I'm a crafty & creative mama.
I like to plan parties for my boys and sew them outfits & make them fun gifts. I've been thinking lately though, that a lot of my efforts in being creative towards the kids involve special occasions & things that they really are too young to appreciate or really care about.
I'm not saying that I don't want to do these things for the boys-- I do. I love pulling together ideas to celebrate their birthdays in style. I am so proud when I see them dressed in an appliqued shirt & a pair of pants I made for them. These things are just small ways that I show my mama love for my boys & I have no intentions of quitting these things.
What I really want to do is to make sure that (in addition to those things) I'm putting my creative energy towards things that my boys will enjoy right now. I have so many fun activities/crafts pinned on Pinterest that I've seen and thought, "That's a great idea!"-- but the boys are either too young for some of the activities or I just pin them & forget about them.
Last week, when I was strolling through the Dollar Spot at Target I stopped to look at all of the Halloween stuff-- glow sticks were 2/$1, glow bracelets were 15/$1 and a mini black light was $2.50. It all went into the cart. That night, when he finished dinner, Liam had a bath.
Three purple glow sticks, the mini black light & a handful of bracelets-- He couldn't wait to get in & play!
I can't even describe how much he loved it-- He stayed in the tub for an hour and a half saying, "Nice Bath!" & "These are nice bracelets!" After he's felt SO crappy for the past week, it was really good to be able to let him do something really fun-- and the steam (we emptied and refilled the tub several times) was great for his croup!
I stocked up on glow sticks & bracelets & we've done several more glow baths since that first night!
A little money saving tip I've learned so that we don't go broke buying glow sticks: You can freeze them & they will last more than one night-- They stop glowing when the liquid inside freezes, but they'll glow again once they defrost!
There are some more fun bath things that I'd like to do-- I've seen some DIY glow in the dark bath paint that would be fun to make. I'd also like to get some glow in the dark stars and put them all over the bathroom or Liam's bedroom to surprise him one night.
Hopefully, this is the first of many fun new activities for the boys!