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Baby Malakai

Summer Styling and Sun Care tips for Toddlers

May 9, 2017

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. All opinions are mine alone. #BlueLizardSummer #CollectiveBiassuncare tips for toddlersLearning how your child reacts to the sun is always a fun experiment! Even though they share the same genetics, siblings often times react differently to the sun. My older three brown right up and then you have my baby who burns just like his mama. I’m going to give you some of my best sun care tips for toddlers so buckle up!Learn the best sun care tips for toddlers and all the essentials you'll need for the sun.Learn the best sun care tips for toddlers and all the essentials you'll need for the sun.We were in Tonga over the winter (their summer) and we had to leave early because Malakai couldn’t handle the heat. It was so hot, like Arizona heat but with 85% humidity hot. No fun. I’ve never experienced heat like that and hopefully I never will have to again. Malakai was extremely sensitive to the heat there too. I’m not sure if it had to do with his prematurity or if he had somehow contracted a mosquito-borne illness. He’d toss-and-turn all night long, never napped and he was pretty much the grumpiest he’s ever been. I needed to learn quickly how to take care of him in the sun.Learn the best sun care tips for toddlers and all the essentials you'll need for the sun.The only thing he ended up loving was being dipped in the ocean and then laying down in the shade. Obviously that wasn’t always an option so we had to get creative with how we dealt with him overheating. Some of my favorite ideas are:

  • Sunscreen and a higher SPF than you think you’ll need. Toddlers skin is still so fragile and thin that they need extra sun protection. Don’t be afraid to try the Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen out for yourself. How you take care of your skin when you’re young will determine how it looks when you’re older.
  • Rompers and lots of them. The fabric in these rompers are fantastic. They’re extremely breathable and come in different sleeve and pant lengths. These were a huge lifesaver in the heat and I ended up buying more of them once we came home.
  • Hats and large ones too. The wider the rim of the hat, the more area it’ll cover. I do like those hats that look like a towel is hanging down, but fashion over function for me and so I like to stick with bucket hats. Be sure that there is a strap to secure it on your baby’s head. But also make sure that the secure tab can easily come off, like a velcro one.
  • SPF proof swimwear in addition to your sunscreen. There is never too much sun protection and get all the coverage you can find. I love that swimwear now is available with additional SPF because you can’t always swim in long sleeves and pants.
  • Water, water, and more water. Toddlers need hydration as much as adults and they’ll feel miserable too if they don’t stay hydrated. There is always that rule of drink before you’re thirsty. Stay on top of it and be sure they’re getting the amount they need.
  • Washcloths. Dip these in the cool water and place it around your child’s neck. This has an immediate effect on how your body feels and it can help them get the energy they need so that you can get them out of the heat.

Learn the best sun care tips for toddlers and all the essentials you'll need for the sun.Learn the best sun care tips for toddlers and all the essentials you'll need for the sun.Babies and ourselves need a lot of sun coverage for our skin. In the last few years I’ve had moles removed which were on the cusp of being cancerous. I’ve been more diligent to cover myself and my children more because of this. Tonga was by far my worst sunburn and so while we were there I made sure to cover them in Blue Lizard® sunscreen before they even started for the day. I knew they’d run off to the beach and sunscreen would be impossible for them to remember.Learn the best sun care tips for toddlers and all the essentials you'll need for the sun.I love the Blue Lizard® Baby Sunscreen especially for Malakai’s sensitive skin and you can easily find it at your local Walmart. But the most important feature I love is that the Patented Smart Bottle™ technology – bottle changes color when exposed to harmful UV sunlight. This can be used as a great teaching tool for your kids on when to re-apply sunscreen (only the bottle will change colors). Just remember to consult your pediatrician before applying sunscreen to children younger than 6 months.Learn the best sun care tips for toddlers and all the essentials you'll need for the sun.Tell me, what are your favorite sun care tips for toddlers? Also don’t forget to download the Ibotta app where you can get a $3 rebate just for purchasing Blue Lizard® Baby Sunscreen.

Clothing DIY - Crafting DIY

Make a floral crown with your Cricut Explore

April 20, 2017

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Cricut Make it now floral crownHave you ever wondered how the Make It Now projects work in Cricut Design Space? It is probably my most favorite feature that Cricut launched when they first launched their Cricut Explore. I’m going to be showing you how to make a floral crown with your Cricut Explore. I’ll be using just simple cardstock and some glue and all my measurements are done for me with the Make It Now feature.Make a paper floral crown with CricutHow I chose this specific project was select the Fashion category from the drop-down menu on the upper right corner of Cricut Design Space. I selected the project I wanted and then all I pressed was Make It Now! Everything is measured out for me and they tell me what colors and how many pieces of each material I need in the information page.

Materials:

How to Use Cricut's Make it Now-8Cut all your needed flowers and leaves and use this Giant Paper Flowers booklet to help you learn to put the flowers together correctly. Once you have them all together and then begin to assemble your floral crown.How to Use Cricut's Make it Now-4I started by braiding the floral stem together with 2 kinds of ribbon. I used 3/8″ wide ribbon that I picked up from my local Michaels along with the floral wire stem. I took it against my daughters head so that I’d have the right circumference. Her head was just the right shape so I didn’t need to cut any additional wire. I did leave longer tails of the ribbon so that I could tie it in a bow at the back and it’d have some texture.How to Use Cricut's Make it NowOnce the wires were braided together and the flowers were assembled, I glued it right to the wires. I just placed them as I wanted them and that was it. Cricuts Make It Now feature is so easy to use and all the supplies are listed for you so you know what you’ll need ahead of time.

Crafting DIY - DIY

How to create your own felt play money with your Cricut Explore

March 23, 2017

This post does contain affiliate links, thank you for your support.Learn how to make your own felt play money using your Cricut ExploreLearn how to make your own felt play money using your Cricut ExploreThis felt play money was so easy to make. It is a little time consuming but I know it’ll last throughout the years which is perfect for play-time!

Supplies

First, use your Heat-n-Bond and iron it on to your felt. This just gives the felt more of a stabilizer and it makes the money thicker by having two layers ironed together. Next, lay your felt on your cutting mat and cut your images. I’ve included everything in the one cut file for ease. To select certain shapes to be cut, just click on the eye that is to the right of the image in your layer section. It’ll hide and show the images you want to be cutting. Just play around and you’ll get the hang of it.

Learn how to make your own felt play money using your Cricut ExploreWeed out the foil using your weeding tool or an x-acto knife. You want to remove whatever part of the image you don’t want. Be sure to leave whatever you do want on the clear plastic sheet. This will make transferring your image so much easier.
Learn how to make your own felt play money using your Cricut ExplorePlace your felt pieces together and add on your iron-on. I use this method for my ironing. It helps the image really stay and I don’t have any images lifting afterwards.
Learn how to make your own felt play money using your Cricut Explore Be sure not to use steam because it’ll create bubbles in your image. Now that you have one side adhered, flip it over and use the second image. If you use the heat-n-bond and don’t sandwich the felt together, your felt will stick to the surface you’re ironing on. It’ll also make it harder to make your play money double sided.Learn how to make your own felt play money using your Cricut Explore I added the Lincoln and Washington faces to their respected ‘coins’ and I used the same method I did for the dollar bills. Just be a little extra careful because the images are small and you can burn yourself on the iron. I didn’t worry about being sure my faces faced the right way on both sides of the coin but you can if you’d like.
Learn how to make your own felt play money using your Cricut ExploreI grabbed the girls this cute register from Ikea and now they can play McDonald’s anytime they want. My mom has some mini windows in her area under the stairs so the girls are always playing drive-thru. Learn how to make your own felt play money using your Cricut Explore This play money is so sturdy and will last a long time. If I didn’t worry about quality, I could have easily bought the paper play money but I want the kids to have this for a long time so I took the extra effort and created it in sturdy felt.Learn how to make your own felt play money using your Cricut Explore The foil iron-on is so awesome too. I’ve been wanting Cricut to come up with a true gold and silver metallic iron-on and this foil one lives up to all the expectations. You can remove the cover film while it’s still hot and the image will not lift. With some metallics you have to wait for it to cool completely but not Cricut’s.Learn how to make your own felt play money using your Cricut Explore

Desserts - Easter

Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

March 13, 2017

Peeps rice krispie treats recipeOh my gosh! These are so good and not too overly sweet. Our kids love these as a fun Easter snack. I’m going to show you how to create your own Peeps Rice Krispie Treats for Easter.
Easter kids dessert recipeSupplies – 

Easter Rice Krispies with PeepsBegin by melting one package of Peeps, 1/4 cup of butter and 2 cups of marshmallows. I used the microwave to melt the ingredients together and once it came out, I gave it a good stir. Make rice krispies with peepsNext, add 2 cups of Rice Krispie cereal and mix it well. You’ll then pour it onto a 1/4 sheet pan. To press down the treats easily, wet your hands a little. It’ll make the mixture not as hot to the touch and you’ll have no marshmallows stuck to your hands afterwards. peeps recipesAllow the mixture to cool and cut out as many bunnies as you can. I got 8 out of each 1/4 sheet pan. Now take your black writing gel and place three dots to represent the eyes and the nose of the bunnies. Now they look just like giant peeps and taste delicious.fun kids easter treatsSometimes I find Peeps overly sweet because of the sugar coating so I’ve found that mixing them with more regular marshmallows makes them more tolerable to eat a larger amount. 😂

Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

Easter Rice Krispies with Peeps

  • Prep Time: 5m

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
  • 2 cups marshmallows
  • 1 package Peeps (any color)
  • 1/4 cup butter

Instructions

  1. Melt the marshmallows, peeps and butter in the microwave in a large bowl. Melt for 1 minute then remove and stir to combine. Add in your 2 cups Rice Krispie cereal and stir.
  2. Add into a greased 1/4 sheet pan and wet your hands to press down.
  3. Cut into desired shape and add a face using the black writing gel.

Crafting DIY - DIY - Home - Home DIY - Kids

Create your own Farmhouse style baby nursery art with your Cricut Explore

February 28, 2017

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

diy nursery art with cricutcute boys nursery artI love Malakai’s nursery decor above his crib. It’s eclectic, kind of farmhouse and it’s all the right tones. For this project I’m going to show you how to make this ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ baby nursery art sign using your Cricut Explore. And I’ve include the .png for you to save to your computer and upload it to your Cricut Design Space using this method. Let’s get started! diy farmhouse frame for babySupplies

First, prepare your wood surface. I used Rustoleum stain in Driftwood (it is now called Sunbleached). It’s the perfect neutral grey and I used it on my Hair Pin Leg DIY Side Table. I then added my base color to the inlay of the wood. I wanted my monster to be light so I painted the base in Ceramcoat Charcoalhow to weed vinylNext,  you’ll cut your image using the dial setting on vinyl. Using your weeding tool, peel up the monsters body. It’ll leave behind the lettering and that’s what you want.
how to apply transfer paper to vinylNext you’ll adhere your transfer tape. I love the Cricut transfer tape because it has a guide on it to ensure you get an even image transfer. I use my scraper to press out the bubbles in the transfer tape. how to apply vinyl to woodOnce your base coat is dry, place the vinyl image where you want it to be and be sure to press extra good while the transfer tape is still over the vinyl. This will ensure that you get a good seal and no paint will seep down.  how to stencil with vinylOnce you have the vinyl where you want and it’s sealed down onto your wood, slowly peel up the transfer tape. This will now expose the area of the monster that you’re going to be painting. For this color I chose Ceramcoat Quaker Grey.

Before you paint your chosen color of the monster, take the extra time to paint your base coat over the area first. This will give you crisp lines and will help to avoid any bleeding. how to use vinyl as a stencilAfter the base color had dried over the monster, apply your desired color. I used the stippling method to apply my paint because I wanted a rough texture. Almost mimicking fur. Now wait 20 minutes until it is completely dry before using your weeding tool to remove the vinyl from the wood. how to remove vinylhow to age a wooden signI decided to sand it a bit for a rough texture but this is completely optional. I also sanded around the edges of the frame to expose some of the wood.
where the wild things are nursery artThis goes so well with Malakai’s wall. I’ve listed the sources of the other art below for your reference.

I also love the versatility of the Cricut Explore Air 2. Not only does it look good in the minty green but it’s so functional for daily uses. We recently made Siaki a MLK, Jr. poster board for his biography report. He loved it and so did I because it was so easy.
cute baby nursery art

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Christmas - Desserts

Making Rice Krispies Treats for the Holidays

November 29, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TidingsAndTreats #CollectiveBiashow-to-makeFor us, making holiday Rice Krispies treats has now become a tradition. We usually do the traditional shapes of the gingerbread man and the pine tree, but we decided to add-on Emoji’s this year and Leila could not have been more excited. I have a certain recipe ratio that I follow that makes it super easy for me to remember and I don’t need to measure a thing.

Ingredients

  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal or
  • Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies cereal
  • 10 oz bag of marshmallows
  • stick of butter
  • food coloring (if desired)
  • cookie cutters
  • decorating items

how-to-make-rice-krispie-treatsI begin by melting the entire bag of marshmallows with the stick of butter. I like the have them melt at the same speed so I add the together at the same time. I stir occasionally until the marshmallow starts to liquefy and then I stir it constantly. Now is when you’ll want to add your food coloring.emoji-foodIn a separate bowl, add your box of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal or your Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies cereal. Pour the marshmallow mixture over and mix well. I like to grease my bowl and grease my rubber spatula so I can get all the goodness.
emoji-party-foodchristmas-rice-krispies chocolate-rice-krispiesNext, spread your mixtures into greased jelly roll pans and allow it to cool and solidify. This process took me about 10 minutes from the time I poured to the time we cut. In the Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies cereal, I added brown food coloring and they seemed to be a lot more buttery in texture and flavor. This kind is my new favorite.emoji-party-ideasWe then cut out circles, trees and gingerbread men out of our Rice Krispies mix and began to decorate. I used some colored sprinkles for the lights on the pine trees, I used red and black gel for the Emoji and gingerbread men ones. I found all the ingredients I needed for decorating in the bakery aisle at Target.emoji-party-food-ideasWe just copied the Emoji faces from off my phone and it was as easy as drawing. It’s very foolproof and the kids will enjoy a trendy element to your Holiday Rice Krispies Treats.holiday-rice-krispie-treatsRight now Target has an offer that for every two boxes of Rice Krispies you buy, you get a FREE 10 oz. bag of Jet Puffed marshmallows. It’s perfect for this recipe! christmas-rice-krispie-treatsI want to see your creations! We have loved having this as a holiday tradition and I’d love to see you start this one. Share it with me on social media and use the hashtag #Treats4Toys. If you do that then for every picture shown with that hashtag, Rice Krispies will donate a toy to a child in need. That’s a win-win for everyone! For more holiday inspiration, visit here.

Emoji Rice Krispie Treats

how to make the perfect holiday rice krispies treats

Ingredients

  • 8 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
  • 1 package 10 oz. Marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • yellow food coloring
  • candy eyes
  • red writing gel
  • black writing gel

Instructions

  1. Melt the entire bag of marshmallows with your stick of butter. You can do it in the microwave or the stove-top.
  2. Add your food coloring and stir.
  3. Remove from heat and add 8 cups of Rice Krispies and stir.
  4. Place your mixture into a 1/2 sheet pan, greased and press down with wet hands to pack in the goodness.
  5. Allow to harden and cut into your circle shapes.
  6. Decorate as desired.

 

Kids

Family Game Night Fun

November 18, 2016

Create a fun family game night using Headbanz ElectronicLeila and Penny are the best of friends and they can laugh for hours on end. I don’t think they’ve ever fought, ever! We had a get together at my mom’s house and the girls had so much fun having family game night, alone, while their brothers played by the fire pit.Create a fun family game night using Headbanz ElectronicWe started with unwrapping the Hedbanz™ Electronic and I love that it comes in its own case that holds the cards and also has the ability to hold the Hedbanz™ Electronic bands.  My previous experience with Hedbanz™ was positive but there was nowhere to store the items neatly. The Hedbanz™ Electronic solved that.Create a fun family game night using Headbanz ElectronicLeila and Penny were able to play the three essential ways –

  • Ask “Yes” or “No” questions
  • Describe It
  • Act it out

They were also able to utilize the five questions that is included with the Hedbanz™ Electronic. The questions were easy enough that they were able to read them on their own and the pictures included in the Hedbanz™ Electronic were so clever.Create a fun family game night using Headbanz ElectronicAs you can see by their expressions, they had so much fun together. I think that’s so essential for family game night. Include games that all ages can get involved and include all those who want to be included. When kids get older, they seem to not want to do family game night. I always try to find games that include older and younger kids. Hedbanz™ Electronic is the perfect game for all ages and it has you act silly which is a smile maker.Create a fun family game night using Headbanz ElectronicWe had so much fun having family game night that we left it at our Grandma’s so it can be played every time we’re there. To purchase Hedbanz™ Electronic on Amazon, go here. Now tell me, what is your favorite game for family game night?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Kids

The Best (FREE) Learning Apps with your Amazon Fire Tablet

September 22, 2016


what-are-the-best-educational-apps-through-amazon-undergroundEach of my children have their own Amazon Fire Tablet that I was able to score last year on Cyber Monday. It was the perfect gift for each of them because I mainly wanted it to keep them occupied for a fraction of the price. I want to share with you the best FREE learning apps available though Amazon Underground.best-education-apps-for-kindleMany times my children have downloaded apps that have cost me money, a lot of money that I wasn’t happy about. Now I know that with Amazon Underground, they can download apps that are actually free.the-best-learning-apps-for-kidsI’ve compiled a list of FREE apps that each of my kids use to help them with school work and help them with their problem solving. I’ve separated it by years for Elementary aged children that will help you as parents make the right choices on what is the most appropriate free app for them.

  • Kindergarten – Elmo Loves ABC’s

This app allows the child to trace the upper and lower case ABC’s. You can track your child’s progress and see how long they’ve used the app. It comes with fun coloring pages to learn the colors a little easier and you can watch Sesame Street videos.

  • First Grade – Endless Reader

I love this game for my first grader. She can touch a work and it makes the noise that the letter sounds like and you find the matching one. It’s a lot of fun and it gives you a silly scenario at the end of what those words and sentences mean.

  • Second Grade – Math Run

This app features subtraction, addition, multiplication and division and it features them in games. It is a timed game and gives multiple choice answers and if you get it wrong, you stop running.

  • Third Grade – Third Grade Learning Games

This game actually comes for all grades but this one for third graders is perfect. It has a variety of subjects the kids can choose in math and language arts.

  • Fourth Grade – Planet Genesis

Any child who loves Star Wars pretty much loves space. This app shows kids the difference in the sizes of the solar system, teaches them the planets and you can do gravity simulation.

  • Fifth Grade – Geo Expert

Fifth graders are all about learning the states in the USA. This app helps identify states and their capitals to help with all those state reports!

  • Sixth Grade – Roblox

There are a lot of games available through Roblox and my kids love it. I figure by time they’re in sixth grade they should at least have a little fun sometimes. This gives them the options to choose what game they’re interested in that day and the opportunity to make honest choices if you tell them to choose a good game. 😉best-kids-apps-for-kindleLeila also loves to play ABC Mouse which does require a membership but it has been worth every cent. She’s learned new techniques for sounding out letters and it’s helping her form her words better. She’s also a preemie baby born 10 weeks early so she needs a little extra help catching up to her classmates.

All of these apps have helped my children in so many ways. I love that educational apps are a thing and that they’re so advance. Remember though, Amazon Underground is only supported on 5th Generation (2012 – newer) and newer Fire tablets, and Android phones.

Learn more about the Amazon Appstore, the Amazon Underground catalog of 100% free apps & games or to get access on your Android smartphone visit HERE.best-kids-app-for-amazonI was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.