Thursday, May 31, 2012

Want to know how to make your own safer versions of fingerpaints?

Yes, there is food dye involved. However, if your little ones were to eat this fingerpaint, at least it won't hurt their little tummies as much as some of the store bought ones might!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Review and Giveaway of Ruby's Red Wash!

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OK...on to the review!

This review will be slightly different than normal. One major difference is that I did not take any photographs while using this product, due to the sensitive nature of the intended use.

Ruby's Red Wash

So...what is Ruby's Red Wash, you ask? I use GladRags when I menstruate. I learned about Ruby's Red Wash from GladRags's FB page. Ruby's Red Wash is "The bleedin' obvious solution to menstrual stains!". 


Here is Ruby's Red Wash's description from their Facebook page:

Ruby's Red Wash is a stain remover made just for women to deal with the problem of
menstrual or blood-stained clothing. It dissolves even dried, set-in blood. Quite simply, any
girl or woman who bleeds or has a period ever needs Ruby's Red Wash! You're never too
young or too old to make your life easier with Ruby's Red Wash!



Okay...before you start thinking, "But I don't use Mama Cloth. I use disposable menstruation products or I use a menstrual Cup."...there are many more uses for Ruby's Red Wash than just cloth menstrual pads!


How many of you have ever had your menstrual product fail you? Come on, raise your hands - all of you! I have never know anyone who hasn't had some sort of "leakage" issue where blood ended up somewhere other than on or in their menstrual product. Ruby's Red Wash can help you, too! It helps remove blood from clothing. So if you sprung a leak onto your panties, pants, sheets, etc...Ruby's Red Wash can come to your rescue and save your clothing!


How many of you cloth diaper? Guess what? Ruby's Red Wash is SAFE to use 


on cloth diapers!! Ruby's Red Wash can be used on any kind of 'bodily' 


produced stain. Works well on poop, vomit, etc. and can be used on carpets 


and such too! Yes, on your carpets! 


How many of you are helping your child learn to use the potty? How many 


accidents has your child had on the carpet, the couch, in their car seat? 


Ruby's Red Wash can help you!


Are any of you working in the medical field? How many times have you come 


home with blood on your clothing? It happens, right? This product is for you, 


too!




It's safe, non-toxic, contains no harsh chemicals, it's not tested on animals and contains no animal products. 




It's also biodegradable- and therefore eco-friendly.


So...how much does it cost?


Ruby's Red Wash is an effective, safe, easy-to-use and biodegradable blood and menstrual stain remover for use on underwear, sheets, clothes and any other blood-stained fabric. It comes in liquid form and is sold in an 8 ounce bottle for $11.95.







Between using this product during two menstrual cycles and using it on a handful of Daniella's cloth diapers, I have used about half of the bottle.


How did I use it? I followed the instructions given.


What do I think of Ruby's Red Wash?


I think that it is a good product. It eliminated most stains for me. Other stains, it helped fade, but not completely remove. I plan to re-soak some of them and give it another try. 


Overall, I think that Ruby's Red Wash is effective and I love that it is eco-friendly!


Oh, and I loved how easy it was to work with Carolyn behind the scenes! She is VERY sweet!


Want to buy it yourself? 


Want to read some more reviews?


Ok...and now, the giveaway!


This giveaway begins NOW and ENDS on Friday, June 1st at 9 PM EST. Winner will be drawn by Random.org by post number.









Parents - Newsletter Week of May 14th


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.








May Newsletter




Week of May 14th








Monthly Thematic Unit – Down on the Farm








Color of the Month – Yellow




Song of the Week:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5yvIKMCIPs




Book of the Week: Old MacDonald Had a Farm by David A. Carter


What We Did On Monday: We began our day by playing with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters) and our ride on toys (to develop gross motor skills). Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on putting our book back on the shelf when we are finished reading it. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later we played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), used our shape sorters (to learn to match), built with our waffle blocks (to learn how to interlock) and played with our schoolhouse toy (to learn about places and people).




Special Enrichment for Monday: We played with our farm animal toys!


What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by playing with our played with our dinosaurs (to learn about their similarities and differences) and our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on putting our book back on the shelf when we are finished reading it. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), built with Legos (to learn how to interlock), built with our waffle blocks (to learn how to interlock), played with our dollhouse (to learn to match parts of a room with the room and to develop our imaginations), and worked on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching).




Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We talked about various sounds that farm animals make! We also watched The Best of Elmo.


What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by building with Legos (to learn how to interlock) and playing with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on putting our book back on the shelf when we are finished reading it. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), using our shape sorters (to learn to match), building with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills), playing with our schoolhouse toy (to learn about places and people) and musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments).



Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We made a yellow collage using yellow scraps of paper, yellow ribbon, yellow buttons, yellow pom poms and more! We also watched a VeggieTales movie called Larry Boy and the Fib From Outer Space: A Lesson in Lying. AND we played in the water table!!!



What We Did On Thursday: We started our day by playing with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations) and our toy cars (to develop fine motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on putting our book back on the shelf when we are finished reading it. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others).


Special Enrichment for Thursday: We went for a Nature Walk. We played with our farm animal toys. We listened to our VeggieTales CD!




What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others) and exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on putting our book back on the shelf when we are finished reading it.Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills), ride on toys (to develop gross motor skills),
balls (to develop gross motor skills), kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), and building with our bumpy blocks (to learn about textures and to learn to interlock).



Special Enrichment for Friday: We played with our LeapFrog Farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves). We watched the movie Babe and learned about sheepdogs.


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


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

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hello Kitty Organic Cotton Toddler Clothing ON SALE!

While I personally am not a fan of cartoon character on my kids' clothing (other than pjs and undies), I understand that other parents have different view points. For those of you that do, Totsy is at it once again! Check out their Hello Kitty Organic Cotton Toddler Clothing - sizes 2T-4T! How? you ask. Go to  http://www.totsy.com  and scroll down to find the sale for Hello Kitty Organics Toddler! Is your little one still a baby? That's okay! They have a Hello Kitty Organics Baby section too, for sizes 0-24 months!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Melissa and Doug Toys Are On Sale!!!!!!


What awesome prices these are!  I am so excited!!! Go to www.totsy.com and find the Melissa and Doug section. Here are some examples of the great prices -











Friday, May 18, 2012

Estimated Due Dates...Are They Being Calculated WRONG?

With Brandon, I went into pre-term labor at 34 weeks. Luckily, bed rest was enough to keep him in for a little longer. He arrived at 40 weeks and 5 days.

With Daniella, we didn't realize until she was born that she was "post-due"...she had all the "classic signs" of a late baby. We thought she was only born one day after her due date, but in reality she was born at 43 weeks 0 days. Having PCOS, my cycles can be difficult to track accurately. I had mistaken implantation bleeding as a cycle.

Were my children born "late"? I do not believe so. They were both born when they were ready. I was not induced, nor did I have c-sections (scheduled or otherwise).

But were their "due dates" accurate"? No. Especially when you factor in that I have PCOS, which makes my cycles longer than the 28 days cycles that due dates are based off of.

This is a very intriguing article which explains more about the history of why due dates are calculated the way they are.


Within that article, there is a link that takes us to another article that explains a more accurate way of calculating a due date. If we look at due dates that way, then the funny thing is....Brandon's due date "should have been" March 1 and he was born Feb. 26. Daniella's "should have been" Sept. 26 and she was born Oct. 29???? I don't know about that one! :) But it would explain the prodromal labor I had that began about Oct. 8th!

Are You Looking For a Better Way to Store Your Produce?

I found this really neat article that literally breaks it down fruit by fruit and veggie by veggie about what the best way to store them is in order to get to eat them at their freshest (and before they go bad!). I think it is very detailed and informational. I cannot wait to begin implementing some of these techniques! For instance, did you know that asparagus keeps best if stored upright in a glass filled with room temp water? Or that lettuce should be kept damp in an airtight container in your fridge?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Parents - Newsletter Week of May 7th


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.




May Newsletter




Week of May 7th




Monthly Thematic Unit – Down on the Farm




Color of the Month – Yellow




Song of the Week:



“The Animals on the Farm Give Us Food”
(Sung to: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)
Milk, milk, milk the cow while sitting on the stool.
Pulling, squirting, pulling, squirting till the bucket’s full.
Busy bees are making lots of honey.
Fuzzy bees – aren’t they rather funny?
Mama chicken lays an egg in her pretty nest,
Now she is ready to take a little rest.



Book of the Week: Grover's Farm by Susan Hood


What We Did On Monday: We began our day by playing with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others) and toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations). Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on sharing our books with our friends. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later we played with our balls (to develop gross motor skills), built with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills), worked on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching), played with kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), worked with our large beads (to develop fine motor skills), used our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills), and had fun with our Lights and Sounds Show toy (to learn the sounds of various instruments and to learn cause and effect).



Special Enrichment for Monday: We watched the movie The Best of Elmo. We also practiced learning our colors by trying to identify the color of the toys we were playing with.


What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by playing with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations) and exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on sharing our books with our friends. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), built with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills), built with our bumpy blocks (to learn about texture and how to interlock), worked with our large beads (to develop fine motor skills), and played with our toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations).



Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We talked about various foods that farm animals eat (cows - grass, horses - carrots, pigs- leftovers, chickens - seeds, etc.). We also listened to our "Let's Get Together" CD.


What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills) and playing with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on sharing our books with our friends. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), used our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills), played with our toy trains (to learn how simple machines work and how to intersect the train tracks), played with our dinosaurs (to learn about their similarities and differences), played with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), used our shape sorters (to learn to match), and worked on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching).



Special Enrichment for Wednesday: It rained today so we weren't able to play in the water table. Instead, we played our Fisher Price 1, 2, 3 computer game!!



What We Did On Thursday:
No one came to play today.


Special Enrichment for Thursday:
No one came to play today.



What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others) and kitchen toys (to develop our imagination). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on sharing our books with our friends. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations), explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), built with our bumpy blocks (to learn about texture and how to interlock), built with our wooden blocks (to learn to stack), worked on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching), and played with our LeapFrog Farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves).



Special Enrichment for Friday: We discussed different things that are made or that grow on a farm and where on a farm (ex. milk, eggs, carrots, peaches, honey, etc.). We also watched the movie Charlotte's Web! And we went for a Nature Walk.


What We Did On Saturday: We started our day by playing with our balls (to develop gross motor skills) and kitchen toys (to develop our imagination).Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on sharing our books with our friends. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), dress up clothes (to learn to pretend), our dollhouse (to learn to match parts of a room with the room and to develop our imaginations), and played with Mr. Potato Heads (to learn about body parts).


Special Enrichment for Saturday: We played our Jumpstart Toddlers computer game to introduce how to use the mouse to our little ones. We also played with our LeapFrog Farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves).

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Parents - Newsletter Week of April 30th

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.


May Newsletter


Week of April 30th


Monthly Thematic Unit – Down on the Farm


Color of the Month – Yellow


Song of the Week:

“Every Animal Makes a Sound”
(Sung to: “Every Letter Makes a Sound”)
The _______ says ______
The _______ says ______
Every animal makes a sound
The _______ says ______.
(Fill in the first blank with a farm animal and the second blank with the sound it makes. Repeat verse with various farm animals)







Book of the Week: Clifford's Animal Sounds by Norman Bridwell




What We Did On Monday: We began our day by playing with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others) and kitchen toys (to develop our imagination). Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on only reading one book at a time. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later, we played with our farm puzzle (to identify farm animals and develop basic math skills and matching), electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), played dress-up with our farm animal masks (to develop our imaginations and learn about farm animals), used our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills) and played with our Lights and Sounds Show toy (to learn the sounds of various instruments and to learn cause and effect).







Special Enrichment for Monday: We danced to our "Greg and Steve" CD, played with our interactive farm book (to learn the sounds that farm animals make), and played with our LeapFrog Farm animal magnet set
(to learn to match an animal's front and back halves)!


What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by 
playing dress-up with our farm animal masks (to develop our imaginations and learn about farm animals) and our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on only reading one book at a time. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), ride on toys (to develop gross motor skills), built with our alphabet blocks (to learn to stack), kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), built with Legos (to learn how to interlock), and built with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills).



Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We watched the movie Word World: Rocket!
played with our LeapFrog Farm animal magnet set(to learn to match an animal's front and back halves) and worked on our farm puzzle (to identify farm animals and develop basic math skills and matching).


What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by playing with our dollhouse (to learn to match parts of a room with the room and to develop our imaginations) and  our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on only reading one book at a time. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), playing with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), read some farm themed books, built with our waffle blocks (to learn how to interlock), and playing with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others).


Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We finally got to play in our water table!! We splashed and played and squirted on e another and had a blast!!! We also worked on a super secret project for our Mommies!



What We Did On Thursday: We started our day by playing with 
our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others) and exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on only reading one book at a time.
Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also built with our bumpy blocks (to learn about textures and to learn to interlock).


Special Enrichment for Thursday:  We had different kids today than yesterday and it was so beautiful out so we did the water table again! This time, the toddlers took plastic golf clubs and used them to "stir" up the water!!! We also worked in our vegetable garden, weeding and transplanting. Then we watered them!


What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing 
dress-up with our farm animal masks (to develop our imaginations and learn about farm animals) and playing with our LeapFrog Farm animal magnet set(to learn to match an animal's front and back halves)Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on only reading one book at a time. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed our interactive farm book (to learn the sounds that farm animals make), exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), using our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills), working on our farm puzzle (to identify farm animals and develop basic math skills and matching), playing with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others) and playing with our large beads (to develop fine motor skills).


Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched the movie The Prodigal Pig. The 3+ crowd also worked on a worksheet that helped us work on holding a pencil and connecting the dots by following the letters of the alphabet in order. We also continued working on our super secret Mother's Day project!


What We Did on Saturday: We started our day by playing with our 
kitchen toys (to develop our imagination) and our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on only reading one book at a time. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also built with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills),  played with our 
toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations), binoculars (to learn how to see things various ways), got silly with our Mr. Potato Heads (to learn about body parts), played with our toy cars (to develop fine motor skills), built with our alphabet blocks (to learn to stack), played with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations) and played our musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments).

Special Enrichment on Saturday: We watched the movie Baby Mozart. We also drew pictures with crayons.

Monday, May 7, 2012

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Wood Chip Box and an Injector Kit
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Friday, May 4, 2012

Parents - Your Trash May Be Our Treasure!

Parents -

In preparation for summer, we are on the lookout for some items that you may have around your home but no longer have a use for. PLEASE DO NOT GO OUT AND BUY THESE MATERIALS.  We would love to have some of these donated but only if you no longer have a use for them in your home. THANK YOU!

1. Ribbon, even scraps
2. Tissue Paper, even used from gift wrapping
3. Fabric, lots or just scraps
4. Bubble Wrap
5. Buttons- all shapes, sizes, colors
6. Empty Toilet Paper/Paper Towel tubes
7. Stickers - all shapes, sizes, colors (as long as they are kid-friendly)
8. Old or torn books
9. Old and/or used Calendars
10. Cotton Balls
11. Ziplock Bags, sandwich or quart size preferred.
12. Sequins
13. Yarn

If it is not listed, but you have something that you think is similar that might work  - please, just ask!

Parents - Newsletter Week of April 23rd


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.


April Newsletter


Week of April 23rd


Monthly Thematic Unit – Spring Has Sprung!


Color of the Month – Purple


Song of the Week:


“Planting Flowers”
Planting flowers, planting flowers
In the ground, in the ground,
Water them and they grow,
Water them and they grow,
All around, all around.



Book of the Week:  It's Spring, Blue! by Adam Peltzman


What We Did On Monday: We began our day by playing with our Little People and building with our bristle blocks. Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on turning the pages of our books gently. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later we played with our chain links (to improve our fine motor skills), magnets (to learn on magnets stick to metals), our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), used our shape sorters (to learn to match), and worked on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching).



Special Enrichment for Monday: We played Winnie the Pooh Preschool on our computer and made a purple collage!


What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by building with our bumpy blocks and Build and Stack City pieces. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages of our books gently. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations), our kitchen toys (to develop our imaginations), explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), and used our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills).



Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We watched a movie called Elmo's World!


What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by playing with our building with our wooden alphabet blocks (to learn cause and effect), and playing with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations).
Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages of our books gently. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our shape sorters (to learn to match), worked on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching), and played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others).


Special Enrichment for Wednesday: It was too cold this morning to play in the water table! So we went on a nature walk instead! :) We also listened to our "Animals Sounds" CD.


What We Did On Thursday: We started our day by playing with our Little People and exploring our Laugh and Learn Home. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages of our books gently. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills), and built with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills).



Special Enrichment for Thursday: We played our Thomas the Tank Engine CD-ROM and listened to classical music.


What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing with our shape sorters and exploring our Laugh and Learn Home. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages of our books gently. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills), animal toys (to learn the names of and about various animals), baby dolls  
(to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), ride on toys (to develop gross motor skills), balls (to develop gross motor skills), Build and Stack City pieces (to learn how pieces and be mixed and matched to build various things), binoculars (to learn how to see things various ways), and our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination). W also practiced counting toys up to number 5.


Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched the movie Buzby the Misbehaving Bee.


What We Did on Saturday: We started our day by playing with our baby dolls and exploring our Laugh and Learn Home. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages of our books gently. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our large beads (to develop fine motor skills), listened to our "Animal Sounds" CD,  and played with our Little People
 playsets (to develop our imaginations).

Special Enrichment on Saturday: We went to the Spring Fling at Brandon's school where we rode the train, played in the cool water misting tent, got our faces painted and so much more! We had SO much fun!

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Ingredients to Avoid in Skin Care Products

How closely do you examine the labels of your shampoo? Conditioner? Hair spray? Lotion? What about sunblock? Diaper cream? How closely do you read your laundry detergent? Fabric softeners? Deodorant? All of these products come into contact with our skin - some of them daily. Ingredients in your skin care products matter just as much as the ingredients in your food! Please read this Dr. Mercola article on what skin care ingredients you should be avoiding!

Ever Wonder How To Go About Making Your Own Safe Sunblock?

I have found this article interesting. We are considering actually making this and seeing  how it does. Our all inclusive child care includes sunblock - we may just switch to making our own!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Ever Wonder What Foods You Should REALLY Avoid?

Yes, I, too, have wondered. Which is why I found this article intriguing. Some of this is a bit disgusting , if you ask me! We have begun avoiding more than half of these already, thankfully and are beginning to work on finding better alternatives for the others! Check out the article and leave me a comment telling me what you think and if you are working on eliminating these items from your house or not!