Sometimes you need a video, and then other times you just need a reminder! We love the visual tutorial as a companion to the video tutorial. So handy! Pin this and keep it in a good spot so you never miss a move while making your Boutique Bows!
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Becoming a parent for the first time is overwhelmingly wonderful but also a little frightening and very stressful! We love these tips and tricks from Mamas Like Me!
Parenting will probably be one of the largest but also the most rewarding challenges you will ever encounter. There are so many important decisions you will have to make once you bring your baby home from the hospital. There are even decisions to be made before your baby is born. One of the main pre-birth decisions is to make sure you have everything you will need for the baby nursery.
You want to make sure you purchase some essential items like:
- Baby crib
- Alarm or monitor
- Night Light
What are some of the things you can do to reduce the stress so that you can enjoy the joys of being a new parent?
Give Yourself a Break
It is very important to make sure you can take a break periodically to get away and tend to your needs, even if only for a few minutes. Of course, you will need a strong support system like friends and family, who understand this need and can take-over while you are taking that break. You can go shopping, take a walk, enjoy a cup of coffee, or take a bath. After your break, you will feel renewed to go back to your parenting duties with a clearer head and a better perspective. When you start feeling overly stressed again, it means it is time for another break 🙂
When all else fails, eat some chocolate. It is true that stress or emotional eating is not always a good thing, especially when done too often. But there is also no denying that chocolate can make you feel good. In addition, studies have shown that it can actually reduce stress. How about a nice piece of Matcha chocolate, a white chocolate with an herbal aroma and the bittersweet finish of real green tea leaves?
Ask for and Accept Help
Don’t be afraid to ask others for suggestions, advice, and help. You don’t have to do everything yourself nor are you expected to know how to do everything. Seek advice from other moms who have had the experience of being a mother. Every mother has been through the same feelings you are having such as financial stress, time-related stress, or a combination of both. Arrange to meet other moms, share your feelings and situations with them and let them share theirs with you. Having a strong support system around you will help relieve some of your stress as well as give you the opportunity to take a break when you need one.
Understand Your Body
It is important for you to recognize the signs of stress and how they affect your body and behavior. If you aren’t in touch with your feelings, they are likely to overwhelm you and lead to impatience, irritability, screaming, and lapses in judgment. If you feel your heart beating faster or your blood pressure rising, take a deep breath and a break if you can. Pay attention to the warning signs that your stress levels are getting to the boiling point.
Take Care of Yourself
If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of your newborn. When possible, take those much-needed breaks. Do everything you can to get enough sleep. This might be rather difficult if your baby likes to sleep during the day and is awake at night. If you are able, sleep when your baby sleeps. Other suggestions on how to take care of yourself are:
- Get a massage
- Take long walks
- Enjoy a bath
- Sign up for a class
- Do some gardening
- Listen to music
You are probably thinking “how on earth you will be able to find time to exercise”? Did you know that there is a lot of research that shows how physical exercise is crucial in helping you manage stress? When you exercise, it literally makes you feel better, reduces anxiety, and calms nervous tensions. You don’t necessarily have to join a gym or start a rigorous exercise regime. Start slow and do what you can in the time you have. Don’t pressure yourself to do more than you feel you are able to handle. Just knowing that exercise can help you reduce stress should be the incentive you need to get started.
You can’t take care of your new baby unless you take care of yourself. The concept is akin to when flight attendants remind us to put on our oxygen masks first, then on our children. Make sure to take time for yourself, keep your stress levels in check, and enjoy being a mother!
Mmmm, we love the smell of this green tea play dough! Incorporating the use of all the senses is a benefit of sensory play. Thanks to Still Playing in School Blog, this recipe is even taste safe for little ones and involves plenty of fine motor work through pretend play!
For our green tea play dough we brewed eight bags of green tea in two cups of water. Then we combined the two cups of tea with two cups of water, one cup of salt, two tablespoons of oil, two tablespoons of cream of tartar in a saucepan. We let the mixture cook over medium high heat while stirring constantly. Once a dough was formed we dumped it onto a floured surface to cool.
Next comes the fun! Rip open the tea bags to dump the wet tea leaves out onto the cooled play dough. Knead the dough to mix the tea throughout. The tea leaves really scent the dough!
What a delicious smelling tea for calming and comforting sensory play on a long winter day. The recipe even makes enough to share!
We hope you love this easy and fun craft! Comment other flavors you would like to incorporate below!
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Know any crochet or knitting enthusiasts? Why not make their Valentine’s Day by sending them this adorable card!
The blogger behind this craft project is Stephanie from All About Ami. She has created a free printable to help you make this and there are plenty of photos that explain how to make it too!
You have two options!
“Wool You Be My Valentine?” and “Wool You Be Mine?”
We also wanted to have both crochetingand knitting options!
To help you easily make this card along with us, we have created a FREE PRINTABLE PDF HERE so you can have the exact same text that we designed and used!
- Print out the Wool Valentine Card PDF HERE using good quality paper.
- Cut along the line in the middle.
- Fold it in half.
- Make a yarn ball! We’ve even included a PDF of the Yarn Ball Circle Template HERE if you want guidance for that too! It’s best to use sturdier/harder paper for the circle since you will be wrapping yarn around it! You will need about 145 inches/368 cm of yarn!
Cut a tiny notch at the top of your circle. Begin wrapping the yarn as shown to simulate how a real yarn ball is formed!
Then, use hot glue to firmly stick the yarn ball onto the card. Leave a tail of yarn and carefully glue that strand onto the card as well so it looks like the yarn is all ready to be used!
If you want to make the knitting version, grab two toothpicks and cut off the bottoms with a sharp pair of scissors.
Make a notch at the bottom of the toothpicks by rotating your scissors around them.
Put some fabric glue onto the top of the knitting needles and insert them into your pretty yarn ball!
For the crochet version, use some decorative wire to make a hook by bending one end with a pair of pliers. Place fabric glue on the bottom of the hook and insert it into the ball of yarn.
Aren’t these so modern and beautiful? They would make such special handmade cards for all the wool lovers in your life! It’s such a lovely way to use up the scrap yarn you have in your stash too. You can choose which phrase you want, what color yarn ball you want (like the recipient’s favourite color), and whether you want the knitting or crocheting version!
Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, everyone!
Paper games can be fun, but have you tried playing a game with your food?!
Today on the RABOM Blog, we have some valentines themed treats which you can actually play with! We hope you love this sweet treat!
Thanks to The Inspiration Edit for this yummy game!
What You Will Need
- Graham crackers
- Heart candies
- White chocolate melting chips
- Piping bag
Let’s Make It
- In a small microwave safe bowl, heat one cup of white candy melts for 3-4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted
- Pour the melted chocolate into a piping bag and cut a small tip off the bottom
- Carefully break your a gram crackers in half width wise
- Use your bag of melted chocolate and draw a tic-tac-toe board on each graham cracker square and let harden for about 15 minutes
- Use your heart candies to play tic-tac-toe!
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Want to make a cool and pretty unique card for Valentine’s Day? Or for any other lovely occasion really? Have the kids make this adorable DIY heart notebook and let them fill in the heart shaped pages with their drawings or have them write fun messages. This is a wonderful keepsake that will be cherished for years to come!
We just love this cute and simple craft from Easy Peasy and Fun!
Making Mother’s day cards can be a fun activity for the classroom or in the home and this awesome DIY heart notebook will make things even cooler. Needles to say this cool crafty project doubles up as a homemade mother’s day gift too!
What you need
- our printable heart template HERE – you can also draw the template
- red construction paper
- print paper (we used 5 sheets, you can use more or less)
- ribbon- Shop HERE
- drawing materials (crayons, pencils, markers…)
Optional: yellow paper (or any other color), biodegradable glitter, stickers, sequin…
Cut out the template or drawing
Fold a sheet of print paper in half
Fold it in half again
Place the heart template in the corner (the bottom of the heart in the corner with no open flaps). Trace the heart with pencil. Cut the heart out – only cutting along the upper part of the heart (the arches)
Unfold (you should get a “4 leaf clover” shape). Draw something nice or write a nice little message
Fold in half. *One heart at the top, two hearts folded in half*. Repeat with as many sheets of paper as you want – one sheet is one page of the book (well technically a 2 page spread).
Take one of the drawings. Unfold. What you need to do is push the “side hearts”, the ones that you folded in half in the previous step, inside. When done, you should get a nice heart shape. Repeat with all other pages.
Time to assemble the DIY heart notebook
Apply glue on one side of the heart. Press another heart shape on the first one.
Apply the glue on the next heart shape. Glue the third one on top of that. Continue until you run out of hearts.
Take the heart shape template again and trace it 2 times on the red construction paper. Cut it out.
Apply glue on the white heart shape (across all the surface) Place ribbon across the center of the heart (don’t cut the ribbon just yet).
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Place the red heart on top. Turn to the other side, apply glue, ribbon and another heart.
Cut the ribbon (leave enough it can be tied in a bow).
You can leave the heart as is, or add a smaller heart inside the heart, using a different color.
You can add a message on the cover of your DIY heart notebook.
Tie the ribbon and you are done!
Your DIY heart ribbon is ready to be gifted to someone special!! 😍
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Commercials make it look so easy and peaceful, don’t they? Let’s be honest: it’s not always the stuff of commercials. What starts out as a wonderful holiday memory can leave kids bored and whiny, your floor covered in sprinkles, the kitchen a disaster area, and lots of frosting in your hair.
If you’re looking for a fun way—and easy way—to decorate cookies with kids this Christmas, We’ve got you covered. It only take a bit of prep work on your part the day before and you’ll be set up for a stress-free, mess-free (!) cookie decorating session.
We love this tutorial from The Pioneer Woman
The secret to this cookie decorating success? Food coloring pens!
First, start by making the cookies. Use whatever cut-out cookie recipe floats your boat.
You’ll also need royal icing. Here is a recipe for royal icing made without meringue powder.
The key is making the cookies and royal icing at least a day before decorating.
You’ll thin the royal icing with a bit of water, stirring gently as you go until, when you run a knife through the bowl of icing, the line disappears in about 20 seconds. Pour the icing into a squeeze bottle and cover the cooled cookies.
Note: If you want to ensure that your icing is the whitest of white, stir in some white food coloring.
Use a toothpick to guide the icing in place and to pop any large air bubbles. Don’t worry about perfection here. Let the icing dry uncovered for 6-8 hours or overnight. If making them a few days early, store in an airtight container between layers of waxed paper. The cookies can even be frozen and then thawed at room temperature.
Once the cookies are made and the icing is completely dry (we cannot stress this enough), grab your kiddos, break out the food coloring pens, and let them go to town!
Another bonus? Because you made the cookies and icing the day before, the only thing to clean up after decorating is the pens!
Here’s hoping your Christmas is filled with love … and cookies! 🍪❤️
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Learn how to make fake snow that is cold to the touch using just 2 ingredients you already have! Kids love playing with this DIY snow that feels SO real! We love this super COOL craft from Make Life Lovely!
It’s surprisingly easy to make snow at home that naturally feels cold when you touch it (without having to put it in the freezer), is really fun to play with, and is a cinch to make with just two simple ingredients.
Bonus: This fake snow smells really amazing too!
Here’s how you can make your own snow without having to deal with freezing cold weather. Your kiddos are going to love this!
How to Make Fake Snow
- 2 lb. box of baking soda
- 1 can shaving cream
- Dish or container (to mix it all up in)
DIY Snow Directions:
Pour all of the 2 lb. box of baking soda into a plastic container with a lid.
Add some shaving cream, and knead it into the baking soda. Add more shaving cream, mix, and repeat, until the mixture is the consistency of snow.
The DIY fake snow become light and powdery, and will leave very little residue on your hands when fully mixed.
Takes about 10 minutes to mix it all in with your hands. Your kiddos will love to help mix!
We used one full can of shaving cream, plus a small amount of another can, but this will depend on the size of the can that you use.
Our shaving cream scent was called “Arctic Snow,” which was perfect for this project! I was going to add peppermint oil, but our DIY snow didn’t need it, since it already smelled amazingly brisk and cool due the shaving cream scent.
It was a nice surprise that our fake snow felt cold to the touch. I’m not sure why the mixture is cold, but it definitely makes it more realistic, and even more magical!
To add to the magic, we couldn’t resist adding Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Christoff, and Sven to our DIY fake snow. Your little ones will be playing peacefully together with the snow for HOURS! Always nice for any mama! 😉
Would you ever have believed that it was so easy to make fake snow? We truly hope you enjoyed this how to make snow tutorial. If you give it a try, be sure to leave a comment and let us know how it went
Marshmallows are the perfect snowman canvas!
We love this simple, and yummy craft from The Decorated Cookie.
skewers or lollipop sticks
large gum drops
whole cloves or pretzel sticks
light corn syrup
NOTE: Feel free to use your creativity and any candy you find for the hat and nose! Use the larger marshmallows. Edible pens are available at craft stores, or you can find them online. Find skewers in the supermarket or drug store. If you can’t find candy corn, you can also tint fondant (found at the craft store) with orange food coloring to make the carrot nose. You can also substitute large chocolate sprinkles or pieces of black licorice lace for the cloves to make the snowman totally edible, or omit the arms altogether.
What To Do:
Skewer two marshmallows. Cut a large gum drop in half with a sharp knife and place on top of the marshmallows. Press skewer into gum drop to keep in place. Cut off the yellow bottom of a piece of candy corn and dab flat end in light corn syrup. Press onto the top marshmallow for the carrot nose. With a black edible pen, make dots for eyes and mouth. With any other color, make dots for buttons on the second marshmallow. Press cloves into sides for arms. (If you have difficulty getting cloves into the marshmallows, use a toothpick to make holes.) Let snowman rest on his back for a couple hours or overnight to let the nose dry.
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Beauty items can be great gifts for just about any gal on your list, so here is a simple DIY craft using eos Lip Balm to upcycle a lip balm present into a Christmas ornament for the tree!
We love this ECO-friendly craft from A Beautiful Mess!
–Sparkling Ginger eos lip balm
–2 bail bead caps
–gold cone studs
–small ziplock bags
–mini gold tassels (one for ornament and a few for box decoration)
–3 large gold jump rings
–thin gold cord (cut into an 8″ piece)
–printable ornament instructions
-pretty box to pack the kit in (like this one)
So, to make your gifting kit you’ll want to line your gift box with some pretty tissue paper and then divide each of your hardware parts (bail caps, jump rings, cone studs, and tassel) into a separate mini ziplock bag, so the recipient can see all the different parts easily. Add those bags into your box along with your glue, gold cord, and lip balm. Fold up the tissue paper, add your printed instructions on top, decorate your box with some ribbon or extra tassels and you’re ready to give your gift! Here’s what your kit will instruct the receiver to do once they have used their lip balm:
Take the super glue and glue as many cone studs as you would like all over your lip balm sphere.
Glue a bead bail directly on top and on the bottom of your balm.
Open your jump rings (should be easy to open large jump rings with just your fingers) and attach all three rings together, and then attach them to your tassel. Attach your tassel to the bottom bead bail.
Tie your gold cord to the top bead bail and your ornament is complete!
If you know a person that loves getting gifts and crafting too, then we think you may hit the jackpot with this gift idea this holiday season!
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