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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pampers at Sam’s Club. The opinions and text are all mine.

My friend and I were chasing our two toddlers around the library when we smelled it…

a dirty diaper.

I glanced her way and she said, “Yah, that’s my guy.” She threw up her hands and confessed, “And, of course, I don’t have our diaper bag…”

*ugh*

I don’t know if you’ve had this happen too, but somehow my friends and I are always in the wrong place at the wrong time when we run out of diapers.

The funny thing is that I didn’t have my diaper bag either. So, I couldn’t even come to the rescue for my poor friend! But, I’ve gotten wise…

I made something that has kept our car AND our diaper bag stocked with everything we need for our baby and my older kids too.

All you need to do is just print off a piece of paper…

Inside: How to get an instant $10 off when you buy 2 Pampers products at Sam’s Club.

I felt bad for my friend who was stuck without a diaper.

But, if I’m being honest, this happens to me too.

Which brings me to printing off that piece of paper…

See, I’m knee deep in a book called, “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity,” by David Allen and I’ve realized that I was never taught a good system for organizing “all the things” in my life.

The Trick to Help You When You Keep Forgetting Things

So, “things” get lost in the cracks like remembering my diaper bag, remembering to pay that bill, or remembering to grab my coffee out of the microwave.

We have SO many things to remember, friend.

Which is why my husband and I have worked really hard on building a system in our house.

It started with our command center, but we’re also making an effort to write things down. Not in a random way, like on a post-it or a piece of paper (*ahem* my favorite ways to write things down), but in a quick way that takes that “thing” off of our mental to-do list and puts it into action.

Like David Allen says,

Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.”

Yes.

Did you catch that?

Our stress does NOT come from having too much to do (although let’s face it, I know you’re busy like me…), but we add to our stress because we have lots of little-incomplete to-do lists in our heads of things that we never finish.

Like restocking the diapers in the diaper bag.

I get it.

I’m right there with you!

But, we’ve got to do something about it.

So, I made this easy printable that my husband and I that we store in our car and in our diaper bag. Using this printable is one small step that you can do right now to start taking things off your mental to-do list and to start taking action.

Write it down.

Get it done.

I promise it’s going to feel awesome.

How to Always Stay Ahead of the Game and Stocked Up

First and foremost, you’ve got to have things on hand like diapers. One way to keep your 2018 on track is to make sure you’re always stocked up on essentials.

Right now, you can get an instant $10 off when you buy 2 Pampers diapers or wipes at Sam’s Club, making it easy to keep your babies comfortable and dry. Oh, I love a good deal!

Hurray, this deal ends on January 28th!

Once you’ve done that, it’s time to learn how to use the checklist…

How to use the Diaper Bag/Car Restocking Checklist:
  1. Print off our restocking printable checklist for the car and diaper bag.
  2. Cut them up.
  3. Add a few to your diaper bag and a few to your car supply box (I recommend having a box stashed with all of the “extras” that we need to have on hand for our kids – see the picture)
  4. When you are low on supplies, check off what you need and take it to your command center or where you know you’ll see it.
  5. Take supplies out the NEXT time that you walk out to the car or you go to the diaper bag.

That is KEY.

We often try to get things done all at once.

Instead?

Keep your note handy where you’ll see it and restock your car the next time you walk out there. It’s so much more efficient to do it that way!

That’s it! You’ll have things under control this year because…

You’ll have supplies on hand (like extra Pampers diapers, wipes, etc.) And, you’ll be writing things down so you can get them done easily.

Sounds, fabulous right? It is possible.

Just print off the checklist.

And, start using it regularly.

Because I don’t want you stuck at the wrong time in the wrong place without any diapers, friend.

That stinks. Literally.

Remember, the deal on Pamper’s diapers and wipes ends on January 28th!

You can get Pamper’s Swaddlers, Pamper’s Cruisers, or Sensitive Wipes all at Sam’s Club.

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I’m always on the hunt for a fun Christmas activity.

Let’s face it. This time of year is *super* busy.

Some days?

You just need a break from it all to sip your coffee in peace while the kids have something fun to do.

I get you, Momma.

That’s while I’m super excited to share this activity with you:
  • It takes minutes to set up with little to no prep.
  • It’s perfect for toddlers to younger elementary school.
  • AND, it’s ALWAYS a huge hit with kids.

All you need is some tape, water, and this fun craft supply…

I set up this Christmas activity for my kids while they napped.

By the time my preschooler woke up, she was ready to line her tree with our secret craft supply.

Are you ready for it??

The secret supply is: FOAM SHEETS!

Did you know that foam sheets will stick to the windows and most bathtubs with just a little water added to the back? Kids go crazy for this material.

And, the best part?

You can take the foam pieces down and put them back up again with a little more water. That means that kids can do this over and over and over again!

I promise you. They’re going to want to!

Materials for the Easiest Ever Christmas Activity
  • Foam Sheets <— affiliate links to Amazon to keep it easy for you. This will take you to a long list of options to buy craft supply foam sheets. We like to save our 50% off coupon to Michael’s Craft Store and use it on a big pack of foam sheets. Either way works!
  • Painter’s Tape  (affiliate link)
  • Water
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors

How to Set Up this Christmas Activity
  1. I started by making a large triangle with painter’s tape.  I eyeballed the triangle, but you could draw a triangle with a dry erase marker first if it would help.
  2. Make the rectangle for the base of the tree.
  3. Cut out circles from your foam sheets as the ornaments.
  4. Put out a cup of water with a paint brush.
  5. Kids can paint the foam with water and it will stick to the window.
  6. Kids can pull them down and restick them over and over and over!

Note :: I first saw this genius idea from Fun at Home with Kids and thought it was pure genius.  A big thanks to Asia for always inspiring us to be more creative with our kids!

I love that both my *almost* 2 year old and *almost* five year old can both do this Christmas activity together.

Do you know what I SUPER love?

I didn’t have to reheat my coffee ONCE while my kids did this activity.

Now, that my friend, is a success!!

Follow Katie Joiner | Happily Ever Mom’s board Light and Reflection for Learning on Pinterest.

Check out the other posts in this series!

Retelling The Mitten on the Light Table – Still Playing School

Arctic Animals Small World on the Light Table – Where Imagination Grows

Christmas Science on the Light Table – And Next Comes L

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After receiving a DIY mason jar snow globe from my daughter last year, I was inspired to make a snow globe ornament!

The good news?

Our snow globe ornament came together in minutes with just a few simple steps. The better news? It goes along with a sweet children’s book that you’ll love reading to your kids too…

This post contains affiliate links to Amazon so you can see exactly what I used!

After reading the book, the Snow Globe Family, I quite literally wanted to put my family in a snow globe…

But since they didn’t fit. This snow globe ornament was the next best thing.

*giggle*

Here’s What You Need to Make a Snow Globe Ornament
  • Clear plastic ornaments like these. They need to be able to open. I bought 3 different sizes at Michael’s and used the medium size.
  • Fake Snow.
  • A Photograph that’s printed to the size of the ornament (I used use a medium sized ornament with a 3inch diameter. So, we printed our photo a custom size of 3×4 inches).
  • Mason jar lids for the backing the ornament.
  • Glue gun (I use a mini).
  • Optional: ribbon.

How to Make a Snow Globe Ornament

Start by printing out your photo. I printed mine a custom size of 3x4inches because my ornament is 3inches in diameter.

Place half of your plastic ornament over the photo and trace a circle around your photo.

Cut the circle out with scissors.

After you’ve cut out your photo, plug in your hot glue gun.

Glue the photo to the mason jar lid.

Watch your fingers!

The glue will be hot through the photograph, so I used the ornament to push the photo down onto the mason jar lid.

Once you’ve glued the photo to the mason jar lid, turn your ornament upside down.

Put just a little bit of fake snow into the ornament.

Then, trace the top of the ornament with glue and place your mason jar on top to glue the lid and the ornament together.

Watch your fingers AGAIN – it’s hot!

To finish the ornament, you can trace glue along the base and add a ribbon.

We used the ribbon as a way to hang the ornament on the tree.

Of course, you can always just thread some ribbon through the ornament hole and call it a day!

PS. Let your kids shake the ornament to get that snow globe effect!

Don’t forget to read The Snow Globe Family while you make this ornament. It’s a sweet story of a forgotten snow globe family that finally gets noticed by the family’s baby…

Kids will love snuggling up with some cocoa while reading this children’s book with you.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the crew in the blog hop today!

My favorite part of the year is when a bunch of kid bloggers get together to share DIY ornaments along with their favorite children’s book.

I *almost* missed the kid-made ornament blog hop this year because I have a sweet, coo-ing newborn at home, but I’m so glad to be here again this year!

More Blog Hop Posts:

Katie the Candy Cane Fairy Book-inspired Ornament Craft | Artsy Momma

Mini Christmas Letter Ornament | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

MADELINE EIFFEL TOWER CRAFT | Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Spin Art Candy Cane Ornament for Kids | Handmade Kids Art

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I’ve got to be honest with you: toddler-made ornaments make me both giddy and nervous.

I get giddy because I absolutely love Christmas and my kid’s love decorating the tree with handmade ornaments. But, I get nervous because there’s always a HIGH probability that we’ll make a huge mess when we make them…

Is it just in my house?

Here’s my dilemma:

  1. I don’t like micromanaging my little ones by saying, you have to put Santa’s’s hat here or Rudolf’s nose there. Which is why we love process art around here.
  2. BUT I don’t *always* want to put out a bunch of art materials and let my kids go to town because we ALL know what that means: I’m going to be dealing with cleaning up copious amounts of glitter, glue, and God-knows-what-else all over my dining table and floor…for WEEKS.

Because glue and glitter are like spam emails. They never go away.

But, this toddler-made ornament?

This is both gorgeous to look at, kid-directed AND easy to make. With little to no mess.

((cue jaw drop))

I know, it sounds like I’m joking but I’m NOT! The best part is that this ornament ties in with one of my family’s favorite children’s books of all time, The I Love You Book, by Todd Parr. I’ll share even more amazing ornaments to make with kids at the bottom of the post.  This post is part of an awesome, kid-made ornament blog hop so there are other bloggers to go check out today too. So, stay tuned.

But first, let’s dive into to how to make the world’s easiest RAINBOW ornament, shall we?

You won’t need many supplies to make this rainbow ornament.

I scored most everything from Michael’s craft store, BUT if you want these to dry in seconds you’ll have to grab our Kwik Stix tempera paint pens on Amazon or directly from their site (we got our set for free – thank you, Kwik Stix!).

I brag more about Kiwk Stix over on Instagram.

Back to how to make these ornaments!

So, here are the materials that we used to make these 2-minute toddler made ornaments:
  • Paint | We used neon Kwik Stix (<–affiliate link to Amazon to make it easy for you to find them!)
  • Wooden circles | We grabbed these in the wood section at Michael’s
  • Construction paper | We used black
  • String | We used thin, black friendship string

How to Make Rainbow Ornaments

My 7 year old and 4 year old did these exclusively on their own. I just handed them the wooden circles and they painted them with the Kwik Stix.

Then, we quickly added the black circle with the heart cut out (I DID do that part for them). We added the construction paper quickly so that the paint would act as an adhesive and we didn’t have to add glue.

The last step was tape a little bit of string to the back and *BAM*

You’ve got a gorgeous looking ornament that takes seconds to make.

My favorite part is that all of the colors and the sentiment of the heart comes from one of our favorite books, The I Love You Book.

For me, the holidays are all about love. And, this book and these ornaments are just what we needed to kick off Christmas.

I know you’ll love making these as much as we did!

And, before you go, check out these other amazing kid-made ornaments that are inspired by Children’s books. Time to get crafting!

Feels Like Home | Cute Bird Ornament

Teach Beside Me | Solar System Ornaments

Learning and Exploring through Play | Snowman Handprint Ornament

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Radio Flyer. The opinions and text are all mine.


I don’t know about you, but I grew up with the shiniest radio flyer wagon EVER and I adored it.

My wagon was for stuffed animal parades.

For fun rides around the block.

And, for endless hours of walking and talking to myself….

Is it just me??

I’m telling you, there’s something magical about the radio flyer wagon that inspires you to make up stories and play for hours and hours on your own. In fact, that was the Radio Flyer’s founder, Antonio Pasin, dream in 1917: “to bring joy to every boy and every girl.”

I think Radio Flyer does that, don’t you think?

Radio Flyer not only delivers as the world’s leading builder of wagons, tricycles, pre-school scooters, and other ride-ons, but they’re also a timeless symbol of childhood imagination. For 100 years, Radio Flyer has been powering play and inspiring imagination for kids of all ages.

I guess that’s why I still want to jump into and play with my kid’s Radio Flyer, huh??

If you’re a Radio Flyer fan like we are, you’ll want to know about these two fabulous offers that we’ve got for you from Radio Flyer: FIRSTLY

They’ve paired up with I See Me books to create a My Radio Flyer Adventure version that features YOUR child’s name, hair color, skin tone, and takes them on a super fun, custom adventure.

And, the best news??

We have a 15% off code to purchase your own book just for being a Happily Ever Mom reader!

SECONDLY

They have 25 days of EPIC holiday giveaways beginning Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 – Friday, December 15th, 2017 so you have the chance to win amazing prizes daily!

Let’s find out more, shall we??

My four-year-old asked to have his name in a book a few weeks ago. If you haven’t heard about I See Me books, they’re custom adventure books that have your child’s full name inside.

My oldest child got one when she was a baby.

But, my four-year-old? He didn’t have one yet.

I had good news for him though…

He was getting a custom My Radio Flyer Adventure book with his name inside!!

Imagine the look on his face when I told him that he was going to have a book with his name in it that was ALL about an adventure with his radio flyer wagon?!

He. Was. Thrilled.

How to Make an I See Me Book with My Radio Flyer Adventure

We clicked over to the Radio Flyer website together and my son went through all of the questions quickly.

  • Name.
  • Hair color.
  • Skin Tone.

It was all super easy to fill out.

Within a matter of minutes, we ordered his very own, custom adventure book.

The best part about the I See Books is that it helps little ones with name recognition in a really unique way. Unless you’re writing books with your kids or they just *happen* to share a name with the main character, they aren’t going to hear many stories that feature THEIR own name.

It’s really special.

The unexpected part about his Radio Flyer book is that it’s gotten him excited about getting outside to play with his wagon too.

It warms this Momma’s heart to see my son using his wagon for:
  • Stuffed animal rides
  • Taking fun rides around the block
  • And watching him talk to himself and to his sister while he pulls his wagon along…

Just like I did as a kid.

Grab the CODE for 15% OFF

If you want your own I See Me Radio Flyer book, you can use the code:

KATIEJ15 for 15% off through December 31, 2017.

Here’s how to order the book with the code:
  • Just click on this link to order the book.
  • Fill in all the information and click “add to cart.”
  • On the next page, look for the link that says, “Do you have a promotion code or gift card?”
  • Click on that and enter KATIEJ15 to see 15% taken off immediately!
  • Continue to purchase the book.
And, don’t forget!

Every day Radio Flyer will be giving away one item to one lucky participant. Just click HERE and enter your information. Then, come back to the link every day to re-enter for a new prize. This GIVEAWAY is live until December 15, 2017.

Good luck and happy wagon riding!

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Baby activities!

Oh, I love a good baby activity. Particularly because it is SO much fun to watch my babies get completely immersed in an activity as I sip a peppermint white chocolate mocha that’s *actually* still warm.

Seriously.

There’s nothing better.

But, listen…

I don’t want you to have to scour through Pinterest during your *extremely* valuable baby naptime to find the best baby activities for your little one, so I’ve put together this giant list for you. To make it even easier, I’ve split this giant list of over 45 brilliant baby activities for busy 1-year-olds into three categories: Art, Games, and Sensory Play.

Let’s dive into this list, shall we??

First up is my favorite category: ART.

I know.

It can be a little daunting to think about clean up.

Or, maybe you cringe at the thought of your baby eating paint (I get you, girl), but this list has you covered:

  • Most ideas are “contained” in a bag or box
  • While other activities feature edible paint recipes that are safe for little ones!

Here are the best art activities that any baby will love.

9 Brilliant Baby ART Activities

Edible finger paint recipe | Rainy Day Mum

Color-mixing in minutes | Simple Fun for Kids

Clinging film art | Messy Little Monster

Mess-free painting | Clare’s Little Tots

Ice painting | Messy Little Monster

Marble painting | Mama. Papa. Bubba.

Tummy time painting | Mama. Papa. Bubba.

Taste safe baby paint | Munchkins and Moms

Color mixing in a bag | Simple Fun for Kids

See?

Those art activities weren’t so bad, right?

Next up is my go-to category: GAMES.

If you have a busy baby like I do, they will absolutely ADORE these activities. Choose these activities during a time of day when you need the baby to be a little more independent.

19 Brilliant Baby GAMES

Stacking cups | Mama Smiles

Stuffed ball | Little Worlds Big Adventures

Kitchen treasure basket | Clare’s Little Tots

Plastic egg drop | Happily Ever Mom

Ball in a box | What do we do all day

Pom pom drop | Clare’s Little Tots

Make a discovery box | Inspiration Laboratories

Plastic egg roll | Inspiration Laboratories

Tummy time games | Mommy’s Bundle

Rhymes & finger games for baby | Simple Play Ideas

Spring flower bottle | Kid’s Craft Room

Music shakers | Kid’s Craft Room

Floating balloon game | Mama. Papa. Bubba.

Indoor leaf tunnel | Kids Activites Blog

Easiest ball drop ever | Kids Activities Blog

Sticky table | Learn with Play at Home

Wipes container play | Hands on: as we grow

Ribbon box | Teaching Mama

Take a dry bath | Busy Toddler

Last but not least: SENSORY PLAY.

Babies need a chance to engage their senses, but I know it’s not always easy to give them those opportunities. Particularly, if you have a baby who loves to put EVERYTHING in their mouth like mine does.

*insert eye roll*

This list is SAFE for those babies who love to eat everything, but who need dynamic sensory input.

18 Brilliant SENSORY PLAY Baby Activities

DIY touch and feel sensory board | Happily Ever Mom

Taste safe rainbow | Happily Ever Mom

Water bead play | Mama. Papa. Bubba.

Encourage baby to sit with sensory bags | Mama. Papa. Bubba.

Polka dot bags | Mama. Papa. Bubba.

Make a sticky velcro board | Mama. Papa. Bubba.

Baby play dough – taste safe | Mama. Papa. Bubba

Sensory fort | Messy Little Monster

Fun under the umbrella sensory play. | Best Toys for Toddlers

Sensory food bags | Life is a lullaby

Sticky spaghetti play | Rainy Day Mum

Exploring Potato flakes | Natural Beach Living

Sensory balls for baby to hold & touch | School Time Snippets

Baby play with rice | Simple Fun for Kids

Latch board | Happily Ever Mom

Peek-a-boo busy board | Busy Toddler

Edible sand | Happily Ever Mom

DIY sound shakers | Days with Grey

That’s it!

This list of over 45 brilliant baby activities is a fantastic resource for busy parents who KNOW that activities and play are essential for baby’s growth and development.

If you’re like me and you’ll want to come back to this list, you can pin this list HERE. Or, follow our Just for baby! board and our FUN toddler activities board for more inspiration.

Pinterest is my favorite spot to hang out, so I’ll see you over there!

~Katie

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I’ve got to be honest with you: toddler-made ornaments make me both giddy and nervous.

I get giddy because I absolutely love Christmas and my kid’s love decorating the tree with handmade ornaments. But, I get nervous because there’s always a HIGH probability that we’ll make a huge mess when we make them…

Is it just in my house?

Here’s my dilemma:

  1. I don’t like micromanaging my little ones by saying, you have to put Santa’s’s hat here or Rudolf’s nose there. Which is why we love process art around here.
  2. BUT I don’t *always* want to put out a bunch of art materials and let my kids go to town because we ALL know what that means: I’m going to be dealing with cleaning up copious amounts of glitter, glue, and God-knows-what-else all over my dining table and floor…for WEEKS.

Because glue and glitter are like spam emails. They never go away.

But, this toddler-made ornament?

This is both gorgeous to look at, kid-directed AND easy to make. With little to no mess.

((cue jaw drop))

I know, it sounds like I’m joking but I’m NOT! The best part is that this ornament ties in with one of my family’s favorite children’s books of all time, The I Love You Book, by Todd Parr. I’ll share even more amazing ornaments to make with kids at the bottom of the post.  This post is part of an awesome, kid-made ornament blog hop so there are other bloggers to go check out today too. So, stay tuned.

But first, let’s dive into to how to make the world’s easiest RAINBOW ornament, shall we?

You won’t need many supplies to make this rainbow ornament.

I scored most everything from Michael’s craft store, BUT if you want these to dry in seconds you’ll have to grab our Kwik Stix tempera paint pens on Amazon or directly from their site (we got our set for free – thank you, Kwik Stix!).

I brag more about Kiwk Stix over on Instagram.

Back to how to make these ornaments!

So, here are the materials that we used to make these 2-minute toddler made ornaments:
  • Paint | We used neon Kwik Stix (<–affiliate link to Amazon to make it easy for you to find them!)
  • Wooden circles | We grabbed these in the wood section at Michael’s
  • Construction paper | We used black
  • String | We used thin, black friendship string

How to Make Rainbow Ornaments

My 7 year old and 4 year old did these exclusively on their own. I just handed them the wooden circles and they painted them with the Kwik Stix.

Then, we quickly added the black circle with the heart cut out (I DID do that part for them). We added the construction paper quickly so that the paint would act as an adhesive and we didn’t have to add glue.

The last step was tape a little bit of string to the back and *BAM*

You’ve got a gorgeous looking ornament that takes seconds to make.

My favorite part is that all of the colors and the sentiment of the heart comes from one of our favorite books, The I Love You Book.

For me, the holidays are all about love. And, this book and these ornaments are just what we needed to kick off Christmas.

I know you’ll love making these as much as we did!

And, before you go, check out these other amazing kid-made ornaments that are inspired by Children’s books. Time to get crafting!

Feels Like Home | Cute Bird Ornament

Teach Beside Me | Solar System Ornaments

Learning and Exploring through Play | Snowman Handprint Ornament

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