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5 Books: Playing by the Book

Today, Zoe from Playing by the Book shares her 5 books and songs with us! (If you are familiar with Zoe’s blog, you know three things: she recommends the BEST books, shares the most amazing and completely inspiring crafts, and ALWAYS shares way to incorporate music into the theme she’s posting on.) I love reading about her adventures with her daughters and am constantly finding new books that I simply MUST read. Today she is sharing a welcoming a new family member theme with us–perfect!Tesler app is fully automated software for investing on an asset which has an accuracy of 93% which can be also known that it places trade only when it is sure that the trade will be successful and leads to profit. This automated robot is reliable and legit which has authentic brokers so, there is no need to worry about our investments.

Two books I love to buy for newborns:
Look at You!: A Baby Body Book
Look at You!: A Baby Body Book by Kathy Henderson and Paul Howard  
Peepo! (Picture Puffin)
Peepo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Two books new big sisters (especially of a baby sister) will enjoy:
My Naughty Little Sister: A Treasury Collection
My Naughty Little Sister: A Treasury Collection by Dorothy Edwards and Shirley Hughes 
101 Things to Do with a Baby
The book that brought tears to my eyes as a new mum (and still does):
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury
A book that will make a sleep deprived Dad smile:
Mr. Bear's New Baby (Orchard picturebooks)
Mr Bear’s New Baby by Debi Gliori
A wonderful lullaby for the new baby:
Until The Light Of MorningLay Down by Essie Jain from the Album Until The Light Of Morning
A song about the trials and tribulations of having a big sister:
Snack TimeMy Big Sister by the Barenaked Ladies from the album Snacktime
A wry song to make the parents smile:
The Therapy FundThe Therapy Fund 
by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
From the Album Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer Present a Parents’ Home Companion
Just a gorgeous song about family, love and being together at home:
What Is A Home Without LoveWhat is a Home Without Love? by Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs
Thank you so much for sharing your favorites with us today, Zoe! I, of course, am going to run to the library and see which books are available and as a lullaby nut, I am excited to check out Until the Light of Morning. 
Please head over to Zoe’s blog and feast your eyes on her beautiful crafts and activities for kids!

halloween craft for preschoolers: bottle cap spiders

spider parade

You know I can’t resist a good bottle-cap craft…

The bottle cap stash was coming close to overflowing in its very special under-the-kitchen-sink storage area, so I thought we should make some spiders.

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All you need is some bottle caps (I like these dos equis ones), pipe cleaners, hot glue, regular glue, and googly eyes. Oh, and an enthusiastic spider-loving preschooler.

spider underside
I cut the legs and then hot glued them to the back of the cap.
dos equis spider

Once they dried, I bent the legs out in a spidery fashion and gave them to the eyeball girl.

gluing spider eyes

The eyeball girl then determines exactly how many eyes each spider gets. Some get 2, some 3, some 5, and the less fortunate, just 1.

spider invasion

Then we let them invade our kitchen table. And we put one by the spider paste.

As for spider books, we really like:
Aaaarrgghh! Spider!
Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks

Do you have any favorite spider books?

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halloween fun for kids: witch toiletries

witch toiletries

With the baby’s birth coming up, I am feeling the need to get a head start on some October activities and Halloween-ish stuff. Otherwise, I’m afraid that maybe we won’t get to do them. So, we’ve started the fun a bit early this year.

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First let me share the book-spiration: Witches Four by Marc Brown

frog eye soap

I’ve had this book since I was a kid and now Juliet loves to read it. It’s not a Halloween book, just a book about 4 witches who lose their hats. They are silly, cute witches–not the scary, evil kind. They have silly things in their house like this frog-eyed soap which I just HAD to make for us.

frog eyed soap

I just got some green soap and hot-glued some googly eyes onto it one evening after Juliet was in bed. It took about 5 minutes. I placed it in the bathroom for her to find the next morning. Upon seeing it, she asked if she could wash her hands immediately. She then proceeded to wash her hands every half hour for the rest of the morning.

She would say something like, “Um, Mom? Do you think my hands are a little bit dirty? I think they are. I need to go wash them.” And then she would rush off to the bathroom to scrub up with some frog-eyed soap.

If I had known that a few googly eyes would inspire better hygiene, I would have done it earlier! Gone are the days of me discovering that she simply rinsed her hands with water when I told her to wash her hands for dinner!

spider paste

The next fun thing I copied from the witches is their spider paste.

spider paste

Juliet giggled when she saw it, but was not as eager to jump in and use it. She asked, “Um, what is that made of?” And I told her it was just regular toothpaste–there were no real spiders in it. Still she wasn’t sure. But I kept reassuring her that I would never give her a real spider to put in her mouth, so she finally agreed to try it.

Teeth brushing time has been a giggly event these past few nights!

Here is the image I printed out–if you want to use it, too. You can double click on the image, then right click and save it to your computer. I pasted it into a word document and then printed it out.

To make the paste, I just wrapped a mini- toothpaste tube in duct tape, and then used clear packing tape to affix the label to the front.

more frog eyed soap

What fun Halloween things do you like to do at your house?
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fun fall kid’s craft: paper tube owls


It’s still REALLY hot here in Georgia, so it’s a little hard to get into the fall mode yet, but we’re trying.

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I have been saving up some toilet paper rolls for a while and thought it would be fun if Juliet and I made some owls together one afternoon.


It turned out to be really fun! She loved gluing the feathers on the tube and picking out the eyes and beak. The best part is that she was able to do the entire project on her own–except for cutting out the beak. I did mine–she did hers–and we had fun.


Once they dried, I hot-glued some string to the inside and hung them from the chandelier as our festive fall kitchen decor.

Here’s a few more close-ups of the cute little guys…
I like a very fluffy and feathery owl.
Juliet prefers a thinner, less feathersome fowl. She enjoyed this activity so much that she asked to make another one the next day (this rarely happens!), so she made a blue-feathered friend to join the owls.
We spent some time at Borders the other night and I found some beautiful fall books for baby that I might have to get Lucia for next year.
In My Tree
In My Tree
Here’s a little owl–I love this series of books, but don’t own any of them yet. The illustrations are very engaging and the little owl moves from page to page through the cut-outs.
Bright Baby Touch and Feel Fall
Bright Baby Touch and Feel Fall
This has beautiful images and I especially love the squirrel page that features a very soft and touchable squirrel tail!
I Love Fall!: A Touch-and-Feel Board Book
I Love Fall!: A Touch-and-Feel Board Book
Do you have any favorite fall books for babies or preschoolers to share?
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Decorating children’s rooms: Lucia’s Nursery

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I’ve made you wait long enough! The nursery is complete and we’re all ready for Lucia’s arrival. Come on in.
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It’s a tiny room, but I’m going to give you lots of pictures!
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This is the most I can get on camera at once.
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To the left, as you enter, is the changing table with the framed Thumbelina pages.
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Lamp close up–can you see me in the reflection? 🙂
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Next to that is the nursing/reading/rocking chair. I’m looking forward to many book-reading sessions here! You can also see my candle nightlight contraption on the wall.

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It’s an LED candle.
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One of my favorite purchases for the nursery is this beautiful boppy cover–it’s got cute owls on it and the back side is a soft orange minky dot! Orange is actually really hard to find when looking for boppy covers–I was so excited to find this one.
The view from the chair. There I am again in the reflection.
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This is Juliet’s little spot. She plans on sitting in the tiny rocker to “hold her baby”. The vintage Counting Book is the first book I purchased for Lucia shortly after finding out I was pregnant.

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Reading nook with booksling and throw pillows. The fabric is very book-inspired: Rapunzel and The Owl and the Pussy Cat

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You’ve seen the buttonbeak wall art numerous times, but here it is again along with the sunshine, and mobile.
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The crib.
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bedding close-up
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In the crib: upcycled rose pillow, black apple doll, and adorable crocheted hedgehog!
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mobile close-up!
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We’re almost through!
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But first, check out this fun owl I found at goodwill! It’s made out of nails, metal sheets, and wire! I love it!
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And we’re done.
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Hope you enjoyed the tour!

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We had the crib, changing table, and chairs. With the help of my trusty can of white spray paint, I was able to reuse a lot of stuff I had in the garage from my Goodwill shopping adventures and make all of the artwork on my own.

I’m also lucky in that I am the only one of my siblings who has agreed to produce offspring. Brother A has declared that “he will not have a kid until he’s 50.” (He’s not even 30 yet…) and Brother B has stated that he’d “rather be waterboarded than have a kid right now.” So, while I do wish for little nieces and nephews, it does put my own children in the fortunate position as the sole recipients of their grandparents’ “spoil the grandkids” budget. That helps a lot when your are decorating a nursery.

The fun part (where I got to go shopping!) was in the details. Here are the sources, if you are interested:

Paint: Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray
Crib Bedding: Liberty of London Crib Bedding from Target
Curtains: Pom Pom Curtains from Urban Outfitters
Shelves: Flat Wood Shelves from Target
Gray Flokati Rug:
Ottoman: Bought it on clearance at Target–sorry, can’t find a link to it now!
Lamp: Illumination Station lamp from HomeGoods
Mobile: Flenstead Swallow Mobile from BabyEarth
Owl Pillow: Fong Studio
Boppy Cover: MollyAnneMake
Crocheted Hedgehog: Yarnigans
Pillow and Booksling Fabric: Heater Ross Far, Far, Away Rapunzel and The Owl and The Pussycat, Lizzy House Castle Peeps Castle Flags Orange from Fabricworm
Wall Decal: Three Weeds from Janey Mac
Letter L: Zinc Letters from Anthropologie
Storage Baskets: HomeTrends, Nedre from Walmart
Striped animals: Guatemala

I think that’s it! Hope you enjoyed it. I had so much fun working on this project for the past several months and am now just waiting for my little miracle’s arrival!

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platypus sewing project

This is what Juliet wants me to make for her….
Unfortunately, it is beyond my sewing ability. We checked this book out from the library recently and it was an instant hit.
Plaidypus Lost
Plaidypus Lost by Janet Stevens
The story is of a little girl and her plaidypus (which is a present from her grandmother).
He’s sewn out of grandpa’s old shirt and becomes a favorite companion who gets “lost” a lot. After we read it the first time through, she immediately said, “Let’s make one of those!” (That’s what I get for doing so many book-inspired crafts with her! She thinks we can make anything we see in a book!)

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But I think you should go check out this book. Your kids will love it.

reading corners for kids: how to make fabric bookslings

I’m happy with how my book corner for Lucia’s nursery is coming out. The booksling turned out really great–it was easy to make following this tutorial on Penny Carnival.Such online tutorials are easy to follow, with the technological advancements. We are happy with the online trading platforms that are extremely easy for any newcomers. The Brit Method is one that is an easy and oldest online binary trading platform available that gives you a way to earn extra money.

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I finally finished the pillow covers I’ve been working on (covered up some old pillows I had in closet) and have them piled on the floor. Hopefully, Juliet and Lucia have fun lounging around on them and reading some books together.
If you’re wondering about the fabric it’s Lizzy House Castle Peeps Castle Flags Orange.
Here’s a close-up.

I also made a booksling for Juliet. This one is right next to her bed, since that’s where we do most of our reading together these days. I thought it would also be good to have some nearby for when she wakes up in the morning (before I do)! (Do you recognize the creature pillow? We finally finished it!)
As you can see, she is currently without a bedspread, so you will just have to feast your eyes on the unmade bed and wrinkled sheets. (Can you tell which room a child is actually living in?)
I used the same fabric for Juliet, but chose the yellow option this time. (Lizzy House Castle Peeps Castle Flags Yellow)
Want to see more options?
I already mentioned where I found the tutorial for these slings, but I thought I’d also share where I first saw this idea: Finn’s bookslings @ Sew Liberated–I’ve been drooling over these ever since I first saw how Meg’s turned out!
My friend Michelle made a beautiful one for her daughters and even used two different fabrics! I love how she has the letter e on the front.
If you’re looking for another DIY book nook project, take a look at this rain gutter bookshelf tutorial! I love the look of this as well!
Have you made bookslings or rain gutter bookshelves? What are your must-haves for a good book nook?

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book-inspired nursery art: button beaks

Okay, so here it is! The book-inspired nursery wall art I’ve been talking about and working on for the past several weeks. It’s finished. It’s hanging on the wall. And it looks good. (Phew! You never know how something like this will turn out–it could have easily been a disaster!)We have all one such similar instances in life, where the predictability remains a huge question. Trading, involving your money is a huge nerve biting moment, where the money might grow in doubles or just sink to null. But, I believe in one of the best sites that gives me only the genuine growing path trading platform. Visit the following site to know about that I was talking!

I had a big space on the wall to fill and I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on something this huge. I got a canvas at Hobby Lobby, some scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, googly eyes, and set to work.
Here’s the inspiration book: The Ice Cream Cone Coot and other Rare Birds by Arnold Lobel (of Frog and Toad fame). It’s a really fun book if you’ve never read it. I was lucky enough to stumble across a copy in our local Goodwill. It’s not in great condition, but we’re not too picky.
The image I loved was this one of the button beaks–if you can’t see it, they are little buttons with beaks and feet that are flying off the little boy’s shirt.
I know that they make paper punches that will give you perfectly rounded circles, but I just went with the old-school route and used my x-acto knife and three different sized bottle caps. It was kind of tedious, but very cost-effective! I think I spent several evenings cutting these guys out.
I made the little girl figure using a template from my favorite McCalls Golden Do-It Book–this is one of my all time favorite vintage finds! She was just the right size–I just changed her hair and skin color a bit made the dress to match the room.


I was nervous about actually gluing onto the canvas because once I started, I knew I could not go back. I began using regular Elmer’s glue, but that didn’t seem to work that well, so I switched to Mod Podge. I used a brush to evenly cover the entire back surface and then smoothed out the paper once it was on the canvas.
Once they dried, I applied the googly eyes. Again, this was scary because I wasn’t sure how it would look, but it seemed fine. The beaks were the most nerve-wrecking part because I was using a permanent maker. One slip of my hand and it could be an irreversible mistake!
As expected, I got better at drawing the beaks after I had done about half of them. I found that longer, skinner beaks looked better than the shorter, wider ones, but since there are so many birds, you can’t really tell.
Here’s the finished product waiting to get hung on the wall…
And here it it is in its permanent home. I happy with it and hope that Lucia likes it as much as I do.
Do you have a favorite book that inspires you? I recently discovered a creative blog called My Insanity. Kendra created some adorable nursery art inspired by the vintage children’s book The Very Little Girlby  Phyllis Krasilovsky. I’ve never read the book myself, but it looks like something I would love!
I’d love to hear about or see pictures of any book-inspired projects you’ve worked on!
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book-related crafts

I often find crafting inspiration from the books we read.

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And while I usually post a few crafts a week (and the books that go with them), I thought it would be helpful to put them all in one place. So here is the list–I’ll be adding to it as we read more books and do more crafts!

lobster handprint craft {beach books}
thumbprint chicks {Old McDonald}
handprint garland {The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.}
handprint turkey {Setting the Turkey’s Free}
handprint ostrich {Whiteblack the Penguin Sees the World}


felt flag garland {I Know About Flags}
shamrock necklace {St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning}
felt spots {Put Me in the Zoo}
kenyan flags {Moja Means One; Papa Do You Love Me?}
three little pigs houses {Three Little Pigs}
bottle cap bear {Beady Bear}
bottle cap animals {animal books}
bottle cap bunnies {The Bunny Book}
bottle cap cupcakes {If You Give a Cat a Cupcake}
kitty cat fire hat {The Fire Cat}
fish valentine {My Heart is Like a Zoo}
tasselled mask {May I Bring a Friend?}
stoplight necklace {Keat’s Neighborhood}
pinecone owl {Good Night Owl}
puffball caterpillar {A Very Hungry Caterpillar}
sock puppets {If You Give a Moose a Muffin}
beehive {The Beeman}
apple hat {Up, Up, Up It’s Apple Picking Time}
thomas the train toys {Thomas the Train}
fall leaf palette {fall books}
preschool sewing project {My Friend}
Reusing Recyclables:
trash bag rabbits {Little Rabbit’s New Baby}
cardboard antlers {Imogene’s Antler’s}
musical shakers {songbooks for kids}
homemade stethoscope {Dr. Rabbit, Who’s Sick Today?}
music horns {Violet’s Music}
painted rock easter eggs {Easter Bunny Saves the Day}
chalk drawing {Harold’s Trip to the Sky}
lipstick kisses {A Book of Kisses}
blueberry paint {Blueberries for Sal}
santa’s sleigh {The Night Before Christmas}
glittery medals {Bicycle Race}
Paper Folding:
paper roses {Robert the Rose Horse, Ferdinand, Happy Birthday Everywhere!}
fairy bread {Happy Birthday Everywhere}
muffin tin lunch {The Cat in the Hat}
building letters {How to Build an A}
orange {Orange}
color mixing {Kitten Red Yellow Blue; The Pop-Up Color Book, Mouse Paint}
mini-ice rink {Big Dog, Little Dog}
baked apples {Up, Up, Up It’s Apple Picking Time!}
blueberry paint {Blueberries for Sal}
snowflake collage {Winter Friends}
12 Days of Christmas Crafts {Brian Wildsmith’s 12 Days of Christmas}
gift boxes {We Three Kings}
santa’s sleigh {The Night Before Christmas}
turkey cookies {Thanksgiving Books}
painted rock easter eggs {Easter Bunny Saves the Day}
letter-writing activity {If You Give a Pig a Pancake}
clothesline activity {Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash}
rainbow hunt {Planting a Rainbow}
lullaby bells {In a Blue Room}
campfire {Camp Granada}
art box {Razzle Dazzle Doodle Art}
shaving cream snow/ice fun {Lost and Found}

animal masks {The Mitten}

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decorating with children’s books: madeline collage

When I started working on the nursery, I moved a lot of Juliet’s furniture (crib, changing table, etc.)  into the baby’s room. Juliet got a new “big girl” bed and I was able to rearrange the furniture.
It also left me with a few blank spaces on the wall and the chance to redecorate (in small ways–there was no way I was going to repaint or do anything too drastic!)

I wanted to incorporate some artwork that reflected her interests and personality and so I began the hunt for a giant fire truck art piece. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything cheap enough. So I turned to plan B.Similarly we too need plan A & B in our financial plans too. How can we manage the family financial status, without hurting any of them? What are the best ways to earn some extra money, to keep your family happy and your wallet full? Well, login to to check for yourself.

Of course, you know we love books and Madeline is a particular favorite of Juliet’s. I have always thought that Bemelmans’ illustrations would be gorgeous artwork in a little girl’s room, so I came up with this collage idea.
First stop was Goodwill, of course. I needed to find a canvas large enough to fill the space above her bookshelf. I found this gem for the low, low price of $8.98. Perfect.
Then I went to the book section and searched and searched for a copy of Madeline. I feel like every time I go there are at least 2 or 3 copies there, but of course, that day, there were none. I was about to give up when I came across a copy of Madeline’s Rescue. It’s also a favorite and with the lovable Genevieve the dog in the story, it may just be even better.
I carefully removed the pages from the book, trimmed them down, and arranged them on the canvas. Then Juliet and I set to work mod podging them on! Juliet thought this was probably the best craft project ever! There was glue everywhere, but the great thing about mod podge is that it dries clear and you can’t tell it ever looked sloppy.
It dried overnight and was ready to hang the next morning. We enlisted Ben’s help for this–and on the first try, the cord in the back snapped and he had to fix it. (That’s what $8.98 gets you, but it worked out in the end!)
So we filled the space for yet another piece of art for around $10!
What book would you use to decorate your child’s room?