Thursday, October 11, 2018

Simple DIY pop-up Halloween card craft for kids



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Our sweet across-the-hall neighbors knocked and left the kids surprise buckets with Halloween treats within. As a thank-you, we came up with this pop-up card idea.

My preferred type of craft is the kind that absolutely anyone could do, and that probably many have done before. I'm sharing because these turned out super cute, and maybe you'd like a Halloween card idea. If my kids and I could handle this, so can you and yours.




Get out some colorful paper, and determine your pop-up items. My kids didn't fancy being too scary, so we went with pumpkins, and chose an orange construction paper as the base to save on coloring time. Other options could be a ghost or bat or such.

Remember to keep your pop-up items smaller than your card interior will be. We fit two big and one small on a single sheet.



For the jack-o'-lantern faces, have your kids draw or color in as their developmental stage suggests.



Keep your workspace absolutely clear of crafty chaos. I cannot stress this enough. Absolutely clear! Like so. Do not get out ALL the glitter glue and stickers and markers. Unless you have to.



Pick a card paper and fold it in half. Then we're going to use one of these thingy-dingies to secure our pop-up to the inside.

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Daily Show gets it right on breastfeeding in public


It's your legal right to feed your child in whatever way works for you wherever you're both allowed to be, so feed on. You can find a quiet space or cover while feeding your child if it works for you & your little one, but it should never be forced on anyone.


I think my favorite part was when Trevor Noah wondered if the guy comparing breastfeeding to peeing didn't realize women pee, too.

I am equally agog with the show that breastfeeding in public is still an issue in 2018. HOW?

Keep on keeping on, folks. Spread the word that feeding a child is normal and natural and perfectly reasonable to do in public.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Confetti fun!




I realize that, in many parts of the world, July 4 is well over.
But don't tell that to my neighbors, who are still setting off illegal fireworks,
and don't tell that to me, because I am finally getting this video posted
after umpteen technological delays.

I think you will find the wait was worth it.

And if you need the extended version of the best part,
by popular demand from Alrik & Karsten,
here it is,
20 minutes of "Whoa! It's taken by wind!":

Monday, June 11, 2018

Gentle fathering books to read with your kids




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In honor of Father's Day, here is a collection of 8 children's books that portray gentle fathers for dads to read with their kids.



Oh, Oh, Baby Boy! by Janine Macbeth — From birth into his father's arms through becoming a father himself, a boy experiences the nurturing and hands-on care that will guide him his whole life.



Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram — Little Nutbrown Hare learns he can never outlove Big Nutbrown Hare, who loves him to the moon … and back.



Daddy Hugs, by Karen Katz — Count along with the hugs daddies can give, from "I gotcha now" hide-and-seek hugs to "Don't be afraid of the dark" hugs.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

PSA for Tiny Home Hunters: Your baby will get bigger



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I have watched my share of videos of tiny house conversions, to the point where YouTube now shows me more as recommendations. I say, Sure, YouTube, ok, just one more. And the cycle continues.

I don't live in a cool tiny home, just a normal small apartment. But I find it inspiring to see how people use a little space and still live big.

Except, that is, when a family is growing.

Don't get me wrong — I love seeing families with little children navigating small spaces. As a family of five living in under 960 square feet (capacious by tiny house standards, I admit), you'd think that would be right in my wheelhouse, and you're right.

However, it's primarily these families that make me yell at my computer screen.

Because they don't know a simple undeniable truth. Ready? Brace yourselves.

BABIES GET BIGGER.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Because you are the mother, that's why



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You're the one who knows the exact knee-bend bounce for soothing a crying baby.

You're the one who starts bouncing instinctively as soon as you hear a crying baby in earshot.

You've been taking prenatal horse pills for years, to be on the safe side.

You've been wearing nursing bras just as long.

You're the finder of lost shoes, lost toys, the jacket that never made its way into the closet, the remote in the couch cushions, the stuffie under the couch, the sippy cup under the sink.

You're the one who knows what condiments each kid likes with each food, and who gets them out without asking or being asked.

You could change a diaper with your eyes closed but know not to.