Moving into new bunk beds

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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

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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...]

How to sew apron for children

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Kids have arts & craft aprons but they are short and have long sleeves. I wanted to sew them a water resistant apron where they could use for cooking and other messy stuff. Materials Tarpaulin fabric (oilcloth) Velcro Piping for the edges (bias tape) Fabric for straps Thread Instructions Take your child's measurements: … [Read more...]

Souvenir shelf for kids’ room

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We painted and installed the souvenir shelf that I've mentioned in my Traveling with 2 kids - Part 4 post. The shelf is a left over shelf from a past planned but never realized project. It's one of those unfinished plain shelves from a craft store. The paint is IKEA's water based furniture paint. The furniture in kids' room is white. My son … [Read more...]

Cozy blanket with arms for children

My daughter is quite independent and can dress up and down by herself. Which is really good. Except when we find her stripped to her underwear, when we go to check upon her after she goes to sleep. it's really hard to get her dressed when she's a sleep. Not because she won't fall back asleep if she wakes up, but she gets really upset if she wakes … [Read more...]

DIY – Bean bag chair for children

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I got few to-do items completed while my mom's here. Kid's loved the giant bean bag chair at my husband's aunt's place in Vancouver. I decided to sew one each for them to rest, read books, play, whatever. I got my instructions from Dorm Decor, “Bean” Bag Chair, Decor it Yourself. She uses a 12-inch pattern. I made a 15-inch pattern. 1. The … [Read more...]

Product Review: Responsibility Chart by Melissa & Doug

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I got this "Magnetic Responsibility Chart" from a friend who hasn't been using it for a while. We hung it in my son's room as a continuation of the actions we've taken along with "House Rules Poster". It has magnets for every "desired behavior" such as helping with house chores and communicating to each other etc. You put the desired behaviors or … [Read more...]

Handmade pouch sling

I did not know it was International Babywearing Week this week until I finished my first home-made pouch sling. I made this sling using the directions at Sleepingbaby website at home. I had used Evenflo Snugli Classic Soft Carrier, The Ultimate Baby Wrap and Evenflo Snugli By My Side Soft Carrier. All of them were usable but my biggest problem … [Read more...]

Home-made, Mom-made Halloween Costumes

It is way past Halloween, but I wanted to share the costumes of our little ones. I made my son's Spongebob Squarepants costume. I used one of my daughters's diaper boxes. I cut the head and arm holes and took the bottom part out. Then I wrapped around with yellow poster paper. Then I used my sons Spongebob t-shirt to trace its face on a white paper … [Read more...]

DIY: Spongebob Squarepants costume for kids

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I am writing this post in a state of sugar-overdose. Here are our this year's Halloween costumes. My son wasn't really interested in wearing a costume. This is the first year that he is aware of the link between Halloween and costume. We dressed him in this leopard costume when he was 5 months old. He had his CTA bus costume, which has half … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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With mother's day getting closer, people are getting stressed under shortage of mother's days gift ideas. I'm here to help. Here is a great perfume gift for mother's who would love to eternally carry the divine scent of play-doh's on them. Or great idea for kids who love their play-dohs and would love their moms to smell like play-dohs. To my … [Read more...]

Product Review: Supplemental Nursing System

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We might insist on doing things a certain way with the passion of wanting to be "super mothers" during the first days of motherhood. I am guilty of this crime as well. Despite the fact that I started breastfeeding and my colostrum came immediately after I gave birth, my son started losing weight rapidly in the next few days. My doctor and nurses … [Read more...]

Practical inventions for babies and children

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These are the inventions, that made me say "Darn! I should have though of these!" Onesie extenders: This is my fave. Very simple, very practical and extremely useful. Kids grow in length and I bough these onesies, that were high quality cotton. After a while the drier would shrunk all of them. If I had these, I could have spared at least a $100 … [Read more...]

Product Review: Canvas Closet Organizer Shelves

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I have been using these canvas organizer shelves since my son was born. They are very practical and handy if: You live in a small condo/house with limited storage space and need to store baby's clothing as organized and categorized as possible. You have a lot of items, such as socks and sweaters that you use every day, but do not want to … [Read more...]

Product Review: Nursing Covers

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I am a big advocate of breastfeeding your baby whenever (s)he wants and wherever you are. To me, being able to breastfeed outside of home was so much easier than finding water at room temperature and mixing it with formula, heating the cold-stored breast milk or looking for a secluded place to breastfeed. Nursing blankets (or nursing covers) … [Read more...]

Product Review: Crib Tent

We bought this canopy when our baby started standing up and figured out that he could actually bounce on the crib mattress. Benefits: It prevents the baby from climbing out or jumping out of the crib. It prevents the baby from reaching out to the drawer on which we had to place the CD-player and the speakers and fall down. It helps keep … [Read more...]

How to quickly fold a shirt – Video

Japanese did it again. As a messy person, who likes to fold my shirt like they do in the stores, I found this video very handy. I needed to watch this 4-5 times before I got it right. Here is how you do it: Lay the t-shirt flat in front of you, back side down and its neck looking right. Pinch hold the side that is farther from you in the … [Read more...]

Homemade knee pads for babies

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If you worry about your crawling baby's knees, you can make your own knee pads. Take a pair of old socks. Preferably elastic, ankle-hi, sports socks for ladies, because they are smaller. Cut the toes. Take two nursing pads with adhesive bands. Put them in the heel, sticking the adhesive part of the nursing pads to your sock. Knee pads are … [Read more...]