A toddlers favorite friend - ELMO!

Posted Friday, April 30, 2010

EtsyKids Design Challenge - We Have a Winner!

Posted Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Congratulations to the winner of this month's challenge 21. PAGEANT CUSTOM BOUTIQUE 5 PIECES OUTFIT DRESS 2T TO 7 by: FRANCISBEL This lovely dress up comes with a little purse made with pink and gingham fabric accented on the side with grosgrain bows,and a cute headband accented with a grosgrain ribbon bow. Excellent outfit for those sunny outdoor adventures. Please be sure to visit Francisbel Boutique for more beautiful outfits.

Becoming Aware of ASD

Posted Monday, April 26, 2010

Today I had my first ever parent/teacher conference with Peri's preschool teacher. Is it just me, or does the thought of going to these feel like you're being pulled into the principals office?

As I sat outside and waited for my name to be called, it seemed oddly reminiscent of school office visits past. Not that I was a bad kid (I was too terrified to ever act out) but it was that same feeling when you are called to the office for any number of reasons. The first thing that goes through your head is, "What did I do?" Except this time, not only was I thinking "What did I do" but also "What did Peri do?"

I realize these meetings are purely informative but no one wants to hear bad news and so you sit there and wait for it. I was pretty sure she couldn't tell me anything I didn't already know. We made small talk and honestly, I wish we could have just done that the entire time. Because I knew it was coming. The inevitable was confirmed when she said she kept holding off filling out Peri's evaluation because she wanted to be able to put excellent on everything, but she and I both agreed that I would have questioned whether she knew which child was mine and did she even evaluate her. :oP

Peri is currently in an early intervention program to help with her delayed speech/comprehension. Over the last couple of years, she's made a lot of progress, but she still isn't grasping communication and relationships with peers as well as she should be. And a couple of weeks ago, her teacher there called me and mentioned that we may want to start evaluations for ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder). I signed all the paperwork and hopefully those evaluations will start soon. I know she'll test positive and I'll be relieved when she does, because as a parent, I can learn how to better meet her needs.

So hearing notes from both teachers only confirms that they're both seeing the same struggles with Peri. And that as a parent, I'll need to do things a little differently when it comes to how to best help Peri.

When the early intervention teacher told me about testing, she was walking on eggshells. Apparently, a lot of parents don't want to hear that there's something wrong with their child, especially if the word Autism is used. But what parents need to understand is that it has nothing to do with them and their ability to parent, and that understanding your child and their special needs can only make yours and your child's life that much easier. When you're all on the same page, the book makes so much more sense.

Is this a downer? Not at all. It's just a hurdle that my family and I will train together to jump. We're going to be Olympians by the end of this. I'll keep you posted on the progress. :o)

a couple of things I didn't know...

Posted Saturday, April 24, 2010

In my magazine reading this weekend I've stumbled across a couple of interesting things that I didn't know about and I wanted to share...

1. Are you wondering whether that piece of fruit you're about to serve your kid is organic? Look at the PLU code on the sticker or packaging. If it starts with a 9, it's organic. If not, it may have been treated with pesticides.

2. Having a Raccoon in your backyard may make your child sick..These animals choose a spot to repeatedly us as a latrine, and their feces can carry a dangerous parasite known as Baylisascaris procyonis. According to a recent study in Emerging Infectious Diseases, raccoon latrines were present in more than half of the back yards that researchers investigated in suburban Chicago. Raccoons are common across the country, so check your yard every other week for small pieces of poop, the diameter of your thumb, suggests study author Kristen Page, PHD. Use disposable gloves to put them in a plastic bag and douse the area with boiling water.

Tutorial: Satin Ribbon Rose

Posted Friday, April 23, 2010

Sweet hair accessories are all the rage for gals of all ages, from the wee babe with just a few wisps of hair, to school girls and teens and even us mamas, too. EtsyKids team member bbsforbabies, created this great YouTube tutorial for how to make her Satin Ribbon Roses. This simple, high impact project, is definitely on my weekend crafting list! My girls could use some new hair accessories and these little roses, are simple enough for them to make AND oh so adorable when attached to bobbie pins!

Thanks bbsforbabies for sharing! Check out her lovingly made animal security blankets and other creations for babies and tots in her Etsy shop.

Wall Art Wednesday - week 4

Posted Wednesday, April 21, 2010

EtsyKids Design Challenge - It's time to VOTE!

It's time to vote for your favorite item! Voting will be open through midnight EST on Tuesday, April 27th. This month, EtsyKids members were challenged to create an exciting new item based on a theme "Outdoor Adventure". We received a lot of fantastic entries from some talented designers and crafters. Please check out their work below and VOTE for your favorite!

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1. Folk-Flowered Pinwheels - Quilted Cloth Pinwheel - Classic Fun (Waldorf Montessori Toy) / Earth Day by: prettydreamer
2. Felt Food Camp Fire Set...Smores....Hot Dogs... by: sweetiepiebakery
3. Campfire S'Mores Bodysuit by: petitefish
4. Personalized Notecards with Name or Custom Text on Recycled Paper - Tree Silhouette Series by: gracehesterdesigns
5. grey monster footies - soft soled baby shoes(6 to 12 months) by: babazoobee
6. Little Bus - Little Camper Bag Tags by: ModernClassicsKids
7. Freezie Sleeve - Wilderness Adventure - trees and leaves - brown green by: thecrazyelephant
8. Anchors Away Pant Set sizes 3 mos. - 10 years by: cuppycakedesigns
9. Flower Applique Shirt or Onesie - Embroidered Personalized Custom by: EmbroideryByCindy
10. DOGGIE BLUE BEANIE Newborn Size-MADE TO ORDER by: NinisHandmades
11. Pure Muscle Toddler Back Pack by: ElizabethGwenOrignls
12. Green Polka Dot Tree Tee 24/2t up to 5/6t by: plumtreestudio
13. Infant Shortall in Modern Forest Green Poppies (Fresh Start) by: OverallBaby
14. Owl Backpack- Brown Stripes by: TheSewingLoft
15. Great Outdoors Baby Crib Quilt by: BBsForBabies
16. Gillian Dreams Personalized Painting by: dania27
17. Toddler Bike and Play Shirt size 4T by: westmama
18. NEW Singing In the Rain Personalized Folded Notecards by: theenglishpea
19. Custom Name or Phrase Pillow - BELLA THE BLUE BIRD by: emmiscottageetsy
20. Soft Hemp Soles crocheted cotton summer sandals for Baby / Toddler girl U choose size by: babynme
22. Safari Baby Booties- Free shipping in US by: jaclyn43552
23. GO TEAM - Team Spirit Boutique Hair Bow...YOU pick the colors...Fun FOOTBALL Hair Clip...BASEBALL, BASKETBALL and SOCCER also available...No Slip by: gigglebabydesigns
24. Lovey sized patchwork baby QUILT, minky blanket , Design challenge, April showers bring May flowers by: yourloveyboutique
25. Its A Jungle Out There - Boys Overalls and Hat - Size Large 18 Months - 21 - 24lbs by: BabySewPretty
26. Bandana Band For Kids and Toddlers Mermaids Great Alternative to Hats by: Bellesmademoiselles
27. SandDance First Mate 2 pc set Reversible A-Line Jumper / Cuffed shorts Sizes 1T-6T by: SandDance
28. Custom listing for Whitad ONLY.......Custom Personalized Towel...Beach Vacation...Pool Party...Bath Time....Perfect for Girls and Boys by LittleBitShabby
29. Campfire Creeper or t-shirt by: roseprintsonline
30. My Little Cotton Ladybug Booties by: ohbabydotcom
31. Picnic Blanket and Bag by: angelswan81
32. Leaf Suncatcher Kid Kit by: SmartBottomKids
33. Monogrammed European Market Tote Basket by: Brkids
34. Frogs and Birds Ribbon/Sewing tape by: littleandbigk

Please follow HERE to vote!

Summertime, Summertime!

Posted Sunday, April 18, 2010

I absolutely love the first few days of consistent warm weather, days which inspire the promise of coming fun throughout the summer! In honor of all things summer, here are a few great finds for your EtsyKids this beach season! Happy sun!

...wonderful bows from jjkgirlythings

...this terrific nautical beach dress from laken & lila

...these mega hip beach pants from Chew Chew's Closet...

...and a super cool key fob from My Sunshine Designs to help you get there! Happy Beach~Going EtsyKids!!

Wall Art Wednesday - week 3

Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Etsy Kids Birthdays!

Today is my son's 2nd birthday. I can't believe how fast he has grown! He went from a tiny little new baby to a super charged, ready to run toddler overnight it seems. He is talking so much and learning new things everyday. He giggles constantly and finds joy in the simplest things.  I am so honored to be his mommy.  Here he is as a new baby, and how he is now :)

In honor of Connor's 2nd birthday, I wanted to show off some of the totally wonderful Birthday items our Etsy Kids Team makes on Etsy.  And let me tell you, there is no lack of items to make your Etsy Kid's birthday extra special!

First you need to invite everyone to the party!
Use these:
Personalized Invitations from Little Beane Boutique

Next you need to dress the Birthday boy (Perhaps in this super cute Personalized Birthday Boy Shirt from Gdavenport)


Or the birthday girl ( Maybe in this super fab Cupcake Flounce Birthday Twirl Skirt from Avery Lane)
And maybe this gorgeous headband from zuzugirl

Now let's not forget decorations!
These cute cupcake toppers from Ciaob ambino are sure to make any cowboy or cowgirl yell YIPEE!!

And you most definitely need a Fantastic Birthday Banner like this one from Paper Party Design Co

Now we musn't forget a gift for the birthday boy like this Creativity Wallet from Ducks In A Row Boutique

And for the birthday girl a Unicorn Finer Puppet by Harvest Moon By Hand

You can find all of these GREAT items and MUCH MUCH more by going to Etsy 
and doing a search for Etsykids Birthday

Thanks for stopping by!
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