How to use the VTech Digital Audio Baby Monitor

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Having a newborn can be challenging. Having a newborn in addition to having a very active toddler is exhausting! I thought we had it covered when it came to baby proofing but these last few weeks have proven us otherwise. It seems like every time I’m attending to my newborn my toddler disappears and gets into something new. I honestly struggle sometimes to keep up. That was until I discovered a new baby monitor on Amazon. The VTech Safe&Sound DM271-110 Audio Monitor with Open/Closed and Motion Sensors has been a life saver.

The VTech Digital Audio Baby Monitor is not your typical baby monitor. For starters it does act like a regular baby monitor but it also includes a Open/Closed monitor and a motion monitor.

The main part of the VTech Digital Audio Baby Monitor gets placed near your baby and is equipped with a two-way talk-back intercom. I absolutely love this feature since I can be downstairs and if my husband is upstairs with the baby we can easily talk over the intercom.

The hand held part of the VTech Digital Audio Baby Monitor will become attached to your hip. It literally has a built-in belt clip but it gives you up to 1,000 feet to wander. The hand held is how you get alerted. You can even adjust the sound off and have it vibrate when one of the other devises are triggered.

It also displays the temperature, which as you can see it was pretty hot in my home that day! If it gets too hot it will alert you that the temperature is too hot.

I think one of my favorite features is the glow in the dark night light. It displays the moon and stars onto the ceiling. The base also allows you to adjust the direction you want the night light aimed. Plus, it play’s a lullaby which my daughter loves!

The Motion part of the VTech Digital Audio Baby Monitor is a great feature. You can place it anywhere with easy mounting tape and it will notify you if someone triggers it. I placed mine at my front door since my toddler has been know to escape. The first time she discovered how to unlock the front door she ran out, I mean ran! This scared me so much since she still doesn’t understand the street is off limits because cars pass by. The next day we purchased an additional baby lock for the top of the door. This is a great lock but the only problem with it is if you forget to lock it or in my case when my husband leaves for work I need to always remember to lock it. This is where the VTech Digital Audio Baby Monitor comes in. By placing the motion sensor at our front door I get a alert anytime someone approaches it. My daughter has yet to escape again!

Finally the VTech Digital Audio Baby Monitor comes with a open/close monitor. I decided to place this on our slider that goes out to the backyard. This is another door my daughter likes to open and help herself out. If I happen to be upstairs and my toddler decides to go downstairs and opens the slider I get alerted immediately. The nice part about the open/close feature is that it won’t continue to go off if the door is open. Since this is our slider into the backyard we do like to leave it open from time to time, the monitor will alert me only once when the door is open.

The system only comes with 1 open/close sensor but you can easily purchase more to place them on every door or window.

The hand held monitor of the VTech Digital Audio Baby Monitor will also keep all the events/alerts saved in case you do step away from the monitor. As you can see I have 3 events which means something was triggered 3 times.

Like I said before; having a newborn and a toddler is hard, but things have gotten a little easier now that I have the VTech Digital Audio Baby Monitor to help out. You can purchase the VTech Digital Audio Baby Monitor at vtechphones.com or amazon.com.

Have you tried any of the latest monitors from VTech? Which monitor do you have? I love finding new gadgets that help with parenting and make my life easier. For more ideas on staying connected at home follow VTech’s Pinterest page or their Facebook page.

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How to make a Butterfly Piñata

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With my entire immediate family having birthdays in Summer; Summertime is Birthday season. I really don’t mind since I love celebrating birthdays, but more importantly I love picking out the perfect card. Greeting cards are an essential part of gift giving since they add that personal touch. When it comes to adults I go with humor but when it comes to children I like to find cards that interest them. My daughter will be turning 3 in August and this year she’s in love with butterflies, so finding the perfect Butterfly card by American Greetings was easy.

She’s so in love with Butterflies I even found her matching gift wrap at Walmart in the card and party decor aisles. American Greetings has a great selection of Birthday Cards, gift bags and birthday gift wrap. I can’t wait to see her face light up when she see’s the Butterflies!

Since Butterflies will be her party theme this year I decided to make her a Butterfly Piñata. This was my first attempt at making a Piñata and I can honestly say it’s really easy.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a Butterfly Pinata.

Supplies:
Cardboard
Butterfly Template
Pencil or Marker
Scissors
Duck Tape
Glue
Crepe Paper
Wire or String for hanging
Newspaper
Paper Mache (Flour & Water)
Pipe Cleaners (Optional)

Don’t forget your American Greetings Birthday Cards and Gift Wrap!

Step 1: Print out a Butterfly template. You can download and use this template but you’ll need to adjust it to the size you want. I made mine about 22″ wide.
Step 2: Trace around the template onto a piece of cardboard. I first traced with pencil then once the shape was what I wanted I used a marker to outline the final design.
Step 3: Cut out the butterfly.
Step 4: Take the cardboard butterfly and trace it onto another piece of cardboard.
Step 5: Cut out the 2nd butterfly.

Step 6: Cut several 8″ long strips of cardboard. You’ll use these to make the the sides of the Butterfly. I made mine about 8″ long x 4″ wide.
Step 7: Fold the cardboard in 2″ on each side. This will make the space between each side of the butterfly about 4″ wide.
Step 8: Using duct tape, tape the folded strips of cardboard to one side of the butterfly.
Step 9: Tape the second side to create the walls. Repeat this all the way around.

Step 10: Next add a wire or string loop to the top of the piñata so you can easily hang it when finished. I secured it with duct tape on the inside.

Step 11: Make Paper Mache. I used 1/2 cup Flour & 1 cup Water. You’ll also need to cut newspaper into strips.
Step 12: Dip the newspaper into the paper mache and add to the entire pinata. I only added 1 layer making sure to overlap each piece about 3/4″. Let it completely dry.

Step 13: Cut the crepe paper. The easiest way is to take 1 long piece and fold it several times, then cut the fringe.
Step 14: Glue the fringe to the entire butterfly. It’s best to always start at the bottom.

Step 15: To create the details I cut templates out of paper. Then repeat the above steps and cover the templates with crepe paper.
Step 16: Glue the detail pieces directly onto the piñata.
Step 17: Add pipe cleaners to the wire to create antennas.

Step 18: Finally fill the piñata with your favorite candy!

This was really easy to make; however, applying the crepe paper was time consuming. Either way, seeing my daughters expression when she saw it complete was amazing! Plus, she loved her Butterfly card and gift wrap by American Greetings.

Have you ever tried to make a Pinata? I’d love to hear what you’ve made. For more Birthday inspiration follow American Greetings Pinterest page or their Instagram account.

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