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DIY Cake Bunting Topper for Birthdays

I made this DIY cake bunting topper for my son’s first birthday party.Though we ordered a cake for his first birthday,I also baked and decorated a simple cake as a smash cake.To make it more beautiful I made this cake bunting topper  and it was super easy.

DIY cake bunting topper

Here is how I made this DIY cake bunting topper.It’s really easy.

Supplies:

Cardstock of your choice of color
-Letter Stickers to say ‘Happy Birthday’ or printed letters (I used letters stickers)
-A beautiful Ribbon
– Glue
-2 Straws or wooden skewers

How to do:

Sketch out a flag bunting shape in a card. This will be used as a template.
Once the flag is sketched out, cut the template.

DIY cake bunting topper
Using this template cut flags for the cake bunting using the cards stock. Cut 13 flags to say ‘Happy Birthday’. If you want to add the name of the baby, cut few more flags.
Now glue the letter s and stick those to each flag. Or use letter stickers.
Cut 2 pieces of ribbon. Make sure to cut it longer than required, so you have some length to tie etc.
Using a small dot of glue on the back top of each flag, stick all flags to the ribbon.
Because the cake is small and space is limited, make 2 strings of the banner. One for the word ‘Happy’ and the other for ‘Birthday’.
Now banner is ready.

DIY cake bunting topper
Attach the banners using glue to the top end of straws or wooden skewers.
Now it is ready.
Insert this Cake topper to your Birthday cake.
A simple,beautiful and a customized cake is ready! 🙂

Do you like such DIY crafts to personalize your birthday parties?

Other than this DIY cake bunting topper,I also made a DIY animal themed birthday banner and a door banner too.These crafts made our birthday party beautiful!

3 Best Activities for Toddlers to Keep them Entertained

Toddlers are always with curiosity. They love to learn new things and they can grab the basic concepts easily. I remember last year when my son was a toddler. He was so active and energetic. He could easily grab concepts such as colours, numbers and letter when I used simple methods to introduce him such concepts.

Below are 3 activities which I did with my toddler. He loved those activities, so I know these are easy and fun activities to do with any toddler.

 

1. Colour sorting game

Active Learning for Kids

For this game, you don’t want to spend hours with crafty items. Instead find colourful cups and building blocks. Mix it up and ask your toddler to sort out the clours into the matching cup. This activity will keep him busy while giving the opportunity to learn colours.At the same time this is a good way to improve motor skills of any toddler.

Read more about Colour sorting game

2. Bowling with empty bottles

best Activities for toddlers

Not only for toddlers, this is even a fun game for a preschooler too. We used empty milk bottles from our recycling bin for this game. Once the game is over put back the empty bottles in recycling box and send for recycling.

Other than an activity that keeps kids engaging and active, this is a good way to teach them the concepts such as recycling and upcycling.

Read our post about Bowling with empty bottles!

 

3. Simple Science experiments

best Activities for toddlers

Science for toddlers?  Don’t worry! I am not going to talk about lab experiments. But do you know toddlers are the best age for teaching the basic concepts? Do some fun activities which shows them the science around home. These will be fun and interesting. They will love to do it again and again.

Make some ice cubes from water to explain the concept of liquid stage to ice stage. Add some colour to water and experience the change of colour. There are many ideas!

Check this post on Simple Science experiments with toddlers

You will find many ideas to do with your kid!

 

Above are 3 activities which we did at our home. Even now, I do these activities with my preschooler. Best thing is that these are really easy activities which mommy doesn’t need much time to prepare!

3 Fun Projects to do with a Preschooler

It is September school holidays in Singapore. Although it is a short holiday, keeping the kid busy without getting bored is not so easy. While I plan different activities to engage him during the day time, here are some of the ideas which we did before. These can be helpful for you if you look for activities to do with a preschooler. Even these activities are good for toddlers to keep them happy!

A Balloon drum

Fun Projects to do with a Preschooler

This is a noisy idea. But my kid loves to have a balloon drum whenever there is a burst balloon skin. To make this drum, you don’t need many skills. Just wrap the balloon skin over a cup or an empty tin using a rubber band. Your kid will have a new toy to enjoy at least for few hours!

Check the post about how to make this DIY Balloon Drum with a Balloon Skin

DIY Recycling bin

Fun Projects to do with a Preschooler

Recycling is a great cause to teach the kids from their younger age. By having a recycling bin at home, they will learn the value of recycling and treasure the earth. We made a recycling bin using an empty cardboard box. It was a lovely idea and my kid knows that we can recycle certain items.

Check how we made our DIY recycling bin

A cute party hat

Fun Projects to do with a Preschooler

Kids don’t want a special reason to party! I know that with experience of my kid. These days he loves pretend playing. So, a party hat is an easy way to help him to play with his toys creating a pretend party at home.

Check this easy DIY party hat. You will only need some colour papers and a band only!

Above are really simple and easy projects to do with a kid. I am sure you will have great time with your kid if you try these fun projects!

Best Tips for Pregnant Moms to Enjoy your Pregnancy

Knowing the news of pregnancy and seeing the confirmed blood test results can be one of the most exciting news for any pregnant woman. It was same with me too. Once you are pregnant you will get all sort of advice including pregnancy diet, preparation of hospital bag and how to welcome your bundle of joy. However in this post I want to share some important tips for pregnant moms that are not highlighted in most of pregnancy advices. These are some helpful tips to plan your pregnancy and even after the pregnancy which will sure give you the best benefits!

Best Tips for Pregnant Moms to Enjoy your Pregnancy

Learn how to deal with the pain during the labor

Best tips for pregnant moms

Some women love to experience the pain of a natural birth. However some ladies are not strong enough or not want to experience the labor pain as it is. Before the due date, think of yourself. Are you ready to bear the pain or do you want to go for any pain relief method?

Don’t wait until your doctor asks about the pain relief at the last moment. Read more and decide yourself, so it will be easier to talk with your doctor for suggestions. Nowadays epidural is a popular pain relief method. There are other methods too including massage techniques and shower. Have you heard of TENS Machine? It is another way to deal with labor pain!

Don’t forget your style

If you are pregnant, you will start dreaming about the baby. But, don’t forget yourself. Wear beautiful maternity clothes and also consider your changes in the body. Hormonal changes will affect the appearance of your skin, hair and even the mood.

Prepare for these changes. Here are 7 ways to maintain your style during Pregnancy. Check it.

Prepare for Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding-guide

Breastfeeding is one of the best gifts that you can give to your newborn. Don’t wait till the last moment. Read about breastfeeding and prepare for it. With healthy diet and with the proper knowledge you will be with enough milk to feed your newborn from the day one.

Read about how to prepare for Successful Breastfeeding to have more idea!

Buy comfortable maternity sleepwear

Night time sleep can be difficult for most pregnant moms. Your baby will start kicking you when you are around 5 months pregnant. At the 3rd trimester you will experience heavy and swollen feet. All these will not give you a relaxing sleeping time. This is where you need to consider having comfortable maternity sleepwear which can give you comfort throughout the night.

Check these tips for buying Maternity Sleepwear!

Don’t forget the Postpartum Girdle after Delivery

Though you don’t want a Postpartum Girdle during your pregnancy, you need it just after the delivery. Therefore prepare and plan for a girdle or an abdominal binder to use after the delivery. During your pregnancy, plan for a Postpartum Girdle. Read reviews and select the one that can be best suitable for you. Once you deliver the baby, this information can be helpful to buy the best Postpartum Girdle for you.

Read the benefits of wearing a Postpartum Girdle after delivery.

I hope these tips for pregnant moms are helpful for you if you are pregnant or planing to get pregnant!

Have a Happy and Healthy pregnancy!

 

Make Sure your Family is Always Prepared for a Disaster

Natural disasters are a serious problem in many parts of the world and can cause distress, disruption, and in many cases, casualties. If you live in an area prone to such calamities, be prepared to react quickly.

Have a detailed emergency plan in case your city is hit by a hurricane, a blizzard, or an earthquake. It’s also important to have a survival kit with food and medical supplies, and to have a basic understanding of CPR procedures if someone, unfortunately, gets hurt.

Learn more about the different ways to be prepared for a disaster:

Get a Survival Kit

Earthquake Survival Kit

Image via Flickr by Global X

You should have enough supplies to last at least two weeks, as you never know how long you’ll need to survive on your own. So, not only will you need plenty of nonperishable food, but you’ll also need one gallon of water per person day. Make sure you also have batteries, maps, tools, radios, and a week’s supply of medications (think of it as a month-long camping trip).

Create an Emergency Plan

When there’s an emergency plan in place, you just need to focus on following the right steps instead of being clueless about what to do. All your family members need to know the escape routes and meeting points close to your home, and you should also have everybody’s contact information in one place in case someone gets lost.

Learn Life-Saving Skills

Unfortunately, when disaster strikes, even if you’re extremely prepared, someone can still get hurt. So, it’s essential to have at least one member of the family trained in first aid emergencies, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), and AED (automated external defibrillator). These skills can save someone’s life in the event of a cardiac arrest.

Have a Back-Up Generator

Power outages are common in areas plagued by natural disasters. A few hours without electricity isn’t a big problem, but a couple of weeks can be a massive headache. Consider buying a back-up generator to keep your HVAC system working, keep your food fresh in the fridge, and charge electronic devices to keep you informed.

Be Prepared If You’re Not Home

Sometimes, catastrophes can happen when you’re at work, school, or even commuting. In that case, it’s important to know exactly what to do to increase your chances of survival. You should memorize alternate routes to get to a meeting point, have emergency contacts with you, and learn about emergency exit procedures on a train or station platform.

Check Emergency Alerts

If a disaster happens or is about to happen, the government will let the population know as soon as possible. Integrated Public Alert and Warning Systems will inform the population via the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs), Emergency Alert System (EAS), or the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR). So, have all your devices turned on to learn about what’s going on.

At the end of the day, the only thing you can do against disasters is to be prepared. Don’t leave it to the last minute to have a strategy in place, or it might be too late. When you and your family know exactly what to do, it’s just a matter of following the emergency plan until everything’s back to normal.

DIY Birthday Party Hats for a Themed Birthday Party

Themed birthday parties with everything matching with the theme are really a great way to entertain a kid. But, sometimes it is not easy to find all the party items to match with the theme. It was same with me when my kid was turning three.

I couldn’t find party hats that are perfect for Pororo themed birthday. Although there were birthday party hats with different prints on it, I didn’t want to mix such designs with our theme.

Pororo themed Birthday Party

So, here is what I did. It is really simple.

How to make DIY birthday party hats for a themed birthday party?

I ordered DIY birthday party hats set which comes as a set of materials that are necessary for making the hats.

DIY Birthday Party Hats

You can easily find a template for party hats if you like to do it completely DIY. Also check this post for how to make a party hat easily.

Using the cardstock, I made the party hats without any decorations. Then I glued the pom poms on top of the hats to make those beautiful!

DIY birthday party hats

To add the touch of party theme, I ordered stickers of our theme. That time it was a Pororo Birthday party. If you have a different theme, try to find stickers related to your theme.

Using colorful papers and stickers, I made these circles. Finally I pasted those on the party hats.

DIY birthday party hats

Aren’t these cute and match with our theme?

How to Teach your Child to Read?

Reading is one of the skills that every child should develop from their young age of life. However, in order to develop his reading habits, you need to start teaching to read as early as possible. This can be from the infant age or even during the pregnancy. However, I don’t mean that you need to teach lessons on how to read books. Instead, create a good learning environment around your kid when he or she is really young. You can teach reading for your toddler by giving him lot of age appropriate books or by reading together with him. This will be a good start for your kid to learn reading.

Don’t forget that reading style of parents to their preschoolers have great impact on how much they love reading and how gladly they learn to read on their own. So, start from young age. Give books for your infant or toddler. Read books for your kid even during your pregnancy. All these will affect your kid in a positive way.

How to Teach your Child to Read?

Here we list out some tips to help develop reading habits in your child. If you look for how to teach your child to read, these tips will be helpful for you.

How to Teach your Child to Read?

Read rich illustration contents:

Choose books with illustrations as they trigger conversation starters, which is important for child development. Kids will create stories around the illustrations and this is the basic foundation of reading books.

Easy DIY Reading corner for toddler

Ask questions on the illustrations:

Kids of 16-24 months old will add more words to their vocabulary than they do at any other age. Some first and easy words to learn and label from illustrations are like ‘tree, dog, etc’. So when you see a picture of a dog, ask your kid, ‘do you see the dog? Base knowledge of nouns helps them put in other parts of speech quickly. You will soon notice dogs are turning into ‘brown dog’! They will even say ‘there are two brown dogs’ or there is one brown dog’!

Provide some obvious details:

Share things about books that you may neglect such as author’s name and what he does. Show your kid how to hold a book, show how to read sentences from left to right and how to turn pages. These are basic reading steps making your kids to read independently soon.

Relate plots to real life:

When you read a book about a girl going to the grocery store, encourage your kid to speak about a time she came to the grocery store with you. Ask questions and allow kids to open a dialogue of storytelling. Relating plots to real life will help him or her remember the book and vocabulary.

With all above tips, surround your kid with lot of books. You can get books from the library or even you can buy quality age appropriate books for affordable rates.

With such tips, we hope you will develop good reading habits for your kid from his early stages of life.

 

Complete Step by Step Potty Training Guide

A potty training guide can be really helpful when you are into the challenge with your little kid. Specially, if you are a new mom potty training may sound like a challenge. But, it is not. I was in the same doubt, but with easy and simple steps we could potty train our kid completely when he was 3 years old.

Although I have shared posts before for each of our potty training steps, in this post I want to gather all the posts. Check each post starting from the first post. All these are with our experiences and tips on potty training.

how to potty train a boy

Step by Step Potty Training Guide

Step 1:

Know the right time to potty train your kid! When the kid is ready, you are ready to start potty training.

Check this post for how to start potty training.

Step 2:

Now you know how to start potty training.The next step is to collect all the essentials for potty training.

Check this post for detailed descriptions and list on essentials for potty training.

Step 3:

Once you are with all essentials,plan your potty training.I potty trained my kid in 3 days and it is possible.Consider starting your potty training during a weekend or on a long holiday.So you can fully attend with potty training.

Check how to potty train in 3 days.

However don’t forget to make potty training a fun activity for the kid!

Step 4:

Continue potty training for a period of time till he or she is completely trained and no more accidents.During the potty training period,you will experience accidents.However,encourage your kid.Don’t blame or discourage the kid from sitting on the potty.Once they are used to the routine,they will start going to the potty.When you reach this step,you are almost done.

Step 5:

Special Training for boys 

Actually,nothing special.But,boys will still on the potty when they need to pee.Start teaching the boys on how to go to the potty time like a boy.

Check these tips on how to potty train a boy.

Step 6:

Once the kid is trained for potty during day time,it is time to start night time potty training.In my case I still used diapers during the night time till my kid was completely trained during day time.

Check how to potty train at night.This post will give you all the necessary steps to potty train your kid during night time.

Once the kid is fully trained for night time,you will not need any more diapers!

Hope this complete guide for potty training is helpful for you.Read each post for detailed steps.With this potty training guide,you will sure have wonderful time with your kid!

Happy Teacher’s Day to all the Teachers!

Happy Teacher’s Day to all the great teachers around the world. In Singapore, today is celebrated as Teacher’s day and it is considered as a school holiday. So, yesterday there were celebrations in schools including my kid’s preschool.

In anyone’s life, teachers play an important role same as parents. Without our teachers we may not in this position today. They taught us both academic and social lessons considering us as their own kids. So, through this post I want to remind all my lovely teachers I met during my school days, later and even at present.

Thank you all dear teachers for your efforts! Happy Teacher’s Day!

Happy Teacher’s Day

Teacher’s Day at the preschool

As always, for me it is like going back to school as I always enjoy each and every moment of my kid’s preschool life. Yesterday they had teacher’s day celebrations. As gratitude towards his teachers, I prepared the below greeting cards with him.

I bought these Teacher’s Day greeting cards from a book shop. However I also wanted to make these personalize with some touch of my kid. That also helped for me to give some idea about teacher’s day to my kid. He learned the importance of paying gratitude to his teachers while personalizing this card with me.

Simply I asked him to draw his teachers on the cards. At the same time he wrote his name while I wrote the message to teachers.

Happy Teacher’s Day

This is how my kid drew his teacher 🙂

To all my kid’s teachers,

Thank you for being such a caring Teacher.Happy Teacher’s day!

Yesterday morning, my kid was so happy to give the cards to his teachers saying ‘Happy Teacher’s day!’ That was a lovely moment which could bring tears to my eyes. Hope he will grow up as a responsible kid with all the support he gets from his lovely teachers!

Pororo Themed Birthday Party for 3rd Birthday

We threw a Pororo themed Birthday Party for our kid when he turned three! This is a long due post and as always I am late with some posts. Now my son is going to be 4 years old in next October. So, before he reaches 4 years old, I am rushing to share some posts related to his Pororo Birthday Party!

Pororo themed Birthday Party

Our Pororo themed Birthday Party table

Why Pororo theme?

Pororo is a cute little penguin who is the main character of Pororo and the friends cartoon series. Well, I am a mom who allows my kid to spend time with apps and tv shows under my control with limits. Other than Peppa cartoon series, I allow him to watch Pororo and the friend too as this series is suitable for his age as I think.

Now, I am talking about last year which my kid was below 3 years of age. He loved Pororo and still he loves. He also loves to watch Pororo educational series which teaches about patterns, counting and other educational topics.

As I love to select a theme for his birthdays, last year I selected ‘Pororo’ as our 3rd Birthday party theme.

Well, we didn’t have guests for our home. Instead we celebrated his Pororo Birthday Party at his Playgroup with his teachers and friends. It was a lovely and memorable moment.

Here are some of the highlights from our 3rd Birthday celebrations with Pororo themed birthday decorations and supplies.

Design for Pororo Birthday Cake

Before everything I wanted to plan his Pororo themed birthday cake. When I checked online, I could find beautiful Pororo cake design ideas. However as we celebrated the birthday at his playgroup, I had to check with the teacher. Instead of cutting a birthday cake and serve the kids, teacher was happy to have cupcakes. I loved that idea too as cupcakes are easy to serve to the kids.

However, I couldn’t find a place to buy cupcakes easily. There are cupcake shops around my neighborhood, but they have some limitations. Finally I found thecakeshop.com.sg . They were really helpful and I could place my order online. We ordered Pororo themed cupcakes.

Design for Pororo Birthday Cake

Pororo Birthday cupcakes

Although we bought cupcakes for celebrations at the playgroup,I also wanted to blow candles at home as a way of family bonding. So,below is my birthday cake for him.

How I made this Pororo Birthday Cake?

It is really simple. I bought a plain yet simply decorated cake from nearby bakery shop. The cake came with a ‘Happy Birthday’ topper. To the same cake, I created a cake topper using a sticker with Pororo and friends. I pasted that sticker on a toothpick creating a beautiful and easy cake topper. 🙂 Finally, here is our very own Pororo Birthday Cake!

Design for Pororo Birthday Cake

Pororo Themed Birthday Party decorations

This time, I didn’t spend much time for the Pororo Birthday decorations. Instead I could easily buy Pororo themed Goody bags and party supplies for affordable rates from the nearby shopping mall.(NTUC FairPrice)

Pororo themed Birthday Party

Party hats

Pororo themed Birthday Party

Goody bags and party hats with Pororo theme

I couldn’t find Pororo themed party hats. Instead I bought a pack of DIY party hats. Using Pororo and friends stickers, I personalized those party hats to match the party theme.

Pororo themed party

Pororo themed Birthday party masks and horns for kids

Here are some of the moments from our Pororo Birthday party with my kids playgroup friends.

Pororo themed party

A photo with his friends.I covered the little faces due to privacy.

 

Kid was so happy because his father visited his playgroup.This is once a year happening as I am the one behind the kid’s school events always.Kid had a big story to share with his dad after the playgroup. 🙂

And a mommy son moment!

After the playgroup,we celebrated his birthday at home blowing candles and cutting this really simple cake.

We had a great day with the kid.To make him happy,I also visited the Pororo Park with him.So he was full of activities with Pororo and the friends.It was a birthday party which created memories for him with his favourite cartoon character!

Birthday party Album

This time I created his 3rd Birthday party album with Zno photo books.

Mixbook is my other favourite company for his photo books.

These days I am busy planning his next birthday.He will be 4 soon. 🙂

Do you like birthday parties?Do you throw birthday parties with a theme?

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