Spotted on Etsy: Sensory Boards

My daughter is special needs and one of her therapists recently suggested sensory boards for us to check out. I never realized the awesomeness of them until I began to search. There are so many! You can even DIY one! (I found an awesome tutorial, here). With that being said, my husband is uber creative. I tend to call him the modern day Magiver. I plan on having him tackle one, but in the meantime, I found a bunch on Etsy that I’m completely in love with! Both kids will love them I think!

Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Sensory activities and sensory boards facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. Spending time stimulating their senses helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally, physically and creatively.

sensory boardThis sensory board is full of all sorts of fun goodies! It’s perfect for her!

This one is huge! So much to do!

sensory boardThis one is my absolute favorite.

sensory boardI’m realizing that these would be good for kids of all levels! My son would thoroughly enjoy this as much as she will.

Did you buy a sensory board or did you make one? I’d love to see yours!

Recall Alert: Safety 1st Decor Wood High Chair

safety 1stI thought my son was ungodly strong, but it turns out there is a recall regarding the latching feature on the tray of the Safety 1st Decor Wood High Chair. Whenever he is done, he pushes the tray off. Now we’ve wised up and strapped him in, but I never thought I needed to before (stupid parent mistake number 4,123) until the first time he did it and fell to the floor. That was fun. (Total sarcasm there folks).

Anyway, if you have one of the high chairs, above, check your model number under the footrest. This recall is applicable for model numbers HC144 and HC229. If yours fall under those, use this link to fill out your information for a free repair kit.

I have emailed the company because, having twins, I have two high chairs and it turns out it is one repair kit per household. I’d like to know what to do about the other high chair. I can always use another address I suppose, but I’m just curious how this works, as both of mine are HC144. I’ll keep you posted.

The repair kits will arrive in 7-10 days.

Get the “Ultimate Baby Book” from Mama Miss for Just $6

The Ultimate Baby Book

So, I have a baby book for my son. Thus far I have looked at it only a handful of times. I’m the absolute worst with things like that! The biggest shame is not that I’m not filling out the book, but that I spent so much money purchasing a nice book that I’m more or less neglecting.

I wish that I’d instead purchased the “Ultimate Baby Book” from Mama Miss, which is currently available for just $6.

Now this baby book comes in a PDF format that you’ll have to print at home. Depending on your printer you might even want to spend a few bucks more and have it professionally printed. Regardless, $6 + possible printing fees is an excellent price for a 36 page baby book!

Here’s what’s included in the PDF:

  • (12 pages) months one through twelve – stats & milestones
  • (12 pages) months one through twelve – picture frame
  • (4 pages) months one through twelve – patches
  • (1 page) introducing
  • (4 pages) months one through twelve – patches
  • (1 page) when we first found out
  • (1 page) when I arrived
  • (1 page) all about my daddy
  • (1 page) all about my mommy
  • (1 page) the world all around me
  • (1 page) the price of things
  • cover sheet

If you take it to be printed you might also want to have it bound… or you can grab your three-hole punch and put it all in a binder. Your choice!

The design of this baby book looks super cute and you really can’t beat the price! Of course, you have to do a little bit of work to get it all together, but maybe that will just motivate you to continue updating it. I know I need a jolt of inspiration about now!

Click here to grab the Ultimate Baby Book for $6!

Building Your Baby’s Library: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson There’s absolutely no denying that I’m a grump about Halloween, though I did give in and purchase a costume for my son. I got him a puppy costume not because we had Halloween plans (although we do now) but because I wanted to take a photo of him in his costume nestled between our two real puppies, Bacon and Ginger.

I was also at Target this past weekend and thought that I should get him a Halloween book. I stared at the display of children’s Halloween books before deciding on Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.

I didn’t know anything about this book prior to purchasing it. I didn’t know that the author was the same one who wrote The Gruffalo. All I knew was that it had a cute cover, a paperback and a board book edition, and it was almost sold out. I didn’t want to get a possibly abridged version, so I bought the paperback copy.

Over the past few days this has become one of my absolute favorite books to read to my son! In fact, we read it twice yesterday! It tells a cute story about a witch riding around on her broom rescuing animals, and then how they come to help when she needs to be rescued from a dragon. The illustrations are cute and the rhyming is amazing. In fact, the rhyming is so good that I find myself getting really into telling the story. I use different voices and speak louder and softer as the story calls for it, and both my son and I get a kick out of it.

I originally intended Room on the Broom to be a Halloween book that we’d pull off the shelf every October, but we enjoy this book so much that I’m going to keep it in the rotation year-round!

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