5 Things You Should Buy on Craigslist

Not sure what to look for in Craigslist? You could save a lot of money shopping on Craigslist. Find out about 5 things you should buy from Craigslist! 5 Things You Should Buy on Craigslist via @tipsaholic #craigslist #onlineshopping #thrift #thrifting


5 Things You Should Buy on Craigslist
Chances are, you’ve looked through Craigslist or maybe you’ve used it a few times. But you’re not sure what to search for and sometimes it’s just easier to go to a store to buy something new. However, you could save a lot of money shopping on Craigslist if you know what to look for. Here are the 5 things you should buy on Craigslist!

 

1. Recreation Equipment

Boats, RVs, bikes, kayaks, and other recreational toys are expensive and they can go down in value fast. Consider looking for them on Craigslist, since those who are selling their recreation equipment might not have used them very much. You can find a great deal this way!

 

2. Exercise Gear and Sporting Equipment

Everybody wants to exercise more, but not many actually do. Some people give up on their exercise equipment, such as treadmills, weights, stationery bikes, and more, and decide to sell them on Craigslist. You can find some great exercise gear that are like new and much cheaper than they would cost new.

 

3. Furniture

Brand new furniture can cost an arm and leg, but why buy new when Craigslist is chock-full of gently used furniture at low prices? You could save up to 50 percent buying used furniture. Look for moving sales for the most savings, since transporting furniture is expensive and many people would prefer to sell fast than go through the hassle of moving everything they own. If you live in a college town, look for great deals on furniture during the spring time when college campuses close up for the summer.

 

4. Baby Clothes and Gear

Babies need a LOT of stuff… and they use them for such a short time. Look for baby clothes, shoes, toys, nursery furniture, strollers, carriers, and more on Craigslist. Since they are used for a short time, they are usually in great condition and will save you a lot of money. However, avoid car seats and cribs for safety reasons and make sure to check product recalls.

 

5. Tools

Many people buy or receive tools as gifts and use them only a couple of times. Take advantage of this and look for a power tool that you need on Craigslist before heading to the nearest home improvement store. Just be sure to test out the equipment before you buy and you might walk away with a new tool for your next DIY project at a great price.

 

If you’re not too sure about buying things on Craigslist, check out 4 Tips for Shopping on Craigslist. These tips are great for beginners!

For more money saving tips, check out 6 Ways to Save Money on Your Energy Bill.

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9 Tips for Getting a Toddler to Sleep in a Tent

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Going camping as a family is a great way to create memories together and to spend a lot of time outside. It might feel scary to bring along a baby or a toddler (or both!), but you’ll have so much fun!  When nightfall comes, many parents are unsure of how to put their kids to sleep in a dark and unfamiliar tent. Here are 9 tips to getting a toddler to sleep in a tent when on a camping trip. (These tips also apply to getting a baby to sleep in a tent, too!)

 

1. Bring a nightlight.

A campground can be pitch dark during nighttime… how scary that must be to a little human! Try this tent ceiling fan and light; it’s great for getting a toddler to sleep in a tent because it has two light settings: nightlight and regular light. The nightlight is perfectly dim – dark enough to sleep, but not so dark you can’t see. The fan is just a bonus, though it only circulates the air, it doesn’t cool the tent.  It’s worth the price for the nightlight feature!  Another idea is to get a night light that doesn’t need to be plugged in, especially if your campsite doesn’t have electricity and you have no generator. Bonus points if it’s soft and something you can put in the crib with your kid. This SPOKA night light from IKEA is a good option.  Or consider a stuffed animal with a night light.   If you need ideas, check out the Twilight Buddies or Dream Light Pillow Pets.

 

2. Stay in the tent until your toddler sleeps.

Just as it does when you are trying to acclimate your child to a new crib or bed, it can take a while for him or her to feel comfortable enough to sleep on their own.  Once you leave the tent, it’s quite possible they’ll think it’s play time again!  In an unfamiliar area, it’s even more important for you to help your child feel relaxed enough to drift off, so that means you may have to stay with them until they do.  Just put your child to sleep in their sleeping bag or portable crib and lay down in your own spot.  Hopefully this will give them enough reassurance for them to nod off in no time.

 

3. Bring a play yard (or two).

If your baby or toddler still sleeps in a crib, a play yard (or pack ‘n play or play pen) is your best bet. It’s similar to a crib and will keep them in one spot until they zonk out. It will work even better if they are used to sleeping in one occasionally.  You may have to upgrade to a large tent in order to accommodate a pack ‘n play, but it’s worth it!  If your toddler isn’t sleeping in a crib anymore, you might still want to enclose them to help them feel safe and sleep. This enclosed bed, the PeaPod is a great option if this is the case! It’s probably not a good idea to introduce a new sleeping routine, like co-sleeping when camping if you don’t do that at home.

 

3. Put your tent in a shaded area.

For naps, you want the tent to be cool and not too hot or humid. If you pitch your tent in the morning, check where the sun is and it’s path.  This will ensure you find the best spot for your tent, which will aid in afternoon nap times.  Keeping your child as comfy as possible is key!

 

4. Recreate their beds/cribs at home.

It’s important to make sure your child has their security objects – whether that’s a stuffed animal or a blanket.  If they’re used to sleeping with certain items, don’t expect them to do will without.  BUT, on the other hand, don’t overpack either — only bring the things that you KNOW your kids will want when they go to sleep.

 

5. A new toy or bag with things in it.

This may sound unusual, but there’s a purpose!   If your kid does well with toys in the crib and goes to sleep with them, then try this trick. Get a small bag and put in a few things in there, maybe new toys that don’t do much or random things like a brush, a baby mirror, a DVD cover, and a card, for example, that are safe for a toddler to handle. Your toddler will dig through the bag and relax as she explores these things. Before she knows it, it’s dreamland time.

 

6. Get your kids excited about sleeping in a tent.

Around two weeks before you go on your camping trip, pitch your tent in your backyard – this is standard when checking your equipment for holes and leaks.  Since the tent is already set up, it’s a great idea to set up beds inside and treat it like a mini camping trip!  At first, you may want to start slow with simply nap time.  Leave the tent up for a day or two longer and work up to spending the whole night inside with your child.  That way, the tent and their bed inside the tent will already be familiar when you get to your campsite.

 

7. Try to stick with naps.

Follow your usual schedule and try to help your kids to nap at their usual times.  Most kids do much better when they have a set routine and will become out of sorts if too many things are changed at once.  They are already getting used to a new environment with all sorts of unusual distractions, so sticking with a familiar schedule will help.  However, don’t stress if they simply refuse naps. They’ll be ok.

 

8. Keep them warm.

Nights can be cold. Keep your little ones warm with several layers of fleece or wool, but don’t put them all on at once. Here’s a good explanation of how to do it!

 

Tenting can seem intimidating when you have toddlers or babies, but with these tips you’ll be prepared and ready to go!  What other tips do you have when getting a toddler to sleep in a tent?

 

For more camping tips, check out 25 Camping Ideas for Families or the Camping Kitchen Box Checklist.  Don’t miss our Packing Tips for Camping Trips.  And plan your menu with 8 Ideas for No-Cook Camping Breakfasts and 25 Delicious Camping Desserts.  Finally, have some fun with your kids and these 10 No Fuss Camping Crafts!

 

Featured image via Remodelaholic.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

7 Adorable DIY Baby Mobiles

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When babies are little, there’s not much they can do except smile, coo, and lay around. Make the world a little more entertaining for them by hanging up a couple of DIY baby mobiles around the house! Other than hanging one above their crib, you could hang one up in your living room for tummy time and another one above the pack n play for the baby to look at while you cook. After all, DIY baby mobiles are so much fun to make, you might not want to stop at just one!

1. Hot Air Balloon Mobile

Try this hot air balloon DIY baby mobile and your baby will be reaching for the sky in no time. The clouds are a great touch! You don’t need a sewing machine for this, since it’s all sewn by hand. Don’t worry, it’s easier than it sounds, but it might take some time to finish. It’ll be so worth it, though!

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2. Painted Sticks Mobile

This is as easy as it gets to make a DIY baby mobile, but it’s colorful and will look great from your baby’s view. Paint stripes on a couple of sticks and hang them up, so simple.

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3. Yarn Balls Mobile

This DIY baby mobile is easy to customize to match your nursery’s colors. Choose yarn in the colors you want and wrap them around a couple of small balloons. Mix glue and water and brush that on the yarn, let dry, and then you’ve got a couple of cute yarn balls ready to hang up! Here’s a tutorial that shows you exactly how to make the yarn balls. If that sounds like too much work to you, you could simply wrap yarn around small styrofoam balls and call it a day.

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4. Butterfly Mobile

You won’t believe how these beautiful butterflies are made. They started out their lives as… wait for it… plastic milk jugs! After cutting them out, tracing them with butterfly shapes and patterns, and coloring them in, these little butterflies are ready to be turned into a mobile.

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5. Crocheted Dragonfly Mobile

Do you like to crochet? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to learn. This really cute dragonfly mobile is crocheted and will be soft and fun for your baby to grab.

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6. Floral Fabric Mobile

When I first say this DIY baby mobile, I thought it was beautiful but maybe a little hard to make. Then I looked a bit closer and realized that it was just circles of floral fabric that was cut out and stringed up. Wow, so easy but so pretty! You do need to have some vintage floral fabric on hand, but you can always find some on Etsy or eBay.

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8. Cloud Mobile

This ethereal DIY baby mobile will match any decor and, despite its simple white color, looks 3-D and interesting from both below and straight on. I can see myself making this while watching some good (or not-so-good) TV. Who’s in?

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I hope you’ve found a DIY baby mobile from this list that would be perfect for your baby… or yourself! Have you seen other great DIY baby mobiles around the web? Share your finds or creations, I’d love to see!

For more baby-related reading, check out 7 Steps to an Organized Nursery and 7 Creative Ideas for a Pregnancy Announcement.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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30 Cute Kids’ Clothes DIY’s for July 4th

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Creating your own Independence Day attire?  We've got you covered with these 30 Kids' Clothes DIY's for July 4th!

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If you’re itching to make your own Independence Day outfits, you’re in good company.  When it comes to the 4th of July, there’s no easier way to show off your patriotism than by wearing it loud and proud!  Dressing your kids in red, white and blue is a fun and snappy way to celebrate and there’s no shortage of inspiration around the web.  Maybe you want to go all out bustle skirts and ruffles for your daughter and dapper ties and vest for your son.  Or perhaps you’ve got something more low-key in mind with a no-sew approach to a t-shirt.  Maybe you’d even like to get the kids involved in the fun!  Whether you’re looking for striped shorts to carry them through the summer, simple shirts, comfy, play-friendly rompers or more elaborate sewing creations, we’ve got you covered from head to toe!  Check out our 30 Cute Kids’ Clothes DIY’s for July 4th!
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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

7 Steps to an Organized Nursery

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Babies.  They’re adorable.  They’re cuddly.  They’re tiny.  And they come with A LOT of STUFF.  Who knew that adding one miniature person to your family would create such havoc?  The diapers, wipes, ointments, lotions, powders, clothes, toys, books, binkies, blankies, burpies, BOTTLES!!  The list is nearly endless and, doubtless, the space in your home is NOT.  Here are seven tips that’ll get your nursery organized and in tip-top shape in no time.

 

1. Be a Basket Case. 

Baskets and bins are go-to storage solutions.  You can find them at nearly any store in nearly any size and style.  Look for bright colors and fun prints to add interest to your baby’s space.

You can also make your own boxes and bins with simple supplies.  Try spray painting inexpensive buckets, as seen at Southern Lovely.  Or utilize those large diaper boxes once empty and cover them with fabric.  Here’s a step by step tutorial from Positively Splendid.

 

2. Play Hide-N-Seek. 

Hidden spaces are great for storage – especially for things you’d like kept out of sight.  Not everything needs to be within easy reach or instantly visible.

Under the crib is a perfect spot to add a plastic tote bin of extra essentials.  A Lovely Lark shows how a crib skirt perfectly conceals the items.

You can keep things hidden away behind doors as well.  Try an over the door canvas pocket organizer, or you could simply use a shoe organizer that provides tons of pockets for small but often used items.

 

3. Divide and conquer. 

There might be a ton of stuff, but it’s all really small!  Using dividers is a simple trick that keeps things tidy.

Keep small items sorted, stored and easy to locate with drawer dividers.  Ikea sells the perfect drawer divider solution in a set of 6.  See it used at i heart organizing.  You could also divide drawers with small plastic bathroom caddies, or even shoe boxes.

You’ll likely be able to make great use of hanging closet space since baby clothing is so tiny.  Hanging clothing dividers separate clothes by size so with one glance you’ll be able to grab what you need.  My Sweet Nest uses decorated plastic rings.

 

4. Stay Open-minded.

Open storage solutions are a great example of form and function working together within a space and can create a beautiful aesthestic.

If clothing storage is minimal, consider hanging some baby clothing as decor.  It can be as elaborate (take this “open closet” from Tied With a Bouw) or as simple (this driftwood rod from The Sweetest Digs) as you’d like.

Open shelving is a great option as well.  The look is clean and airy, it keeps items easily accessible and it showcases specific colors, themes, or keepsakes.  Check out the metal baskets paired with the open shelves on Life as a Thrifter

 

5. Think Outside the Box.

Tons of great storage solutions don’t require shelves OR bins!  Thinking creatively about items you may not normally use in a nursery can add a ton of personality and may save you some cash!  Rolling crates, clear jars (out of baby’s reach!), open metal or wood cabinets are all good ideas.  Or how about mounting plastic buckets up on the wall?  See it in action at OhOh Blog.

 

6. It’s a Theme Thing. 

Your nursery probably has a theme.  Whether it’s traditional, whimsical or eclectic, your storage should match your overall scheme for the space.  You’ve gone all elegant and classic?  Try lidded boxes in coordinating colors, chests or storage ottomans.  Cutesy little animals?   3 Sprouts Animal Bins feature whimsical animal faces – like foxes, elephants, zebras, raccoons and more.  Plus, extra large collapsible fabric floor bins are perfect for larger items.  See how Newborn Mama used suitcases to bring in matching storage for her nursery theme. 

 

7. Get on the Green Team.

Recycle items found at thrift stores, rummage sales, or your own basement.  Our Dream Foreclosure shares several diaper storage ideas from unexpected sources (like a magazine rack!).  Don’t get hung up on what the item was originally created for.  Check out the farmer’s market epergne that Boots and Totty set up in her nursery.

 

Don’t forget, with a baby, the more storage, the better!  Use a combination of tips and tricks to make your space work for you.

 

Need more ideas?  Get a load of this perfect nursery space on Remodelaholic!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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How To: Beat Those Baby Blues

Awareness is growing rapidly surrounding the issues of Postpartum Depression and the so-called “baby blues.”  Did you know that 80% of new moms experience baby blues?  Left untreated, these fairly common baby blues can turn into something far more serious.  As many as 1 in 8 of new moms suffer from Postpartum Depression (PPD).  It’s not just “feeling sad” – it’s actually a form of clinical depression and can have severe consequences.  If you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, there are steps you can take.

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1. Know the symptoms.

While there’s a difference between being blue and suffering from PPD, the symptoms can be very similar and you can’t begin treating a problem if you don’t recognize it.  Irritability, decreased appetite, difficulty concentrating, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, feelings of isolation, low energy levels, low libido levels, suicidal thoughts, and trouble sleeping are all signs of an underlying issue.  If it’s baby blues, these symptoms should dramatically decrease as your hormone levels even out, within about 2 weeks postpartum.  If symptoms persist or worsen, it may be PPD.

 

2. More rest, less stress.

Technically speaking, when we’re sleep deprived our serotonin levels decrease.  When we experience stressful situations, our adrenaline levels increase.  An excess of adrenaline can make it even harder for our bodies to produce enough serotonin, which just further complicates the hormonal imbalance.  Put simply, getting lots of rest and minimizing stress helps to regulate our hormones and makes us feel better.  Take necessary steps to make this happen.  Take advantage of newborn naps and get some shut eye.  Learn meditation or relaxation techniques.  Get a sitter to help out so you can take a short break.

 

3. Move it.

It’s no secret, exercising releases endorphins, and endorphins are happy hormones!  There’s no quicker way to feel happier than to get your body moving.  Early on in postpartum recovery, this may be as simple as taking a short walk around the yard or neighborhood.  As soon as your doctor gives the ok, you can return to your normal exercise routines or begin a new regimen with doctor guidance and approval.  The added benefit is that you’ll sleep a lot better as well!

 

4. Vitamin Power!

Continue taking your prenatal vitamins and any other vitamins and supplements your doctor has prescribed even after giving birth.  You’ll want to be sure you’re not deficient in D, B, Iron, Magnesium, and zinc especially.  All of these help to regulate mood.  If you’re concerned about deficiencies, talk to your doctor about adding supplements or changing your diet.

 

5. Breast is best.

There’s been a major push in the “breastfeeding is best for you and the baby” movement.  One thing is sure, breastfeeding naturally produces prolactin, which has an effect similar to antidepressants.  If it’s possible, breastfeed.

 

6. It takes a village. 

Every mom needs a support system, be it family, friends, a mommy group, church group, what have you.  The help they can provide is invaluable.  Not only will you automatically have people to act as a sounding board to your PPD, but they can also be there to listen to worries about the baby, give advice, do the dishes, or just hold the newborn while you take a shower!  It’s ok to ask for help.  It’s more than ok – it’s recommended!  If you don’t have family nearby, make sure to reconnect with old friends (especially those with babies!), make some new friends in your neighborhood, check online for local “mommy and me” groups or go to church!

 

7. Talk.

No, really, talk.  Do NOT bottle your emotions, worries, guilt or problems up.  Talking to a trusted confidant will help you to make sense of what you’re feeling.  Not only will it offer relief, but whoever is lending a listening ear may be able to offer help, suggestions, or show you things in a new light.  At the very least, they can validate your emotions.

 

8. Cry.

No, really, let it out.  Feels cathartic, doesn’t it?  That’s because suppressing your feelings decreases serotonin levels and increases depressive symptoms.  So don’t be a martyr.  Everyone needs a good cry sometimes.

 

9. Do NOT be ashamed.

It’s easy to feel guilty when you’re bogged down with negative emotion at this stage in your life – after all, when you have a baby you’re supposed to feel nothing but love and contentment and sunshiny happiness.  You’re supposed to “love every minute” and count your blessings.  Don’t feel ashamed about your baby blues or the depression you experience.  It isn’t something you can wish away; there’s no magic wand-waving cure.  And you are not weak, bad, or un-maternal if you need help.  AND, what’s more, you’re NOT ALONE.

 

10. Star treatment.

Above all, treat yourself well.  Physically, emotionally and mentally, you need star treatment.  Be healthy – eat right, sleep enough, exercise.  Allow yourself to feel whatever it is you’re feeling with pushing it away or becoming guilt-ridden.  Take time out for yourself.  Shower regularly.  Sweatpants are ok, but make sure to get dressed every once in a while and if you’re a makeup kind of gal, whip out the mascara.  You can use these little tricks to help your mind and body feel better.

 

If you’re feeling a little blue after giving birth, give it 2 weeks.  Follow the tips and allow yourself some time for your hormones to find balance.  If there’s no improvement, or things seem to get worse, see your doctor right away.  There are treatment options – including therapy, counseling, or medication – that are all safe.  You don’t have to – AND SHOULDN’T – suffer alone.  This puts everyone around you in jeopardy, but mostly yourself and your baby.

If you’re concerned or just want more information, call or email Postpartum Support International (PSI): 1-800-944-4PPD, [email protected]  

 The following are helpful websites with more information:

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

 

7 Creative Ideas for a Pregnancy Announcement

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Announcing a pregnancy is one of the most exciting times of one’s life. You want it to be special and memorable, and getting a whole bunch of likes on Facebook doesn’t hurt, either. Many creative parents-to-be have come up with many fun ways to announce a pregnancy, including the seven great ideas listed below. Maybe these pregnancy announcement ideas will help you come up with one of your own!

1. Get your older kids to participate in your pregnancy announcement. (picture: slide 1)

Your older children are probably as excited about the upcoming new baby as you are, so why not include them in your pregnancy announcement? You could create a special t-shirt for your beaming toddler or give chalkboard signs for your two older kids to hold for a special photo.

2. Let your adorable pet(s) announce your pregnancy. (picture: slide 2)

Have a pup or a couple of feline friends who have no idea what’s coming to them in 9 months? Put a cute sign around their neck or put them next to a homemade sign for your pregnancy announcement.

3. Get creative with signs. (picture: slide 3)

Pose with your significant other next to a sign that clearly implies that a baby is on the way. A bright yellow sign that says BUMP AHEAD is perfect, but DIYing a couple of clever directional signs on a pole could be another great way to announce a pregnancy.

4. Include a pair of teeny baby shoes in your pregnancy announcement. (picture: slide 4)

Who can resist a tiny pair of baby shoes? No one can and that’s why this style of pregnancy announcement is so popular. Also, this could be a great way to announce the gender of your baby.

5. Consider a holiday-related pregnancy announcement. (picture: slide 5)

Announcing a pregnancy during pumpkin season or just before Christmas? Take advantage of your great timing to come up with a creative holiday-themed pregnancy announcement, such as carving a tiny pumpkin inside of a bigger pumpkin or hanging up an extra Christmas stocking.

6. Come up with an exciting math equation. (picture: slide 6)

One plus one equals two, right? Not always, since one could have another little one inside her. If math is your thing, you could come up with a fun equation that has your family and friends doing the math and realizing that you’re pregnant!

7. Include humor in your pregnancy announcement. (picture: slide 7)

A new pregnancy is a very joyful event, but when you make it funny, it’s even better. The mother-to-be could be scarfing down ice cream or junk food as the father-to-be anxiously reads how-to books or nervously assembles a crib with many parts.

Looking for more ideas for family photos? Here’s some ideas of how to dress your family and a cute way to display your family photos.

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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5 Ways To Teach Your Baby To Love Reading

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Reading is important. We all know this. But is it important to read to babies? Will they even notice? Will it make a difference? YES! It is never too early to start! Here are some ideas to help teach your baby to love reading from an early age.

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1. Start sooner than you think you should

You’d be hard-pressed to teach an 18-month-old how to read, and a newborn isn’t going to know the difference between you reading and you babbling at her. So why read to them when they’re so young? Because it helps you form a habit of reading to them. That habit will prove beneficial down the road when they reach an age where they can learn to read, when they start writing their first book reports, and on through their school years. If you start reading to them daily from day one, you’re more likely to keep reading to them as they grow.

But what do you read to an infant? Simple. Skip the picture books and find something you want to read. Before my oldest turned one, we made it through The Hobbit and the entire Harry Potter series, one chapter at a time, as I nursed her before bed. Hit up the library, find yourself a good novel or memoir or self-help book, and read it aloud to your baby. If you have older kids, read age-appropriate books to them and baby at the same time. Hooray for double-dipping!

 

2. Make it a daily routine

Children thrive on predictability, so don’t just make a habit of reading to them every day; make a habit of reading to them at a certain time every day. Whether that is right after breakfast, before nap time, or after you get home from work is not important. What matters is that you make it part of your daily routine. You might be surprised at how much you both look forward to your fifteen minute break from the busyness of the day to snuggle and read together.

 

3. Choose books with bold, bright pictures and/or rhythmic, rhyming words

Once your baby becomes more social, you’ll probably want to put down Bossypants and start reading picture books together. Even before they fully understand the words you’re reading, they’ll appreciate great illustrations. Bright images are help stimulate brain development, and they help make books more interesting and memorable. Interactive books — such as Pat the Bunny or this pop-up version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar –are also great entertainment for short attentions spans.

As language develops, rhythm and rhyme will start to interest your baby as much as the pictures do. Don’t you think simple song lyrics are much easier to remember than long, boring sentences? Your baby feels the same way. He is more likely to be engaged if the story has a sing-song quality to it. He is also more likely to start memorizing those words later on, which is a good first step toward reading.

 

4. Read the same books over and over

It’s good to read a variety of books with your baby, but choose a few that you rotate through every few days. I have probably read Green Eggs and Ham and Goodnight Moon a thousand times, but my girls still love them. Repeatedly reading old favorites is not only comforting, but as language develops it will help them start to memorize the words. As I mentioned before, that is a good first step toward learning to read.

 

5. Make it fun!

Let’s face it: a lot of children’s books are boring for adults, especially if you are reading them over and over and over again. So shake things up a little. Share a bowl of strawberries while reading The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. Do an overly dramatic reading of Llama Llama Red PajamaSing when you read Miss Mary Mack. (Come on…you remember how the tune goes!) Use puppets or stuffed animals to act out a story, or pretend to have them read it instead of you. Whatever you do, have fun with it. Your baby will be delighted at your antics, and you’ll be actively engaged instead of bored out of your gourd.

The takeaway here is that if you want your baby to learn to love reading, you should love reading too. And the only way for your baby to see that is for you to show her how much you enjoy it. So don’t be afraid to get silly and have some fun!

 

Jen is the mother of two sweet girls; her days are filled with Dr. Seuss books and laundry, block castles and pink tutus. Reading is her first passion. Finding and testing out delicious recipes is a close second. She and her husband are working on making their fixer-upper home into something amazing. It’s a satisfying but painfully slow process. Read more from Jen at her blog: Nothing Can Come Of Nothing

7 Great and Classic ABC Books for Every Family

There is no lack of variation on the alphabet book theme, and every family with young kids probably has at least one or two ABC books. However, some authors manage to take a simple subject and make it new and fun again. Here are seven great ABC books that are favorites at our house.

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Dr. Seuss’s ABC by Dr. Seuss

Big D, little d, what begins with D? Dr. Seuss at his finest, laying on the nonsense rhymes that somehow stick with you. After having read this one a hundred times together, my two-year-old likes to tell me she’s “itchy itchy Ichabod, I, I, I!” when she gets a mosquito bite.

Animal Alphabet: Slide and Seek the ABCs by Alex A. Lluch

First you see “A is for…”, then you slide a little panel over to reveal an alligator. Each letter gets its own window and animal. Not only is it beautifully illustrated, it’s also sturdy enough for little hands to slide the panels back and forth without sustaining much (if any) damage. A definite plus for parents with, ahem, enthusiastic little readers!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

All the lower-case letters are racing each other to the top of the coconut tree…until they come crashing down! With simple, bright images, an easy rhythm, and a silly premise, it’s no wonder this one is a perennial favorite among toddlers.

A Is for Angry: An Animal and Adjective Alphabet by Sandra Boynton

This book takes alliteration to silly new levels, with as many words as possible worked in for each letter. It’s silly and funny…exactly what you’d expect from Sandra Boynton.

B Is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABC by June Sobel

If your kiddo loves big trucks and heavy machinery, this is a must-have. The pictures show bulldozers, cranes, and excavators hard at work, as simple rhymes take you through the alphabet.

Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

There’s no story here; just gorgeous illustrations. Not only will this book help your child learn the alphabet–both upper- and lower-case letters–but it will also introduce them to delicious fruits and vegetables that begin with each letter.

Animalia by Graeme Base

This book is as much fun for parents and older kids as it is for the little ones. The words are simple alliterations–“crafty crimson cats carefully catching crusty crayfish” for example–but the pictures are what makes this book a treasure. Every page is full of exquisite details, and you could easily lose track of time searching for all the things that begin with any given letter.

 

Jen is the mother of two sweet girls; her days are filled with Dr. Seuss books and laundry, block castles and pink tutus. Reading is her first passion. Finding and testing out delicious recipes is a close second. She and her husband are working on making their fixer-upper home into something amazing. It’s a satisfying but painfully slow process. Read more from Jen at her blog: Nothing Can Come Of Nothing