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Train Birthday Party for Our Son’s 2nd Birthday

Few months ago our son celebrated his 2nd birthday. Actually he celebrated his 2nd birthday on last year October and still I couldn’t post any details of it. My blog is called ‘Diary of a New Mom’, but my diary is always outdated. 🙂 Anyway, late is better than never. So, this post will still have some value when he is grown up.

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Sanu is Two!

He celebrated his 2nd birthday in October last year. It was really busy and stressful period at our home. My mother arrived here from Sri Lanka and helped me on weaning. We started weaning him from breastfeeding, but my son was not happy. 🙁 He tried his best to get his favourite ‘breast milk’.

Although his actual birthday was on October, we had to celebrate it few days before as we had plans to visit Sri Lanka for a holiday. I wanted to have a small celebration as I was not sure on how our days would be in Sri Lanka. Visiting Sri Lanka is always enjoyable as we can stay with family members. But, on the other way it is really tiresome. We travel from one place to another. No proper stay at any home. So, I planned to have a birthday celebration in Singapore before we leave as I can’t predict how it would be in Sri Lanka.

Train Birthday Party in Singapore Home

This time our birthday theme was train birthday. My son loves Bob the Train songs YouTube channel (Kids TV), so we could easily select the theme.

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DIY Train Birthday Party for 2 Year old

I love DIY birthday parties. So, most of the banners were done by me and I always involved my son with me when I was doing those crafts.One of the best ways to teach arts and crafts for toddlers! 🙂

Below is the Birthday banner for this train themed Birthday party.This DIY Train birthday banner is really easy to make when you have beautiful and colourful papers.

DIY Train Birthday Banner

Train Birthday Party Banner

I also printed photos of his 2nd year and made a photo banner which features a train.

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Train Birthday Photo Banner

I have a plan of making a photo album for our son using his 5 years photos,so I capture a photo each month and I guess birthday is a good reason to print all the monthly photos.

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Train Birthday Photo Banner

Below is a simple birthday cake done by me.Actually I bought few decorated pieces of cakes from a nearby bakery shop and made this train birthday cake.A toy train engine completed the look of the birthday cake.

Actually this was just a family celebration which we didn’t have any guests.So,we didn’t want a big Birthday cake.

Here is the tutorial for this easy train Birthday Cake.

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Train Birthday Cake

Anyway,I still bought another small cake for the sake of cutting as I wanted to keep the Train Birthday cake few more minutes just to admire its beauty. 🙂

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Train Birthday Cake

We are ready to cut the cake.But,the train cake engine (train toy) is in our son’s hand 🙂

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My mother was the only guest for this Train Birthday party!

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Sanu with his Grand Mother

Lunch was served for the train birthday party and we arranged it as a train using colourful containers.This colourful train toy helped a lot to create our lunch train.

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Train Birthday Party Food

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An easy food garnishing for the train birthday party

He looks bit tired as few days before the celebration,he fell down on the floor and ended up with four stitches on his chin. 🙁 In these photos,he is still with his stitches.

Anyway,our train birthday party is not yet over.We visited Sri Lanka at the end of September and we were there on his actual date of birth.(His birthday falls on the first week of October) My mother arranged a Birthday party at home inviting few kids in our neighborhood.It was a great opportunity for our son to play and mingle with some kids in Sri Lanka.My mother,as she left Singapore just before few days of our flight took some of the banners from the party saying she doesn’t have enough time to shop for birthday party supplies.On the other way,we could use most of the birthday supplies twice!

So here are some moments from the Train Birthday Party we had in Sri Lanka.Sadly,photos are not so clear and most of the photos with the kids are shaky.I could pick few photos anyhow.

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Our Train Birthday Party in Sri Lanka

We used different candy,chocolates and sweets for the party.

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Our Train Birthday Party in Sri Lanka with candy and sweets

Kids always love these types of candy parties than other food 🙂

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For us it was easy to organize as we were on a holiday and with limited time.

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Below are some of the decorations.

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Our Train Birthday Party in Sri Lanka

Party favours for the train birthday

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Train Birthday Party Door banner

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Sanu with his cousin sister

Most of the photos are shaky.But I could find few photos with some of the kids who came to our birthday party.They all are so sweet and enjoyed the day with our son.

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Some of the sweet kids

Below is a train! 🙂 Kids were playing.

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Its games time.Kids enjoyed a choo choo train! 🙂

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Some of the kids for our Train Birthday Party in Sri Lanka

Although we celebrate his birthdays with a party,we don’t forget to join with good causes.

This time we visited an elderly home near to our home (Sri Lanka) with some donations.We also offered tea party for the elders who reside there.It was a good time for us to spend time with them.

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My son is almost 2 and half years now and we are waiting for his 3rd Birthday celebration.

How about you?Do you celebrate kids birthdays at home?If so,how do you celebrate?

Also please share your photo stories from the past week.

How to Make a Family Photo Book

I just finished making our family photo book for 2015.If you noticed I always create photo books to keep memories. But, there are times I am behind. Earlier I used to print photos and keep those in store bought photo albums. But now, I am addicted to online photo book making. It is really easy, organized and durable too. On the other way, this is the best way to print family photos which use the most of the space of our home computers and phones. I am sure you also have phones with full memory simply because of lot of photos captured every day!

Family photo albums online

To make our year in review family album online, I used Mixbook and it was really easy to use their photo making software. I am really happy that I could finish the family photo book within few hours. One of the best advantages of making photo albums online is that we can easily use text to write down a note about the photos or the moment. We cannot use such feature when we print photos at home using printer or by visiting a nearby studio.(unless we do photo editing with text on it)

How to Make a Family Photo Book?

Here is the few easy steps to make your year in review family photo book.

First gather all your memorable moments in to a folder.You may need to go through all your photos and select the best photos which you want to print in the family photo book.

Once you gathered all the photos,go through each photos and edit those to look the best.You can use this free photo editing software for simple editing such as adjusting brightness,sharpness and exposure.If you want to do more editing,they also have a paid version.

Once your photos are ready,next is to create the family photo album.

First visit Mixbook and create an account for you.

Then select the photo book option and select ‘Year in Review’ photo books.There are different themes available.You can go through all the themes and select the best theme for your family photo book.If not,don’t worry.You can easily create custom pages using the Mixbook photo layout options.

How to create a family photo book

Once you select the theme for your photo book,start making the book.It is really easy.Click the start book button and it will take you to the photo book making software.

Upload the photos.It only takes few minutes.

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Once uploaded, it is time to adjust the layouts if need.There is also ‘Auto fill’ feature which automatically adds the photos to the album.

If not you can easily add the photos in a preferred order using the photo page layout options.The photo book making software is super easy to use and you do not need to download it.

When I create my family photo book,I first used the ‘Auto fill’ option as it gives the photo album with photos arranged in the order of the dates taken.Then I adjusted the layouts and order as I wish.That way was easier for me.

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Once the page layouts are completed,then I used the text options and other things such as stickers to make the photo book look nice and meaningful with memories.

Finally,I could make a beautiful photo album using the moments of 2015 and I am awaiting the printed album.Once I receive the album,I will share the photo book review.Till that you can start making your family  photo album using the best photos of the year!

Do you make family photo albums for each year?

At the Playground – #Diaryofanewmom

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It is so amazing how kids are growing fast. Today I went through some of my old folders and found these photos when my son was around 18 months old. He looks so cute (for me) and I remember this was the time he suddenly started to run around without support. The shoes which he is wearing are now outgrown.

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Now He is much taller than in this photo. And sadly, he is thinner now than in these days. Every mother worries about their kids eating patterns and it is same with me nowadays. He has become a picky eater!

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These photos were captured at the playground near our home in Singapore and this is one of the best things I admire in Singapore life. We can find Children Playgrounds easily everywhere.

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How to Create Custom Prints Using your Own Family Photography

With digital cameras and even with mobile phone cameras, taking photographs is not a big task as it was some years ago. Having a baby or kids at home means you are completely busy with capturing photos of their moments. How do you organize these photos? I usually create photo albums using the photos of the year or photos of the special moments. Other than that, I found creating custom prints is another way to use family photos as memories.

A canvas print with beautiful family photo will be a great addition to your empty wall of the home. Even you can change the photo each year and see how your family grows and how your family members change in their look each year. Well, I print family photos each year and frame those. Instead I found canvas prints as a great way to create beautiful banners.

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How to create your own custom prints?

Creating custom prints are really easy with Open Prints. With their easy to use software, it only takes few minutes to create any design using your own photographs. Other than the canvas and custom posters, you can even be creative with beautiful mouse pads, metal prints and T shirts using your own photographs. Just imagine creating of T shirts for the whole family! When you wear the same custom T shirt, it is a great way to attend group events or celebrations as a whole family.

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Visit www.openprints.com and start creating your custom prints with your photographs. You can also create custom artwork using your photographs and sell those online. Simply open a store with Openprints, and sell artwork online.

How to Create Beautiful Birthday Party Invitations

Throwing a kid’s birthday party is always exciting. Once you decide the birthday party theme, then it is time to organize. I always love themed birthday parties. It is exciting, it is beautiful and it is easy to organize. When you have a theme, you know what to buy, what to do by yourself and how to throw.

After deciding the birthday party theme, you need to plan your party decorations, birthday invitations and birthday party food. Your Birthday party invitation plays a major role of the party, because that is the cutest things go out from your home and give the hint of the party. If the birthday party invitation is really beautiful and if it shows the theme of the party, that conveys the message of a beautiful sweet and cute celebration!

How to create a beautiful birthday party invitation

How to Create Beautiful Birthday Party Invitations?

There are few ways to create a birthday invitation.

Do it Yourself

If you have computer skills with some design knowledge, then you can easily create your own birthday invitation. Simply you can use an image of your kid and add text on the image. That will create a personalized birthday invitation. Then print required quantity and send to the guests.

Buy Ready-made Birthday Invitations from your local store

You can buy birthday invitations from your local shop and fill the details and send to the guests. But, I am sure you cannot find the birthday invitation which exactly goes with your theme.

Use editable and Printable Birthday invitations

Another way you can do is, use printable invitations. You can visit www.sassabyparties.com and select birthday invitations which you like and which go with the theme. Once you select your favorite kids’ party invitations, download it. Save the files and edit as you like. Print the required quantity and send to the guests. You can use beautiful envelopes to send the birthday party invitations out.

Printable birthday party invitations are easy to use and will save your time. From the same shop, you can even buy printable party decorations and complete organizing your themed birthday party.

How do you create your kids party invitations? Do you like DIY birthday parties? Please share your thoughts.

Tips for Traveling with Toddlers

Life with a toddler is always full of happiness, surprises and of course sometimes it is with lot of pressure. Traveling with toddler is really enjoyable if you plan well. Otherwise, you will end up with complete disaster. If you don’t pack all the essentials with you, or if you don’t plan how to keep your toddler engaged, you will not have a good time during your trip.

Few days ago I read some posts shared by Chris and Karen in their blog www.goodfitfam.com about their experiences on travelling with twins. After reading their travel posts on traveling with twins, I thought of sharing this post in this blog with my experiences thinking these tips might help other parents who want to enjoy their time traveling with toddlers.

Tips for Traveling with Toddlers

Anyway below tips are not specifically for flying with toddlers, instead these are tips for traveling with kids in a road trip or even for a dayout.

(You can read www.goodfitfam.com for ideas on travelling with twins, and of course they discuss about topics such as parenting, healthy eating and healthy lifestyle in their blog)

Pack light

Sure, you need to bring all the items which you want, specially the things that need for your toddler. But try to pack light and avoid unnecessary items. Bring only the essentials with you. You can also buy some consumables like diapers and tissues at the destination. But, remember to pack all the essentials for few days if you are not sure of the availability of such items at the place you visit.

Bring toys or story books

This is a common trick of most moms and it is same with me. I always bring few of my sons favorite toys with us when we travel. Just notice what is his favourite toy or toys and bring that with you. Luckily my son loves some of his rubber toys which are animals and those are not very heavy. Whenever we go, he brings those with him and he is fully engaged playing with his toys.

If your toddler like reading books (I mean looking at pictures of the books), then bring 1 or 2 books with you. When he is tired and bored with his toys, these little books will do the tricks.

Let your little one nap whenever possible.

If your little one likes to have a nap during traveling, then let him do so. You can easily explore the city or complete some of your shopping while he is sleeping. On the other way, they will stay fresh if they get enough sleep during the trip. So, allow your toddler to have a nap whenever possible.

Pack some snacks

Keep them full always. If they are not hungry, they won’t make noise. But once they are hungry and start making noise, it is difficult to control or stop them. Still their little tummies need food in every one or two hours. So, keep some of his favorite food with you and give them time to time. You know your toddler’s eating habits. So, offer him some snacks accordingly.

Find toddler friendly Activities

Tips for Traveling with Toddlers

It can be a day out for a museum or any other place which you are interested in. But always find kids friendly activities during your trip. Some restaurants are with kids play area. If you use such place for your meal, your toddler will have a great time playing there. There are also playgrounds or other places which your kid can relax during the trip. If you cannot find kids friendly activities or if you didn’t plan that, simply a spacious area in a shopping mall or in a park is enough for them to play.

Find kid friendly accommodation

This is my favourite tip for any vacation. Don’t forget to book a kid friendly accommodation on your destination in order to keep your kids happy and engaged. Some accommodations are provided with kids’ swimming pool which is an ideal activity for toddlers. Other kid friendly facilities include kids playground and water play area. Kids love walking outdoors. Therefore, if your accommodation is with a spacious garden, that will be a happy place for your kids to experience the outdoor. Keep these points in mind before you book your accommodation at the destination.

How do you travel with your toddler?Do you have any other tips to share?Please comment below.

Sweeping the Garden in Sri Lanka

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My son had a good time and of course new experience sweeping the garden of his grand ma’s.Living in a flat in Singapore,he doesn’t get chance to involve in such garden activities.Here is how he enjoyed his time in Sri Lanka.

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Play Time and First Day at Playgroup

Play Time and First Day in Play Group

This is a photo I captured few weeks ago when we were out.My son found a playground and he had good time there.

Today he started his playgroup.Still I don’t have photos from his first day in Play group.We had a busy day at home.His nap time,breakfast time,wake up time,everything has changed suddenly.During last few days I tried to adjust him to a new routine.But,it seems I have to spend few more noisy mornings till he adjust to his new experience with playgroup… 🙂

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Snowy Bubbly Show at AMK Hub – Singapore

Last week I shared about the Magical Christmas Dream Party at AMK hub.We visited the shopping mall again during the night time to experience the Snowy bubbly show.

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Snowy Bubble Show at AMK Hub

It was fantastic for kids.My son also enjoyed his time catching bubbles and shouting and running here and there with other kids.

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Snowy Bubbly Show at AMK Hub

Snowy Bubble Show at AMK Hub

Snowy Bubble Show at AMK Hub

Snowy Bubble Show at AMK Hub

On one side,it was snow effects.Kids had great time experiencing ‘snow’ and it was great for both young and elders.

Snowy Bubble Show at AMK Hub

Snowy Bubble Show at AMK HubSee,lot of snow till kids get covered with some snow! 🙂

Snowy Bubbly Show at AMK HubMy son was bit surprised with his new experience.He was checking foam on his hands.

Snowy Bubbly Show at AMK Hub

Finally,it was a great night at AMK hub.

How about your week?Please share your posts with memories and stories.

Also Check easy ways to make Christmas memorable for kids.

 

Fun at Ang Mo Kio Central Playground

Singapore is full of kids friendly spots including playgrounds.There are lot of playgrounds around which you can visit with kids.Living in Ang Mo Kio,I always find colourful and beautiful playgrounds around the town which my son is happy to spend his time with lot of activities.

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At the Ang Mo Kio Central Playground

Last week we spent in Ang Mo Kio watching Christmas decorations,eating and playing.Simply it was a good day out for mom and son both.We found this playground near the Ang Mo Kio Central stage.We’ve been to this playground before.But,now it seems the play equipment are new.Few months ago,there were some other play equipment in this same playground.

Anyway,my son loved to spend his time playing there.

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He likes the slide.But still he doesn’t slide alone.He needs my help.

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He also found a way to play ‘Hide and Seek’. 🙂

Overall it was a happy day.

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