Friday, April 29, 2011

HOMESCHOOL - Growing Handprints!

Ah the signs of Spring - flowers, ladybugs, handprints.... Yes - you read that correctly - handprints! :) Surf homeschooling blogs long enough and you will find all sorts of fingers and palms in pictures and designs popping up throughout the year. Of course, we had to make at least one ourselves. So here's the scoop on ours in case you want to copy it (if you do, please share the blog love and link back to me)!

The flower is made of coffee filters my daughter painted with watercolors. Very pretty...buuuuuuut it seemed to be missing something. Wanting to add a pop of color and dimension, I dug through my things until I came across a bag of buttons. I think when we added a few to the center of the flower and made a border of them as well, it really gave it a fun twist! And the highlight? The handprints (grass) of course and a little thumbprint ladybug! :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Baby/Toddler Food - Muffin Tin Mom

Who says you can't always play with your food? (Well, in all honesty - my husband and I find ourselves saying that often enough.)

But I think that even an adult might be tempted to hop these bunnies into the carrot patch amid the spinach grass - and of course take a dip in the pond (mayo tinted blue with food color)! My daughter loved this for a snack and had no trouble coming up with stories where bunnies feasted on carrots and bathed themselves.

Muffin Tin Mom is a wonderful website to get one's brain churning with ideas of how to make lunches and snacks a bit more exciting and manageable. I believe most moms submitting ideas on the site use muffin tins. I chose to use compartmentalized containers instead while others may use divided trays, silicone baking cups, etc. You get the picture - why use just a simple plate when you can divide and conquer, right?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Toddler Food -

In keeping with yesterday's post, here is another awesome site very similar to but geared more towards the bundles of energy we call "toddlers".

Here's the link:

Informative, great recipes, and sample menus for your tot - what's not to love?

Head designer for "The Nature of Grace"

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Baby food -

"Solid food stage."

Are there any words more exciting or more terrifying to a mommy than these? Well, potty training and teething come to mind so I guess there are... ;) But for the sake of this post - let's just stick with the awe surrounding the solid food stage, shall we?

What do I feed my baby, how much, when do I feed them, how often, what's healthy, what's not.... and the list goes on. As mommies, we are so excited to see our little ones grow - but ooohhh, the messy road of nutrition we must travel to reach each new milestone. Let's face it - we want our babies to learn and become independent one day, so they are going to need proper nutrients to get there! Fortunately - there are wonderful people out there (bless you, wonderful people!) who are happy to help and even design websites to guide us (so we can spend those precious minutes we saved by not having to search for all this info online - to wipe up faces, clean off trays, wash fingers, mop the floor, and then get ready to start the process all over again). is one of those awesome sites! It is absolutely full of wonderful information, advice, how to cook and store your own baby food, nutrition information, feeding suggestions, RECIPES - hey, they even have a few menu ideas and schedules! Talk about doing the legwork for you! :)

Not convinced - okay, here is an example. Click on one of their fruits and veggies - like asparagus. It lets you know when it is recommended that a baby try asparagus (including suggestions for babies with digestive issues), gives you nutritional information about asparagus, what to look for in good asparagus when you are purchasing it in a store, suggestions on how to cook and store asparagus for your baby, piles of recipes for your baby with asparagus being in them, and even suggestions for foods good to mix with asparagus!

I don't know about you - but I am SOLD on this website. Definitely a "bookmarker"... :)

Stay tuned for more posts later this week regarding more fun food sites for your baby or tot! :)