Tuesday, July 28, 2015

(MY) Top 5 Netflix Shows for babies/toddlers



While I do not let my kids just watch TV all the time, I do allow them to watch as a treat. They especially like the music end of things...they are not the kind to just sit there zombified looking at the screen, they like to dance along, play and glance up a little. 


Hands down #1 pick: Baby Genius 

This is mostly music, so my girls love it! The graphics are definitely not up-to-date, but they don't care. The like the friendly, albeit kinda weird looking animals and the upbeat songs! 


#2 Barney (especially this Let's go to the Farm one)

I can't believe I am actually suggesting this purple fella.... But, my girls absolutely love this! All the farm animals and music keep them entertained. They actually "watch" this one. As in, they look at it for approximately 2 minutes at a time ;)


#3 Puppy Party 

Ok, so this is pretty much just a bunch of puppies running around....but, it's cute for a little while. The girls like doggies right now, so it works.... 
There is also, kitten party and animal party available. Just a load of cuteness.

#4: LeapFrog (all titles) 

As far as education goes, these offer a good deal. Numbers, abc's, phonics, etc. They aren't super annoying either....so there's that. 

#5: Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood 

He's cute and friendly. The girls like the songs and his little tiger voice. He offers more in the social development areas. 



Now, if finding clean, good shows for the 7 year old was as easy..................

Death eaters/slow-mo raindrops in a jar



Taylor's best friend Logan was over today, so naturally we had to break out some science experiments to do....that's just part of everyday life around here ;)
Of course they are little boys who ran around outside, played X-box and stole the redi-whip, but they enjoyed some structured play as well.


Supplies Needed: 
Clear Jar
Dish/bowl
Food coloring
About a TBSP of Vegetable oil
Step 1: Fill Jar with warm water a little over halfway.                                                   Step 2: pour V. oil into dish. Drop about 3-4 drops of food coloring of each color.
 Step 3: Mix food coloring with a fork or spoon. 

Step 4: Dump contents of dish into the jar of warm water. Watch!




The boys rated this one 3 out of 5 stars.

I give it a 5 out of 5. easy,quick,not messy, ingredients found in home already. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Olivia's Intro Post




This is my first post, and I am so excited to be introducing my family!

I met my husband, Justin in October 2013. We were quickly head over heels in love.
 
In February 2014, after a few short months together, we found out that I was pregnant. We were a little surprised, excited, and extremely nervous. We were young; he was 22, and I was 20. I was working as a McDonald's manager and going to college full time. Having a baby was definitely not part of my plan at that time, but I was in love with Justin, and our "baby" the second I found out we were expecting. Telling our families was difficult, but after lots of tears, they were very accepting and loving. In March, we found out that our baby was actually babies-twins!
The thought of having two babies was terrifying for us. Our relationship struggled during my pregnancy. It was not a relationship built on years of love and commitment. It was still new and we were only beginning our life together when we learned that our unit of two was soon going to be a family of four. Although we had our disagreements, we both loved our babies more than anything and we knew we could make it work for them. In May, we found out that we were having a girl and a boy-a dream come true!
Over the next several months, our relationship got stronger, and we were both committed to becoming the best parents possible, and giving our babies a loving family.

  I was due October 28, 2013, but I was told by my doctors to expect my babies much earlier. I had few problems throughout, other than constant morning sickness. At the end of August, when I was about 30 weeks, I had to stop working. I didn't even realize that's what they were because I had gotten so used to my back hurting so bad all the time! 
I waited and waited (sometimes impatiently) for something to happen during September, but thankfully, our babies were staying in and growing. 
I had been seeing my OB or the perinatologist at least once a week, with no problems, other than decreasing amniotic fluid every week, but they assured me that was normal. 
My C-Section was scheduled for October 16 and everything had gone as planned so far. I went to see the perinatologist on October 8th. I wasn't worried about anything, it was just a check up, so Justin went on to work. It started out just like every other appointment, but during the ultrasound, I realized something was different by the questions they were asking.. Have you still been feeling them move? Have you been leaking any fluid? They had me change positions several times and walk around. They couldn't get Baby A to move, although her heart rate was still steady. Baby B had very little amniotic fluid and had not grown significantly in 2-4 weeks. The decided it was time to have some babies!
I called Justin and my mom and went on to the hospital. I was so nervous.
On October 9th, they took me to the OR and tried the spinal, but it wasn't working. They put me to sleep and the next thing I remember is my mom sitting me up in the bed and handing me my beautiful babies. Although I don't remember the scary parts, I've heard the story from everyone who was there that day. Brooks was obviously in distress when he was born. He was rushed out of the OR immediately. My family who was waiting in the hall, said they couldn't even tell that the nurse was holding a baby because he was so small and she had him wrapped in blankets. He had a little trouble with breathing and maintaining his temperature, but we all went home after 4 days. 

Ava Marie 
15 lbs 15 oz
18.5 inches 
1:05 PM
Brooks Kyle
4 lbs 15 oz
18 inches
1:06 PM

These babies have brought more joy to my life than I ever imagined. Watching them learn and grow is a daily blessing, although it is sometimes challenging. Having a boy and a girl is so much fun! They are so different, but each so special in their own way. 

Ava is my feisty, opinionated, and independent little girl. She loves everything girly...nail polish, dresses, shoes, and Princess movies. She is definitely the leader of the two. 
Brooks is my sensitive little guy. He is gentle with everyone, with the exception of Ava some days. He had a rough start and was sick and hospitalized several times, but he has made so much progress, especially recently. He loves music, dancing, Elmo, and tractors. 
On August 16, 2014, we made our family a little more official. I married my best friend, and I finally share my children's last name. Even though our beginning might not have been perfect, the story we're writing everyday is pretty wonderful. 


Being a wife, twin mom, and having a full time career is busy, but so much fun everyday. It's a learning process, too. I can't wait to share my experiences with you all!



MY 5 MUST-HAVE ITEMS FOR NEWBORN TWINS!

#1: Swaddleme blankets (minimum of 2 per child) 



#2: Boppy newborn loungers! 



#3: Rock-n-play x 2 

This is probably my favorite baby item ever!!!! I mean, with 2 babies you need somewhere to sit atleast one baby down while you are tending to the other one. I can't tell you how many times I had one rocking in this with my foot and the other in my arms. 




#4:  Dr. Browns bottle set X2 
  I wasn't able to breastfeed due to my babies coming at 30 weeks. No milk supply for me, so if you are bf'ing you may or may not need this. 
Get at Amazon.com!

#5: Boudreaux's butt paste


I highly recommend getting both of these types. This clears up diaper rash quicker than anything! 
START YOUR STOCKPILE NOW!!!!


I also have to mention a tip one of my NICU nurses gave us. She said to apply vaseline at every diaper change to avoid any rash....well, she was right. My girls never had diaper rash as infants! They have only just recently started to get a bit of heat rash, but the butt paste clears that up! 



TWIN-MOM-TO-BE: You can do this! Having 2 infants at the same time is definitely not easy, but it does get easier as they get older. You will figure out what works for you and just do that. Don't worry about others' opinions and advice. Take it or leave it. You are the mom. God chose you. YOU GOT THIS!!!! 

And, remember to take pictures. You will think you are taking a ton, but take more :) 

I would also like to offer encouragement for those of you who end up having your babies early....my girls were born at 30 weeks...

We have gone from This:
Skylar 2.5 lbs

Emerson 3 lbs.



To THIS in 17 months 

Sky 20 lbs 

emmie 21 lbs 

Easy Home-made Chalk Paint

So finally got a chance to post my chalk paint recipe....Super Easy...


  •  Olympic flat latex paint ( I have use Valspar Signature flat paint also....just make sure you get self priming flat paint)
  • Plaster of Paris ( I used DAP from Lowe's)
  • Paste Wax ( I used Johnson paste wax)
  • Water
  • Stir sticks
  • Plastic Buckets
  • Plastic measuring cups ( do not reuse for food)


Mix 1/3 cup of plaster of paris & 1/3 cup of cool water; stir until completely smooth.Easy Chalk Paint

Mix that with 1 cup of latex paint & stir thoroughly.

This will make enough chalk-paint for one coat on a six-drawer dresser.

Note: Chalk paint should not be stored & reused. If you mix smaller amounts of plaster, paint & water in the same proportions.


All materials where purchased from Lowe's

Lowe's also has a wonderful DIY tutorial on YouTube:


LEGOS + WATER = FUN!





Raise your hand if you have a thousand Lego's just waiting to be stepped on?!?!?! Ours get played with, but lately it seems they are just hanging out in their drawers more and more. So, i thought it would be a good idea to do a sort of marble run, but with water....


This is pretty much the only "step" you need to follow:Find the larger green/grey squares and duck tape them down. (The ducktape will hold during the wild water!)  



video


Let us out there!!!!!! 





                                                                                                 
                                    


This pretty much turned into, "let's play around with the water-hose", but that's cool. He had fun!


Taylor rated this 5 out of 5 stars.
I rate it 3.5 out of 5. 
I really wanted the Lego end of this to be more on his own, but he kept "needing" help. He is fully capable of doing it, but for whatever reason he wants someone to watch or do it for him. What's that about?!!??!?! 
He did enjoy watching the spinners spin and the doors open...and he loved the treasure chest popping open. He had just as much fun (if not more) splashing around in the water hose! 




Suggestions??!?!?!

Do you have a science experiment/pinterest hack or something you would like for us to try? Comment! Send us a shout out! Message!  We're down with just about anything around here :) 



Check out my personal "tried it liked it" board on pinterest for the good stuff :) 


Comments, likes and shares always appreciated!

Easy (and not-so-messy) science experiment


Supplies needed:
Bowl/jar  (I suggest a little smaller than what we used, maybe even 2-3 small ones)
Water
Veggie oil
food coloring
salt 


Instructions:



 Step 1: Fill jar/container/bowl up a little over halfway with water.



Step 2:  Pour in vegetable oil, about an inch thick.


Step 3: Squirt one drop of food coloring in.


Step 4: Sprinkle salt onto food coloring and watch what happens.
WOWZA! 

Thumbs up from Taylor!


5 out of 5 stars from Tay!
5 out of 5 from me!

Seriously, E-A-S-Y!!!! This doesn't take up a lot of time. It could be altered to look like fireworks if you have red and blue food coloring. The ingredients needed are already in most of our pantry's! If you are a mom who isn't into making a huge mess, but want to try something with your child, this is the way to go! 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

My First Chalk Paint

I keep seeing all this beautiful old furniture painted with Chalk Paint. So, I had to give it a try. We had a couple of old end tables that were not being used. My daughter, Kristy, was needing a couple of nightstands.

While Kristy was in Florida on vacation; I decide to try Chalk Paint.

Have any of you priced the name brand "Chalk Paint"?  Cost was to much for my first try!!!

The lady at Lowe's told me that I could make my own chalk paint.....Really!

Here we go.....


 before

So, this was really easy!!!
No sanding, just wiped clean with damp cloth.
One coat was suppose to cover it....wrong...it took two coats.


I am so pleased with the finished product.

 Final products only took me around 4 hours....really....this included the drying time and the final  waxing.

These beautiful finished tables will be a surprise for Kristy when she walks into her bedroom when she get back from vacation. :)

 I am already on the lookout for my next piece to paint.....in love with Chalk Paint! 

Please share your chalk paint pieces with me....would love to see and hear others experience.

Note: only mix up enough paint to cover item...the homemade chalk paint will not keep.

I will post the recipe for Chalk Paint a little later.

All my materials are from:  http://www.lowes.com/

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Taylor's favorite activity this summer....(so far)





So, I had the bright idea to have a paint fight with Taylor. Warning: this is MESSY to the max! But, Taylor had so much fun, it was worth it. 

We started off by applying our War Paint. We just used tempura, but I wish we would have had the body paint type (you get what you get when it's last minute shenanigans though.)  I let taylor paint however he liked and he had a blast. 

Next, we used our paint filled squirt guns (watered way down paint) to spray each other. There was lots of hiding at our "bases" and dodging bullets going on.   We had a total of 4 guns and that wasn't enough for this kid! 





Taylor ranks this 5 gazillion stars.
I have to agree ;)
We will definitely do this one again! So many ways to modify it! 
Playtime is the best time. Just play with your kids the best way you know how! Don't worry, if you have forgotten, they are usually pretty good at giving instructions. :)

There may or may not be a hand-print on the outside of our house.... 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Easy art appreciation



This is the easiest art project ever! All you have to do is google famous paintings outlines and print it out! We chose to do Edvard Munch's "The Scream". Taylor liked this one. We talked about what the author was probably feeling when he painted this.... Taylor said "worried, stressed out, something scaring him." Pretty good for a 7 year old! 

This was taylor's favorite! And, now he wants to paint this one!

We also looked up "The Scream" parodies. 


Another favorite.

So, Taylor is not thrilled with anything art-inspired. He "thinks" he doesn't enjoy 

drawing and painting. But, he actually rated this one a 5 out of 5 stars! Hallelujah!!!!

I also have to give it a 5 out of 5 stars! There are so many options to pick from....if you're not into this painting in particular.