Cool Whip Painting

 

Tanner, was in Florida this past week and it was too cold so we couldn’t go outside, perfect timing right? I was going crazy and Braven was bored. So I decided to let him make a mess even though I was dreading the whole cleaning up aspect.

I whipped up this super quick cool whip paint. I just dyed it with some gel food coloring and Braven had a blast. It was adorable watching him spreading it all around. We also worked on our colors and the “magic” that happened when he mixed the two together (spoiler: it made GREEN!)

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One reason I love the idea of coolwhip painting opposed to just using regular paint is because he can have a taste (or two) and it’s perfectly okay! Since he is only 16 months I prefer most of our sensory activities to be edible in some way. He is learning to not put everything in his mouth but still has a way to go before he isn’t doing it near as much.

It is definitely one of those activities you have to grit your teeth at and just enjoy the cuteness. I know it looks like a nightmare to clean up but it really wasn’t that bad at all! Next time I plan to actually do this activity in the bathtub so the cleanup is even easier! IMG_4942.jpgAfter we did this Braven was a much happier guy the rest of the day and I felt much better as well. Sometimes just knowing that he got to experience something that is fun and different simmers down the “mom guilt” that I always try and keep our of my life!

I know y’all may be thinking I’m crazy doing something THIS messy but I promise it really was worth it. Just seeing him engage in something and NOT being right at my feet was a total win for me!

 

KidFresh Review

So, one of the things I really, really, REALLY did not want to happen has officially happened. My veggie loving baby has turned into a totally picky toddler. Some days it is a struggle to get him to even consider anything but breastmilk (yes, I still nurse. No, I don’t care what you think about that.) I love nursing him but I know at this point he NEEDS solid food and especially veggies! Seriously I was at a loss and so tired of the fight. I had even started pinning recipes on pinterest that would “disguise” the vegetables but y’all that just seemed like a lot of work. (Call me lazy if you must) Don’t get me wrong if I absolutely had to do this I would have BUT thanks to KidFresh I do not.

Okay, so these are foods that toddlers and kids usually LOVE but they have veggies hidden in them, but that’s not all! They don’t have any artificial colors or flavors, no preservatives, Non-GMO, no antibiotics used in their chicken, chickens are fed a vegetarian diet, and the list goes on. I was obviously impressed by this list, but the real test would happen around lunch time. The real test would be if my finicky toddler would eat them. 16730376_10154425771362684_1441632883345141960_n

The next day at lunch I heated these up and gave them to Braven. At first I thought it was a total bust because he just threw it in the floor, but he took the TINIEST nibble and I knew right then I had found a winner. His little eyes lit up a bit and he took an even bigger bite. Y’all this was huge! He hadn’t eaten like that in a few days and this mama was doing a little happy dance! He has eaten every single kidfresh entree we have tried and we haven’t regretted a single purchase. Oh and bonus these will definitely last for more than one serving! Braven doesn’t eat a lot at once (he’s a snacker like me) so we have gotten 5 Braven sized servings out of one box!

I get this pleasure seeing my picky toddler eating those “icky” veggies without even knowing it. I love knowing he is getting the nutrition he needs and that I am feeding him something I can feel good about!

How to easily entertain your toddler

Can y’all believe January is ALMOST over? I feel like it just started but there are only two days left. It’s a little crazy to me how fast time flies now, like it’s nuts to me that today I officially have a 15 month old! WHA??? How did that happen? Where’d my itty bitty go?dsc_2172(seriously though, how cute was little B?)

Anyways, I am accepting that my boy is getting bigger and honestly I’m really loving watching all of the new things he’s learning. (I am NOT loving the tantrums however!) I have noticed that since it’s chilly out though I feel like the TV has been on a little bit too much and I feel like he’s been so bored? Anyone else? I mean who would have known that at 15 month old can get bored but I’m tellin ya.

So I scrambled around trying to find SOMETHING I could put together for him that would engage him that we actually had in the house. To backtrack a bit we just recently moved and a lot of things are still in boxes so I was pretty limited.

Then it was right there, a perfectly good paper towel tube! I taped that thing to the wall and my child played with it. He LOVED it. How much easier can it get than that? He started out putting craft pompoms down it but quickly switched to his goldfish and eventually he was trying to stuff anything down it that would fit. 16298871_10154367407137684_5042353824762346963_nHe consistently played with this for 10-15 minutes. After that he would wander off but he kept going back to it. For pretty much no work I count that as a total WIN! If you wanted to get really fancy you could even use this for a color sorting activity by painting the tubes the colors of the objects that you’ll be using. I plan to do that sometime in the near future but I don’t know if he will get that concept just yet.

When I posted this to facebook and instagram I had quite a few people give it a shot and even said their older kids joined in on the fun! I am sure this could easily be made more complex with multiple tubes for the older kids and they would have a blast.

So next time you are at a loss and are feeling a touch of mommy guilt because the TV has been on a little more than you’d like to admit (we’ve all been there),  you have a FUN and EASY activity that is sure to please!