Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Little Things Link Up - Vol 2

I'm so sorry it seems so many of you are able to commiserate with our sleep troubles, but I appreciated hearing all the been there, done that stories.  And big group hug to the others currently experiencing similar things.  The past two nights I've left her door open and hung out in our bedroom (she can see in if both doors are open, which they usually aren't since I don't want her to wake from the baby).  Still a bit of coaxing of "it's okay, mommy is here, I can see you.  Please lay down" but she's fallen asleep tear free and when she woke, I'd just shout out, I'm here, please lay down, it's time for sleep and eventually she would.  Not perfect, but better.

Anyway, back again this week linking up with Jess and Ashley, sharing the little things in life that matter most.


Right before the holidays, Ashlynn and I made some all natural homemade play dough and some how it's still super soft.  Ashlynn has been really into playing with her stamp blocks and rollers and now that we have a booster seat, she can enjoy playing at the table. Which is really nice while I sit nearby and get some things done on the laptop or clean up in the kitchen.  It's a great quiet activity and she's getting to explore textures, cause and effect, and shapes with her stampers.










It's so much fun seeing her explore and play on her own.  Whether playing in her kitchen and cooking us up some chocolate chip pancakes or veggie (eb-bie) soup with pretend play or expanding her fine motor skills molding the play dough and using the tools to make new shapes and patterns.  I can't wait to watch her imagination flourish as she gets older!


What are the little things that are you bringing you joy this week?!  



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P.S.  -  I'll be sharing our play dough recipe and booster seat decision soon!


27 comments:

  1. I love how focused she is on her play dough :) I really like those stamp blocks and rollers! Callie "likes" play dough but gets board super fast -- I think something like that might help keep her attention. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I've learned sleeping is not usually what we envisioned before having kids... Whatever works is great! She is so cute with the play dough! Noah played with some homemade play dough at an art class and immediately tried to eat it. Who could blame him though since it smelled like ginger ;)

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  3. We will sleep when we are old! Lol
    But she is seriously too cute! I have always thought about making her playdoh. But she keeps getting it for birthdays and Christmas so I haven't been low enough yet. :-(

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  4. I love this. When did you start letting her play with play dough? I'm debating if now is a good time to introduce my daughter to it.

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  5. We made our first batch (that was a total fail) around Thanksgiving, and this batch a few weeks later.... so 19m? I would have maybe a little earlier. The recipe is natural and non-toxic, technically she could eat it, but its soooo salty, any time she's tried she's spit it out :)

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  6. Going to be one of 'those people' and ask what the stamper set is. I think my daughter might sit still and do that activity!! After a finger painting debacle I'm leary

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  7. It's the "Shape, Model, and Mold" set from Melissa and Doug. It comes with 5 wooden stamp blocks and three different rollers (one smooth, the other two with a pattern), the cutting wheel thing, and 4 little jars of play-doh. I haven't used their's yet since ours is still holding up well and we have ton, that's just a small chunk she's playing with above. Very simple tools, you could use cookie cutters (plastic, not sharp metal), random kitchen utensils (think garlic press!) or toys you already have too!

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  8. As soon as I made it, I thought it'd be a great birthday party favor! :)

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  9. It definitely helps her, she isn't really at the stage to shape and build things with the play doh solo, but stamping patterns or rolling it she likes. She does like when I roll some balls for her to stack like a snowman though!

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  10. the long play by yourself stage is like my favorite so far! i LOVE just sitting back and watching what these babes come up with. SO funny. and i love her playing with that play dough!! she looks so busy and so cute!!


    ps- her headband & bow collection is pretty much the best thing ever!

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  11. I'm excited to see what you have to say about that Booster seat because it's on our list. Love having a blog to follow that has a baby just a few months ahead of me. Your advice is so helpful!

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  12. Adorable. Good idea with the play dough - looking forward to the recipe!! :)

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  13. So far we are loving it, but not using it full time. (not quite ready for the potential cereal and yogurt messes) When we get a bit more usage under our belts I'm going to do a full review of how it's going! And thank you, I love reading other blogs too for advice and ideas!

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  14. We just recently bought the same stamper set and it is a huge hit with Owen. I really like it too :) And it keeps him busy!

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  15. Homemade playdoh is the bomb! So much easier to make than I ever expected and it really does stay soft for a long time too! The booster seat was such an awesome transition in our house. I have loved having her in that seat instead.

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  16. aw she's just so cute!

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  17. What a fun activity! When did you introduce play dough to Ashlynn? I have been thinking about making some home made playdough for S. but I don't know if she's too young still (16 months)

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  18. I love how into it she looks! Play doh is serious business! Can't wait for the recipe coming soon. I think I need to make this for Mason!

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  19. Visiting from the link up. Love these photos! She is adorable!

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  20. This is great! I can't wait to read the post on the playdough. I am wanting to try that with Zoey!

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  21. she is just too cute and that second to last picture where it looks like she is counting with her fingers!! love!!

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  22. She's actually holding out a spec of dough that was stuck to her finger, girlfriend hates dirty hands LOL!

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  23. She plays with the blocks sometimes longer than the actual play dough, melissa and doug sure knew what they were doing!

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  24. Oh that is too cute!!

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  25. I tried to post a comment on Wednesday but it wouldn't go through! Sorry the linky tool was giving you problems...I guess it was the day for computer issues ;) Anyway, I'm super excited for you to share your play dough recipe and will definitely be ordering that Melissa and Doug set to go with it! I just recently started giving Sadie play dough, but it's just the store bought stuff...never thought about making our own! Also looking forward to hearing about what booster seat you went with, as that will be our next purchase. Thanks for sharing such sweet photos and linking up with us!
    xoxo
    www.sadieskyboutique.com

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