I love a good list and I especially love a top baby name list! I've always been a name nerd and I love watching the trends on naming babies change - or stay stable - through the years. Today the list of top baby names was released and I have some thoughts on how it should, or should not, affect your baby naming decision process.
Choosing a name for your baby may be one of the biggest decisions of your life. If you live in Nova Scotia, or are originally from here, or if Nova Scotia simply holds a special place in your heart, this list will give you some wonderful ideas for ways to show your Nova Scotia pride when naming your child.
I'm sharing our new favourite early literacy Easter egg-tivity (with supplies you likely already have, or can get at the dollar store). And, bonus, it's not only fun, it's also educational (sneaky learning is the best!).
Trying to teach your toddler or young preschooler how to spell their name? Yeah, that can be challenging, especially if their name has more than three or four letters *guilty as charged.* I came up with this fun egg puzzle to help my kids learn how to spell their names. All you'll need are some plastic Easter eggs, an empty egg carton, permanent marker, scissors and tape.
Miss M started asking about nicknames and how they work. She asked if she could ask other people to call her by her nickname and I said what I'm supposed to say, that, of course, she could. But I didn't really think she'd actually change her name...
Now that Mr M's interests are showing themselves more I've been starting to transition his room from his pond themed nursery to reflect what he truly loves - cars. Well, anything that moves really, but especially things that move on wheels. He'll be two in a couple months and has been in love with cars since shortly after his first birthday.
The first thing I did was create some name art for his wall. I Pinterested my heart out until I found a great idea from a blog called Mason's Roost. It's ALL OVER the interwebs when you search for name art using cars. Sadly, the blog no longer seems to be there and I haven't been able to find a link to the actual instructions.
So I had to make up on my own version. I decided to scrap the shadow box concept and to use his whole name instead of just one letter. I bought basic white wooden letters from the craft store for his name.*
I painted each one with a couple coats of flat black acrylic paint and let it dry completely.
Then, the fun part. I had tried to find or make a stamp for the dotted lines on the road but couldn't find one so I bought coloured duct tape and then snipped off a piece, then snipped it in half and placed it on the letter. This was the most tedious part of the job and there were several pieces of tape that I cut incorrectly that had to be tossed. Once it was done though I LOVED how it looked against the black.
Next step was to place the cars on it. I bought a value pack of dinky cars that included some of his favourite vehicles (i.e. busses and trucks) and then spread them out so that there were three or four per letter. Pro tip: Double and triple check that they're all on the right side of the road. I had a fire truck and sports car set up for a head on collision that I had to redo.
Get some super duper glue (that dries clear preferably) and dab a little on each wheel of the car and press it on carefully. Make sure the letters are sitting somewhere that they won't need to be moved or get bumped for a couple days and let them dry REALLY well. Like a day longer than you think. The last thing you need is a not quite dry car falling off in the middle of the night once it's hung up.
Finally, I used Command picture hanging strips with velcro (no affiliation, just came across them and love how they work!) for hanging them. They go on flat which makes it easier to ensure it's level, and makes it look really clean on the wall.
I love the 3D look of it and how it really pops on his light walls.
Mr M went crazy for it and wanted to pull the cars off at first, but once I explained that they weren't "real," just decorations, surprisingly he seemed to get it. He likes looking at it and naming each vehicle.
*In the interest of privacy I just photographed the M in his name but I did the same concept for the rest of the letters in his name and it didn't add too much time (other than the duct tape lines - with a good stamp that would cut the time down significantly).