Sensory Boxes in My Messy Little Nest


How can I keep them busy?

This morning I was trolling Pinterest to try to find something fun for the toddlers to do indoors. I kept seeing these sensory box things. I’ve seen them before and they look fun, I’ve just never put one together. I decided that today was the day that our boys would experience a sensory box.

I found some old pearl barley in the kitchen that I was just going to throw away so I tossed that into a container with some bright buttons that I had. Originally I was going to put some bulldozers in there so that they could push around the buttons, but we couldn’t  find any (shocker) so we settled with cars.Sensory Boxes in My Messy Little Nest

I sat the box on the floor in the living room so that it as easily accessible to both of the boys. They actually had a lot of fun with it! They were pushing the cars through the barley and running it through their fingers. There was laughing and giggling rather than yelling and screaming at each other. I kind of knew that it was too good to be true, but I just went with it; they were having fun and that’s all that really matters.

While they were quietly playing I was drinking my coffee and checking all of my social media pages. I turned around saw that they had put a bit of the barley and buttons on the carpet. I told them that it was supposed to stay in the box. They continued playing and before I knew it the box was dumped out all over the floor! I was annoyed but they were still getting along and having fun together. I decided that it was a battle that I wasn’t going to fight. They were bonding and that was more important than the mess that I would have to clean up.

Pros vs. Cons


It was fun

They were bonding

It gave me a bit of quiet time



Made for work for me to clean up

Sensory Boxes in My Messy Little Nest


I think that I will probably try more sensory boxes with them in the future. Yes, it made a mess but I think that the pros outweighed the cons of it. I think that if you’re able to keep a close eye on your little one as they’re playing you could probably avoid a big mess!




FlipStir Puzzle Review

FlipStir Puzzle Review

FlipStir Puzzle ReviewIf your children are anything like mine they always need something to do in the car. If they enjoy doing puzzles then they’ll love the FlipStir puzzle! It’s perfect for the car or just for quiet time in general.If they enjoy doing puzzles then they'll love the FlipStir puzzle! It's perfect for the car or… Click To Tweet

The FlipStir Puzzle is essentially a plastic tube with half moon shape pieces inside that have pictures on them creating the puzzle pieces. Then, there is a stir stick through the top that is used to manipulate the pieces into place. You just move the tube and use the stick to get the puzzle pieces where they need to be. I personally don’t have the patience for it, but my husband had it figured out in less than 5 minutes!

FlipStir CollageThis puzzle is perfect for long trips because there won’t be any loose pieces in the car that will get lost which will inevitably end up in tears while driving down the road. It will also keep them busy for quite awhile, which, lets be honest… isn’t that what every parent wants! 🙂 It’s also great just for some quiet time at home. It won’t make a mess and the stir stick fits completely back inside the jar so it’s very easy to find a home for. There’s nothing better than something that will keep the kiddos occupied for awhile and doesn’t make a mess.. at all!

This puzzle is for ages 7 and up and I completely agree with this. Our 9 year old was playing with it and it was a little challenging for him. He wasn’t in the mood at the time to sit down and try to figure it out, but he does play with it in the car. It keeps him busy for a good 5-10 minutes when he’s in the mood to do puzzles. If your child isn’t a puzzle fan than this probably isn’t the best toy for them as they’ll probably just get frustrated and never touch it again.


Available in 4 designs:
Level 1 “Rainbow Pencils”
Level 1 “Tyrannosaurus Rex”
Level 2 “Solar System”
Level 2 “Statue of Liberty”

FlipStir Puzzle is the winner of:

2015 Creative Child Magazine “Puzzle of the Year”
2015 Seal of Approval from The National Parenting Center
2015 Family Choice Awards Winner
2014 Tillywig “Brain Child” award
2014 Creative Child Magazine “Game of the Year – Puzzle Games Category”
Toy Man News & Reviews – The Toy Man “Seal of Approval,” The Toy Man “Award of Excellence,” The Toy Man “Editor’s Choice,” The Toy Man “Award of Recognition,” The Toy Man “S.T.E.M. Award,” and The Toy Man “Mom Approved” Award

Cost: $24.95

The FlipStir Puzzle can be ordered online at

You can also go here to see if there is a store in your state that carries them!

Here is My Secret Weapon at Bedtime

Here is my secret weapon at bedtime

Our 2 year old unfortunately takes after me as far as being a night owl. He will fight falling asleep for hours! While he’s fighting his sleep, he’s also playing with my hair the entire time, which you can read about here. I have tried everything to get him to relax and fall asleep, but there’s only 1 thing that has worked for us…. are you ready to know what my secret weapon at bedtime is?! It’s diffusing lavender essential oil!

I had heard about essential for awhile, but I was skeptical. I had even worked at a veterinary clinic that used oils to disinfect, help the clinic smell better, and even used them on the pets in some cases. I had used peppermint oil on myself when I had a headache or my stomach was upset, so I knew that they worked, but still I was skeptical about bringing them into our home.

Here is my secret weapon at bedtimeI started seeing stories from my friends on Facebook about how the oils were helping their family and I started to consider investing in them. The main reason that I started to consider them was because of our 2 year old. I was desperate to find a way to calm his mind and help him relax for bed. I talked to my husband and he was skeptical like me, but we finally decided that we should try it. We decided to invest in Young Living Essential Oils because they have been selling essential oils for over 25 years, and create the purest oils with their seed to seal process.

I was desperate to find a way to calm his mind and help him relax for bed. Click To Tweet

We decided to purchase the Premium Starter Kit so that we would be wholesale members and receive the wholesale price, but we wouldn’t have to sell the oils if we didn’t want to. Once our kit came in the mail the first thing that I did was open each bottle and smell them! The next thing that I did was read about the diffuser that came with our kit and how to use it. I knew that I wanted to diffuse Lavender oil that night to try and get S2 to bed. The diffuser was so easy to use that I was able to plug it in the babies room, add water and lavender oil to it and I was ready!

Once it was S2’s bed time we went into his room and I laid him in his bed, which usually ends up in many tears and a lot of yelling on his part. I was hoping that there would be a difference but again, I was still a skeptic. He laid down in his bed, stared at the differ lights, he got up a couple times and wanted to play with my hair so I allowed him to play with it for a minute and asked him if he was ready to lay down. He literally fell asleep after about 30 minutes… typically he wouldn’t fall asleep at all and we would end up back in the living room.

After that night I tried just putting the oil on the bottoms of his feet because I read that can also help calm little ones down, but that didn’t help much at all. I’ve found that the only thing that works for him, and really all of us is diffusing the lavender oil. I don’t do it every night like I should because I tend to forget, and then get mad at myself because it works to well! My plan is to get myself into a routine where I put the diffuser into the little boys room at night and diffuse the lavender right before bed time.

If you have a little one that has a hard time falling a sleep at night I would highly recommend trying lavender essential oil!