1) Grow a garden
Sunflower Playhouses & Mazes
Sunflowers are inexpensive and easy to grow. Certain varieties like “Sunzilla,” “Mammoth,” and “California Greystripe” can grow between 12-20 feet tall which makes them a great plant to use to make an outdoor playhouse or maze. All it takes is a couple packages of seeds and a little watering and in 8 weeks you will have a bright and cheerful “nature made” play area.
If space is an issue or you have older children, a pizza garden is a lot fun and keeps them really engaged. In a small bed or pots, plant a few tomato plants, basil and oregano — all of the garden ingredients that you need for a pizza. After you harvest at the end of the summer, make pizza sauce with the ingredients from your garden.
2) Use Nature’s Art Box
Go on a stroll in your yard, neighborhood or nearest park and collect leaves, small twigs, and flowers to use as materials in a translucent garden window or mobile. All you need are the materials that you have collected, translucent contact paper and string.
For older kids, it is fun to collect rocks and pebbles from your yard or neighborhood and paint them. It is great to show your child pictures of ancient cave art for inspirations. You can even try making your own natural pigment paints using egg white and ochre (blush) for reds and charcoal for black.
3) Recycled Box Crafts
Boxes are by far the best item to let the imagination nation run wild. Refrigerator and wardrobe boxes make a great playhouse or puppet theaters. You can take them outside and let your child color or paint them. You can help them cut windows and doors into them. One way to make the decorating easy and fun is to use a paper cup to hold the paint and tape it to the outside of the box right at your child’s arm level.
Medium-size boxes that may be gathering dust in the attic or garage are great for toy train tunnels and matchbox car tracks/highways. Help your child cut the tunnel hole in the box and then help them put tape highways across the tops and sides, then take a marker and add the line for the road.
You can also combine several medium size boxes with multi-colored masking tape to make a fun play tunnel for your child to crawl though. Another option would be to have your child color or paint the tunnel to look like a caterpillar.
I’m bringing it back today with my recommendation of the Sakroots Crossbody Bag.
It is totally VEGAN and made of all man-made material.
I think it’s the perfect bag for a new mom or any one who need their hands free.
The best part of this bag is the compartment in the front that can hold a mobile phone.
It fits my iPhone 11 perfectly.
I wear mine in the front so I can keep an eye on my phone and wallet.
It has loads of compartments inside for holding all your credit cards, business cards, receipts and more.
There is a coin purse in the middle and two sections on the outside where I put my cash.
For me, this is a great option because I can separate cash I set aside for miscellaneous petty spending and for specific purposes like school lunch, game snacks, tutors etc.
There is a wristlet strap so you can also easily and quickly convert it to a wristlet.
Take off both and use it as a clutch.
I love the pattern on the one I got. It features Black women with an Afro along the bottom.
It is soooo me!! There are other patterns too!
And for about $44, you cannot beat it!
Buy yours at Saks’ website or Amazon!
So here’s what happened.
A little while ago, I got the heads up from the folks on the new lifestyle talk show FABLife about an episode where the daily show’s DIY enthusiast and Lifestyle specialist Leah Ashley did an awesome upcycle job turning a pair of baby cribs into children’s desks.
Ashley co-hosts the show along with show creator Tyra Banks and our Bellyitch Bumpwatch mom-to-be Chrissy Teigen, design stylist Lauren Makk and Fashion expert Joe Zee.
On the show, Ashley helped a mom to quadruplets go through the kids’ grandmom’s garage and pull out their old cribs and eventually convert them into two awesome kids’ desk workstations! Amazing. You can see the clip here!
On the episode with the cribs transformation, I noticed that Ashley was also preggers and naturally, being obsessed with pregnant women, I started to do some online research and landed on her Living with Leah Facebook page and soon learned that the YouTube Star turned regular DIY featured guest for several TV shows is expecting her first child, a son, Finn with her husband of about a year.
She had a baby shower on the show recently and then had one with an audience full of other expecting women.
And I also discovered that Ashley has been rocking her stylish looks on her channel and on air during the daily talk show.
And Ashley also shares some pretty cool DIY vids that moms-to-be could appreciate, like this video on how to make your own baby shower ornaments and items:
.How to make a Baby Mobile!
Ashley even took her fans into her own baby shower at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, California!
And she recently gave out Nursery tips this week!
This review of these eco-conscious prenatal vitamins couldn’t wait for Eco-Friday!
SmartyPants gummy vitamins for adults and kids just released its prenatal version this Spring. And as my 10-year old son who sneaked a few when my back was turned can attest to ….they are deelish.
And they’re good for you. Each gummy is packed with all the mineral and nutrients a pregnant woman needs: Vitamin C, D, E, B3, B6, folate, B12, and pantothenic acid; along with extra mom-to-be goodness: Vitamin D, B12, the omega-3 fatty acids EPA, DHA and the MK-7 form of vitamin K2, which is particularly hard to get through diet.
What you won’t find: GMOs. Artificial colors. Artificial flavor or Artificial sweeteners. The only thing that would make them better is if they released a Sugar-Free version next for moms-to-be who have gestational diabetes and are watching their sugar intake.
Other than that, these vitamins look to be a great alternative to the large horse-pill vitamins I had to take when I was last pregnant over 7 years ago. Our reviewer, my 7-year old daughter’s expecting 2nd grade teacher, who checked out our review sample (Valued at $34.95 retail) said she is enjoying them.
The other awesome part is you get to take 6 daily. Yum!
Founded by serial entrepreneurial parents, Courtney and Gordon, SmartyPants also has an altruistic mission. It has a on one-for-one nutrient grant to Vitamin Angels for every bottle sold. So far, it has donated more than one million life-saving nutrient grants to women and children worldwide who suffer from undernutrition.
The makers of SmartyPants are giving one lucky Bellyitch reader a TWO- MONTHS SUPPLY!! Woot! That’s a Value of over $70 retail!! You get 360 Gummies to take home. Awesome Sauce!
Now thru next Friday, October 30 – It could be a pre-Halloween gift to the winner. Open to US ONLY. Many ways to Enter. None Mandatory. Enter Below: