Today’s link round-up has fun activities for kids and a couple of recipes you’ll love.
Crafts Unleashed taught us how to make a magnetic fishing game.
Brit + Co. showed us how to re-purpose baby furniture.
Tried and True Blog shared free coloring prints.
Thirty Handmade Days gave us a recipe for a zesty six-ingredient Italian chicken meal you can make in the slow cooker.
Handmade Charlotte showed us how to make nesting animal dolls.
123 Homeschool 4 Me taught us how to make homemade edible sand for preschoolers.
Photo credit: Crafts Unleashed and Beyond Frosting
In our quest to give our baby a unique name, we could choose from this list of 20 least popular baby girl names.
In 2012, only 5 girls received each of these names. I looked up their meaning as that is something I always took into consideration when naming my kids.
The funny thing about unpopular names is that they have the potential of becoming popular. Though I have to admit, when I look at this list there are only a few I would consider.
In fact, I know a woman with the name Bette (pronounce Betty) and always thought it to be pretty and a little different. For me, that’s what I was looking for when I named my daughter. Other famous Bettes include Bette Davis and Bette Midler.
Photo credits: tompagenet
Anyone who is concerned about the toxins in our environment has heard that chemicals from plastics can leach into our food and cause harmful side effects.
There are compelling reasons to avoid plastic food storage containers regardless of your age, but plastics can be especially harmful for babies. Because of their small size and fragile immune systems, babies are much more sensitive to environmental pollutants than their older siblings or parents would be.
If you’re looking for a safer alternative to plastic bottles, check out 5 Phases glass hybrid baby bottles. They have a removable glass insert with a protective protective BPA free plastic sleeve to prevent shattering.
The bottles are microwaveable and dishwasher safe. They also feature easy to read oz/ml measurement lines to help formula feeding moms quickly prepare baby’s bottle.
You can buy 5 Phases bottles in both 4-ounce and 8-ounce sizes. When your baby no longer needs them for formula, they can be used to store homemade baby food or saved for future siblings.
In recognition of high product quality, 5 Phases has received multiple awards. The company is a Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Recipient, a Mealtime Cribsie New Arrival Award Winner, and a JPMA Innovation Product Award Winner.
To learn more about the 5 Phases bottles or to purchase bottles for your baby, visit the company website. All purchases from the 5 Phases website have a 30-day money back guarantee and are warranted to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 90 days from purchase. Shipping is free on orders of $70 or more.
Photo credit: 5 Phases
Today’s link round-up has a baby taggie tutorial, DIY lip gloss, sweets, and more.
Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars.
The Ribbon Retreat showed us how to make a baby taggie to keep little ones busy.
My Own Labels taught us how to make tropical citrus lip gloss.
Find Daily Joy showed us an activity that will keep babies entertained, and it involves two things you probably already have around the house.
It’s Always Autumn shared a recipe for homemade raspberry rolls.
Artsy Building Lady shared a quick fix for adjustable bra straps that try to adjust themselves.
Honestly Yum gave us a recipe for cardamom chocolate truffles.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and It’s Always Autumn
Simon Cowell and girlfriend Lauren Silverman welcomed a 6 lb. 7 oz. son into the world on Valentine’s Day at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Cowell caught the first available flight from London to New York to be by Silverman’s side as she went into to labor. His first words with his new baby were an emotional “I’ve waited for you all my life.”
Two hours after the birth, the 54-year-old father took to Twitter to say “Very happy to say Eric was born at 17.45 pm. Healthy and handsome.” The baby is named after Simon’s father.
MailOnline reported “Lauren’s mother and sister were in the delivery room with them when she gave birth. Simon’s mother, Julie, is looking forward to meeting the baby in the UK.” Can you imagine going through your first child’s birth and jet lag at the same time! Reports say the new dad looked fatigued but happy as he left the hospital to head to his hotel for some sleep.
Cowell has kept fans updated since Eric’s birth through his Twitter feed. Shortly after he announced Eric’s arrival, he let everyone know “Lauren is in fine shape” and actually thanked people for their kind comments.
On February 16 he admitted “I never knew how much love and pride I would feel.” He’s posting pics and really showing a loving side some of us never suspected existed. I can’t help but think of what a curmudgeon he has always been as a judge, and now this baby comes along in his life and we see that there really is a sweet side to the music mogul. Just goes to show you how a new baby can melt a heart!
This is his first child and Silverman’s second.
Photo credits: Twitter
TwoSees is one of those fabulously simple ideas that makes you wonder why someone didn’t think of it any sooner. These unique baby onesies have a small back opening that lets you peek in baby’s diaper to see if it’s dirty without the hassle of removing all of his clothing.
Dottie, the inventor of TwoSees, came up with the design for her product after caring for her one year old granddaughter. The hassle of removing all of baby’s clothes to check for the possibility of a dirty diaper led her to wonder if there was an easier way to make sure your baby’s bottom stayed clean.
TwoSees are made from 100% cotton, so they will shrink in the dryer. After they’ve been washed and dried, the 6-12 month size will fit a baby up to 20 pounds. The 12-18 month size should fit a baby weighing up to 26 pounds.
Visit the TwoSees website to learn more about the product or to purchase onesies. The gift pack featured in this post includes three onesies for just $29.97.
The only thing I don’t like about TwoSees is that the color selection is limited. Currently, the company only offers plain white onesies or white onesies with a blue parakeet design. Whenever I buy white clothing, it ends up looking drab and dingy after just a few washes.
My son has worn lots of navy blue and gray since the day he was born, just because my to-do list is long enough without spending hours on stain removal. If TwoSees is able to expand their color selection, I can see this being a must-have product for new moms everywhere!
Photo credit: TwoSees
If you’re looking for some new jewelry to perk up your wardrobe, but are worried about your baby trying to chew on your favorite necklace, check out Chewbeads. This company specializes in creating colorful and stylish baby-safe jewelry.
Chewbeads necklaces are made with 100% silicone beads and designed to provide a safe sensory tool for your baby to focus on while nursing. The material is free of lead, metals, BPA, phthalates, and cadmium. It’s similar to what is used to make pacifiers and nipples, so it can be cleaned with soap and water or thrown in the dishwasher.
The clasp of the necklace is not chewable, however. Letting your baby chewing on the clasp may cause the necklace to break.
Chewbeads necklaces come in several different styles. There are also bracelets that you can buy to use as a reminder of which side you last nursed your baby on. The multicolored stacks of bangle bracelets are my personal favorite.
Chewbeads products can be purchased from their online store or in select specialty boutiques. If you’re ordering online for a baby shower gift, gift wrapping and a personalized gift card can be added upon your request.
I love the look of these necklaces, but I didn’t wear much in the way of jewelry when my son was at the chewing stage. Most days, I considered it a success if I changed out of my pajamas!
Does your baby like to chew on your necklaces? If so, what do you think of Chewbeads?
Photo credit: Chewbeads
Would you give your child a doll that refuses to eat during feeding time? Famosa Toys has one such product in their toy line. The Nenuco Won’t Eat doll closes her mouth when offered food and turns her head away. This emulated bad behavior is prompted by a magnet in the doll’s spoon.
The Nenuco Won’t Eat doll received accolades at the 2014 UK Toy Fair and even won a “best new toy” award, but moms aren’t being quite so receptive. In the real world, they are afraid the doll will promote unhealthy eating habits. Some are worried it could even lead to anorexia.
On the other side of the issue, Famosa Toys released a statement defending the doll saying that it is meant to “re-create real life experiences between mothers and their babies, and to foster role play and positive learning.” The statement offered some background on the doll saying that the initial purpose was to help teach kids that not wanting to eat is a mistake. In their minds, they hope it will help teach kids healthy habits by encouraging the doll to eat.
I can see both sides of the issue here and I think it can be a tool for teaching like Famosa Toys hopes. Those of us who have ever had a picky child know how much we worked to get those kids to eat.
I can also see that left on their own to just play with such a toy, the doll might teach kids bad eating habits. I’d love to hear what you think. Do you think having your picky eater go through the same eating issues with a doll would help them learn to change their eating habits?
Famosa Toys is moving forward with the sale of the doll in the European market. How do you think it would do here in the States now that it’s being called things like the Anorexia doll?
Photo credits: Amazon
Today’s link round-up has jalepeno ranch dressing, sparkly hair clips, DIY projects, and more.
Domestic Superhero shared a recipe for creamy jalepeno ranch dressing.
Two Thirty Five Designs showed us how to mount a television on the wall and hide the cords.
House by Hoff showed us how to switch up the decorating with a sign.
Wee Folk Art showed us how to make a square wooden stacker toy.
My Own Labels taught us how to make your own all natural baby wipes.
The Ribbon Retreat showed us how to make a Stefanie Sling Bag, which could make a cute diaper bag.
Photo credit: Domestic Superhero and Sew 4 Home