Monday, December 23, 2013

Sign Language Update: 20 Months Old, 43 signs!

Signing Banana

  1. milk
  2. more
  3. food/ eat
  4. bug
  5. horse
  6. do
  7. dad
  8. cow
  9. apple
  10. cracker
  11. thank you
  12. baby
  13. help (not the ASL sign but baby sign)
  14. water
  15. hat
  16. nose
  17. ball
  18. bird 
  19. grandpa
  20. all done 
  21. outside
  22. cat 
  23. hair
  24. grandma (uses father sign)
  25. grandpa (uses father sign)
  26. mouse
  27. please

New signs:

  • Orange
  • Nut
  • Cereal
  • Tree
  • Sign
  • Time
  • Book
  • Mama!
  • Juice
  • Flower
  • Chicken
  • Pig
  • Juice
  • Light
  • Thank you 
  • Banana
We hadn't been watching Signing Time that often and hadn't learned many signs lately (we'd been watching Winnie-the-Pooh a lot!)  Then his grandma gave us a new puzzle with jungle animals and we started watching the "Zoo Train" episode of Signing Time, as well as others like the food episode.  He's been responding really well to learning new signs so we're gonna keep at it!  He even asks to watch it by signing "signing time."  He can say (with prompting) phrases like "more cereal please mama."  It's so amazing as he still isn't verbally saying more than "mama" and "dada" but knows and uses at least 43 ASL signs!  He is babbling so much more since we weaned him from the pacifier and is just starting to mimic, which most children do at a younger age but is a good sign for spoken language development.  I can't wait for him to speak more but his signing skills continue to amaze me!

If you want to read more about Robbie's sign language, click here!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Cloth Diaper Favorites for my 19 Month Old

I made a video in response to Kayla from Obbsandlala, who created this "tag". A tag video is when someone "tags" you to film the same video topic. No one tagged me yet but that's okay! These are great questions to answer for those curious about cloth diapers or if people want to try something new.  Her video is available here so check it out!
The questions ( and my answers) are:
  • Favorite style (aio, pocket, ai2, fitted, prefold, hybrid etc): 
    • Pockets for day, fitteds and wool at night
  • Favorite brands:
  • Favorite color:
    • Tootie Fruitie (hate the name), Choco Truffle
  • Favorite prints:
    • That I own: Scottish Storm, favorite: chevron, I prefer solids
  • Favorite closure (snaps, aplix, pin, snappi):
    • Snaps for sure!
  • Favorite type (one-size or sized):
    • One size
  • Favorite diaper in your stash:
    • Tootie Frutie FB
  • Favorite overnight/naptime diaper:
    • Tots Bots Bamboozle
  • Favorite swim diaper:
    • An unstuffed Fuzzibunz
  • Favorite laundry detergent:
    • Tide!
  • Favorite diaper cream:
  • Favorite cloth wipes:
  • Favorite fabric (for cloth diapers):
    • Microfleece
  • Favorite fabric (for cloth wipes):
    • I don't have a preference but Thirsties are made of cotton velour and microfleece
  • Favorite wipe solution:
    • Water or water with baby soap
  • Favorite storage items (pail, pail liner, wet bags):
  • Favorite place to purchase:
  • Favorite thing about cloth diapers: 
    • To pick only one: I don't have to go out to buy diapers all the time 
I answered each question more thoroughly in the video so make sure to watch that out as well.

If you're interested in my favorite cloth diapers, check out my reviews.  If you have any questions, leave me a comment!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Homemade Play-doh with Ingredients from Your Kitchen

I've been wanting to make this for a long time and I finally did it: I made my own play-doh! 

I've been putting it off as I didn't have the cream of tartar that just about every recipe calls for and I was also nervous about Robbie eating it. Yes, this recipe is made from natural ingredients (except I used conventional food coloring) but I still don't want him eating a bunch of salt dough. I finally decided it will be a fun experiment either way and I want to start introducing new sensory experiences to him. 

I found many recipes on Pinterest that are just about the same: 
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Optional: food coloring (I used about 5 drops of McCormick food coloring)

With the first batch, I mixed the dry ingredients together in a bowl and tried adding boiling water, the oil and food coloring to the bowl. I saw a few comments on this Pin from Musings of a SAHM that said that is a quicker way to form the dough. I don't know what I did differently but it did not work for me. I didn't take pictures of the first batch so I can't show what it looked like but it was the consistency of smooth mashed potatoes. I let it cool a bit to see if that helped and it didn't. I then put it on the stove like how the original recipe is made and almost immediately it came together like her picture.  I then kneaded it to make it smoother and put it a plastic storage container. 
I decided to make a second batch and document it this time. I used the stove from the start instead and since I ran out of cream of tartar, I used vinegar, a suggestion from the comments of the original recipe as a replacement.  I combined the flour, salt and added 2 tsp of vinegar. Then I added the water and oil.

Once the wet and dry ingredients were mixed, I added the food coloring, before it started to stick together. I then turned the heat on to medium. It started to stick together pretty quickly, probably since my pan and burner were already warm. It was obvious at this point that this is how it should be thickening, not like when I tried adding the boiling water to the bowl.  It was not the consistency of mashed potatoes but was fluffy, just like when I  moved the first batch to the stove. 

Success!  The vinegar seems to be a fine substitute for the cream of tartar but since we haven't used it yet, time will tell. I kneaded this one as well and stored it in a plastic container. It makes about 2 cups per batch.
I can't wait until morning so Robbie can play with it!

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