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What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal They Will Want To Eat

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Taking in a Meal to a neighbor or family

What food to make and tips to make it easier on you and the person you are helping

 Have you been asked, or even offered to take in a meal to someone?

I’ve got you covered here in  What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal that They Will Want To Eat, and I can help you with this situation.

Even though you want to do this act of kindness, does the thought of taking in a meal, send panic running (or galloping) through your body?

Or do you get cold sweats worrying about what to take that they would want to eat?

And how in the world do you approach them in the first place?

Don’t worry, I’ve brought together valuable information just for you!

  • Everything from how to comfortably ask the day and time for bringing in the meal; making it convenient for all involved.
  • What type of food they would actually want to eat while keeping you in control of what the meal is, so you can stay in your budget.
  •  Ideas for you to know how to be approachable when wanting to help, so it’s not awkward for anyone.

 

So, if you’re looking for tips on taking in food when there is a new baby,  someone had surgery, there’s an illness in the family, unfortunately a death – or just because you know it would cheer them up—

I’ve got What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal They Will Want To Eat, along with recipes that are easy and varied for you to choose from.

These handy tips will  make your meal not only one that is enjoyed, but remembered as thoughtful and extremely appreciated.  




What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal they Will want to eat

A meal is always welcome and a VERY thoughtful gesture of friendship and kindness.

However, it can be a scary idea to think about feeding other people,  or their kids; especially if you don’t know them very well.

So, when do you take in a meal? What are the circumstances that says: FEED US PLEASE

Then, what do you say when contacting them about taking in a meal? 

Most importantly, how do you find out what they like, so they will enjoy it, meaning your time and resources are useful and not wasted?

I have it all covered, so you don’t need to worry.  

 

When should you take In A Meal?

There are so many opportunities, but here are the most common:

  • A new baby.
  • Someone is ill or had surgery.
  • There has been a death in the family.
  • A job loss.
  • They are getting ready to move and everything is packed away (*see special moving tips below in this post)
  • Moving in (*see moving tips, again below in this post)
  • You know they are struggling with something personal, a family member’s situation, or outside circumstances that are challenging.  A meal can make the world seem gentler and a more compassionate place to be.
  • A traumatic event of any type. I have a post you might like How Can I Help When Someone Is Sick And Show I Care?
  • Anytime you want to help out, be kind, and especially when you feel impressed to, that is the perfect reason to take in a meal.

 

The Appreciation Comes From The Details

Let’s be real, we all say ‘thank you’ to a meal and that we ‘like it’.

However, if we ask a few questions, we are going to be HERO’s as well as taking in a meal that will be REALLY enjoyed and EATEN.

Details such as:

  • Use disposable pans, bags and dishes to deliver the food in. I like to prepare as many of the items I am taking  in the same type of pan if possible. The reason for this, is that I only have to have one to purchase and store one type; saving money and space.  Something like THIS would be good for everything from salads, to jello, to rolls to a main dish. You could  use two of these pans  for the main dish if you are taking the meal to a large family.

 

       Using something disposable avoids situations such as: whose bowl does this belong to?                Which unmarked pan does the young boy at the door want returned while his mother                  waits outside, not wanting to ‘be a bother’, as you are frantically trying to find the right lid          to ‘her pan’ in the myriad of  dishes stacked on the kitchen counter….which makes you                want to scream/cry/wish you had ordered out pizza that night.  Disposable dishes all the            way baby. They make everyone happy!

       Or there’s the well-meaning neighbor stopping by to collect their dishes – when you’re not           feeling well as you recover, or finally just got the newborn to sleep… gggrrrr….So if that’s             you, neighbor….please do a favor and call ahead:) Actually, please just use disposable.

 

  • Ask if anyone in the family has food allergies, or if there is anything they simply will not eat.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Of course you, kind person, need to stay in your budget and fix a meal that you are comfortable making.  However, if you take in something they cannot, or simply will not eat, it’s a waste for all involved.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For instance:  Some people really cannot force themselves to eat rice – it’s a texture thing. And some cannot tolerate the taste of spaghetti sauce.                                                      Despite your best effort in making a meal, and their gratitude in your gift, it will not be as useful as it could be. (For example, I will not, cannot – not in a boat, not with a goat, not in the rain, not on a train….I will NOT eat eggs as the major ingredient.  So a beautiful quiche would be devoured by my husband and family, while I would have to open a can of something or other.  I would still send a thank you note of course, but if the meal were to help me out—-hhhmmm—–you get the point)

 

  • If you know your neighborhood well, and others are also taking in a meal(s) to the same family, it would be a good idea to ask the family what food(s) they have already had brought in. You don’t want to be the third well intended person in a row to bring in, say…. chili. 

 

  • If you are dropping the meal off early, or a freezer meal, be sure to label the food with what it is, the date to use by, along with any special cooking or reheating instructions.

 

  • Ask if there is a certain night they would like a meal brought in. Or let them pick from two or three nights that are convenient for you. 

 

  • If you have the means, taking in a freezer meal, along with a meal for that night, would be very appreciated.  

 

After delivering 5 cesarean babies,  several knee surgeries,  then total knee replacements on BOTH knees TWICE, adding in several other surgeries myself; not to mention all that has happened with 5 kids and a handsome hubby over upwards of 40 years of marriage; I have been a blessed recipient of numerous meals.  Truly they have been such a gift.

I have also taken in, or delivered more meals in my adult life now than I can begin to count. 

So, from receiving, and giving, so many meals, I’ve learned some tips that I’ll share with you about how to make it a win-win situation for everyone involved, as well as EASY too! 

 

Did you know there’s Etiquette to taking in a meal?

1 Ask what time they would like the meal brought in to avoid any embarrassing complications.

 

2- Should you take in a homemade or pre-made/frozen/purchased meal or dish? That’s up to you.

 

3- Make sure whatever the meal is, that it’s completely ready to serve to make it easy on the person you are helping. Meaning, they do not have to prepare it in any way, shape or form.

 

4- This is not the time to try to impress them with your amazing culinary skills of grandeur – imagined or real, lol.  Good old fashioned – comfort food is a winner every time.

 

5- Let the person know who you are bringing the meal into that you are:

A) just dropping off a meal (hot or one to be warmed up)

 

B) helping the kids have their dinner, cleaning up the dishes, getting the adults their dinner and tidying up afterwards – maybe you could even do a bit extra with the help of the kids:)

Only do what is comfortable for that person you are helping and best for you also.  You don’t want to put yourself in a situation that is awkward, anymore than you do the person you want to help.  It is very important to get the details clear before the meal is brought in.  Either way, let them know you have only the best intentions and can leave it with the kids at the door if that’s best.

 

6- Give a couple of choices that you are able to make or provide for the meal; meaning within your budget and ability.

For example, I have a grand daughter who at the age of four will eat Kim-chi and we are not Korean.  The girl will eat about anything and try everything that doesn’t run faster than her.

I have another grand daughter who likes……fast food pizza….oh and donuts:)

So ask the parents what ALL their kids will enjoy. Because you aren’t doing anyone a favor if they have to pull out the pans and make dinner after you leave to feed the kiddos. 

It’s not being picky in my opinion, it’s just life, and if we are there to support a friend in that situation, let’s be a help and not a hindrance. (Meaning no comments or judgments, that are not charitable in nature or nice in tone at this sensitive time for the family.)

 

7- Let the person know if you are bringing in the entire meal; meaning sides and dessert.  Or if you are just bringing in the main dish so they know what to plan on, and can make arrangements for the rest of the meal if needed.

 

8- Do all you can to NOT to be late or cancel.  Confirm the day or night before so it is clear that you are bringing in what you have discussed, as well verify the time.

If something does come up that is completely unavoidable and prevents you from taking in a meal, make sure to apologize and take in a meal soon as possible, along with one for the freezer due to the inconvenience.

 

9- If taking in meals for a new baby, I have special ideas in my post ALL THINGS BABY

 

10- Sometimes the situation is more complicated and you need to know how to handle the emotions and what is happening with the person or family that you are serving. It can be hard to know what’s appropriate when illness, tragedy, suicide or any other situation of deep mourning occurs.  What do you do? What do you say, or not say, is even more difficult. How can you help that is actually of benefit?  I have some great information at my post: How Can I Help When Someone Is Sick And Show I Care?

ways to help a person or family when tragedy, illness or hardship strikes their home. What to say, not to say, what to do and more

 

TIPS for taking in meals when someone is MOVING in or out

Take everything needed for the meal including:

  • ALL the paper products such as paper plates, cups, utensils, napkins

 

  • Drinks. Ask what they like and allow the kids to have; such as water bottles, type of perferred soda pop and kids punch pouches.

 

  • Ask if they will have access to the oven or stove to warm up the food.  If not, it would be considerate to take in (on a smaller scale of course) as I show in my post a COLD PASTA BAR or build-your own sandwiches with the ingredients and condiments in separate containers.  Or simply a variety of Sub Sandwiches for them to choose from. 

 

  • Find out if it would be more convenient to have the food transportable if they are moving from one location to another, and take the food in a disposable foam cooler.  THESE DISPOSABLE BOWLS  would be great to have on hand for this reason.  These recipes would work GREAT for this type of meal:

 

BEST CHICKEN PASTA SALAD

A cold pasta salad using rotini pasta that has grapes, celery, crisp apples, smokey Gouda cheese and toasted almonds. All topped with a creamy poppy seed mayonnaise dressing for a perfect dish

 

Asian Chicken and Orzo Pasta Salad

An oriental style bowl filled with a refreshing salad made with Orzo pasta, rotisserie chicken, fresh vegetables and a light refreshing dressing with a little spice from chili sauce and cool from Ranch dressing

 

The Easy Chicken Pot Pie and the Best Homemade Manicotti can be made and baked the same day or frozen for later use. 

Both come with printable baking instructions to include with the gifted dish

Click HERE for the Easy Chicken Pot Pie

This easy Chicken Pot Pie recipe tastes like homemade but it's with premade pie crusts, frozen vegetables and rotisserie chicken. The homemade savory sauce is gourmet and brings it all together. Freeze one for later

Best Chicken PotPie

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for Best Homemade Manicotti

A plate with green beans and manicotti stuffed pasta shells. The shells are filled with ground beef, cheeses and seasonings. They are topped with marinara sauce and more cheese then baked till warmed through

Easy Stuffed Manicotti Pasta

 

 

 

 

 

 

More ideas:

Best Chicken Fajitas

Delicious Chicken and fresh Vegetable Fajitas baked in the oven with green, red, orange and yellow bell peppers and onion. Seasoned with a wonderful homemade fajita seasoning. Serve with your choice of condiments.

 

Best Anytime Chicken Tacos

Two chicken tacos in hard shells with shredded rotisserie chicken. Chopped tomatoes, lettuce are on top of the tacos for a delicious meal that's quick, easy and delicious for a busy weeknight or lazy weekend meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Vegetarian Fajitas also Gluten Free, and these are really

A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.

 

Best Homemade Meatballs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Pizza Pasta Bake

A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.

Easy Hot Cheese & Ham Sliders on Sweet Hawaiian Rolls

A Hawaiian sweet roll with ham and Swiss cheese in the middle along with a complimentary mustard sauce. Topped with the traditional Poppy Seed sauce all warmed up to melt the cheese and heat the ham.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.




Memory Christmas Ornaments

Baby and Kids Keepsake Memory Ornaments

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Memory Christmas Ornaments

Keep Sake Baby and Kids Christmas Ornaments

Are you looking for a quick holiday craft,a keepsake or even a present that is economical yet sentimental? Look no further! Here are three ideas that your family can all do, no matter the age.  These would be treasured as baby’s first Christmas, or every year your children could see the growth as their hand covers more and more of the ornament.  A great gift for grandparents too.  These would definitely be appreciated by all. 


Baby and Kids Keepsake Memory Ornaments

Snowman Ornament

Supplies:

For the Snowmen & Foot Ornament:

Shatterproof ornament, color of your choice

Acrylic paint

Sharpie markers

Sponge wedges with handle  

 

For the Marble Spin Art Ornament:

Clear plastic or shatterproof ornament

Marbles

Acrylic paint

 

Directions:

Step 1 – 

Tickle your kidlets hand by painting them with acrylic paint of your choice with a sponge wedge. Kids Craft Christmas Ornaments 1Step 2  –

Have your kid hold their hand flat, place the ornament in the palm and ask them to curl their fingers over the bulb.

Help them press fingers evenly.Kids Craft Christmas Ornaments 2Step 3 – 

Place the ornament with the paint on it in an egg carton to hold it while it dries.Kids Craft Christmas Ornaments 3Step 4 –

Using the sharpies, draw buttons, hat, face and whatever you would like to bring Frosty to life!Kids Craft Christmas Ornaments 4


Baby Foot Print Ornament

Step 1 – 

If you have a baby, you can paint their foot, which is much easier than trying to get them to uncurl their fingers:)Kids Craft Christmas Ornaments 5

Step 2- 

Press the painted foot onto the ornamentKids Craft Christmas Ornaments 6Step 3 – Let it dry in egg carton and then write the baby’s name and year.


Marble Painted Ornament

Step 1 – 

Squeeze a small amount, about the size of a dime or less, of acrylic paint into the bottom of a clear ornament, use a shatterproof or plastic one for this craft.Kids Craft Christmas Ornaments 7

Step 2-

Drop a marble into the ornament with the paintKids Craft Christmas Ornaments 8

Step 3- 

Now let the kiddos shake, shake, shake, making a pattern inside the ornament with the marble painting the inside.Kids Craft Christmas Ornaments 9

Step 4-

Allow the paint to dry and if desired, repeat with a contrasting color, using a tiny bit of paint and a marble.

Kids Craft Christmas Ornaments

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2017

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today




DIY Washi Tape Covered Frame

Wasabi Frame

Washi Tape Frame

My sweetie Stan was so accommodating to help me with this tutorial that is just for you.

What a TERRIFIC gift that is so simple and inexpensive.

Personalize this frame for Mother’s Day, a baby shower, Father’s Day, a bridal shower/wedding gift (wedding colors and for the embellishment put the name or first letter), graduation gift (the year and school colors), the uses are endless!


Washi Tape Covered Frame

Supplies:

Any wooden frame, I found this at the craft store on sale for about $3

Washi Tape – there are tons of colors and prints. I bought this 2 tape set, again for about $3 on sale. *note: these 2 little rolls covered this frame.

A stationary card set, a dozen gift tags and I still have some left. It goes much further than you’d expect.

Xacto Knife & cutting board

Mod Podge Sponge Brush

Decorative flowers or embellishments

Hot Glue & GunFrame 1


Directions:

Evenly place tape across the frame If using another pattern of tape, place it directly next to the other strip of tape Continue this method all the way across the frame, using care to keep straight lines Frame 2

Until the surface is completely coveredFrame 4


Lay the frame upside down on a cutting board and with the Xacto knife, carefully trim the inside. Frame 5

And outside edges of excess tape along frame edgesFrame 6

Until it is all trimmed.Frame 7


Lay your frame, right-side up on a paper towel and with a foam sponge brush spread an even coat over the entire tape covered frame and a bit on the edge. This will protect the surface and keep the tape from coming up.Frame 8

 

When the Mod Podge has dried completely, embellish as desired.  I used a hot glue gun to attach flowers.Wasabi Frame

 

Thank you Stan for helping me with this awesome tutorial!

Copyright Carrie Groneman,  A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.




Gifts for All

New Baby? Why give a gift to ALL the kids.

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  All the Family should Feel the LLLOOVVVEEE!

When a new baby arrives in a family it is definitely a time to celebrate. However, siblings oftentimes are left out, which can cause jealousy, particularly if they are already feeling displaced.  It has long been a tradition in my family to give a gift of some sort to the siblings, along with the present for the new baby.

I keep some things on hand and watch for sales of items that can last without a problem. Here are just a few ideas:

Siblings:

Candy that is appropriate for all ages, such as Fun Dip Candy

Suckers, Dumdums for young and larger ones for the older kids

Skittles are small enough for toddlers, while all ages like them. The individual sizes are terrific for this.

Young kids always like fruit snacks or roll-ups

Puzzles, games or toys (check your local $1 store for terrific stock up items)

Of course you can always make it more personalized to the child/children

Gifts for All

Gifts for All

Ideas for a baby gift of items that might be new to you, or are easily forgotten, however very useful.

Baby:

Burp pads  – click HERE for my easy, very appreciated make-it-yourself baby burp pads

Binki Clips are the best! They hook to the little boys or girls clothing and keep those little gems close by. I have an easy tutorial so you can make them yourself very inexpensively.  Click HERE

If it’s a baby girl, these adorable barefoot baby sandals are perfect for those little feet. Click HERE

Bibs

Baby nail clippers – not regular small nail clippers, but one that is specifically made for baby so the delicate skin is not nicked or cut.

Infant toothpaste – generally for ages 3 months and up

Desitin, or generic cream for diaper rash

Baby Q-tips  – these are the best invention!!!

Sanitizer – I like to get the little holder and sanitizer in blue or pink (or generic to have on hand) from “Bath and Body Works” for mom to attach to her diaper bag

Rattles – these homemade baby bell rattles  by The Creative Homemaker are awesome!

 

If you really want to do something special don’t forget mom and dad.

Parents:

I have really useful and helpful tips for taking in a meal, and TWO delicious recipes for make & bake, or to freeze for a busy day. Click HERE

M&M’s or preferred candy

Over the counter sleep aid – usually for dad, mom doesn’t sleep till the kid is about 18 and then it is still questionable.

Ear plugs

Door hanger with the front print: Ssshhh mom and baby sleeping. Please come back later.          The back print: Please knock softly, baby sleeping.

A fun, upbeat movie or two for ‘the all nighters’.  Here are a few of my favorite oldies but GOODIES!

  • “What’s Up Doc?” With Barbra Steisand & Ryan O’Neal. Screwball comedy, a luggage mixup, demolition of a hotel room and the funniest & best chase scene ever!
  • “Neptune’s Daughter” with Esther Williams, Red Skelton (classic good humor!), Betty Garrett (she is amazing in this) and Ricardo Montalban. The polo team is in town; sister Betty wants to marry them – all if she could – and the swimming is fabulous.
  •  “The Great Race” with Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk and a huge cast of great actors. The cast is turned loose on a round-the-world race booby-trapped by some  bad guys and ends in a colossal pie fight!

DSC_0361 Any thoughtful gift will be very appreciated.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.




A New Life After Baby

New Life With Baby

A New Life After Baby

A New Life After Baby

How does a baby change your life? Ahhh, the list of positives will tens of times over out weigh the list of negatives.    However parenthood does bring a few changes…..


A NEW LIFE AFTER BABY

I will confess my naiveté when starting our family.  Stan and I went to the doctor who pronounced that yes indeed we were going to have a baby. We were ecstatic, a bit afraid and totally unprepared, as any honest parent will tell you – they do not come with instructions and even when you figure out one, the others did not read the same play book.

Anyway, the next day I went back to work and asked a coworker, whose wife was due with their first baby any minute, how she was doing. He replied that she had started to dilate so it would be very soon. I thought about that all day. Stan and I worked in offices that were close to each other so it was great that we could carpool to and from work. On the way home I asked him, “So, how do they tell by looking at your eyes that you are ready to have a baby?” He almost ran us off the road he was laughing so hard!

Ok, I have learned a little more since then. Babies are such a wonderful blessing from God, and they bring us closer to our Creator than any other job, service or assignment ever could. Parenthood is a blessing and a huge adjustment. I mean seriously, how can one little body create a dozen loads of laundry a week? Their clothing is so little! Did you realize you would ‘smell funny’ for the next several years, a mixture of …..well… we won’t go into that. Oh, and that your clothing would have always have foreign matter on it, that you cannot even/want to identify? And what is with the elevation in 2 feet? How come a baby is content IF you are standing versus sitting? How can they even tell when they do not seem to understand the difference in day and night, and yet they know when you are resting by sitting for a minute! And the sleep, oh the sleep, a deep long, uninterrupted sleep….was now only a day dream.

Food, at the designated appropriate temperature the food is supposed to be when eaten, does not matter anymore. If it is intended to be served hot it will be cold when mom gets to it. If it is meant to be eaten cold, it will be warmish when she eats. (My mother has not had a hot meal in ?? years – A Christmas Story) Besides the culture shock and huge learning curve, it was frustrating to me after I had my first baby to not have anything ever ‘done’. Then, it dawned on me, I may never have a project finished. Laundry multiplied in the basket giving birth to more clothing. Dishes seem to breed in the sink, piling continually, and the list went on.

Please do not misunderstand, I LOVE being a mom but there was a reality to motherhood also.

After contemplating, and asking God for help with my predicament, I came to the idea that I would get a project that I could work on, no matter how small, that would stay done.  This would release a bit of my tension while nourishing my inner creativity (it sounds good right?!).

Stan and I packed up our firstborn one Saturday and headed down town. I found an embroidery kit on clearance that fit within our little budget and it was a done deal. The picture at the top of this post is that embroidery kit. Some days I would literally only get one stitch done. But that was my lofty goal, at least one stitch a day. When it was ready to frame I did not want it cleaned; the stains are still there to remind me of dragging it around for 2+ years – that’s right it took me TWO years to finish it. But it really fulfilled my need to ‘have something done that stayed done’ and my impatience of adjusting to my new life was so much easier because of that little project.

My picture was, and is, a testament that God does hear and listen to any who will just ask Him in a little faith for help with righteous desires. I had a need, insignificant in the grand scheme of life, yet He knows me so well, that when I could not quite understand and grasp what would help me adjust to my new life, He gave me the answer so I could feel more joy. There is nothing more precious than children coming into our life and our home. It can be, actually I can guarantee that it will a challenge and a drastic change in life; however, there is nothing of higher importance or  has deeper impact for joy and happiness than having a family.

When you have challenges of any sort, get on your knees and pray about it. Your answer may be as simple as mine was. It may be that a person comes to your mind who can give you trusted direction and support. Possibly it is you who will be the answer to give comfort, relief and moral guidance. All the inconveniences, trials, tears and experiences are worth it, because family is love and that is of the most worth.

We delight in, and savor happiness because we  know sorrow.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.




Baby sandals

Adorable Barefoot DIY Baby Sandals

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Baby sandals

Baby sandals

These do it yourself baby sandals are to be worn on those adorable chubby bare feet.

You can make them so quick and easy, not to mention affordable with these easy instructions.                     

Makes a great gift too! 

My granddaughters feet are so dang cute, and her mom even painted her toe nails for the pic!


 

Adorable Barefoot DIY Baby Sandals

Girls of any age want to accessorize!  Make these in every color with satin fabric and netting, ribbon or any embellishment you desire. Your little one will be Chic and Stylin’!!!Supplies:

5/8″ elastic, or your choice of width

Felt

Velcro

Hot glue

For puffy flower you will need satin fabric and netting

Optional:    Flower ribbon and colored elastic such as shown hereBaby Sandals 4

For either style of sandal follow the directions below –

Measure and cut elastic according to foot size:

Newborn – 3 months    7 1/2 – 8″                3-6 months    8 1/2 – 9″

6-9 months    9 1/2 – 10″                             12-18 months   11-12″

Find the center and mark with a pen or pencil

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Baby Sandals 6Put a spot of glue at the center mark Baby Sandals 8Then twist the elastic and attach.Baby Sandals 9Mark at the center of the length.
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At the ‘mark’, put a spot of glue, then on the opposite side attach, forming a figure 8Baby Sandals 11


To attach the embellishments:

Cut 4 small circles of felt about 3/4″ in diameter

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Put a spot of glue on one side of you figure 8.

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Attach one circle of felt.

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Put a spot of glue on the opposite side of the figure 8

Baby Sandals 15Attach felt on the opposite side. 

 

You need felt on both sides of the figure 8. One is to has a surface to attach the velcro, the other is to protect the baby’s foot from any scratching of the ribbon/elastic/velcro that you will be using.

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Next Step:

Cut the velcro into just smaller circles then the felt ones were

Baby Sandals 17Embellishment or Ribbon Sandals

Put a spot of glue on the back side flower, or whatever embellishment you are using, and attach to one side of the Velcro.Embellishment or Ribbon Sandals

Repeat with the other ‘sandal’.  

Attach the flower or embellishment to the elastic sandal.

Embellishment or Ribbon Sandals 2Now you have a pair of adorable barefoot sandals for your infant, baby and toddler!

Homemade baby sandals

Baby Sandals for your infant, baby or toddler

 

Fluffy Petal Flower Sandals

For a fluffy petal flower, cut the satin into 16 circles of your desired size.  We used a glass drinking cup for our template.

Cut netting into 16 circles, 8 for each sandal.Embellishment or Ribbon Sandals 4

Prepare 2 sandals as directed above, with the exception, of cutting the felt circle into a 2″ diameter

Embellishment or Ribbon Sandals 5To form a petal, place one netting circle on top of a satin circle

Embellishment or Ribbon Sandals 6

Fold in half, keeping them together

Embellishment or Ribbon Sandals 7Fold the circles in half again

Embellishment or Ribbon Sandals 8

Snip the end about 1/8″ so it will not add bulk to the flowerEmbellishment or Ribbon Sandals 9Put a spot of hot glue on the tip

Embellishment or Ribbon Sandals 10

Place with the tip of the petal in the center of the felt circleEmbellishment or Ribbon Sandals 11Make another petal and place opposite of the one you just glued down on the felt circle.Embellishment or Ribbon Sandals 12

Repeat with 2 more petals as shown hereEmbellishment or Ribbon Sandals 13Continue with petals, alternating to overlay where the previous petals were placed.Embellishment or Ribbon Sandals 14

This will cause the ‘petals’ to stand up and fluff.Embellishment or Ribbon Sandals 15


When you have attached all of the ‘petals’,

On the back side of the felt circle, glue a piece of velcro.

Embellishment or Ribbon Sandals 16

Repeat these steps to make another fluffy flower to matchEmbellishment or Ribbon Sandals 17Now you have a fluffy petal flower baby sandal to add to your adorable stylish collection!

Homemade baby sandals

Baby Sandals for your infant, baby or toddler

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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Baby Binkie Clips

DIY Baby Binkie Clips

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Baby Binkie Clip

DIY Binkie Clip

 My youngest child Delsi loved her binkie. She was amazingly talented with that thing too.  She could twirl it with her tongue and flip it over, much to the entertainment of her siblings.  

When she was getting onto about 3 years old, I decided she was getting a bit old for it. So we did the whole routine of throwing it away together, and I hoped that would take care it it.

I put her down for a nap andstarted about my housework.  Not long into my cleaning, my neighbor called and told me to come outside the back way and to the circle in front of my house.  When I    came around the front, there were probably 6 or 8 of the neighbors laughing hysterically and pointing to the window of our home.

Delsi’s bed happened to bump up against the outside wall of the house which faced into the cul-de-sac.  My little girl was standing in the window and with the saddest most pitiful voice was saying   over and over, “Come back binkie, I miss you, come back”.  

The moral to my story is twofold:     

1- Make binkie clips so they are never separated from your kids mouth     

2- Take the binkie away before they can talk.


Make It Yourself Binkie Clips

A lost binkie can cause weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, along with turmoil for the entire household.   Here is a perfect way to keep track of those little gems.

Supplies:

  • Dritz Suspender/Mitten Clips – I used 1″
  • Dritz Snap Fasteners – I used 3/4″
  • Dritze Decorative Snap Fastener Tools – contains socket and pad
  •  12-14 inches of 1″ wide ribbon of your choice for one side
  • 12-14 inches of 1″ wide ribbon of your choice for other side
  • Liquid Stitch Fabric Glue or hot glue   *Liquid Stitch works very well and does not leave the ribbon stiff. Recommended to use for ALL ribbons
  • Board of some sort to hammer on to protect your surface.

 Matches to singe the edge/ thread and needle to stitch up the endBinki Clip 1

Binki Clip 2


Measure the ribbons the same length, 12-14 inches longBinki Clip 3Follow package instructions carefully. On the cutting board lay the pad, then the bottom snap.Binki Clip 4Lay one piece of ribbon, face down, onto the snap.  Push down into prongs using the rubber end of a pencil.Binki Clip 5


Place the other piece of snap on top, making sure to position it in the center and correctly. Again, see package directions.Binki Clip 6Place the socket on top of the snap and hammer. You can also put a thread spool on top of the snap if desired.Binki Clip 6Tap firmly and squarely with a mallet several times.Binki Clip 7Check to see that all the prongs were pushed into the snap and it is securely attached.Binki Clip 8Repeat with the other snap, allowing 3 – 3 1/3 ” between snaps to provide enough room for wider binkie rings.

Again follow package directions, applying snaps correctly so they will hook together when finished.Binki Clip 9You can see from the above picture this ribbon will fray. Optional: Singe the ends with a lit match and barely burn the edge to seal it.

IF both pieces of ribbon are lightweight and the same, seal together as one piece.Binki Clip 10


To attach the two pieces of ribbon wrong sides together, you can use a hot glue gun or fabric glue.

Particularly when using the thinner ribbon, use the Liquid Stitch Glue. It will not add the bulk hot glue will. Again, this will work very well with all types of ribbon. so there won’t be the bulk of the hot glueBinki Clip 11Also, recommended to take a few stitches to hold the thick ribbons together.  After use they may begin to come apart.Binki Clip 12At the end without the snaps, slip the suspender/mitten clip over one endBinki Clip 13Attach the end over the clip to hold. Do this with glue or with a few stitches with a thread and needle, which is recommended so the ribbons do not begin to separate and come apart after several uses.Binki Clip 14


To use, attach the clip to the baby’s clothing, while the binkie ring is secured by a loop made by the snaps.

You can easily and inexpensively make binkie clips for boys and girls. Ribbons are so varied and decorative, they make useful and much appreciated baby gifts.Binki Clip 15Baby Binkie Clips

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DIY Burp Pads

EASY DIY Baby Burp Pad/Cloth

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DIY Burp Pads

DIY Burp Pads

This is a quick, homemade inexpensive baby burp pad or cloth as it’s oftentimes called.

They are always appreciated and needed by new moms and you can never have enough of these little gems.

So simple the whole family can get involved in making them for gifts or for your own baby.  I have the full EASY  tutorial laid out so you can make these any time. 

 




EASY DIY Baby Burp Pad/Cloth

I have been making these simple and useful burp pads for years.  My kids growing up even made them for gifts for close relatives and friends who were blessed with an addition to their family. 

I hope you will try these with your own boys and girls/teens.  Many skills are involved which will give you the opportunity to teach, as well as the chance to visit and see what’s on their mind today.

 Supplies for one burp pad:

  • You need two pieces of flannel fabric 12″ by 20″ – one will be for the back and one for the front.

          Ask for help and get GOOD QUALITY fabric so it doesn’t fade quickly after just a few washings.

  • A sewing machine – or a really kind family member or neighbor who will help with the extremely simple sewing step.
  • Scissors
  • Cut a rectangle from paper of 10″ x 18″ for your pattern (you will see that mine is a wood pattern in this tutorial) 

 

Directions:

First lay the fabric with the right side DOWN.

Lay the other piece of fabric right side UP on top of the other piece that is right side down.

This puts WRONG sides together.

Cut a piece of paper (my husband cut this form out of wood because I use it so much!),  into a rectangle 10″ across and 18″ long. (The size is easily modified to your desire. )

You can leave it with square edges or round it like mine.DIY Burp Pads 1When you cut the fabric out, you will have a shape such as this.

Optional:  Use the same fabric for both sides of the burp pad.DIY Burp Pads 2


OK folks, this is the ONLY sewing involved and takes just a couple of minutes, really.

Keeping the fabric together (remember wrong sides together),

Sew at the 1/2″ mark, using the single stitch setting (you can also sew at 5/8″ to make longer fringe).

Stitch around the entire perimeter of the burp pad. DIY Burp Pads 3

Now, with any sharp scissors, cut at 1/8″ to 1/4″ intervals  up to the stitching.

Do NOT cut through the threads of the  stitch!

Cut around the entire perimeter of the burp pad.DIY Burp Pads 4Here is a close up of what the cuts  will look like.DSC_0339




See how easy?

And you’re almost done!DSC_0340Now, put the burp pad(s) in the washing machine for a cycle.

Then into the dryer with other towels or whatever. 

Caution: There WILL be fuzz, threads, lint, whatever you want to call it on the bib (possibly on other fabrics) when it’s done. 

Just shake it and now you have an easy, inexpensive, homemade and useful gift to give with pride!

 

Homemade Burp Cloth

Easy DIY Baby Burp Pad

You can see I made a boy burp cloth with a dark blue side and the other with trains. 

I made a girl burp cloth with pink flowers, butterflies and girly stuff on one side and a pink pattern on the other. 

The demonstration pad has yellow on one side and a Noah’s ark theme on the other. 

I make burp pads for baby boys and baby girls, but when I come across a darling fabric that is appropriate for either gender, I make up a bunch to have on hand; it’s  just easier that way and always ready to gift. 

You can also see the difference in the fringe, which  is simply the result of the fabric and how it frays when washed and dried

Note:  It will not shed lint or threads after the first washing so don’t worry about the recipient getting fuzz in their clothing.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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