How I Got Here

My parents have always been extremely big on reading. I remember as a child, getting read to every single night. My bedtime story was the most important part of the day to me. I also remember the first time I read an entire book to my dad. Just all the proudness radiating off of him.

We were also big on singing every single time we were in the car, whenever we did anything in the home, just all the time. We listened to Motown everything. My parents were really big on the oldies — so that’s all I knew. They were very interactive/hands on with me. My mom was amazing, she stayed at home and helped me with everything. My dad would show up at my school and do all field trips and projects with me.

I previously wrote about First 5 California and how I was using their tools to help with the growth of my little ones. They know how important reading is to me and it’s showing in them. They are reading constantly or want to be read to. They love books! We take trips to the book store and the library constantly. It is so important for their growth to be read, sung and spoken to in their infancy and toddlerhood. I’m sure you’ve seen the statistics. The majority of their brain is developed in their first 3 years of life!


Make sure you check out the First 5 California activity page! There are so many fun things to do with your little one. There are tons of activities for newborns, toddlers and preschoolers. There are book downloads, coloring pages, recipes – they have so much to offer! Check it out when you get a chance. Make sure you talk, sing, read with your little one!

What are some activities that your parents did with you to get you where you are today?

DIY / Rain Cloud in a Bottle

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I’ve been seeing a lot of these sensory, calming bottles everywhere and I decided it was time to make one. Birdie is always up for a science experiment and I liked the idea of introducing the rain cloud in a bottle — especially since she’s rarely seen rain in her life. Baby brother has seen rain maybe once in his entire life (this drought has been a killer!).

I like to use the rain cloud bottle as a calming bottle. When Birdie gets overwhelmed, or needs a minute, I get her to sit down and focus on the bottle. It normally catches her attention quickly, it calms her down and sometimes she even forgets what she was panicking over.

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Here is what you need:

  • Bottles (any work)
  • Water
  • Shave cream (dollar store – no gel!)
  • Food coloring
  • Glitter (optional)

Here is what you do:

  1. Spray the shaving cream into the bottle. I recommend going slowly so you can fill up as much as you can.
  2. Let it sit, for an hour or two. Gravity will do its thing, add a little bit of water, shake and then you can spray some more into the bottle.
  3. Keep letting it sit and adding more as you can.
  4. When it feels full, add some glitter, water, food color. SHAKE!
  5. Then top off the bottle with some water.
  6. Super glue or hot glue the bottle shut.

It will still look like a bunch of nothing for the first day. Let it sit overnight! Then it starts to change and look awesome!

Here’s a little gif that I made of the bottles, so you can see what they actually look like! I realized you can’t really tell with the picture. Took me forever to figure this out!

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DIY / How to Make a Bubble Flute

   

We love bubbles. As the weather is getting warmer, we are outside a lot more. Both kids ask for bubbles. I was getting tired of the wands and our bubble machine eats batteries. So do the bubble guns that we picked up at various flea markets – so I decided it was time to make some bubble flutes. 

Tools:

  • Boba tea straw (also known as a milkshake straw; they’re the bigger ones)
  • Small straws (regular drink straws)
  • Scissors
  • Bubbles

  

The directions are pretty simple.

  1. Take three straws, cut them about an inch and a half to two inches long.
  2. Put all three straws into the bigger boba tea straw and voila! 
  3. Dip into your bubbles and then blow. 

I made five of them during a BBQ that we had and they were a hit! Everyone was playing around with them and we were just blowing bubbles everywhere. So much more convenient than a bubble wand.  

Adventures / Stitches West

I talked A into going to Stitches West with me. I didn’t think he would want to go, since I’m the one obsessed with fiber arts… But to my surprise, he wanted to go. So we packed up the kids and made it down there for the last hour and a half. Parking was free and we got in for free, so that was nice and unexpected.

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I love yarn. I just wanted to touch and see everything. I honestly just wanted to roll around in it. It was all so beautiful.

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For those that don’t know, Stitches West is a fiber experience for all! There are classes, where you can learn to knit or crochet. You can also learn new techniques or designs. They also have a market where you can shop (that’s where we walked around). There are also Stitches South and Stitches Mid West.

Birdie kept getting mistaken for a 5 year old and Baby Brother was flirting away. He loved all the bright colors and sparkles. Birdie fell in love with a jellyfish, not even realizing I have a bunch hung up at home. I got to pick up some goodies that I just had to have. So now I’m a proud owner of interchangeable knitting needles!

Happy New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year! Happy Lunar New Year! I can’t believe it’s been another year. So many good things have happened this past year. It’s been great. I love being able to type that as I’m nursing the little one to sleep.

Birdie and I have been making some New Year crafts while I try to explain the importance of the New Year to her. I love being able to pass down these traditions to her. My grandmother loves that we are passing it down. We made a dragon with red solo cups, paper lanterns and Chinese drums. We were able to create these things with stuff that was around the house. Didn’t cost a dime. My mom was so excited to see it when she came home.

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We’ve been trying to get the stuff ready for New Year’s dinner. It’s getting harder and harder to, with lines in all the grocery stores and people are ruthless.

I am so excited for food. My mom makes the best meals. I’m hoping to get some photos of the food, but we just dive into food so quickly – we forget to take pictures. I’m helping by making some poké. We picked up some ahi tuna. It was way cheaper than buying it premade and I love trying to make new things. Hopefully it turns out right.

What was your favorite part of the past year?