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Kid’s Calendar & How To Organize Electronic Time

I just took a big sigh before I started typing. Wii and iPad time. Where do I begin? My son’s only desire for Christmas was to get a WiiU. We held it off for so long, and quite frankly my husband and I wanted one too because we’re nerds like that. Finally around Christmas time we gave in. I knew it would eventually become a problem ripping my children away from this brain sucking device, and indeed I was right. Eventually both the Wii and the iPad (iPad always being a problem) became an addiction to the kids and a babysitter to them also. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and place for these marvelous devices. I love them too. I remember spending hours trying to “save The Princess”, searching almost endlessly only to get the message that The Princess was in another castle.

As the addiction (my kid’s addiction, not mine:) progressed, I finally had to do something about it. I tried a lot of different things, and talked to a lot of parents about what they do, because apparently I’m not the only one who has to deal with this. I came to the conclusion of having them be able to play any electronic they wanted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This worked out well, but there were still more kinks. My kids are young enough to not know when Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays are, so I had to go visual. My oldest also had other activities going on and would ask every day if  ”tomorrow was swim lessons”. So all of this leads up to how I came up with my calendar.

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Guys, unfortunately there is no free download for this or Cricut dycut you can purchase. I considered doing these routes, but the old school free hand won out due to time and patience. If I can do this, ANYONE can. Trust me. I’m no artist and am not good at free handing things. However, I did this for the sole purpose of visual aides for my kids, so it is what it is. I’m sure you could get a lot crazier with it. As holidays come up, I make other icons for it (icons? wingdings? don’t know what to call them). Oh, and how do you like the weird looking cats? That’s to remind them to feed my mom’s cat, obviously! ha.

Kid's Calendar Electronics

Pictured is my simple version of the calendar. Each day we move the arrow so the kids know what is going on that day, and most importantly they can see if it’s a Wii/iPad day. Now, on the Wii/iPad days, this doesn’t mean they get to sit on these devices all day long. Oh no. This is still a privilege and I let them know this. Because my kids aren’t in school yet (besides preschool) we have a lot of at-home time. So they get to play only before naps, and even then it’s not a guaranteed “right” that they have. In fact, since I’ve instilled this calendar I’ve noticed they ask less and less to play, and end up choosing to ride bikes and be outside during their electronic time anyway. So it definitely has worked out for us. Every once in a while they can earn a little bit of electronic time when dad gets home too.

If you end up making one for your family, I’d love to hear about it and see it!

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Easter Bunny Pom Pom Wreath

For years I’ve been wanting to make a cute Easter wreath, but couldn’t think of how to make it somewhat unique and my style. Then this year I thought of making a pom pom wreath (not an original idea), but put a bunny ear spin on it! Let me just tell you, the making of pom pom wreaths are NOT for the faint of heart. However, it is worth every moment I put in to making those darn fluffy poms! I spent a few late nights with just me, Veronica Mars, and the pom pom maker. I’m really happy about the way it turned out. I considered putting some rabbit buck teeth in the wreath too but when it came down to it, with the teeth in, it made the wreath look like a giant mouth which is not what I was going for. It could be cute though.

Easter Bunny Pom Pom Wreath

Anyway, here’s how it was done.

Supplies-

pom pom maker

4 skeins of thicker yarn

straw wreath

strips of white fabric (to wrap straw wreath)

hot glue

felt

cardstock

 

First, I studied this video that my homegirls made on how to use a pom pom maker. I decided to make all of my pom poms the same size, and pretty large. I ended up using 4 skeins of yarn.

After all of my pom poms were made, I took an old white sheet and cut long strips. Then I wrapped the straw wreath with the strips and hot glued it on. This is just so that no straw shows after it is completed and the back of the wreath is white. It doesn’t need to be fancy or perfect.

Then I started gluing. Glue the poms on however you want it to look. It was a tough decision for me because I like the “random” look, but with all uniform poms, it ended up looking like 3 rows instead, which is fine.

Take your cardstock and sketch out how you want your ears to look. Mine were about 11″ tall. Cut your felt to match the cardstock and hot glue the felt onto the cardstock. Then cut out the inner ear and hot glue that onto the white part of the ear. Make sure to make two of everything so you have two ears (obviously)! I was torn because I first wanted to make the inner ears pink, but thought that was too predictable, so I got a dark grayish blue. Now I’m wishing I used pink, but whatever. Ha!

Easter Bunny Pom Pom Wreath

Place the ears on the back of the wreath. Decide how far apart you’d like them, then glue them to the back of the wreath. You’re DONE! Happy Easter!

Easter Bunny Pom Pom Wreath

Blessing

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May’s blessinh dress was made from the beautiful clothing shop Chasing Mini.

Update

On 04, Mar 2014 | One Comment | In Photography | By Heather Mildenstein

Well, I’ve been pretty busy lately, but decided to put up some pictures to document what we’ve been up to!

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Cozy Pillows

On 25, Feb 2014 | No Comments | In Uncategorized | By Heather Mildenstein

We love pillows here in the Mildenstein home. Like, really. Matt and I generally sleep with three pillows EACH! Recently we were sent deliciously comfy pillows from REST Sleep Technology, and we love them. My favorite thing about them? You can squish them any way you’d like and the memory foam inside makes it hold it’s shape. I can squish it behind my back and sleep like a princess. I can prop sweet baby May up with it and she’s happy as a clam! And using it as a regular pillow is a dream! I don’t endorse products that I don’t love, and I love this! Thanks REST!

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Stylist Lindsey Shores

On 25, Nov 2013 | One Comment | In Photography | By Heather Mildenstein

Local celebrity stylist Lindsey Shores needed head shots and came to me for a little session. Isn’t she beautiful? You should check out her amazing work on her website, lindsetshores.com

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Model Babies

On 25, Nov 2013 | No Comments | In Photography | By Heather Mildenstein

After a product shoot with these darling kids last week, I just had to snap a few extra pictures of them for their mama. Aren’t they just beautiful?!

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Ashmae Books

I’m super proud of my cousin Ashley Hoiland for writing and publishing not one, but FOUR beautiful books! I had the opportunity to photograph them and I couldn’t be more happy about the way they turned out.

You can purchase the books over on Ashmae.com

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Back to School & Children’s Portraits!

On 27, Aug 2013 | 2 Comments | In Photography | By Heather Mildenstein

I’ll be honest, after my long break from shooting children’s sessions I’ve really started to miss it. I thought I’d do a few little Short Shoots again to feed my hunger.

Now that school is back in session it’s time to get new pictures of your kids. Don’t have kids in school? You can still get photos of your children through this great offer!

AUGUST 31ST-SEPTEMBER 7TH- space is limited!
at my home studio in Provo, UT

Short Shoots include:

20 minute shooting session
10 of the best images, edited on a disc to use however you’d like (or I can email the images to you directly so it’s quicker and easier for you- your choice though).

$50 flat rate, + $20 per extra sibling

Email me at: heathermildenstein@gmail.com to book a session

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Back to School & Children’s Portraits

On 27, Aug 2013 | No Comments | In Photography | By Heather Mildenstein

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AUGUST 31ST-SEPTEMBER 7TH
at my home studio in Provo, UT

Short Shoots include:

20 minute shooting session
10 of the best images, edited on a disc to use however you’d like

$50 flat rate, + $20 per extra sibling

Email me at: heathermildenstein@gmail.com to book a session