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Mommy Minute

For those moments in life when you just need a minute to yourself…

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..like when the percentage of non- napping days is greater than napping days…

A container of lids and a couple containers do just the trick!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Transportation Sensory Bin

For a fun and easy to put together activity for your little ones, check out this truck sensory bin! A combination of coffee beans, mixed dried beans and rice make an excellent base for cars to drive in.

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I chose a car theme because my son loves anything with wheels, but the possibilities are endless. Small Tupperware containers and lids, empty applesauce containers, plastic Easter eggs, spoons, small plastic people or animals, a bottle and funnel- just to name a few. Every so often I like to swap out the pieces for something new to keep it exciting.

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Day after day he asks to play with his bin. I happily agree because he enjoys it and it helps him relax, but even more than that, he is constantly learning! This sensory activity is a great multi-demensional learning activity. He gets to practice fine motor skills, large motor skills, dramatic play, cause and effect and so much more.

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I will say, that inevitability a few pieces do end up on the floor, but it really only takes a minute to sweep up, and my boy has so much fun that I’m happy to do it!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Flyswatter Painting

For when the going gets tough and the snow keeps coming, here’s a fun way to jazz up traditional finger painting!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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The Perfect Stencil


Stenciling can be so much fun. It can also be oh-so-frustrating when the paint bleeds through the stencil. It has happened to me more times than I care to remember. The solution? Freezer paper!
Simply take a piece of freezer paper and cut out your design. You can trace an image onto the freezer paper and cut it out by hand, or you can also print an image directly to the freezer paper and cut it out. I cut out this submarine on my cricut machine. Just place the freezer paper shiny side down and the machine will cut it easily.
Next, iron the outline onto your chosen fabric, again, shiny side down. The wax on the freezer paper will melt, forming a seal around your design. It is best to use fabric that has been washed without fabric softener.
Next, user fabric paint to fill in your stencil. You can put on quite a lot of paint. For this onesie I applied a couple of coats because I wanted the image to be very bright and bold on the onesie. Once you let the paint dry, you can peel the freezer paper off the fabric.
 Easy as that. And… no bleeding paint!                              

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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