Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Crayola Color Wonder Finger Paints

Crayola Color Wonder products... Hate or Love?
YES these are the super cool things that moms talk about!! Haha! Some moms love them and some not so much! I don't care so much for the markers but I am in love with the Crayola Color Wonder Finger Paint!! Yules was lucky to get them from a friend and I love them!

What happens when you give a kid a bunch of different paint colors to explore with? You usually end up with a mess and different shades of brown!! That's probably the main reason I love these paints so much. I can give Yules a brush (she's not too into using her fingers) and she is able to use it in all the colors and they don't get too mucked up! You also only need a little bit. I actually just put a little bit of paint on each lid and give that to her. 
A couple things that I don't like is that it takes about a second for the color to appear on the paper. And one second may not seem long, but it is totally long enough for a toddler not to make that connection or to get uninterested! Also the paints are all clear, so again difficult for them to make those color connections! Oh and you also need to buy the special paper. But I think the vibrant colors and minimal mess still make this product a winner in my eyes! Great beginner paint for the little ones!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

YAY for Papas!! Happy Father's day to all the Papas out there!

In keeping with tradition... Husband gets to have uninterrupted, quality, bonding-time with the children ALL day long for Father's Day!! What more can a Dad ask for? Haha I wish! I also tried to take pics of Kalbs and Yules for their Papa. Kalbs sat nice and obediently (after making me chase him all over the house of course) and he got a treat and I got a nice pic!

The other monster however kept making faces and smudging the chalkboard! It took many many attempts to get a decent pic of her! AIYAH human children can be so difficult!! Haha


Monday, June 2, 2014


I know I often talk about fine motor skills and all the things we do to work those tiny muscles... but I also care about gross motor activities just as much! It's just not as exciting to write about walking or running or going up and down stairs or throwing a ball. But today I thought I would share with you a new ride-on toy I bought for Yulli to focus on gross motor.
We've had quite a "ride" with ride-ons and it's been really hard to find the right one for her! We've been very fortunate to have great friends and family who have bought us or lent us all sorts of toys. Some ride-ons were too small, too big, difficult to move, too tall, too colorful, ran over her toes, too heavy etc. etc. It's seriously like a case of Goldilocks and the ride-on toys!! Haha!

Then one day I came across the Whirlee! BEST toy ever!! Okay maybe not best toy ever but it's a pretty darn good ride-on toy. This thing is perfectly simple in design... no bells and whistles! It's really small and super light. It is nice and low, so the monster can easily get on and off herself. It's also stackable in case you have more than one. All the wheels rotate 360 degrees, so it makes it uber simple for the little monsters to maneuver and whirl around!! And the best part is that it's not that expensive... about 20 bucks I think! We've had it for about a month and Yules still goes on it every day, so it has lasted the test of time!! Haha! My only complaint is that it doesn't come in the color gray! Haha! So if you are considering a ride-on toy for a 1-2year old, I would definitely recommend the Whirlee!