Beauty and Cosmetics during Pregnancy: The Good and the Bad

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Every pregnant woman wants to look her best during her pregnancy, but it is hard to use the same makeup you used before you got pregnant. Pregnancy changes your body chemistry, the composition of your skin and the way your body looks in the light. Your makeup, fragrances and skincare regimen all must change during your pregnancy, and you may find they will stay changed after you have your baby.
How Your Makeup Reacts to Your Skin

The makeup you normally use may not react to your face as it always has. The color you use on your face may not look the same as it has in the past, and these colors may not stay on your face as they once had. It is possible that your makeup will cause you to break out in hives, or you may form a rash. You should consider changing your foundation, blush and powder during your pregnancy. The change in your body chemistry may require you to maintain this change in your makeup after you have your baby.

Skincare

The skincare products you use may not give you the same results they once did. You are counting on your lotions and moisturizers to protect your skin, but these lotions may not do the job they once did. You cannot continue to use the same moisturizer if it does not help you, and your skin may dry out much faster than it would otherwise.

Your skincare regimen may need to increase when you are pregnant. Chronically dry skin is going to plague you when you are pregnant, and you may consider using more moisturizer than you did in the past. Many women resort to moisturizing their whole bodies every day, and you must keep up with this routine to prevent stretch marks. Do as much as you can to keep your skin moist and soft.
Sunscreen

A woman who is not accustomed to wearing sunscreen may need to start using sunscreen during her pregnancy. Your olive complexion may have helped you a good bit at the beach, but you must start wearing sunscreen because your skin is so much more sensitive.

Women who do not typically use sunscreen may turn to a foundation that has sun protection built-in. You need to keep your skin from being damaged in the hot sun, and you must take steps that will prevent sunburn and sun damage.

Skin Irritation

You may go to bed with your makeup on after a long day, and your skin has never reacted poorly to your makeup. You must start washing your face every evening to ensure your skin is safe. You will likely feel a good bit of irritation when you leave your makeup on for too long, and you may need to use a professional makeup remover.

Daily Makeup Application

You should change from pads to sponges when you apply your makeup, and you may consider scaling back the amount of makeup you are putting on every day. Reduce the amount of makeup you are using to help your skin cope with your pregnancy. Your pregnancy is going to make your skin reject a good bit of your makeup, and the makeup that you choose to wear going forward should be as light as possible.

Your body will not respond well to all the makeup you typically wear. You must make a change that is going to help you look your best during your pregnancy. You may choose to keep these makeup changes after you have your baby, but you must make careful changes for the health of your skin. If you are unsure about certain cosmetic products while you are pregnant, it is wise to consult with a physician like Dr. Gilbert Webb, to see what is safe for you.

 

– Rachelle Wilber

Guest Contributor

Our Top 10 Brands From the Baby Time Show That You MUST Check Out

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This past weekend was crazy! The International centre at Highway 427 and Airport Road was packed with new families looking to learn and find brands that would make their new child’s first couple years the best that they could be.

Wee Urban was there, and not only did our show go well, we also made many connections with old friends/brands and met some new one’s that we are so excited about, we need to share.

Here are our Top 10 Brands from the Baby Time Show that you neeeeeeeed to know about! – these are not in any particular order

 

#1 – Naked Nursing Tank

Our friendly neighbours during this weekend, Naked Nursing Tank is perfect for every new Mom. Lightweight and breathable design, amazing ingenuity and affordability make the Naked Nursing Tank a MUST BUY for every breastfeeding Mama. Its function is simple, wear your favourite bra that fits you, wear any shirt that fits you, and underneath wear your tank. That way, when you pull up your shirt and push down your bra when the little one gets hungry in a public place, or anywhere really, the Naked Nursing Tank keeps you covered.

To learn more, head to their website – Naked Nursing Tank

 

#2 – Munch Mitt

This is a brand new product that we are so excited about! Munch Mitt baby teething mittens are perfect for when the little white pearls start breaking through their gums and they’re chewing on everything from themselves to you! This innovative teething product will blow your mind and hopefully keep your kid occupied. The Munch Mitt® Teether is a “handy” teething solution that prevents the constant dropping of teething toys. It provides easy access pain relief for teething babies who are still learning consistent grip and direction and protects the hands from irritation due to chewing. In other words, its another MUST BUY!

To learn more, head to their website – Munch Mitt

 

#3 – Baby Parka

Well we are in Canada, so it only makes sense to throw in a recommendation for our great friends at Baby Parka! Weather troubling your baby? Fear no more with Baby Parka. Canada is notorious for manufacturing all 4 seasons in the span of one week, this brand has a solution. Whether it is in the stroller, in the car seat, or if you’re carrying the babes around, you want Baby Parka covering the little one, no matter the weather!

For more information on their line, click here – Baby Parka

 

#4 – Tiny Hearts 3D Ultrasound Studio

We’ve had 3 products to start this list, now it’s time for an integral and amazing service. Tiny Hearts 3D Ultrasound Studio is the best bang for your buck on the market. High class amenities, coupled with family-like hospitality and reasonable prices make this service a must have. The experience itself is worth the money, and then you get to share these amazing images with friends and family, it is truly remarkable stuff!

To get in contact with them, check out their website – Tiny Hearts 3D

 

#5 – Ultimate Mum

If you’ve ever been to a Baby Show, chances are you’ve seen someone walking around with one of these and wondering if you could possibly borrow it for a quick nap! Ultimate Mum Maternity Pillows are the absolute best for getting to sleep with those couple extra inches in circumference around your belly! These are perfect for during pregnancy and afterwards, but just watch out that your partner doesn’t try to steal it from you!

To learn more, visit their website – Ultimate Mum

 

#6 – Bright Bean

Wee Urban loves when toys can educate, and a new-to-us brand Bright Bean has found a way to make fun and learning co-exist. Their store has yet to launch, but it’s definitely something you should keep an eye on moving forward.

For now, read their amazing learning tips on their blog – Bright Bean

 

#7 – Hip Mommies

Oh how we love all that is modern. Hip Mommies has everything that you need to be that 21st century in-the-know type of parent. From lunch time to bath time, they have got you covered with simple, modern designs of no mess – no stress type products.

To check out all of their amazing products, click here – Hip Mommies

 

#8 – Doula Pantry

Fare to say that this is an overlooked aspect of pregnancy and Doula Pantry has found a way to make it one that can be helped. Their all natural, and very tasty, cookies are made with Milk enhancing ingredients. The purpose of which is to increase lactation levels for breastfeeding Mom’s. Not only is your child getting more milk when you’re consuming these tasty treats, but they are also getting much needed enrichment from the ingredients! We are so excited about these, and you should be too!

Check them out – Doula Pantry

 

#9 – Kickboard Canada

Well my inner child was going absolutely nuts seeing these this past weekend. Scooters, I mean, SCOOTERS! As much as technology is currently influence the fact that I’m writing this online blog, we believe that our children need to get outside way more. Maybe this isn’t for “babies” but it was just too great to leave out of our list. Plus, it made us reminisce on simpler times, times that our kids should all have, so when they are ready, you best be buying them a scooter!

PS. They have adult ones too…

 

Visit their website by clicking here – Kickboard Canada

 

#10 – Dressed To Deliver

Our friends at Dressed To Deliver can basically make absolutely anything fashionable… including childbirth. We love their product so much that we need to give them a huge shoutout for their work at the show and beyond. If you want to look good, and have a functional gown ready to go for when you’re about to pop, Dressed To Deliver is just the unique product that you need!

 

Check them out! – Dressed To Deliver 

#11 – Wee Urban

Did you really think we’d talk about our 10 favourite brands at the Baby Time Show and forget about our absolute favourite of all time. As you know, Wee Urban is your #1 choice for sleep bags, and just this past month we launched our new designs in Fox and Penguin. These are available on our website, as well as on Shop.ca, and Amazon.ca. and for our US readers, Amazon.com.

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram to keep updated on new product lines, giveaways and promotions.

We’re always up to something!

The Baby Time Show was great! Thank you to the organizers and all of our neighbouring brands! Hope to see you all, in the fall!

– Devin

DOW – Wee Urban Deals of the Week

Every week we do a very special Wee Love It Wednesday giveaway for all of your amazing fans to show them just how much we appreciate them.

This week we kicked it into high gear with a special St. Paddy’s day edition alongside another giveaway with our pal’s over at Spray Pal!

Check them out and enter on Facebook and Instagram!

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Fall Arts & Crafts Projects to Keep Kids Busy

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Image: Kiwi Crate

Arts and crafts projects are a great idea for kids for many reasons: it allows for creative thinking, it’s a good way to keep kids busy, and it’s a self-esteem booster when they have completed an awesome craft of their own.

Fall is the perfect time of year for arts and crafts as well. The kids can stay warm indoors while doing something fun, and the foliage and changing colors of the season can serve as inspiration for their art. Here are a few arts and crafts projects that will keep your child busy this fall:

Cardboard Tube Owls

For this project, the kids will be making their very own owl out of toilet paper tubes and various scraps of paper and other materials. Using googly eyes, orange beaks, and adding proper wings to these creations will already show signs of the owl-to-be. Kids can then decorate and detail the creation to their liking.

This project doesn’t create much mess at all and provides a fun activity for kids of many different ages. An added bonus of this project is the teachable moment of showing your kids the importance of using recyclable materials!

Leaf Doodling

I can’t think of a more fitting arts and crafts projects for the season! Using metallic gel pens, kids are able to create colorful, unique designs on different types of leaves. The leaves serve as a blank canvas to allow your child to get creative on their own with the metallic pens.

This is another project that is virtually mess-less and just right for kids of many different ages. Creating tons of designs and drawings on an endless supply of leaves will keep your child busy for hours.

Ribbon Wands

This arts and crafts project is two-fold. Your child has the fun and enjoyment of creating the actual ribbon wands for themselves (with your help on this one), and then they can play all day long once they’re finished. For this project, all you need is the long ribbons, wooden dowels, and a drill (which you will obviously use for them).

Once the holes are drilled into the wooden dowels, your child can begin feeding the ribbon through and tying it up tight. They can either choose to stuff a bunch of different colored ribbons into a single dowel for one big streaming wand, or they can create separate wands for each color ribbon you have.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

4 Ways to Keep Kids Busy in the Summer

summer ideas for kidsIt’s summertime! That means school-aged children will be home, bored and looking to get out of the house. Entertaining your kids and keeping up with life’s other demands can be challenging, especially if you’re a breastfeeding mom or otherwise caring for a baby. You’ll need some entertainment options that don’t require your direct participation. Here are some ideas to keep your kids busy during the summer break.

1. Send them to summer camp.

Daily summer camps are perfect for busy moms and bored kids. Your local community likely has lots of summer camp options for children of any age. Some are camps are designed specifically for certain activities, like art, science, or basketball. Others are more general and give kids freedom to play however they like while also running organized games. They can play on a kickball team or ride the swings with their friends. The camp organizers are good about keeping kids active.

2.  Visit the public pool.

Admission to your local community pool is usually free or very cheap. If you don’t have a public pool, memberships to the YMCA are also inexpensive. Take your kids to the pool for a few hours for them to swim and splash around. You can hang out nearby with your baby while your older children play. If your baby is old enough, introduce him or her to the water! This option doesn’t give you much time to get chores done, but you’ll spend time with your family.

3. Invest in a set of bicycles.

Riding bikes is a timeless activity for kids. They love the excitement and independence. You can pick up some quality bikes for your kids without breaking your bank. Not only will they spend the day getting exercise, but they’ll burn off all that young energy and fall right asleep later. With a lawn chair and a glass of iced-tea, you can relax outside and watch them pedal up and down the street.

4. Create a gallery of artwork.

Gather all the arts and craft supplies you can. You’ll need construction paper, crayons, markers, string, tape, paste, paints, wrapping paper, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, and anything else you or your children desire. Cover a table in a sheet you don’t mind ruining and spread all the supplies over the table. Have them spend the day creating their own artwork for display all over the house. Challenge them to tell you what they created and what it means.

nursing pillowGurst blog by Sandy Clark, Inventor of San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow

San Diego Bebe® was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate and mother of twins. Clark was inspired at a San Diego beach one day where she witnessed a young mother unsuccessfully nursing her baby. As the mother struggled to keep a blanket across her shoulder for privacy while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed then and there to design a product that would help resolve the issue of discretion while nursing in public. San Diego Bebe® was born that day.

After Clark read a recent Duke University study on toxic chemicals in baby products, she sent her nursing pillow to Duke to be tested and reviewed. Duke University Chemical Scientist Dr. Heather Stapleton, the nation’s leading fire-retardant research specialist, and a new mother herself, said, “It’s wonderful to find a nursing pillow on the market that is not treated with chemical flame-retardant additives in the filling material. San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is not only a very supportive pillow with amazing features for discreet nursing, but is also free of flame-retardant chemicals that have been shown to cause adverse health effects in animal studies. I applaud this manufacturer for taking steps to produce high quality products that meet the same flammability standards without using these chemicals.”

San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is the healthiest and most innovative nursing pillow on the market. Made with virgin Eco*Loft™ fiber, a non-toxic and hypo-allergenic foam-alternative, it’s void of harmful chemicals. It’s also recyclable and eco-friendly. San Diego Bebe® is available in two versions, for nursing one baby or twins. The entire line is baby-safe, and is covered with deluxe plush fabrics including organic cotton.

Click to view a Nursing Pillow Comparison Chart to learn more.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

3 Fun Spring Crafts for Kids

Even though spring is here, sometimes the weather just won’t be right for outside play. When it’s a bit chilly or rainy, you need some indoor activities to entertain your children. Hit the craft store one day and pick up some supplies. Store them in a closet until the day is just right. When you’re ready for craft time, use these fun spring ideas.

Cupcake Liner Chickies

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These little chickens are perfect for spring and they’re easy for little hands. You will need:

  • Green and orange construction paper
  • Bright yellow cupcake liners
  • Google eyes (from the craft store)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Orange or brown marker
  • Yellow tissue paper or feathers

Instructions:

  1. Glue the liners to the green paper.
  2. Glue two eyes on to each liner.
  3. Cut diamond shaped beaks out of the orange paper. Fold them in half and glue one side to the cupcake liner.
  4. Cut hearts of out the tissue paper and glue to each side of the liners for wings.
  5. Draw chicken feet with marker.

Pasta Butterfly Garden

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These lttle hanging gardens make perfect bedroom decorations! Helpful tip: If your kids are too young, glue the Popsicle sticks in advance so your kids can worry about the decorating. You will need:

  • Popsicle sticks (7 for each garden)
  • Pipe cleaners (1 for each garden)
  • Farfalle pasta (regular and/or mini size)
  • Craft foam flower/ladybug stickers
  • Magic markers
  • Craft glue or glue dots
  • Hot-glue gun
  • White craft paint (if desired)

Instructions:

  1. Hot glue the Popsicle sticks together.
  2. Attach a pipe cleaner to the back of the top rail on either side for a handle.
  3. Paint the sticks any color you prefer or leave it bare for a wood look.
  4. Color the “butterflies” (dried pasta pieces) with magic markers.
  5. Apply cute insect stickers all over.
  6. Attach your pasta butterflies.

Egg Carton Flowers

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When you’re finished with these flowers, you will want to hang them on your wall. They actually make great decorations! There are tons of variations you can make, too, so you’ll have to experiment. You will need:

Supplies:

  • 9 x 12 canvas
  • Mod Podge sparkle
  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Apple Barrel acrylic paint
  • Scissors
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Yellow ribbon
  • White buttons
  • Craft glue
  • Paintbrush

Instructions:

  1. Paint the canvas any color you prefer. You’ll want to use several coats and let it dry for a few hours.
  2. Cut out the individual cups of the egg carton to make the flower petals. Remove any excess material. Trim it a bit to make the “petals” more distinct.
  3. Paint the flowers different bright colors and let them dry for a while.
  4. Give the flowers several coats of sparkle.
  5. Trim the pipe cleaners to the right length and tie together with a ribbon. Glue these to the canvas with craft glue or hot glue.
  6. Glue a button to the center of each flower and then glue the flower to the canvas.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

Ideas for Teaching Your Kids to Recycle

teach kids about recyclingTeaching your kids to recycle is a great starting point for teaching them how to take care of the environment. Recycling is really easy once you create a routine. The more you make recycling fun, the more likely your kids will be to take part.  Here are six ideas for teaching your kids to recycle:

Teach Through Books First

There are tons of great children’s books about recycling (and doing what one can to take care of the Earth). Before you have them recycle, have them read about what it is and why it is right. Ask them questions about recycling to reinforce their learning. One book we recommend is The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling by Allison Inches.

Garden

The best way to teach your child the benefits of recycling is by showing them the importance of Mother Earth. Buy a few flowers and plant them with your child. Explain how if you use up too many of the Earth’s resources and don’t recycle, plants and animals could suffer.

Teach What Can Be Recycled

After you explain to them what recycling is, make sure to show them what can and cannot be recycled. Teach them the difference between paper, plastic, and metal goods, and how each be turned into something new. You can show them what the recycling symbol looks like and even make a game out of who recycles the most every week!

Arts and Crafts

Another way you can teach your kids to recycle is by using recyclable materials in your next arts and crafts project. This shows them that you can reuse different things in many ways and even create something beautiful. You could use paper scraps to make a mosaic, turn empty jugs and bottles into instruments, or build projects out of scrap materials.

Visit Your Local Recycling Center

Showing your child where recycled items go will help them to see why it can be important to recycle. The better they understand the process, the more they will recycle! If you don’t know where to find your local recycling center try searching on Earth911.

Lead by Example

If you don’t recycle everything that can be recycled, why would your kids? Make sure that you are setting a good example by recycling all the things that can be recycled. Stop throwing out those plastic bottles!

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

Photo Credit: timtak via Compfight cc

5 Arts and Crafts for Kids Made with Recycled Materials

Kids and parents love arts & crafts. They’re fun, creative, and they work in any type of weather. You don’t need to buy expensive kits at the craft store to have some fun. You can use materials found all over your house – things you would ordinarily throw away! Crafts are the perfect way to use up all those extra bottles and jugs, toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, and mason jars.

At Wee Urban, we like to encourage the use of remnants and excess materials for crafting by donating them to local elementary schools for their programs. Here are 5 arts and crafts projects that use recycled materials.

All photos courtesy of Family Fun Magazine.

1. Can-Do Robots

arts and crafts with recycled materials

These friendly robots are more than just good-looking; magnets hold their features in place, making the ‘bots the metallic equivalent of a Mr. Potato Head.

Ingredients

  • Tin can
  • Electrical tape (optional)
  • Hardware and various recyclables such as bottle caps, keys, etc.
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Strong disk magnets

Instructions

  • Open a tin can with a safety can opener so there are no sharp edges.
  • Empty, wash, and dry the can.
  • For facial features, arms, propulsion devices, and communication arrays, look for items around the house and at the hardware store. We used bolts, brackets, hinges, keys, wing nuts, switches, bottle caps, washers, knobs, and more.
  • Hot-glue the items to disk magnets and position on the can accordingly.

2. Cool Creatures

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Don’t just throw away those take-out tubs from the deli or supermarket. Instead, let your kids use them as canvases for reverse painting, a style that calls for painting in layers – from the details out – on the inside of a clear container.

Ingredients

  • Clean, see-through plastic container
  • Acrylic paint and brush
  • Craft foam
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue
  • Markers
  • Googly eyes

Instructions

  • On the inside of the container, paint the first layer of detail, such as the black spots on the ladybug, the teardrops on the turtle shell, or the swirls on the butterfly wings (we trimmed our butterfly container first to resemble wings). Let it dry for 10 to 15 minutes or until the paint no longer smudges.
  • Add as many more layers as you wish — each in a different color — by painting right over the original design. Just be sure to leave some plastic exposed if you plan to apply another coat and allow each layer to dry before moving on to the next.
  • Use the container as a guide to cut a body from craft foam. Glue on or draw details such as eyes and antennae, then glue the craft foam to the painted shell.

3. Magazine Bead Bracelet

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Recycle old catalogs and magazines into stretchy, swanky bracelets that cost next to nothing to make.

Ingredients

  • Cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Old catalogs and magazines
  • Wooden skewers
  • Glue stick
  • Mod Podge Sparkle
  • Paintbrush
  • 6 feet of clear elastic cord

Instructions

  • Cut out a cardboard triangle with a 1-inch base that is 6 inches high. Use it as a template to cut 30 to 35 triangles from colorful magazine and catalog pages.
  • To make a bead, tightly roll one triangle (base to point) around a skewer, then glue down its tip. Leave the bead on the skewer and roll the next one beside it. When the skewer is full and the beads are dry, slide them off of the stick. Brush on a thin layer of Mod Podge Sparkle and let the beads dry.
  • To assemble the bracelet, thread one bead onto the center of the cord. Add the next bead, as shown, threading one end of the elastic through each end of the bead. Pull the elastic tight.
  • Continue adding beads in this way, tightening and straightening them as you go, until the bracelet is long enough to stretch around your child’s wrist. Feed the remaining lengths of elastic back through the first bead, then knot them multiple times and trim.

4. Glossy Paper Flowers

arts and crafts with recycled materials

Far from the garden variety, these blossoms stem from magazine pages. They’re easy to make and leave lots of room for inspired creativity.

Ingredients

  • Scissors
  • Old magazines
  • Glue stick
  • Paper fastener

Instructions

  • To make a bloom, cut two to four flower shapes in various sizes and patterns, as shown. Ours measure 1 1/4 to 5 1/2 inches. Tip: For a symmetrical flower like the ones pictured, trace a circle onto a magazine page and cut it out (we used an old CD as a template). Fold the circle in half several times, as you would a paper snowflake, then cut the folded paper into the desired petal shape, making sure you don’t cut through the pointed tip.
  • Roll a single magazine page into a slim tube for a stem and secure it using a glue stick.
  • Stack the floral shapes and secure them to the top of the stem with a paper fastener. Pinch or fold the edges of the petals to add dimension.

5. A Flock of Baby Socks

arts and crafts with recycled materials

The only things sweeter than itty-bitty baby feet may be those itty-bitty baby socks — always outgrown or missing their match long before they’re worn out. Give them new life as an easy-to-make mobile that you can hang over a crib, a changing table, or even a new big-kid bed.

Ingredients

  • 5 baby socks
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Thread
  • Small beads and a needle
  • Tacky glue
  • 5 small felt triangles
  • Scissors
  • 3 yards of narrow ribbon
  • Embroidery needle
  • 6-inch embroidery hoop

Instructions

  • To make each bird, stuff a sock just up to the ankle with fiberfill.
  • Tie a piece of thread securely around the toe, about an inch or so from the end, to make the head. Use another piece of thread to tie off the tail as shown.
  • Sew on the bead eyes (or draw them on with a permanent marker). Then sew or glue on a felt triangle beak.
  • To hang the flock, cut the ribbon at varying lengths (we used 8, 10, and 16 inches).
  • With the embroidery needle, thread a section of ribbon through the back of each bird. Knot together the loose ends and trim them. Then loop the ribbons around the hoop so the birds hang down. To keep the ribbons from sliding, you can attach them to the hoop with a dab of tacky glue.
  • Hang the mobile with three additional loops of ribbon (be sure it hangs out of your baby’s reach).

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

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5 Fun Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

thanksgiving activitiesThanksgiving is almost here and it’s the perfect time to bond with your family and celebrate the holidays! There are plenty of activities you can do with your kids to teach them about Thanksgiving and keep them occupied while you’re busy cooking dinner in the kitchen. I love to play with my kids – I have a mission of making parenting fun. That’s why the I’d like to share my favorite Thanksgiving activities for the kids to get into the holiday spirit.

1. Make a Thanksgiving turkey

This staple of Thanksgiving arts & crafts is super easy and fun to make for kids of all ages. You’ll need some construction paper, pencil, markers or crayons and a free hand! Place your child’s hand on a piece of construction paper and trace around the hand and in between fingers with a pencil. Have your child color in the feathers (a.k.a fingers). Next draw eyes and a beak on the turkey and little claws for feet. Feel free to make it more creative by using several colored sheets of construction paper and layering the hands and add some googly eyes.

2. Create a paper Pilgrim hat

For this craft you’ll need some black poster board or construction paper, white paper, a stapler, glue, markers, and paper clips. Draw a Pilgrim hat shape on the black poster board and then draw a separate wide headband shape on the poster board (make sure it’s large enough to fit around your child’s head). Cut out the pieces and decorate with a square, gold buckle drawn on paper. Staple the bottom of the hat to the center of the headband. Secure the headband/hat around your child’s head using the paper clips.

3. Bake turkey cookies

You can bake sugar cookies from scratch or use a sugar cookie mix and then have your kids help you decorate them to look like turkeys. You’ll need to frost the cookies with a chocolate frosting covering the top of the cookie for the turkey’s body. Add upside down candy corn in a fan shape to the top of the cookie for the bird’s feathers. Use mini M&Ms for eyes or pipe them and the bird’s beak and feet with yellow icing. Add yellow, red, orange and brown sprinkles for extra decoration.

4. Make Indian corn decorations

For this craft you will need raffia paper in a natural color, scissors, glue, colored tissue paper, and yellow poster board. Make corn stalks out of untwisted raffia paper and fan out the husks. Cut out an ear of corn from the yellow posted board and glue it to the corn husks. Crumple 3-inch colored tissue paper squares to create corn kernels and glue them to the ear of corn. Tie the bottom of the raffia paper to complete. For more detailed instructions visit http://spoonful.com/crafts/paper-indian-corn.

5. Make Thanksgiving puppets

You can make Pilgrim and Indian puppets out of a toilet paper rolls, scissors, colored paper, glue and markers. Wrap the toilet paper tube in colored paper — black for Pilgrims, brown for Indians. Add a different color paper for the faces and draw on eyes, a nose and mouth for each puppet. Cut small paper rectangles and snip along the bottom to make a “fringe.” Wrap the rectangle around the head of the puppet for hair. Add a little headband and feather for the Indians and Pilgrim hats and bonnets for the Pilgrims.

teething toysWritten by Lori Bredemeier, Founder of Little Toader.

Lori Bredemeier is the co-founder of Little Toader with her husband Michael. They are the inventors of AppeTEETHERS and here is how their teething toys are chosen again and again by parents as babies’ favorite teether.

Not only are AppeTEETHERS safe and effective, they are funny too! Using a play on words with “appetizers” and “teethers,” AppeTEETHERS look like real food!

Consistently ranking as one of the top teething toys, AppeTEETHERS are a truly unique teething solution. Babies love them and parents get a kick out of watching their precious bundle of joy using them. All Little Toader products are tested and are Consumer Product Safety Commission compliant.

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