Mess-free toddler painting… yes, really!

Norman loves this painting activity because it is quite loud and fun… But it isn’t messy!

First you need a can (I usually use an old formula can but you could use a coffee can or whatever you have available).

Place some paint in the can along with several marbles. Add your paper cut to the right size.

Last, give the can to your baby or toddler to roll, kick and shake! The more action the better.

We’ve done a variety of colors in the past, but this week I cut out hearts and put them in the can with red, pink, white and purple paint to create Valentines. I think they turned out super cute!

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Making banana pancakes… yum.

IMG_3060In case you are wondering, yes I am listening to Jack Johnson right now… Is there any other way to write a post about banana pancakes? I think not!

After seeing several recipes for banana pancakes on Pinterest, I decided to whip up some of my own for the little guy. I used a buckwheat pancake mix and followed the directions on the back of the bag. I made one modification to help use up the baby food purees that the little man now refuses to eat, though. Instead of just water I added the pureed sweet potatoes that he now hates. They turned out great!

I tried two variations as well. In the first I put a little bit of batter in the pan, added a banana slice and then put a bit more batter over the bananaIMG_3063. In the second, I just dipped the banana slice into the batter and put it in the pan. The second method made much smaller pancakes and it made them harder to flip. In the future I will definitely stick with option 1!

What was the verdict? The little guy ate the majority of one of the larger pancakes this morning so I’d call it a success! I also liked that these were a little more healthy than a waffle or traditional pancake.

Recipe Rating: Weelicious Broccoli Cheese Patties

IMG_3044If Norman could type, I’d make him post this review himself but alas he isn’t quite able to do so yet. Baby bear is at the stage where he isn’t as into purees as he used to be but he also can’t always have what I’m having either. Since he only has two teeth we have to be somewhat selective on our food choices for him. Enter my Pinterest “Toddler Food” board and Weelicious.

IMG_3046These patties looked simple enough and contained ingredients I already had around the kitchen (score). You can see the delicious patties to the left. Yummy. If I had it to do over I would make them a little smaller and flatter but overall they turned out well.

I taste tested them and thought they tasted pretty darn good! The true test of course was to see if baby enjoyed them… YES! He devoured two patties at dinner and another two for lunch the next day. A resounding success! My overall Pinterest project rating for this recipe is 4 out of 5 pins!

You want to hang a drip pan in the playroom?

Baby Bear exploring his new magnet board.
Baby Bear exploring his new magnet board.

If you have children under the age of 5 and you spend any time at all on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen the DIY “Drip Pan Magnet Board” project many times. When I was pregnant with Baby Bear, I pinned the project knowing of course that it would be some time before he’d be ready! Baby Bear is now 9 months old and can stand well with support so I decided it was time. My hubby skeptically asked why I would want to hang an oil drip pan in our playroom… but it is safe to say I won that discussion as evidenced to the left.

Some of the projects on Pinterest use heavy duty velcro to hang the drip pan from the wall, but I didn’t think that would hold up to our boy. Luckily, the husband is somewhat handy and did all of the drilling for me.

Here are the supplies we used:
A drip pan
Wall anchors (we like these)
Magnets (make sure you check that they aren’t too small for baby, some of the ones I got online were). We have both the alphabet and animals right now.

Pretty simple! Handy hubby just drilled the anchors into the studs and we slapped some magnets on! Baby Bear is already getting a lot of use out of the magnet board and I think he will use it for a long time.

My overall Pinterest project rating for this DIY is 5 out of 5 pins!