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Thoughtful Thursday: Selfless Gift

Thoughtful Thursday

Many of our Thoughtful Thursday posts have been about children raising money for charitable causes, but this story might be the most shocking because this giving brother and sister, Kenny and Anastasia, are homeless. These eight-year-old siblings were inspired by a flier posted at their school about the 35th annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser, which featured a boy who had heart surgery.

Alex and Anastasia Kenny

Courtesy of FOX Carolina

Alex and Anastasia, with their mom by their side, decided to spend several hours for two weekends asking people around downtown Greenville, South Carolina for donations for the American Heart Association. Their hard work and dedication to try to raise money paid off when they ended up raising $1000! Even though these generous children face their own challenges, they believe it important to help others.

“We didn’t want it for the prizes,” said Alex.  “We wanted it for the people who needed it.” This dynamic duo qualified to win one scooter based on the money they raised, however their selfless act caught the attention of the American Heart Association, who decided to give both of the children scooters as a thank you for their efforts.

This Thoughtful Thursday we applaud Alex and Anastasia for noble act of kindness.

 

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We’re Moms Too: Here Comes Baby Number Two

Written by Ashley

The spit up, the wails, the midnight, 2am, and 4am feedings – They’re all gracing us with their presence for round two when we welcome baby #2 this fall. But with them come the warm cuddles, the indescribable sweet baby smell, and the soft, longing gazes.

As I watch my toddler daughter grow older by the day, I am amazed by all the things she is saying and doing. But I feel like as each day passes, my memories of her as a newborn fade more and more.

I’ll admit that I miss the days when we drove around the block 18 times (literally – I think my neighbors were starting to get suspicious) in hope that she would fall asleep, when she gazed into my eyes while she nursed, and even when she screamed for 2 hours straight and I just laid there on her nursery floor with crocodile tears running down my face in pure exhaustion. I wouldn’t have traded those moments for anything in this world.

But welcoming a new baby with a toddler already in the picture will certainly add some new challenges.

Excitement and fears when you find out you're having another baby

I fear that I won’t be able to provide my daughter with enough attention. I fear that she’ll become resentful of me and my husband catering to another child. I fear that I won’t have enough room in my heart to love my second child as much as I do my first. I fear that she’ll revert back to her old sleeping habits and I’ll never sleep again. Like, Ever. Again.

I know she’ll be a great big sister. She’s so kind and considerate of others. I honestly think she knows that something is about to change because she just started trying to hug every baby we lay eyes on and even points to my belly and says “ba-by” in two distinct syllables. I try not to bring too much attention to the changes, but I do want her to know that something very exciting will be happening soon.

As a parent, I’m no expert. I can barely get out the door some mornings, but I’m humbled every time I “fail” as a parent and I willingly welcome the advice of other moms who have walked before me.

I’ve been reading some blog posts that have helped me during this time of unknowns like Amanda’s post over at Dirt & Boogers (how cute is that blog name?) about how she reconnected with her son when her second child was born and Breanne’s post at Borealis about preparation to juggling two.

It’s nice to know I’m not alone.

To all the moms that have two or more children – how did you prepare your first when you welcomed your second?

WM2_AshleyAbout Ashley
Ashley is a self-proclaimed fashionista, social media maven, proud mama to her toddler daughter and expecting her second child this fall. She is the Social Media Manager at Step2 and you may have recently communicated with her if you’ve chatted with Step2 on Facebook or Twitter.

FriDIY: Toy Boat

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Ahoy matey! We have a special DIY craft that will go great with your kid’s splash-tastic adventures this spring and summer. Thanks to Inner Child Fun, we were inspired to make a toy boat out from materials that you can find around the house.  We put this boat together with just five materials! Let’s get started:

toy boat craft supplies

What you’ll need:

  • Three wine corks
  • Toothpicks
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper (card stock or multipurpose)
  • Markers and/or crayons

toy boat instructions

  1. Cut a triangle out of the corner of the paper to make the flag and have your little one color the flag
  2. Wrap a rubber band twice around the three corkscrews on one side. Repeat on other side.
  3. Cut the rubber bands and tie them together to make the rope for the boat (make it as long or as short as you  would like)
  4. Place the rope underneath the two rubber bands that are currently holding the boat base together and tie the “rope” to the rubber bands
  5. Cut the pointed top of the tooth pick so little ones do not poke themselves with the flag pole during play time
  6. Poke two holes into the flag and slide the toothpick through and place the flag on the middle corkscrew. Now your kids can begin sailing their DIY toy boat!


You and your kids will have a blast making this toy boat. Not only does making this craft encourage kids to get creative by designing their own flag, but once the final product is complete, kids can race their toy boats in their water table, bathtub or pool.

We hope you had as much fun making this FriDIY toy boat as we did!

toy boats in kid's water table

FriDIY: Chalk and Dry Erase Board Table

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Are you ready for some artistic and creative fun? Well, so are we! That’s why we made a chalk and dry erase board table out of one of our table and chair sets for kids. You and your little artists will have a blast crafting this table. This table is great for your children’s fine motor skills and can enhance their drawing and writing abilities. Let’s get started:

kid's chalk and dry erase board table

  1. Gather your materials:
  2. Put the newspaper underneath the table, chairs and paints. Remove lids from the paints and begin stirring.
  3. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to prepare the paint.
  4. Use painter’s tape to create a divide in the middle of the table.
  5. Tape all four sides of table.
  6. Sand down the entire table with sand paper.
  7. Paint the chalk board paint onto one side of the table (apply two – three coats of paint).
  8. Paint the dry erase board paint onto the other side of the table (apply two – three coats of paint).
  9. Tape the front of the chairs and paint one chair with chalkboard paint and the other with dry erase paint (this step is optional)*.
  10. We also painted the back of the chairs.
  11. Let paint cure for three days before applying any chalk or markers. After the three days you can remove the tape from where you feel is necessary (we left the tape in the middle of the table to distinguish that each side of the table is different and tape on the fronts of the chairs).
  12. Let the drawing fun begin!

Check out all the awesome ways you can draw on this chalk and dry erase board table and chairs:

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*Painting the front and back of the chairs with chalk and dry erase board paint is optional. We wanted to show all the different ways your kids could draw on the table and chairs set. However, if you do decide to paint the front of the chairs, we recommend your child wears clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. If they sit all the way back on the chairs, they could get chalk or dry erase marker on their clothes.