Monday, May 22, 2017

Mommy Monday Moment with Jenny


As you can imagine, in a house of seven, there are always things to be done.  Helping out is imperative.  We are very structured, routine parents.  You have to be to keep everything going smoothly.  I always say to myself anything after a shower is just bonus.  Children definitely thrive on predictable patterns, of course, with five children there are the occasions where days don’t fit into my ideal scenario.

  I often wonder why I never become a coffee drinker.  This past week has been filled with taekwondo, parent luncheons, softball, two orthodontist appointments, one well visit, and grocery shopping.  In between all of those responsibilities, I certainly found time to get Natty and Lauren outside, while WNY had some 85 degree weather.  I decided it would be a great day for the park.  Natalie is new to navigating the playgrounds, especially with other children.  This is her first spring/summer that she is really old enough to have fun outside.  


The park was loaded with moms and toddlers drippy with watermelon and Teddy Grahams crumbs.  I was beyond shocked on how well Natalie climbed, explored, watched, and took turns!  The week prior, when we played with our dolls, we practiced taking turns on our indoor Little Tykes slide.  I really emphasized the importance of walking to the slide and giving other friends space to climb up the stairs safely.  Natalie loved every time Lea slid down into the ball pit.


  This is also a great time to demonstrate using the slide correctly, especially if there are many friends at the playground, you want to show that sitting or standing or even climbing back up the slide it not safe when other children are going down.  Which I am sure none of our children have ever done J.  I couldn’t believe how she was able to use our dolly play in her first real big girl play.  Doll play is important and an easy way to teach toddlers positive traits like turning turns and being safe.
Thank you Jenny for sharing your Mommy Moment report with us today! 
Learn more about Jenny's Etsy Shop Rita Pita Boutique by clicking here.
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dolly Beach Day with items from My Girl Clothing Co Etsy Shop


After the long winter and wet spring my thoughts are turning to a hot summer beach day and My Girl Clothing Co Etsy shop has everything you need to enjoy a dollys day out!

This is one of my most favorite Etsy shops because I know that Donna loves these dolls as much as I do and believes in creating beautiful and functional doll items for doll lovers like us! With very detailed sets and even separates that are affordable, fun and really stylish! 

In her Beachwear shop alone she has more than 20 items to help you have the perfect dolly day at the beach. Click here to visit her Beachwear section in her My Girl Clothing Co Etsy Shop.
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Start Knitting Now For July!

As you may know I love abc-knitting-patterns.com and today I wanted to share this great project you can start now for July 4th! Or if you are in Canada like I am July 1st for Canada Day. This is a sweet summer knit that your dolls and girls will love. I love the little buttons too!
This is a free pattern offered on the the abc-knitting-patterns site and you can see it for yourself by clicking here. 
Thank you to abc-knitting-patterns.com for this and so many inspirational patterns for doll lovers!
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Merry Manatees Life's A Beach Skirt! For the Wellie Wishers Dolls

I loved this little skirt I saw on the Pixie Faire Website by Merry Manatees for the Wellie Wishers dolls. This little skirt has a really cute front and is a skirt that looks really easy to make!
With all the really sweet small patterned fabric choices these days you can make some really sweet skirts that are easy for the younger doll lovers to put on their dolls!
Click here for this pattern from Merry Manatees on the Pixie Faire Website. 
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

My Tea Time Fabric Panels Success Story!

Today I am pleased to share with you my completed Tea Time Fabric Panel Purple Basket Quilt and Nightie Set. I will be absolutely honest and tell you it has been over 9 months since I last sewed anything! So I was very worried about even pulling out and dusting off the sewing machine since our move. I am however thrilled to tell you that it is like riding a bike and once I got the machine set up it was smooth sailing.
Once I ironed and cut it out it went together really easy like a puzzle.
I think that my niece is going to love how easy this is to get on her dolly!
I am at best a craft sewer, and I am an impatient one at that. I liked how easy and quick this kit was to make. The only thing I needed was my machine, thread and scissors!
If you are thinking of trying out one of these kits like I did you can find Tea Time Fabric Panels on Etsy by clicking here.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Craft Gossip Found A Great Tutorial For Doll Sized Ice Cream You Have To See!

Craft Gossip is a newsletter I get daily and look forward to reading. This past week they shared a Russian Tutorial for how to make perfect little dolly ice cream cones that I really want to share with all of you.

The tutorial is quite detailed and very impressive. While these are mostly for earrings and necklaces they are perfect for doll play too. Made from Polymer Clay, and with really detailed images you will be able to follow along and create fun treats for your own dolls!
Click here for the translated tutorial I found on Craft Gossip 

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Repurpose these mini jars into Dolly Summer Drinks!

Madelon is sharing her idea for transforming these mini jars of sequins into dolly summer drinks.
For Under $10 you can make a dozen dolly drinks. Perfect for a party craft for sure! You can even leave the sequins in for color or remove and paint the inside.

You can cut thin straws to dolly height and then use a little hot glue to secure them in place.
Thank you for this idea Madelon! We love it!
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Monday, May 15, 2017

A Mommy Monday Moment with Jenny of The Rita Pita Boutique Shop...

Big kids off to school, on the big yellow baby snatcher?...Check!  Double stroller loaded into the van?...Double check!  Natty and Logee (Lauren) strapped in the van?...Triple check!  Don't you just love a great rainy Monday morning, struggling in the Kohl's parking lot, as you exchange words with a stroller that is not as easy to open as the company claims?  So now, that I've officially broke a sweat exercising with this baby contraption in the parking lot, we've made it into the store.  I peel back a banana for Natty and hand Lauren a little dolly so she can teethe on the leg.  I settle up with the coupons, one on my phone, a mailer, and one really good one I've been saving.  Excited, I love coupons!  I locate a simple coral and cream striped top for Natty's second birthday party this weekend, and then, of course, sneak over to the American Girl Doll section.  Still loaded with Tenney and Logan.  Super cute dolls, made the original way, except the packaging.  However, that made me think of "Z", now she has the sewn on panties, which has everyone in an uproar. 


Photo courtesy of Madelon

 I can't say that I care too much either way, as long as the quality is still there, but I've read that it is lacking.  Oh great, Natty hands me ¼ section, of the middle of her banana, and asks me to put it in my pocket.  Instead, she gently places it on Lauren's leg and Lauren, as babies do, kicks her legs out, the banana rolls on the tile and I roll over the banana.  Clean up - in the American Girl Doll section.  After many" aww how sweet they are", "you have your hands full", "oh, I thought they we're going to be twins"," I thought I had it bad!"  and I replied - "yes they are sweet", "I have three more in school", "they are 16 months apart", "nope, I guess I win", we head to the cash out.  I am able to use only one of the three coupons, the other expired and the really good one was for JC Penney's, whoops!


                So happy Kaitlyn left me with something to do when I got home!  I'm sure I could think of nothing else that needed to be done in a house of seven.  She put Lea downstairs, so I could fix her hair, when the babies went down for their afternoon naps.  Easy fix, she did two simple low braids.  When she took the braids out of the doll's hair it was left a smidge wavy. Just mist the wavy section with water and gently brush the hair using a wire brush, it may take several attempts, depending how long the braids were in the doll's hair.  If it is a doll like Molly or Kaya that come with braids be patient, over time, the waves will lessen.
                So now that the afternoon has quieted down, I can relax, by relax I mean prep dinner, vacuum, do laundry (3 loads), clean a bathroom, and empty the dishwasher.  Happy Monday...



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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Target Makes Dolly Outdoor Decor You Need!

Madelon has kindly found use some really exciting string lights that would work perfectly with your dolly outdoor patio!
I am all for taking doll play outdoors and think these lights make twilight spring and summer outdoor play or sleep over indoor pretend play so much fun!
At $5 these little lights will not break your doll play deceor bank or budget!

These mini led lights were only $3
These patio lantern style ones are adorable also!
Keep your eyes open for these sweet fun finds at your local Target!

Thank you Madelon for these fun finds!
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Sleepwear Finds For Girls and Their Dolls At Khols!

Today Madelon is reminding me of how much I wish we had Khols here in Canada! These sweet Spring and Summer Pj sets for girls and dolls are in shop now and what a treat it would be to have a few sets of these for my own nieces.
Unicorn Dreams!
and summer time treats these are super cute!
There is something for every girls taste and color preference at Khols! I wish I could pop in myself!
Keep these sweet sets in mind when you are shopping! They would make excellent gifts now and to put away!
Thank you Madelon for this wonderful fun find and for sharing it with all of us!
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