Happy Friday! | Cute Beltz

I am always excited to see Friday because it is the start to the weekend!! Fortunately, it brings a little relaxation(well, as much as a mom can get) and fun.

Happy Friday!
Happy Friday!

So, here’s to an awesome weekend.  May you enjoy these last few days of summer before the kid’s school year kicks into high gear!

Happy Friday!! –CuteBeltz

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Our Favorite Educational Learning Toys | Cute Beltz

Are you looking for some good ideas for high quality and fun educational learning toys? Here are some of our top picks.

Alphabet Abacus
Ages: 3 years+

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The perfect way for little ones to learn their letters! Inspired by the abacus, this educational learning toy is more about ABC than 123. The colorful letters flip over to reveal an illustration of something beginning with the letter on the front.

This engaging learning toy is safe and healthy, made with solid wood and water-based paint.

Tie-Up Practice Shoe
Ages: 3 years+

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Practice makes perfect, and now your child can master the art of shoe-tying with this fun wooden shoe model. Incredible value and superior craftsmanship make this item a top seller and childhood favorite. Brightly colored, smooth-sanded pieces help build early shape, color and size differentiation skills. Wooden, high-top sneaker helps kids learn to lace and tie over and over again!

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Ready-to-Assemble Young Time 2 Station Art Center. Inspire young artists with this double-sided art center. Ample storage space below helps keep art supplies handy. Lifetime warranty. CPSIA and CARB compliant. GREENGUARD Children & Schools indoor air quality certified. Made in the USA. Young Time is for budget-minded buyers seeking to get the most for their classroom furniture dollar. Young Time offers affordable, American-made early learning furniture designed with a focus on the functionality you need most! With features like rounded corners, a durable laminated surface and thermo-fused edge banding, which helps seal out moisture its designed to satisfy and priced to please. All products are safety tested and certified and come with a full lifetime guarantee!

Mini Orchestra
Ages: 6 months+

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Make happy noises with the Mini Orchestra, a set of four fun musical toys that can be played one at a time, or all together! Includes a clip-clap, jingle bells, bead tumbler, and baby-safe tambourine.

These toys are a great way to develop rhythm skills, and the variety helps keep kids engaged.

Baby Blocks Walker
Ages: 10 months+

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Right after first steps come next steps, and this walker will help keep your toddler moving right along. This educational learning toy provides stability for little ones and has an adjustable handle for optimum support. And when it’s time to stop and play, it has 24 blocks they can arrange and rearrange.

Made from replenishable wood, this toy is safe, sturdy, nontoxic, and environmentally friendly.

Stacking Wooden Ring Set
Ages: 2 years+

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This classic children’s toy is done one better: includes 25 durable; solid-wood pieces to match and stack. Great for building early shape; color and size differentiation skills!

Get busy stacking all different shapes, colors and sizes. This fun Geometric Stacker comes with 25 durable pieces to match and stack on a solid base. Perfect for building shape, color and size differentiation skills. Pieces made of solid wood. One of the great classics of educational learning toys!

Creative Peg Puzzle
Ages: 18 months+

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This fun and colorful toy has lots of ways to play! A twist on the classic stacking toy, it encourages problem solving with its unusually notched posts that only allow certain pieces in certain places. A multi-dimensional puzzle they’ll love!

What’s your child’s favorite educational learning toy? – Cute Beltz

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5 Unexpected Ways to Use Curtains | Cute Beltz

The wonderful flow and feel of curtains, these simple pieces do more than just dress the windows. They’re perfect for rounding out a space and finishing a room, but in more ways than just the windows! Wispy chiffon or thick tuile, if you have some extra curtains hiding in the linen closet waiting to be used, we’ve found some wonderful, charming and different ways to use them! Take a peek!

Create a little privacy

It could be a cozy, comfy reading corner. It could be the bay window where you like to sip your morning tea and write out your to-do list for the day. Or it could be your office nook! Use some curtains to cut off the world and create a little privacy. It’s a lighter, softer way to divide a room or space than with doors or folding boards.

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Create a new table

Sometimes curtains can make the most perfect tablecloth or even table runner, depending on the size of a table and fabric. When you just can’t seem to find that most perfect color or print, look to the curtain and use your creativity. You may even save a few bucks in the process!

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Create a bit of cozy

We all love canopy beds, but using ceiling curtains creates something even more magical. It’s whimsical. It’s cozy and at a whole different level of style and design than a classic canopy. Whether it’s your bedroom or your little girls, this is a fun way to utilize some extra sets of sheer curtains.

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Create a little concealment.

For some difference in texture and a unique spin, cover your shelves with curtains. It’s a fun, more feminine way of hiding any clutter! Use this idea in the kitchen, laundry room or even in your wild and crazy craft room! And it’s incredibly easy to DIY and a lot less expensive than installing new cabinets.

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Create a tinge of doggy style.

Have a boring ole black dog create hanging out in the house? Is in an eye sore in the family room or taking up dull space in the kitchen? Well with a bit of DIYing of some leftover curtains or even just laying some down, you can make that crate feel more homey for the pup and more styled for the house! Add some bows, add some ruffles and VOILA! better looking for everyone!

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What are some unexpected ways you would use your curtains?Cute Beltz

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5 Unique Birthday Party Ideas | Cute Beltz

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Your child’s birthday is coming up, and you’re fresh out of savvy ideas. Sure, you could just invite over a bunch of children to run around in the backyard like every other parent does, but you want something cool and unique to make your little one feel special.

It’s your lucky day! We’re sharing some extremely fun, chic children’s birthday party ideas that will make your kid’s b-day bash legendary among his or her friends.

Dinosaur Hunter

Does your child freak out over fossils? Make your budding paleontologist’s birthday wishes come true by organizing a dinosaur hunt for him and his friends! Send kids on a mini excavation in the backyard. Simply fill plastic Easter eggs with small dino toys or wrapped candy, and hide them in a large sandbox. Give your boy and his party guests plastic beach shovels, buckets and whatever else you think they’ll need for their archaeological excursion, and just let them dig.

You might not assume that kids would enjoy sifting through a sandbox, but when dinosaurs are involved, they’ll tear into the task with T-rex-sized enthusiasm. Stick with a dino-themed cake and decorations to keep the excitement going, and let guests take home the unearthed toys and candy as party favors. Your kid will likely remember this afternoon as the best birthday bash of the era.

Pet Party

If your kid is wild about animals, let her woof it up with a pet party! Send out animal-themed invites to her friends and their pets, then wait for the fun and fur to fly. If your little animal lover is inviting her entire class, you can set stricter regulations on the beasts of honor, such as dogs only, and plan to have the party in a large, animal-friendly environment like a dog park or, if you’ve got the space, your own backyard.

Is your child is inviting a smaller, more manageable group? In that case, you’ve got some wiggle room to invite anything that mews, barks or blows bubbles. Allow creatures of all types to attend, from fish and ferrets to felines. Section off an area of your home, but beware of guests with long-standing instinctual feuds. You’d be surprised how much chaos a few fleeing cats and one determined dog can cause, so make sure all furry party attendees undergo a temperament test before they’re admitted. Mandating that everyone’s up to date with vaccinations isn’t a bad idea, either, and be sure all parents understand the party’s theme so children with pet allergies will know to decline the invite.

Cupcake Party

If there are two things girls love, they’re sweets and sleepovers. Why not combine the two into a decadent, all-night birthday bash your daughter will remember for years to come? Yes, you’re going to have a huge mess to clean up afterward, but throwing her a cupcake party will be easy.

Instead of spending money on props and a party space, blow it all on candy and confections! Purchase lots of different flavorings, sugars, toppings, icings and, of course, eggs, butter and flour. If you really want to go all out, you can pick up personalized aprons for party favors. Your daughter and her baking crew will remember this event long after their sugar highs are over.

Spa Party Theme

Ask the girls to bring their bathrobes and slippers to set the scene for this party.   Set out different facial masks and peel masks and don’t forget the cucumber slices!  Set up different stations for manicures, pedicures, facials and hairstyling.  Let the girls rotate to each station every 10-15 minutes.  Have a different color nail polish for each guest and let them try them all. Give them colorful emery boards and toe separators along with their nail polish for a birthday party favor.

Costume Party

Have the kids come in costume, no matter what time of the year it is.  It can be a sports uniform, an old Halloween costume, a dance recital costume, or their parents’ old vintage clothes. When they arrive have each one state exactly who they are impersonating and for the remainder of the party have them talk, act, and do what their character would do at all time. The other kids must call them by their characters name from that point on.

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DIY Glitter Playdough Recipe | Cute Beltz

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Add some sparkle to your homemade playdough with this glitter playdough recipe! This is a kids’ favorite and one of the best playdough recipes to make for kids birthdays or other special occasions. This playdough recipe is not edible, but it does not need to be refrigerated so it is easy to store and keep. Use multiple colors and glitters to make all kinds of playdough that can be used to create every kind of shape and object, making this playdough recipe for kids a great choice, especially for crafts with young children.

Ingredients:

  • flour – 1 cups
  • salt – 0.5 cups
  • cream of tartar – 2 tbsp
  • cooking oil – 1 tbsp
  • water – 1 cup
  • food coloring
  • glitter

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients except glitter into a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix ingredients until consistent.
  • Add to a pan at medium heat.
  • Cook until mixture is a doughy ball.
  • Put on wax paper and add glitter.
  • Knead until dough is smooth and consistent.
  • Store in a sealed container but do not refrigerate.

If you want to add even more sparkle to your playdough sprinkle some glitter on after you’ve finish kneading everything together. This recipe is very kid friendly and easy to make! It is particularly fun to make after you have made some simpler playdough recipes with your kids and they can make something a little bit more difficult with your help.

What are some things your kids would add to their playdough  to make it fun to play with? – Cute Beltz

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