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Blue’s Clue Party Supplies You Can Make Yourself

What do Steve and Joe do all episode long on Blue’s Clues? They draw at a toddler’s level. Which is exactly what you can do to make your own Blue’s Clues party supplies. I actually stumbled on these ideas when I procrastinated on planning my son’s second birthday. I was still adjusting to having Baby Girl, had just baptized her a few weeks earlier, and just couldn’t get it together. So by the time I had time to get things ready, it was too late to order Blue’s Clues party stuff online without paying a fortune in shipping – so I made my own – and had some help from friends and family. We had the party outside, but it really doesn’t matter if you do an indoor or outdoor party.


  1. I made my own Blue’s Clues paw prints with a blue sharpie on big blue poster boards and cut them out. I then spread them all over the tables and chairs, which I furnished with light blue table cloths to make the blue paw prints pop. blue paws
  2. I also used these paws for playing Blue’s Clues with the kids. They had to figure out what we were having for dessert, which was ice cream cake and blueberry Italian ice (Since we had guests with gluten and dairy allergies). I got ice cream dishes, spoons, an empty bag of ice, birthday cake plates, birthday candles, forks, a container of blue water, ecc. and stuck the paws on them. I made sure to have enough for each child to get to find one clue (A bit of a change from the show). Then, while I explained the rules of the game to the kids, I had them all file into a line and face me, while my friends hid the clues in trees, grass and bushes in my back yard. The adults cheered the kids on while they found tblue pinhe clues, then I had them give me all the clues, and try to guess what we were having for dessert. They actually figured it out! If I’d had more time, I would have drawn all the clues on a big dry erase board with the kids, but I didn’t get a chance to.
  3. Pin the tail on the Blue – My brother drew a big picture of Blue on a white poster board, then drew a bunch of tails – one for each child – to pinĀ  on. Since the kids were pretty young, I just had them stand in line with their eyes closed, spin around three times, then aim. They all cheated and most still missed haha. Nick Jr. actually has a printable version of it too, though, which I found out later on.
  4. Then, since I work at an ice cream shop, I made my own ice cream cake, but custom made my icing, which you can do yourself. I just mixed white icing with different hues of blue, which came oblue cakeut really cool like a softer tye dye. Then, I actually called a local dollar store, who happened to have Blue’s Clues cake toppers! I just stuck them on, and we had us a Blue’s Clues cake! What you can also do, is bake a big round cake, with 4 cup cakes. Use blue icing, and arrange the cupcakes above the round cake in the shape of a paw like so.
  5. For a party favor, the local dollar store actually happened to have Blue’s Clues party favor bags, which I filled with crayons, Blue’s Clues stickers that I bought at a local Michael’s, and then printed out Blue’s Clues coloring pages from NickĀ  Jr. I also included candy in the party favor bag like Jolly Ranchers and things that didn’t have dairy or gluten or nuts in them because we had kids over with allergies. The kids were happy to carry the Blue’s Clues theme home with them! If your child is older, they can help you make custom Blue’s Clues party favor bags on brown paper bags by gluing Blue’s Clues pictures on them.
  6. I also was able to find just one Blue’s Clues balloon at the local dollar store as well, which I clustered together blue balloonwith a bunch of regular blue balloons. We spelled Happy Birthday on it with my toddler’s name. He loved that!
  7. I actually had bought a shirt that looked like Joe’s for Toddler Boy to wear, but it ended up being too hot out for him to actually wear it.

Since they stopped making as many Blue’s Clues goodies because the show stopped filming, Blue’s Clues party supplies seemed to have hiked up in price and decreased in availability online. That’s why these party ideas come in handy when you’re in a pinch!


It’s a miracle! My toddler’s picking up his toys!

I’ve been pulling my hair out trying to get my toddler to pick up all his toys. I’m sure you agree when I say that there are just entirely way too many pieces to fun toddler toys. Even not-fun toddler toys that my toddler won’t even look at. They’re just entirely too tedious to pick up. And it doesn’t fail that by the end of the day, they are all scattered throughout the house. In the most random places too. Oh look! Mr. Potato head’s ear has been wedged between the doors of the entertainment center!

Anyway, like I said, I just could not get my toddler to cooperate and pick ’em up. Until my friend came over who has three kids of her own, and saw how exasperated I was. My toddler did his normal routine of picking up the messy toysorganized-toy baskets, and turned them all upside down, dumping the toys all over the floor. Books, blocks, toy food, everything. I plopped down on the couch, threw my arms down, and dropped my head back onto the cushions and sighed “I hate that. I hate it so much.”

At that point, she began to play the game of picking up toys. Timing him, handing him toys, cheering for him and urging him to put them away as fast as he could. I know this is a no-brainer, and I’ve tried it before, but I usually get impatient due to lack of time, and end up just picking up all the toys myself cuz he gets distracted and moves onto something else. But no, we kept at him, and all the kids raced each other to throw all the toys back in their containers, and alas, the living room was sort of neat again. Of course, my toddler dumped them all right back out in five minutes. But at least I was ready to play the put-back game right after!


Info on Free Sewing Patterns For a Baby Car Seat Cover

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I started to look into free sewing patterns for baby car seat covers because I always get asked “What’s his name,” in regards to my baby girl. It doesn’t really bother me much, because I know she’s a cutie patootie, but for people who do get bugged by that, you can make yourself gender-appropriate car seat covers to ease the mistakes in regards to your baby boy or girl.

I didn’t really think much into into it when I bought all the gear for Toddler Boy before he was born. I though, “I hate when people can’t tell whether a baby is a boy or a girl, and there’s that awkward exchange, so I’m gonna make sure and get everything blue.” Plus, I decided I would have everything in an animal theme, and everything in an animal theme happened to be blue or green.

file00047256199Fast forward to about two years later: everyone mistakes my baby girl for a baby boy. That’s because both her car seat and her car seat cover are blue! And I try to dress her in all pink, but some clothes that are for girls are really cute and come in different colors! Plus, when I use her car seat cover, her clothes are hidden anyway. SO I always make sure to also put a girly hat or head band on her so it’s really clear. But still! People overlook that stuff!

So, I took a friend’s advice and looked into some sewing patterns for baby girl’s car seat cover. That way, I’m not spending another 30-40 dollars on a pink one that I might not use for that much longer at this point, since it’s already February, and she is already nine months old. BUT I only found tons of sites promising to provide free car seat sewing patterns, but don’t actually deliver. Or, they used to deliver, and now the links are gone. Although, I did find a site that provides info on which easy patterns to purchase (They’re so cheap. Like a few bucks) to make your own car seat cover, and that is here. That link also has alternative directions on how to make your own pattern for free.

But another thing you could do, is either sew or iron on some patterns on your existing car seat cover. You can just Google an image of anything that your child may be a fan of, either butterflies, or flowers, or Blue’s Clues, Sesame Street, whatever. Then, print out that image on either fabric paper, or iron-on paper. It’s your choice.

With fabric paper, you can cut it out and even hand-sew it onto your baby’s car seats with less stitches per inch. That way, when you decide you don’t want that character on there any more, you can just take the stitches out and get rid of it. So for example, if I want to put a pink flower on the existing car seat cover right now, but then end up having a baby boy later, I can take it off.

But an easier solution for you non-sewers out there, is to print the image on iron-on paper (Which you can find pretty much anywhere – Target, Wal Mart, office supply stores, craft stores), then cut it out and just iron it on. But then, you can’t really take it off if you decide you don’t want anything on your car seat cover any more.

Another solution, is to find already-made patches at a craft store and either sew them on, or iron them on with Witch-stitchery. Although if you iron them on with the witch-stitchery, you run into the same problem as the iron-on paper in the long run.

So if you get bugged with the same gender-wrong questions like I do, there’s some solutions for ya. Also, car seat covers are so expensive, it’s nice to have a more cost-efficient solutions with these free sewing patterns for baby car seat covers.


Why is Physical Fitness so Important for Kids?


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With winter bringing nothing but chilling cold air outside., it’s easy to get into a slug routine with your kids, but it’s snowgirlimportant for kids to get physical fitness year-round – the government recommends about one hour per day. But why? Besides the obvious health reasons that are true for any-aged human, it helps them to get into the habit of exercise for the rest of their lives.

For example, my husband used to have a friend who grew up with his mom writing him excuses in order to not do gym class. The result? A very lazy, out-of-shape adult, with a very slim chance at ever changing his ways and getting healthy. Which pretty much increases the chances of heart problems in old age or even in young age if you mix it with poor diet.

But a physically active kid makes for a happier, kid too. And actually boosts their energy throughout the day. This may seem like a negative if your child is uber energized, but a child who feels sluggish is also very moody and whiny.

For example, yesterday I took toddler boy to a friend’s house for a play date with her very active boys. They played for about 2-3 hours wit h mixture of blocks, leggos, but then other toys such as pop-up tent tunnels, whic required more physical input. After that, I took toddler boy home and bundled him up for a fun session of playing in the snow. We went up and down the slide, did snow angels, tried to make a snowman, had a small snowball fight, and then we went inside (it was REALLY cold). After that, he was in a great mood, and didn’t even take a nap. And actually didn’t even need to go to bed extremely early. Which was okay, because like I said, he was in a great mood and was actually pretty peaceful watching Blue’s Clues in the master bedroom as he wound down.


Well, today, was a completely different story. I was in a lazy mood myself. Didn’t get much sleep because baby girl is teething. The temperature dropped by about 10 degrees, bringing it down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit outside, plus I had a slew of cleaning and organizing I had put off. So I set toddler boy on quiet tasks like painting, drawing with crayons, playing with cups of water on the high chair, and color-by-number worksheets. Well, by about 5:30, he started to get VERY cranky and VERY tired. He still didn’t take a nap (Because I’m trying to get him out of the habit of napping since he goes to bed ridiculously late when he naps), but when I sat him down to eat his dinner at around 6:30, he passed out right then and there in his high chair.

I really didn’t stimulate him much physically, but he was exhausted. He also kept picking on his sister all day long, and was deliberately defying things that I was telling him to do. Whereas the day before, when I had him do more physical activities, he was extremely loving and well-behaved. Even my friends noticed, who were able to come over for movie night without him screaming in the middle of it because he wanted my attention.

So I had a first-hand experience in the past two days of why physical fitness is so important for kids. I saw the night and day behavior when there was plenty of exercise, and then practically no exercise at all. So I’ve decided that when I know I will have a full day of cleaning and chores, I’m going to start the day off with some mommy and me yoga. Most cable networks provide exercise videos for you to do at home, and you can get your child to do them too. But more on that another time!


Pushing the envelope – color by numbers printables for kids


colorpencilsColor by numbers and color by letters pages are a great alternative to getting your kids interested in letters and numbers. As I’ve told you many times before, I’m always desperate when looking for activities that’ll keep my toddler busy in the toy room at work while I wait on customers and whatnot. I’m lucky enough that we’ve been pretty busy in the past couple of weeks, but I haven’t been able to take him to work. I’m waiting until we get a bit slower so I can take him with me to work and try these ones out.

Lucky for me, my toddler loves loves loves letters and number. We’ll be driving down the road, and he’ll just start shouting, spelling out letters on billboards, or neon signs. And he’s actually also really into coloring and drawing. But for those of you who have toddlers that are more into coloring or drawing alone, color by number and letter pages are a great way for them to get interested in actually learning letters and pages.

As always, the key is to spend as much time as you can doing these types of printables with your kids so that they get the full benefit of the activity. And especially this one requires a bit more guidance, so I wouldn’t expect toddler man to actually be in the play room at work independently working on them. To get the full effect of this activity, it’s a good tactic to really cheer your child on as he or she figures out what letter or number comes next. They’re more prone to learning them if they get praise along the way.

There are tons of websites on the web that advertise that they have free printable pages, but then their site just ends up being a cluster of ads for other pages that supposedly have printable, and then it’s another page of ads. So I did some research, and found that all kids network and this coloring website have direct resources for coloring by numbers and coloring by letters.

But these activities are also a great way to pass time in the winter when the snow or the rain or just plain cold weather keep you from taking the kids on active outings. For example, tomorrow when I go into work I plan on printing out these color by numbers pages, some more printable bible quizzes, and printable shapes for toddlers so that my husband can have some activities for toddler boy to do when they are at home together. My toddler tuckers my husband out at times, so it’s good to have some good sit down activities for him to do while my husband recoops!

And I’m not going to lie. After a long week of work, it’s nice to have some slow, relaxing time in the morning on my first day off of the week. So these are some nice activities for toddler boy to do while I sip on a warm cup of coffee, as I nestle in my comfy couch holding baby girl.


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