Monday, June 20, 2016

DIY: Turn Any Blanket into a Carseat Canopy

Today's post is a quick fix to turn any baby blanket into a carseat canopy by sewing on two little loops. 

What you'll need:
  • One baby blanket that's a good size to drape over your infant carrier
  • two scraps of fabric, 6" x 10" each
  • two big buttons
  • velcro

Monday, June 6, 2016

Tracy's Treasury of Picture Books for Toddlers & Young School-Aged Children

I hope you're ready for more of our tried-and-true, family-favorite books! Today's books are our favorite stories for little ones. They fit the following criteria: 
  • They're picture books with real pages. (This is a step up from our Sturdy Books for Babies & Toddlers.)
  • They're quality children's books (twaddle-free, well-written & well-illustrated). I'll try not to go off on a tangent about all the sub-par kids books available today which I'd liken to a junk food diet in book form. If  it's annoying or lacks redeeming qualities, it gets the boot.
  • My boys love them. These have been tested, tried and true by my boys, who have read them to pieces. They're keepers. 
Ready for some great picture books? Here we go.. 

Picture Book Read Alouds... 

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter - This is a classic picture book that both of my "big boys" love and have listened to over and over and over again. It provides good opportunities to talk about various lessons learned too, which is always a bonus. The story is also available in large collections with other Beatrix Potter stories, but the small, hardcover book is the way to go. It's how it was originally published, and is an ideal size for little hands and includes all the original illustrations. I think picking a couple of the little individual books (like The Tale of Jemima PuddleduckThe Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, or The Tale of Samuel Whiskersis preferable to a large volume of all of them that won't get read as much.