As mommies we learn pretty fast that having a bedtime routine for any child is key is having a successful quite bed time. I know that if I don’t talk, read and sing to my kiddos before bed that they will go down crying and sneaking out of their rooms. I always try my best to not disturb that routine even when daddy has to work late. At times not having daddy at bedtime can cause a little trouble in my home. Especially since daddy is the one who finishes getting the little energy they might have out of them before bed with playtime.
When it comes to bedtime “Talk Read Sing” is key to keeping everyone happy and mommy very sane. One of the thing I do with my kiddos before bed is reading their favorite books. Of course with the more kiddos you have the more books you end up reading. However, I could never say no when it comes to buying books or reading to them. You always want to expand their imagination and create wonderful memories especially since they won’t stay little for ever.
We also talk about what we read, I always want to make sure my kiddos understand the story and I like to ask questions about what happens in the story and why they think it happened. You can’t imagine the thing you might hear from your kiddos at times.
However, talk should also be happening during the day. I know when I was a new mommy it was hard to talk mostly to myself all day while my kiddo was a baby but they enjoy it so much. Don’t worry you are not the only crazy mommy out their talking to themselves, hehe. I especially like talking while we are gardening. If you don’t believe me doing these simple thing will help then go take a look at First 5 California to find out more.
Singing is my favorite part of the bedtime routine talk, read and sing. My kiddos will not go to bed happy and quietly with out having their song. My mommy was never a singer but my hubby was lucky enough to have a mommy who loved to sing. As a tradition we sing the same song that his mommy did. Each family has their own which will bring sentiment and mean more your family. You might think you don’t have a good singing voice and trust me I don’t either but your kiddos won’t care they will just remember the time you spent with them. They will always cherish those memories more than anything and so will you.
If you are looking for more ideas to share with you family try the First 5 California as a great resource for activities for newborns, babies, toddlers and preschoolers. There’s a whole section (Activity Center) on things that parents can do with their kids to help stimulate the mind.
Its the best time of the and it means it Halloween. I joined other blogger in making upcycled Halloween inspired tray which we all got from out local target. I decided to transform my tray completely and of course I had a little help from the hubby. I learned a couple new things from the hubby and I ended with a beautifully haunted Halloween tray. If you are telling yourself you can’t make out little Halloween diorama, you can always go to your local craft store and purchase miniature figures to make your very own upcycled Halloween inspired tray like ours.
We began by making each little figure by hand and using sculpey hard clay, which we like to use due because it wont deform under the heat of your hand. The last thing you want is to keep leaving your finger print or nail prints all over your clay while working with it.
Once we completed all the sculpting we prime them black to make them easier to paint. My hubby used a combination of hand painting and air brushing. Its super fun to air brush and I can’t wait to use it in my other projects in the futures.
Using the tray I decided to used fake grass from my local craft store and real dirt on top of that to add another dimension. I covered the sided of the tray with tape to make sure the dirt will not fall out and make a mess all over my house.
I went ahead and then began placing my figures in the tray. However, something still seemed to be missing and I got my little miniature fence to hot glue around the tray. I was so happy with the end result and I am thinking of expanding my little Halloween village
If you want more wonderful inspiration come and take a look at this awesome tray from some other bloggers!
As I unpacked all the Halloween decor this year. I found that I had a lot of pumpkins. I was wondering what I would do with all the pumpkins that would be different from last year and I remembered that I had a lot of decorative Halloween miniatures. The idea of a Halloween pumpkin diorama was born. I’ve been waiting to to a diorama of some sort for a while and was excited finally be using my miniatures since I’ve been purchasing them every year when they go on sale at the end of the Halloween season. The truth is that the best time to purchase Halloween decor is after Halloween, hehe.
I grabbed my fake white pumpkin and cut the back of it with a knife.
I then went a head and painted the inside with black acrylic paint. Once it was try I went ahead and started to add the Halloween miniatures and some moss to add more texture. I also added some light to the inside to illuminated it and everyone can see it a little better.
I added some cardboard at the bottom to lift the grave sit up so it can be more visible and I also hid the light switch.
Last but not least I added a bow to the top of the pumpkin. I used a ribbon that I had purchased last year from the local craft store.
I was told that their is about 90 plus days left before the new star wars movie comes out and since we are all super excited to see out favorite characters and some new ones come to life on the big screen, I have complied a list of some great gadgets you must need this holiday season. You might want some to give as gifts or maybe keep to yourself.
Its the beginning of September and we all know what it means for my home. Halloween has arrived and will be better than the year before. I have already started decorating and will be instagram behind the scenes if you want to check it out at mypandorascraftbox. Right now I do have my favorite Halloween crafts for the past couple of years.
It can’t be Halloween without some Mason Jars! I made creepy spider and eyeball Mason Jar globes!
If you are thinking in having a Halloween party this season you have to have a scary flower center piece right? Well then I made one that will make your eye pop! Click here to see the my eyeball flowers!
When you say Halloween one of the things you think of is pumpkins and I have a black butterfly studded pumpkin just for the occasion. Click here for the tutorial.
If you want to have a unique candy bowl this year try your hand on making wire baskets!
As a professional blogger and small business owner certain tools help gain followers and make your profile look professional. I am going to let you in my little secret of my top four essential tools to use on instagram. more favorite tools I use to increase my followers on instagram and make my account look nice and clean. Most of the application I use are for the Iphone and Adroid images is key and using GraphicShock is a great source but more on that later.
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I made a jewelry organizer DIY because over the years I have been slowly growing my collection. Its also really hard to tell what you have and don’t have when its all in a small trinket box waiting to be discovered. I decided to go to Michael’s and see what they had in stock for inspiration. Guess what I found?! I beautiful had chipboard wired letter. I believed it said planter on the back but that’s is not what I planned to do with this beauty.
I got it home right away with a couple of other things and then went to work.
I used my favorite stain mahogany and let the chipboard soak it up. I let it sit outside for 24 hours to make sure did not have a strong odor.
Afterwards I went to work on hooks to hand the jewelry from it. If it was Christmas time I would have used ornament hooks but since its only spring I needed to make my own. I had jewelry wire and pliers.
I cut a piece or wire which I then bent both end in a hook fashion, that’s all you really need to do.
I placed all my cute necklaces on it with my beautiful stones which help me find what I needed right away.
What do you guys think? I going back to get a couple more letters and use. I also got actual necklace holder which looks great next to my jewelry organizer DIY.
It would not be Christmas with some Mason jar decor. Here are my mason Jar Christmas snow globes. I love mason jars and I have a lot of them hidden under my bed. I being seen a lot of people using them with cute little vintage cars and placing tiny Christmas trees on top with bakers twine. I was not able to find any vintage toy cars. They seem to be very popular and prices for them seem to be ridicules. So I went in search for this cars in toy store. I could not find one anywhere. I thought I had tried everything until I went grocery shopping at Ralph and guess what I found?! The perfect car toys. They are a little large but they fit perfectly inside the mason jars! You always find things in the most unexpected places.
As I mentioned before I got these cute looking vintage cars from my local grocery store called Ralph’s.
I went a head and tied bakers twine to the cars. It was pretty simple to do specially since the cars doors opened.
I got the mini Christmas tress from my local craft store. I got a couple different one’s to see which one’s match best with my cars.
Here they are!!
I also got this cute little camper with a tree on top from target ornament section and of course I had to place it inside a mason jar as well!!
My home is going to be filled with mason jar Christmas snow globes.
I am excited about finding this world globe at Costco! I found it right before school started and its was defiantly a deal. I got it for $27 which is cheap due to world globe being so popular and it super hard to find one for a good deal. I just had to grab it and run. My hubby was not happy that I got it and but it looks so cute on my home now my chalkboard world globe.
Chalkboard painting is super easy to do and it does not take a lot of work. Just good weather and some time out of your day.
I used black chalkboard paint and sprayed the entire globe about 3 coats of chalkboard.
Once it what dried I took chalk and went over the indentation of the map with the chalk. The globe that I purchased had the land masses raised up which made it easy to go over it with chalk.
Now i can write Boo or Happy Holidays! You can’t go wrong with a globe. I was so happy I did get it because I did try to purchase a globe that was smaller and broken at a retailer and they only discounted it for 4 dollars! So the total came to $20 and it was so not worth it! Retailers are really not the best place to get them all the time. Here it is your chalkboard world globe.