101 Things To Do With Your Toddler!

This has been swirling around on Pinterest for a little while so I thought I would share with those who do not have a Pinterest account. Here is a list of 101 Things you can Do With Your Toddler.

  1. Color
  2. Blow Bubbles
  3. Play Hide-and-Seek
  4. Peek-a-Boo
  5. Play Chase
  6. Do Finger-plays
  7. Sing a song
  8. Collect rocks in a basket
  9. Make an obstacle course out of cushions and/or furniture
  10. Make a fort out of cushions and sheets
  11. Go for a Walk
  12. Make a Car out of a Box
  13. Read a book
  14. Go to the park
  15. Finger-paint
  16. Play with Play-Dough
  17. Toss Bean bags into a Bucket
  18. Play the shell and pea game
  19. Dance to music
  20. Download games for toddlers from the Internet
  21. Practice putting things in and taking things out of boxes and bags
  22. Make a temporary slide out of a table leaf and your couch
  23. Roll a ball back and forth on the floor
  24. Scoop dirt or sand into a child’s bucket (or use a serving spoon and bowl)
  25. Practice climbing by stacking boxes on top of each other (only with adult supervision)
  26. Put on a puppet show
  27. Go fishing with a yard stick and yarn
  28. Make a Horseshoe game
  29. Make a Shape Puzzle
  30. Play paper basketball
  31. Run through a Sprinkler
  32. Play with a bucket of water and a sponge (PLEASE WATCH CHILD AT ALL TIMES!)
  33. Make a Drum out of an oatmeal box
  34. Play with a kazoo
  35. Wash windows together
  36. Bang on Pots and Pans with a spoon
  37. Brush each other’s teeth
  38. Play dress-up with stuffed animals and your child’s clothes
  39. Stack canned or boxed food on top of each other
  40. Let child stack mixing bowls inside each other
  41. Make a playhouse out of a large box
  42. Let child play with a sticker sheet (make sure your child doesn’t eat them!)
  43. Put stickers on fingers for finger puppets
  44. Play a musical instrument together- i.e.recorder, piano, etc.
  45. Go on a Smelling Hunt
  46. Frost Cookies
  47. Plant a flower or vegetable plant together
  48. Roll a tennis ball into an empty trash can or bucket
  49. Draw on a mirror with dry-erase markers
  50. Play hide and seek together- trying to find a stuffed animal or other object
  51. Have a splash party together in the bathtub
  52. Put a leash on a stuffed animal and walk around the house
  53. Record each other on a tape recorder (great for scrapbooks or journals!)
  54. Make and try on paper hats
  55. Give a piggy-back ride
  56. Play “Horsey”
  57. Talk into an electric fan (it distorts your voice)
  58. Play tug-of-war with a blanket
  59. Collect flowers (felt, artificial, real…)
  60. Make a camera and go on a Safari
  61. Play games with frozen juice lids
  62. Disconnect your phone and pretend to make phone calls to relatives
  63. Leave your phone connected and really make phone calls to relatives- let your child talk too
  64. String large beads onto or along a shoelace
  65. Squirt each other with squirt bottles
  66. Glue shapes onto paper
  67. Make sock puppets
  68. Make paper puppets
  69. Fill an old purse with toys
  70. Use a paper towel tube as a megaphone
  71. Make binoculars and go “Bird Watching” or “Stuffed Animal Watching”
  72. Put snacks in different fun containers (paper sacks, empty canisters, etc.)
  73. Act out a story from a book
  74. Walk on a balance beam- use a 2×4 placed on the ground
  75. Draw with chalk on the sidewalk
  76. Sketch an outline of your child on the sidewalk or paper with chalk
  77. Paint child’s palms with tempura paint and blot on paper. Makes a great card for loved ones!
  78. Put lipstick on child and kiss a mirror
  79. Make a puddle on cement and splash barefoot in it
  80. Let child decorate and eat an open peanut butter sandwich
  81. Make a toilet paper barricade for child to go under, over, or through
  82. Do the Hokey Pokey
  83. Make a super-hero costume out of household items
  84. Do Knee-Bouncing Rhymes
  85. Play “Red Light, Green Light” saying “Go” and “Stop”
  86. Make a shoe-box train for stuffed animals
  87. Make a pillow pile to jump on (keep it clear from any hard surfaces, including walls!)
  88. Make an easy puzzle with felt and Velcro
  89. Make bracelets or collars for stuffed animals out of pipe cleaners and jingle bells
  90. Learn numbers from a deck of cards
  91. Play the matching game with a deck of cards
  92. Make a domino chain
  93. Have a picnic in the park, backyard, or living room!
  94. Play dress up in Mommy or Daddy’s clothes
  95. Make a tin cup telephone and talk to each other in it
  96. Make a nature collage
  97. Mirror each other
  98. Make a “Mummy Mommy” with toilet paper
  99. Make a tape recording of short music selections and instructions to move in different ways
  100. Make and walk along a toilet paper trail
  101. TAKE A NAP!

Thanks to the writer behind Counting On Me! Leave a comment if you are able to do any of these with your kids!

*Freebie* Excel Workbook Download

Hello! Hello!

Hope everyone’s weekend was great. Mine went by too fast and I want it back!! :) I know I have a whole guideline of what I plan on posting each day of the week, but that is lame. I don’t like to stick to rules, so we can scrap that and just post whatever, whenever. Moving on!

Have you seen seen Simple Organized Living’s website? It is really cool. I pulled this from over there. I need help in keeping a financial workbook and they have an awesome one for FREE!

You can download the Excel “My 2012 Financial Workbook” by Andrea for FREE by clicking HERE.

Please check it out and remember, “I know many of you are trying to create a budget to help you and your family save more and spend less, but in my opinion, it’s impossible to set up a realistic budget unless you first figure out exactly where your money is going and how much you are currently spending, saving, etc. So if you’ve never actually taken the time to track your finances for an entire year, this workbook should be extremely helpful for you as the first step to then creating a realistic budget”. – Andrea

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Whoa at that PRINT! And for only $14.

I am a photographer by profession and I love PRINTS. The bigger the better. If I could have an entire wall mural, I would. As for today’s DIY project, I came across a photo on pinterest (done by multiple bloggers). You know it too. It is the enlargement of these 2 sisters above their dresser! Yes, that one. Well I went and did it, but I did one better. Ok, I sound rude, but I am a photographer, and the photo I used was from another professional photographer. I tweaked it in photoshop and sent it over to be printed. The oooo’s and aaaaah’s I have received are endless. The total cost was $13.98 (before tax). I had all the glues and 3M strips around my house. If you don’t, the Elmer’s Spray Glue is $4, the Mod-Podge Spray is about $6 and the 3M strips are $4 (all at Wal-Mart). If you have to buy everything before hand, then your photo will cost about $28. But not too shabby for a print this big!! Excuse the lighting here. The lighting in this house is plain awful. Want to see it? Here it is! Wa-La! **** Ok. I did things a little differently than most everyone I have seen. *** I picked the photo. This one was taken by Cayden Lane Photography of North Florida. I opened it up in Photoshop and resized it to the massive 4 feet wide by 3 feet tall at 300dpi. When I went to hit Save As, I clicked for Enlargements (this makes it less grainy and more smooth). *** I logged on to Staples and clicked on Print Enlargements. I picked the Engineer Print which only prints in Black & White on actual printer paper. It’s not a fancy print by any means. Please do not replace your photograph’s professional prints with these. I uploaded the image and picked it up the next day. *** The day I went to pick it up I grabbed foam board from Lowe’s like the other sites say to use. That is a messy waste. DO NOT USE FOAM BOARD from Home Improvement stores. *** Instead, head to a craft’s store and get a Triptych. Yes, those bi-fold presentation boards that you used in school for science fair projects. *** I got the print from Staples and it cost me $4.99 plus tax. If I was a Staples Rewards member it would have been $4.50 plus tax. I got the triptych from Hobby Lobby for $8.99 plus tax. *** I went home and placed the triptych out on my kitchen table. I used masking tape on the back seams to make sure it stayed open. Then flip it over and get ready to glue. I picked the largest print (4ft x 3ft) so I laid it out on the board. I positioned it where it needed to be. Then I SPRAY GLUED one half down. Use a clip board to smooth out the wrinkles and bubbles. Do for the opposite side. *** There will be extra board left over. Score down the sides of the print where there is extra. It will pop right off. *** Go outside and spray a sealer over the image. I used MOD-PODGE SPRAY! Stand back about 12 inches when coating it down. If it looks really wet don’t worry. It should dry fine. If you are coating it down with a lot, it may dry funny so try to stay back 12 inches or so. *** Once it is dry, take it back inside and lay it face down. Use 3M ADHESIVE STRIPS on the corners and middle. We cut ours into small tabs for more strips. Then take it to the wall you want it on and smack it up there!! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not forsake professional prints from your photographer for these. This is simply printer paper. It is not photo paper, nor is it acid-free. These will not stand the test of time as your professional quality prints will!!

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Munchie Monday!

I found this on Pinterest {most of the creative inspirations will come from there}. When I clicked on the photo, the website Taste of Home popped up. What a great magazine!! I look at it in the check out line at Wal-Mart all the time. So here we are! Let’s make TWICE-BAKED POTATO CASSEROLE.

*Oh I did mention that I hate to cook right?
Maybe this blog will help me get over that and find love in the kitchen.

This is Taste of Home's image of the Twice-Baked Potato Casserole. Hopefully mine will look as good or better.

Ready, Set, Go!

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. Yield: 6-8 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 pounds red potatoes (about 6 medium), baked
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 cups (24 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions, sliced

Directions:

  • Cut baked potatoes into 1-in. cubes.
  • Place half in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with half of the salt, pepper and bacon.
  • Top with half of the sour cream and cheeses.
  • Repeat layers.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until cheeses are melted.
  • Sprinkle with onions.

Here is my casserole, minus the bacon. Whoa! This was my very first casserole dish. The prep time took a whole lot longer but I think that was because I am not use to cooking. It is amazing. I can’t believe I actually made something that was good. What should I cook for next Munchie Monday?? Submit your ideas to me via email or comment.
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DIY Snow Globes

I love Snow Globes. For a while, Marty and I were collecting them from everywhere we went. It started to add up over the years and there are only a few places we still collect from (Disney World for one). This year for Christmas we decided to make snow globes as gifts for family. At first, I was a little skeptical about it actually working but it did! They turned out amazing and I love them all.

We made ours out of Mason Jars and a couple with just regular jars from craft stores.

We only needed 7 inexpensive materials to make these (plus ribbon or other embellishments as extras) and we spent about 10 minutes to make each one.

Materials Needed:

o Mason Jars – any craft store will have these and depending on the season, Wal-Mart & Target too
o Figurines – again, any craft store. We went to Michael’s and bought the Christmas Village ones
o Liquid Glycerin – various craft stores (mine are from Hobby Lobby)
o Silver Glitter – craft stores
o Super or Cement Glue – we used Super Glue but thinking back, Cement Glue would have been better
o Distilled Water – any grocery store.
o Rubbing Alcohol – any grocery store. Alcohol swabs can also work.

Step 1 – Do a test run on the jar. Ensure there are no cracks, fill it with water (tap is fine) and turn it upside down and shake it all about (Hokey Pokey tune).

Step 2 – Thoroughly clean out the inside of the mason jar and dry it out.

Step 3 – Wipe the inside of the lid with rubbing alcohol.

Step 4 – Pick a figurine and glue it to the inside of the lid.

Step 5 – Sprinkle as much glitter as you want inside the jar. Try to use big glitter that way it floats down like a leaf.

Step 6 – Fill the jar with distilled water. Keep in mind that if you fill it all the way to the top the water will displace and go everywhere once you screw on the lid.

Step 7 – Pour a cap full (about a tablespoon) of liguid glycerin into the jar.

Step 8 – Tightly screw the lid back on.

Step 9 – Embellish however way you want and enjoy your snow globe.

*Tips*

o Do not use metal figurines because they will rust and your snow globe will look as if you used swamp water.

o If you are worried that the colors on your figurine will fade once in the water use a sealant or acrylic coating on the figurine. They can be purchased at any home improvement store. I use the Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating by Krylon. It’s permanent, protects, will not yellow over time, leaves a glossy finish, and dries in minutes.

Enjoy your snow globes!

Hello World

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my newly created blog, 3 Busy Bees! I am Queen Bee. Some of you may have known me from my professional wedding and portrait photography company.

So what is this blog about?

Honestly, I wanted to start a blog after my friends got me addicted to Pinterest. That place is super addictive. Now I am a DIY’er in terms of building an arbor for your backyard, or building a desk… I am not a DIY’er in the craft world. I love to scrapbook but to me that’s not crafts. Seeing these various cool DIY projects, I started clicking on the blogs associated with them. Whoa. These women all rock. And their hubby’s too. I looked at my husband (Mr. M.) and was like, we can do all this. We have the power tools and with the new house, I want some really awesome pieces. So here I am.