Baby things, easter, food, Uncategorized

Five Easter crafts and food ideas

I have decided to put a list of Easter crafts and food ideas that you can do with your kids this year since we are stuck inside for another thirty days. I will be posting links for items that if you do not have them already at home you can order them online. I know this year is going to be hard for families and their normal traditions will have to be changed but at least you are home safe and able to still do something with your kids. I wanted to make some kind of light out of these crazy times and help some families still have fun and have something to do. So here is my list I have found and put together for you, I hope you enjoy!

  1. Easter chick fork painting

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All you will need for this craft is: Yellow paint , plastic forks ,  googly eyes , orange felt , scissors, glue, and a black pen.

This is very simple, you just dip the fork in the paint and go around in a circle, once you are finished with that you take the black pen and make your chick some cute little legs. Add your googly eyes with your glue and put the beak on with the cut out piece of felt. Now you have a cute little fork painting chick!

2. Egg carton flowers

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All you will need for this craft is: acrylic paint , non foam egg carton, glue, paper straws , paint brush ,  pom poms , and scissors.

After you are finished with dying eggs you don’t have to throw away the cartons, you can just make them a fun art project for your kiddos. First cut out four container of the egg carton to make four sides. I would get a plate and put a little bit of each color of paint on the plate so your kids can pick what colors and where to put them at. After the paint is all dry you can glue your pom pom in the middle of your flower and glue the straw on the back. Simple and quick craft for any age child and you can put them in a vase if you want to.

3. Toilet paper roll bunny stamps

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All you will need for this craft is: white paint , cardstock paper (cardstock hold up better in my opinion),  toilet paper rolls (or paper towel rolls), and a black marker.

This one is very simple and super cute! First you tape three toilet paper/paper towel rolls together and make sure they are all level. Then the top two bend them a little bit to make them look like bunny ears. I would use a paper plate and pour some white paint on it and then let your kids make stamps all over the paper. After they are finished making their bunnies, you can draw the faces on them using a black marker.

4. Rice krispies Easter egg treats

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What you will need for these adorable egg treats are: marshmallows , rice krispies cereal, food coloring , butter, non stick spray, and plastic easter eggs

Melt 10oz of marshmallows and 6 TBSP of butter in a bowl in the microwave, make sure to stir occasionally. After the butter and marshmallows are melted, separate them into two separate bowls and add food coloring of your choice to each bowl and about 3 cups of Rice Krispies Cereal into each bowl. Once it is all mixed together, put non sick spray into the plastic eggs and put some of the mixture into the eggs. Remove the Rice Krispies from the eggs and YAY you have delicious Rice Krispies Eggs.

5. Easter bunny pancakes

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What you will need for these cute bunny pancakes are: pancake mix , bananas,syrup (if you like syrup with your pancakes), and blueberries.

What a cute way for your kids to eat their breakfast Easter morning! All you have to do is make pancakes, cut a banana in half for the ears, use the blueberries for the eyes and you can even use it for his nose, and you can either use cheese (which I find strange) or you can use whipped cream for the whiskers even  though it wont be as neat and perfect.


I hope you guys enjoy these cute ideas for Easter this year. I know it is not the way we like to do things but lets try to make the best out of a not so great situation! Let me know if you try any of these ideas with your kids!

 

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How my second pregnancy is different than my first

It just hit me this morning that I am so close to my due date with this pregnancy. I am 24 weeks today and just saw when I woke up that we have another 30 days of quarantine. I tried hard not to write anything about COVID-19 but since it is really affecting us I had to. I just have a feeling that it is going to go even farther than that because there are a lot of people who keep going out socializing and not taking things serious. We are literally starting from nothing with this baby, so we need all the necessities for her and with all this going on if it goes through May I am going to have to cancel my baby shower. I know I don’t need to stress anymore than normal but canceling the baby shower is really going to hit me. My husband and I are both out of work with four other kids, bills, and having to try to get baby things also if we have to cancel the shower.

Okay I could write more about how much this is crazy and so on but this post is not about that. Today I am writing about how this pregnancy is different than my first.

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It really is crazy how fast these weeks have been flying right on by me. Even though I am only 24 weeks and I know there will be more differences but these are the main ones that have been going on so far. I do plan on writing a birth story for her as well, and it wont be four years later, haha.

I was very nauseous my whole first trimester with this pregnancy and with my oldest I only got sick once and it was a few days before I found out I was pregnant. With this one I was constantly nauseous and no food sounded good to eat. I ended up losing weight because I couldn’t stand the thought of eating.

I am extremely exhausted with this pregnancy. I have been trying to really push myself to get up and get things done so I don’t just waste away my days. At work with this pregnancy I get to snuggle babies so I get to be sort of lazy. With my oldest I had a ton of energy, I feel like a lot of it came from the caffeine I was still drinking. I have learned a ton from my first pregnancy and changed the caffeine intake with this one. I cut out my coffee this time around and its rare that I drink caffeine, so I know that has some to do with it but I am trying to do better this time around.

No more me time/relaxing time because I have a four year to take care of this time around. My days are so full now than they were with my last pregnancy that I just find myself going to bed early to get that rest I need.

Eating better this time around, with my oldest I kid you not I had a blizzard from dairy queen just about everyday. I had the mindset that oh well I’m pregnant I can eat what I want. With this time around I have grown and learned a lot that I am eating better than I did before. We are cooking our meals more rather than eating out everyday. I don’t eat ice cream everyday, haha. I now have to take baby aspirin this time around because I did end up with high blood pressure with my oldest so that is another thing I am trying to avoid.

I am not gaining a ton of weight this pregnancy and at first I was nervous about it because with my oldest I got big fast that even my nose was fat. I keep asking my doctor if she is alright they say she is. I gained about 50 pounds with my first and right now I have only gained around 8-10 pounds and I am over half way there. I am happy I am not getting crazy huge and I am happy she is healthy in there and measuring 4 days ahead so far.

I have actually bought maternity clothes this time around because I am going to be big in the middle of summer so I needed shorts and tank tops. With my oldest I was pregnant during the winter so I could just throw on a hoodie and sweats and I was fine. Since I haven’t gained much weight so far I actually looked alright in the clothes I have gotten so far so it was not as traumatic as I thought it was going to be.

I always have a sidekick for appointments now and we both love it. I still go to the same doctor I went to when I found out I was pregnant with my oldest. They still have a lot of the same people working there and they always love when he comes in and makes him feel welcomed, and he always asks for stickers every time we leave, haha. He has always been apart of every ultrasound and appointment and loves the fact he can see his baby sis and hear her heartbeat.


Hudson Baby Unisex Baby Plush Blanket with Security Blanket, Girl Elephant, One Size

This is the cutest and one of my favorite little girl blanket and security blanket. Pink elephants are the cutest!

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I have said before that I am using Babylist for my registry so it is a lot easier for everyone, I am putting the link on here for anyone who does not know what it is. It is a life saver and extremely easier than making multiple registries. I do not make commission on anything on Babylist I just wanted to share with my readers this app I love.

Babylist Link

I just wanted to say that I am so very thankful for everyone who reads and follows this blog, you are the best and I love you guys! Share the love and tell anyone you know about my blog, the more the merrier and it is so amazing!

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6 things to do before baby arrives

Adding another baby into your family is very exciting, nerve-wracking, and a lot of preparation. You may have some items left over from your oldest, me on the other hand am starting from scratch. An important thing to do before baby arrives is doing special things with your oldest. The closer we get to July the more nervous I am about bringing a new baby home. The pregnancy isn’t scary, I am fully enjoying this pregnancy. I am more worried about the fact that Kendyn isn’t going to be the baby anymore and he is so used to having a ton of our attention. He knows that there is going to be a baby sister in a couple months and he acts very excited about it. He always talks to my belly, rubs my belly, and talks about her all the time. I am just nervous that he is all excited now about her coming until she is here and she needs a lot of my attention. So I have sat down and thought of a few things I have done and I will do with him to hopefully help with her arrival.

1- Talking about the baby

Ever since we found out that we were expecting we told Kendyn that there was a baby in my belly. At first I don’t think he really understood because I didn’t look any different at that time. But the more we would talk about it, and after we told everyone else and they started talking to him about it, it really seemed to click and now that he can see and feel her move he really loves it and is very excited. We have told him all the things he can do to help and how awesome it is to be a big brother.

2- Go through and get rid of old toys

You are about to get so much more stuff, make it fun for your child to go through all his/her old toys and clothes. About a month ago Kendyn and I went into his room, we sat down and made a pile for toys he wanted to give to other kids and a pile of clothes he has grown out of. He loved the idea that he was giving kids toys that they didn’t have (He didn’t play with most of it anyways.) He always loves going through his clothes anyways so that part was not that hard but toys were a little rough at first. Him and the new baby are going to share a room so I told him he had to make room for his baby sister when she came and he was okay with that.

3- Work on those transitions you have been meaning to do

If your oldest is still in diapers, crib, still has a pacifier, etc. and you have been wanting to break them of those habits, do it now and try to get them broke before the baby comes. I feel like my energy level will not be even close to what it is now when the baby comes for those arguments and battles and that’s a lot of moms with multiples. That doesn’t mean you absolutely have to do it and finish before the baby comes but it would be helpful to get a jump start on it now so you have a heads up. My battle we have been trying to work on and it has been a struggle is getting him to stay in his own bedroom all night. He will start in his room and always ends up in our bed. That will be a whole different post on why I will refuse to co-sleep with this baby because it has been a four year struggle with Kendyn. We are hoping that since him and the new baby will be sharing a room after she is here for a couple months that he will stay in there to “protect” her. I am also nervous of him waking her up at night because sometimes he will wake up crying and screaming from bad dreams and it is very loud, so I am trying to mentally prepare myself for those nights.

4- Have a mommy and me day

I know it might sound silly, but I do plan on making a special day before she comes with just me and Kendyn to do things he loves. There wont be many times after that we will be able to do that once the baby comes. I don’t plan on feeling guilt or obligated to do it, we both deserve a day to ourselves.

5- Go shopping

It’s alright if you are so overjoyed about buying those cute little baby clothes, and before you know it your oldest is growing right out of their clothes. I know I have been crazy about buying cute little girl clothes ever since we found out we were having a little girl. Luckily my son’s birthday is in March so this year we asked everyone to get him clothes for spring/summer and he insisted on lots of shoes. So he wont have to wear small and tight clothes because momma didn’t notice how fast he was growing. He loves getting new shoes but not so much clothes. Haha.

6- Take a ton of pictures!

If your anything like me, you already have a crazy amount of pictures of your kid(s) on your phone. I know me personally I have over 7,000 pictures (I know that’s a ton, but I can’t help it with four kids already.) I am going to keep looking like a crazy helicopter parent with my phone always taking pictures especially adding another to the group. I know it is cliché, but they really do grow up fast and having a baby and older ones trying to keep up on those special moments, it’s hard not to have a crazy amount of pictures. You will look back one day and be glad you were that crazy looking mom and they will be thankful that they can look back and see moments of their childhood.

 

I really hope that my fears of him getting completely jealous of his baby sis needing a lot of mommies help and attention are only fears and he is amazing with her. I just need to relax and hope for the best, he does amazing with other babies so maybe it will be the same with her.


Hopefully this post helps anyone who is adding another bundle of joy into their families. These are just a few things I want to do and have done already with Kendyn, and I love sharing my ideas with all of you! Let me know what you think.

Baby things, Uncategorized

10 items on my registry for second baby

After we had Kendyn four years ago we were not sure if we would have another baby or not. I always wanted one more but my husband was not there yet until we started trying in July of this year. Since we were not sure when and if we would have another one we got rid of just about everything we received and bought when he was a baby and from my baby shower. So we are starting from nothing this time around other than we still have the crib. We are having another baby shower since we really do need just about everything and we are having a girl this time. I have put together ten items that are on my registry for second time moms.

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With Kendyn I did breastfeed but we had to eventually mix breastmilk with formula because he had reflux really bad so we used the drop in bottles but this time I just wanted to try something different just in case we have to mix formula again with her, and I love that you can find these both on amazon since I am a huge amazon buyer.

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Since I will have two young kids to lug a bunch of stuff around I decided to put a book bag diaper bag on the registry. They are a lot easier to carry and you can carry a lot more in them with all the space. This one especially is one of my favorites because of all the extra pockets and space provided.

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If you plan on nursing you will want a nice stash of stuff like breast pads, nipple cream, nursing bras, and milk storage bags if you plan on exclusively pumping and storing milk. I found this brand, Earth Mama this time around and heard great things about them so I am going to try them out.

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I cannot say this enough, you will go through diapers so fast and you don’t even realize it until your down to your last two and need to rush to the store to stock up again. We are planning on doing a diaper raffle this time around because we did not do it for our first and we didn’t get many packs of diapers, we ended up with WAY too many clothes than we could even use. So don’t forget to put all sizes of diapers on your registry because you will need them. We plan on using Parents Choice or Aldi’s brand.

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These are amazing, with my oldest I used it for many different things. I used it for when I was nursing, sitting him up, he could lay on it on the floor, when his older siblings and dad fed him they would use it so their arms wouldn’t get tired. Lets just say these are a must have, and you can get different cute covers for them also.

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You can not have enough of these especially if your little one spits up or drools a lot.

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If you are anything like me, you will want your baby close to you at night to make sure they are okay. Having a bassinet in your room will help ease your mind having your little one close but not in the same bed. Once they grow out of it you can move them to their bed then. You can get many different kinds of these but I am okay with a simple one.

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These are awesome when your little one starts to sit up on their own. My oldest loved his, it was a tight fit with him being so chubby but he loved being able to sit up and see everyone at all times.

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These are always a great idea to have, it helps your baby with fine motor skills by holding on to the dangling toys and they love looking up at it. I also used mine for tummy time when my son was a baby.

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These are a necessity in my opinion because a lot of babies sleep better when they are wrapped up tight like when they were in the womb and it helps them feel safe and comfortable.

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There are a lot more that are essentials like a breast pump, car seat, stroller. But in all honestly, other than possibly family members there isn’t many people who would get those big purchases for you. If you have friends that would then consider yourself lucky lol.

My dad and stepmom have helped out a TON with this pregnancy and they have bought us some big purchases and my stepmom is the one putting together my baby shower so I am very thankful for them.

I also found it to be a ton easier to use the app babylist for my registry this time around because you can add anything from any website to one place and give one like to your friends and family instead of multiples.

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