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Babies & Bumps 2015 Recap

Babies & Bumps 2015 Recap

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A Passion for Thrifted Fashion

A Passion for Thrifted Fashion

Affordable Style

  By Phoebe Verkouw It’s May…

Party Planning—Without the Stress!

Party Planning—Without the Stress!

It's Party Time

By Gigi Mallatt • Photography by…

Take Dad Out to the Ball Game!

Take Dad Out to the Ball Game!

Father's Day Gift Idea's for the 7th-Inning Stretch

  By Shannon Smith Buy him…

ThePoodlums: Rockin’ Music Therapy

ThePoodlums: Rockin’ Music Therapy

Feet Stomping, Hand Clapping Goodness

By: Jordan Venema Photography by Samantha…

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Take Dad Out to the Ball Game!
26 May 2015 18:24

  By Shannon Smith Buy him some peanuts and crackerjacks—show that important Dad in your life that you’re his #1 fan with one of these ‘outta the park’ picks for Father’s Day!

Party Planning—Without the Stress!
26 May 2015 17:47

By Gigi Mallatt • Photography by Ligia Ann Photography Have you ever attended a birthday party where the host or hostess is running around frantic, panicked, and completely stressed out? Chances are, the planning of t [ ... ]

Soothing the Stings, Bites, and Burns of Summer
26 May 2015 17:00

By Ashley Talmadge Ahhh, summer! The joy of being in the great outdoors seems endless. Yet, the season also brings an abundance of biting insects, harsh sunrays, and rash-producing plants. When exuberant squeals turn in [ ... ]

ThePoodlums: Rockin’ Music Therapy
26 May 2015 16:30

By: Jordan Venema Photography by Samantha DeLeon Photography | SamanthaDeleonPhotography.wordpress.com The Poodlums break down musical equipment as children approach them shyly. “I just wanted to say you guys did rea [ ... ]

Shannon & Raychell’s June Juice Challenge
22 May 2015 20:24

  Edited by Shannon Smith After the article on juicing last month, Raychell and I were inspired to give an all juice cleanse a try. I had been feeling a little run down, not sleeping well, and relying on Dutch Bro [ ... ]

Meet Jordan
22 May 2015 19:56

  Sacramento Parent’s newest writer on moving to Sactown and his non-traditional approach to fatherhood By Michelle McDaid Name: Jordan Venema Children: Cassian, 6 years-old Writer, Jordan Venema is Sacramen [ ... ]

Considering Day Camp?
30 Apr 2015 17:19

  10 Questions to Ask   Fortunately, we live in an area where there are camp options to meet every interest, price range, and schedule throughout Greater Sacramento. Knowing your options, as well as your chi [ ... ]

The Gift of Camp: Skill, Adventure & All Kinds of ...
28 Apr 2015 20:22

    By Gayla Grace I treasure the stories my children tell after arriving home from camp. Their daily adventures include experiences that build character and bond relationships. Every camp has a unique way o [ ... ]

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By Heidi Kundin

Visual stimulation is vital to an infant's development and babies love to gaze at swaying object as they drift off to sleep!  Why not make your baby’s mobile personal and colorful by creating it yourself?

Materials: 10" embroidery hoop (inner ring only), string/fishing line, paper, scissors and glue*

Begin by choosing a color palette and theme for your mobile. If you wish to use a different theme, choose shapes that are symmetrical in order to create a three dimensional effect. Mix it up!

Directions:

  • Paint your embroidery hoop and allow to dry.
  • Cut six lengths of string approximately 20" long each.
  • Cut your shapes out of paper: For each two dimensional object (clouds and raindrops) that will hang on your mobile, cut two identical shapes to serve as the front and back sides. For each three dimensional object (hot air balloons), cut 6 shapes and fold each one in half.
  • To assemble two dimensional objects: sandwich a section of string between two matching shapes and glue them together.
  • To form three dimensional objects:  Join two shapes together by gluing the right half of one to the left half of another. Make sure that the edges are lined up. Continue gluing the remaining shapes together, and insert a length of string for hanging before gluing your final pair of shapes.
  • When all your items have been adhered to your lengths of string, tie the ends around your embroidery hoop and secure with a double knot. Make sure that the items are evenly spaced and balanced around the hoop to ensure that it will hang correctly.
  • Use string or ribbon to hang your mobile from the ceiling.

* Note: Rubber cement works well for this project because it does not wrinkle paper, and it allows time to line up the edges of your shapes perfectly. Use rubber cement in a well-ventilated area.

Heidi Kundin is the mom of 3 and author of www.happinessishomemade.net