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Minimalist Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

Minimalist Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

We’re having a minimalist holiday! Mom said that she and Dad should teach me about what Christmas is really about – giving, spreading love, and basking in the holiday cheer. She says I have so many toys already, and she really doesn’t like how the […]

Favorite PreK Homeschool Printables & Resources – Pt. 1

Favorite PreK Homeschool Printables & Resources – Pt. 1

Happy New Year, everyone! Welcome to 2019. Our homeschool journey is seriously getting underway with the New Year. I feel like I’m having to start everything from scratch. Homeschool is not a familiar concept to me. I don’t recall knowing anyone who was homeschooled, and […]

“Learning Colors” – A Library Box of Children’s Books & Activities

“Learning Colors” – A Library Box of Children’s Books & Activities

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A Box of Children’s Books

My local library has a set of really cool boxes that kids like me can check out. They are full of children’s books and activities all centered around one theme. One box is has books that tell you about the world. It has a map puzzle, books by international authors, figurine doll toys that represent people from different cultures, and books that show me how different kids around the world live their lives. It was a lot of fun to play with the toys and read those stories. I was super young, so mom will probably check it out again so that we can read those stories again and again as I get older and understand more.

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“Learning Colors” Box of Children’s Books

The most recent box of children’s books that we checked out from the library is all about learning colors! There are big books and little books, short board books with textures, and longer story books with beautiful illustrations. The two games included in this box are extremely fun, too! One is a fishing game that’s super easy for me to play. The colorful felt fish have their color written/embroidered on them, and the fishing pole has velcro on the end so that I can “catch” the fish. There’s also a magnet game that let’s me sort colors out. I think both games are great for me because they’re entertaining. They’re also helpful for older kids who already know their colors because it helps them understand them better through these activities. 

What’s Inside the “Learning Colors” Box?

Here’s a list of everything in this box:
 Green – by Laura Vaccaro Seeger 
If Everything Were Pink – by Hannah Eliot (board book)
Colors – published by Alphaprints (board book)
Learn Every Day About Colors – A Gryphon House Book Edited by Kathy Charmer (activity book)
Bear Sees Colors – by Karma Wilson & Jan Chapman (hardback story book)
Press Here – by Herve Tullet (hardback story book)
The Day the Crayons Came Home – by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers (hardback story book)
Color Songs – by Sharon Novak (CD)
Yesterday I Found an A / The Color Caper – by Dreamscape (DVD)
Colorpillar Magnetic Maze – by Lakeshore
Let’s Go Fishing activity by Lakeshore

Which Books Do You Love?

It’s awesome that we can check this box out from the library, and it also gives mom ideas about which books and games I could really benefit from at home. I’m thinking she’s going to get me the fishing game. It’s my absolute favorite.

For more book ideas, check out the TGE Kids’ Book Club webpage and the TGE Kids’ Book Club Facebook Group!

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An Easter Basket of Thrifted Books

An Easter Basket of Thrifted Books

Easter Gifts Apparently Easter is turning into a mini-Christmas these days. Mom’s words, not mine. I haven’t been around for 2 years yet, but she’s ancient (almost 30, that’s a big number, right?), so she would know better than me. According to mom, the last […]

Toddler Thrift Haul Quarter 1 – 2018

Toddler Thrift Haul Quarter 1 – 2018

Mom and I went to the thrift store to make up for my latest growth spurt. 12 month clothes don’t really fit anymore, so I need 18 months, 24 months, and 2T clothes now! Mom loves “Half Price Days,” which are usually on holidays. So […]

Greyson’s Vintage Music Themed First Birthday Party

Greyson’s Vintage Music Themed First Birthday Party


Greyson Turned One

Greyson’s first birthday party (September 2017) mimicked his baby shower with the colors of white, black and gold. The theme was vintage music with our record player set out and the kids creating musical instruments of their own to take home! We’ve stuck with classic black, white, and gold colors for his baby shower and for his bedroom decor, as well. He loves music a lot, so we incorporated that into his 1st birthday party, too. I made most of the decor at home, including the backdrops, with help from one of my friends. Most pieces were simple items sourced from Dollar Tree, Five Below, and Walmart.

Decorations, Food, & More

Backdrops

I used streamers from Dollar Tree (black & white) & Target (gold) and attached them with tape to my photography backdrop stand.

Cakes

My sister-in-law is the owner and creator of Kelli B Cakes and she created Greyson’s birthday cake and cupcakes.

“ONE” Rag Tie Banner

Nancy of Nancy Kimsey of Little Lassies LLC creates beautiful photography props, ragtime banners, and other sewn items.

Piano Keys Diaper

We had to have a matching diaper for his birthday theme, and Alva Baby was my go-to place for it! They have several styles and prints and they are one of the most cost-effective diaper brands that provide good quality diapers.


xoxo mamas, papas, & tiny green earthling caregivers,
Addie
(Greyson’s Mom)

Hemp Overnight Cloth Diaper Solution

Hemp Overnight Cloth Diaper Solution

Overnight Cloth Diaper Solution I’ve been using cloth diapers since I was about a week old. After I turned one, the regular overnight cloth diaper just wasn’t working anymore, and mom was ready to throw in the towel! One day we visited our local cloth […]

Top 10 Eco-Friendly Baby Products at Target

Top 10 Eco-Friendly Baby Products at Target

Mommy loves Target, I just go along for the ride and hope she gets me something. My hope usually comes true. The Starbucks juice and milk are… juice and milk. They makes me happy. My favorite is the toy aisle. Oh! And The Dollar Spot. […]

Greyson’s Book of the Week: “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?”

Greyson’s Book of the Week: “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?”

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents
– Emilie Buchwald

From Addie, Greyson’s Mom:

Why we feature Greyson’s Book of the Week

Access to books at home is imperative to foster high literacy and learning skills for children. No matter what your income, skin color, or background is, books really do “take you places.” We try to read to/with Greyson every night. We’re not perfect – we may go 2 weeks without reading, but then we pick back up like we never left off. It is amazing to see how he already mimics reading. He LOVES it. We want to share our love for reading with you each week in hopes that you’ll learn about fun books and get a laugh out of our goofy antics. (more…)

Vintage Modern Gender Neutral Nursery

Vintage Modern Gender Neutral Nursery

Black, White, and Wood Tones “Vintage modern gender-neutral nursery” – that’s Mama’s description of my all-white nursery with black triangle decal accent wall and vintage wooden furniture. Mom loves my nursery – it’s her favorite room in the house. Based on the amount of love […]


Our All-Natural Birth Story

Our All-Natural Birth Story

Like all things Tiny Green Earthling (formerly Old World New Baby) related, we tried to be as natural as possible in our chldbirth journey.  We opted for minimal ultrasounds (we only got 3, and we didn’t find out the gender – that was a surprise), we chose a birth center and midwives, and I gave birth completely unmedicated.  We recorded a video talking about it all, so this post will be short and sweet and include just a few photos we took along the way.

Our Birth Story

Prenatal Journey Photos

 

The Day Greyson was Born

After he was born around 1 am, we took a nap, ate, and went home all within the next 8 hours.

And now, 3 months later

We hope you enjoyed our birth story video and some of the photos from along the way!  We’d love to hear any questions you have about natural pregnancy and childbirth and stories about your childbirth journey – ask/tell us in the comments below.

xoxo mamas, papas, & tiny human caregivers!

Addie