Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
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Happy Monday! We’re kicking off another week and all I can think is that Christmas is less than two weeks away! Can you believe it? I’m soaking in all of the holiday festivities and of course, buying presents last minute. This year I’ve made it a goal to give a homemade gift with every present. I’m pretty excited about this (more on that later)! As a lot of you already know, my little Oliver Finn is enjoying his first Christmas. He’s actually 3 months old today!
As I started thinking about Oliver’s first Christmas, it made me think about all of my friends that just had or are about to have a little one during this holiday season. Oh, the joys (and struggles) of being a new mom! As my Christmas gift to my friend who’s a soon-to-be mom, I want to give her comfort and joy. Yes, go ahead and sing the song while you’re reading this! That’s why I headed to my local Babies R Us so that I can gift her a VTech VM341-216 Bear 2 Camera Full Color Video Monitor. I know the comfort this VTech Bear Video Monitor brings to a new mom as their little one is sleeping. How? I have one myself!
The struggle is real sometimes, especially after the first two weeks and being sleep deprived. The one thing that saved my peace of mind, is the VTech Bear Video Monitor. First off, it comes with a bear shaped camera to place in the nursery. I can’t get over how cute (and functional) it is!
Then, as an added bonus, there’s an additional standard camera for me to place in any other room in my home. This one is in my bedroom since that’s where my little one currently sleeps at night. I can easily adjust both cameras by tilting the camera angle up or down. You can also mount them to the wall! Cool, right?
Both cameras provide colored video and night vision on an amazing 4.3 inch LCD screen. Every giggle, whimper, and movement is caught on these cameras! And don’t get me started on the split screen. I was tickled pink when I saw this! Perfect for parents with more than one child or if a friend comes over to play and also needs a quick nap. Although this package comes with two cameras, you can add two more. That’s a 4-way screen view my friends! Don’t worry! All thanks to the digital transmission, the video is private and secure. Do you think that can be my excuse to my husband to get a bigger house to decorate?
We also all know the comfort that music and white noise brings to an infant. This monitor has built in lullabies and soothing sounds along with a two-way, talk back intercom for you to utilize so that you can comfort your child from afar. This has saved the day several times when it comes to nap time.
After designing Oliver’s room with a modern gender neutral design, I knew this VTech Bear Video Monitor would be a stylish choice while also providing functionality and comfort through it’s features. The setup and use of these monitors are also very simple once turning them on and can reach up to 1,000 feet. Perfect for when I’m baking holiday cookies in the kitchen while Oliver snoozes away.
Now you can see why I want to gift this monitor this holiday season! If you don’t have a Babies R Us near you, this VTech Bear Video Monitor is also available online.
So, before I show you how I’m going to give this monitor to my friend, let me show you the DIY gift that will put the sparkle into mommyhood to go along with it.
As an extra special surprise, I made a glitter tumbler for the mom-to-be. When relying on just a few hours of sleep, nursing or bottle feeding, and adjusting to a whole new normal, a new mom gets extremely dehydrated. It’s so important to stay hydrated in order to make it through the days and nights. This will motivate a new mom to drink more and to never misplace this tumbler due to all of the sparkle. I was constantly misplacing my water cup until I created one for myself.
Here’s how to make one for yourself or for a friend:
Photo Tumbler || Glitter and Sequins || Water
Step 1: Mix your glitter choices together. I went with a few different sizes and shapes.
Step 2: Unscrew the bottom of the tumbler and remove the paper. Add your glitter by sprinkling it in.
Step 3: Fill the compoartment all the way up with water. Screw the lid back on tightly and you’re ready to use your cup. Tip: Hand wash only!
Just imagine, an exhausted mom finally gets her little one down for a nap, turns on her VTech Bear Video Monitor to have a peace of mind while relaxing on the couch, and indulging in a nice cold cup of water in her brand new floating glitter tumbler. Life at that moment is simply perfect.
The fun with gifting this monitor and glitter tumbler continues. I love wrapping gifts because we all know the fun part about receiving a gift is opening it. Here’s how I’ve wrapped these goodies in a creative way to make it just as fun as what’s on the inside:
Give parents a laugh as they receive their new VTech Bear Video Monitor that’s wrapped in handlettered wrapping paper that reads “silent night”. Parents are bound to have a silent night with the reassurance their little one is being closely watched from the comfort of their bed. That is the greatest gift, right!?
Add glitter on the bag that you’re placing the glitter tumbler in as a fun preview of what’s inside. I simply applied glue to a snowflake stamp, stamped the bag, and applied the glitter. I had instant glittery snowflakes! Now I want to stamp everything.
I’m one happy momma with a happy baby because of my VTech Bear Video Monitor and glittery tumbler. How much fun would these items be to gift to a friend?! And I totally get it! You’re thinking that this isn’t the monitor for you and that’s okay! VTech has designed an assortment of baby monitors to meet your specific needs whether you want just audio or you want the audio with the soothing sounds and video. Either way, you’ll be using whichever VTech product you’ve chosen through the early stages of independence of your child while feeling confident in your choice.
Here’s a little more information on VTech this holiday season:
VTech Baby Care Page. . .
VTech on Instagram . . .
on Facebook . . .
on Pinterest . . .
Do you have a friend or family member that would love to have the VTech Bear Video Monitor and glitter tumbler for Christmas? Have something else that would go great as a gift with these two items? Tell me all about it below! I’d also love to hear how you use your monitor in your home. I’m always wanting to learn new “mom ways”. As always, thank you for joining me today on Within the Grove!
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