Friday, June 14, 2013

Summer Kid's Style

This is always one of my favorite kinds of posts, especially now that I know I am expecting a little girl in the next few weeks.  I always loved all the little boy's clothes, but I am obsessed with baby girl clothes!  There are just so many options to choose from.  You can go the cute and pretty little princess route, the sophisticate toddler route, or even dab into some shabby chic style so popular these days!

Here is a bunch of options I have scoured around to find for both the boys and girls as my inspiration.

I have been super into vintage style baby clothes and I fell in love when I saw this one from ZoesBoutique2013 on Etsy

or how about this sun hat by SewCuteQuilts

As always, I could always enjoy some cute Mini Boden attire:

Who could forget Gap.  The styles this summer are so bright and retro.  Loving all of them.

Can't forget the boys!

I always love the Crew Cuts Tees.  They are so creative.  This little Jedi one is adorable.
 Are stripes ever not in? This ones from Mini Boden

Here are some summer classics from Gap. Brights are great, even for the lads.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Summer Time Kids Activities: Baked Cotton Balls

We all know how long the days can be when all the children are home -- for the whole summer.  We all know it can be great fun filled with tons of beach and park days, ice pops, pools, and tired boys and girls at the end of the day; but we could also use a little advice.  What else do we do with them?

I have two boys four and two.  So, for the most part I am home with them everyday, all day.  My older one is in school two mornings a week which does switch things up a little.  Last summer was our first summer in our new house, but also our first summer away from our old beach house.  We had some adjusting to do.  We did manage to keep our days busy with the help of some of these summer crafts and activities.  I hope to update these activities regularly, I sure will be needing some new ones myself!

Here was one of my favorites:

Baked Cotton Balls

This was so simple and fun.

All you need are cotton balls, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of flour, and food coloring

1. Mix the flour and water.
2. Pour the mixture into separate bowls.  I used muffin tins and it worked well.
3. Make the individual bowls different colors.
4. Let the kids dunk the cotton balls in the colors and make a "cake" once all dipped.  Put them on a greased surface in any shape or design you want.  You can do letters, make a car pattern.
5. Bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour.

You want to make sure the balls are dipped very well, don't leave any white spots! You want them nice and moist!  Afterwards you can even let your kids go to town with a hammer, or just sit back and admire.

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