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Tips and Products to help you get through the season #12daysofparenting

Welcome to my third post for the #12daysofparenting Christmas blog hop which features over 60 bloggers and I’m very happy to be a part of it . #12daysofparenting is a series of blog posts on tips and tricks to survive the holidays with little ones ,as well as some great giveaways.
” On the eleventh day of Parenting – Products to help you get through the season” is today’s topic for #12daysofparenting. I’ve shared my Tips and Products to help you get through the season and you can also hop over to My Thoughts on Things blog post to see her favorite products.

Gift wrap station : I call it gift wrapping station ,where I have all the things I need to wrap a gift . Rolls of gift wrapping paper , hole punch , glue stick ,tape, scissors, stamps , ribbons, tissue paper, washi tape , tags and not to forget the pretty bows . All the things in one place makes holiday present wrapping easy and quick.

Ready to make Craft kits : I shop for Craft kits that are easy to make with simple instructions. I try to stock up a variety of craft kits that my son can make without any help .During the holidays , when Iam busy cooking especially for a party , I find these kits very helpful. My favorite places to shop for these crafts kits are any craft stores or Target . If you love shopping online, then Oriental Trading is the one I recommend.

Receipts Box : Most of us shop a lot during the holiday season . I usually Clip all the receipts together and store it in a drawer for easy access . If you need to return or exchange anything , simply open the receipt box and find the right receipt in seconds .

Homemade Snacks : Homemade Snacks are the best but they may seem like the last thing you have time for .I make dry Indian savory snacks in bulk and store it. They come handy during the busy holidays and also while travelling .Some of our favorite tasty treats are Rice Murukkus ,Boondi , Chudwa and spiced nuts .Make them ahead of time and store it in air tight containers to relish during the festive time.

Candles : Candles are great for table setting during the holidays .They make you feel all cozy inside. I love candles during special occasions and my favorite is Bath and Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint scented candle. It makes your house smell so good.

Salt : yes..you heard it right .. Salt is my favorite product during the holidays or any event at home. Salt is for those stressful days , When you’re more active than usual. When your feet are tired and sore . Have you ever tried Soaking your feet in warm salt water ? It is feels like heaven … Not only a great stress reliever but also makes you calmer and more relaxed . It also works like magic in cleaning the feet.

Honey , Ginger and lemon : Keeping healthy during holidays is very difficult , I say with personal experience of having flu during one Christmas and believe me, it was bad. One home cold and flu remedy that works for my family is Honey , grated ginger and lemon drink. If you want to know more about it read here .Not to forget , eating a steaming bowl of soup can help clear the stuffy nose .

How can I forget my Fleece Blankie ..It keeps me warm and cozy while watching Christmassy movies and playing board games with my son.

There are so many things to help you get through the season. Some of the products I mentioned above are not brand specific. I think ,its good that you can still use these tips and find a similar product in your city/country .

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More Christmas Traditions to explore :
* Our Family Christmas Traditions #12daysofparenting
* Waiting for Santa a new experience
* Making Clay Christmas Tree
* Christmas Fun with family
* Christmas tree art projects for kids
* Preschool Class Christmas goody bags
* Easy Christmas Cards for kids to make

Christmas Cards and Ornaments Kids can make #12daysofparenting

This is my second post for the #12daysofparenting Christmas blog hop which features over 60 bloggers and I’m very excited to be a part of it .#12daysofparenting is a series of blog posts on tips and tricks to survive the holidays with little ones ,as well as some great giveaways. If you are hopping over from Glossy Tots, hello and Welcome to my blog.

” On the fifth day of Parenting – A Christmas Craft ” is today’s topic for #12daysofparenting.
Christmas is all about celebrating togetherness .To be with the people you like and to do what you like the most .It could be shopping , wrapping ,baking or my favorite crafting . Every year for Christmas we make cards and ornaments. Handmade things are always special gifts. My son joins me in making the cards for his teachers and friends. I try to keep it as simple as possible ,so he can help or make his own .

Holiday Handmade Cards

Christmas Cards and Ornaments Kids can make

Woohoo! It’s been a crafttastic week for us .We made two cards and ornaments, which I’ll be sharing in detail below .
First let’s look at the Cards. The first card we made is Star Bright Tree and the second one is Holly berry Christmas .
Materials Needed to make Cards:
Cardstock (Plain white and red )
Shiny Green Foil Cardstock for tree
Pencil and Color Markers
Star and gifts Stickers
Sequins
Instructions:
The Holly Berry card is very simple to make , draw leaves using green marker and then glue red sequins as berries .
Pls take a look the picture for Step by step instructions for Star Bright Card .
Teacher Gift Idea – Handmade cards are great gifts especially for Teachers. We made these cards for my son’s class room teacher , 5 special subject teachers ,the principle and school nurse .
Handmade Christmas cards

Now let’s see How to make Glitter Glue Ornaments
These ornaments are super easy to make and you’ll need only three materials to make them .My husband was thrilled to see once they were done . He didn’t believe that only glitter and glue can make such beautiful ornaments .
Materials needed :
White Glue
Glitter in various colors
Wax paper
String ( optional)
Instructions:
Using the tip of a glue bottle to draw any of your favorite Christmas shape .Like we drew a Christmas tree and Ginger bread man for example .
Then sprinkle glitter all over the glue . Make sure you add a lot to cover the entire shape .
Let it dry for a day , then gently peel the wax paper from the back .
Kids go crazy when it peels off clean ..so magical !
Yay ..I have step by step pictorial instructions for making Glitter Glue Christmas Tree and Ginger Bread Man Ornaments.
Glitter Glue Ornaments
Add a string and hang it on your tree or windowsill . Both ways they look beautiful and sparkly . They make a great holiday decor !
My efforts is to keep holidays simple and at the same time make it special . These ideas are inexpensive and easy enough for kids to make.What do you like to do ..baking , wrapping or crafting ? let me know what you think of our handmade cards and ornaments ?

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More Christmas Traditions to explore :
* Our Family Christmas Traditions #12daysofparenting
* Waiting for Santa a new experience
* Making Clay Christmas Tree
* Christmas Fun with family
* Christmas tree art projects for kids
* Preschool Class Christmas goody bags
* Easy Christmas Cards for kids to make

Our Family Christmas Traditions #12daysofparenting

This is my very first post for the #12daysofparenting Christmas blog hop which features over 60 bloggers and I’m very excited to be a small part of it .#12daysofparenting is a series of blog posts on tips and tricks to survive the holidays with little ones ,as well as some great giveaways. If you are hopping over from Having a Baby and Living at home blog post , hello and Welcome to my blog.

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” On the fourth day of Parenting -Our Family Traditions” is today’s topic for #12daysofparenting.
I have few childhood memories of celebrating Christmas in India but it was only after coming to United states , I started understanding more about the holiday and its traditions. We’re a Indian Family who love celebrations. We celebrate Christmas with same enthusiasm as Diwali or any Indian festival .
Our family christmas traditions collage Our Family Christmas traditions

Decorating house : We decorate our house both inside and out . We finish our outdoor lights decoration early , for our festival Diwali popularly known as Festival of Lights, comes way before Christmas. So outside is pretty much done except for adding little Christmas details .
Decorating Christmas Tree : Decorating the tree …who doesn’t love it ? One of my personal favorite tradition is buying a Christmas ornament for every important milestone in life .I have a ornament for my first Christmas with my hubby (2004) ,our baby to recently when we bought a house.
Popcorn necklaces for tree : Every year on Christmas Eve , My niece and son join me to make Popcorn garlands for decorating on tree . I usually make more popcorn because We tend to eat a lot but we also sing and tell stories while making the garlands . If you want to know more about it read here .
Holiday Arts and crafts : We are a artsy craftsy family who love spending time together making fun crafts. My niece and son enjoy making Christmas cards and tags for teachers and friends.
Watching Movies : Throughout the holiday season we watch Christmas movies .Beautiful, heart touching, family movies showing the love and true spirit of Christmas.
Yay..Cozy House + Movies = Family time.
Family Moments : Having a family close by is a blessing .Love Spending time with my sister’s family on Christmas eve and Christmas.Opening presents in PJ’s , eating delicious cookies my sister baked and watching my niece and son play together are best moments of Christmas.
Toys for Tots: Few years back , me and my husband started a giveback project . Every year we donate couple of toys to Toys for Tots Organisation. This year ,my seven year old helped me in choosing the toys to be donated.Glad to see him learn the importance of doing so along the process. After all, Giving back to those in need embodies the true spirit of the holiday season.

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Stay in tune for some awesome Christmas crafts tomorrow .Have a happy Holiday season !
More Christmas Traditions to explore :
* Waiting for Santa a new experience
* Making Clay Christmas Tree
* Christmas Fun with family
* Christmas tree art projects for kids
* Preschool Class Christmas goody bags
* Easy Christmas Cards for kids to make

Explore Dirt through Simple play

My little one enjoys outdoor activities but sometimes outside play can be a challenge. So, today we are bringing nature indoors. After reading and discussing few books on dirt, we went outside to collect a bucket full of dirt to explore.

Invitation to Explore Dirt

Explore Dirt Through Simple Play

Materials needed :
Tray
Beach bucket / container
Mud /dirt
Magnifying glass
Pen/ pencils
Paper
Instructions :
Dig into dirt an outdoor activity

Start by collecting dirt from your garden/Backyard using beach toys ,shovel to dig and bucket to collect dirt.
Early Science Explorers
Then spread the dirt on a tray .
Explore Soil through play
Use a magnifying glass to look closely at dirt .
Learning about Mud through Play
Then make a list of things you see on a paper.
Kids draw their Observations about Dirt
As you explore,draw and write Observations.

My son was very comfortable using his hands but if you don’t like your kids to get messy use gloves.This activity is perfect for ages 5-7 years old but If you have a toddler or preschooler, no worries, they can still have fun playing with mud, add few tools like cups, sand sifters or beach toys. It will keep them engaged for a while. However you choose to do it , dirt play is always fun !

Lessons Learnt :
As my son examined,he was finding little things that surprised him. Twigs, rocks, plastic ,seeds and leaves are a few things he discovered . Kids come up with unique observations ,like my son was not happy to see a piece of plastic .He said “Mom ,Plastic is not good for Earth “. He made me think that this could be great Earth day activity too.Above all , I am happy that he began to understand what dirt is made up of.
Simple Garden play at home

Do you have a curious child who loves to explore ? Then experience this Simple,fun activity and let me know what you think about it.
My post Explore Dirt is a part of a 30 Day Simple Play at Home series hosted by Adventures of Adam. Each day of the week a different blogger will be writing about simple play ideas that you can do with your kids in each room of the house for the entire month.

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Currently Happy… about writing on the blog. I gave up writing due to many health issues but slowly recovering now. My readers wanted me to come back and here I am ..yeah ..writing my first post after 3 months. …Thank you readers …you are my strength .

Currently Excited.. about Picture day at school. I take at least 10 snaps to get Ashrith look at the camera. God help the photographer to click so many kids .I hope, he gets a good pic for the magazine ..not a weirdo eyes or a fake smile.

Currently Getting ready.. for Navrathri Puja . Today is the first day of Devi Navarathri / Sharada Navarathri . We have a custom to plant barley seeds in a small pot on the first day of Navrathri. If you want to know more abt the puja and festival read my previous posts Navrathri Puja, Drawing of Maa Durga and Navrathri Puja Samagri list.

Currently Frustrated..Knowing about Parmesan Cheese . Did you know Parmesan Chesse is not vegetarian . It is made with cow’s milk and calf Rennet ( meaning stomach parts of baby cow ). So, all my Vegeterian friends, next time you eat a Bread stick or pizza at Dominoes ….remember it has Parmesan in it . I am totally sad and frustrated. My outdoor Vegetarian options keep reducing every day!

Currently Confused.. about iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 plus . What do u think ? Which one is better ? Not sure which one to pick .Any reviews pls let me know .

Feeling awesome writing here , stay in tune for more interesting updates. Please feel free to comment ! Have a wonderful week and Navathri celebrations .

Mommy and Child Doodles ( Week #4)

Mommy and child doodles

Wishing all my Readers a Very Happy Independence day/ 4thJuly !
Red White and Blue is the theme of the day .

Mommy Doodles the number 10 !
Mommy Doodles Number 10

My 10 Doodle is made using a black sharpie and Red Blue Oil Pastels.
Yes, The number “10” has a prominent place for us this year. We got married in India and started our family story here in United States. It has been a long journey with fun, laughter, sorrows , happiness and victories. I love my Motherland India but after living in America for 10 yrs , I can say it is my home away from Home. So, we celebrating our 10th ( 4th of july )Independence day.

Child Doodles the American Flag!
Child Doodles American Flag for 4thofjuly
Ashrith loves to paint and this is the first time he tried to paint the American Flag.
He was tired after all that painting , so I traced the lines with black marker but Shhh..don’t tell him ..he will be mad at me. He loves to finish projects all himself.
We are going to do some fun stuff this weekend and fireworks ofcourse . What are your plans ?
Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July !!

Measuring Ruler costume for Vocabulary Parade Kindergarten

Measure Costume for Kindergarten Vocabulary Parade

Last month, before the school closed I had to blogpost this .Due to some reasons I couldn’t but happy to share it with you today . One of the last events of the school was a Vocabulary Parade. These parades are not only fun for kids but also a learning experience . It encourages them to read and learn new words. The Kindergarten students were asked to make a creative costume using any recycle material like paper, boxes, plates. The costume is based on a Vocabulary Word and I chose the word ” Measure” . To represent and explain the word Measure we made a Ruler costume .

I know ..there were plenty options ..I don’t know why I chose Ruler. I wanted to do something different and thought Ruler was out of the box . My friends and hubby thought there was not much scope to bring color and creativity in it . Now it was a challenge for me to do something .
I wanted to make a costume where kids learn the word measure using Ruler. Here’s, What we made with pictorial details.
Ruler made out of paper
First we need 2 sheets of yellow poster paper
Fold each yellow poster paper into half( length wise )
We did a front side of the costume and a back side .
Attach both sides of the costume with a ribbon.(the size of ribbon.. measure your kids head and shoulders , so it is easy for him to remove and wear at school)
Measuring Ruler made for Vocabulary parade
Using a black marker have inches and cms lines drawn
Ruler Costume for Kindergraten Vocabulary day

Front side of Measuring Ruler COSTUME

Front side of the costume : we wrote the word “Measure”
” I am a Ruler as Special as can be .Please Measure with me !
Back side of Measuring Ruler Costume
Back side of the costume : we drew 3 candy and asked “How Tall are they ? Measure ! (got candy inspiration from a worksheet I saw here)

Kids involvement :We are one of those families who enjoy project works and Kid’s involvement is very important. Ashrith patiently waited while taking his shoulder measurements. He traced all the pencil lines with marker .. the centimeter lines you see on the scale . I am glad that he loved helping me in making his costume.
What do you think of our Costume ? Pls feel free to comments. See you all real soon !

Rainy day activity : Painting with white bouquet flowers

Rainyday activity for kids  painting with flowers

How to pass time on Rainy day ? I had no activity planned for the day and when I was about to throw all my dried flowers of bouquet , I got the idea of giving them to my son for painting.Sometimes spur of the moment ideas work wonders.We are painting with tiny white flowers. Yes,Flowers we see all the time ..Very popular in bouquets and floral arrangements. Do you know what they are called? I had to google..They belong to carnation family and are called Gysophila.

Painting with Gyposphila Flowers
The tiny white flowers stems are nice and strong for kids to hold just like brushes.

Painting with flowers
A paper plate with few acrylic paints to dip and paint.

Painting with flowers for kids
For my six year old it was easy , he randomly painted with all the colors .

Painting with boquet flowers for kids
A modern painting is here to showcase !

We enjoyed exploring dried flowers and paints. How about you ? Please share your summer plans and fun activities .I would love to hear !

Mommy and Child Doodles ( Week #3)

Mommy and child doodles

I started the doodle series for two reasons, the first to challenge the arty person in me , who really loves art and brushes but never gets time to use them.This series is giving me a chance to renew my passion and get back to Art . It’s like going back to basics. The second reason is to spend quality time with my son at the art table since he loves to draw and paint just like me.

For today’s mommy and child doodles we got inspiration from flowers blooming everywhere. This time we did not use any pencil and chose to paint directly.

Mommy Doodles : A simple Red Rose painting
Mommy Doodles: Red Rose painting

Kids love to draw what they see in their surroundings. Spring is definitely inspiring!
Child Doodles : In Ashrith’s words .. a Super Spring Day painting .
Child Doodles:  Super Spring painting

The weather is beautiful and we are having awesome outdoor fun. Playground ,long walks at the park, swimming pool and what not . What are you up to ? Please feel free to comment and share ! Stay in tune for Fun projects coming up for kids .

Creative Play : Exploring Ice with Sea Animals

Today I am sharing creative play with Ice. Whenever I open the freezer , Ashrith is curious about the ice cubes. He wants to hold them and play. We usually play with  different shapes ice cubes  made from  Ikea store ice trays but for  today ‘s play we added Plastic  Reusable Sea animals Ice cubes and Plastic ocean animals.

Materials Needed:

Baby bath tub or any big plastic container

Muffin Pan

Ice cubes ( Sea Animals or  tiny plastic toys)

Water

Toy Hammer & Shovel

Instructions:

Ice play :Plastic Sea animals in Muffin tin

Take a Muffin Pan ,add Plastic Ice cubes or toys  of any kind like we added Sea animals.

Ice Play with Plastic Sea animals

Now add water to the muffin tray and freeze it overnite.

Creative Ice play with Plastic cubes

Next day just scoop out the nice round iceblocks from Muffin tray. They came out very easily …no efforts.That’s a relief!

Place a baby bath tub with the ice rounds blocks and now its ready to play.
Creative play: Exploring Ice

First Ashrith digged ,explored for a while and later enjoyed banging the ice with Hammer.He had fun breaking the ice with his toy hammer and finding the hidden sea animals. He felt like a Hero saving Sea animals.

Plastic Reusable Ice cubes Play

Note: Reusable Plastic  Ice cubes come in many varieties ,I bought Sea animal Ice cubes at Target store , you can find similar ones on Amazon here. If you are looking for them in stores they are usually found in summer collection aisle where you have pitchers, caddy and picnic stuff.

Ocean animals

If you are looking for more Ice  Play activities for kids  , do try this  too .In the collage below you can see ice play with tiny plastic animals. The Ocean animals were bought at a Dollar store .These little things are not pricey and we can reuse them for countless activities.

Ice Play with Sea Animals
Lessons Learnt: He researched about Ice…telling why he can’t hold the ice in hand for long .. about its coolness . Recognising all Sea/Ocean Animals hidden in the ice.

It was indeed learning through play … a totally fun experience. We’ll be doing a lot of Ice play this summer holidays when the days are hot and BTW ..I am also thinking of ways to reuse these animals. So, look out for my coming posts ! What do you think about our Ice play ? Do send me your ideas and suggestions through comments …I will be happy to hear them .