10/23/14
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DIY magnet fishing set for toddlers/kids

Happy day! I have a fun little DIY project to share today. It was seriously so simple I think pretty much anyone can do it. Back in August Jacob went on an Alaskan fishing trip for a week.

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How gorgeous is that sky?? We all missed him like crazy and every day I would talk to Hunter about daddy’s fishing adventure in Alaska. He got super excited about fishing and wanted to go himself. Thanks to Pinterest inspiration I DIY’d his own little fishing set. And here’s how you can!

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Materials

Card stock paper in a variety of colors
Scissors
Paper clips
A magnet
String
A stick (about 12-18 inches in length)

The How-To

Find a fish shape you like or draw your own onto the card stock. Cut out the fish (as many as desired). Take a paper clip (one per fish) and create a hole near the mouth and attach the paper clip to it. Repeat with all fish.

Now take your magnet and string and tie the string onto the magnet. I used a circle shape and a U shape so I could easily tie onto it. If you can’t tie it on, use some super glue or a hot glue gun to attach the magnet to the string. Tie the other end of the string near one end of your stick.

Then get fishin’!

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Fishing has not only been fun, but educational too.  I’ll ask Hunter to catch all the green fish (or other color) or a certain number of fish. He’s a pro fisher. :)

I’m sure with older kids the paper fish would get ripped less, but with my crazy 2 year old a few fish have seen the end of their swimming lives. Good thing they cost practically nothing to make. I have future plans (a Christmas gift) to sew fabric fish with some metal hiding in the mouth so he can still use with his magnet fishing pole with them. They’ll be sturdy and oh-so-cute too!

What is your favorite kind of fish? Either to eat or look at? I’m planning to sew all sorts of fun fish so ideas of fish are welcome.

Happy DIYing!

Heather

09/29/14
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baby led weaning – Zoe at 7 months

It feels like Zoe was just born.  Yesterday.  Then I blinked and she turned into a sitting on her own, smiling, playing and now eating little girl.   The newborn is gone.  I guess now she’s a baby, but next time I blink she’ll be a walking, talking toddler.  Sniff sniff.

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Around 6 months, once she could sit up straight on her own we started having her in the booster seat at the table with us.  It was quite a smooth transition having Hunter sit in a big boy chair, and Zoe take over the booster.  He was not holding on to that one at all.

Why baby-led weaning?  And what the heck is it?  Check out my previous posts that explain it from when I started at 6 months with Hunter (starting and at 8 months).  It’s worked out so well with him!  At 2 years, 4 months old he is a great eater about 90% of the time.  And the times when he isn’t a good eater is usually when people are at our house or we’re out and he just wants to play.  Basically he’s an easily distracted toddler.

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Right about 6 months old we started having Zoe at the table with us mostly at dinner time.  If I had something soft enough then I gave it to her.  She started out with lots of bananas, figs, avocado, yams… and whatever soft veggie or fruit I had.  The first month was the learning phase.  She was learning that food goes into her mouth.  Then she has to mash it up in her gums, then swallow it.  Or really gag it down sometimes.

Now she’s actually getting some food in (yes, poop is very telling).  Her absolute two favorites she gets super excited about are applesauce (just steamed, mashed apples) fed in a spoon by herself – she grabs it every time and stares me down when I’m eating applesauce if I don’t give her any – and peaches, which we had canned.

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Applesauce is messy… but so is everything with baby led weaning.  Check out an after dinner shot (peaches, tofu and avocado).  The less clothes the better!

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Our dog sure is happy to get table food again.

Since this is our second time around it feels so much more relaxed, as it should be.  It’s been so fun having her at the table.  It’s a great distraction if she’s kind of fussy around lunch time – plus she’s learning how to eat!  I just love this stage.

Thoughts on BLW?  Or questions!  I’d be happy to answer any from my experience with it – I’m a big fan of it!

Heather

09/19/14
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healthy peanut butter banana soft serve

It’s been an oddly hot summer here in Washington.  Although we have 90 degrees predicted for this weekend, fall is definitely in the air.  I can start to feel a change in season.   I want to do yard work again, yay!  While browsing through some pictures from a few months ago I came across our little ice cream social I had with the kiddos one afternoon.  Hunter had woken up early from his nap so a snack was in order to tide him over until dinner.  Ice cream it was.  Because who isn’t down for a little ice cream on a hot summer afternoon?

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Gosh both kiddos look so different just 3 months ago…

I am all for real ice cream.  Yum.  But it’s not an every day thing, and especially for my little 2 year old.  He is energized enough without a sugar high.  Banana soft serve makes you think you’re eating (banana flavored) ice cream, but without the extra sugar.  Just extra deliciousness.

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Let’s talk about peanut butter.   Anyone else love PB and banana like me?  All you do is add a spoonful in as you’re whipping up your soft serve and that awesome PB-banana flavor combo is made.  If you’ve never made banana soft serve before here’s a little lesson for ya.  If you have, then you know the greatness and totally need to try adding some PB in.

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Peanut Butter Banana Soft Serve

Ingredients

  • ripe bananas (frozen into chunks) – about 1 banana per person
  • spoonful of natural peanut butter

Directions

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  3. Continue to process the bananas and PB until smooth and soft serve like.
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What was your favorite summer treat?  Have you tried banana soft serve before?

Heather