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Every new Father is important and we as mothers know what we need. But what do dads of preemies need? This post will highlight all the important items you need for your home for your premature baby.
Our son Malakai was born at 24.5 weeks gestation and it was a scary time for all of us, especially his dad. I’ve had 3/4 premature babies and I’ve never seen my husband so attentive to our babies in the NICU except Malakai. Of course he was concerned with all of them but none of them had the complications Malakai had. I’ve wanted to make a round-up of all the items that a dads of preemies need to put his mind at ease.
VTech VM981 Expandable HD Video Baby Monitor with 1 Wi-Fi Camera, 5” Touch Screenis the perfect video monitor to see your new baby at all times. It hooks up to your smart phone and a 5″ touch screen so you’re able to go from room to room with the comfort of knowing if your baby is ok. The VTech VM981 Expandable Video Monitor can zoom in 10X to your desired view and the picture is always crystal clear. Grab it on Amazon here.
White Noise Machines are important because they help clear out the silence. Preemies have been surrounded by alarms, talking, pokes and prods all while they were in the hospital, it’s important to have something that clears it all out.
Cool-Mist Humidifier, I say cool-mist because the warm-mist humidifier can be a burn hazard for children. The air is the same temperature when it hits your child’s lungs but the cool mist seems to be more effective for preemies.
Large Water Dispensers can be found at your local hardware store or in Utah they have a company that you can rent from. Some can deliver the large bottles to your home or you can fill it up at a local grocery store too. I like the large water dispensers because they have a hot and cold function. This is great for making bottles, just do half and half, or even warming bottles. Bottle warmers are handy but can cause hot spots just like a microwave.
Smart Thermometers can hook right into your headphone jack on your phone and you can get a reading for their temperature right there. It also saves the history of the fevers so that you can give our doctor an accurate report.
Technology is not necessary for everything but the items above are, in my opinion, an absolute must. These help your kids transition from hospital to home very easily. Dads of preemies everywhere are going to want these great items for their kids.For more information on the VTech VM981, visit VTech here and on Facebook. Now tell me, what’s your favorite tech items for babies?
Create this super easy Fourth of July craft using your Cricut. I love the streamers and the pop of color it adds to this festive holiday.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I’ve been seeing these confetti poppers around for years and I’ve been wanting to make them for something special. What better time to have confetti poppers than the Fourth of July? This project takes less than 15 minutes and it’s the perfect Fourth of July craft.I’ve joined up with other bloggers for Craft Lightning again and this months project is Fourth of July. That’s the best thing about this project, nothing needs to be perfect and you can go as small or large in the confetti bits as you’d like. I found my metallic shred at Dollar Tree but if you don’t have one, I’ve included the Amazon link below.
Mix all the metallic fringe together and place it into the treat holder. Add the lid on top and cut away any stray fringe. Adhere your sticker to the front and pass around for everyone to make the largest mess in history but also one they’ll always remember. Follow this tutorial for the Print then Cut feature with the Cricut.To pop them you just push the stick hard and it’ll spray all over. The less pressure you use then the less spray you’ll get. Push hard to get that awesome effect for this Fourth of July craft.To see more easy Fourth of July craft ideas, check out the Craft Lighting. I always love seeing what other bloggers come up with. See what I’ve done in the past too!
Learn how easy it is to personalize Easter eggs using your Cricut Explore and the Print then Cut method in Design Space.
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This is such a fun and easy way to personalize Easter eggs using your Cricut Explore. Just use the Print then Cut feature and you’re set. I grabbed some eggs from the Dollar Spot at Target and then the wheels started turning.
I like to use the printable vinyl when I’m putting the stickers on a non-flat surface because it’s thinner and more pliable.Once you’ve opened the Cricut file with the images already sized for you, select Go. It will bring up a print and mat preview and then select Go again. Go ahead and load your printable vinyl into your printer and then select that green print page button. The print prompt screen will show up and go ahead and print the paper like you normally would a regular image.Load your printed vinyl onto a mat and set your smart dial to vinyl. This will give it the perfect kiss cut that all stickers need. Once your mat is loaded, select the go button and the Cricut will now start reading your registration marks and then it will begin cutting.Unload your mat and get your eggs ready. Just peel and stick the stickers right on there and you’ll have the perfect personalized Easter eggs to enjoy throughout the holiday. And since they’re plastic, you can enjoy them next year too!
This quick and easy Mothers Day wreath makes the perfect gift. It’s the perfect addition to your door in the Springtime.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I’m so excited to be joining in on another Craft Lighting. I’ve made so many easy crafts that are darling and make the perfect gift for anyone but today we’re going to make the perfect Mothers Day gift by making an easy Mothers Day Wreath with cupcake liners and some ribbon.
Wreath Form (try to get a similar color to your liners)
This mothers day wreath was so easy to make. Just buy a bunch of cupcake liners and the best place to buy bulk is online. I grabbed these ones at the dollar store and I bought 8 packages which was more than enough for a 16″ wreath form. The reason I like these ones is because they are not a true white, they are more of an antique finish and almost have a wax paper consistency.To begin, take one of your liners and grab the bottom and pull up so that it creates a longer, skinnier liner. Place some glue on your wreath form and quickly add the liners. Repeat this as much as you like. I chose a lot of liners because I want a full wreath but you go for it however full you want it. I also suggest you use the low temperature on your glue gun or else you’ll end up with a lot of burns…just talking about a friend of mine.You’ll leave a space blank and add your flowers. I grabbed my faux poppies from Michaels and removed them from the stem. I placed quite a bit of glue on the back of the flower and pressed. I began with my flowers and added my leaves as I went to fill in the spaces. Once your flowers are arranged how you like it, add in more liners to complete the look. Next take some ribbon, I love this muslin ribbon and it matches the antique look I’m going for. You can take long strands and tie them together in the middle so you have a sort of tail looking ribbon or you can take extra tong strands and tie them in a bow. I like the look of flowy ribbons so I did the first option. I think that with this muslin ribbon it looks better the longer it is. Cut the ends on a diagonal and then attach it to your wreath. You can also do this a number of ways by just gluing the knotted part of the ribbon to the underside of the form, you could also tie your ribbon on beforehand and then glue all the liners to the form. Again, this is your project so do it how you like.Once it’s dry and complete, give it to your mama. I know my mom will love her Mothers Day wreath and its something that looks great all year round. I’d love to see your creations so tag me on Instagram or Facebook. Happy Mothers Day!
Check out all the other Craft Lightning projects and gather more inspiration for the perfect Mothers Day gift that won’t take you a lot of time!”“
Have you ever wondered how to upload an image into Cricut Design Space? I’m going to show you how easy it is to upload your own .jpeg files so you can cut them on your Cricut. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post.
You first want to find an image you like or your can scan a drawing of your own and convert it to a .jpeg file. I found these ladybugs on Adobe Stock because I have an account. You can easily find an image online that you like and use it for personal use. Please don’t take other people’s hard work and pass it off as your own unless you pay for it.
So because we’re uploading an image of your own, we first want to make sure it’s saved to our computer in the right format. Cricut Design Space accepts .jpeg, .png, .svg, .gif, .bmp and .dxf files. If you have any other file that needs to be converted, there are websites dedicated to converting your file into the file you desire, you just need to google it and it’ll show up.
Now let’s get to it, you’re going to select to make a new canvas by clicking on the Create New Project link.Next, select the upload images on the left side of the screen.And then select Upload Image.Now you’ll select Browse and find your image that you’ve saved to your computer and select Open.Once you’ve brought in your image, it will be time to edit it. For .jpeg and .png, there is the option to select and deselect things you want and don’t want. I like to choose complex image for more detailed images and simple for images I just want to cut outer edges of. For the other files, it will bring it in and you can just select right away if you want it to be a cut or print then cut file.Select the negative space and whatever part of the image you don’t want using your mouse and select Continue. Whatever you do not want to show will be the transparent squares that are in the background. After you’ve edited your image, the next screen will allow you to choose whether you want a Print then Cut image or just a Cut image. When you choose the cut, only the places that were not selected in the edit screen will be cut. Go ahead and save your image with some keywords so you can search for it later and then you’ll also be able to find it by the other images you’ve uploaded. Select it and add it to your canvas.I cut out 12 images of the ladybug, 3 of each color and arranged them on my 10″x10″ canvas.You’ll next use some hot glue to secure them in place. This is not necessary but these are tiny pins here for my apothecary style art so I didn’t want them sliding all over the place. Once they’re at the place you want them at, go ahead and add your mini pins to make it look like a small piece of art just like the Japanese style art with live bugs and frame them.Add it to your mantel or shelves and enjoy this Valentine’s Day art project you made all on your own using your own images you’ve uploaded into Cricut Design Space.
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It’s so easy to make these DIY Valentines Mailboxes using your Cricut Explore and Iron-On Vinyl..This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 with this project but to be honest, you don’t need it. Just take a printout of the words you want to use on your mailbox, trace it onto some Iron-On Vinyl and then cut it out with scissors.
I found these cute felt mailboxes in the dollar section at Target and thought they were darling. They also have mini metal ones or a larger felt mailbox too. I was really tempted to get them but I’ve got a budget I need to stick with!I used some silver and gold iron-on vinyl and I used this method to apply it onto my mini DIY Valentine’s Mailboxes. A really quick and easy Valentine’s Day craft that is sure to please anyone.
Create the perfect holiday Rice Krispie Treats. Shape them into trees, wreaths, stockings and even gingerbread men. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
For us, making holiday Rice Krispies treats has now become a tradition. We usually do the traditional shapes of the gingerbread man and the pine tree. I have a certain recipe ratio that I follow that makes it super easy for me to remember and I don’t need to measure a thing.
I begin by melting the entire bag of marshmallows with the stick of butter. I like the have them melt at the same speed so I add the together at the same time. I stir occasionally until the marshmallow starts to liquefy and then I stir it constantly. Now is when you’ll want to add your food coloring.
In a separate bowl, add your box of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal or your Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies cereal. Pour the marshmallow mixture over and mix well. I like to grease my bowl and grease my rubber spatula so I can get all the goodness.
Next, spread your mixtures into greased jelly roll pans and allow it to cool and solidify. This process took me about 10 minutes from the time I poured to the time we cut. In the Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies cereal, I added brown food coloring and they seemed to be a lot more buttery in texture and flavor. This kind is my new favorite.
We then cut out circles, trees and gingerbread men out of our Rice Krispies mix and began to decorate. I used some colored sprinkles for the lights on the pine trees, I used red and black gel for the gingerbread men Rice Krispies. I found all the ingredients I needed for decorating in the bakery aisle at Target. Now you have the most perfect Holiday Rice Krispie treats just in time for Christmas. Or use this same recipe to make Emoji Rice Krispie Treats.
Make these DIY Christmas Ornaments using your Cricut Explore or use a simple holiday paper punch. Add it to clear ornaments and you have your very own customized Christmas ornaments.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I love Christmas and I love decorating for Christmas. Unfortunately this year I won’t be doing any of it. We’re off to the islands and we can’t wait. I do, however, have this mini red tree that I put up so I decided to make some DIY Christmas ornaments so that we can have an easy peasy Christmas. When we get home after the new year, the kids will have some presents underneath this tiny tree to come home too. I’m just glad it will be a little bit decorated.Supplies:
I began by cutting out the adhesive foil using my Cricut Explore (or if you don’t have one, just use a small paper punch). I double cut my shapes because I wanted to be sure that I had a good, clean release with the vinyl.
I next took each tree and folded the wire in half. I took off the tops of the ornament and used my tweezers to hold onto the tree. I dipped the wire into some hot glue and pushed it into the hole in the ornament. I held onto the tree for about 60 seconds so that it would hold straight once I let go.I used a small funnel to get the snow paper into the ornament. I had to use my tweezers to help push through the paper because it was all different sizes and so I made a huge mess. I chose this snow paper because of the iridescence. I then placed the top of the ornament back on and held onto it while I prepared my foil.I peeled the backing off my adhesive foil and placed three snowflakes on each ornament. I’ll probably end up putting some ribbon on the orbs to add some dimension. I made this paper Christmas Village using grey and red paper and then placed the adhesive foil snowflakes to add an ornamental detail. To get more ornament inspiration, visit these other bloggers and see what they made! Marry Christmas!