DIY Sensory Play Box | Belleview Cottage

DIY Sensory Play Box

DIY Sensory Box | Belleview Cottage

This sensory play box is an easy way to introduce your toddler to sensory play!  Sensory play is an important way that babies and toddlers learn by experiencing the world through their senses.

Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Sensory activities and sensory tables facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. Spending time stimulating their senses helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally, physically and creatively.

Source: PBS Parents.

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DIY Mason Jar Pour Spout | An Easy Tutorial | Belleview Cottage

How to Make a Mason Jar POUR SPOUT Lid: An Easy Tutorial

How to Make a Mason Jar Pour Spout Lid | An easy tutorial | Belleview Cottage

I just received the set of 6 Ball heritage mason jars that I recently ordered on Amazon!  What a deal… when I ordered they were on sale for $7.99.  The same jars are around $15 at Michaels right now!

I am using this particular jar to hold baking soda in my laundry room.  I was wishing that there was a way to make this lid into a pour spout… and then an idea popped into my head!  I envisioned the top of a salt container and wondered if I could make it fit on top of the mason jar.  And voila, this is the tutorial that I came up with for making your very own mason jar pour spout lids!  Enjoy.

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Easy No-Sew Fabric Bunting Tutorial | Belleview Cottage

Easy No-Sew Fabric Bunting Tutorial!

Easy No-Sew Fabric Bunting Tutorial! | Belleview Cottage

Hi, friends!  Check out my newest project: fabric bunting that doesn’t require sewing. (I don’t even own a sewing machine… maybe I will take the time to learn to sew sometime in the future!)

Remember to pin this page to Pinterest if you like the tutorial, so you can access it later when you’re ready to make your own fabric bunting.

The supplies I used are pictured above.  (Not pictured: iron and ironing board.)  You can score some great deals on fabric scraps at your local fabric or crafting store.  I bought these patterns in a pack I found at Tuesday Morning (fat quarters).

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Bowtie Cupcake Toppers | Little Man Party | Belleview Cottage

“Little Man” First Birthday Party!

Little Man Party | Belleview Cottage

I am so excited to share with you a photo tour of our son’s first birthday party!  We chose a “little man” theme, with mustaches and bowties, which was so fun!  Enjoy the tour of our party and check out the tutorials and party ideas I have included below 🙂  I will also share where I found all kinds of great bargains on party supplies and decorations 🙂

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How to Organize and Store Kids’ Clothes: Life Hack

How to Organize & Store Kids' Clothes (Life Hack) | Belleview Cottage

Now that my son is almost a year old, we have amassed quite a collection of clothes he has grown out of.  I’m not ready to let them go, however, because we are planning on having more babies.  Until now, I had been storing the outfits in various bags as he grew out of them.  They were starting to take up a lot of space on the top shelf of his closet.

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DIY Rustic Picture Frame

DIY Rustic Distressed Photo Frame | Belleview Cottage

Today’s fun project was this distressed photo frame.  In fact, I made two of them.

I found the picture frames on clearance for $3.60 (!) at Hobby Lobby.  The before pic doesn’t show it very well, but the frames had an ugly greenish tint.  So I bought them for a steal, with the intention of painting them.

CONFESSION: This was my first time painting anything for the home.  So, if I can do it, you definitely can.  It was easier than I thought it would be!

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Breaking the Mold: Putting My Career on Hold to Become a Stay-At-Home-Mom

Breaking the Mold: Putting My Career on Hold to Become a SAHM | Belleview Cottage

It feels good to break the mold and do my own thing.  To do what is right for our family in this season.  Making the decision to quit my job as a lawyer and stay at home with my son wasn’t an easy one, though.

I always knew I would be a mom.  I imagined I would be a stay-at-home mom at some point, too.  My mom stayed at home with us, and I assumed I would do that too.  But I also had other dreams; big dreams: go to college, then grad school, get an awesome job, be awesome at my job, earn lots of money . . . .

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