Create a Wooden Alphabet Set

Create a Wooden Alphabet Set 

 

Perfect for a summer time indoor or outdoor activity, OR for preschool teachers looking for step by step instructions

Create a Wooden Alphabet set

 

Create a Wooden Alphabet Set

Hey There Mommas!

This wooden alphabet set craft idea is from Education.com and they have all sorts of different children’s activities. They asked to guest post on my blog, and I happily agreed 🙂

This little project is probably best for preschool to kindergarten aged kids, and once you make the letters (which the kiddos will LOVE) then the possibilities are endless!

Check it out!

 

Preschool Reading & Writing Activities: Create a Wooden Alphabet Set

Preschoolers need lots of hands-on practice with the alphabet, and letter games are great for that. With basic wood letters from the craft store, you can make a cute set of painted alphabet manipulatives that are perfect for a range of letter games. As your child plays, she’ll build letter skills and prepare for what’s to come in kindergarten. Try one of the games listed below, or make up your own!

What You Need:

  • Wooden letters (these can be found in craft stores such as Jo-Ann’s or Michael’s)
  • Paint brushes
  • Acrylic paints in a variety of colors
  • Newspaper
  • Paper plates or bowls
  • Small bucket (such as a sand pail)
  • Paint shirt

What You Do:

  1. Cover your painting area with newspaper. Make sure your child wears a paint shirt that she doesn’t mind getting a little messy.
  2. Squirt paint onto the plate or into a bowl.
  3. Have your child choose a letter, and say its name and the sound(s) it makes. Help your child paint the letter in any color she likes. Set it aside to dry.
  4. Continue with all 26 letters of the alphabet. Try using a variety of colors and adding polka dots, stripes, or any other pattern for fun. You can also decorate the letters in your preschooler’s name in a special way to separate them from the rest of the alphabet. This is a great first step in building spelling skills.
  5. Show your child how to use a different brush for each color or how to clean the brush before dipping into another color.
  6. Once your set is complete, get ready to play! Start with these games, then try making up your own:
    • Letter Sound Hunt: Place all the letters in the bucket. Have her close her eyes and take one out. Can she say its letter name and sound? Place the letters she knows by her. The others can remain in the bucket for additional practice.
    • ABC Pick-Up: Dump all the letters on the floor. Can she put them in alphabetical order? Sing the ABC Song together to help her.
    • Alphabet Scavenger Hunt: Have her choose a letter. How many items can she find throughout her house that begin with that letter? She can place the items in her bucket.
    • Word Maker: Have her spell her name with the letters. Can she make any other words such as “dog” or “cat” or any other three-letter words?
Hope all you mommas are having a great summer!! Am I the only one counting down to fall?? Lol
And if you are looking for another alphabet craft or one for an older kid (and a football fan perhaps?) then I have instructions for this DIY Alphabet Border Corkboard Project 🙂
In case no one told you today… You are doing GREAT!
With Love,
Sahvana Stapleton
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How to Pick the Right Baby Bottle

How to pick the right baby bottle

How to Pick the Right Baby Bottle

 

Wondering how to pick the right baby bottle? Then you have come to the right place!

how to pick the right baby bottle

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How to Pick the Right Baby Bottle 

Hey There Mommas!

The question of what brand of baby bottles, and what type of baby bottles are best has come through my email and via text quite frequently, so I have decided to let you all in on my motherhood secrets regarding how we ended up using the baby bottles that we did.

And my motherhood secret is…

(it makes me laugh when I type this because there are no secrets… we all just wing it right?)

Drum roll please…

YOU, yes you, the parent, mother, father, whom ever… YOU DON’T PICK.

Baby does 🙂 

I know this is not the answer to the baby bottle question that you wanted to hear, and I know when my mommy-to-be friend was texting me frantically from the Target baby aisle she wanted answers!

She wanted the baby bottle facts!

So, I realize that you are probably wondering why I would bother writing a blog post about picking the right baby bottle when it doesn’t seem that helpful, please stay with me because I will offer some tips based on my experience as a bottle feeding mommy.

Not every mother can breastfeed, or breastfeed full time.

*Also, maybe other caregivers would like a chance to feed the child. That is when bottles come in handy.

Here is a list of tips to consider when registering for baby bottles or buying them yourself:

 

  1. Try to have variety on hand: Say “YES” to ALL of the free samples. The Motherhood store in the mall gave me a free sample of an Avent bottle when I was there shopping for maternity clothes. My doctor’s office also gave me a goodie basket with a Dr. Browns bottle in it. Babies R Us also gave me a goody bag with different baby items in there when I registered which may have included a bottle, but between pregnant brain and now having a one year old and 4 year old… to be honest… I don’t remember. Lol The free sample baby bottles will give you a variety to offer your baby to see what they like.
  2. Bottles for tummy troubles: My first born had acid reflux (spit up A LOT) and bad gas. All around tummy issues for a baby leads to fussiness and discomfort. He had to be formula fed, and we had to use the Dr Browns. They were the only bottle that helped with the gas problem since they have the extra pieces inside to remove air from the milk. The Dr Browns baby bottle come in plastic or glass, so depending what your doctor recommends/your preferences… you have different options there. We used the plastic ones.
  3. Switching between bottle feeding and nursing: With baby #2, I had collected all of these samples, but breastfeeding was actually going great! She didn’t need a bottle for the first couple of weeks. Then I got mastitis, which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I was pumping a lot, and going back and forth between nursing and bottle feeding. She refused the Avent bottle and the Dr Browns bottle. Luckily we had a friend in the industry who had sent us a set of Tommee Tippee bottles to try. Just looking at how they are shaped, is the reason why I think these worked so well for going in between. I highly recommend these (if your baby like them of course!) if you are going back to work, but still want to nurse when you are home.
  4. What size to get: smaller ounces for newborns, and larger ounces for later. If you are a nursing momma, or a new momma, then how would you know how much your baby drinks? Since I had to formula feed my first son ‘right out the gate’, let me give you a rough idea. Every baby is different, but the newborn-3 month is going to be around 1-4 ounces, and then probably around 4-9 months they work up to around 3-6 ounces. The big 8-9 ounce baby bottles won’t be needed until at least 6 months, but probably more like 9 months. To save money though, you can just get a set of the big ones, and replace the nipples when they get worn out. You can also just refill the small bottles, but I know that my kids would get hangry if their meal time was interrupted. LOL
  5. Other things to have on hand to make bottle feeding easier: Just a couple of things to consider 🙂 Once baby has their bottle preference, if you can, get enough bottles to have a clean one for every feeding for a 24 hour period. Example: Baby eats every 3 hours, so you need 8 bottles. Have a separate drying rack, so that pieces of the bottles don’t go missing, or get contaminated from people who might grab things out of the one for the dishes. And microwavable bottle/nipple sterilizer bags (example of the ones I used to use here) that can also be used for pump parts just to make sure everything is clean in a jiffy!

 

I don’t actually have the answer for how to pick the right baby bottle, but I hope you are a little more at ease with these tips and tricks about bottle feeding. Or at least what baby bottles to try when the time comes to offer it to your new little bundle.

There will be examples with pictures of the baby bottles/products I used and mentioned in this article down below under my signature 🙂

If you have any other questions for me about bottle feeding please ask in the comments or email me at Sahvana@livingthatmomlife.com

I would love to hear from you!

 

With Love,

 

 

Sahvana Stapleton

 

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Coffee by day, wine by night

Coffee by Day, Wine by Night!

So, I don’t have a long post today, but I wanted to pop on to let you know about this amazing deal on wine that I was offered to give to my readers 🙂 

Coffee by day, wine by night

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Coffee by Day, Wine by Night

 

Hey Mamas!

As I enjoy my peace and quiet this evening… enjoying some wine a lot of us moms do from time to time… I thought about how some days I count down to the switch from coffee to wine.

Today was one of those days. For no particular reason either… but I made it. Some days just getting through the motions of school drop off, changing diapers, or whatever stage of parenting you are in, just getting through the day feels like an accomplishment.

I just want to tell you that you are not alone in this feeling, and you are doing a great job mama!

Hang in there, tomorrow will be better, and for now… just enjoy your wine 🙂

 

 

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

 

P.S. For a great deal on great wine assortments check out this offer for my readers using the affiliate link below! Cheers!

 

 

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Non-Candy Easter Basket Stuffers for Toddlers

Non-Candy Easter Basket Stuffers

Non-Candy Easter Basket Stuffers for Toddlers

I can’t believe it is almost Easter time! If it is sneaking up on you too, then check out my Easter basket ideas below 🙂 

Non-Candy Easter Basket Stuffers for Toddlers

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Non-Candy Easter Basket Stuffers for Toddlers

Hi Mamas!

 

Candy for EVERY holiday is getting old… and yes, that is me being bitter. ALL this candy, and I have very little self control. I end up eating waaaaaaaay too much. Why can’t I just eat all the candy I want without consequences via stomachache and weight gain? C’mon!

 

Besides that, it really isn’t good for the kids. I try to ration it, but then there usually comes the day when I just want them to EAT IT ALL… and be done with it!

 

Don’t get me wrong, I am not boycotting all candy. I cannot live without chocolate. The kids need to be kids. I am just trying to cut back because I feel like it has become a little bit of a problem in our house.

 

Instead of packing the little plastic eggs full of candy for the kids’ Easter baskets this year, I decided to find non candy alternatives because they will still be getting candy from Easter egg hunts that we go to anyway.

 

I wanted to share what I found for all of you mamas needing inspiration for toddler Easter baskets.

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Skin Care Tips for Busy Moms

Skin Care Tips for Busy Moms

Skin Care Tips for Busy Moms

(First a little blurb about my skin care concerns. If you are looking for the list just click read more, and keep scrolling because it is towards the bottom)

Skin Care Tips for Busy Moms

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Skin Care Tips for Busy Moms

 

Hey Mamas!

 

So… I have mentioned self care on here, and how important I think it is for us busy mommies. Self care is so general that I wanted to hone in on a specific area that I am passionate about: skin care. This stems back from my teenage years when I first started breaking out… wait, make that pre teen years. Lucky me, I know. Haha. Ugh.

 

At the time when I first started experiencing skin problems, my parents got me some Sea Breeze and cotton balls, and thought I just needed to wash my face more.

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5 things that make life easier for a new mom

5 basic things to make life easier as a new mom

5 Basic Things to Make Life Easier as a New Mom

5 basic things to make life easier as a new mom

Hey Mamas!

 

Giving parenting advice was one of the main reasons I started this blog, and I haven’t really wrote a lot about my experience as a new mom yet. With a few of my friends expecting this year, I decided that I needed to get on it.

 

This series is dedicated to those new mommies, so be on the look out for helpful tips and tricks from being in the hospital to bringing your little bundle home.

 

I just want to give a little disclaimer because every baby is different, so things that worked for me might not work for you. In sharing my motherhood experiences, I just hope to help some of the parents out there. When I became a mom, I had NO experience with babies whatsoever.

 

My own two babies seem to like everything opposite! Keeps me on my toes. Haha. So I hope you can relate to one or the other to help you with your little one.

 

These 5 basic things WILL make your life easier, and I wish I had known about them.

 

They are things that you just don’t think about until you are living it.

 

 

  1. Dye Free Tylenol – Wait, what? As a not so new mom, I think ALL medicine should be dye free, and it isn’t even because I am worried about blue #7 or whatever.

 

It is because my first born had acid reflux. When he was teething, we would try to soothe his poor little gums by giving him Tylenol. He would spit it up, and if it was pink, purple, or red, it would leave a stain on his shirt or bib.

 

It didn’t matter if I soaked it or pre treated it before the wash. Dye free is clear or whitish, and guess what? It doesn’t leave a stain!

 

Babies spit up, drool, or in the case of my daughter… will hold the Tylenol in her mouth and spit it out. You will be so glad that you have the dye free stuff. (I have seen generic brands with dye free options as well.)

 

As a new mom, you don’t want to be spending more time than you need to on treating laundry anyway… you have that beautiful baby to bond with!

 

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  1. Nail Scissors – I realize this may not be applicable to all new moms or parents, but they were a lifesaver for me.

 

I was so nervous about cutting my tiny little baby’s nails, but they needed to be trimmed so bad because he would scratch himself. They have mittens to put on newborns hands for that reason, but I didn’t want to keep him in those all the time.

 

My friend suggested that I try nail scissors instead of clippers since I was having a heck of a time filing his nails… which is what the nurse suggested at the hospital.

 

There are specific nail scissors for babies, and they are super duper easy to use if you are a fraidy cat like me!

 

 

  1. Swaddle Blankets/Learning to Swaddle – Ok, so I am a little embarrassed to admit, but I had no idea how to swaddle until after I gave birth to my son.

 

You always see babies on TV wrapped up in blankets, looking like a little burrito… there is a method for that.

 

And if you have a little baby ninja, there are swaddle blankets with Velcro. I had to use them on my son. The swaddle would soothe him, but he could wiggle out of the blankets in about 2 seconds.

 

Now, with that said… swaddling is great, but please follow your pediatrician’s guidelines for safe swaddling such as not swaddling a baby that can roll over. You should receive some information on this from the pediatrician or the hospital when you have your baby.

 

 

  1. Dry Shampoo – This may seem a little vain to some, but hear me out. As a new momma, you might find yourself choosing sleep over showering. Haha. I know that sounds gross, but it was true for me!

 

On the days where the baby is cranky or you don’t have help (like when your hubby is gone for the week at work if you’re a railroader wife), sometimes you might skip a shower, but if you want to freshen up… I highly recommend using dry shampoo.

 

I brought dry shampoo to the hospital with my second baby, and after I used it (to look a little bit better when visitors stopped by) the nurse even complimented me, and asked how I did my hair.

 

 

  1. Diaper Delivery – There are quite a few companies that you can order diapers from, but our favorite is Costco if you do disposable.

 

Here’s why: Costco Huggies diapers are higher quality than you will find at regular stores, they offer free shipping, and the diapers go on sale a few times a year.

This is a time saver, but makes it so you have one less thing to worry about. When diapers are running low, I hop on my Costco app really quick, order more, and they arrive within the week. It is such a big box that running out doesn’t (usually) sneak up on you.

 

Babies use lots of diapers, and you don’t want to be stressed about running out.

 

*General Diaper Tip: Don’t jump the gun to go up a size! The bigger the diaper, the less you get in the pack for the same price.

 

These tips for new moms are just things that I picked up along this motherhood journey of mine. Starting my series of parenting tips with these basic things was important to me because they are the little details that you might not think of.

 

If you have any ideas or suggestions, I would love to hear them in comments 🙂

 

Talk to you soon!

 

 

With Love,

 

 

Sahvana Stapleton

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The Mindset That Helps Me Keep My House Clean

The Mindset That Helps Me Keep My House Clean

 

The Mindset That Helps Me Keep My House Clean

 

Hey There Mamas!

 

Motherhood has provided many challenges, with the biggest one for me being housekeeping. I can keep my cool (usually), play and entertain, cook decent food, teach, read to the kids, and whatnot… but then there’s the mess.

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Avoid Mommy Burn Out

Avoid Mommy Burn Out

Avoid Mommy Burn Out

 

 

About 6 months ago I sent my husband the text. I was home with the kids all week while he was working his tail off for us about 300 miles away. Being at home with the kids is such a blessing because I know that they are well taken care of, and my husband doesn’t have to worry about the kids at all while he’s working. I understand this. I try to stay grateful that I have this opportunity, but after 75 diaper changes, 15 episodes of Paw Patrol, and two toddler meltdowns over the course of 5 days, it is hard.

 

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