Picture Perfect Puzzle

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Rae of Sunshine took beautiful pictures of my niece and created her precious announcement.  I absolutely love this photo, so when it came time to take the announcement off of the fridge, I wasn’t ready to put away the picture.  The card stock that the photo is printed on is thick, so I figured that it was the perfect paper to use for a popsicle stick puzzle.

Materials:

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Photo

Modge Podge

Scissors

Popsicle Sticks

Small Paint Brush

Pencil

Directions:

IMG_1758Cut announcement portion off of picture.  Place photo on top of the popsicle sticks and cut off any access photo.

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On the back of the photo, place a popsicle stick flat and trace a line down the side of the stick, continue to do this until you run out of room.

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IMG_1767Using the Mod Podge and a small paint brush, cover the back of each picture strip.  Place each strip evenly onto the popsicle sticks, making sure that one is in line with the other. Once glue is dry, using a small paint brush, cover the top of each popsicle stick with the Mod Podge.  Allow to dry.  The Mod Podge will create a sealant over the picture.

IMG_1946IMG_1947The perfect puzzle for this cousin lovin two year old!

Iceberg, Anyone?

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It’s been super cold outside, which has left Reagan and I hanging out at home to avoid the absolutely skin chilling weather outdoors. Hanging out inside all day, with a two-year old, requires this momma to be on her toes. I try to have several projects/activities planned for Reagan that I can easily access when there is down time that needs to be filled. One activity that I’ve been waiting to do with Reagan is Delia Creates awesome iceberg activity. We had just come back from visiting cousins in Kingston, Ontario, where they were recovering from an ice storm that reeked havoc on their small city. We saw beautiful icicles and huge chunks of ice lining the slick streets. Delia’s activity seemed liked the perfect extension for our ice filled trip.

Materials

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Several Tupperware Containers- we used three

Various things to freeze. We picked things that would float and things that would sink when our containers were filled with water

Water

Iceberg and glacier facts – I wanted to be sure that I was passing on accurate information to Reagan. Find what we used below.

Iceberg and glacier videos and pictures- Visual Learners! Find what we used below.

Directions

1. Show pictures and videos about icebergs and glaciers, while telling facts about each. Reagan’s only two, so this part of the activity was very short, specific and to the point.

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Videos: Twinkle Trails: Icebergs and Glaciers , Iceberg Collapsing , Iceberg Flipping Over , Moving Iceberg

Facts for Parents: Quick Iceberg Facts , Discovery Kids

Pictures: Glacier and Iceberg Google Images

2. Find small objects around the house that will become a part of your icebergs. Reagan chose a toy car, several small animals, a play mobile person, a plastic banana bunch, and a toy Daisy. Place objects into bowls and fill bowls with water.

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3. Place bowls outside to freeze. The bowls could also be placed into the freezer. We left our bowls outside for about 4 hours, in 10 degree weather.

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4. Once frozen, talk about how the ice feels and looks. Reagan was in desperate need for a tubbie so we decided to take our project to the bathroom, easier clean up. We placed the plastic ice filled bowls into the warm tub water and watched as our ‘icebergs’ slowly came loose from their ‘glaciers’ (the plastic bowls). Reagan had a blast melting her icebergs! She made various attempts to remove her toys; holding the icebergs under water, holding them under the running faucet and just letting them float around the tub.

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So much fun!! Thanks for the idea Delia Creates!

Faux Fur Fix

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Reagan’s outfits haven’t been getting the blog attention that they deserve. It’s this mommy’s New Years Resolution to bring you the super cute clothes that I find for my adorably fashionable daughter. I’m a stickler about not spending full price on clothes for Reagan. She’s two, is potty training, loves popsicles, and has my mothers genes; which means she inevitably spills something on the front of her shirt before the days end. For all these reasons and more, I hate spending a lot of money on her clothes. From play clothes to dress up; I feel like Reagan always looks super cute, without breaking the bank.
J.Crew has spoiled us lately by offering an additional 50% off of their sale items!

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J.Crew Tunic
Old Navy Jersey Crew Neck
Janie and Jack Ponte Pant
J.Crew Faux Fur Vest
Hatley Gingham Lab Socks
Chuck Taylor’s

Festive Fort

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Sometimes things happen on a whim. Henry was over the other day and it just seemed like every activity that I attempted to entertain them with was a huge fail. We had Christmas lights out and ready to be put on the tree, a gigantic empty box in the basement, stickers and crayons… enter our fabulous fort! Super easy and endless hours of fun!

Materials
Large Box
Crayons
Stickers
Pen
Strand of Christmas Lights

Directions

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Decorate a large box, inside and out with stickers and crayons.

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Poke holes into the top of the box, the same distance that each bulb is away from each other on the light strand. I used a pen to poke the holes. Stick the bulbs into the punched holes.

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An awesome fort to play and watch movies in!!

What They’re Wearing for Christmas

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Christmas is always such a fabulous time to dress up and look your best! I would love to have Reagan wear an adorable dress, but unfortunately, she’s at an awkward stage where dresses just aren’t fitting her right. Henry and Reagan’s Christmas outfits are adorable and can definitely be worn again, together or as separates. We had lots of fun picking out this years Christmas outfits!

Henry’s Outfit:

Janie and Jack Moleskin Blazer , Janie and Jack Holiday Tree Vest , Janie and Jack Tartan Shirt , Khaki Moleskin Trouser, Janie and Jack Tartan Socks , Janie and Jack Stripe Tie , Cole Haan Kids Air Pinch Penny Loafers

Reagan’s Outfit:

Janie and Jack Rosette Dress Coat, Janie and Jack Corsage Metallic Dot Chiffon Blouse , Janie and Jack Bow Ponte Pant , Janie and Jack Bow Plaid Headband, TOMS ‘Glitters – Tiny’ Mary Jane Jane Flat