Creating a Montessori Inspired Art Station

Creating a montessori inspired art station…

I love a lot about the montessori approach.  Why shouldn’t we allow kids to do what they can do and show them how to do it themselves?  It is our job as parents to raise them to be their very best.

Our art station is definitely not a montessori art station by any means.  To be a true montessori art station, you would several trays of different projects.  We do not, nor do we want to.  Donovan is too young to have it set up that way.  He is still at the age where everything on the shelf must eventually hit the floor.  The last thing I need is chalk ground into our carpets.  I just follow a few of the ideas.

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Sleepy Time Play Dough Recipe

Sleepy Time Play Dough Recipe

After a few restless nights, it was time to try just about anything.  I recently stumbled across an article that explained how to make homemade play dough that was both easy and edible.  I use the term edible very loosely.  Your child will not want to eat the play dough.  It is salty and tastes like lavender.  Trust me.  Donovan spit out his first bite and threw the dough across the room.  I had to hold back my mother’s voice, “I told you not to do that”.

Here is the 10 minute recipe.

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A Simple Trick to Brushing your Toddler's Teeth!

A trick to brushing your toddler’s teeth!

Every night it is the same ole, same ole.  We have him “brush” his teeth first, then we beg and plead with a moving toddler to open his mouth, say Ah, let us get the top ones, let us get the bottom ones, add more toothpaste, pretend add some more toothpaste, add only water, repeat, repeat, repeat, until NOW.   Luckily we are still using training toothpaste and we barely put enough on the toothbrush because we know he will want more and more and more and more.

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Sugar Free Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

Sugar Free / Superfood Rich Chocolate Ice Cream

Let me repeat, Sugar Free & Superfood Rich Chocolate Ice Cream!  This is an ice cream that a mom can feel good about serving!

I recently learned from a friend of mine that it is rather easy to make Nana Ice Cream (banana ice cream). I have been looking for a way to introduce Donovan to the superfood – raw cacao powder – yes that is spelled correctly.

It is so simple.  Just blend the following and serve.

Sugar Free & Superfood Rich Chocolate Ice Cream

  • 1 frozen Banana
  • 1 tablespoon of Organic Raw Cacao Powder
  • 1 tablespoon of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter
  • 1/2 can of Coconut Milk

Raw Cacao Powder vs. Cocoa Powder
What is the difference between raw cacao powder and cocoa powder?  In the matter of taste, not much.  I cannot tell the difference.  Cocoa is basically a heat processed version of cacao.  It is cheaper, which is why I think it is more readily available.  Both have antioxidants, but cacao is a superfood and it is the purest form of chocolate that you can consume.  Cacao is the thought to have the highest amount of antioxidants amongst most other foods and it is loaded in magnesium.

Toddler Approved:  Matcha Green Tea & Chia Pudding

Toddler Approved: Matcha Green Tea & Chia Pudding

OMG – I have found one of the best foods for Donovan and it is super easy to make!   I have made it twice already.

Introducing Matcha Green Tea & Chia Pudding!

It is so simple to make.  I use 3 tablespoons of Go Matcha Green Tea Latte Powder, 8 ounces of water, and two tablespoons of chia seeds.  You simply mix the ingredients and refrigerate it in a covered bowl overnight.

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Games to play with Magnetic Letters

Fun with Magnetic Letters!


Donovan has been going nuts over his magnetic letters.  He knows exactly where we keep them.  He will run over, grab them, scream mama mama mama while bringing them to me.  I open them and he goes to town putting them on the front door.  It is adorable.

Since they are rated 3 and up, I monitor all magnetic letter play.  I do not want him to swallow a magnet.  Plus I love watching him play.

There are many games you can play with magnets.  For instance, you could color coordinate them and teach colors.  Donovan isn’t really at that level, yet, but I think it will be fun in the future.

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Essential Oils for your Toddler

Essential oils for your toddler.

This week has been great!  The happy people at Gio Naturals sent us a starter kit of carrier oils to try out.  I have been busy researching and testing ways to use them.

Gio Naturals carrier oils are 100% Organic and USDA certified.  Included in the gift pack, was Tamanu, Argan, Castor & Jojoba Oil.  I have heard (and used) all of them except the Tamanu oil.

  • Tamanu Oil is ideal for many common skin conditions such as cold sores, psoriasis, eczema, acne scars, general scars, burns, stings, mosquito bites, toenail fungus, stretch marks, dry scalp and flaky, scaly or overly dry skin.
  • Jojoba oil is one of the best oils to deal with dry, damaged hair and other problems, like dandruff, hair loss, etc.
  • Castor oil carries ricinoleic acid and omega- 6 essential fatty acids, which accelerate blood circulation to the scalp, hence increasing hair growth.  Most people use it on their eyelashes to grow them thicker and longer.
  • Argan oil hydrates & restores dry frizzy and problematic hair, reduce split ends, add shine and moisture to your hair.  It also has unusually high levels of vitamin E & Vitamin A. These vitamins are known to protect and repair skin damage.

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Belly Button Books

How to cope with a Belly Button Obsession!

Donovan has been obsessed with belly buttons since he found his.  He pokes it so much that we used to have to put him in onesies when it was bleeding.  He would lift my husband and my shirt and giggle.  He absolutely loves belly buttons.

Here are some steps that may help you cope with your toddler’s belly button obsession.  Haha!

Step 1 – Give in.  Let him play with your belly button.  They are only this adorable once.

Step 2 – Find all of the belly button books and read them!  A few of my favorites are Belly Button Book by Sandra Boynton, Down by the Bay by Nadine Bernard Westcott, and Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox.

Step 3 – Blow those zerberts!   (zerbert – noun, A fart-like noise acheived by placing the lips on human skin and blowing).

Step 4 – Repeat


Babywearing at the Miami Boat Show!

Babygearing Mei Tei CarrierThis past weekend was the Miami Boat Show and Valentine’s Day!  What a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your toddler than by babywearing and keeping him close.

I used to babywear him all of the time, but since he started walking, I haven’t worn him much.

Luckily we gave it another shot with this adorable mei tei style baby carrier.  It not only looks cute, but it was so much fun to wear.

I liked how it tied and the design was super stylish and not over the top childish.  The stitching is of great quality.  I loved being hands free and not having to chase him around the boat show.

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How to make a Valentine's Day card with a Toddler!

A Valentine’s Day Card for Daddy!

Donovan loves to paint.  He mainly likes to dip the brush.  Luckily water paints are less messy than regular painting and it allows them to really focus on their fine motor skills.  We paint almost every day (sometimes for just 5 minutes).

This year for Valentine’s Day, I helped Donovan make a card for daddy.

He painted a piece of paper.  Then, I cut it out and we glued it to red card stock.

Daddy loved it.  We hope you do, too.