As there exists no Christmas tree that is safe for or from my persistent and determined little 1 1/2 year old climbers, I decided that this year we would have our tree on a wall. I’ve done masking tape trees before, so this year I decided to do a simple, crocheted one. This is, believe it or not, 8 whole feet of garland. No, I wouldn’t have time to whip another one up these days… I crocheted it while watching movies during my pregnancy. But since I already had it, it took me less than 20 minutes to figure out what I wanted to do with it and set it up on the wall using thumbtacks. I added a twig and some laser cut out “ornaments” and had a perfect little tree.
This can also easily be done with ribbon or tape as well. The best part of this is… installation and cleanup is a cinch. And as my only time to do, well anything, is while the twins are sleeping, this was a perfect little nap time project. Another plus if you have limited space as we do… no need to store a bunch of bulky decorations.
When Lucky and Stone woke up from their naps and saw it on the wall their little faces lit up, which in turn, had the effect of lighting up my entire being. Happy Holiday Season!
I’ve always had a hard time figuring out how to store my vintage clutches. In the past, I’ve resorted to baskets (which make them hard to see) or just stacking them, which has always ended up in a mess after a few clutch clutchings. When I recently re-did my tiny closet, I was inspired to come up with not just one, but two super simple, cost-efficient ideas to organize clutches that work really well.
1] Line your clutches up on a shelf and use brass duck head bookends to hold them up. Okay they don’t have to be brass… or ducks. Or heads. Actually, there are so many amazing bookends out there that I would love to see how other people put this idea to use.
2] If your clutches have flaps, use the flaps to hold them up on hangers. If there is a button on the inside of a flap, snap it to secure in place. (This clearly only works for enflapped clutches.)
That’s it! Both of these clutch organization ideas are super easy, allow for you to see and grab your bag of choice easily, and might even add a little cute to your closet. It just couldn’t be easier. De nada, monada!
As parents of wobblers and toddlers, at some point, we’ll have to deal with slippery floors. Lucky and Stone were recently moved to a different classroom in school. One in which they must have their shoes off, and always wear socks. But the floor is hard and slippery, and unless theirs are non-slippy socks, it could be a problem. So I started digging through their many tiny socks, and realized that most of them are not gripped. My option was to either buy more grippy socks, or turn their existing socks into grippy ones. Luckily, the latter is really simple and way more inexpensive.
All you need is puff paint (and love). Small tubes of Tulip Puffy Paint are only about a dollar each. I advise you try the paint on a sheet of paper first, so that you get the feel for how it flows. Otherwise you might end up with blobs, which hey, those’ll work too. Do make the paint thick enough that it will grip. My first couple of pairs were a bit thin and didn’t quite feel grippy enough. You can insert cardboard, or a roll of toilet paper in the sock if you think the paint might bleed through, but I just flattened mine and there was no seepage. I’ve read that the paint will eventually crack after being washed, so it’s better to paint several smaller designs than to create one big one. Simple dots work really well, are quick & easy, and always look cute. Once you’re socks rock, set them to dry for at least 4 hours before putting them on your little ones for that dance off they’ve been itching for.
While you’re at it…. why not make a pair or two non-slippy socks for yourself and show those babies some real fancy footwork!
Like playful puppies and cuddly like kittens. My little litter is bigger. Not in number, but in size. When I first took them home from the hospital, Lucky was 3.5 lbs and Stone was 5.5 lbs. They were so tiny, I actually wanted to live in the hospital where doctors and nurses were just a button press away. But they made us leave… and thank God, my babies thrived. Today, August 25th, they have become 1 1/2 year old people.
I can’t help but to marvel at them every day. They come home from school with art. They eat their meals with a fork. They help me put their toys away… Granted they also rip the art, fling their food-on-a-fork, and throw around far more toys than they put away… but why count anything but the positive here. Because up. Up in size and up in knowledge. And infinitely upping in mommy love points!
Tip: As they still chew on everything, I was a wee weary of getting my babes crayons, but I went in search of toddler ones anyway. Instead, however, I found these Crayola Twistables which I love, as try as they might, they can’t eat them! My concern with using them is the use of plastic and our environment. Pssst…. hey Crayola, at least make them refillable. All things considered anyway, I’d probably use more resources in having to buy more crayons when they break (or get eaten) and these should last a while. (btw, not a sponsored post)
Note: You can see I started painting the walls, but around here, projects get done in baby steps these days, as time allows. Consider it sort of a before (it’s finished) picture :)
Wanna know a strategy that I use to keep my babies continuosly entertained and stimulated (and maintain my mental sanity)?
I highly recommend rotating toys! Simply put away most of the ones they’ve been playing with for the past few (3ish) days (except for favorites), and bring out “new” toys. It’s so easy. All you need is a box/container to keep the “new” stash of toys. I promise you that they will be refascinated with them.
Now, my babies are 13 months old, so they don’t yet ask me for specific toys that they miss. Once that happens, I may have to adjust this strategy, but for now… I avoid the overstimulation and tripping hazards of having too many toys laying around, and surprise my little ones with a new play area every few days!