Easy wearable blanket for children


My daughter grew out of her Cozy blanket with arms for children. I decided to use one of her existing blankets and turned it into a wearable blanket. It's the easiest solution to keep the kids covered with their blankets at night. Materials: 1. Blanket big enough to cover your child 2. Ribbon 3. Bias (optional) Directions: 1. Measure and … [Read more...]

Easy sew girls’ dresses


This week's posts will have a lot of photos. Today, I present you two dresses I sewed for my daughter. The fabrics are thin corduroy, 100% cotton. Loved the fabric patterns. Both were pretty simple. Simplicity It’s so easy 2306. Looks complicated but I finished it pretty quickly. McCall’s M6154: I did this one first, so it went a little bit … [Read more...]

Moving into new bunk beds


Last year during our trip to my parent's house, kids loved sleeping in the bunk beds that I and my brother used to sleep. Especially my son enjoyed the top bed. As my daughter got closer to outgrowing her crib, we started thinking about how to setup their rooms. Out house layout has 2 rooms on one floor and 2 rooms on the second floor. … [Read more...]

Trofast Children’s Craft Table – DIY


We setup this small table when my kids were much smaller for them to eat snacks by themselves and scribble once in a while at one corner of our living room. During time it became a full fledge craft and drawing place and causing a terrible mess in our living room. So I wanted a craft/drawing table for my two kids, which would also store all of … [Read more...]

Practical Parenting in Real Life


This blog, like many other parenting blogs, is like a small stage of our real lives. Especially Practical Mama, not being a personal / diary blog, reflects very limited portion of the daily hustle. I share tips and tricks that I try and find helpful after so many trials and errors. That means there is a lot of trial and error going on behind the … [Read more...]

Time management and planning tools for parents


Time management is very important for me. It doesn't mean I am super skilled in time management. On the contrary, I totally suck at it. One major flaw that I have is that I get easily distracted. I think about zillion unrelated things while I am trying to work on a task. I leave that task in the middle and move on to something else. Unless I … [Read more...]

Siblings share a bed

Once upon time, Daddy was late. It was upon mommy, To put the kids to bed. Once she put them In their own rooms, Kids started calling mommy From opposite directions. Tired of running in between rooms mommy decided to tuck the little one in her big brother's bed. Kids thought it was a game first. Then were surprised when lights were … [Read more...]

Separate room readiness test for children and parents


Our babies slept in their cribs, in our room, from the day they came from the hospital until they were 8 months-old (2,5 years apart). Around 8-months, after a test I'll call "separate room readiness test", we decided to move them into their own rooms for their and our sake. Actually, let me rephrase, we moved out of the room and found ourselves a … [Read more...]

Family Travel: Niagara Falls, Canada


We just came from another quick trip to Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Toronto, Canada. We loved the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. My son declared that he would like to live in Niagara Falls or Toronto, with the condition of moving all of his toys from Chicago. This trip was a good experience with our two children, where I tried few … [Read more...]