Clover Necklaces, Bracelets and Tiaras

Creative Wednesdays

My Nanny Family’s yard is full of blooming clover. So I taught my nanny kids how to make clover chains. We picked blooming clovers with long stems to make jewelry. One of my nanny kids even made up her own way to make clover chains. Her video instructions are included below.

Braid Chain

1. Begin braiding three clovers with long stems from the end with no flower and work your way toward the flower.
2. When the braid gets near the flower, tie a new stem onto each stem of the braid.
3. Continue braiding to the end of these three stems.
4. Tie a stem onto each braided stem and repeat the process until your chain is as long as you want it.

Slit Chain

1. Make a slit near the flower of a clover stem by inserting your thumbnail into the stem. Hold the stem with the tips of your fingers (thumb and forefinger) and gently squeeze the stem lengthwise to open the slit.
2. Thread the stem of another flower through the open slit.
3. Using the same method, make a slit in the new stem and thread another stem through it. Repeat the process until chain reaches the desired length.
4. Weave the ends together to complete the chain.

Knot Chain

1. Hold one flower in your hand and tie the stem of another flower around the stem of the flower you are holding.
2. Slide the knot to the base of the flower, then tighten.
3. Then, tie a knot around the stem of the flower that you tied the knot in, sliding the knot to the base of the flower on that stem and tightening.
4. Repeat the process until the chain is the desired length.
5. To close the chain, tie the stem of the first flower to the stem of the last flower.

Wrap Chain

My nanny kid made up her own way to make clover chains and this is by far the prettiest of all the clover chains we made. See the attached video in which she describes how to make her Wrap Clover Chains.

1. Start by holding two clovers in your left hand.
2. Then take the the third clover in your right hand and hold it horizontally over the first two stems, right below the flowers.
3. Take the horizontal stem and wrap it around the clover flowers and down between the two flowers in the left hand. Then hold all three stems tightly in your left hand.
4. Then, pick up another clover with the right hand and repeat the process by holding it horizontally over the flowers in the left hand. Then wrap the stem around the closest two blooms and pull stem between the blooms.
5. Once the chain is the desired length, tie it in a knot.

Reference:

https://www.leaf.tv/articles/how-to-tie-a-clover-flower-chain/

20 + Amazon Prime Day Products for Nannies

img_7044Amazon Prime Day starts on Monday, July 16 at 3 p.m. ET and runs through Tuesday, July 17.

If you are not a Amazon Prime member already, you can still shop the sale by signing up for a FREE 30 day trial of Amazon Prime. If you don’t want a future membership just cancel the membership in the first month to not be charged.

Be a Prime member, Download the app, then visit the Prime Day Hub page to help find deals.

Of course there will be sales on desirable Amazon products like the Alexa Voice Remote for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Echo Dot with Alexa, Kindle Fire HD, and the Fire HD Kids Edition.

There are a bunch of specific Prime Day product launches that are available early. A few interesting baby items I saw were the Britax B-Free and B-Safe Travel System and the Da Vinci line of cribs and gliders.

Here are other items I have added to my shopping list to see if will have discounts on Prime Day for myself and my Nanny Family.

img_70201. Kyapoo Baby Nursing Breastfeeding Cover Multi-Use Scarf

The Kyapoo Nursing Cover for Breastfreeding Is a super soft 100% Organic Cotton Multi Use scarf. You can wear it as a scarf, as a breastfeeding cover, shopping cart cover, car seat canopy, light blanket, or stroller cover.

img_70212. Arnzion Burp Cloths

These burp cloths won’t shrink and crinkle easily, and always be neat and nice. When you go out with the baby, you can just roll them up to put in the nursing bag. They are thoughtfully designed, with a curve in the middle, to fit your neck and shoulder. It is made of 100% cotton with cute designs. They absorb liquid quickly and get even softer with each wash.

img_70233. Backpack Diaper Bag, Travel Organizer Back Pack

The LESONIC Backpack Diaper Bag, Water Resistant Baby Travel Organizer Back Pack for Mom/Dad with Insulated Pockets for Bottle Storage, Changing Pad, and Stroller Straps. I will be buying this great diaper bag for 10% off on Prime Day. This perfect baby travel organizer backpack is made of polyester fabric and waterproof material. It looks great for men and women. It can fit 3 feeding bottles, 6 baby clothes, 2 shoes, 4 bibs, 8 diapers, 1 milk powder can, disposable tissues, changing pads, sippy cups, babies’ accessories and so much more.

img_70244. Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner

There is already a coupon available on Amazon for the Boppy Pillow. Every nanny and parent needs a Bopoy Pillow and Positioner. This versatile nursing pillow lifts baby to a more ergonomic position for comfortable breastfeeding and bottle feeding, giving relief to your arms and back.

img_7025-15. Dr. Brown’s Options 3 Piece Wide Neck Glass Bottle in Silicone Sleeve

I have always loved Dr. Brown’s bottles and now they have a convertible bottle that can remove the vent system. The new vent system is designed to grow with baby. The nipple venting creates a paced flow, and provides a feeding experience similar to most nipple-vented bottles. Includes 3-9oz wide neck bottles, 3-level one silicone nipples, and mint, green and blue silicone sleeves.

img_70266. Magnetic Cabinet Locks Child Safety 41-Piece Kit with Extra Corner Guards

I cannot wait to buy these magnetic cabinet child safety locks. Invisible installation baby proofs your kitchen without unsightly locks on the exterior of your cabinets. This 41-piece set has got your kitchen covered has 12 locks and latches plus 2 magnetic keys will keep drawers and cabinets locked. There is also a 10-year replacement agreement.

img_70277. Boon Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub

This is a collapsible baby bath I am excited to purchase. It is made to used from newborn to toddler. Recline it, expand it, drain it, collapse it and hang it up to dry. Slim profile for easy storage. The reclined position cradles newborns, which helps keep their head above water. Fully-expanded basin accommodates infants and toddlers. Collapsible design and hook make storing easy. Drain plug for quick, complete water drainage. Simple, one piece design makes transitioning between stages easy without losing parts. Rotating support brace for quick and secure positioning. Stable, slip resistant base.

img_70288. SUPABOWL Stay Put Baby Suction Bowls

Although babies think it is funny, I hate when babies and toddlers throw their bowls when they are done eating. That’s why I will buying theses suction bowl and spoon set on Prime Day. For best results, dampen suction base before pressing bowl firmly on a smooth and flat surface. To remove from surface simply use the easy release tab. Snap tight lids keep food fresh and ensure no leaks when out and about. They stack easily. The soft spoons won’t hurt a baby’s gums.

img_70309. Baby Footprint and Handprint Photo Frame Kit

I can’t wait to give this as a gift for a new mother or the next baby shower I attend. A coupon is already available for this great keepsake.

img_7031-110. Portable Baby Diaper Caddy

This awesome portable diaper caddy will be 20% off on Amazon Prime Day 2018. The diaper caddy basket is not just a diaper holder designed for any nursery or nursery furniture sets. It can also be used as a car caddy or organizer. I love that I can easily move the tote around using its long and sturdy handle.

img_703211. Pacifier Clip with Elephant Teether

The Baby elefun clips a pacifier to the baby’s clothes, blankets, and drool bibs, but will not ruin them. You don’t need to worry about the pacifier or teether falling
on the floor or the clip ripping the baby’s clothes. The teething toy is made of food grade silicone that is gentle on the baby’s gums, won’t scratch or rust, and can be put in the fridge to keep cool and soothe the baby’s gums.

img_703312. Baby Jungle Animal Wall Decals

You can get 10% off this colorful baby jungle animal train wall decal to liven up a kid’s nursery, baby room, or playroom. This adorable, eye catching design is guaranteed to bring big smiles to small faces.

img_703413. Henry Hunter Baby Swaddle Sack

I love these swaddling blankets that have no Velcro, snaps, or zippers to scratch babies. These swaddles are designed to be soft, stretchy and comfortable. They are intended to be non-constricting and have a loose feel for the baby’s feet, allowing plenty of hip movement. Just bunch the swaddle up with your hands (like you were about to put a sock on), then start from the babies feet and work your way up to his or her shoulders.

img_703514. Car Seat Organizer

If you drive your own car for your nanny job you know that kids’ stuff starts to overtake your car. BabySeater’s extra-large backseat organizer is packed with pockets galore to keep your car clutter free. Turn your backseat into a mobile entertainment center with BabySeater! The car organizer features a touch screen sensitive, 11.5” tablet holder that will keep electronics safe. The seat back organizer easily converts to a stroller organizer, so you can take the essentials with you wherever you go.

img_703615. USA Toyz STEM Engineering Building

There is a 25% coupon already available for this great STEM toy. This 160 piece engineering set allows kids to build basic and complex structures and play STEM brain games. They are better than building blocks since they have atomic designs are a molecular take on building blocks with one-of-a-kind STEM building. It comes with a sturdy tote features rugged clasps and handle

img_703716. UpChefs Sandwich Cutters

Finally, everything you need for fun and healthy lunchbox meals in one convenient package. The UpChefs Complete Bento Box Kit includes 8 veggie cutters, 12 silicone lunch cups, 4 sandwich cutters and 10 food picks, for much less that it would cost to buy everything on its own. UpChefs uses only food-grade materials: 100% Non-toxic, BPA-free, Phthalate-free, Mercury-free, Lead-free. Plus, when you order during Prime Day you’ll receive 8 scratch-off notes and stickers as a free gift. These scratch-off stickers are so much fun to put in a child’s lunch box for unforgettable lunchtime surprise!

img_703817. Earmo Digital Medical Ear Thermometer

This is such a great thermometer. It takes a child’s or an adult’s temperature in one second and the info is organized on an app in your smartphone. The Earmo is a smart infrared ear thermometer with LED display.Earmo serves as the best thermometer in the market and revolutionizes the way of interacting with kids and parents. Without disturbing the baby with light or invasive probe tip, Earmo allows you to take and read the temperature instantly in any light especially when your baby is sleeping or cranky.

img_703918. Britax B-Free and B-Safe Ultra Travel System

This is a car seat and stroller together and is a Prime Day Launch item. The B-Free & B-Safe Ultra Travel System ensures that first ride home from the hospital and every other trip is smooth and safe. Bring more baby gear on your outings with seven storage pockets and front access, extra-large storage basket. No-flat rubber tires take on any terrain with ease. Safe Center LATCH makes installation easy, and when you’re exploring the city and don’t have your base at hand.

img_704019. Evelots Set of 2 Honeycomb Organizers

You might think it’s crazy for a nanny to recommend honeycomb drawer organizer but keeping drawers organized is a huge part of my job. These honeycomb drawer organizers are excellent for keeping all your drawers neat and organized. It is perfect for undergarments, socks, tights, stockings, ties, but can also be used to organize all of the arts and crafts. Easy snap together assembly. Assembles in seconds. Can be easily cut for a perfect customized fit.

img_704120. Travel Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are the greatest product for nannies who pack kids to go on vacation. Gonex Packing Cubes feature breathable, mesh-top panels that offer not only important ventilation, but also at-a-glance viewing for easily identifying what’s inside. It allows you to easily store and organize your clothing that makes it easy to pack and even easier to unpack. What’s more, they are sized to fit perfectly in your luggage and hotel drawers. It is perfect for a two-week trip like summer camp because they can neatly pack all your clothes tightly in one carryon and a backpack.

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