8 Days Till Due Date

Single digits. Craziness.

For so long, this pregnancy felt like it was taking absolutely forever. And now, my due date is just around the corner. I’m so excited to meet Piper Grace! Counting her fingers and toes, watching her sleep, snuggling, smelling the baby smell. And seeing Emily with her baby Piper.

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Is there anything better than a sleeping baby?

And yet, as excited as I am, I’m scared to death. Which I suppose is normal. But I do have some guilt about how many things are going to change for Emily. I’ll be the first to admit, that little girl is a little bit spoiled and definitely a princess! How could she not be–have you seen that smile! Emily is, in theory, excited about Piper coming–she loves babies and is as gentle as a toddler can be with them. It’s just going to be hard when Momma is holding the baby and Emily wants me…

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We’ve been trying to prepare Emily for her little sister…
*Talking about her all the time
*Kisses, hugs, pats, talking to her
*Naming one of her favorite babies Piper
*Letting Emily play with Piper’s toys and crib
*Buying a present for Piper
*Getting a present for Emily from Piper
*Creating a “you are special” book for Emily while we’re gone

Any other suggestions that you’ve tried when new babies join the family? Suggestions for when Piper comes? Ideas for quality time with Emily?

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Creative Collections: Floor Pillows

One of the things I’m planning to make for the girls’ playroom is floor pillows for their reading nook. I’m also planning to recover one of my poufs, because the inside lining got a hole and now the little foamy beads are falling out everywhere. I’m not entirely sure where I think I’ll find the time to sew… but it’s a nice thought! 

Gum Drop Pillows by Amy Butler
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Pouf DIY by The Cream to My Coffee
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Floor Cushion by DIY Home Sweet Home
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Giant Floor Pillows by Oven Lovin’ Blog
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Emily’s Birthday Party

A month ago, Emily turned 2. It’s hard to believe that I’m chasing this toddler around! And the little person she’s becoming–all this talking! Seriously, look at that face! Is it any wonder that I’m a complete softy for her!

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Opening her sparkly blue Toms

Planning her party was so much fun! And, not surprising, I went a little overboard. Totally worth it though!

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The theme was Emily’s Bake Shop. She’s absolutely loves “cooking” in her kitchen (it’s so exciting when they fall in love with a previous present), and it was so fun to see something she enjoys so much be part of the party.

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Slide1 The food…
I kept the menu really simple this time. Veggies and hummus, trail mix bar, sugar cookies, fruit, chips and salsa, lemonade. Plus the kids got to decorate their own cupcakes. I’ll be honest, I used cream cheese frosting from a tub. Just lots of food coloring to make it bright.

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Trail Mix Bar: Honey Nut Cheerios, Chex, Reeses Cereal, pretzels, M&Ms, chocolate chips, Goldfish, coconut, raisins, peanuts The bags are white lunch bags that I cut down and glued circles on.

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Decorate Your Own Cupcake: sprinkles, colored sugar, mini M&Ms

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Who knew that Solo had little cups with lids on them! Perfect for a toddler party!

 The decorations…
This was actually pretty easy–just finding my colorful kitchen tools.

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Food labels

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Little chef’s hats for the little chefs

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Jar filled with cookie cutters

The activities…

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Decorate a cardboard “cookie” with paper “frosting” and stickers

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The kids got to decorate their own aprons with markers.

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We brought down Emily’s kitchen and borrowed two others.

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All of Emily’s play food… this lasted for about 2 seconds

The party favors…
More sugar cookies and cookie cutters

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Favorite Moments of the Day

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My little cupcake monster

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Loving the tissue paper as much as the generous gifts!

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Creative Collections: Toddler Games

Even though our Spring Break has already passed, I’ve been looking for easy games, crafts, and activities for Emily. Things to practice colors, letters, numbers… Quiet activities for when Momma and Baby Piper need to rest… And even though she has some fantastic toys (kitchen set, blocks, coloring books, etc), it’s always nice to have some new and quick games for Emily to play.

None of these are actual busy bags (for another day, because I have quite a collection of ideas!). But all are cheap and easy to put together!

Magnetic Pattern Blocks by Make It and Love It
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DIY Wood Instruments by Hello Bee
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Colored Beans by Fun at Home with Kids
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Painting with Condensed Milk by ECE Made Easy
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Fishing for Friends by Toddler Approved
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ABC Easter Egg Match by My Sister’s Suitcase
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Count and Sort Math Box by The Imagination Tree
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This has been on elf the most fun posts to research. There are so many great ideas for easy toddler games that don’t require many materials. I can’t wait to get some of these ready for Emily!

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Creative Collections: Play Dough Recipes

So Spring Break has finally come! Who would have thought with all the cancellations and delays in January that it would have taken so long? Too bad SPRING missed the memo about break. It snowed yesterday. Snowed. I’m so ready for nice weather that will stick around for longer than two days!

But since it’s been cold and since there will be rainy days when spring does decide to show up, I’ve collected some Play Dough recipes that you can make at home. I’ve used the first one in my classroom and the kids loved it! These also would be great little gifts!

Squishy Play Dough by How Does She
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Softest Play Dough by Kids Activities Blog
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Gluten Free by Fun at Home with Kids
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Flour-Free Play Dough by Hands On As We Grow
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Kool Aid Play Dough by Pink and Green Mama
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Slime by Teach Preschool
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In other news, Emily is fighting nap something fierce. Any ideas to either make napping happen or transition into”quiet time?” Because this momma still needs a nap!

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Creative Collections: DIY Beauty Products

In this winter that doesn’t seem to end, I’ve fought dry skin and chapped lips. Especially the last week (when winter is supposed to be over!). Gosh I’m ready for nice weather, walks outside, and leaving the winter coat behind. But in the meantime, I’m drinking tons of water and looking for some good lotions. I’ve looked on Pinterest for some diy lotion/bars/chapstick…anything that will help get through these last weeks of winter.

Burt’s Bees Style Lip Balm

from Broke & Healthy

from Broke & Healthy

Essential Lip Balm

from doTerra Everyday

from doTerra Everyday

Moisturizing Lotion

from One Good Thing by Jillee

from One Good Thing by Jillee

Lotion Bars

from All for the Everyday

from All for the Everyday

Body Butter

from One Good Thing by Jillee

from One Good Thing by Jillee

Don’t forget about just using coconut oil too! It’s always a great solution.

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Hopefully winter will end soon!

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Emily is Two!

Dear Emily,
2 years old! How did that happen so fast?

I kept getting teary-eyed thinking about how two years ago our lives totally changed as you came into the world. Changed for the better. Now I can’t imagine our lives without you.

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Sweet girl, I love your outgoing, bubbly personality. Your smile just lights up the room and you can’t help but smile back. And that laugh of yours! Talk about joy! You also give the best hugs. One of my favorite things is when you suddenly decide you need a hug, open your arms wide, and repeat “hug” until we scoop you up.

One year old

Not that it’s all been easy! You’re stubborn like Daddy and particular like Momma. And trying to be independent, which is hard since you’re vocabulary is still developing. And nap time… Sweet pea, it’s not time to drop it yet!

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My big girl

Things you like:
*Reading (well, really looking through books and babbling stories)
*Alphabet:  singing the ABC song, identifying your letters, repeating letters
*Counting
*Daniel Tiger
*Cooking:  both with Momma and in your kitchen set
*Coloring
*Your stuffed animals
*Going to church to sing to Jesus
*Running and trying to jump
*Getting the mail
*The Children’s Museum
*Making animal noises
*Pizza

You are an amazing, little girl. Our lives are so much better because you’re in it. And your little sister is so blessed to have you as a big sister.

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Happy Birthday Emily Claire!

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