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Best Cartoons for Babies and Toddlers You Can Stream Without Cable

We avoided screen time with our toddler until 2 years old, not because we felt it was bad for her, but rather we moved, restored a house, and started new jobs, and we just didn’t turn the TV on. So when it was time to watch TV again, I didn’t know where to start with a toddler in the house, watching my every move. I wanted educational and safe TV for her to watch. There were so many shows to sift through, I was lost and I didn’t know what to start with. Being a child of the 80s I went with the classic Sesame Street, which is great for older toddlers, but my daughter wanted nothing to do with Elmo or Cookie monster, until recently (she just turned 3).  I spent a lot of nights up watching shows to decide if it was something I wanted my ever so curious toddler to watch. Some shows I didn’t make it 2 minutes into, others I found myself watching for hours. The show that caught her mind and imagination first was Ruff Ruff, Tweet and Dave, a very colorful and fun show that young minds can relate to and understand. They go on adventures; tons of questions and imagination are involved.  We still turn this on every once in awhile for her, but don’t hold her attention like it did when …

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Menstrual Cups to the Rescue: 5 Things You Can Keep Doing

It’s that time of month .. AGAIN… you sigh and go grab some chocolate. Then you realize that you have to go to the store because you ran out of tampons last month. STOP right there because this will change your life as a female. Enter the world of Menstrual Cups. Yep. I said it. Now before you stop reading. Hear. Me. Out. I resisted. And then when I got so tired of tampons and having to buy them and leak issues while working out – I basically said well. Why not? Yes it’s a little pricey – but at $10+/month for Tampons/pads a cup will pay itself off in 3-4 months! TWO days in- I was SOLD. Yes it’s a little adjustment and takes a little practice, but your life will be changed and here are 5 reasons why. You can wear leggings/yoga pants. The most comfy things possible during that time when you don’t feel great, but you shy away from it due to the potential of people being able to SEE the outline of your pad. Well when you use a cup, you only need a small liner – if anything at all! I usually only need a liner on my heavy day and the rest nothing! Yes I’m serious!! Hello leggings!! Intense workouts. Maybe you aren’t into that sort of thing. But if you are into …

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April Showers? Toddler Crafting!

Crafting with an infant or a toddler is no easy task. Honestly, these days, nothing is easy. We try to stay busy since Daddy is overseas and C is a handful. Every time that we send Daddy a box, we put a couple “art” things in there. Granted, “art” with a 10 month old, doesn’t look like much. One of my favorite crafts to do with C to send to Daddy is handprint or footprint art. We send one box every month and so far, they have all been involved with the holidays. In February, we got a frame and put his handprint and footprint on each side. C does NOT like paint on his hands so the handprint was a ball and his footprint had no toes. March was a hand “shamrock” that really just looked like four handprints with missing fingers. This box will have a footprint carrot for Easter. C doesn’t really understand it or like it but I think that it is cute and Daddy also loves them. Now that it is warm outside, there is a lot that we can do. Messes can stay outside and it makes it much more fun to do anything with a toddler. I found a recipe for taste safe paint. Anything that is taste safe with a toddler is a must try! It’s a really simple recipe, too (save …

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Candy-free Easter Basket Ideas

The Easter baskets we put together for our kids are far from the sugar-laden baskets of my childhood, but the kids are every bit as excited to see them as I was!  Some of my favorite crunchy-mama basket treats are… Play dough: If I’m feeling ambitious, I will make a different color/scent for each kiddo but Eco Kids makes a nice, soft dough that is ready to buy! Recipe for homemade dough.  Books: This year the baby will get a book made for chewing & pulling and one that has a pop-out bunny; the older kids will each get a book from their favorite series. Utensils: We are adding a set of NumNum Gootensils to the basket for our new-to-solids babe.  I also like the RePlay sets for school lunch boxes! Sun Hat/Rash guard: last year, each kid received a beach friendly accessory to gear them up outdoor fun. Teether: A family member made a maple teether for our youngest but Baby Banana and SweeTooth have excellent options. Rattle: A Pebble carrot rattle will be the perfect basket addition! Bubbles: Every year, for every kid…bubbles are a big hit!  Small Cars: Our oldest son loves small cars, so we try to find a unique one or two for his basket. Cup/Water Bottle: Baby will receive a colorful Replay cup, while the older kids may get a water bottle for spring …

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Homemade Play Dough Recipe

During our live Fluff N Stuff chat this week we had fun in the kitchen and made some handmade play dough. It’s super easy to make and only takes a few minutes. All of the ingredients are commonly found in your kitchen. Supplies: 2.5 cups flour 1/2 cup salt 3 tbls oil 1-2 cups boiling water colors and scents (Kool-Aid, Essential Oils, Glitter, Etc) To see how to make this fun play dough: https://youtu.be/3kkQfohpAK8 All of the ingredients are safe for your toddler or small child and won’t harm them if they happen to nibble on a few pieces. To store your dough you’ll want to keep it in a small container like the Re-Play Snack Stacks or the Stasher Silicone reusable bags. Dough can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. The Silikids Silimap placemat can be used to protect the table surface and for easy cleanup. All of these products can also be used in your kitchen for storing baby food or for stashing baby & toddler snacks in the diaper bag. Easter is coming up in just a few weeks and here are a few more fun ideas to fill a toddlers Easter basket. All items can be found in our Easter Gift Ideas section of Kelly’s Closet. Shown in the basket above are the Imagine Baby cloth diapers, baby leggings, Re-Play divided plate and snack …

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