Bubble Wrap Art for Preschoolers and Toddlers

Rebekah has a great idea for making art with paint and bubble wrap – perfect for toddlers! “My husband ordered a new hiking backpack last week and it arrived surrounded by a mass of bubble wrap. (Sidenote: If the backpack is so fragile that it needs to be packed in bubble wrap, he might want to reconsider taking it on a camping trip.) Michael started to toss the bubbly plastic into the recycling bin, but I rescued a huge piece of it to use for an art project. The beauty of this project was it’s simplicity. Just bubble wrap, paint, a few sheets of cardstock, and we were good to go! Well, for someone older than 18-months, we might have been. I did put down a fair amount of newspaper, adhered to the table with painter’s tape, had Callan wear a paint smock, and was prepared to put him in the tub immediately afterwards.”

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Make-it Mondays: DIY Magnetic Paper Dolls – Creative K Kids

Oh wow! I did not know you could buy magnetic paper! My little ones are so into magnets right now and love to just stand in front of our fridge taking them on and off – if I could make some personalised ones for them with either Mickey Mouse (their favourite) or even photos of family members that would be brilliant! Check out the post for more details: “Back when I was a child, I liked to play with paper dolls!  I was of the generation where we would cut out the dolls that were in paper doll books–or maybe they had perforated edges where we could punch them out.  Then we would cut out all the clothes with the fold down tabs.  Oh, they were such fun!  And if you talk to my parents’ and my grandparents’ generation, they would talk about how they cut girls and clothes out of the Sears Catalog and used them as paper dolls.  And when you read Little House in the Big Woods, you read of how Laura and Mary would make and color their own paper dolls.  Yes, I’m sure every generation of girls has had their own version of paper dolls.”

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How do you do it? Parenting Link Up #13 – How Do You Do It?

This post from Clare of Are They Twins? would have been a perfect addition to our “How to Afford Twins” theme week last year! Clare show how to save money on essential twin baby gear by making your own. No matter how many kids you have, you can certainly save a bundle with her various awesome tutorials and tips!

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How do you do it? Parenting Link Up #13 – How Do You Do It?

The post I wrote about saving money on essential baby gear by sewing your own was featured this week over at HDYDI.com! “This post from Clare of Are They Twins? would have been a perfect addition to our “How to Afford Twins” theme week last year! Clare show how to save money on essential twin baby gear by making your own. No matter how many kids you have, you can certainly save a bundle with her various awesome tutorials and tips!”

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Expedit Ideas for Every Room

Do you love Expedit? I was shocked to read that it was being discontinued – until I read this great post from the de Jong Dream House. If you love Expedit you need to read this too! “Fortunately, all is not lost. The Expedit 2.0, aka Kallax will roll out in April. 168 Expedit on the left, Kallax on the right. The two systems are very similar. The main differences are that the Kallax does away with the distinctive chunky border, has slightly rounder corners, and is supposed to be more scratch resistant. The interior size of the cubes are the same and all the boxes and accessories for the Expedit will still fit the Kallax.”

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