30 Sep

Learning while Laughing

Isn’t it simply amazing to watch your children learn a new skill? As soon as they exit the womb, each and everyday they are learning; from crawling and eating all the way to algebra and calculus our babies become toddlers, tweens, teens and are continuously learning (hey, they are even teaching their parents new skills … such as patience).  With a spread of nearly 4.5 years between my two girls, it seems like our learning spectrum is from one side of the scale to the other.  The baby is just learning to crawl and first words (she finally says mama), while my oldest is in school learning her letters and how to spell.

The Laugh & Learn Toys have been a part of my kids lives since they were born, including the Interactive Storybook Rhymes, Stride to Ride Lion, and the Musical Towers, each of these toys teach the kids songs, colours, shapes, letters or other simple learning basics.  But… (and this is a BIG but people), there has never ever been a toy that both girls have enjoyed as much as the Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car.  Yes, both girls absolutely adore this car (which makes me love it too).

Laugh and Learn Crawl around Car

The Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car has thought of everything to entertain a wide age limit (my kids are 9 months & 5 years).  I couldn’t even get the car together before the kids jumped right in to play.  Once it was set up, I had to nearly peel the 5 year old away from the car for a few minutes so her younger sister could have an uninterrupted turn.  Eventually, the two were about to play together and Princess Teacher (5 year old), was helping her little sister with all the gadgets.  It truly was a beautiful sight.  One of those moments you just want to hang onto forever.  Thank goodness for cameras.

The car introduces baby to those “firsts” in learning: letters, numbers, colors, first words and signing.  It also helps with mobility (not that I’m encouraging it right at this moment).  While Princess Driver enjoyed pushing herself around the house, pushing buttons, singing songs, matching up the shapes to their containers, moving the “alphabet wipers” and just all around enjoying the car.  Each morning before school, she spends time in that car just playing around, either by herself or with her little sister.  Even with the age difference the Play & Learn Crawl Around Car targets their different interests and keep them entertained, together and alone.

Laugh & Learn Car

Learning can be difficult, but with the help of some clever and interactive toys, learning can be fun (the kind of fun when the kids don’t even realize they are learning), this is exactly what the Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car introduces – simple, fun learning.  They think they are playing, I know they are learning.  Win/win for everyone.

This is my top Christmas pick for 2013 for any kid, or anyone with more than one kid, no matter the age spread. You will be thanking me!  I say, “you’re welcome”.

*DISCLOSURE:  I AM A FISHER-PRICE MOM AND I RECEIVE SPECIAL PERKS AS PART OF MY AFFILIATION WITH THIS GROUP. THE OPINIONS ON THIS BLOG ARE MY OWN.

 

30 Sep

Finish Challenge

Finish logo

I try to throw everything into the dishwasher.  Literally, everything – if I could put the kids in there… well… maybe not, but I hate washing things by hand when I know I can get the maid to clean them (the maid is what I call the dishwasher).  My husband on the other hand is a bit smarter than I am (shhh.. let’s keep this a secret).  He knows there are just some things the maid can’t clean, and so he does it by hand in the sink.

I love a really good challenge, the healthy kind that makes you smile when it’s complete.  I love a really good challenge even more when it works out in my favour.  I was recently sent Finish Jet-Dry to test out on my dirty dishes. I wanted a good challenge to see how the maid would do with the dirtiest of dishes.

I figured left over spaghetti sauce  (cooked in the microwave) would be a good challenge, but when it was all dried up, I wasn’t happy.  The sauce just didn’t seem to be big, bad, and dirty enough, so I threw in some shredded cheese and stuck it in the microwave for a minute.  The crusty, burnt cheese was much more satisfying.  I was thinking to myself “Ha, try this Jet Dry”.  I even put my concoction in a perfectly see-through dish so I was sure to see any left over burnt cheese.

I added the Jet Dry to the Maid and it did it’s thing.

A few hours later, I opened the door and pulled out my glass plate.  To my surprise and pleasure the glass bowl was spotless – but not just spotless … completely spotless – no kidding.  Because the bowl was glass I could see through it perfectly and there was not a single spot of crusty cheese or pasta sauce anywhere.  I really was surprised, because this would typically be a bowl that hubster would have washed by hand.  I on the other hand would have put in the dishwasher and quite possibly thrown in the dishwasher over and over again until it eventually got clean.

Before and After Finish

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to spend more time cleaning than I have to and I know my husband feels the same.  So, anytime I can save him from standing in front of the sink cleaning a dish that just wont get clean, is a good thing.  Old habits die hard and I’m sure hubster will continue to wash some things by hand. I, however, will continue throwing everything into the dishwasher and will continue to smile when my dishes don’t have to be washed twice.

Disclosure: I am part of the Finish Canada Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

21 Sep

Swim Parent of the Month

5 years ago, when Princess Mermaid was born I started parent and tot Swim.  Once a week, I would stick my post baby body into a swimsuit to bring my little fish into the pool to splash around.  5 years later and were still at the pool every week, I’ve watched my little swimmer graduate from Star Fish to Alligator to Whale and she is now into the Swim Kids program.  I unfortunately know  first hand how important it is for kids to learn how to swim after a tragic accident to a close friends brother…. not my story to tell, but I learned a valuable lesson that day – learning to swim is an absolute must.
swimming
Baby Tadpole loves the water too, and I will soon venture into the pool with her each and every week with my post baby body (x2) … this is true love people.
To honor Canadian Moms and Dads that drag themselves to (and into) the pool to teach their kids a valuable skill, Chicken Farmers is giving away prize packs each and every month.
“Just for being a swim parent” You say?
“Yes” I answer, “It’s that simple”.
Chicken Farmers of Canada and Swimming Canada are partners and they support healthy eating and lifestyles.  They want ever child to be able to swim 25 miters by the time they finish elementary school!
swim-parent-thumb-win
To Become the Swim parent of the month, and win things like BBQ sets, cutting boards and other fun things, simply email nutritiousrecipes@swimming.ca with the following info:
1)      The title of your favourite recipe at chicken.ca that you would prepare to fuel your swimmer(s)
2)      The correct answer to this skill-testing question – What lean meat is “the official protein of swimming in Canada?” and
3)      Register your child to join Canada’s Swim Team: http://getswimming.ca/signup.html

The parent of the month & their recipe will be posted on the Swim Parent of the Month webpage, and included in a National Swim Team Digital Cookbook to be published in December 2014.

(There’s a winner each month, contest closes the 15th, and winner is announced at the end of the month)

 “DISCLOSURE: I AM PARTICIPATING IN THE CHICKEN FARMERS OF CANADA PROGRAM BY SHESCONNECTED. I RECEIVED COMPENSATION IN EXCHANGE FOR MY PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROGRAM. THE OPINIONS ON THIS BLOG ARE MY OWN.”

21 Sep

Hawaiian Tropic Reviews by You

hawaiian tropics logo

Today is the last day of summer (insert super pouty sad face here).  But if we get more days like today (it was hot people), then there’s no need to complain.  Just because summer is “over” doesn’t mean you don’t have to put sunscreen on, trust me… it’s a must.

Earlier this season, some quick readers were able to review Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration & After Sun, and here’s what you had to say:

Carolyn R. Collingwood, ON – Thank you for the free samples. My kids and I are loving them both. We love the smell of the after sun so much that I caught my youngest licking his arm. I think he thought it was melted ice cream!
My kids also don’t mind the sunscreen on them. Some brands feel thick and sticky, but Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration feels great.
Hoping for more sunny days
Sarah R. Victoria, BC – Thank you for the sample of sunscreen and after sun from Hawaiian Tropic. I love the smell the after sun, putting it on is like a drenching myself in a yummy pins colada – almost worth staying out in the sun a little too long. I know I will be buying this product again and again. And the sunscreen is great too. It goes on smoothly, without feeling too thick. I can’t wait for another sunny day to try both products again!
Kelly G. Hare Bay, NL –  Hawaiian tropic silk hydration SPF 30 sunscreen lotion felt great to apply, its non greasy formula was just what I would look for in a sun screen, (I hate the feel of greasy Sunscreen and lotions)  I loved how it felt on my skin, it dried fast, and  it smelled great!!  The fact that it was non greasy was something that makes me definitely want to purchase this product!!Hawaiian tropic silk hydration coconut papaya after sun moisturizer is also a great product, felt great to apply after a day in the sun, it was also non greasy and dried fast which is something I would definitely want in these types of products.  The scent of this product was a little stronger then I would like, I would prefer if it was a milder smell.

Rachelle T. Toronto, ON – Love Hawaiian Tropic’s Silk Hydration sunscreen lotion! Feels like lotion, not a greasy/sticky sunscreen like the ones I’m used to. Light coconut scent. Dries quick and non-tacky. Broad spectrum (UVA&B protection) and water-resistant. What is there not to like? I would definitely purchase this.

Really like Hawaiian Tropic’s Silk Hydration After Sun moisturizer. I wanted to sniff my skin all day; it smells so good! I tan really easily so don’t suffer from redness or burns, but on my skin it was refreshing and so I can imagine it being very soothing for sunburns.
Joanna C. Thorold, ON – I had heard a lot about the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 30 Sunscreen lately and was pleased to be given a sample to try and review. The very first thing I noticed when using it for the first time was the pleasant smell it has. It does not smell like any sunscreen I had ever used before. What a great start. It went on easily and didn’t involve a lot of rubbing in order to get my skin to absorb it. It also did not feel greasy as most sunscreens tend to do. My 7 year old daughter gave it a try as well. She has very sensitive skin, particularly on her face and ended up with no issues when using the product. Other sunscreens have given her small rashes on her face before but not this one. We have spent a few hours outside while wearing the sunscreen and faired very well. I was quite pleased with the results. It certainly is something I would consider buying.After spending time outside we gave the new Silk Hydration After Sun Moisturizer as try. It was nice to find it had the same pleasant coconut smell as the sunscreen. It also went on nicely without a lot of rubbing and did not leave any greasy residue. Although I did like the lotion I just don’t know that it is something I would purchase. I just don’t find my skin dries out too much in the summer as I always wear lots of sunscreen and never get a burn. I do however see it as being a useful and soothing product on skin that got too much sun.My only suggestion for Hawaiian Tropic would be to make the Silk Hydration sunscreen available in a spray bottle form. My usual brand of sunscreen I purchase comes in a spray bottle which makes application so much easier, particularly when applying on an impatient child, as it does not need to be rubbed in. If this product could be made into a spray application with that same pleasant scent, I would switch to Hawaiian Tropic in a heartbeat, even if it meant paying a little extra for it.

Cheryl G. Richmond Hill, ON

I LOVE the new Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration lotion!

I used it with great hope that as a fair skinned person it would work for me. I first used it on both arms as I burn while driving the car with the sun coming in the window. IT WORKED! I then tried it on an outdoor outing on my arms, legs, face etc.

I love the LIGHT, NON-GREASY feel of the lotion on my skin. I did not feel like I had to rush and wash my hands after applying it to my body as I usually have to do after applying sunscreen. That is very important to me, I hate the feeling of being all greased up and feeling like all my pores are clogged….like a melting ice cream!

The scent is great, a light tone without being overpowering. Nothing to strong that would attract bugs.

Although I usually apply an SPF 45 and up< i found that this sample of Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 30 did the trick. Much to my like, I DID NOT BURN!!!!! That is big for this light skinned freckled girl.

I also like the added option of using the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Moisturizer after I have been in the sun. I like the feel of the coolness on my skin. It left my skin soft and silky and I did not feel like I had been in the sun with my skin being dried up all day.

I feel protected, and I safe in using this product out in the sun!

I would definitely say this is a win win combo by Hawaiian Tropic! You have definitely hit the mark and provided the market with something new, unique and very effective! I love it and will continue to use it and buy it when I need to purchase sun lotion.

Really want to take this new lotion to the Caribbean with me!

Mary J. Brampton, ON – I was beyond excited when I was asked by My Wee View and Hawaiian Tropic to review two products. I had the opportunity to try the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydratation SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion and the new Silk Hydratation After Sun Moisturizer.

As I spend a lot of time outside, I always make sure to apply a sunscreen in the morning. I put Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydratation SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion to the test while gardening for few hours. It worked so great that I decided to put it to the ultimate test, a day at the beach!

hawaiian tropics

This is definitely a formula that protects longer and better compared to other sunscreens. I also really enjoyed the tropical fragrance and how my skin felt moisturized and non-greasy. The Silk Hydratation After Sun Moisturizer was such a treat after spending so much time under the sun. It is refreshing and soothing.

Both products are amazing and I highly recommend them!

 Nancy T. Keswick, ON

Packaging for Both
I love that I can see the colour of the product with the ‘hydrating ribbons’ visible through the container.  The hibiscus flower on the front makes me think Hawaii.
Scent
Sunscreen
DELICOUS! The smell reminds me of sun filled vacations and the wonderful tropical smells!  We tried out this product at our local splash pad this past weekend.  My two girls and I met up with a friend and her two girls.  I told her I was testing out the product and the first thing she did was take off the cap and smell the product, then quickly got out her camera to take a picture of the sunscreen.  She’ll be buying this the next time she’s at the store – on scent alone!
After Sun
DELICIOUS again!! I can really smell the Papaya with an undertone of Coconut!
Application
Sunscreen
The product is light and goes on very easy (not too thick) with a refreshing feel to my skin after application.  There is no greasy feel or look once Hawaiian Silk Hydration Sunscreen is applied.  And again the scent is delicious!!  The only downfall is that this isn’t a waterproof sunscreen.  We did try it out at a splash pad so I made sure to reapply on both of my girls every 1.5 hours (we were there for 4 hours).  With how easy it goes on, it made for a quick reapplication and they didn’t have to miss out on any fun.
After Sun
The product is light and refreshing.  I’ve used after sun products that are mostly aloe and it leaves your skin with a tight sticky feel to it.  With the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Moisturizer there was a small sticky feeling however once the product had dried only a refreshing cool feeling was present.  No tightness at all!  And of course the smell left on your skin is delicious!
Effectiveness
Sunscreen
I missed a few spots on my back when applying and those were the only areas that got a bit too much sun.  The SPF30 was able to withstand the UVA/UVB rays in 36C (before humidity was factored in) weather.
After Sun
I applied the After Sun Moisturizer on my girls and I and the product really works well.  It leaves a cool refreshing feel to my skin.  My skin was soft and felt well hydrated even hours after application.
Overall I really liked both of these products and would definitely purchase them in the future.
Cassandra H. Calgary, AB – When I opened the sunscreen And smelt it , I thought it smelt wonderful, I applied it to my kids on a sunny day an it wasn’t to greasy to apply on and went on smoothly. Didn’t leave that much of a greasy feel on their skins, and not much resude, it seemed to work effectively as well. Kids didn’t get burnt.The after sun was also very wonderful I usually use aloe Vera lotion . So trying something else was a pleasure.I happened to have burnt my shoulders that weekend so this was perfect timing. It smelt great, went on smoothly. And the cool sensation was wonderful on my burn. I liked the cool sensation it was very pleasurable on my burns. After a couple applications of it on my burn it started to fell better. I think I’ll be buying this after care as well.
I am not sure of the prices but if its around the others ill be purchasing it. Good product and will be suggesting it to others. Especially the after sun one.

Lynsay F. Wallaceburg, ON –  Sunscreen is a must in our house being a red head and having a red head means we go through and try a lot of different brands of sunscreen. That being said i think his is the best one i have tried so far i love it, so smooth,  great smell and works well in water . The after sun lotion was excellent as well i love the cool feeling after it is applied.
Chantal D. Kingston, ON – I love summer and I love sitting out in the backyard reading a good book and taking walks in the summer . I try to be outside as much as I can in the summer so I use sunscreen and after sun lotion a lot. I hate that some are greasy and I am really picky when it comes to the scent .Over the years I have tried many different brands and I admit there aren’t many out there that I would even want to buy but I always loved Hawaiian Tropic so I was so excited to try the new Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sunscreen & After Sun . I am still in love with this brand. I love the smell and I love that it isn’t as greasy as some other brands i have tried . It moisturizes my skin which is always a good thing . It might be a little bit more expensive than some other brands but I think it is worth the price.Joy M. Kanata, ON – I love this product!  First of all, I am in love with the scent. I really enjoy lotions that have a pleasant smell, and this definitely does! That is my favourite thing about it!

My second favourite thing is the way it feels, and the way it absorbs so quickly. It doesn’t take a long time to rub in, and doesn’t make me feel greasy afterwards.

The third thing I love about them are that they look pretty J The ‘dual ribbons’ are so attractive, and especially the pretty colour of the after sun moisturizer.  A pretty bottle always entices me to use it!

I would definitely buy the sunscreen again. I am not sure if I would buy the after sun moisturizer (unless it was on sale, or I had a coupon!) This isn’t something I normally use, although it does feel great on sun-kissed skin!

Thanks for the chance to try our Hawaiian Tropic! It was fun to try something new, and I really enjoyed this product!!

Michelle D. Kitchner, ON –  We’ve had some sun peek through the clouds so I was able to give it a try. I’m very happy with the sunblock. I was outside for 3hrs that day and applied the sunblock once before going out. I tried the after sun lotion once I came in and washed up. It has a nice creamy feel. Smells great. I really like this product. My skin felt great. I could even see the difference in my skin. My skin looked youthful. I will definitely be purchasing more of these products for the days to come.

Thanks for giving me the chance to try it. Greatly Appreciated

Jenny M. Sarnia, ON – Thank you very much for sending me these samples! I loved them! The sunscreen goes on silky and smooth, not greasy like other brands. The after sun moisturizer leaves the skin feeling fresh and hydrated!

Judy C. Dashwood, ON – The Hawaiian Silk Hydration has a nice, light tropical scent that I really liked. It’s light, making it easy to apply. No more rubbing to get it to absorb, it does the job quickly and relatively cleanly. I was outside longer than planned and forgot to reapply it but I never burned so I love the fact that it has a longer wear time than a lot of the sunscreens out there. I also love the fact that it provides moisture and hydration to my skin. Even after a day in the sun my skin felt smooth and not dried out. Love that it is a relatively inexpensive sunscreen and one that actually works!

The Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion is a great after sun skincare product. I have always use aloe vera but since trying this out I am going to swtich. I love the smell of it; it smells so good. I have not used it on a burn yet but it is nice to put on after a day in the sun and it left my skin feeling smooth and silky.

Haylie L. Edmonton, ON – Received these in the mail last week and had perfect opportunities to use them as we’ve been outside every day enjoying the beautiful sunny days. I apply the sunscreen lotion in the morning before leaving the house and the smell was amazing! I reapply later in the day and again smelled yummy lol. Get home and check myself out, no burn! I’ve applied the After sun moisturizer a few times after our days out, and I wasn’t too crazy about that. It felt sticky going on, though it smelled just as good as the sunscreen. It took several minutes for the stickiness feeling to go away but it made my skin nice and soft after half a day spent outside in continuous sun.

I’m definitely going to be looking at buying the sunscreen, not too sure about the after sun lotion.

 

There you have it!

As promised, one lucky reviewer receives a $50 Gift Card and that winner is: Chantal D. from Kingston, ON

Thanks everyone for sending in your reviews!

**DISCLAIMER: THE PRODUCT/S MENTIONED ABOVE HAVE BEEN GIVEN FREE OF CHARGE FROM THE COMPANY OR PR FIRM IN EXCHANGE FOR BEING FEATURED ON MY WEE VIEW. THE PRODUCT FEATURES EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE THOSE OF MY WEE VIEW AND HAVE NOT BEEN INFLUENCED IN ANY OTHER WAY. PLEASE SEE THE FULL TERMS OF USE.

18 Sep

Thomas & Friends – King of the Railway

1234420_10200485815741877_80215365_n

Thomas & Friends™  hit the road (or should I say track?) this year with a cross Canada tour.  Just last month Thomas was on the east coast, I have a few friends that took their kids to see the tank engine in “person”.  If you have a Thomas lover in your home and didn’t have a chance to see him live, there’s something else your train lovers can get excited over, it’s the release of the new Thomas movie Thomas King of the Railway.

Thomas King of the Railway

 

If you’re in the following cities:

  • Toronto – Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas
  • Ottawa – Cineplex South Keys Theatre
  • Vancouver – Scotiabank Theater
  • Edmonton – Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton
  • Calgary – Scotiabank Theatre Chinook

I have something very special for you!  I have 5 free family passes (in each city) for the Blue Carpet Screening of the movie on Saturday September 21t at 10:30 am.

Please complete this form to to see Thomas & Friends King of the Railway and the first 5 in each city will be attending the event.

If the movie isn’t enough to get your little ones excited, the new Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Castle Quest set or the Thomas & Friends Take-n-Play Thomas’ Adventure Castle track are sure to do the trick.  If you’re a family that is on the go the Take n Play will most likely be your favourite.  After building the track, it folds up neatly to be taken on trips to friends house or to visit grandma.  I remember the days when I visited grandma there were the same toys there for years.  Take n Play toys didn’t exist as they do today, I would have been much mor

e entertained to bring along one of my favourite toys with me in a simple carry along package.

Take a Play Thomas Adventure Castle

While you may think Thomas & Friends is just for the boys, there are some girls that have aspirations on becoming conductors.  My oldest daughter always pulls our her train set to play with her cousins (well, they are actually my cousins and in their 20’s) and my brother when they come to visit. The boys love putting the tracks together and she just adores spending quality time with them.  It’s probably one of the cutest things you’ve ever seen really.  A train track probably wouldn’t have been something I would have ever purchased for my daughter, but I’m so thrilled to have one just to see these young guys get on the floor, build a track and play trains with a little girl.  It truly is priceless.

*DISCLOSURE:  I AM A FISHER-PRICE MOM AND I RECEIVE SPECIAL PERKS AS PART OF MY AFFILIATION WITH THIS GROUP. THE OPINIONS ON THIS BLOG ARE MY OWN.

12 Sep

Lunch Packing Tips

I am now the mom of a Primary student. Times have changed since 1985 when I first stepped foot into a classroom; Well, I think they have.  I will see a difference; I’m not the one eating lunch at school. I’m sending my little Princess off to school with a special lunch I prepared just for her.

first day

When my little Primary schooler is at home, she can eat a monstrosity of food. She can spend all day eating and unfortunately if it was up to her, she would have gummies and icecream (she’s just like her dad). So what do you pack for a 5-year-old that likes to snack all day and not eat a “real meal?” Good question.

My biggest tip is cookie cutters, which also come in sandwich-shaped cutters. I have a bunch: dolphins, dinosaurs, bunnies and her favourite – penguins. Crust is never consumed even when a sandwich is cut into triangles, so it’s no loss to use cutters. The sandwiches she enjoys are sliced chicken, ham, cheese and cucumbers. If the cukes don’t make it into the sandwich, she will eat them on the side.

Cookie cutters can also be used for cheese, melons, kiwi, zucchini (I wonder if I could pass these off as a cucumber?) Anything that can be made into a cute little shape always tastes better, the empty plate is my first clue.

Yogurt tubes and fruit squeezies are the best invention ever. Miss Picky Eater will not eat flavoured yogurt in a cup, but stick it in a tube and it’s delicious. Check the sugar contents; some have 7 grams others can have up to 20. Yogurt and apple sauce are healthy snacks compared to gummyworms, which is what she would want.

Fruit – any fruit. Because fruit is sweet, kids will usually eat it all.

As for drinks? I’m sure she wants a juice pack, but we will take part in the milk program. This way, I can be guaranteed she’s getting a healthy drink over sugar – plus she has to wait till noon rather than sneak a juice box at recess. She’s five, it’ll happen!

lunch box

I also plan on throwing in a special note. She can’t read just yet, but it’s something in there just for her from Mom to let her know I’m thinking about her. (And maybe a gummy or two on Fridays as a special treat).

brand message

 

 **Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  I had the liberty to write about whatever I wanted.  Hope you enjoy my lunch box tips!

 

11 Sep

Accessorizing Your Nursery

sears-babys-room-logo

The last time Sears had a Nesting Event Sale, I blogged about the adorable Emma & Jack Birds of a Feather nursery.  After the post was published, I dreamed of that amazing nursery and not too long after, I bought the entire set.  Crib sheets, blankets, lamps and you name it.  I nearly cleared the store out.  It’s fabulous to have a matching nursery, but what about the rest of the room? All those matching accessories?  Well, with a little help, I took it into my own hands.

Nursery Accessories

Here are a few things I made (or had made) to finish off the nursery:

  • Rug
  • Name
  • ABC Wall Hanging
  • Birth Announcement
  • Book Sling
  • Accessories frame

Crazy eh?  These were not hard to do at all… well most of them weren’t.  I needed the help of a friend for the creative part, but the other things, you can do it – promise.

Rug

Make your own Rug

What you will need:

  • material – I used a matching blanket
  • Spray adhesive
  • old Mat

Here’s what you do:

  • Cut your mat about 4 – 5 inches smaller than your blanket
  • Spray the adhesive on the mat
  • Gently place the blanket on top
  • On the backside, Duct tape to keep the ends in place

Easy right?  I told you.

NameName

What you will need:

  • Wooden letters (from Michael’s) 
  • Paint
  • Ribbon
  • Glue Gun
  • Sticky tack
  • A creative friend

Here’s what you do:


  • Give your friend an idea of what your nursery theme is and ask them nicely if they will make the letters for you. 
  • When they are returned (better than you could have ever imagined), make a bow with the ribbon and glue gun to the back.
  • Stick them on the wall with sticky tack
  • Or you can try them yourself, with dots, stripes and little jewels glued on

ABC Wall Hanging
ABC Wall hanging

 

Here’s what you will need:

  • Canvas
  • (See Name Instructions Above)

Here’s what you do:

  • (See Name Instructions Above)
  • Thank your friend for their incredible talent!
  • If you don’t have a friend that is incredibly talented, you could use letter stencils and glue small jewels in groups of 3’s

Birth Announcement

Birth Announcement

Here’s what you will need:

  • Computer
  • Editing Program like Ribbet
  • Printer

Here’s what you do:

  • Just start typing.  Include the baby’s Name, Date of Birth, Weight, Time and Place of birth.  Make things different colours and sizes and then print on 8 x 10 photo paper.  
  • Frame it

Book Sling

Book Sling

Here’s what you will need:

  • Material (I used receiving blankets)
  • Wood Dowling
  • Curtain Hooks

Here’s what you do:

  • Cut your wood dowling 2 inches larger than the desired length (preferable so the curtain hooks will be anchored into studs) 
  • Cut the material to length.  In my example above the material is the exact size of a receiving blanket (In the Birds of a Feather theme)
  • Sew a 3 inch strip along the top and bottom of the material, place the wood dowling through the holes
  • Screw your curtain hooks into the wall
  • Put one dowling inside the hook triangle (up against the wall) and the other on the hook
  • TA-Da, you have a book sling

Accessories Frame  Accessories Frame

Here’s what you need:

  • Frame
  • Material
  • Ribbon
  • Hooks
  • Glue Gun

Here’s what you do:

  • Take the glass out of the frame
  • cover the inside “wooden” part of the frame with material, use the glue gun to keep it in place on the back
  • Glue strips of ribbon, vertical, horizontal, whatever way you would like.  Just leave enough space between each strip to put hair clips
  • Screw on mini hooks
  • Make a bow with the ribbon and glue it to the back

There you have it, easy ways to extend your themed nursery.  I also turned a matching bumber pad into a valance!  This one is a tiny bit harder, but you can do it.

You will have more time before the baby is born to get some of these projects complete – just a small word of advice.

If you’re looking to get your perfect nursery together, Sears is having their Nesting Event.

If you spend the following amount on nursery items you get:

  • $200 and get a $25 cash card
  • $300 and get a $50 cash card
  • $400 and get a $100 cash card

(Some exceptions do apply)

To celebrate, Sears has an amazing Giveaway:

  • A Storkcraft 3 piece nursery set ($800 value)

To Enter:

  • Complete the Rafflecopter form below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

DISCLOSURE: I AM PART OF THE SEARS CANADA THE BABY’S ROOM AMBASSADOR PROGRAM WITH MOM CENTRAL CANADA AND I RECEIVE SPECIAL PERKS AS PART OF MY AFFILIATION WITH THIS GROUP. THE OPINIONS ON THIS BLOG ARE MY OWN.