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9 Nursery Must-Haves + a Tour of Scarlett’s Room

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Somehow we’ve been living in our new home for around 8 months and yet, I haven’t shared a tour of Scarlett’s nursery. I’m about to correct that today, because we’re finally revealing a look at Scarlett’s nursery! We’ll call it the official nursery tour of the new home.

We’ve been so lucky to be able to keep Scarlett’s nursery pretty consistent between the moves – here’s the original; she’s a great sleeper and hasn’t ever tried to climb out of her crib, so the plan is to let her stay in the crib just a little bit longer. I know she’s safe, and she sleeps so well in there.

With the color scheme, we stuck with black, white, gold, grey, white, and soft pops of pink. I figure, once we finally convert her to a “big girl” room (crying just thinking about it!), we’ll let her choose the colors and theme. All signs point to pink. Lots and lots of pink.

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And now that we’ve used Scarlett’s nursery, in one house or another, for over two years, I’m happy to report what things we’ve loved and used, and what’s kept us organized as she continues to grow. There are so many products out there, and planning a new nursery can feel overwhelming. Well rest-assured, you can skip some of that trial-and-error, and check out our 9 nursery must-haves and a tour of our baby girls room!

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NURSERY MUST-HAVES:

| 1. A system to keep the clothing sizes organized. I really like keeping two large clear plastic storage buckets in Scarlett’s closet, one that I can toss clothes that no longer fit her into, and one that I can put new clothes that don’t quite fit her yet into. Babies grow fast, and they’re constantly growing out of sizes. It can get messy and confusing trying to sort out what doesn’t fit, so if something doesn’t fit, I just fold it up and toss it in the “too small” bucket. When I have the time, and the bucket is pretty full, I label it (i.e., sizes 12-24 months), put the lid on it, and put it into our attic for storage. I also like having a bucket for the next size(s), because I’m always buying cute things that I see here and there in larger sizes, and Scarlett’s many Grandmas are always sending outfits as well. Once Scarlett is ready to wear the new size, I have everything ready and waiting in the bucket in her closet. Trust me, this makes everything so much easier.

| 2. A changing station. It is lightyears easier to have a dedicated diaper changing set-up. The top drawer of the dresser we use has all of the essentials – wipes, diapers, and diaper cream.

| 3. A Diaper Genie. I’ll admit, when registering for the first time, I wasn’t sure why a Diaper Genie was all that necessary. You could realistically throw the dirty diapers into a garbage pin in the room. But let me tell you, you’ll find out fast just how unpleasant even a couple of diapers left sitting can smell. A Diaper Genie is essential for a sweet smelling nursery, the pails and coordinating refills lock in odors and germs, clean-up is a breeze, and the new Diaper Genie Expressions covers are totally adorable, so the pail is stylish too. (The customizable designs were made to match your nursery décor and you can choose from five colors; Grey Clovers, Pink Starburst, Pink & grey, Blue Knit and Blue Tile.) This is one of my favorite things to recommend for new parents.

| 4. A Glider. I went back and forth on this one. Gliders are not inexpensive, and I wasn’t quite sure what all of that fuss was about. Now that we’ve been using ours for well over two years, I get what all of the hype is about. I loved holding her as a baby in that chair, feeding her there, rocking her to sleep; and now, we climb in together and read books, I can sit there comfortable and work when she’s playing in her room, and she sits there on her own, “reading” to her dolls.

| 5. A waterproof sheet liner for the mattress. Know this, there will be blowouts, there will be accidents. Protect the mattress and save your sanity. If you’ve got a waterproof liner under there, and an accident happens, your mattress is saved, and all you have to do is pull off the sheets and throw them in the wash.

| 6. Baskets, bins, and cubbies to keep your little one organized. The older Scarlett gets, the more we try to encourage her to clean up after playing. Usually her motivation to clean up only lasts for about a handful of toys or books, but giving her wide open bins and buckets to drop things in has really helped to encourage clean up.

| 7. Books, books, and more books. We read at least one or two books before every nap and at bedtime and it’s made her such a lover of books. I love watching her repeat the words with me, touch and point out the colors on the pages, and request her favorites again and again.

| 8. Black-out curtains. I have no idea why we didn’t discover the magic of black-out curtains until this most recent move, but now that we know, we’re never going back. I pull the black-out curtains shut during the afternoon to block out a lot of the daylight for nap time, and in the morning, as the sun is coming up, they’re a lifesaver for blocking most of that bright morning light that would otherwise wake her up like a rooster at 5am. There are actually so many cute options at Target too; so don’t feel limited to boring dark curtains. Scarlett’s striped curtains are 100% black-out and are from Target’s Pillowfort line.

| 9. | A baby monitor. Whether you go for the walkie talkie style (which work just fine!) or a fancy digital version (some even have apps where you can watch your little one from your phone), a baby monitor gave us SO much piece of mind. We’ve tried and loved both kinds for different reasons, and even travel with our audio baby monitor to this day. Scarlett also wore a heart monitor her first several months of life because of some health issues, and that gave me an extra layer of piece of mind that I loved. There are actually monitors to track your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels that are now available in major retailers like Target; which I think is amazing. Technology is amazing, isn’t it?

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What are your nursery must-haves? Anything you’ve found to be essential in your little one’s room?

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Lexi

How to Make a DIY Puppet Theatre (Learning Colors, Numbers, and Letters too!)

Thank you to Elmer’s®, Sharpie®, and X-ACTO® brands for sponsoring this post! All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Remember when we were kids and we used those Elmer’s foam tri-fold poster boards for science fair projects? Do you have kids? Are you even the slightest bit crafty? Well have I got a project for you!

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We made a DIY puppet theatre (and we’re learning colors, numbers, and letters too … in an under-the-sea CASTLE!) If you’re trying to teach your toddler and young kids something new – think letters, colors, numbers and counting, addition and subtraction, even spelling, then this DIY puppet theatre – made using a tri-fold foam poster board – might just be perfect for you.

A DIY puppet theatre for toddlers and little ones is an easy way to help kids to study in a fun and exciting way; and I’m not gonna lie, I had plenty of fun too. I’m a crafter by nature, so making this simple puppet theatre was half the fun, but once we’d created the theatre, that’s when the fun began. Scarlett was SO excited.

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Of course I knew it would be a hit when I brought the white Elmer’s tri-fold board home from Target and Scarlett was already playing with it and calling it her “castle.” From there we knew a “castle” it would be!

We’re also always trying to incorporate learning in our house. A few months ago she started going to preschool three mornings a week, and now she has more questions than ever before. She’s exploding with curiosity and wonder, and it’s amazing to watch.

So far, she’s got her colors down. We talk about the colors of everything. Sometimes she totally blows me away when she corrects me and says things like, “No, mommy, that’s not grey, it’s silver because it’s shiny.” Or, “It’s dark green and light blue, with stripes.”

Listening to her sing the “alphabet” or “count to ten” is basically my favorite thing ever. It goes something like this: “A, B, C, D, C, D, C, H, I, Yay, K, elemen, Z, Geeeeeeeeeeeeeee” and “three, seven, nine …. TEN!”

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HOW TO MAKE A DIY PUPPET THEATRE 

(Learning Colors, Numbers, and Letters too … in an under-the-sea CASTLE!)

What You’ll Need

Elmer’s 36” x 48” Foam Tri-Fold Display Board
Elmer’s Shiny Multi-Colored Presentation Board
X-ACTO Cutting Tool
Ruler
Pencil
Spray Paint (color: Seaside)
Glitter Spray Paint (color: Diamond Dust)
Sharpie Colored Permanent Markers
Elmer’s Board Mate Dual Tip Glue Pen
Elmer’s Board Mate® Foam Mounting Tape (optional)
Elmer’s Washable Glue Sticks or Washable Liquid School Glue (so your little one can help gluing too!)
Hot glue gun (optional)
Elmer’s Glitter Glue (optional)
Elmer’s Reusable Stencils (optional)
chalkboard (optional)*
gold metallic spray paint (optional)
blue painter’s tape (optional)
Sea Shells (optional)
Flat-Backed Pearls (optional)
Finger Puppet Fish (optional)
Mermaids (optional)
Green Tinsel (optional; for seaweed)
Curtain (optional)

Instructions

  1. Using a ruler and a pencil, draw a rectangular towards the top of the middle section of your foam board. Then with your X-ACTO cutting tool, cut out the rectangle to make your playhouse “window”.
  2. Next, using your ruler and pencil, draw a large triangle and two equal-sized smaller triangles in your shiny presentation board – those triangles will be the tops of your castle.
  3. Take your tri-fold board outside and spray paint the front any color you want. We went with an aquamarine to really get that “under-the-sea” feel. Allow it to dry completely.
  4. To secure your castle tops (three triangles: one large, and two small), lay your tri-fold presentation board on the floor so that the inside/un-painted side is up, place the triangles on top of the three sections of the board (where they would go on top of the castle), and then use a plastic knife or tongue depressor (something flat), and tape it to the backs of both the triangles and tri-fold board. (Visual below.)
  5. Turn your board over so that the front-side is facing up, and get to decorating. We glued shells, tinsel “seaweed,” and doodled on the board to make it look like an underwater castle. You can use stencils, permanent markers, glitter glue, finger paints, the decorating options are pretty endless. Allow to dry.
  6. To create a “curtain rod,” flip your board back over (backside now facing up) and glue two clothespins – one onto either side of the back of the “window.” Allow to dry. Then tie a rope or string to one clothespin clip. String your curtain onto the string, and then tie the other end of the string to the opposite clothespin. (Visual below.) We actually found a pretty pink curtain on clearance at Target. (It saved me having to buy, cut and sew fabric for a curtain!)

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*Adding a lightweight chalkboard or drawing board is a great learning tool because it encourages kids to visually try out letters, numbers, spelling, and counting. We love this Melissa & Doug Magnetic Chalk Board because it’s a great way to promote use of the alphabet and plenty of imagination for your little one. Whether they use the magnetic letters on the board or the chalk to practice writing, the creativity is pretty endless. Using blue painter’s tape and newspaper to cover the chalkboard, I spray-painted the edges using gold metallic spray paint; because I can’t help myself.

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I glued clothespins onto either side of the back of the “window” to hang our own curtains on a string. Clothespins are great because you can easily add or remove the curtains.

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We had a lot of fun doodling …

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We went with an under-the-sea theme because Scarlett is a big fan of fish, sharks, and mermaids. And as I mentioned before, turning our playhouse/puppet theatre into a castle was a no-brainer. (We like castles … a lot.)

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So far, Scarlett can count to 3!

Using something fun like colorful fish, in the playhouse “castle” setting, made counting so much more fun for our little girl.

Pink mermaid also got plenty of attention too!

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I’m also pretty sure I have a bright future playing finger puppet fish.

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Take a bow!

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You can find everything you’ll need to create your own DIY puppet theatre, including the Elmer’s foam tri-fold poster board, Sharpie® markers, the X-ACTO® cutting tool, glue, paint, and more at your local Target. Plus, there’s a Cartwheel offer starting Sunday, 1/29! Target is definitely my go-to for all of our crazy craft projects because not only do they have a huge selection for our DIY’s, but I can also score a great deal on diapers, pick up leggings for Scarlett and food for the dog, and get my home décor, beauty must-haves, and grocery shopping done too. I call that a MOM WIN.

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Lexi

Snow Day(s)

By Friday night the house was covered in snow and come Saturday morning, Scarlett could barely contain her excitement. We’ve been playing in the snow in spurts – It’s 10º out right now; so you know, there’s only so much we can be outside!

As much as I love the snow, the ice, not so much. But I also love the traditions we’re starting to make when it snows. Aside from playing in the snow as soon as it’s light out, each year, on the first snow, we make a big batch of cookies (you can get the recipe for our favorite vegan chocolate chip cookies right here), and of course, I take ALL of the pictures.

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In Miami, we never really got “seasons,” but here in North Carolina, there are very clearly defined seasons – all four of them – and I totally love that. The novelty of snow and a real winter still hasn’t worn off.

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Did you get hit by the storm? Are you playing in snow or enjoying your sunshine?

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Seriously, SO excited.

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We’re still working on mastering a proper snowball.

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How do you celebrate the arrival of winter?

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Stay warm, friends!

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Lexi

Happy New Year! (+ a Holiday Card for the Procrastinators)

I just wanted to pop in to wish you all the happiest of holidays and a wonderful new year! For the first time in seven years of blogging, I’m slowing down the blog for the Holidays. Typically, I stress and churn out content straight through the holidays and new year, but this year, I’ve officially decided to give myself a bit of a holiday. Scarlett is LOVING the holiday season, and it’s so nice to spend time with our family for the festivities. You can expect amazing new content in the new year – which is just days away. Time flies!

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It’s been an incredible year of blogging. I can’t thank you all enough for helping me to turn this little blog of mine into a full-time business. I couldn’t be more proud, or more thankful. I’ll be checking in here and there on the blog, and you can definitely follow along on social media; I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the holiday week over on instagramfacebooktwitter, and snapchat → glitterinclexi (lots of fun behind-the-scenes there). Follow along!

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Now let’s talk about family holiday cards for the procrastinators:

I can’t remember a year since being married and on our own that I haven’t sent a New Year’s card, rather than a holiday card. Between the huge holiday “to do” list I have each year, wrapping up work, getting ready for vacation, and in the last few years, getting Scarlett ready for the holidays, our family holiday cards tend to get forgotten. Until the last-minute that is, when I panic, and realize I haven’t even ORDERED our family’s holiday cards. Every. Single. Year. Guys, I am a procrastinator when it comes to our poor holiday cards.

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But in swoops Minted and they go and save the day. Their card selection is amazing, they have plenty of New Year’s cards for the procrastinators, and right now, they’re offering rush service and free rush shipping. And in case that’s not awesome enough, after years of testing out our New Year’s cards, I have to say, I really like sending and receiving New Year’s cards. We get so many holiday cards, it’s nice to separate ours from the pack. And Minted offers these adorable messages on the back of their cards, including a Season in Review, which we love doing, because we can write a little yearly wrap-up and share with our friends and family what’s been going on in our lives. Everyone seems to love that touch, especially now that we’ve moved to North Carolina.

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So whether you’re in panic mode trying to get those holiday and New Year’s cards out, or you’re looking to update the artwork in your home (oh yeah, Minted has GORGEOUS framed art work and prints!), Minted is our go-to.

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Big thanks to Merritt Chesson for these incredible family photos! Trying to get all three of us to smile in unison, and keeping a cold toddler happy in a field – where all she wants to do is run free and collect sticks – is near impossible – but she managed to take gorgeous photos for us, and I can’t wait to frame a few of these for our someday gallery wall.

Minted provided our holiday cards this year in exchange for this post. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors who help to make Glitter, Inc. possible.


Lexi

Life Lately

Checking in with a little update on life lately! I’m still in awe of how quickly this year has flown by. There are just two weeks left of December, and our holiday to-do list is a mile long. Anyone else panicking over all of the gift shopping to do? Thankfully, I tackled most of the gifts on the agenda earlier this week, but I’m still missing a few essentials. I’m thinking Amazon Prime will be my holiday BFF. And I haven’t even ORDERED our holiday cards yet. Happy New Year’s, everyone … because those are the cards you’re getting. Whoops! (Though I promise an awesome post all about last-minute holiday cards, and giveaways for my fellow procrastinators, is coming soon.)

But I’m loving the holiday season too. I can’t stop making treats (our favorite sugar cookies for decorating, a s’mores graham house, candied cinnamon-roasted almondsOREO cookie balls, the easiest donuts, frosted chewy gingerbread cookies, sugared cranberries, marbled peppermint bark, the list goes on and on.)

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It’s also predicted to snow here in North Carolina early next week and I can’t say that I’m not just a little bit giddy. This Florida girl is still totally enamored by snow … even if it’s usually just a thin layer of frost. Scarlett and I will have our noses pressed to the window until Tuesday if you need us. Meanwhile, she’s totally digging all of the leaves.

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Seriously, I can’t with the cuteness.

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We took these pictures at Duke Gardens with our friends a few weekends back – one of the few days hubby has had off this month. He’s been on a working spree, but thankfully, he gets a decent vacation and we’re taking full advantage; headed to the mountains next week. SO excited.

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I’m not sure we will ever have a family photo where all three of us smile and look into the camera at the same time.

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But these two … oh my gosh, my heart.

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Until then, we’ll be playing in the leaves and patiently awaiting snow. Oh yeah, and trying to tackle our holiday to do list. Maybe.

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How has your December been going so far? Tell me I’m not the only one WAY behind on holiday cards!

My Dress: Free People // My Lace-up Boots: Free People // My Lipstick: Mac Diva // Scarlett’s Pom Pom Sweater: Target // Scarlett’s Dress: 3Claps // Scarlett’s Riding Boots: Carter’s

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Lexi

Parenting Hack: Florastor Kids Probiotics

This post is sponsored by Florastor Kids. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make Glitter, Inc. possible!

Parenting is the hardest job I’ve ever had. Sometimes I worry I might break our baby girl, and my husband and I laugh at the huge learning curve that comes along with having a new baby. I call my mom and our pediatrician more than I care to admit. Parenting is scary and overwhelming and utterly amazing all at the same time. One of the easiest decisions we’ve made, and probably one of my best parenting hacks yet, was adding daily probiotics to Scarlett’s diet. At just a few months old we started adding probiotics to her bottles on her pediatrician’s recommendation (she has acid reflux and probiotics definitely helped.) I’m so glad we started the routine early. We’re huge fans of #FlorastorKids #IamBiotic, a daily probiotic that is great for gut health and the immune system. And now, more than ever, since our little girl has just recently started preschool, I’m so glad that in addition to helping her stomach we’ve been subtly helping to boost her immune health as well.

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Made with natural ingredients that are vegetarian, gluten-free, and safe for lactose intolerance, and appropriate for ages two months and older, Florastor® probiotics complement your little one’s healthy and active lifestyle. Toddlers are notoriously tough to feed the good stuff to, so being able to sprinkle probiotics into their food or drink is such a parent lifesaver. Both kids and parents alike can take Florastor daily to strengthen digestive balance and support a strong immune system. Did you know that having a healthy digestive balance supports a healthy immune system because 70 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive tract? How cool is that?

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Even I’ve jumped on the bandwagon. Whether you’re training for a marathon or pushing yourself on the yoga mat, Florastor helps to keep you driven, healthy, and strong. In addition to strengthening your digestive balance and promoting a healthy immune system, Florastor also helps your body perform two other essential functions: 1) Break down carbs and fiber; and 2) Absorb water and nutrients. Florastor helps you maintain healthy water balance and bowel function. I call that a win.

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As for how easy it is to sneak those probiotics into your little one’s everyday diet, Florastor makes it easy to take your probiotic every day because it doesn’t require refrigeration.

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You can toss the individual packets into your purse or diaper bag and take it wherever you go. FlorastorKids comes in these super-convenient powder packs with tutti-frutti flavoring. We just add a pack to Scarlett’s water, applesauce, or juice. Easy peasy.

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These pictures are from a little trip to Merritt’s Store and Grill in Chapel Hill. They have a great outdoor area, which is the perfect place to eat breakfast when the weather is nice.

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Scarlett decided it was paramount that we collect all of the leaves and put them back on the trees. I’m obsessed with her.

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You can learn more at the Florastor website AND Florastor is offering Glitter, Inc. readers a $6 downloadable coupon!

Plus, there’s a fun giveaway happening now …

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Disclaimer: Glitter, Inc. is not responsible for prize fulfillment, and prize will be sent directly from Florastor. Entry ends on November 30, 2016. Please note entries will be verified. No purchase necessary; void where prohibited. One winner will be chosen at random. By entering into this sweepstakes, the entrant acknowledges that they are eligible for this sweepstakes according to all laws set forth by their state of residency.

So tell me, how do you keep your little ones healthy and happy? Any easy parenting hacks to share?

This blog post is part of a paid Megan Media and Florastor Kids blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.  


Lexi