Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Winner Chosen for the Juppy Baby Walker!

It has been more than 48 hours and I have not heard from the original winner drawn....therefore, I returned to Random.org and it has selected Post #7 as the new winner! Congrats to Michele with her winning comment of "I would go with a BLUE one for a friend who is having a boy :)"! You have 48 hours to email me at:
becky.borgia @ yahoo .com

to claim your prize!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Year of the Happy Baby for Baby Einstein!

Who here LOVES Baby Einstein? We have several of their baby products...okay...probably at least two dozen of them! I love how bright and educational they are without necessarily being made of a bunch of plastic and bright lights and things that beep. (Some of their stuff does this, but not all! And, quite frankly, for itty bitty babies, things that light up and play music are perfect!) I especially love their board books. We do not have cable TV or Satellite. Our children watch very little TV...and what they are watch is all VHS and DVD. We have several of the VHS/DVDs and Daniella is at the perfect age for them right now! She LOVES them and will actually sit for them pretty well since they are so short. Mama loves how they are entertaining and yet educational. Mama's favorite kind of movie. Check out what Baby Einstein is up to:





To help kick off the Year of the Happy Baby, Baby Einstein is offering a happy coupon where you can save $5 on any 2 Discovery Kits or DVDs, now through May 7th! According to an email I received from them, you can redeem your coupon here. (Although when I went to that link, I didn't see a coupon...if anyone finds it, please let me know!)

Baby Einstein also has a new website that they are introducing for the Year of the Happy Baby. They have a gallery there where you can upload pictures of YOUR happy baby - the gallery is called "Happiness Is".




Plus, to keep with the whole "HAPPY" theme - Baby Einstein is offering a Happiness Guarantee for all of their Discovery Kits and DVDs that states - "If you are not completely happy with your product, please return them within 60 days for a full refund. It’s Baby Einstein’s Happiness Guarantee!"




This was at the end of the email that I received:

"TOYS AND GEAR PRODUCTS:


In Q1 of 2012, The Baby Einstein Company will introduce six new toy and gear products (Sweet Sea Dreams Mobile, Sea Dreams Soother, Count & Discover Treasure Chest, Music & Discovery Travel Mirror, Peek-A-Scene and Baby Neptune Activity Saucer) that join the more than 100 existing product offerings. Designed from baby’s point of view, the latest new toys (http://www.babyeinstein.com) and gear for children two and under, feature big shapes, bright colors, soft lights and sweet melodies. Available at major retailers across the US and Canada, priced from US$9.99 to US$79.99.






MULTI-MEDIA PRODUCTS:


The Baby Einstein Company will continue to sell its award-winning Discovery Kits (which are each packaged to include a DVD, a music CD, and either a book or discovery cards)(http://www.babyeinstein.com/en/discovery_kits) in addition to individual, value-priced DVDs for sale at retail on February 7th.






For today’s digital parents and caretakers to enjoy on-the-go or at home, the introduction of all-new digital products, music downloads, ringtones and other exciting offerings will roll-out during the year.






BABY EINSTEIN REWARDS PROGRAM:


In 2012, The Baby Einstein Company will be raising the bar on its incentive offerings to its loyal Baby EinsteinRewards Program customers! As customers continue to collect, accrue and redeem enhanced rewards points, they will be able to redeem them for exclusive rewards.






The Baby Einstein Rewards Program is currently available to residents of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec). More details are available at: www.babyeinsteinrewards.com"






NEW STUFF COMING OUT SOON! Woo-hoo!

Again, if anyone figures out how to do that coupon, please let me know!

Donor Milk Feeding

We all know breastmilk is best. No one denies that - not even formula manufacturers.But what if your body doesn't make enough milk for your baby? What if your have twins (or more)? What if you can't make enough milk for all of your babies? What if you have to be on a medication that is unsafe for breastfeeding? All of these things play a role in a breastfeeding relationship between mother and child.

Way back when...in another era...wet nursing was a part of life. It just happened. Some mothers never nursed their own babies, but instead, hired a wet nurse. Babies drank breastmilk that did not come from their mother!

So why is it so frowned upon these days? I really don't know. Sadly, society views it as something that is disgusting. An exchange of bodily fluids.

While I have never personally used another mother's milk (but WOULD over store bought formula if my baby had the need!), I have shared my milk with a baby other than my own.

There are lots of organizations that can help get mother's milk to a baby who needs it. Here are some Facebook pages to help:

Proud Donor Milk Feeding Moms

Human Milk 4 Human Babies Global Network

The Leaky B@@b

Modern Milksharing

If you choose to use donor milk...please remember one very important thing - NEVER reheat it in a microwave. Microwaves KILL a lot of the fantastic nutrients that breastmilk provides. A crockpot set on low with just some water in it will reheat a bottle of mother's milk very nicely in a short period of time...even from frozen!



Okay - one last thing....I just HAD to share this picture with you!! :)



Monday, February 27, 2012

Does Your Little One Wear Baby Legs???

If they do...you REALLY need to check out this deal! At the Baby Legs website, you can get almost ANYTHING for only $4!!! And S&H is only $4, too!!! What a steal of a deal!! There are such adorable styles. These look soooo cute with cloth diapers or under a little dress :)

Check it out at: www.BabyLegs.com


There are some exclusions, but they are minor. Sale ends on 02/29!

Winner of the Juppy Baby Walker!

Random.org has selected a winner! It chose Post #2 - Cristy Spence - you are the winner! You have 48 hours to contact me at:
becky.borgia @ yahoo .com

If you do not contact me within 48 hours, your prize will be forfeited and Random/org will select a new winner.

I want to thank EVERYONE who took the time to enter this giveaway. This was my very first giveaway and the entries were very low because I had a hard time getting the word out about it - which increased everyone's odds of winning :)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Why Do My Kids Keep Growing Up So Fast???

We have celebrated a lot of big moments in less than 2 years. In May of 2009, Brandon received his First Holy Eucharist...a year later in May of 2010, Daniella was Baptized. This past October, Daniella had her first birthday...and today, Brandon turns 10. He is in the double digits now! Where has the time gone? I remember HIS baptism and first birthday like it was yesterday. We had his birthday party at a place called Jellybean Jungle (this was when we lived in NJ). We celebrated it together with my nephew who turned four that year. (The boys' birthdays are only 2 weeks apart).

And now....he's ten. I noticed something kind of cool about my  children's ages. When Brandon is 10...1+0+=1 (Daniella is 1)....when Brandon is 11...1+1= 2 (Daniella will be 2)....when Brandon is 12...1+2=3 (Daniella will be 3)....and so on during his preteen and teen years.

Sigh. I just want my kids to stay little. Forever.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Parents - Newsletter 02/20 - 02/24


Just a reminder that all activities are based on the number of children present each day, ages of the children present, and mood of the children.


February Newsletter

Week of February 20th - 24th

Monthly Thematic Unit – People We Love!

Color of the Month – Pink



Song of the Week:


“I Love You”
I love you, I love you,
Morning, noon and night.
I love you, I love you!
You make my world so bright.




Book of the Week: Dot and Dash of Love by Emma Dodd


What We Did On Monday: We began our day by developing our large motor skills by practicing climbing up and down our indoor slide and crawling in and out of and around our Laugh and Learn Learning Home.  Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on reading only one book at a time. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Then we played with our electronic learning toys, made some music with our musical instruments, pretended to cook n our kitchen area, and got creative with our Little People playsets.

Special Enrichment for Monday: We baked some yummy Cinnamon Sugar Monkey  Bread!

What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by playing our musical instruments and pretending to cook in the kitchen. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on  reading only one book at a time.  Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our dollhouse, played with our large beads, played with our penguin toys, used our imaginations with our dinosaurs (and made them ROAR!), played with our Lights and Sounds Show toy, climbed up and down our slide and in and out of the Laugh and Learn Learning Home and practiced our matching skills with our shape sorters.


Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We talked about who is in our family!



What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by playing with our Hotwheels cars and building with our Duplo blocks. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading only one book at a time.  Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed using our shape sorters and musical instruments.


Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We went outside and drew with our sidewalk chalk! We also watched a short LeapFrog movie called The Talking Words Factory. Later in the day, we also made a art project called "Thumb-body Loves You" where we made a little booklet and used our thumbprint to create a heart on the cover. Inside, we drew pictures of our family with markers! They turned out really cute!




What We Did On Thursday: We started our day off by playing with our Hotwheels cars ( a favorite lately!) and our musical instruments (another recent favorite). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading only one book at a time. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also explored the Laugh and Learn Learning Home, cooked in our kitchen (they really like the real life food toys in there! - we added new ones this week), played with the Lights and Sounds Show toy and built with wooden blocks.



Special Enrichment for Thursday: We watched a short movie called Blue's Big Musical!


What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing with our Lights and Sounds Show toy and building with our Duplo blocks. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading only one book at a time. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later, we also played with our electronic learning toys, the Laugh and Learn Learning House (it got new batteries this week and so it got a lot more usage!), climbed up and down the slide, and got creative with our Mr. and Mrs. Potato Heads (where someone always ends up wearing Mrs. Potato Head's glasses - this time is was Kyleigh! :) ).

Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched the movie Lady and the Tramp!

What We Did on Saturday: We started our day off by playing with our musical instruments and building with our bumpy blocks. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading only one book at a time. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our Laugh and Learn Learning Home, the indoor slide, Hotwheels cars and the Lights and Sounds Show toy.


Special Enrichment on Saturday:  We listened to Nature Sounds!

Parents - Newsletter 02/13-02/17


Parents - I am so sorry that this is late going out. This past week has been crazy busy!

Just a reminder that all activities are based on the number of children present each day, ages of the children present, and mood of the children.


February Newsletter

Week of February 13th - 17th

Monthly Thematic Unit – People We Love!

Color of the Month – Pink



Song of the Week:

 “Three Red Valentines”
(Sung to: "Row, Row, Row Your Boat")
Three red Valentines, each one with a bow.
Pretty and shiny and lacy, too.
Standing in a row.


Book of the Week: Bob's Valentine Surprise by  Kim Ostrow


What We Did On Monday: We began our day by playing with our large beads and our Hotwheels cars. Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on putting our books away when we are finished reading. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Then we listened to our Veggie Tales CD, enjoyed going up up and down our indoor slide, playing with our electronic learning toys, exploring the Laugh and Learn Learning Home, practicing our shape sorters and playing with our Batter's Up! toy.
Special Enrichment for Monday: We baked some delicious chocolate chip banana bread!

What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by lovingly caring for our baby dolls and pretending to cook in the kitchen. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on  putting our books away when we are finished reading. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our toy animals, played with our large beads, used our gross motor skills to go up and down our slide, used our imaginations with our Little People playsets, worked on puzzles and practiced our matching skills with our shape sorters.


Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We watched a movie called Blue's Alphabet Power!!



What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by playing with our kitchen toys and our dollhouse. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on  putting our books away when we are finished reading. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed building with our bumpy blocks.


Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We played a fun game of Chutes and Ladders! We practiced counting, waiting our turn and using a spinner to identify numbers. We also played a Heart Matching Game and matched hearts based on their size.




What We Did On Thursday: We started our day off by playing with our electronic learning toys to work on our letters, numbers, counting, and shapes and cooking in our kitchen. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on  putting our books away when we are finished reading. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also worked on puzzles, played with our musical instruments, built with our alphabet blocks and pretended with our dollhouse.



Special Enrichment for Thursday: We played a computer game called 1, 2, 3 where we practiced our counting skills! We also watched a short Sesame Street movie called Kids' Favorite Songs!


What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing with our Mr and Mrs. Potato Heads and building with our bristle blocks. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on  putting our books away when we are finished reading. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later, we also played with our Hotwheels cars, jammed with our musical instruments, and played in our dollhouse.


Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched the movie The Chipmunks: Be My Valentine!

What We Did on Saturday: We started our day off by playing with our musical instruments and loving on our baby dolls. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on  putting our books away when we are finished reading. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our Hotwheels cars and our toy animals.


Special Enrichment on Saturday:  We listened to Nature Sounds!

The Twenty-Five Words Every Toddler Needs to Know

I find this to be a very interesting article! I often wonder if Daniella is talking enough for her age or if her vocabulary is ahead. I talk to her all. day. long. I talk her through whatever we are currently doing. I am proud to say she can say all but a few of these, but yet, she does in her own way. For instance, she doesn't say cat, but says "Meow" for a cat. She doesn't say dog, but says "woof woof". She doesn't say "bath" (she doesn't take baths due to bring hospitalized for a massive urinary tract infection that led to a massive kidney infection when she was 6 months old), but she says "wawa" (water) for shower. She also says tons of words not listed. Since she will be 16 months old this coming week, I would say that she is either ahead of the game or the "average" is an awfully low standard.

Check it out here.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Amazing Qualities of Raw Honey...

Wow! This astounds me....you have to check out this Dr. Mercola article about how Raw Honey can actually fight off MRSA infections!!!!



The Sweet Golden Treat That Can Help Wipe Out Deadly MRSA


Next time you have an open wound that doesn't want to heal well - try it out!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Breastfeeding Moms






Juppy Baby Walker - Product Review and Giveaway! MY FIRST REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY!!!


OK, everyone, please bear with me as this is my FIRST EVER product review/giveaway!


Juppy Baby Walker was kind enough to send me one of their baby walkers to use with the children I watch. My daughter has been walking since she was 9 ½ months old, so she by no means would use this item J

I thoroughly examined my Juppy before ever putting a child inside as the safety of the children that I provide care for comes first. I noticed that it has very strong stitching and is shaped well as to not mess with their hips in any way as some baby carriers do. It literally is worn like pants.

I even turned the Juppy inside out and examined it that way as well. It looks as though the lining *may* have *some* waterproofing ability. (It is not marketed as being waterproof.)  Basically, if there was a minor diaper blow-out while using the Juppy, I wouldn’t stress over it.

The Juppy also came with a carrying bag. I really love that this is small enough to drop into my larger-sized purse or my diaper bag for walking fun on-the-go!

After examining it well, and taking pictures of it. I was finally ready to put a child inside and try it out! It was super easy to put *A* inside the Juppy. I unzipped it down the back and sat *A* in my lap. I slid it on her just like pants. Then I stood her up in front of me, and zipped it up the back. IT IS REALLY THAT EASY! I adjusted the straps so that it would put me at my most comfortable walking height. *A* is 14 months old and is not yet walking. She takes a few steps here and there now since I have been using the Juppy with her. *A* really enjoyed the Juppy! She loved that she had her hands free to help balance her while trying to walk! She loved that she could try to grab at things while trying to walk! We walked laps around the kitchen, down the hallway, around the playroom and back into the hallway and into the kitchen again. While it did take *A* a few minutes to adjust to the Juppy, SHE LOVED IT! She didn’t want to get out.

I think that this product is wonderful to have on hand when you have an infant who is really to walk but isn’t quite there yet. I think that it really enables the child to feel balanced and it actually makes THEM feel like they are DOING IT! *A* was so proud of herself and was beaming from ear to ear!

I highly recommend this product to parents and caregivers. This would make a GREAT baby shower or first birthday gift!

Here is their website (www.thejuppy.com) where you can see what a Juppy Baby Walker costs, the colors it is available in and that they have a 30 day money back guarantee! You can also get a name embroidered on your Juppy. We chose to have our last name put on it.

They also have a Twitter page (Following on Twitter is NOT a requirement to win, but it would be a kind gesture to them to Follow them!)- http://twitter.com/TheJuppyWalker

Here is Juppy’s Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/thejuppy - Please go there and “Like” them – it was very kind of them to sponsor this review and giveaway! “Liking” their Facebook page IS A REQUIREMENT  FOR YOU TO WIN! I will check that the
winner has done so!

Juppy’s blog - http://thejuppyblog.com

And last, but not least, here is a video of the Juppy!




Now…who is ready to WIN a Juppy of their own?

Like I already said,  all entries MUST “Like” Juppy’s Facebook page in order to eligible to win.

The only other requirement is that you comment below letting me know if you would like to win a pink Juppy or a blue Juppy!

Comments will be numbered 1-? (However many comments are received) and a winner will be selected using Random.org.

ONLY ONE COMMENT PER PERSON – IF YOU COMMENT MORE THAN ONCE, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED!
THE ONLY EXCEPTION TO THIS (SIMPLY BECAUSE I AM A NEW BLOGGER) - IF YOU BLOG ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY ON YOUR BLOG, YOU HAVE PERMISSION TO LEAVE A SECOND COMMENT - THE SECOND COMMENT MUST BE A LINK TO THE BLOG POST ON YOUR BLOG THAT MENTIONS THIS REVIEW/GIVEAWAY! THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT MY BLOG BY DOING SO!
Giveaway begins NOW and ends on Sunday, February 26th, 2012 at 9 PM EST.


By the way...not a requirement, but I would totally appreciate more Followers here on my blog and fans on my FB page (*WINK* *WINK* I DID HOST THE GIVEAWAY - SHOW ME SOME LOVE, PLEASE!)- www.facebook.com/GrowingUpNaturallyInHomeChildCare

Cloth Diapers - What I actually do!


Is Your Child Buckled Into Their Carseat Correctly?




Monday, February 13, 2012

CDC Recommended Immunization Schedule, 2012, Birth through 6 Years



The new 2012 vaccination schedule has been released by the CDC. If you follow the schedule your baby will receive 115 vaccine antigens during the first two years of life.



My word! I was born in 1980 and there was only about a DOZEN vaccines before COLLEGE then! What a HUGE difference in the amount given only 30-some years ago!

How to make your own baby formula

I recently met with a new mama-to-be of twins and she wants to breast feed her babies. I think that is AWESOME to be a WORKING mom who wants to breastfeed TWO babies! She is curious about supplementing but has concerns with store-bought formula and the cans having BPA in the lining. We briefly discussed milksharing (a topic for another blog post!) and she was unsure of her feelings on it at the time.


So in honor of her, I went looking for more information on how to make your own baby formula! Boy, are there plenty of options! Happy making!

Various Formula Recipes

I also heard that this FB page is helpful:

Nourishing Our Children


Skip The Spoon: Babies May Eat Better When They Feed Themselves

We did Baby Led Weaning with Daniella. We tried spoon feeding twice for about 3 week time periods each time. She just wanted nothing to do with it...so we let her take the lead and guess what? She took it and ran with it! She LOVES to feed herself now and constantly amazes us by what she will eat! Please read this article for more info on letting your child feed themselves!

How to Have a Happy Marriage When You’re Busy Being Parents

Relationships change and grow over time. Marriages change and expand when you add children. Please read this article for more info on what you can do to strengthen your marriage now that you are parents, too, not just spouses.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Parents - Newsletter Week of February 6th-10th


Just a reminder that all activities are based on the number of children present each day, ages of the children present, and mood of the children.


February Newsletter

Week of February 6th - 10th

Monthly Thematic Unit – People We Love!

Color of the Month
 – Pink



Song of the Week:



“10 Little Hearts”

(Sung to: "One Little, Two Little, Three Little Indians")
One little, two little, three little hearts,
Four little, five little, six little hearts,
Seven little, eight little, nine little hearts,
Ten little hearts on Valentine's Day.




Book of the WeekBe My Valentine by  M.J. Carr


What We Did On Monday: We began our day by playing with our Laugh and Learn Learning House and our indoor slide. Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on the proper way to hold our book. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Then we began building with our bristle blocks, got creative by pretending to cook in our toy kitchen, played lovingly with our baby dolls, jammed with our Lights and Sounds Show toy and used our imaginations with our Little People playsets. Later in the day, we also built with our Duplo blocks and  our chain links and played with our Hotwheels cars.
Special Enrichment for Monday: We did our Heart Handprint Art project today by using our hand to paint white handprints on red paper in the shape of a heart!
We also played Dora's Backpack Adventure on the computer!

What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by practicing our gross motor skills by climbing up and down on our indoor slide and climbing in and out of our Laugh and Learn Learning Home. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on  the proper way to hold our book. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also practiced our shape, color, number, and letter skills by playing with our electronic learning toys. We also played with our toy animals, built with our bumpy blocks and played with our schoolhouse playset and our kitchen toys.


Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We enjoyed a great walk around the neighborhood on a beautiful day!!



What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by playing with our shape sorters to help us learn our shapes and cause and effect by which ones can fit in which holes and we cooked in our kitchen. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on  the proper way to hold our book. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our Mr. and Mrs. Potato Heads, driving our Hotwheels cars around, building with our Lincoln Logs, making our dinosaurs ROAR!, and working with our chain links.


Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We practiced our sequencing skills by trying to line up some paper hearts in order from Small to Medium to Large. As this is a new skill we introduced, the concept took a little while to grasp. Medium was the most difficult size to figure out, which is normal with this age group. We will continue to work on this skill.




What We Did On Thursday: We started our day off by playing with our baby dolls and cooking in our kitchen (this week's favorite place to play!) Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on  the proper way to hold our book. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also  built with our bumpy blocks, did some learning with our electronic learning toys, listened to classical music and played with our toy animals and our shape sorters..



Special Enrichment for Thursday: We watched the VeggieTales sing-a-long song movie called Do the Moo Shoo!


What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing with our Mr and Mrs. Potato Heads and building with our Legos. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on  the proper way to hold our book  Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later, we also played with our musical instruments, built with our alphabet blocks, and worked on our puzzles.


Special Enrichment for Friday: We listened to our Farm Discoveries music cassette tape!

What We Did on Saturday: We started our day off by playing with our baby dolls and cooking in our kitchen. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on  the proper way to hold our book. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our Hotwheels cars, and used our gross motor skills to help us climb up and down our slide.


Special Enrichment on Saturday:  We watched the movie Elmo's World!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

HAVE SOME BASIC SEWING SKILLS? WANT TO MAKE BABY SKIRTS OUT OF T-SHIRTS?

I soooo wish that I had the ability to sew. I really do. These are labeled as an "Easy" project but I couldn't  follow half of it. But I figured that since it is "upcycling" or being green - this was appropriate to share with all of you! Use Big Brother's, Big Sister's, Mom's or Dad's outgrown shirts to make New Baby a skirt! So cute and adorable! Check out the step-by-step tutorial here.

Modern Alternative Mama's Books are on sale this week!

If you haven't checked out these healthy eating books/cookbooks yet - now is the time to get them on sale! Here is a quote from MAM herself:




"In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m having a little sale.

Now through Wed., 2/15, readers can get 25% off any book with code VDAYSALE.


On Monday, 2/13 only, the first 40 copies of Wholesome Comfort are 40% off with code VDAYCOMFORT.


On Tuesday, 2/14 only, the first 50 copies of Treat Yourself are 50% off with code VDAYTREAT.

This week, a new book called Real Food, Real Easy is being released. It is a collaborative effort from me, Erin of The Humbled Homemaker, Stacy of Stacy Makes Cents, Nikki of Christian Mommy Blogger, Justyn of Creative Christian Mama, Rachel of Day 2 Day Joys, and Debra of Sweet Kisses and Dirty Dishes. It has over 75 basic recipes (with some ‘healthy upgrades’ for more advanced real foodies), plus tutorials and graphs on soaking, sprouting, sweeteners, fats, and more. It’s over 160 pages of awesome information! If you would mention this book (it’ll show up probably early next week) to your readers, we would all appreciate it. It will sell for $9.95 and there will be some launch specials, too.

Also, next month, I’m releasing another book. This one isn’t officially named yet, and it’s all about feeding babies and toddlers. The first half of the book focuses on breastfeeding, homemade formula, baby-led weaning, and more “feeding information.” The second half of the book is all kid-friendly recipes for kids 6 months+ (including several toddler-friendly recipes, like pigs-in-a-blanket, cheese sauce, chicken nuggets, barbecue sauce, and more!). More details about this book will come in a few weeks."


Here are the links to her books (click on the picture of which book you are interested in for more info!):





 CHECK THEM OUT!!!

Basic Natural Ways I Clean My Home With Things You Probably Already Have In Your Home

1. Vinegar. White distilled vinegar can be used as a general household cleanser. I primarily use it to clean my (glass) kitchen table and my counter tops. I also use it as fabric softener in my laundry, to dust/clean my baseboards, to clean my sinks, mirrors and the outer portions of toilets, etc. Some people may worry about the smell...It vanishes as it dries and does not linger. I keep some in a spray bottle labeled with its contents and use a washcloth to clean.

2. Baking Soda. I use this when I need to scour my sink. I add a little water and make it into a paste and scrub away. I also blend it with vinegar to clear a drain. Baking soda can also be used in laundry to help whiten/brighten and deodorize. I also like to sprinkle some in the bottom of trash cans and laundry baskets to help with stinky smells. I also pre-treat laundry with a baking soda/detergent paste and scrub it in using an old toothbrush.

3. Lemon. I cut a lemon in half to sanitize my cutting boards. Just cut, squeeze a little to loosen the juice and rub the open portion around on the cutting board really well. I then toss it down my garbage disposal and run it to freshen it up as well.

4. Olive Oil. This is a great moisturizer for wood! I use it to polish my coffee table and end table in my living room. Also good for the headboard/footboard of my bed. I just keep some in a spray bottle that is labeled with its contents and use a cloth to rub it in.


Putting Circumcision into Another Perspective...





This is a "reason" for circumcision that a lot of parents use...Yeah...it doesn't make sense to me, either! 

Circumcision Quote

‎"The only scar I should have from birth is my belly button." ~Eddy Cameron

Thursday, February 9, 2012

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sidestep These Veggies - Even if They're Organic

Interesting article with videos from Dr. Mercola. This is some great info!

Parents - Newsletter January 30 - February 3



Just a reminder that all activities are based on the number of children present each day, ages of the children present, and mood of the children.


January Newsletter

Week of January 30th - February 3rd

Monthly Thematic Unit – Winter

Color of the Month
– White



Song of the Week:

“Melting Snowmen”

Five Little Snowmen all fat,
Each with a funny hat (point to head)
Out came the sun and melted one.
What a sad thing was that!
DOWN, DOWN, DOWN!
(exaggeratedly slow, while melting to the floor)



Book of the Week: Sam the Snowman by Bendon Publishing


What We Did On Monday: We began our day by playing with our dollhouse and dinosaurs. Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on reading one book at a time. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Then we explored our Laugh and Learn Learning Home, used our gross motor skills by practicing climbing up and going down our indoor slide, got creative by pretending to cook in our toy kitchen, drove our Hotwheels all around and jammed with our musical instruments.
Special Enrichment for Monday: For Baking Day today, we practiced our math skills with measuring out the ingredients to make Melting Snowman cookies. Mmmm....good!


We also created Snowglobe Art by drawing a detailed snowman (3 circles, stick arms, a hat, boots, buttons, eyes, nose, etc.) onto a blue construction paper circle, added glitter and a toilet paper tube stand. They turned out ADORABLE!

What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by playing on our indoor slide and climbing in and out of our Laugh and Learn Learning Home. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading one book at a time. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also practiced our shape, color, number, and letter skills by playing with our electronic learning toys. We also played with our toy animals, built with our Duplo blocks and played with our musical instruments.


Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We listened to our VeggieTales CD!



What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by playing with our baby dolls and our talking snowman toy. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading one book at a time . Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our shape sorters, making music with our instruments! (they were popular this week!), and worked on puzzles.




Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We played the board game "Franklin Goes to School" where we practiced our number, color and shapes skills!
We also practiced our Handwriting and tracing skills with the 3+ crowd by practicing tracing our name!
For art, we made Marshmallow Snowman!




What We Did On Thursday:   We started our day off by playing with our Little People and climbing in and out of our Laugh and Learn Learning Home. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading one book at a time. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also cooked in our kitchen, played with our toy penguins, built with our bristle blocks, did some learning with our electronic learning toys, listened to classical music and worked on puzzles.




Special Enrichment for Thursday: We played Winnie the Pooh Preschool on our computer! We worked on identifying numbers and counting.
We also watched our The Best of Elmo movie!



What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing with our schoolhouse playset and working on our puzzles. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on  reading one book at a time. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later, we also played with our Mr. and Mrs. Potato Heads, made necklaces out of large beads, and built with our Wee Waffle Block Village.


Special Enrichment for Friday: We did a Snowball Sorting Activity to help us learn to identify the numbers 1-5 and to count from 1-5. We also watched the movie The Snowman, too!


What We Did on Saturday:  No one came to play today.


Special Enrichment on Saturday:  No one came to play today.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

WOW! Awesome Resource for Car Seat Info! (Including extended rear-facing!) With Pictures!

Need more info about car seat laws, rear facing in a rear-ended collision, projectiles in a car accident, wearing a coat while in a car seat (any family that I have provided care for knows that their Permission to Transport Form includes a disclosure that I do NOT buckle children in their car seat wearing their winter coat; I will bring it along and put it on them when we arrive at our destination), recalled and expired car seats, the LATCH system, and more?

Check out fellow blogger My Life As A Housewife and Granola Mama.


Friday, February 3, 2012

HUGE list of Organic and Natural Printable Coupons!

Thanks to fellow blogger, Wheel n Deal Mama!!!!

Four surprising vaccination statistics you haven’t heard before

This is a very interesting and well written article that I thought I would share. It has some good hard facts for parents to read to help them in their decision about of whether to fully vaccinate, selectively vaccinate or opt out of vaccinating all together. If you currently fully vaccinate, this article may shed enough light for you to decide to only selectively vaccinate or even discontinue all vaccines. By the way, just as a reminder, it will do no harm to your child to stop vaccinating after you start a series.

Anyway - here is the article for you to read.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Parents' Night Out Opportunities in February

Please check my Facebook page for more details about PNOs in February. I will be offering two this month instead of the regular just one. The second one this month will include just a date night option (not a sleepover option) for Valentine's Day so that you can go out with your sweetheart! PLEASE respond to the FB invites so that I know how many children to expect. I usually get a pretty low turnout so that kids really have a good time hanging out together. Spaces ARE limited,  especially for Valentine's Day. Thank you!