Ocean Sensory Bottle

Ocean Sensory Bottle

We had as much fun making an Ocean Sensory Bottle as baby had while playing with it! We used the grow animals that we had finished measuring and growing along with a few other supplies to make this toy for Little Miss. Here’s what we used: Small (330 mL) Voss...
KonMari, Baby

KonMari, Baby

Here’s how I used KonMari for baby clothes. sound too complicated? It’s easy, I promise. Today I’d like to share the details about how I organize my baby’s clothes. I’ve been working on this KonMari project of totally re-thinking...
KonMari with Kids – Kid Capsule Wardrobe

KonMari with Kids – Kid Capsule Wardrobe

Most people who read about KonMari want to know how it would work with kids. How can kids know what ‘sparks joy’ for them? How can you wrangle all the hand-me downs and extra sets of clothes? How can you get kids to keep it organized? These are all great...
Fall Leaf Banner

Fall Leaf Banner

As part of our unit on fall leaves, I decided to use these Color Diffusing Leaves from Roylco to make a colorful fall leaf banner. This is an example of how we integrate different “subjects” into a cohesive unit study. We learned about the science behind...
Fly or Crash? An Easy Experiment for Kids

Fly or Crash? An Easy Experiment for Kids

The thing I love most about this experiment is that my son totally came up with it. One day we had some helium balloons at home and he asked me to tie some of his animal figures to the string to see if they would fly. Some were too heavy others worked great. And I got...
Beach Unit Study

Beach Unit Study

We spent a couple of weeks learning about the beach, and especially the animals that live there. I chose to focus only on the beach and coastal habitats because I felt like including the ocean would add too much. My son is very interested in animals and habitats so we...
Big Red Barn {by Margaret Wise Brown} Small World Play

Big Red Barn {by Margaret Wise Brown} Small World Play

It’s been a while since we did anything for the Virtual Book Club for Kids, but when I saw this month’s author was Margaret Wise Brown I immediately thought of this book. Big Red Barn has been a hit with my little ones since we discovered it at the library...
Make a Tree (for Creative Play)

Make a Tree (for Creative Play)

Here’s an easy little craft that you can do along with your kids to make a tree for their small world and creative play. My son loves to set up little habitats for his animals. It’s a really wonderful way to teach him about things animals need (food,...
Animal Classification

Animal Classification

If your children are interested in animals, why not teach them some basic (or advanced!) animal classification. It’s not just some thing to memorize for a science class. Learning how we classify animals uses important observational and critical thinking skills....
Simple Train Craft: An invitation to paint

Simple Train Craft: An invitation to paint

We’re wrapping up Train Week with a fun little invitation to create. It’s a simple train craft that even the youngest train enthusiast can do! My daughter is 19 months and she really enjoys painting. She likes getting messy with paint and mixing colors in...
Train Book List

Train Book List

It’s time for a train book list! Here are our favorite train-themed titles. (Click on any book below to see more on Amazon.)   1. Trains Go I love the illustrations in this book! You can almost feel the wind blowing across your face as these trains woosh...
How to Play with Toy Train Sets (for maximum creativity!)

How to Play with Toy Train Sets (for maximum creativity!)

Toy train sets are a classic and engaging way for children to explore and create while they play. From fine motor skills to imaginative play opportunities, train sets open up many possibilities. My son has enjoyed them since he pulled himself up the Barnes & Noble...
Are your kids bored? Let them be.

Are your kids bored? Let them be.

It was a few years ago when my son was a small toddler that I started thinking about boredom. I was a blog-reading, Pinterest-addicted new mom and I scoured the Internet looking for ways to keep him stimulated and entertained and enriched. I worried that I...
Interest Baskets

Interest Baskets

When my daughter was younger and had first learned to sit upright on her own, I started making little baskets of random items for her. I wrote about these treasure baskets on the Sweet Talk blog. She really enjoyed them at the time, but for the past few months...
Photography for Kids

Photography for Kids

Thinking back now, I don’t remember exactly when I first let my son use a camera. I was always working on a little photo shoot at home and he was always one inch outside my frame. So I guess he got interested in my camera because I used it so much. I started...
Pete the Cat Catapult

Pete the Cat Catapult

It’s been a while since we participated in the Virtual Book Club for Kids! It’s been a crazy few months, but I always like joining in to hear about new books and read other bloggers’ takes on them. We read Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons...
Diverse People Interest Basket

Diverse People Interest Basket

When my daughter was younger, I would put together little baskets of random household items and toys for her to pull out and play with. Now I give her baskets a little more focus. I try to notice what interests her and put together a basket with materials on the...
Thank-Yous

Thank-Yous

After our sweet little Belle was born last month, several friends brought us dinner. It’s such a wonderful tradition to bring food to a new mother and I really appreciated it so much. Cooking was absolutely the last thing on my mind and it’s a good excuse...
An update

An update

I didn’t intend to take a four month break from blogging here. Posting on glimmersnaps was always something I intended to do; it was always on my list. But being in the last trimester of pregnancy while having a two-year-old is no small feat. I was also working...
Milestones: Our first stomach bug

Milestones: Our first stomach bug

When Boo-Boo was first born, I started reading blogs and books that talked about milestones like when he might first sit up or when he might crawl. Family, friends, and perfect strangers would ask about milestones. Is he crawling? Is he eating solids? Does he sleep...
Let’s Go Shopping: It’s a Girl

Let’s Go Shopping: It’s a Girl

It’s been a while since I’ve done a shopping post. I guess I haven’t been thrilled by much at the stores lately, though the discovery of Peanut Butter Oreos was a recent highlight. Since we found out we are expecting a girl, I’ve been eyeing a...
Playdough Playtime

Playdough Playtime

I’ve been waiting to play Playdough with my son since he was like 2 months old. There’s something so relaxing about mushing those little balls of kerosene-scented dough. For the record (and because I know he will read this) my husband is the one who said...
DIY Mobile (and thoughts on being productive)

DIY Mobile (and thoughts on being productive)

I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this before or not, but I’m now blogging twice a week on my employer’s blog at Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique. I do similar posts as what I do here, but with a little more focus on babies, toddlers and things we...
It’s a…

It’s a…

We had our anatomy ultrasound this week and *surprise* we are having a girl this July! I’d been pretty well convinced that it was another little man, but I started having a girl vibe a few days before the ultrasound. Funny thing is the exact opposite happened...
Going for Walks

Going for Walks

Hello friends! I can’t believe I’ve been so neglectful of my blog for the past 20-something days! I guess getting busy with my retail job and starting work on another blog took up a bit more time than I expected. I’ve been having a hard time finding...
Cozy, Cashmere Pants {DIY}

Cozy, Cashmere Pants {DIY}

A few months ago, I went over to my friend’s house for an afternoon of crafty fun. She had been experimenting with sewing things for her new baby (whose here now and totally awesome!)I’d been wanting to make Boo-Boo a pair of pants out some of my old...
Cloth Diapering Your Baby {in the 21st century}

Cloth Diapering Your Baby {in the 21st century}

Maybe you’re interested in cloth diapering but worry you’ll have to fumble with pins and plastic pants. Maybe you’ve done a little research and are overwhelmed by all the thousands of brand, style, fabric, closure, and sizing options.I’ve cloth...
Virtual Book Club {This Plus That}

Virtual Book Club {This Plus That}

Today I’m sharing a crafty activity we did that was inspired by This Plus That by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I hadn’t heard of this author before so I was excited to discover some new books. The picture book section in the library is so overwhelming,...
Pink in a Bracelet, Three Ways

Pink in a Bracelet, Three Ways

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you might remember Colour Me There’s Colour Me Happy Project. I took a little hiatus this summer, but I was eagerly awaiting her announcement for October. It’s Think Pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month....
Dental Work {Clarbella’s Teeth}

Dental Work {Clarbella’s Teeth}

Today I have a simple, little book to share with you. It’s called Clarabella’s Teeth, by An Vrombaut. I picked it up at the library and Boo-Boo loves it. He says “Alligator brush!” when he wants us to read it (which is often).It’s a story...
Bedtime Rituals and Sleeping Arrangements

Bedtime Rituals and Sleeping Arrangements

In March, I posted about Boo-Boo’s sleep habits and how I’d like to change them. I gave an update in May and things hadn’t changed much. One of the things I love about blogging is how I can go back and see things from a different perspective. The...
Toddler Approved Virtual Book Club {Wag a Tail}

Toddler Approved Virtual Book Club {Wag a Tail}

Today we are participating in Toddler Approved’s Virtual Book Club featuring Lois Ehlert books. We went to library to find one and Wag a Tail was the one that immediately grabbed Boo-Boo’s attention. Now, Boo-Boo is 19 months old, so a lot of the ideas I...
Growth Spurts

Growth Spurts

 A couple of weeks ago, I realized that Boo-Boo needed new shoes and I may have felt a little sentimental looking back at all the shoes he’s worn so far. I just can’t believe how much bigger he’s grown. The brown show was his first pair, which I...
Outdoor Learning Adventures {Dirt}

Outdoor Learning Adventures {Dirt}

A couple of blocks from my sister-in-law’s house in Austin is a small field with a trail, picnic tables, a few benches, and sand volleyball court. The landscape with it’s low, brushy trees is so different from the towering pines in North Carolina. Since is...
Outdoor Learning Adventures {Water}

Outdoor Learning Adventures {Water}

I’m finishing up my last week here in Austin. It’s been a great visit. I’ve enjoyed hanging out with my sister-in-law and her new baby girl and it’s been awesome to see Boo-Boo bond with his cousin who is just four weeks older than he is....
Toy Storage Solutions

Toy Storage Solutions

I’m still here in Texas, enjoying my time with my sister-in-law and her baby girls. She and her husband have a neutral-toned and somewhat minimalist home decor that has been thwarted by brightly-colored toys and books in the past year. Because they have a...
Felt Banner

Felt Banner

As I mentioned last week, my sister-in-law recently had a baby girl. I’ve been staying with them to help out around the house and especially with their other daughter who is 18 months old. Since I knew I’d be here when she was born, I wanted to create a...
Bye Bye, Bean

Bye Bye, Bean

Last week marked the end of my babysitting for Bean. She’s been staying with us for about a year, but will now be hanging out with family that has just moved into town and will be off to preschool in the fall. She’s so excited to get to spend time with her...
Book Storage

Book Storage

Since Boo-Boo is obsessed with reading, I’ve recently been looking for new ways to house his ever-increasing book collection. At first I tried keeping only a few out at a time. And while I still limit how many he has, we’ve needed to increase the amount he...
Food Photos for the Kitchen

Food Photos for the Kitchen

Since I’ve been doing a little organization in my kitchen, I thought I’d spruce things up by getting some prints made from these photos I took at the market in Barcelona a few years ago. Not only do I love these beautifully-arranged foods, but most of them...
Poolside sensory play

Poolside sensory play

It was quite warm today so we decided to fill up the kiddie pool on the back patio and cool off. Boo-Boo likes water, but he gets a little bored after a bit so I decided to spice things up with a little sensory play. (Bean can stay splashing around in the water for...
Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing

A couple of weeks ago I was visiting my parents and we found this nifty fish-shaped ice cube tray at IKEA. For a dollar, I couldn’t pass up the possibilities. Initially I was thinking about something like One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. We might still...
Grapes

Grapes

So I’ve been on a little break for about a week and a half. We were traveling (more on that later this week!) and when we got home we had the most beautiful 70 degree weather. We had to take full advantage of it so we basically lived outside (apart from going to...
The Very Quiet Cricket

The Very Quiet Cricket

A few weeks ago I mentioned that we were participating in the Virtual Kids’ Book Club sponsored by Toddler Approved! This month’s selection was The Very Quiet Cricket. I don’t think I had ever read the book before, though I love Eric Carle books. On...
Beach Trip Follow-up

Beach Trip Follow-up

A couple of weekends ago, we took a day trip to the beach. It wasn’t Boo-Boo’s first trip, but I felt like it was his first memorable experience. I wanted to help him remember his experience after we returned home, so I came up with a few things to add to...
Blanket Fort

Blanket Fort

It was a dark and windy afternoon. It was so windy, in fact, that our fun, new kiddie pool got blown 10 feet into the bushes. Needless to say, we weren’t going anywhere. So I remembered the May Colour Me Happy challenge: Build a Colourful Blanket Fort. And the...
{Basic} Book Extension Activities

{Basic} Book Extension Activities

One of my new favorite blogs, Toddler Approved! is hosting a link party with ideas for book extension activities in honor of Children’s Book Week. There are tons of really inspiring activities on the link-up and she has a wonderful pirate-themed beginning sounds...
Fun and Games: Straight from the Recycling Bin

Fun and Games: Straight from the Recycling Bin

Today I thought I’d share seven toys we have going around the house that came directly from the recycle bin. I was actually going to make a few new things, but dear, sweet Hubby emptied out our bins! I’ll be sharing these at Make and Takes as part of their...
Recycle Sort

Recycle Sort

I have a few Earth-friendly activities to share this week in remembrance of Earth Day on Saturday. (I’ll be at the Great Cloth Diaper Change, where will you be?) Today I have a super-simple sorting activity with a recycling theme. I tried sorting with Bean a...
Water play: Sneak peak for summer

Water play: Sneak peak for summer

It’s been beautiful spring weather here and I’ve been spending as much time as possible outdoors. Boo-Boo is nearly 14 months and he’s walking and running (away from me) like a pro. He loves the outdoors. He brings me my shoes and stands by the door...
Clothespin organizing

Clothespin organizing

{I originally posted about this over on my WordPress version of glimmersnaps. It’s one of my favorites, because it is so easy to do and made such a difference in how I get myself and baby out the door every day.} Recently, I’ve become more frustrated by our...
Little Office

Little Office

The other day at Nana’s house Boo-Boo was getting bored playing with the same old toys. We decided to pull out an old rotary phone and computer keyboard for entertainment. It was a big hit. He was thrilled to be allowed to “type” (bang) on the...
Sleeping like a Baby

Sleeping like a Baby

“Does he sleep through the night?” How many times have I lied when people asked me that question! Sometimes it feels like the number one goal of the first year of baby’s life is to get him to sleep. And stay asleep. I was always pretty laid back...

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