Sunday, September 29, 2013

Puzzle Storage Wars

So we have this Melissa and Doug puzzle with lots and lots and lots of letters.  The puzzle comes with about ten wooden boards for your child to spell three and four letter words with the letters.  I love this puzzle.  It is educational, one of my little guys loves letters, it is a win win.  The drawback to this puzzle, it comes in a wooden box with a compartment for the wooden boards and a compartment for the letters but there is no lid.  This means when I am not looking the little letters crawl out of the box and scatter around my living room constantly.  At least that is how it feels.

As a solution I got elastic food storage covers (they are basically different sized shower caps) and I stretched it over the top of the box.  Now we have a lid that my little guys can easily take on and off when they want to use the puzzle.  But when the puzzle is not in use, all the letters stay neatly in the box and no longer scatter around my living room when I am not looking.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Weighted Down

One of my little guys, Jake, had to have eye surgery at the end of the summer.  We had timed it as best as we could to allow him to play, swim, run, jump, ride bikes, and generally have fun before the big day.  You see, once Jake had the eye surgery he would be required to remain relatively sedentary and could not get his eyes wet for six whole weeks.  The doctor would be cutting into his eye muscles and shortening them 5cm each to hopefully train his brain to no longer cross his eyes.  Keeping any three, almost four year, old calm and relatively sedate for six minutes seemed highly impossible to me let alone for six whole weeks.  This was without me adding his two same aged brothers into the mix who like to play chase and wrestle and generally run around together where head to head collisions are the norm rather than the exception.

Jake is an especially bouncy kid.  He loves to sing and dance and crash into the couch just because.  The idea that he was not going to run around and bang his head seemed an impossibility.  Since one of my other sons, Liam has sensory processing disorder I became very aware of the various items used in treating children with sensory issues.  While Jake does not have sensory processing disorder, he has poor motor skills and muscle tone and we have found he responds well to extra weight when, as I like to say, he has ants in his pants. I started researching weighted lap pads and blankets knowing that the weight helped Jake during circle time at school and he generally loves to wrap himself up in blankets.

When I looked at the prices I knew that it would be a hefty investment that was not in our budget.  After doing research, I decided I could figure out how to make a weighted blanket on my own.  I went to the fabric store and Jake got to pick out his fabric, super heroes of course, and that night I set out to make a blanket.  By the next afternoon I had completed a 5 pound weighted blanket for my little guy.  He adores it!  Fast forward two weeks, Jake underwent the surgery and afterwards he cuddled up with me under the weighted blanket and fell asleep.  The blanket worked!!  The surgery was really successful and Jake has been doing an awesome job of keeping calm with a little help from his blanket and matching lap pad.

After doing all this, I decided to open up my own Etsy shop called Three High Chairs.  My goal is to make affordable weighted lap pads, weighted toddler blankets and weighted twin blankets so that parents in a similar situation to mine do not have to break the bank.  Check it out at