Apr 15, 2014

In A Whole Lotta Llama Drama

Brody is obsessed,  I mean obsessed with the Llama Mama books.  I have shared about his love before but it has honestly reached a place of where I want to hide all of the books.  He has five and only two are currently out because five back to back books dealing with this Llama was far too much for this mama.

This weekend when when had visitors it was like a vacation for me because they got to read him this book 3,000,000 times and I got to escape far away and not have to listen.  I know, I should be happy that he loves books as much as he does, and I am.  He could be obsesses with Barney or the very annoying Cailou but he is not, just the Llama and his very sweet mama.

On the positive, he is as cute as a button and when the reading is done I am left with that sweet image and sound of my growing boy asking for, "more amma mama."'

Uncle Bryan taking a turn and give this Mama a much needed break :)

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Mar 29, 2014

DIY Light Table

I have been wanting a light table for B but the cost was more than I was willing to spend at this time.  When I was teaching in a toddler classroom the light table was always a wonderful source of exploration and kept the children engaged for long periods of time.

Earlier this week when I was cruising Facebook a DIY for making your own (light table) came across my newsfeed and at that point I knew I had a weekend project and I hoped a very happy toddler.  I cannot take any credit for the creativity behind this project but I will take full credit for the craftsmanship.


Plastic storage container with a clear lid
Tissue paper
Two strands of Christmas lights (these were 100 light strands)

 There were tons of options for bins but I went for a shallow, long one because I figured it would be perfect for the floor.  This bin is made by Steralite and was $5 at Big Lots
 You can use white tissue paper or tracing paper.  I had plenty of tissue paper so I used that.  The reason for the paper is to dull the lights so the child is not looking directly at the bulbs and also to illuminate the lights on  the inside.
 Line the lid too
 Place the strands inside
 The lid will still close with the cord sticking out so no need to cut any holes in the bin.

 Bman playing with the prism blocks and dinosaurs 

 This provided hours of fun for B this afternoon.  He rarely plays with any one thing for more than 10 minutes so the fact that he continued to engage and come back to this all afternoon let me know he gave it a stamp of approval.

You will want to choose some materials to go on the table that will enhance the awesomeness of it.  We had a few things but I did order a few this week from Amazon.

Here are some ideas for things to pair with your light table:

 Prism Blocks by Alex Toys (shown in the pictures)
Miniature animals
Water blocks
Plastic bingo chips
Transparent paddles
Colored transparent cups and bowls
Window decals
Cocktail stirrers
Plastic reusable ice cubes (not frozen)

The options are endless.  I am going to swing by the Dollar Store tomorrow and pick up some transparent cups and bowls to place the toys in.  B is at the stage where he likes to gather and dump so having the cups on the table will be perfect for him.

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Mar 28, 2014

Where My Girls At?

Calling all mamas or mamas to be.  I officially need you to help hold me accountable.  I did not workout (well other than walking the dogs) throughout my pregnancy with B, and I am determined to keep up the exercise with this one.  Why?  Because I feel better when I do, because it sets a positive example for my son, and because I deserve 25 minutes of time to myself.  And yes, I do enjoy these 25 sweaty minutes whole heatedly.

So mamas unite and let's so this together.  We all struggle with time, balance, life, kids, etc. but that cannot be the reason for us to not have this time to do what makes us feel awesome.  It changed my life in July and I know that it will reinvent me again this spring.  My progress photos will look a little different than they did the first time around but it's all good.  This program speaks to my soul and I can't wait for others to experience it with me.

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