to dollhouse play, or a tea party."

When I read this oh-so-fun description on The Baby Bungalow's  etsy page I wanted to play with these nesting pots myself, and knew that my 2 year-old had to have them!!! 

Learning toys for toddlers can assist children in many developmental areas, as well as assisting them in exploring the world in new ways. Learning toys for toddlers strengthen skills. These nesting pots act as simple stacking toys and simple matching toys which are great toys for this age group.

Between the ages of 1-3 toddlers enjoy doing simple things such as stacking objects and knocking them down, putting objects in a container and dumping them out, and these nesting pots are perfect for doing so. Since receiving our nesting pots my toddler has used them as jelly bean containers (which helped with our counting to 10), he has stuffed his play dough inside the coordinating colors.Toddlers enjoy combining objects to make something new as well as pretending, so naturally he then made believe the nesting pots and play dough was an ice cream cone.




Each little flower pot measures 1 3/4" Diameter x 1-15/16" tall
The 6 pot set is durable, painted with a non-toxic water based paint, sealed with our own all natural sealer AND Made from solid wood here in the US.

Color may vary slightly, it all depends on how the wood accepts the paint.

Have any questions? Contact the shop owner 

All opinions are my own, truthful stories, nor was I paid to write this review. I did receive this product at a discounted rate to provide a review.