All Things Glitter!

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We know that your little ones love glitter, and a lot of you moms out there love to sparkle, too! So inspired by the popularity of our baby announcement “All Things Glitter”, we decided to provide you with a way to shine all on your own (as if you don’t already!).  Enjoy, and keep on shining!

1. All Things Glitter Baby Shower Invitation from Hello Little One for Tiny Prints

2. Rhinestone Tape Dispenser from The Sparkle Addict

3. Adrianna Papell Elisa Ankle Strap Sandal from DSW

4. OPI Jewelry Top Coats Nail Polish from Sephora

5. Steering Wheel Cover with Bella Crystals from Amazon

6. Black Shift Nob with Swarovski Crystals from Amazon

7. Merona Chunky Belt from Target

8. Crystal Pens from The Sparkle Addict

9. IPad Case from Society6

10. Set of Glitter Mustaches from Etsy

 

Happy Fourth of July!

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Happy Fourth of July from the Hello Little One family!

Above drawing by my talented niece, Sienna Rose

 

Easy DIY Summer Crafts for Kids

Sometimes sidewalk chalk just doesn’t cut it anymore, and kids (and parents) need a little inspiration! Keep your little ones entertained for hours with these simple, DIY summer crafts. The best thing about these creations is that they can be done indoors or outdoors. Of course, it’s summer in New England, we would all like to do everything outside. So our beach bags are perpetually packed, as we only have a small window in which we get to enjoy the gorgeous weather that the season brings. Unfortunately, because of the unpredictable weather here, we have to be prepared for those days when Mother Nature won’t cooperate with our dreams of sun and sand. So when the beach isn’t an option and the kids can’t use their creative minds to make monster sandcastles or exhaust themselves riding the waves, here are some fun ideas for things to do both inside or outside the house.  rock-crafts

ROCK CREATURES
This is an easy summer craft that has seemingly endless possibilities. Who doesn’t want a pet (rock) frog or ladybug as opposed to a simple pet rock?

What you’ll need:

  • Rocks (assorted sizes and shapes
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes, and other fun craft supplies you have on-hand

How to make it:
Have your child collect a number of different sized rocks from around the yard. Using fun craft supplies such as googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and different colored paint, your child can create a myriad of animals just by placing rocks accordingly. Check out the pics below for some great ideas!

Tips:

  • Be sure that the rocks are glued together before they are painted, attaching small stone features such as eyes, feet, or beaks to body parts before joining larger parts, and then attach whiskers or tails after painting.
  • Cement glue works the best but should only be used by parents working in a well-ventilated area. (Kid-friendly glues are less durable and are best for rock crafts that will sit on shelves).

(from Martha Stewart)

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KIDS CAN STILT
What kid doesn’t want to be taller? They always seem to be reaching, straining to see what’s on the counter, in that cabinet, on that top shelf. Well, kids, you’re welcome. Now you can be taller without a day going by!

What I like about this craft is that it’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s timeless. My mom told me it’s been around since she was a kid, and no offense Mom, but that was awhile ago. If outside, I would recommend that children do this on the grass and not the pavement, just in case balancing becomes a problem!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 large (about 64 ounce) juice or coffee cans – emptied, rinsed and dried out
  • Hand bottle/can opener (with the triangular end)
  • 2 long pieces of rope
  • Scissors
  • Colored electrical tape or various colors of paint and paintbrush

How to make it:

  • Use the bottle/can opener to punch two holes on either side of one can towards the top.
  • Repeat with other can.
  • Cut two pieces of rope long enough to go through the holes in the can and up to your child’s hands to hold on to.
  • Thread each piece of rope through the holes in the cans.
  • Tie the two ends of each piece of rope together. You should have a loop of rope going through each can that is long enough so your child can hold onto the rope as handles.
  • Use the scissors to cut the different colors of electrical tape and decorate the cans. You can also use the paint to decorate them.
  • Be safe and have fun!

(Originally from kaboose.com)

 

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WOODEN SPOON PEOPLE AND ANIMALS
Sometimes the simplest of kitchen tools can make the cutest of crafts for our kids! A simple wooden spoon can be transformed into a princess, a monster, an animal or an alien. Or of course, simple, pretty doll for your little girl. The best part about this project is that the fun isn’t over once you’ve made your fabulous creation. After all puppets are made, you can put on a puppet show!

What you’ll need:

  • Wooden Spoons
  • Felt-tip pens/sharpies
  • Masking tape
  • Tissue paper, fabric, aluminum foil, etc
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Assorted other craft supplies for endless fun with decorating!

How to make it: 

  • Start by drawing the face on the inside of the spoon’s head with a felt-tip pen or a Sharpie.  Consider making a person, animal, or alien…use your imagination!
  • Use masking tape to attach pieces of tissue paper, old fabric or aluminum foil to the stick of the spoon.
  • Add pipe cleaners to use as arms and legs by twisting them around the handle.
  • You can use feathers, yarn, or any other craft item to create hair or any other accessory for your puppet.

 (Originally from Wikihow)

The Best Baby Naming Sites

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In today’s society, we are barraged with famous people’s choices for their baby’s names. We can’t help but follow who named their child what because it’s always all over the news. As most of you probably know, Kim and Kanye West just named their baby girl “North West.” Those are settings on a compass, not a beautiful name for a child! Movie stars, reality TV stars and the like seem to choose outlandish names most of the time that sometimes leaves me wondering if they are only doing for attention. The one that has always had me stumped of all the outlandish names are Frank Zappa’s son and daughter’s names “Dweezil,” “Moon Unit” and “Diva Thin Muffin.” Really?! What were they thinking? What is the meaning?

Naming a child is a big decision. Once your child’s name is on a birth certificate, they’re stuck with it (at least until they’re 18 and they can legally change it if they want to). Sometimes I wonder if these famous moms and dads just look at objects around their house to choose their child’s name. Come on, even if you don’t care to know, we all know who named their kid “Apple,” don’t we?  So that you don’t scar you children for the first 18 years of their lives, I have come up with a list of what I think are the best baby-naming websites for those moms-to-be. Think before you name…

  1. www.babynamer.com

This easy-to-follow site allows you to select a baby name by choosing characteristics such as gender, origin or ethnicity, or first letter of the name.  It also allows you to enter a name to find out its meaning, which will give you the origin, alternative spellings, popularity in the US, and a narrative (if applicable). The narratives are pretty cool, explaining in some cases the mythology, religious background, or simply just the meaning. Definitely a thorough site with lots of options!

  1. www.nymbler.com

What I like about this site is it offers immediate inspiration. The first thing you see is a list of boys and girls names that are randomly selected to give you ideas. If you click on one of those names a new window pops up with statistics of the name (origin, popularity), and then other names that sound like it. Also it includes names that are similar in style, and users of the site who liked this name and the other names they liked as well. You can also block names that you’re sure aren’t in your arsenal of ideas. It is a thorough site where you can save your favorites and your own inspirations.

  1. www.thebump.com

This is the sister site of theknot.com, the wedding website that has all things every bride-to-be needs to know before her wedding day.  So it’s fitting that “the bump” has all things baby, including a “baby name finder” on the left-hand column of its main page. Once on the page, you can browse through tons of baby names by popularity and origin, research their history and meanings, create personalized name lists, and bookmark your faves for later. You can also share your name lists with friends and family and they can vote on their favorites! They have fun lists at the bottom for inspiration, such as “Bad girl baby names,” “Flower baby names” and “TV character baby names.” A fun site with lots to check out!

  1. www.babynamewizard.com

If you thought there wasn’t a science to choosing your baby’s name, think again (or at least, a way to make it feel like a science project). This is one of the top-ranked and most advertised sites out there, but the extras come with a price (a three-month membership for $12.95 to start). On the other hand, the free membership does offer a good amount of information on its own, including a cool name ranking graph on the main page, where you can click on a name for its detailed information, (rank, origin, etc). It goes a little crazy once you start digging, asking for criteria such as “must start with,” “cannot start with,” must have this many syllables,” etc. Of course, it’s great to be thorough, but they give you a lot to think about besides just the first letter of the name! All in all, a VERY intricate site with some really cool features and add-ons for a few bucks.

  1. http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/

I know it sounds weird, but check out the Social Security Administration’s website for a comprehensive list of baby names. In their baby name database, they have broken down popular names in the U.S. by state and territory. They also have a listing of the top 5 names each year over the last 100 years! You can also type in any name and it will show you its ranking. The only downside is that there are no meanings listed here. However, if you are purely looking for statistics on whether or not your child’s name will be popular or not, this is the site for you. Some folks like going the unique route, and they make it easy to help you find what you’re looking (or not looking) for.

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