Category Archives:Children

New additions for the beginning of 2018!

The new year has already brought two new additions to the Children and Chickens homestead.

First, we welcomed a new son to our family in January!

And second, we brought the loom home in February!

So with some practice I will have some new items for Marie’s Craft Corner, and some new blog posts about my weaving mishaps and achievements.


Unexpected Toys

10 “toys” you may already have on hand for your little one

  1. Bowls

     This one is not new. Many children have grown up playing with pots and pans; I happened to receive these bowls as a house-warming gift, and my son prefers them over the ring stacking toy.

  2. Shoes
    Mr. E comes up and takes my shoes off my feet just so he can play with them!
  3. Hangers

    Doing laundry is always a fun affair, especially when my hangers just happen to walk away.

  4. Dining room chairs

    Not only a jungle gym, but Mr. E loves to move all the chairs away from the table. He also likes to sit on the floor just moving them back and forth for the noise of it.

  5. Boxes

    A blessing and a curse: recently our washing machine broke down needing to be replaced, but that box makes a great fort! Mr. E also plays with empty cereal, tissue, and shipping boxes.

  6. Dog Bones (toys)

    Our beloved Fendi only has toys that aren’t easily ripped apart because she eats them. To combat this, we buy her Nylabones which Mr. E picks up, walks around, then gives back to her.

  7. VHS tapes (DVDs)

    Yes this makes a giant mess; once he makes the mess he usually moves onto something else to make a mess of.

  8. Exercise equipment/Yoga mat

    Every time we get ready to work out, Mr. E is there ready to help out- especially when it comes to moving your equipment!

  9. Hardware

    Not everyone has an old furnace damper chain to play with but we do! We also made a hardware board with a springy doorstop and a handle for Mr. E. You can’t go wrong with a good old dowel rod for a walking stick!

  10. Drawers/Cabinets
    Kitchen time is fun time for Mr. E. He loves opening drawers and cabinets to pull out kitchen towels and tools.So before you go out to buy another toy for your toddler, check your cabinets!

Baby Wipes Recipe #2- using coconut oil

Time to try another recipe!

This recipe comes from a pin on pinterest (the website is currently down).

1 cup water

1 Tablespoon Coconut oil

1 Tablespoon Baby wash
Since the website is down, I prepared it the same way I did the first recipe of wipes.

  1. Saw paper towel roll in half
  2. Double the recipe above (I added two drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil just for kicks)
  3. wash-2

  4. Place each half into your containers of choice- I just used some from Walmart
  5. Pour half of the recipe on each paper towel roll, close it up, flip it over, and let it sit for 5 mins
  6. turn-over

  7. Pull the middle cardboard out (if it doesn’t pull out easily, twist in the direction the cardboard is already twisted) twist and your set for you next diaper change!
  8. out

After using this recipe, it works just the same as my first recipe with the commercial baby oil. It just depends on if you want to try to use more natural products, such as the coconut oil.

Washing baby: four hidden areas first time moms might miss

I am a new mom. I’m not going to lie by telling you “I read all the books!” I certainly did not.
I asked friends and family questions, and dabbled a bit in the written word.

So imagine my shock, more like embarrassed shock, when I was nursing my son and smelled that cheesy, spoiled milk smell.
I had given him a bath a day or two before, but there it was that smell.

Area number 1: Double chin- The illusive chin skin fold above the neck.
This area was not known to me until my baby gained some baby fat. I wash his neck and the top of his chest when he spits up, but boy howdy did I miss that little tuck of skin. Upon the satisfaction of a nursing session, my son lifted his head back with a purse of his lips, and there it was. Nasty old milk. Of course I promptly cleaned him up, but beware new moms, it may be a fold you don’t realize existed.

Area number 2: When mom says did you wash behind your ears, she meant it literally.
Another nursing discovery, turning his ear down and finding dirt. This is not an area that I see often since I get sucked into those eyes every time. When the vortex of his eyes are closed though, I manage to look at more of him. My husband and I were talking about who my son looks like more. I proudly proclaim “He has your ears!” and lo and behold, the dirt behind those cute little ears. Area number two checked off my “to clean” list.

Area number 3: The armpit, a burden to women everywhere that want a hairless bod, and a burden to babies who manage to get waxy, cheesy build up.
They say once your baby gets older, around 2-3 months, the babe only needs a bath about 3 times a week, well armpits need washing more frequently. And boy does my son HATE me washing his armpits, even with just a baby wipe. But again, it is one of those places I didn’t realize since I was more focused on getting my baby dressed so he would stay warm. None the less, this is also an important area to clean frequently to avoid rash.

Area number 4: Toe jam isn’t just an insult we used to use on the playground, it is completely real. Every day, even though my son is not crawling yet, I find dirt between each of those beautiful, tiny toes.
This may be an area you don’t see very well since that adorable baby reflex of gripping your finger with their toes happens. Even if he’s wearing footy pajamas he still gets jam in between those toes.

All of these areas may seem like common sense, but as a first time mom, just getting the hang of things, these areas can go easily missed. So I hope my discovery can help other first time moms.