You can imagine that in a house with six kids, four of whom are attending school, mornings are typically a chaotic rush. Do you have your lunchbox? Homework? Hat? Drink bottle? And so on. Now I have one less thing to worry about – no more fighting over whose drink bottle belongs to whom! Stuck On You sent me a few of their great products to try out, and I was so excited about these drink bottles, imagining serene mornings where I don’t have to listen to arguments over the ownership of the best drink bottle, my kids all treating eachother with nothing but kindness and sweet words as they readied their backpacks for the day….. ahhh wouldn’t that be bliss.
The three oldest got to choose their own bottles and there are lots of different options to choose from. Maddy went typically girly, Isaiah liked the dinosaurs, and Jakob opted for just his name. The bottles themselves are great. Stainless steel and BPA free, which gets the tick of approval from me, and the designs and of course their very own names won the seal of approval from the kids. They fit nicely into the side pocket on the kids school backpacks too which makes it handy to grab a drink while riding their bikes. And while I admit that just because they have their own names on their very own can’t-be-mistaken-for-anyone-elses drink bottle the arguing has only slightly diminished, it does make it a lot easier to keep track of who isn’t emptying out their bags at the end of the day and keep the kids on top of looking after their own belongings.
My small and cute artist is thrilled with the art smock she received. It has her name and an “awww sooo cute” cupcake on it. I am really pleased with the art smocks. The material is a nice heavy weight and the sleeves cover their whole arms. It is really long on Zoe, and goes down to about Lilly’s knees. Great protection for their clothes when we do art and crafts. There is a nicely sized pocket on the front too for stashing all manner of things. While I was setting up for painting Zoe had all of her paintbrushes “asleep” in the pocket.
Watercolour is my favourite part of the day with Zoe. I try to aim for a session of watercolour most days right after Piper goes down for a nap, a little after lunch time. Zoe is starting to really anticipate this time as well and even the older kids, who are all usually not even around while we paint, come home and ask “Did Mister Brush come and visit you today?” and want to hear Zoe tell them the story about what she was painting. Some days I make something up, usually a simple story about colour faeries as this is what Zoe likes best, but sometimes I leave it up to her and she has gotten into the rhythm of talking and telling me a story while she works, too.
We have a bunch of really cute aprons the girls normally use while we bake or cook, but as much as I love how adorable they look, we almost always wind up with messy clothes still. Sometimes mess and flour on clothes doesn’t bother me, but sometimes when we have other stuff we need to do afterwards, I really don’t want to add to our already totally overflowing laundry pile. These art smocks have long sleeves as I mentioned, and they are long, at least on my girls, so pretty much all of their clothing is covered meaning mess is almost non existent on their outfits. Zoe and Lilly love playing Cafe and baking up batches of muffins to serve to the other kids is a favourite of theirs right now.
These art smocks are probably my favourite, and would make for an adorable gift. Pop a few paintbrushes and a tube or two of paint in the big pocket and it would be a cute art themed present. Or maybe a wooden spoon and some cookie cutters for a baking party? I am going to have to remember this idea for the next birthday that comes around.
Hands and feet at the same time are totally acceptable when it comes to exploring a puzzle…right? Piper received this adorable Stuck On You wooden name puzzle which I thought we might have to wait a little to give her, but as it turns out it’s just about perfect already. The pieces are a great size for her chubby little hands to grab onto and I was surprised by how well she was able to try and fit the pieces back together. Of course there were lots of ready volunteers to help Piper out when she got stuck, and now her favourite thing to do with her puzzle is to take out all of the pieces and call whoever is closest over to help. I love listening to her little voice calling for Liiiilleeeee or Yiyi (Lilly, Isaiah) especially. It’s just cute.
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