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Great 10 year old birthday gift!

I was worried this year! We are all teched up and out so what am I going to give my 10-turning-11 year old?

Phew!

She actually asked for what she wanted this year!

Heelys. I bought a pair for my now 13 year old when she was 9. Loved them, and I loved the idea!

Aren’t they gorgeous? And you can take the wheel out and make them into regular skate shoes!

Best part is they make them in adult sizes too! And for preschoolers…

Of course, I have to get all the safety gear as well. But all in all, not expensive for a birthday gift and she will be getting outdoors and off the devices! 😉

Updated games page with a free online Word Matching game

I found a new game site!

It’s called Cookie and it’s just so appealing right now. Maybe it’s that it’s Mommy’s favorite color – who knows.

There are so many printables, I find myself hoping Baby hasn’t *actually* messed it up with his new found ability to access the wall of technology. I also checked out a game or two and found this cute Word Matching game.

Of course, as always, you should head over to MostlyMommies’ games page and check out all the cool free games for toddlers, preschoolers and kids.

Shrinky Dink style DIY Shrinking plastic fun! Free!

I don’t know what the rules are but I suppose it’s only fair to say Shrinky Dinks exist as an item you can buy.
Now that I’ve said that, it’s possible to make them for free – better than free, you use stuff from your recycling bin! I know I used and recommend using #6 plastic. I’ve seen other sites stating you can use other numbers but you probably have enough #6 (which works spectacularly!) to achieve what you want.
This is not a toddler craft! It’s best for 8 years and up, I’d say. But with proper parental supervision, it’s your call. If the child is not using the oven, the permanent markers are your biggest concern. And if your child mouths things still, this is for later in crafts-years.
I used the tops from two store-bought sushi lunches.

These have the little #6 … I’m going to try with a white plastic #6 single yogurt container and let you know later.
Draw what you’d like on there with a Sharpie. Great idea is to trace an outline from a picture. You can colour in the outline with other permanent colour markers.


If you want a pendant, punch the hole in there before you out it in the oven.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
I did everything on a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper on it – just in case.
Here is another amazing fact: it’s free AND fast!
The largest ones we made took 1:45 (one minute and forty-five seconds). The smallest were 1:00 (one minute).
So, once your oven is the right temperature, open it up and slide in the baking sheet with your plastic shrinking pieces on it. Watch with the oven door closed – or if you have to (like me) take pictures, open it up a crack.
You’ll be able to see that they’re done but first you’ll probably have that moment of “oh my god, what’s happening in there?” as they curl up. Don’t freak out! They curl up and then they lay flat – smaller and thicker! Then take them out.
*I actually remembered to get a measuring tape out for some of the pictures so you can get a good idea of the shrinkage factor.
Look at the pictures below for proof and for fun! Then go make yourself something unique and cool! Post your comments or pictures, I’d love to hear what you did with the idea.


Curled up and flattened out! It’s like exercise for plastic!




by Mostly Mommy

Gorgeous new swaddling blankets

I can never seem to have enough swaddling blankets and these lush, rich colors from aden + anais are going to be a welcome addition to my home. I love muslin fabrics! These colors are just beautiful and I think they are visually stimulating for Arthur.

Baby Gear: aden + anais Swaddling Blankets – Its a Wrap Colorful Swaddling Blankets

from: The Land of Nod
These swaddling blankets also come in bamboo in different patterns.

Baby Gear: aden + anais Grey Swaddle Blankets – Grey Bamboo Swaddling Blankets

from: The Land of Nod
Did swaddling work for you? If not what did? I also wear my baby in a wrap and he nurses and sleeps there while I … blog! It’s the only way to get those moments in!
Mostly Mommy

New tools for parents! Continuous monitoring fever stickers? YES!

Alright, who invented these and didn’t tell me? I mean really, a cute sticker I can leave on to monitor my wriggly baby’s fever? Genius. I just wandered across it like that but it makes me wonder “what else am I missing?”
Physio Logic Fever-Bugz Stick-On Fever Indicators – I don’t want my son to get sick but I do want to try these so…. 😉

Activities for autistic children online and offline – UPDATED

Hi Mommies! (mostly)

I feel bad when I see our visitors return and find no new activities posted! So this morning, I am putting in some time to list for you my favorite activities (both online and offline) and crafts. While they are fun to do with all your wee ones too, these can be especially fun and stimulating for autistic children.

This Sparkly Alphabet Water Bottle craft is fun to do and you will keep coming back to use it. The letters spinning and sparkling in the glittery water are sure to delight. 

Here is a list of 10 Gross Motor Activities for Autistic Children from the LovetoKnow Autism site. These will help maintain muscular stimulation and brain-body connection.

Drop me a line with your favorite activity and I will include it in the next update!

 

Free home safety starter kit – still child proofing after all these years!

From HomeMade Simple, visit this page for a free starter kit as well as several videos and tutorials on home safety for children. There are First Aid kit lists too and I absolutely have to put together one for the car.
I am amazed child proofing doesn’t seem to end at any age!

What’s the last thing your wee (or not so wee) one got into?
HomeMade Simple free home safety starter kit

Stop your iPhone from tracking you in iOs 6

This is a short video tutorial I made showing how to disable the newly re-added tracking feature in iOs 6.
If you’ve upgraded to iOs 6 on your iDevice or if you have an iPhone 5, you may want to stop your iPhone from transmitting information about your habits to advertisers. Some people don’t mind being tracked. I am not one of them.
This step takes less than a minute and keeps a little more of your information private – why give away your information? Maybe someday they’ll offer an incentive to give this information out but until then, I will continue to disable these functions as often as possible.
The written steps follow the video below.

If you need more help, add a comment below and I will help if I can.

How to disable the tracking in your iPhone running iOs 6.
Go to Settings.
Go to General. (This caught me by surprise since I was looking under Privacy.)
Go to About. (Again, considering all the other options under General, About seemed like the least obvious place to put this option.)
At the very bottom of the About menu, choose Advertising.
Turn the switch On to limit your iPhone tracking you.

Cradle cap home remedy

Cradle cap
Or “cradle crap” as we’ve lovingly renamed it in our house. Bane of bald or peach fuzzed kids like mine because its so immediately visible on the scalp and it just won’t go away with bath time. It can though! And without anything harsh so here we go.
You will need:
A shallow bowl with a little (maybe a tablespoon or two? I don’t know … A thin layer on the bottom of your bowl.)
Soft baby brush (they seem to come in every baby kit thing out there – where are all these babies with enough hair to brush?)

Get a little bowl of olive oil. My go-to oil! 

Dip your fingertips into the oil and then massage the oil onto your baby’s scalp.

 I was quite generous because he seemed to really enjoy the massaging too. At this point is when I got my little guy into his bath and brushed the cradle crap out but you can brush before the bath time. Depends on your preference.

Get your soft brush – the really soft, not-good-for-much-else, bristled kind only – and massage the scalp in small circles.
 After about 30 seconds to a minute, take a look at the brush. Egads! See that cradle c(r)ap on the bristles? 


Give the brush a rinse and repeat over the entire area affected by the yucky stuff. I said until the brush is clean when you look at it but of course, use your own good parenting judgement. If the scalp appears to redden, stop. Try again later and be more gentle with the brush. The oil really, really is the trick since it loosens the cradle cap bond to the skin. The brush is just a little leverage.
Now bathe that baby! Shampoo the scalp gently and rinse away the rest of the oil and cradle cap.
Quite likely, you have a smiley cradle cap free (for a while) baby, ready to be scooped up into a warm baby towel.
Let me know how it works for you below!

Mostly Mommy