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, you know boys love toys from a young age but they don’t love to clean up after themselves from a young age. 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! We even bought cool cars from RC Rank cars, but it didn’t help.

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


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. If you are in need of a sewing machine check out these sewing machine reviews to help you make your decision.

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 Best Sewing Machines 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?


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 at geriausi laikrodziai – the government recommends about one hour per day of at least exercise for you and your kids to get fit in your home. But why? Besides the obvious health reasons on how long does it take to lose muscle 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, while my husband prefers to hit the gym, he even got some special supplements from to get in better shape. But for me 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! For more information, kindly visit