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Month: June 2016

What I Would Tell the Disheveled Mom With Her Screaming Kids

What I Would Tell the Disheveled Mom With Her Screaming Kids

Tweet If this were B.K. or before kids, I would try to avert my eyes and run. Mommy meltdowns and blood curdling screams from tantrumy kids made my skin crawl. It’s one of the reasons why I thought I would never have kids. Fast-forward three […]

Effortless Teepee II

Effortless Teepee II

Tweet This will be a short post because it took me no more than 5 minutes to put a toddler teepee together. The hard part was entertaining two babies at a hardware store while trying to carry bamboo poles and them back to my car. […]

Effortless Teepee Part I

Effortless Teepee Part I

This is not a potty training post. But as a mom of two trying to manage potty training with no sleep, I can understand how it could easily read as that.

This is a post on how I’ve been working on transforming my toddler’s nursery into a big boy’s room with nil time and money. For all you stay at home mommies out there, you know it’s our own riveting Cupcake Wars.

I started out with a moody gray room. But it needed something fun, bright and not so dreary. I’ve been slowly collecting decorations like hanging fish and a whale from Target. I just needed a day to piece it together.

One day miraculously appeared last week when relatives stopped by for an impromptu visit. It gave me just enough time to figure things out.

Here’s the room before my two kids. Can you even imagine life before kids anymore? I can’t.

Gray nursery

This is the nursery before kids exploded into our home.

Nursery pic

I was excited to finally be able to put things on the wall without worrying a baby would stand on the crib mattress and pull these down. I attached fishing wire with thumbtacks, high enough so even toddlers who know how to grab stools can’t reach them, and this big old whale below.

Fish room

This is not a staged photo obviously. This is real life. In addition to the Target wall decor, here’s the 411 on the decor I fell in love with.

  1. Woodland coverlet set I found at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
  2. Twin navy bed which we found on Overstock.

Toddler rooms

Something was still missing so I eventually pulled together a teepee with bamboo and jute rope. I’m anxious to post about it, but the laundry needs attention. I promise to delve into it soon. To be continued…

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Running On Empty

Running On Empty

Tweet I grieved. I was afraid. But the most difficult part of all of this was that I was the one who created it. I was not talking about some writing project. I was talking about a new baby. My first child sobered me into any […]

The Toddler Craft Project That Keeps On Giving

The Toddler Craft Project That Keeps On Giving

Tweet When you’ve got a spirited tot, planning a project that has multiple uses is ideal. This is important to tuck away for: a) rainy days b) cancelled playdates c) when you’re too tired to do anything. Thankfully, one of those days when all of […]

Toddler Art You Don’t Mind Displaying

Toddler Art You Don’t Mind Displaying

Todderhood is joy. Toddlerhood is indescribably hard. One of the greatest challenges as a stay-at-home mommy is finding activities that involve creative activities that keep them busy and away from their innate desire for destruction. Whenever something catches my eye as a potential to quell boredom and is flattering to boot, I collect. I impulse buy.

This wooden giraffe from Target was inexpensive, cute and worth the purchase. Giraffe Although the leg didn’t hold up (I do have two boys), it proved to be a great emergency activity using up a good hour on a rainy day: Toddler activity giraffe

Cherry on top? Maybe it’s my mommy eyes, but it doesn’t look too bad on my dining room table either.

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