Chasing Cheerios has it's first sponsor...Noah and Lilah! Here are a few words from Sherri about her shop:
Noah and Lilah is a shop featuring boutique-quality items for kids and even mom! In my shop you'll find beautiful prints and classic styles. I try to choose fabrics that are beautiful, fun and whimsical, and create items that are great-looking while also functional and rugged (as they should be for active kids!)
I'd like to offer to do a discount of 20% for your readers for the entire month of October. Enter "Chasing Cheerios" at checkout and I'll refund the difference via paypal.
I was interviewd for a Where to Find Inspiration article about a month ago. Here it is if you are interested. Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page for links to other Where to Find Inspiration interviews. One of my favorite bloggy mamas is on there...Mom and Kiddo!
Cricket Magazine is on sale. The magazines are usually 33.95 for a one year subscription, but if you use the code N401 they are 24.95. I've wanted to subscribe to this magazine for O, but was unwilling to pay 33.95 for it (that just seems quite high for 9 issues). However, I am willing to pay 24.95, and O will be getting Ladybug magazine. I know she'll be thrilled!
O and her grandaddy had a great time taking a nature walk to gather items for making this beautiful nature collage! To make the collage, O and I taped a piece of contact paper (sticky side out) to our glass door. Then she and her grandaddy arranged the items on the paper. They had to use extra tape for some of the heavier pieces.
O and I recently made window paint, and she has had a great time with it! To make the window paint, I put baby wash into 3 containers (ketchup containers from WM). We then put a couple of tablespoons of powdered tempera paint in each container and shook. Easy enough!
The paint was somewhat translucent, but O didn't mind at all! She had a fantastic time. After she was finished, I just sprayed the window and O with the water hose, and we were good to go :)
I think this will make a fun handmade gift! (I wish I'd bought more of these baskets!) We're also planning to try the paint in the bathtub. I'll let you know how it goes :)
how easy having 1 child was until I had 2! I am exhausted most of the time since I spend much of the night awake with Ema. Luckily, my mom has been helping us tremendously (I don't know how we would have survived without her!). She gets up in the mornings with O, since the morning is really the only time that I sleep.
You may have noticed that I have been spending very little time on this blog. Many of the recent posts were written before Ema was born, and I know there are many questions in emails and in the comments section that I have not answered. I feel really bad about leaving questions unanswered, so it would really help me if you would ask any questions in the comments section of this post. That way they'll all be in the same place, and I'll be more likely to answer them :) Thanks for your understanding!
I recently received an email from Elizabeth Pantley, author of the No Cry Sleep Solution, asking me to link to her new website by providing a quote from one of her books (and she would also link to my site). As I perused her website, I realized that her timing couldn't have been more perfect as O had been gradually getting more and more off schedule with her naptimes and bedtimes. She was typically not going to bed until 11pm or later, and our nighttime routine was taking more than an hour. I found these 8 tips from the No Cry Sleep for Toddlers and Preschoolers to be very helpful:
While we already did many of these things, there are definitely areas that we need to work on. Her website is full of great ideas, and I'm excited to see that she has downloadable newsletters for parents. This is a great resource that I can use with parents that I work with as well as at home!
O and my mom made these fun egg and toasts breakfast combinations a few days ago. O chose the cookie cutters, they cut the shape out of the bread, buttered the bread, put it in the pan, cracked the egg into the toast, and fried the egg. Delicious, healthy, fast, and fun!
We all enjoyed this easy breakfast. I think it will be fun to use different seasonal cookie cutters with each season and holiday :) The idea for this breakfast came from Parents magazine.
E is starting to have a few more breaks between nursing, so O and I have had a chance to do a few activities together. On Wednesday we made a lion puppet using a Martha Stewart craft kit. O was SUPER excited about making this puppet :) This was a quick, fun, and easy craft.
O has been into geography lately. In this picture she is matching states on her pillow globe to the states on her placemat. She and my mom pretended like they were going on different trips (with one of her small cars), and they talked about each state they would travel through to get to certain destinations.
Guh-guh and Grandpa gave O this book for her birthday, and it is quite a hit. O enjoyed making all of the letters, and she especially liked making an O. She thought it was interesting that you only had to remove one piece to turn an E into an F. I wish the book came with lowercase letters, too. I'm planning on making a set using foam core board eventually....
My friend Rebecca, who lives in Guatamala, has asked all of her friends to send boxes of things for her to donate to children in need in Guatamala. O, Guh-guh, and I had fun shopping for the children. I told O ahead of time that we were only buying for the children in Guatamala and not for ourselves. I got a little sidetracked by a pair of cute hippo shoes that were super cheap and started looking for O's size. She reminded me "Mama! We're not buying for ourselves!" Oops! Good thing I had her to keep me straight! Guh-guh, O, and I bought lots of goodies for the box, but there is still a little room. We're going to try to fill in all the spaces tomorrow and hopefully ship it tomorrow afternoon :)
O LOVES this playscene! We've left it out on our coffee table, and she spends a lot of time playing and pretending with it. I love to listen to her talk in different voices for the different people in the scene. This is a great toy for open ended, imaginative, pretend play. I also love the fact that the it folds up nicely and takes up very little space :) It will be a great toy to take on road trips and for times when we have to wait (at the dr, etc.). The playscene measures 9 x 12" when it it closed, and it comes with more than 50 reusable stickers (The stickers are similar to the colorforms that I had when I was a child).
Amy has several great playscenes at the Let's Explore Shop. I LOVE the Garden Fairies playscene, and I bought it months ago to give O for Christmas. I also bought the Fairytale Theater Playscene months ago...I think I'm going to save it for her Easter basket :)
Guh-guh recently bought a bag of marbles at a thrift store (665 marbles for 4 dollars!) and they have been quite a hit! Guh-guh had everyone in the family guess how many marbles there were before she counted them...we were all way off :) The girls (O and my niece) have had so much fun sorting the marbles, having marble parties, playing with shells along with the marbles, having a marble shop and selling marbles, and making signs telling the cats not to eat the marbles (I didn't tell them that cats can't read!). What fun!
O was very excited to catch a large grasshopper when we were at G & G's house last week. Luckily, my mom saved my sister's critter box, and it was the perfect temporary home while O observed the grasshopper. She also planned to catch a few rolie polies for the critter box, but she couldn't find any. She was satisfied with filling the box with leaves :)
O and I painted canvases to make art using her and Ema's handprints and footprints. 1st we painted the canvases.
O pressed her hands onto her canvas to make handprints. Then we pressed Ema's feet onto her canvas to make footprints. I thought that Ema would be a little upset about this especially since we were interrupting her nap, but she didn't seem to mind at all :) Maybe she's already getting used to having painted feet!
Here are our finished canvases. Ema's footprints and handprints are very hard to see, so we may make another one using a darker background color. I'm sure we can find a grandparent to give this canvas a good home :)