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February 24th 2014
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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

One day recently while my preschooler was in school, I took the toddler guy to Dollar General to check out their new Spring decor collection. Seeing as how I had to trudge through snow in the parking lot on the way into the store, it’s no surprise I was desperate for a little cheerful pick-me-up; a reminder that Spring is on the way!

I fell in love with these happy little birdies, and of course had to pick out four of them (Mommy, Daddy, Sister, Brother, just like us).

Toddler Guy conveyed to me that he desperately needed the bird hooks, so I bought them too, and I think I’ll put them in their playroom for hanging babydoll carriers  on, since those don’t really have a home at this point.

When my daughter came home from school, she immediately told me she loved the birds, and also informed me that there was one for each of us in the family. Great minds think alike, right?

Unfortunately, later in the week, the kids developed little sniffles.

Thankfull though, I had picked up some water beads while I was at Dollar General too. If you haven’t heard of water beads, they’re tiny little polymer pellets that expand a billion times their original size when you put them in water. I guess they’re really for filling vases, but all the cool moms are using them as sensory play materials.

(Don’t ask me if it’s safe for your kids to eat them. They’re not food and they’re not intended for eating, so supervise your kids and make sure they don’t put these in their mouths, okay? I feel like that’s common sense.)

I let the water beads grow to their full potential over about 6 hours, then stirred in a few drops of lemon essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil. In no time, the kids were breathing clearly and feeling much better. Plus, they were having lots of fun, of course!

Have you played with water beads lately? What are your favorite things to do with them?

And is Spring just a distant memory, a foggy hope for you? Or are you seeing signs of Spring where you are already?

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Katie Harding (16 comments)

What a cool and inexpensive idea, my little one would love playing with the water beads, thanks for the awesome idea!
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Maggie (18 comments)

Water beads are a great idea! We probably wouldn’t play with them until Little Man is a bit older, but I’m going to keep that one in my back pocket for days when nothing. is. fun.
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