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How To: DIY Sand/Water Table

How To: Build A Sand/Water Table for Under $30!
Sorry this took me so long to blog, but I had to have a tool list and full instructions before I could do so.
A little history on my love for the sand/water table. I love the idea behind tools for tiny hands, i.e. the Montessori Method, and like to have Lukka 'figure things out for himself', even when he is playing. I try to have the most simple and basic toys available for 3 reasons: a) simple toys generally have less parts, which means less of a hassle for me
b) simple toys inspire way more creativity and imagination than do 'exact replica' toys
c) they are much more aesthetically pleasing to look at, therefore, not making every nook and cranny of our house an eyesore!
I know the last reason is just for me, but it's true. Plastic things don't generally last 1/2 as long as wooden or fabric toys, and they are unattractive. For this reason, I started to look for a wooden sand/water table as opposed to a plastic one …

Strawberry Pickin' at Roca Berry Farm

Remember last year, the great fun Lukka had picking strawberries? Well, we all packed up with Grammie again for another year's adventure in the fields of Roca Berry Farm. This one lasted a bit shorter than last, since I had to whisk Anikka away because I was afraid she was going to make herself sick! I think next year, when she's just over two, is a better age to start taking kids on this, because Lukka had a great time, didn't eat too much, and picked a lot of strawberries for our two flats (Along with Grammie's help, of course)!
The tractor ride out to the field was probably the highlight for the Bug. He loves tractors.
She got the hang of putting strawberries into the flat, but when she tried them, figured out she'd rather be putting them in her mouth.
This is an early picture, clearly. Her clothes were C.O.V.E.R.E.D. Make no mistake, wear old clothes you don't mind getting stained/dirty when you go out to the fields! You will get strawberry juice on them!
The b…

Anikka's Birthday Interview // 11

Anikka is 11 today! This year she has grown in so many ways--she is so tall (!) now, and has started to love dance again, after many years haitus. She is always moving: kart-wheeling, bouncing on her huge yoga ball, or jumping around on our mini trampoline. She still loves reading and art, and does both of those in the majority of her free time. She has gained more friendships this year and has been practicing bravery and is seeing the fruit of that in various aspects of her life. We're so proud of her! We love you, Beaner!

Ani practicing flexibility 
What is your favorite color? blue 
Who are some of your friends? Lilah, Audrey, Anya, Marie, Kate, Ophelia, Charlotte, Charlee, Summer, Emily, Isla, Kathryn, Anna, CJ
What do you want to be when you grow up? a mom
What makes you happy? kittens
What makes you sad? movies about dogs dying!



What is your favorite animal? cats
What is your favorite book?  The Girl Who Sailed the Stars
What is your favorite thing to do with Mom? read a book, or bak…