Becoming a mom has simply been the best thing that has ever happened to me. And aside from my kids and husband, my own mom and grandma are a few of the most important people in my life. So these next few days leading up to Mother’s Day, my kids and I (even baby Paul) are going to make extra-special handmade crafts to give as gifts to our favorite ladies. And the best part of these crafts? They all start with a FREE printable!
I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites, and hope they inspire and spark your imagination to get crafty this Mother’s Day!
12 Fantastic & Free Printables for Mother’s Day:
It was less than a week ago when Paul started infrequently standing in place without the assistance of holding on to anything. I would trick him into it, slipping my finger out of his tight little grasp, or maybe nudging the coffee table just an inch forward so he could no longer lean up against it.
He would unknowingly stand unassisted for about 15-20 seconds, before he realized what was going on, and then cautiously bend at the knee and resume sitting on his soft little tush.
Because I’ve been down this toddler road before, I knew it was only a matter of time before he would be a full blown walker. Given that he was just learning how to stand on his own two feet, I assumed it would be a couple weeks until we witness those magical first steps.
And then yesterday happened.
I recently discovered the perfect solution to my son’s refusal to eat his fruits and veggies. It’s not sneaking cauliflower into this mac n’ cheese, or adding pumpkin puree to his meat sauce. Nope. I’ve found a much easier way.
Every morning, he slurps down a toddler smoothie.
The key to the perfect toddler smoothies is finding the right vessel to hold the deliciously chilled drink. For a small child, this means something they can walk around with, possibly throw on the floor, and will remain cold for an extended period of time. Additionally, it must have a straw wide enough to accommodate the thicker texture of the drink.
I’ve never purposefully set out to trick my kids into eating their veggies. In my opinion, sneaking veggies into food feels like a long-term recipe for disaster (no pun intended), as well as a whole lot of extra work in the kitchen I’m just not willing to take.
But then a few weeks ago, baby Paul started refusing to eat anything off a spoon or fork. Staples like yogurt, fruit and veggie purees, and even his favorite oatmeal he now swats onto the kitchen floor. Needless to say, I’ve started to worry about his diet and lack of proper nutrition.
And then we stumbled onto an unlikely solution.
I made a bold move yesterday and packed away our snow pants and heavy winter coats. This winter has definitely been a doozie, and I simply couldn’t bear to look at our winter gear one single more day.
Truth be told, these past 5 months have been extremely hard on the whole family both physically and emotionally, as we’re all trying to recover from a gigantic case of cabin fever, due to what felt like a never-ending marathon of a winter.
But, BUT! It seems as if the cold and snow is slowly making it’s final exit, and spring has officially arrived. I’m giddy with excitement to finally be able to get some (warmer) fresh air into our daily routine.