‘Babies & Kids’ Posts

Child hoppingSummer is one of the most loved seasons for kids. Not only are they out of school, but they also look forward to a long and fun vacation.  For this hot season, thin and comfortable clothes are a must.

If you are looking for affordable, comfortable summer outfits for your children this summer, here is a list of outfits that will perfectly suit your kids and your budget.

1. The North Face Hot Springs Shorts for Boys

Made from water resistant polyester, these shorts are long for sun protection and they dry quickly so your kids can go from water games to sporting events without any hassel. Now  over 30% off at USOutdoor.com.

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Awesome Outfit

Awesome Outfit

My daughter has her very own unique fashion sense.  She has gone through different phases throughout her young life.  For a while, all she ever wanted to wear was pink.  Every attempt to have her wear anything else was accompanied by a huge tantrum.  After that passed, she loved to wear layers of clothes in odd orders that never matched.  I took several pictures of this fashion season as I found it very cute.  She now has color themed days where she will wear items that are all the same color, but different shades.  I once attempted to explain the theory behind matching colors, but realized that any explanation would be in vain for a 5 year old.  My only hope is to provide her with a variety of cute clothes to choose from.  In my search for cute clothes, I found a few websites that have really cute kids clothes at affordable prices.

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Eco Friendly Dollhouse

Eco Friendly Dollhouse

If you’ve never been a full time mom, you probably can’t understand why moms that stay home with their children are often frazzled.  It doesn’t seem that hard to get kids dressed, fed, taken to the park, driven to school and dragged along to the grocery store.  But as any full time parent knows, it’s much harder than meets the eye.  Besides the daily tantrums over what to wear, what to eat, when to take a nap and how to put your seat belt on, you have to keep the house clean, plan out meals, do the laundry, run errands, pay bills, change dirty diapers, do the dishes and still find some time to feel like you’re a human being.  Anyone who doubts how hard this can be should take the opportunity to watch kids full time for a day or two to see what it’s really like.  Because of the difficulty of the task that we face, parents need to come up with ways to “occupy” their kids so they can have some downtime to make the meals, switch the laundry batches, and take an occasional shower.

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How to Motivate your Young Child

miriam Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Parenthood, they say, is the biggest joy one can experience in this life.  As a parent I agree with this, but what they fail to mention is that parenthood is a double edged sword.  For every joy you experience, you will also likely face that same level of frustration, sadness or disappointment.  Does this mean it’s not worth it?  Of course not.  Most parents will attest to the fact that the up side of having a child outweighs the down side of having a child in the big scheme of things.  That being said, parents have to strategize how to minimize the bad stuff so they can enjoy the good stuff more.  One constant battle is finding ways to positively motivate your child to make good choices.  Like any historical battle, both sides will face victories and defeats, and each will come up with new tactics every time they face a temporary defeat.  My 5 year old is now at the point where time outs or taking away toys no longer motivates her to make the choices I would like her to make.  She thinks her temporary victory will last, but she is mistaken.  What she doesn’t know is that I have launched a counter attack disguised as a way for her to get new toys.

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Earth Friendly Products for your Baby

miriam Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Organic Veggies

Organic Veggies

On August 17, 2007, Mattel announced recalls for 9 million more Chinese-made toys, including popular Barbie, Polly Pocket and “Cars” movie items because of lead paint and tiny magnets that could be swallowed.  This came just two weeks after Mattel Inc., the nation’s largest toy-maker, recalled 1.5 million Fisher-Price infant toys, which were also made in China, because of possible lead-paint hazards for infants and children.  Two weeks before this, Mattel recalled about 1.5 million Chinese-made Fisher-Price toys — including characters such as Dora the Explorer, Big Bird and Elmo — that contain lead paint. In June, about 1.5 million Thomas & Friends wooden railway toys, imported from China and distributed by the RC2 Corp. were recalled because of lead paint.  Eight months before that, it was reported that at least one U.S. child died and 19 others needed surgery since 2003 after swallowing magnets used in Polly Pocket toys.  Five months before that, another toy company, Mega Brands Inc., recalled 3.8 million Magnetix magnetic building sets after one child died and four others were seriously injured after swallowing tiny magnets in them.  Does any of this scare you?

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FREE Resources for Parents and Teachers

miriam Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

preschool activitiesI am a full time mom and have been since my daughter was born five years ago.  I started a cooperative preschool with some moms in my neighborhood just before she turned 3 and am now in the third year of doing so.  I have since moved, but joined another cooperative group in my new neighborhood.  I have loved being able to teach her as a mother and as a teacher, but sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas for things to do.  Having a teaching degree, I am a huge proponent of detailed lesson plans and keep copies of all of them, some of which I have re-used.  Whenever I have a new subject to teach, the first thing I do is go online to see what resources are available to me.  Whenever I find good free resources, I like to share them, and I just found a new one.

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Are babylegs for you?

Are babylegs for you?

Are you old enough to remember leg warmers?  Did you ever watch your mom doing step aerobics to VHS tapes of women with feathered hair, wearing leotards and leg warmers?  Did you wear them as a fashion statement when shoulder pads and acid washed jeans were still cool?  If you can say yes to any of these questions, you were probably born no later than 1980.   I was born in the late 70’s and  I barely hit the tail end of this awesome fashion trend.  I am now a thirty something with children and wonder what embarrassing style my children will remember about me.  What would you say if you knew you could dress your kids in leg warmers like you once wore?

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FREE Geography Games at Maps.com

miriam Friday, April 2nd, 2010
geography game FREE Geography Games at Maps.com

Very cool FREE geography games

I am a mom that’s always looking for free, educational stuff for my daughter to do.  She’s only 4 years old, so we’re currently working on things that teach her numbers, letters and sounds.  However, I know that someday she’ll be learning math, science, history and geography.  I’m thinking about home schooling her and am constantly on the look out for things I can do with her at home to help her learn what she needs to.  I’ve found that whenever I make something into a game, she’s much more likely to participate.  That’s where Maps.com comes in.

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Great Kids Books for Holidays or Anyday

miriam Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

child reader Great Kids Books for Holidays or AnydayI am a huge book nerd.  Yes, I admit it, I love books.  However, it wasn’t always this way.  Growing up I hated books and did everything I could to avoid reading.   After college I rode the bus to and from work each day.  I found myself very bored.  As a last result I started reading and discovered that I actually loved to read.  Who knew, right?   So, what does this have to do with kids’ books you ask?

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Get Your Family Moving!

miriam Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
Keep Your Family Healthy

Keep Your Family Healthy

It’s almost May, the warm days are becoming more and more frequent, all the flowers are in bloom and your kids are just itching for school to be out.  They’re ready to get outside and enjoy the summer as much as possible.  You probably have a few vacations planned, some week long camps and house projects to work on, but what about the rest of the time when your kids having nothing to do but sit there looking at you saying, “I’m bored!”  Now what?

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