Toddler DiY: Pet Turtle

I teamed up with Netflix for this post.

School’s out, but learning is still in. Have you noticed the plethora of Back to School items already lining the shelves at all the major retailers? I’m sure kids aren’t too excited to see all of these goodies back in stock, but I am! This is the best time to stock up on craft supplies at deep discounts ($0.25 24-count crayons, anyone?).

I was looking for a new craft to make with my almost 2-year-old daughter (I can’t believe she turns 2 in 3 weeks!) and her friend who will be 3 in October during a play date. Inspired by the film “Turtle: The Incredible Journey,” currently streaming on Netflix, and a clever craft by Sturdy for Common Things, we decided to create pet turtles for the summer. I think we’ll call ours Wally.

Toddler DIY: Pet Turtle

Toddler DIY: Pet Turtle

You’ll need:

  • Styrofoam or plastic disposable bowl
  • Craft tape (painter’s, Washi, or duct tape) in two shades of green
  • Green construction paper
  • 2-foot piece of yarn
  • Marker
  • Hole puncher
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue (optional)

Turtle craft supplies

1. Rip the green tape into pieces creating “stickers” small enough for little toddler fingers. Turn the bowl upside down. Ask your toddler to place the “stickers” on the bowl to create the turtle’s shell starting with the darker shade of green first, then adding the brighter shade of green.

Turtle shell stickers

2. Punch a hole into the bowl and thread the yarn so your toddler can eventually pull Wally, or whatever you name you turtle, around the house.

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3. Draw a head, tail, and four appendages on the construction paper and cut along the lines. Flip the pieces of paper over so the marker lines are face-down. Attached all six pieces to the bowl with leftover craft tape or craft glue (if you use craft glue, be sure to let it fully dry before taking your turtle for a walk). Finish by drawing two dots on the turtle’s head to create eyes.

Turtle craft tape

Now your little one can take his or her pet turtle for a walk!

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Looking for more ways to get inspired to learn this summer? Check out these titles on Netflix for some inspiration.

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As with any toy or homemade craft, be sure to supervise its use so it doesn’t pose a choking or strangulation hazard to little ones.

King Beany Royal Sack Giveaway #keepingcool (Up to $245 value)

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Keeping Cool in the Sun Giveaway Hop hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.

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The temperatures are hot, but we’re keeping things cool with some great Summer-themed giveaways! Check out all the bloggers and their fabulously cool giveaways in the linky at the end of this post and don’t forget to enter to win a pair of Long Sleeve Performance Crews from Montauk Tackle Company in the Grand Prize!

King Beany Royal Sack Giveaway

Keeping cool in the summer is no easy feat for me right now. But keeping cool indoors, that’s not a problem. I’ve been freezing my poor husband and child out of our home at 67-degrees as of late plus a high-speed fan (they need mittens). But in our cool home, I love snuggling up with my daughter on her new bean bag from King Beany.

King Beany GiveawayMy friends over at King Beany have graciously offered one reader an XLarge Royal Sack ($200 – 245 value). Just complete the entry form below for your chance to win. Open to residents of the continental US only, ages 18 and up.


Spit Up is the New Black, So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Keeping Cool in the Sun participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Sweetie Pie Organics: Healthy and Convenient Snack for Toddlers + Giveaway 7/28

The following review and giveaway is sponsored by Sweetie Pie Organics.

We’ve always been those parents who try our hardest to feed our daughter organic foods when possible and we pride ourselves on her nutritious habits. She is our little fruit and veggie queen, loving everything from strawberries and watermelon to tomatoes and avocado, which was one of the first foods we introduced her to mixed with breast milk (it’s a really good “introductory” meal to solids).

Lately, everything has been “nummy, nummy, nummy,” as she marches her little Flinstone feet over to the fridge. Looking for some new “nummies” to broaden our typical afternoon snack options, we introduced her to Sweetie Pie Organics, freeze-dried organic fruit & veggie snacks for toddlers.

Sweetie Pie Organics Snacks

These toddler snacks contain tiny pieces of fruit and veggies, perfect for little fingers. I love that they are USDA Organic, non GMO, and Gluten Free. Plus, they contain no artificial flavors, no added sugar, and no preservatives.

Tiny fruits and veggies

Available in three flavors, we first tried the Apple – Green Pea – Pineapple blend, which is definitely Bear’s favorite. I thought she would devour the dried apples and pineapples and leave behind the peas, but I was mistaken. She went for the dried peas first, picking them out and eating them all before tending to the fruit. She surprises me sometimes.

Sweetie Pie Organics Toddler Snacks

Sweetie Pie Organics currently offers these snacks in three varieties - Apple – Green Pea – Pineapple, Banana – Sweet Corn – Blueberry, and Mango – Sweet Corn – Apple.

I’ve been keeping a few bags in my purse for when she gets hungry while we’re out. I actually snuck a few pieces of pineapple from Bear’s bag on Saturday night while we were enjoying live entertainment (she LOVES live music) at a local shopping center. I was shocked by how tasty it was! No wonder she loves these snacks.

Eating Sweetie Pie Organics OutdoorsSweetie Pie Organics Real Fruits & Veggies Snacks are available via Amazon, at Sam’s Club and other local and online retailers. Starting tomorrow through July 18, they’ll also be available via Zulily as part of the Snack Time: Kids’ Eats event. Grab a 30 pack of the Apple – Green Pea – PineappleBanana – Sweet Corn – Blueberry, or Mango – Sweet Corn – Apple for 30% off!

GIVEAWAY!

The kind folks at Sweetie Pie Organics have graciously offered one lucky reader a prize pack, which includes 6 boxes of Real Fruits & Veggies Snacks (2 boxes of Apple – Green Pea – Pineapple, 2 boxes of Banana – Sweet Corn – Blueberry, 2 boxes of Mango – Sweet Corn – Apple). Each box has 5 individual bags inside and each bag has a single serving of fruits and veggies mixed.

This giveaway is open to residents of the US, ages 18+ now through 11:59 PM EST Monday, July 28, 2014. To enter to win this prize pack, please use the entry form below.



Prize to be fulfilled by Sweetie Pie Organics. Spit Up is the New Black is not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. Open to residents of the US, ages 18+. Please note that the winner will be contacted by email after the giveaway ends. If the winner does not claim his or her prize within the 48 hours following this email, the prize will be awarded to a new winner.

This is Really Happening – Coming to the Realization that I’m About to Have Two Kids

For the past 31 weeks, I’ve looked down and seen an obvious change in my waistline (and the occasional appendage protruding on my right side), but it wasn’t until a day or two ago that I was stuck by the realization that this is really happening.

I don’t remember having this epiphany with my first born. I think it sank in immediately upon seeing the multiple plus signs (we had tried for almost a year, so I needed to be CERTAIN through the execution of a minimum of three pregnancy tests). I was so in tune with my body the first time around, reading every pregnancy book on the market, journaling almost daily, and taking monthly photos of my growing bump.

This time, I hate to say it, but I haven’t done any of that.

I’ve been so busy chasing a toddler around, working, and blogging that I haven’t have a minute to stop and digest that we will have a new little resident in our home in less than 9 weeks, maybe even sooner since Bear broke my water at 36.5 weeks.

So here I am, freaking out.

I think it finally hit my husband this past weekend too. It’s not like we’ve totally ignored the reality. Yes, the nursery is almost complete. His drawers are jam-packed with freshly laundered teeny tiny garments. His crib is ready for occupancy. My husband even said to me yesterday, “it’s almost time to pack to hospital bags and install the infant car seat again.” That may have been my tipping point for “freak out” status.

Last pregnancy seemed to move at the speed of molasses. This one is moving much quicker. Like, MUCH. Honestly, I am shocked by how quickly the weeks are moving. Sure, I still have morning sickness (yeah, I’m one of those people), which slows time down a bit, but I am actually starting to get a little sad that in just weeks my daughter will no longer be my only child. I am petrified how to share the love and that I won’t be able to spend as much time with her as she deserves.

I’m sure it will all work out and my worrying with have been for nothing. But for now, I’ll just freak out to keep myself busy and pass the time. And maybe use the next 9 weeks to pick out a name for the little man. We still don’t have a name, so any suggestions are welcome!

Nuby Tear Free Rinse Pail Review

I am a Nûby Mommy Blogger and received a Tear Free Rinse Pail to facilitate this review.

I registered for a rinse pail with a soft edge for my baby shower after my sister-in-law raved about how much she loved hers (she still swears by it). I didn’t end up getting it, so I was super excited when Nûby sent me the Nûby Tear Free Rinse Pail to review as part of their blogger program.

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What drew me to this item was the tear free comfort edge. The idea is to rest the smooth edge against the hairline while pouring and rinsing. I am seriously the worst water pourer ever when it comes to bath time. I’m constantly apologizing to my daughter for getting soap in her eyes. “Mommy’s so sorry!” So I was really really hoping this nifty little bucket would do the trick and help this mom stop apologizing.

Maybe it’s user error, but I’ve attempted several times to use this rinse pail on the hairline and it just doesn’t seem to make a difference for me. I have a wiggle worm in the tub and she doesn’t like the water being poured from the front. It seems to actually make it worse to go at her with the pail verses pour from the back of her head.

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While this rinse pail didn’t work for us as designated/marketed, it is a great addition to her tub toys. She loves filling it up with water and her bath squirters. The easy grip handle is smooth enough for her little paws to easily scoop and dump.

She also seems to have a fascination with chewing on it (good thing it’s BPA-free!).

Nuby-scoop

The Tear Free Rinse Pail is available at BuyBabyDirect, Cookie’s Kids, Amazon, Kmart, and Ideal Baby.

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The Swaddles (& Crib Sheet) I Can’t Live Without

I received samples c/o aden + anais to facilitate this review.

Aden + anais is what I like to call affordable luxury. They use high-quality muslin fabric for their luxurious baby items. I was first introduced to their amazing swaddles when my daughter was born. We received a set of classic swaddles from my husband’s coworker as a gift and became instantly hooked.

But my daughter was never one who enjoyed being wrapped like a baby burrito. When we would try to swaddle her, she would slowly maneuver her hand up the inside of the swaddle and then bust her arm out. She’s then repeat on the other side. So rather than using these swaddles to, uh, swaddle her, we used them for many other purposes, like shading her from the sun while in her car seat carrier, doubling as a nursing cover, and acting as portable blankets for playtime at other people’s houses.

And with each wash, they got even softer! Bear still uses her favorite swaddle of the 4-pack as her “blankie” in her toddler bed. But her swaddles were pink. And while I don’t think there is anything wrong with pink for boys, I wanted to give my little man a set of his own aden + anais swaddles.

Knowing how soft the bamboo muslin is from testing out a bamboo sleeping bag this past winter, I opted for the gorgeous mela bamboo swaddles, which come with three brightly colored patterns.

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I love that these swaddles are big – 47″ x 47″  to be exact – and they are made of rayon from bamboo fiber muslin, meaning they are soft, soft, soft!

bamboo-swaddlesKnowing how much I love the aden + anais fabric, I knew that a crib sheet would be the perfect basic for the little man’s nursery. His nursery theme is transportation (airplanes, rocket ships, and cars) in Paris (I know, kind of a wacky theme, but I like it) and the colors are lime green, clementine orange, and blue. Since there is a lot of color going on in this room, I just wanted a quality white crib sheet.

crib-sheet

The fitted crib sheet is made of 100% cotton muslin and is pre-washed (however, they advise you to wash it again before use). It fits mattresses up to 52″ x 28″ x 8.” My favorite feature is the open weave that allows for airflow. This keeps baby warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

sheet-cribI know not to put blankets in a crib, but for illustrative purposes, here is how the swaddles and crib sheet look together. You can see that that bamboo muslin fabric has a tighter weave than the 100% muslin used for the sheet.

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Aden + anais is honestly one of my favorite baby brands, hands-down, and a true “baby essential.”

#DueWithBaby2 Event Giveaway

Aden + anais has offered one lucky reader a classic crib sheet and a set of mela bamboo swaddles as part of the What to Due: Preparing for Baby #2 giveaway event, going on now!

The Biggest Bean Bag You’ll Ever See

I received a bean bag at no cost c/o King Beany to facilitate this review.

You know that game “Never Have I Ever?” Well, never have I ever seen a bean bag as giant at the one that was delivered to my home a few weeks ago. I mean seriously, this thing is HUGE (72″ x 52″ x 36″ to be exact)! It actually took a good 15 minutes for us to get it out of the box and “fluffed.” And once we did so, it took up the entire width of our hallway!

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It arrives vacuum-packed in a very small box compared to the size it becomes once fully “assembled.” The only assembly needed is fluffing the “royal” filling, or shredded foam.

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Knowing that the rocker would soon need to make its transition back into the nursery for the newborn, an empty corner was left in my daughter’s room where the rocker once sat. Still needing a place to cuddle up and read bedtime stories, I searched for the perfect seat, and discovered this was it!

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This bean bag is from King Beany™, a family-run business in Missouri that prides itself on making all of our products within the US. All of their bean bag chairs ship free and come backed with a 10-year warranty, which covers the workmanship of the product (not the filling or any accidents, misuse of the product or mishandling).

They are so sure that you’ll love their products that they come with a 100% unconditional money back guarantee for the first 2 weeks after you receive the product (less the return shipping costs).

One of my favorite features of this product is the included removable cover than can be washed. We washed it inside out before we set it up and it didn’t bleed or pill. I did, however, notice that the seams began to pucker as we tried to slip it over the bean bag chair insert. We might be taking advantage of that 10 year warranty sooner than anticipated!

bean-bag-cover

A slip cover is included with each Royal Sack and they have PLENTY of colors to choose from – over 30! They also offer samples of their fabric so you can ensure you are ordering the correct color to match your decor. You can also order Royal Sack and Bean Bag Chair replacement covers if you chose to change the color scheme of your room and don’t want to purchase an entirely new chair.

bean-bag-top-viewMy daughter just loves this chair and I love that we can still snuggle up in her room for bedtime stories. It’s not the easiest thing to get in and out of at 29 weeks pregnant, but it’s taken on its own shape over the past few weeks and has morphed into what I refer to as a bean “couch” with its own molded-in seat.

Overall, I am pleased with this product and it fits perfectly in her big girl room.

Buy It // The Royal Sack (version pictured above) sells for $244.99 + free shipping at thebeanbagchairoutlet.com.

What to Due? Preparing for Baby #2 Giveaway 7/31 ($1,700+ Prize Suite)

I received samples from some of the participating companies to facilitate this giveaway.

Welcome to the What to Due? Preparing for Baby #2 Giveaway!

Since seeing that second plus sign, I began thinking about what I wanted to do the same and what I wanted to do differently the second time around. I researched and created a list of baby essentials to prepare for a second child. To both celebrate and prepare for his arrival, I hand-selected products from over a dozen companies that I would personally recommend for baby #2. Plus, one lucky reader will win over $1,700 worth of baby essentials!

What to Due? Preparing for Baby #2 Prize Suite #Giveaway

#DueWithBaby2 Prize Suite

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slideshowpiclaurenkimonoSarah Wells “Maddy” Breast Pump Bag

Why I love it: It features side “pockets” where you can hide your pump supplies, leaving you a roomy center for your daily essentials and preventing you from lugging at least one extra bag around. Plus, it’s discreet, so people won’t recognize that it’s a breast pump that you’re carrying over your shoulder.

Value: $145

Read my full review here.
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BritaxTravelSystemBritax B-Agile & Britax B-Safe

Why I love it: I don’t know what I would have done without this travel system for my daughter. We took this hybrid stroller everywhere (even Walt Disney World). I love how lightweight it is and have had an awesome experience with the safe, compatible B-Safe infant car seat (I trust Britax so much that I just purchased a Roundabout for my now toddler).

Value: $269.99 (stroller); $179.99 (car seat) lineGymboreeGymboree Clothing and Accessories

Why I love it: I have a super soft spot for adorable kid’s clothes that wash well. Much of my daughter’s wardrobe is from Gymboree and the little man’s wardrobe will be no different. I love how stylish their clothes are and all the matching accessories.

Value: $100 gift card

Read my past posts featuring Gymboree: Replacing Shopping Trips to Saks, Matching Christmas PJs, and First Trip to the Lake

lineMC40-42_HVb_topsectionNaturepedic Organic Cotton Ultra 252 Seamless crib mattress

Why I love it: My daughter slept AMAZING atop her mattress and still does. Plus, Naturepedic uses only U.S. grown and certified organic cotton as filling for their mattresses.

Value: $359

Read my full review here.

linegg_401_aqua_500x556guzzie+Guss G+G 401 Rock

Why I love it: I totaled failed by not getting my daughter a rocker when she was an infant, so I scoured the baby aisle for the perfect rocker and found this one from guzzie+Guss, whom I LOVE!

Value: $119.99

Read my full review here.

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cache_500_378_0_100_100_pillow supporting back outlined-1Boppy Custom Fit Total Body Pillow

Why I love it: I was first introduced to Boppy when I was pregnant with my daughter. I brought my nursing pillow to the hospital when I went into labor and from day one it was a lifesaver, especially as I was first learning to breastfeed. This prenatal pillow has been great for lounging around the house with a growing bump and it features that soft Boppy fabric for added comfort.

Value: $55

Read my full review here.

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Tiny Love MatTiny Love Discover the World Mat

Why I love it: This play mat is not only great for babies, but also for toddlers. At 39″ x 59″ in size, this mat is big enough for my daughter and I to cuddle up and play. We make up fun stories for the animals!

Value: $49.99

Read my full review here.

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california-baby-calming-newborn-tote-34California Baby® Calming Newborn Tote

Why I love it: California Baby® products are free of synthetic fragrances, Sulfates, DEA, and phthlatates, making them safe for sensitive baby skin. Plus, they smell SO good!

Value: $35.98

Read my full review here.

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9201_2aden + anais classic crib sheet and mela bamboo swaddles

Why I love them: I love that their muslin is breathable and that the swaddles are big enough for continued use at a toddler blanket.

Value: $29.95 (sheet); $45 (swaddles)

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Diaper pailTommee Tippee 360° sealer™ Diaper Disposal System and 3-Pack Closer to Nature Bottle 5oz

Why I love it: My daughter had a very hard time latching and these bottles were very similar to “mom,” making the bottle to boob transition easier. Plus, this new diaper pail seals EACH diaper individually, masking the poop smell.

Value: $49.99 (diaper pail); $21.99 (bottles)

Read my full review here.

lineFP MocsFreshly Picked mocs

Why I love them: Ever since this mom-founded company was featured on Shark Tank, their baby mocs have become a phenomenon (for both everyday moms and celebrities). I love that they are made in the USA out of incredibly soft genuine leather.

Value: $60
Winner may select color and size

lineMy Mom is Blogging ThisLittle Treetops My Mom is Blogging This onesie

Why I love it: Isn’t it obvious? LOL – I’m always blogging about my daughter, so it only makes sense that my son has a onesie advertising that his mom will be blogging about him too.

Value: $15

Read my full review here.

lineUSlimming mamandercover Mama Slim Mama

Why I love it: Those nursing tank tops with built-in bra shelves just don’t work for me, but this brilliant invention hooks on to ANY nursing bra, instantly turning it into a nursing tank (plus, it keeps my belly covered while nursing!).

Value: $34.99

Read my full review here.

lineMumonRunPink Lining Mum on the Run bag

Why I love it: It’s small enough for a quick Target run, but big enough to hold the real essentials. Plus, it can actually fit in that compartment UNDER the stroller!

Value: $60

Read my full review here.

lineNuRoo-teal-front-1The NüRoo Pocket

Why I love it: Skin-to-skin was one of my favorite times with my daughter. This awesome top allows busy moms to go hands-free and skin-to-skin at the same time.The fabric is super soft (similar to performance apparel) and I love that it’s adjustable (by Velcro) to accommodate a shrinking postpartum body and growing infant (up to 15 pounds).

Value: $59.99

Read my full review here.

linePODPantsBebé PODPants

Why I love it: This invention is perfect for moms always on the run! These “pants” are a quick infant solution for car seat travel since they cover baby’s legs and feet, but also feature a convenient opening for quick stroller or car seat buckle access. They are great to keep in the diaper bag as a quick solution for those terrible “blowouts.”

Value: $24.50

lineI See MeI See Me! personalized big sibling book

Why I love it:  I was so happy to have found this personalized book that captures the story of a big sister and little brother. I love that it features both siblings names and includes an adorable “medal” for the proud big sis.

Value: $34.99
Also available in big brother version

lineAVENTPhilips AVENT Breast milk storage bags

Why I love them: Two words – tall necks. While the intent is to rip on the bottom dotted line to pour the milk, I prefer to pour it from the top “fill” line in an effort to prevent spills, which REALLY works!

Value: $5.99

Read my full review here.

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ONE lucky winner will win ALL of the items listed above! To enter to win this suite of prizes, please use the entry form below. Open to residents of the contiguous US states, ages 18+. Giveaway closes 7/31/14 at 11:59PM ET. Good luck!

 

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter. Prizes to be fulfilled by Britax, Sarah Wells, Gymboree, Naturepedic, guzzie+Guss, Philips AVENT, Boppy, Tiny Love, California Baby, aden + anais, Tommee Tippee, Freshly Picked, Little Treetops, Undercover Mama, Pink Lining, NuRoo, Bebe PODPants, and I See Me. Color and/or style of prizes may vary. Winner may not have not have won any other giveaway that included a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins within the last 60 days. Prizes will be shipped separately. Neither Spit Up is the New Black nor any blog in which this giveaway is posted is held liable for lack of prize fulfillment. Open to residents of the 48 contiguous United States, ages 18+.