Thursday, August 30, 2012

Breastfeeding Commercial - If I didn't already cloth diaper...

Melissa and Doug Preschool Toys are on sale at Totsy (Ends 8/31!)

Hurry! This one ends tomorrow!!! There is still a lot of items left! Check it out!!!

Free shipping on your first order from Totsy and if your order is over $75!!


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 Find enchanting and educational toys for your tot in our Melissa and Doug toy sale. A family affair, Melissa and Doug Bernstein founded their company in 1988 and with all their hard work, their brand has grown into a leader in the toy world, known for its innovative and exciting toys that kids love. In this sale, pick up shape sorters and block play sets for the wee ones, memory games and building blocks for tots, plus stamp sets and stacking games for the older kids. Ages 9 months and up.


Stack and Sort Butterfly

Alphabet Sound Puzzle

Alphabet Puzzle Book

Garbage Truck


Farm Animals Lace and Trace Panels


Alphabet Train Floor (28 pc)


Caterpillar Gear Toy
Stacking Train

Castle Blocks Play Set

Farm Blocks Play Set


Prices range from $6.75 - $25!






Go HERE to sign up with Totsy and then go HERE to see this sale!








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Emily Green Meal Sets on Sale at Totsy! (ENDS 9/1)

***Free shipping if this is your first order with Totsy or if your order is over $75!***


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 Bring a little magic to mealtime with this whimsical collection from Emily Green! Fun and eco-friendly, these plates, bowls, and tumblers are all durably designed with sturdy melamine construction, along with sweet and splashy themes that'll feed little ones' imaginations and their appetites. And while they wait for their food, the coordinating Imagination Books and Doodle Stick Markers will keep the creative juices flowing.


Go Puppy Go Bowl
Sunshine Safari Tumbler

Be Bop Bug Tumbler

321 Blast Off Plate

Fly With Me Plate


Houtie Ya Love? Bowl

Doodle Stick Markers


On The Move Imagination Book

In The Garden Imagnation Book


Prices range for only $3.75-$9.95!


Go HERE to sign up for Totsy and then go HERE to see this sale!!






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Smart Design Baby Accessories Are On Sale at Totsy! (Ends 9/2)


FREE SHIPPING FOR YOUR FIRST ORDER FROM TOTSY AND FOR ORDERS OVER $75!



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 Our carefully selected set of Smart Design products has everything you need to wrap your baby in the comfort and security that can only come from natural and organic products--and maybe some 'bling' on the side! This collection features super soft baby blankets, sheets, stroller liners, padded bed bumpers, and more. Those looking to show off their parenting pride will appreciate the assortment of eye-catching jewelry perfect for pinning to strollers, diaper bags, or whatever you please!



***Many of these items are already sold out - so act fast!***



Eco Friendly Bed Bumper
Baby Bling - Stroller\Diaper Bag Accessory A Cat


Eco Friendly Fitted Sheet

Wall Stickers

Organic Baby Blanket


Prices range from $4.95 - $26.75! 

Go HERE to sign up with Totsy and then go HERE to see this sale!!



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Nursing Bras are on Sale at Totsy! (Ends 9/2)

Free Shipping on your first order AND free shipping for orders over $75!


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 Don't be fooled by the flair of expensive nursing bras. When it comes time for breastfeeding, you're going to care about two things: function and comfort. A Mother's Love collection understands your needs, and has created a maternity line that caters to just that! Nursing bras and camis, underwire nursing bras, and even sports bras are available here. But best of all? Each piece is priced under $7 so you can afford to stock up!

Seamless Cotton Nursing Bra


Seamless Microfiber Nursing Bra


Seamless Microfiber Nursing Bra



***I did look and so far there are many sizes still available, but hurry before sizes sell out!***


Go HERE to sign up with Totsy if you have never signed up with them before. Then go HERE to see this sale!



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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Stress in Kids

Stress can come and go with kids - same as it can with us adults. It shows up hem. There are many signs that they might be exhibiting. There are many reasons why they might be feeling stressed...and it is probably more than because little Johnny isn't sharing the blocks or because little Mary didn't let her be the Mommy while playing House today. Kids pick up on more than adults think they do and they also read emotions very well. They sense our emotions and try to see how we handle stress.

Here is a great article on stress in young children where you can learn more about the signs your child may be exhibiting that shows that they are under stress right now! :)

Come on, Mamas - Admit it. How Many of You Do This??


My Message to the American Academy of Pediatrics!


Our Grandparents Ate Organic...They Just Didn't Call it That!


I'm Adorable

I had to make this in honor of my 22 month old daughter. If she wasn't so dang cute, there are days that I'm not so sure I could be a gentle parent. :)



The Many Uses of Baking Soda

We use baking soda for all sorts of things around the house - we clean with it, we use in when washing clothes, we use it to eliminate/reduce odors, I use it to do no 'poo (basically, as a shampoo), and more!

Did you know these ways that baking soda can be used?:



Baking soda is one of the safest and most versatile substances around; it’s useful not only for baking but for countless medicinal and household purposes
Taken internally, baking soda helps maintain the pH balance in your bloodstream; this is likely the basic premise behind its recommended uses against both colds and influenza symptoms
Baking soda is useful for treating minor ailments like sunburn and insect bites, it works as a natural deodorant and toothpaste, and it can be used for cleaning virtually every room in your home

Or what about?:

 For instance, did you know there’s a whole gamut of medicinal uses for baking soda, such as safely removing splinters from your fingers, or just brushing your teeth?

 And even:


Ulcer Pain: I have personally recommended this to many including family members and have been surprised how remarkably effective it is. This would make sense, as the baking soda would immediately neutralize stomach acid. Dosing is typically 1-2 teaspoons in a full glass of water.
Splinter removal: Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a small glass of water, then soak the affected area twice a day. Many splinters will come out on their own after a couple of days using this treatment.
Sunburn remedy: Add ½ cup of baking soda to lukewarm bathwater, then soak in the tub for natural relief. When you get out, let your skin air dry, rather than toweling off the excess baking soda, for extra relief. You can also add a mixture of baking soda and water to a cool compress and apply it to the sunburn directly.
Deodorant: If you want to avoid the parabens and aluminum found in many deodorants and antiperspirants, try a pinch of baking soda mixed with water instead. This simple paste makes an effective and simple natural deodorant.
Enhanced sports performance: Distance runners have long engaged in a practice known as “soda doping” – or taking baking soda capsules -- before races to enhance performance,3 a measure that’s thought to work similarly to carbohydrate loading. While I don’t suggest you try this at home, it’s another example of baking soda benefits.
Plaque-busting tooth and gum paste: For an incredibly effective tooth and gum paste, use a mixture of six parts of baking soda to one part of sea salt. Place them in a blender and mix for 30 seconds, then place in a container to use. Wet the tip of your index finger and place a small amount of the salt and soda mixture on your gums. Starting with the upper outside gums and then the inside of the upper, followed by the lower outside of the gums then the lower inside, rub the mixture onto your teeth and gums. Spit out the excess. After 15 minutes rinse your mouth. This mixture is incredibly effective at killing bacteria.
Insect bites: Apply a paste made of baking soda and water to insect bites to help relieve itching. You can also try rubbing the dry powder onto your skin. This is also effective for itchy rashes and poison ivy.
Teeth whitener: For a natural way to whiten your teeth, crush one ripe strawberry and mix it with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Spread the mixture onto your teeth and leave on for five minutes. Then brush your teeth and rinse. This method should be used no more than once a week, as excessive use could potentially damage your tooth enamel.
Foot soak: Add three tablespoons of baking soda to a tub of warm water for an invigorating foot soak.
Exfoliator: A paste made from three parts of baking soda combined with 1 part water can be used as an exfoliator for your face and body. It’s natural, inexpensive and gentle enough to use every day.
Detox bath: Baking soda and apple cider make a wonderful spa-like bath for soaking away aches and pains and detoxing. It also cleans the tub and the drain, as a bonus!


All for about $1 a BOX!

Here is an article with more about the amazing baking soda!


What do YOU use baking soda for?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Thoughts on Fluoride

We don't use it - plain and simple. Yes, we have the occasional drink of unfiltered tap water. But we try to avoid it like the plague.Fluoride is a poison! Did you know that it has the potential to LOWER your child's IQ? Read this article about a Harvard study that was done!


We typically use Tom's of Maine fluoride free toothpaste. For Daniella, we use Earth's Best organic tooth and gum cleanser. Recently, we purchased a teeth cleanser for Brandon from Tropical Traditions. Brandon doesn't care for mint versions of toothpastes so I bought him the cinnamon one and he really likes it! It is more of a gel than a paste and the texture took him a bit to get used to it but he likes the flavor so much more!

 











Cinnamon - Teeth Cleaner - 4 oz. - All Natural


Tropical Traditions also has these flavors: Mint and Classic. They also sell an Organic Herbal Breath Spray :)














Mint - Teeth Cleaner - 4 oz. - All Natural


 











Classic - Teeth Cleaner - 4 oz. - All Natural


















Organic Herbal Breath Spray - 1-oz


***If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.***

What kind of laundry detergent do you use?

We have gone back and forth on this for a while . At one point, we were discussing using Melaleuca's detergent. My husband's mother was a consultant when he was a child though and Michael felt his clothes never really smelled clean when they used it. So he nixed that idea.

We have been using free and clear detergents although I know they have additives that aren't very healthy for us. We use baking soda as a laundry booster and to help fight odors. We also use vinegar as a fabric softener.

I currently am awaiting an order that I placed for Tropical Traditions laundry detergent (which is on back order so it is taking a little while to arrive). We'll see what we think about that after it arrives. This is the detergent I am waiting for:
Household Traditions Powdered Laundry Detergent - 5 lb.










***If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.***




In the meantime, I recently came across this article and now we are debating about making our own detergent. We will wait and see how the Tropical Traditions detergent goes first before we make our decision for sure though. It doesn't look terribly difficult and it looks like you make a LOT at one time so you don't have to make it very often.

We specifically wanted a powder form of homemade detergent because we personally feel it would spread further AND there is no ongoing mixing, stirring, or shaking involved. We will probably invest in some lemongrass essential oil for it's microbial benefits.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Regrowing Your Food

Do you have a green thumb? If so, I am totally jealous of you! We planted a vegetable garden - tomatoes, cucumbers, romaine lettuce and carrots. Just the right stuff to make a salad. We eat sooooo much salad around here! Well, we waited and waited and waited....all we have gotten out of that garden is TWO CUCUMBERS. I could scream I am so frustrated. But then again, I can't even keep house plants alive, so who am I kidding?

Which is why I found this article very intriguing. Maybe I can't GROW my family's food, but perhaps I could REGROW it? I am very tempted to try this out and see what kind of results I get.

If you try it - let me know!


So, tell me, do you have a green thumb?

Parents - Newsletter Week of August 20th


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.




Week of August 20th




August Thematic Unit – Under the Sea!



Color of the Month – Blue



Song of the Week:

"Catch a Fish" (Tune: Row, Row, Row your boat)
Catch, catch, catch a fish,
Hook it on your line.
Reel it, reel it, reel it,
This one will be mine.



Book of the WeekTen Little Fish  by Audrey and Bruce Wood


What We Did On Monday: We began our day by building with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills) and playing on our ride on toys (to develop gross motor skills). Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on turning the pages of the book from left to right. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later we pretended to cook for each other with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), worked with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), played with our dress up jewelry (to practice putting it on and taking it off) and our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations).



Special Enrichment for Monday: We played our magnetic fishing game (to help us develop fine motor skills) which is helping us name and identify sea animals! We also watched the movie Blue's Clues Big Party and talked about how Blue the dog is the Color of the Month - BLUE!



What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by pretending to cook for each other with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination) and driving our toy cars (to develop fine motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages of the book from left to right. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our balls (to develop gross motor skills),explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills),  built towers with our alphabet blocks (to learn to stack) and then had fun knocking them down! We also counted the blocks as we stacked them and tried to identify pictures that are on their sides as well.  We also had fun with our LeapFrog farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves), our toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations), dress up clothes (to learn to pretend), binoculars (to learn to see items far away), built with our waffle blocks (to learn how to interlock) and played with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters).


Special Enrichment for Tuesday:  We practiced counting fish from 1 through 10. We talked about what coral is in the ocean and looked at pictures of it. We also practiced identifying colors.


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



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




What We Did On Thursday: We started our day off by playing with our balls (to develop gross motor skills) and had fun singing familiar songs together. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages of the book from left to right. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our Bop It Penguin (to learn cause and effect), explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), pretended to cook for each other with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination) and playing our musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments).



Special Enrichment for Thursday: We watched the movie The Wiggles at Wiggle Bay and learned about the ocean!




What We Did On Friday: We began our day by exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills) 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 the book from left to right. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments), balls (to develop gross motor skills), built with our alphabet blocks (to learn to stack) 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 Friday: We watched the movie Baby Neptune: Discovering Water to learn more about ocean animals!



What We Did On Saturday: We started our day by exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills) 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 turning the pages of the book from left to right.Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our dress up clothes (to learn to pretend), used our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills), pretended to cook for each other with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills) and built with our bumpy blocks (to learn about textures and to learn to interlock).



Special Enrichment for Saturday: We took a trip to the library to read some books and play in their quiet corner. We had so much fun!

Parents - Newsletter Week of August 13th


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.




Week of August 13th




August Thematic Unit – Under the Sea!



Color of the Month – Blue



Song of the Week:

“Five Little Lobsters” (to the tune of  “5 Little Pumpkins”)
Five little lobsters sitting on a rock.
The first one says, "I don't have time to talk."
The second one says, "There are fish over there."
The third one says, "But we don't care."
The fourth one says, "Let's swim and swim and swim."
The fifth one says, "We don't have any fins!"
Then swish went their tails and snap went their claws.
And the five little lobsters strolled out of sight.







Book of the WeekLittle Fish's Sea Adventure by Cathy Betton


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 our dress up jewelry (to practice putting it on and taking it off). Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on turning the pages of our book carefully to avoid ripping the pages. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later we played with our dress up clothes (to learn to pretend), electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), used our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills), and explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills).



Special Enrichment for Monday: We counted pictures of fish from 1 to 10! :)



What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by playing with our puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching) and pretended to cook for for one another in our kitchen (to develop our imaginations).
Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages of our book carefully to avoid ripping the pages.Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments), LeapFrog farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves), used our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills), listened to our Barney's Favorite Songs CD (to develop a love of listening to music) and explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills).





Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We played our magnetic fishing game (to develop fine motor skills) which helped us learn to identify sea animals!


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



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




What We Did On Thursday: We started our day off by playing with our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills) and building with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages of our book carefully to avoid ripping the pages. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), built with Legos (to learn how to interlock), played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), got creative with our Mr. Potato Heads (to learn about body parts), balls (to develop gross motor skills), explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), listened to our Barney's Favorite Songs CD (to develop a love of listening to music), and
played with our musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments).



Special Enrichment for Thursday: We played our magnetic fishing game (to develop fine motor skills) which helped us learn to identify sea animals!




What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing with our LeapFrog farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves) and with our toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages of our book carefully to avoid ripping the pages.Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our Mr. Potato Heads (to learn about body parts), sang a bunch of toddler songs (to learn to follow a tune), played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), got cooking with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), worked with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters) and practiced counting with our chain links (to improve our fine motor skills).





Special Enrichment for Friday: We worked on our sea life puzzles to help us learn to name and identify various ocean animals. We also watched a movie called See How They Grow: Sea Animals which is a very educational movie that taught us about hoe sea animals live and how they grow up.



What We Did On Saturday: We started our day by pretending to cook with our kitchen toys (to develop our imaginations) and by playing our musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages of our book carefully to avoid ripping the pages. 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 our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills), made a farmyard out of our waffle blocks, had fun with our Lights and Sounds Show toy (to learn the sounds of various instruments and to learn cause and effect), playing with our dress up jewelry (to practice putting it on and taking it off) and played with our toy cars (to develop fine motor skills).





Special Enrichment for Saturday: We played our magnetic fishing game (to develop fine motor skills) which helped us learn to identify sea animals! (It sure was a favorite this week!) We also watched the movie Little Mermaid!





Parents - Newsletter Week of August 6th


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.

Week of August 6th

August Thematic Unit – Under the Sea!

Color of the Month – Blue

Song of the Week:


All the Little Fishies

All the little fishies are swimming in the water, swimming in the water, swimming in the water
All the little fishies are swimming in the water
BUBBLE, BUBBLE….SPLASH!

All the little polar bears are eating all the fishies, eating at the fishies, eating all the fishies
All the little polar bears are eating all the fishies
BUBBLE, BUBBLE…..SPLASH!

All the little penguins are splashing in the water, splashing in the water, splashing in the water
All the little penguins are splashing in the water
BUBBLE, BUBBLE….SPLASH!

All the little crabs are pinching in the water, pinching in the water, pinching in the water
All the little crabs are pinching in the water
BUBBLE, BUBBLE….SPLASH!

All the little starfish are sleeping in the water, sleeping in the water, sleeping in the water
All the little starfish are sleeping in the water
BUBBLE, BUBBLE….SPLASH!






Book of the Week: Under The Sea by Kait Eaton


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 baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others). Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on returning the book to the bookshelf when we are finished reading it. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later we played with our balls (to develop gross motor skills),




Special Enrichment for Monday: We watched a Teletubbies movie called Nursery Rhyme and we tried to sing along to the nursery rhymes in the movie!



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


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


What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by working on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching) and building with Legos (to learn how to interlock). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on returning the book to the bookshelf when we are finished reading it. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters) and played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others).




Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We practiced learning our colors and counting by talking about colors and practicing our counting while playing with our toys. We also drew pictures with colored pencils!




What We Did On Thursday: We started our day off by exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills) and working with our large beads (to develop fine motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on returning the book to the bookshelf 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), working with our chain links (to improve our fine motor skills) and LeapFrog farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves), .




Special Enrichment for Thursday: We watched the movie Blue's Clues Story Time and discussed how Blue the dog is the Color Of the Month that we are learning about - blue!




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 working on our sea life puzzles (to get us familiar with what lives in the ocean). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on returning the book to the bookshelf when we are finished reading it. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our large beads (to develop fine motor skills), pretended to cook food in our to kitchen(to develop our imagination), and had fun matching with our LeapFrog farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves).



Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched the movie Sharktale to learn about sharks and other ocean animals! We also drew pretty pictures with colored pencils!



What We Did On Saturday: We started our day by playing on our ride on toys (to develop gross motor skills) and learning with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on returning the book to the bookshelf when we are finished reading it. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also practiced throwing our balls (to develop gross motor skills), played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), and explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills).



Special Enrichment for Saturday: We practiced learning our colors and practiced counting, too!












Tuesday, August 21, 2012

WINNER OF THE SWEETY DARLIN' DESIGNS GIVEAWAY!

CHECK OUT THE RAFFLECOPTER - THE WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED AND EMAILED - SHE HAS 48 HOURS FROM THE TIMESTAMP ON THIS BLOG POST TO CONTACT ME TO CLAIM HER PRIZE! :)
 CONGRATS! AND A HUGE THANK YOU GOES OUT TO SWEETY DARLIN' DESIGNS FOR SPONSORING THIS GIVEAWAY!!!

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Monday, August 20, 2012

FREE OR CHEAP KIDS CLOTHES!

OK, you guys know I am all about living green and recycling, right? Well, here is a great way to do it with kids clothes - including clothes from your kids! It is a company called ThredUp. They buy pre-owned kids clothes to sell on their website. Some of it is New With Tags still on it (because I am sure we have all experienced it where we bought our kids something to wear and they outgrew it before we took the tags off, right?). Well, ThredUp has a special offer right now. If you sign up through my referral link (http://www.thredup.com/485460), you get a FREE $10 credit - which is even good towards shipping costs ($6.95). PLUS right now, they have a discount code that can be COMBINED with your credit - AUGUST20 saves you 20% more! I just bought Daniella a new with tags Gymboree short sleeved shirt for only $2.15 including shipping!!! I am sure the tags will show it is at least a $17 shirt. I am all about saving money when it comes to kids and if that means "recycling" clothes by buying and selling pre-owned, that's okay with me! Check it out!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

WEEK OF 8/20 - 8/26 - MODERN ALTERNATIVE MAMA'S EBOOKS ARE ON SALE!!!


HERE IS A QUOTE FROM KATE HERSELF!



In honor of all the kids going back to school, I’m running an ebook sale!  All of my 7 books will be 30% off using code BACKTOSCHOOL.  This sale will run from Monday, 8/20 through Sunday, 8/26.

We have a NEW feature on our store, too.  On the main store page, we have a chart showing how many recipes each book has and how many are allergy-free.  There is a list for each of the top 7, plus “all top 7” plus GAPS-friendly!  This chart will allow your readers to easily tell at a glance which book(s) are ideal for their families.  As always the full table of contents are available if you click on each individual book.

CLICK ON EACH PICTURE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THAT BOOK OR SET OF BOOKS. I HAVE PERSONALLY READ TREAT YOURSELF, BREAST TO BIB AND SIMPLY SUMMER AND HAVE THOROUGHLY LOVED THEM ALL!





















 














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Sunday, August 12, 2012

SWEETY DARLIN' DESIGNS REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY!

"PRETTY DRESS"
Sweety Darlin' Designs was kind enough to send me a gorgeous little dress for Daniella and me to review. Daniella began, right away, to call it her "Pretty dress". She wanted to wear her "Pretty dress" every day! :) She loved the brightly colored flowers and the big dragonfly buttons on the straps. I love that I can mix and match it with various capris and bloomers that I already had on hand.

The first time Daniella wore this dress, we really put it to the test. She wore it on a day that we went to a place called Catch Air, which is a huge indoor playground with inflatables, slides and so much more. I figured it was a good idea because it would show me how well the dress would hold up to real wear and tear.

Daniella has since worn this dress several times. I think it is safe to say that she has worn it at least 5 times now - and we have had it for barely a month! :) She absolutely loves it. And what I love is that after carefully examining the dress, I see that it is very well made. The stitching is phenomenal and it has held up really well to being worn by my spunky 1 year old. It was washed and dried very well, too. I have not noticed any pilling even though it has already been washed several times.

UPCLOSE PICTURE OF BUTTON


The only thing that I could possibly say even remotely "against" this dress (which really isn't even a negative in my eyes) is that I was told the dress is a size 2T. Daniella comfortably wear a size 2T (to the point that she has actually outgrown size 24 months) and this dress is a little big on her. Sweety Darlin' Designs does have sizing charts for children, men and women. According to the size chart, the size 2T should run big on Daniella, as she only weighs about 25 pounds. So her sizing charts are accurate. But, hey, no qualms here - that just means she gets to wear it even longer! :)
BACK VIEW OF A WIGGLY 1 YEAR OLD! :) DRESS WORN WITH CAPRIS















Here is a quote from Sweety Darlin' Designs's Facebook Page:

I love to sew and create one of a kind items for clients. From formal wear to costumes to whatever you want to create! I also write for blogs and read more blogs than I can keep up with. I am a parent and a girlfriend. All of this craziness blends into our social media, so strap in and enjoy the ride.

ANOTHER PICTURE OF THE DRESS WITH A BLOOMER

According to her FB page, her products include:
 Women's and Children's Clothing, Costumes, Jewelry, Period Attire, LARP, SCA, and everything in between!


THIS PICTURE IS OF THE DRESS BEING WORN WITH A PAIR OF PANTS


DRESS WORN WITH BLOOMER
And now we can discuss the giveaway! Sweety Darlin' Designs has graciously provided a prize for you, MOM!!! She has provided me with a beautiful, handmade necklace to ship out to one lovely winner! I have it IN HAND! (You are lucky I didn't swipe it - it is sooo pretty! lol)
See, I TOLD you it was pretty!
This necklace makes me think of beaches and palm trees and getaway trips...coconuts, luaus...I could go on...
Here is a close up shot of the pendant:
Isn't it lovely?

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