My First Crayola Crayons

My best friend recommended the perfect crayon for my daughter.  She has been coloring with them since she was about 10 months old.  My First Crayola Triangular Crayons are WASHABLE!  No more scrubbing, no more soaking, no more Magic Erasers.  Just a paper towel and a little water will do the trick.  Our daughter has been really good about drawing on her easel paper but every once in a while, she tries to explore where the crayon will write.  Tile, carpet, and the glass coffee tables have been a few of her canvasses.  She also likes to hide things now.  Actually, while shoving stuff (including the crayons) under the area rug, she says “sleepies”.  I am guessing she thinks the crayons will take a nap.  Anyway, crayons shoved under a rug tend to leave streaks on the floor.  Regardless, it is still quick clean up.

My First Crayola Crayons are triangular shape so they are easy to grip.  They are bigger than the typical crayon and the triangular shape keeps them from rolling off the table.  Apparently, the shape also promotes the correct writing grip but I am not a specialist in this area nor am I worried about how my daughter is currently holding any writing or drawing tool.  These crayons are more expensive than other Crayola Crayon products but I personally think it is worth the extra money.  I did enough scrubbing when she was an infant!

The box suggests 24+ months but I can’t imagine if I waited until my daughter was 2 until I put a crayon in her hand.  I know that some babies would just chew on it at 10 months but if you sit with your child and show her what to do with a crayon, she will soon copy you and make beautiful art.

The Perfect “White Noise” Machine

Our daughter has always had a sound machine in her room.  We tried a number of white noise machines.  The HoMedics Soundspa Lullaby has three sounds (heartbeat, ocean, and rainforest) and three lullabies.  We used the ocean the most.  The projector distracted her while we changed her into pjs but it made a loud noise from the day it was removed from the package.  I read about this issue on reviews.

We also used our clock radio, a number of iPhone apps, and plain old static to try to drown out every day sounds in the house.  Both Grandmas swore that my husband and I slept through everything.  They told us stories about how they would vacuum or blare music in the house while we napped.  There was a short window of time when I moved about my house as a normal human being.  It lasted about two weeks.  Then we were in complete silence.  If you needed ice, you had to get it manually from the freezer.  Laundry was a day time chore (to be done in between naps).  I didn’t clean upstairs.  I didn’t go upstairs.  I cringed every time my knees cracked while walking down the hallway.

A while back, we had friends visit from out of town.  They spent a couple of nights at our place and we got on the topic of sound machines.  They showed us their new obsession.  It was the SleepMate Sound Machine.  They plugged it in and turned it on.  I felt like I was on an airplane.   Apparently, the sound is generated from a motor and fan blade.   I can’t explain how natural and clean it sounds.   You have to hear it for yourself!

I don’t claim that my daughter’s sleep got better from using the SleepMate Sound Machine.  In fact, if you have read my other posts, you know how well my daughter sleeps.  The SleepMate does block out sound from daily household activities.  I know that she can’t hear every ice chip, every door close, or every spoon drop to the floor, while she is in her room.

Does she NEED it?  I don’t know.  But I need it.  On the random night or afternoon I forget to turn it on, I sit and wonder what is “off” about the house.  Then I realize, it’s the sound machine!  Some will hesitate because of the price,  but I suggest putting this sound conditioner on your baby registry.  Don’t spend money on other machines that can’t do what this one can.  The SleepMate Sound Machine is worth every single penny.  The product is tried and true.  Check out the reviews on Amazon.  An extra bonus, it’s made in the USA!

 

 

A Nautical Nursery in the Works

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Before I even was pregnant with baby #2, I thought that a nautical nursery would be super cute…boy or girl.  So I started to pin away and bookmark sites with ideas.  Then, Summer of 2013 comes around and everything is nautical.  No way!  From clothing to baby bedding, all I see are sailboats, anchors, and distressed wood.  This was kind of cool but frustrating at times.  I was excited to find prints and pillows and I added them to my personal wishlist so I wouldn’t forget.  When I checked my list (even after a week), the items were sold out and not being replaced!  I was bummed but managed to work my way around the bedding options.

I happened to find a lamp and really liked it.  It was $50 which I didn’t think was a ridiculous amount to spend on a lamp.   It was a simple lamp, with an anchor.  Pretty much like this one but NOT at a price of $116!!

Anchor Lamp

So, it dawned on me…what if I made my own lamp?  That’s when I googled “DIY Nautical Lamp”.  I came across a couple of choices that I really liked: This first one is from Vintage Lace and Vinyl.  I like the lampshade and how the base is a bubble.  I went to Joann’s and tried to find similar fabric for the shade but didn’t have any luck.  I was a little disappointed but decided to try to find a lampshade that I liked “as is”.

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Here is the second lamp option, from The Happy Housie. I figured a cylindrical base would be easier to work with and so I decided to give this one a go.

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I set out on my journey to find everything I needed.

DIY Nautical Lamp Materials

I got this lamp and shade from Walmart for ~$11.  I went to Home Depot and ran into an employee who asked if I needed help with something.  I explained that the lamp needed to be covered with a cylinder shape for a project.  He said “Oh you mean like something like this packaging roll?” And he pointed to the tube in the picture (a freebie since he was just about to throw it out!).  I said, “Yes!” and then he showed me where the rope was.  I believe both of the bloggers from above mention sisal rope.  I prefered the darker color of manila rope, and that’s what I went with. It cashed in at ~$6 for 50 feet.

I measured the tube and cut it with a knife–despite probably needing a saw–and used a hot glue gun to adhere the rope.  Read the directions from the other two sites–I didn’t change a single thing–oh, I actually didn’t glue the cyclinder to the base first.  I chose to work with it freely and glue it on the lamp base after I was done.  When I was finished, it was clearly obvious that the lampshade from Walmart was too small.  So off to Target I went.  I ended up with this one for $12.99:

Target lampshade

I didn’t go with a color or pattern (although tempted) because I thought there may still be a chance to cover it with fabric.  You can’t really see it here but there is a tan webbing on the shade and it is actually really pretty.  Matches the rope too.

Here is the finished product…

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No joke, probably one of the easiest DIY projects I have ever done.  The hardest part was cutting the tube.  It was pretty thick!  The cost to make this lamp was about $25 and I bet if you visited a thrift store you could find your lamp and shade for even less.  I happened to have this starfish hanging around in some potpourri from my mom.  I am really excited about this lamp.  I think it will be perfect for our little boy’s nautical nursery.