Wednesday, October 31, 2012

RedWeek Timeshare Rentals Membership Review and Giveaway!

Have you ever owned, visited or rented a timeshare? We own a timeshare in a "hot spot" - Kissimmee, Florida. We all know (I am sure) that Kissimmee is literally down the street from Walt Disney World! So, our timeshare spot is a prime area for Florida visitors. We have a platinum ownership which means that we can choose any week (one week per year) to go enjoy ourselves. Whenever we are there, we always get a flyer that lets us know about other timeshare rentals that are available in the upcoming 3 months in case we wish to make a return visit. Basically, the timeshare rentals are either owners who did not pay their maintenance or ownership fees that year or weeks that were simply under-booked. The rates are always phenomenal when you compare them to staying at a hotel for the same week! One special last year was equivalent to the annual maintenance fee - which was super low! (Less than $600!). More often than not, it equals out to be about $180 a night which is for a 2 bedroom townhome that sleeps 6 people (Master with King size bed, secondary bedroom with two twins and a pull out couch in the living room). The unit is fully furnished, the kitchen is full size and is fully equipped, and the amenities are wonderful! Our resort has 3 huge playgrounds, 2 smaller pools and then the main walk-in pool is part of a mini waterpark that includes a lazy river, 2 huge water slides, a splashpark, a hot tub, a bar and more! There is also an arcade on the premises as well as a computer lab and a mini convenience store. They offer many family and children activities for small fees throughout the week as well as a free shuttle to all of the major parks. Do you think you can get all of that for $180 a night at a hotel in the Orlando area? Not too likely! (We tend to use our week during Thanksgiving more often than not. Therefore, bear in mind that that rental price is during prime holiday season!)

Well, RedWeek.com has a great service that they offer that is to help aid people like you who are looking for a timeshare to rent to help your family have a fantastic vacation! You can log onto their website and look up current timeshare rentals that are available. You can also access ads from timeshare owners who are looking to sell their units!

From RedWeek.com's FAQ section:


What is the cost?
Membership is currently $14.99 for 12 months and is required to add a rental or resale posting, or to contact an owner about a posting. Rental postings are $24.99 for 6 months, and resale postings are $59.99 for 12 months. A full list of pricing and benefits can be found on our pricing and details page.


How does RedWeek work?
RedWeek is a do-it-yourself timeshare marketplace where owners advertise their timeshares for rent and resale, and individuals contact them directly to arrange a transaction. Although we create a community for transactions to take place, we do not control the transaction, nor do we charge additional fees or commissions for transactions.

All payment arrangements should be made between the owner and renter/buyer. We highly recommend the use of an escrow service to help you complete your transaction. You can read more about our recommended escrow services at the following links:

Rental Escrow Service
Resale Escrow Service




Also, when you check out their site, take note that in the center of their home page is a section that says “Top Timeshare Rental Destinations” which shows you at a glance how seriously cheap timeshare rentals can be!
When you click on where it says “Find a Timeshare” at the top of the home page (top left in the green bar)
that will take you to a page that also has a list of various “features” on the right side, which includes links to such choices as “Kid Friendly,” “Pet Friendly,” as well as specialty destinations such as “Golf,” “Beaches,” etc.

Plus - in case you wondered about the term “redweek” and why this company has chosen to use that name:  In the timeshare industry, a “red week” is the best - or prime time -  to own a timeshare (for example, Christmas week at a ski lodge, 4th of July at a beach resort, etc.). In using this term as the name of this company, it simply means “The Best.”.


If you ever plan to rent or buy a timeshare, I think that this website is a great resource!


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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Vatican Statement on Vaccines




As a Catholic family, what the Vatican has to say about things matters a great deal to us. But I thought that I would point this out to those of you who hold similar Christian points of view as well.


Not the current Pope; but he was when this statement was released!











After reading the entire document, I am proud to say that Daniella has never received a single vaccine. Brandon was on a modified schedule until his reaction which halted any further vaccines for him. I wish I had known the Vatican's viewpoint on vaccines then. But at the time, I was a brand new Catholic and Brandon was over a year old when this was released so it would not have "saved" him completely.





If the Pope could have children (for those of you who are not Catholic, the Pope, nor any priest, can marry or have children.), I wonder  if that child would be vaccinated at all?

What do you all think? Go read the Vatican's Statement and come back and share your thoughts with me. For those of you that DO vaccinate - did you read anything in that statement that might have hanged our mind? If you do not vaccinate, what did you think of it? Any Catholic readers want to share their thoughts?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Winner Announcement of the Kimbo Educational CD Giveaway!

Thank you so much to Kimbo Educational Cds for sponsoring this review/giveaway! DOn't forget to check them out to find something perfect for your little one(s) for Christmas!


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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Review and Giveaway for Lunette Cup (Ends 11/11/12 US/Can/Mex Only)

                                                  






I have been using mama cloth pads for almost a year now and I kept hearing about menstrual cups. I was curious. I wanted to be able to get rid of ALL of my disposable menstrual products. I began to do some research on a couple of different brands of menstrual cups. Two specific things that I read stuck with me - that for a woman with a tilted uterus (like I have), Lunette Cup was definitely the way to go and that they are made of medical grade silicone, not latex (I am allergic to latex). So I contacted Lunette Cup and asked them about doing a review. I was so excited when they agreed!

Here is a little blurb from their website (www.lunette.com):


Lunette — A Menstrual Cup
Over the past 70 years, a woman's choice for internal menstrual care has pretty much been limited to tampons. Wouldn't you like something better, something . . . nicer?
Now there is an alternative that is healthier for our bodies, our environment and our pocketbook — the Lunette menstrual cup.
Made in Finland, the Lunette menstrual cup is an easy-to-use, safe, and clean alternative to pads and tampons. Using a Lunette is similar to using a tampon but requires less changing. Made of medical-grade silicone, a non-friendly environment for bacteria, menstrual cups are simply washed and reused. Not to mention, menstrual cups create zero waste. That's nice!

Are you wondering what a menstrual cup IS? And how to use one?





This is the one that I chose:

The coral Lunette Aine menstrual cup


I chose this color simply because of the meaning behind it's name - "Áine is the Goddess of moon, love, fertility and Midsummer in Irish mythology." With us having worked through so many fertility issues, it just seems fitting. I also thought that the color would help conceal any possible stains.

Why should you use a menstrual cup? They are SUPER eco-friendly! Lunette summed up the "Whys" really well here.

Lunette cups come in two different sizes. There is a size guide available on their website that can really work well at helping you to figure out what size is best for you. I love how detailed the size guide is. It truly made me feel like I was selecting the perfect size for me.

Lunette Cup's website has a FAQ section that I also found to be very helpful in making the decision to want to have a Lunette Cup of my very own. I highly recommend that you read it too to ensure that you are well informed. :)

And did you know that there is NO association between menstrual cups and Toxic Shock Syndrome like there is with tampons?

Are you wondering HOW one goes about using a Lunette Cup? It really isn't as difficult as it may look - they are very flexible! Here is how Lunette explains it:

How to use the Lunette menstrual cup


Lunette also some other related products, too. Check them out here.

Lunette Feelbetter Liquid Wash                Lunette CupWipes       Lunette Sanitary Napkin, Cloth Pad


Lunette Satin Pouch                                                                Lunette Moodsmooth Body Cream


Lunette Cups can be purchased at various U.S. retailers (listed here) and many international retailers (listed here) as well! You can also buy them online!


There was an adjustment period to using the Lunette Cup. I personally found it easy to remove, empty and clean in the shower - but difficult to reinsert while in the shower. After some practice, by my second cycle, I could reinsert it in the shower. It took some tweaking to learn exactly where it fit the most comfortably once inserted. At first, I was checking how full it was quite frequently because I wasn't sure what was "normal vs heavy flow". Because I have Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, I wasn't sure if my flow was too heavy. However, all checking it more often did was provide me with more practice of reinserting it because flow-wise, things were just fine.

After using the Lunette Cup for two cycles, I have not had any "overflow" issues, which was a concern of mine. I had that problem often with tampons. I am happy to say good riddance to tampons! :D

The only very minor issue that I had with my Lunette Cup was that the airholes seem to clog easily. This may be individual and specific to my flow vs clot ratio though.

Overall, I am very pleased with my Lunette Cup and am very proud to now eliminate one more disposable  item from our household (AND our household budget!).

I have been asked to tell you that if you should wish to make a purchase - "Here is a way for customers to get a $10 off code at our shop.  First, they have to "like" us.  Then go to https://www.facebook.com/Lunettecup/app_304103309676741 (Tab "What is Lunette?" and scroll to bottom of page).  If they have "liked" us, they will be able to see the coupon code.  Otherwise it will be blurred out."

Happy shopping!


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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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Parents - Newsletter Week of October 8th


(Sorry that I have gotten so far behind on these!)

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 October 8th

October Thematic Unit – Autumn is Here!

Color of the Month – Orange

Song of the Week:

“I Like to Toss the Leaves Up High”
(To the tune of “The Ants Come Marching”)
I like to toss the leaves up high, Hooray! Hooray! (2X)
I toss them up and they come down,
Yellow, Orange, Red and Brown,
Oh, I like to toss the leaves,
Toss the leaves, 
Way up high,
In the sky!





Book of the Week:
Pooh and the Falling Leaves by Disney



What We Did On Monday: We began our day by working with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters) and having fun with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations). Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on reading our books with gentle hands to help take good care of them.  After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later, we looked at pictures of acorns, played with our dinosaurs (to learn about their similarities and differences), played with our toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations), sang toddler songs together (to learn to develop a love for music), built with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills) and built with our bumpy blocks (to learn about textures and to learn to interlock).

Special Enrichment for Monday: We listened to our new Kimbo Educational CD - Go Green! We also counted pumpkins from 1 to 3. And we used pumpkins to learn about sequencing and practiced lining them up - small, medium and large. We also practiced saying the words "Small, "Medium", and "Large".

What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by practicing driving our toy cars all around (to develop fine motor skills) and playing 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 reading our books with gentle hands to help take good care of them.  Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also sang toddler songs together (to learn to develop a love for music), played with our LeapFrog farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves), and worked with our chain links (to improve our fine motor skills) using them to practices naming colors and shapes!


Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We watched the movie Winnie the Pooh: Frankenpooh! We also listened to our new Kimbo Educational CD - Go Green and took a nature walk around the neighborhood!

What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by exploring our Touch & Feel Animal Discovery Cards (to have a multi-sensory experience and learn animal facts) and having fun with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading our books with gentle hands to help take good care of them. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we had fun playing with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), practiced throwing, rolling and bouncing our balls (to develop gross motor skills), played with our toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations) and built with our bumpy blocks (to learn about textures and to learn to interlock).

Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We watched the movie Blue's Birthday!

What We Did On Thursday: We started our day off by pretending to cook for each other with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination) and working with our busy beads (to develop fine motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading our books with gentle hands to help take good care of them.  Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also enjoyed practiced driving our toy cars all around (to develop fine motor skills), played our musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments), played with our LeapFrog farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves), got creative with our Mr. Potato Heads (to learn about body parts), and played with our toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations).

Special Enrichment for Thursday: We watched the movie Barney's Halloween Party!

What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing with our toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and 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 reading our books with gentle hands to help take good care of them. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed having fun with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations), played our musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments), built with our mini waffle blocks (to learn how to interconnect), practiced driving our toy cars all around (to develop fine motor skills) and practiced throwing, rolling and bouncing our balls (to develop gross motor skills).
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Special Enrichment for Friday: We took a walk around the neighborhood and saw that the leaves are beginning to change color and that there are new flowers at some people's houses (mums).

What We Did On Saturday: We started our day by exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills) and having fun with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading our books with gentle hands to help take good care of them. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also worked with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), pretended to cook for each other with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), built with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills), and played our musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments).


Special Enrichment for Saturday: We watched the movie Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin!

Parents - Newsletter Week of October 1st


(Sorry that I have gotten so far behind on these!)

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 October 1st

October Thematic Unit – Autumn is Here!

Color of the Month – Orange

Song of the Week:

“Have You Ever Seen an Apple?”
(Sung to the tune of "Have You Ever Seen a Lassie")

Have you ever seen an apple, an apple, an apple
Have you ever seen an apple, that grows on a tree?
A red one, a yellow one, a red one, a yellow one
Have you ever seen an apple, that grows on a tree?




Book of the Week:
Strawberry Shortcake's Field Trip to the Apple Orchards by Grosset and Dunlop



What We Did On Monday: We began our day by listening to our Barney's Favorite Songs CD (to develop a love of listening to music)and practiced throwing, rolling and bouncing our balls (to develop gross motor skills). Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on turning the pages in our book from left to right. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later, we practiced driving our toy cars all around (to develop fine motor skills), pretended to cook for each other with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), played with our LeapFrog farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves), enjoyed using our dollhouse (to learn to match parts of a room with the room and to develop our imaginations), used our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills), worked on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching) and explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills).

Special Enrichment for Monday: We watched the movie Barney's Halloween Party. We introduced pumpkins, cornstalks, owls, spiders, apples and scarecrows. We also counted scarecrows!

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 working with our busy beads (to develop fine motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages in our book from left to right.  Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also enjoyed practiced driving our toy cars all around (to develop fine motor skills), played our musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments), played with our LeapFrog farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves), got creative with our Mr. Potato Heads (to learn about body parts), and played with our toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations).


Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We watched the movie Barney's Four Seasons to learn about the differences in the different seasons. We also danced with a scarecrow! :)

What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by playing with our toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations) and working on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages in our book from left to right. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we had fun with our Lights and Sounds Show toy (to learn the sounds of various instruments and to learn cause and effect), built with our alphabet blocks (to learn to stack), used our shape sorters (to learn to match) and had fun with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations).

Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We went to Story Time at the library and enjoyed listening to stories, singing songs, watching felt board stories, playing parachute games and dong the "Bop Until You Drop" song!

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 electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters) and using our ride on toys (to develop gross motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages in our book from left to right. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations), played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), and played basketball in the backyard (to practice eye-hand coordination to try to get the ball in the basket).
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Special Enrichment for Friday: We colored pretty pictures with crayons! We also went for a walk around the neighborhood and saw pumpkins, scarecrows, leaves and pinecones!

What We Did On Saturday: We started our day by exploring our Touch & Feel Animal Discovery Cards (to have a multi-sensory experience and learn animal facts) and having fun with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages in our book from left to right. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also worked with our 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 Saturday: We went to a local Autumn Festival and went on a hayride, played bean bag toss games, jumped on bouncies and climbed up in and explored a real fire truck!

Parents - Newsletter Week of September 24th


(Sorry that I have gotten so far behind on these!)

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 September 24th

September Thematic Unit – Community Helpers

Color of the Month – Red

Song of the Week:
"Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Fire Truck"

Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
(Hands on steering wheel)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck 
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!
(Ring bell)

Hurry, hurry, turn the corner
(Lean to the right)
Hurry, hurry, turn the corner
(Lean to the left)
Hurry, hurry, turn the corner
(Lean to the right and left)
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!
(Ring bell)

Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder
(Pretend to climb ladder)
Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder
Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!
(Ring bell)

Hurry, hurry, squirt the water
(Pretend to spray hose)
Hurry, hurry, squirt the water 
Hurry, hurry, squirt the water 
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!
(Ring bell)

Slowly, slowly, back to the station
(Lean slowly to the left and right)
Slowly, slowly, back to the station
Slowly, slowly, back to the station
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!
(Ring bell)




Book of the Week:
At the Firehouse by Fisher Price



What We Did On Monday: We began our day by listening to classical music (to gain an understanding of various musical genres) and pretending to cook for each other with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination). Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on returning our book to the bookshelf when we are finished reading it.. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later, we worked with our large beads (to develop fine 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), had fun with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations), played basketball in the backyard (to practice eye-hand coordination to try to get the ball in the basket), and explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills).

Special Enrichment for Monday: We baked yummy pumpkin bread!. We also listened to our new Kimbo  Educational CD - Go Green!

What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by having fun with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations) and singing toddler songs together (to learn to develop a love for music). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on returning our 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 pretended to cook for each other with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), enjoyed using our dollhouse (to learn to match parts of a room with the room and to develop our imaginations) and built with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills).


Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We watched the movie "Blue's Birthday". We had lots of fun blowing bubbles!!! We practiced our self-help skills by climbing up and down the stairs holding the railing instead of being carried up and/or down (ages 18 months and up only while being closely monitored). We played with our fire truck and burning building playset! 

What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by pretending to cook for each other with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination) and working on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on returning our book to the bookshelf when we are finished reading it. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed using our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills), played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), enjoyed using our dollhouse (to learn to match parts of a room with the room and to develop our imaginations), had fun with our Lights and Sounds Show toy (to learn the sounds of various instruments and to learn cause and effect) and had fun with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations).

Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We watched the movie Firehouse Follies. We also listened to our new Kimbo  Educational CD - Go Green!

What We Did On Thursday: We started our day off by played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others) and having fun with our dress up clothes (to learn to pretend). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on returning our 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 had fun with our Lights and Sounds Show toy (to learn the sounds of various instruments and to learn cause and effect), enjoyed using our dollhouse (to learn to match parts of a room with the room and to develop our imaginations) and playing with our Batter's Up baseball toy (to try to learn how to hit a baseball with a baseball bat).

Special Enrichment for Thursday: We talked about how fire trucks are RED like the color of the month!

What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters) and using our ride on toys (to develop gross motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on returning our 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 toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations), played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), had fun with our dress up clothes (to learn to pretend), built with our bristle blocks (to learn to interlock) and practiced throwing, rolling and bouncing our balls (to develop gross motor skills).
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Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched the movie Blue's Clues Rhythm and Blue and talked about the various sounds that musical instruments make - then we played our musical instruments!

What We Did On Saturday: We started our day by playing basketball in the backyard (to practice eye-hand coordination to try to get the ball in the basket) and having fun with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on returning our 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 built with our bumpy blocks (to learn about textures and to learn to interlock), 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 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 Saturday: We played our Jumpstart Toddlers computer game!

Parents - Newsletter Week of September 17th


(Sorry that I have gotten so far behind on these!)

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 September 17th

September Thematic Unit – Community Helpers

Color of the Month – Red

Song of the Week:

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes,
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes,
And eyes and ears and mouth and nose,
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.

Ankles, elbows, feet and seat, feet and seat,
Ankles, elbows, feet and seat, feet and seat,
And hair and hips and chin and cheeks,
Ankles, elbows, feet and seat, feet and seat.




Book of the Week:
Barney and Baby Bop Go To The Doctor by Mark Bernthal



What We Did On Monday: We began our day by practiced throwing, rolling and bouncing our balls (to develop gross motor skills) and had fun with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations). Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on taking out only one book at a time. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later, we practiced driving our toy cars all around (to develop fine motor skills) and explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills).

Special Enrichment for Monday: We played our Fisher Price 1, 2, 3 Post Office computer game and learned about postal workers. We also went on a Red Hunt to find things that are the color of the month!

What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by using our shape sorters (to learn to match) and using our dollhouse (to learn to match parts of a room with the room and to develop our imaginations). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on taking out only one book at a time. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our dress-up with our farm animal masks (to develop our imaginations and learn about farm animals), worked on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching),  and built towers with our wooden blocks (to learn to stack).


Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We played our Thomas the Train computer game and learned about conductors! We also listened to our Dr. Rabbit Dentist CD.

What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by playing with our Lights and Sounds Show toy (to learn the sounds of various instruments and to learn cause and effect) and exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on taking out only one book at a time. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed using our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills), practiced driving our toy cars all around (to develop fine motor skills), and had fun with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations).

Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We played our Freddi Fish computer and worked on problem solving skills. We also talked about visiting the dentist and what color toothbrushes we had at home.

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 listening to our Barney's Favorite Songs CD (to develop a love of listening to music) and working on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on taking out only one book at a time. 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), explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), built with our waffle blocks (to learn to interlock), practiced driving our toy cars all around (to develop fine motor skills), built with Legos (to learn how to interlock) and built with our alphabet blocks (to learn to stack).
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Special Enrichment for Friday: We discussed tooth brushing and how plaque doesn't go away after just brushing once. Then we saw this in action by "brushing" (painting) a yellow tooth cutout white. We listed to our Dr. Rabbit Dentist CD and played the "Return to Tooth Kingdom" Game.

What We Did On Saturday: We started our day by played with our dress up jewelry (to practice putting it on and taking it off) and playing dress-up with our farm animal masks (to develop our imaginations and learn about farm animals). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on taking out only one book at a time. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also built with our alphabet blocks (to learn to stack), played with our toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations), played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), practiced throwing, rolling and bouncing our balls (to develop gross motor skills), listened to our Barney's Favorite Songs CD (to develop a love of listening to music), played basketball in the backyard (to practice eye-hand coordination to try to get the ball in the basket), playing with our Batter's Up baseball toy (to try to learn how to hit a baseball with a baseball bat).

Special Enrichment for Saturday: We watched the movie Blue's Clues ABCs and 1, 2, 3s.

Got Milk? You Don't Need It! (Infographic)

Got Milk?

Monday, October 15, 2012

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month





Let's all take a few minutes out of our crazy day to remember the babies who were born asleep, the babies whom we carried but will never meet in this life, or those we have held but could not take home because they went to Heaven first, or the ones who made it home, but didn't stay. Take a moment and think about if you   know someone who has suffered the loss of a baby. Break the silence. Reach out to the today and give them a hug, send an encouraging note or simply say a prayer for them.






I personally have 2 such angels. One angel baby, I lost at 6 weeks in December 2000. The second angel baby, I lost in January 2012 at 9 weeks. Neither was easy to go through. Both babies are missed greatly.






Will you please reach out to someone you know? Leave me a comment below letting me know who you reached out to! :)


Two Baby Angels






                                                  In loving memory of all lost angels. ♥





Announcing the Winner of the PinchKnitter Giveaway!

I would like to thank Knits and Knots by PinchKnitter for sponsoring this giveaway!
The winner has been announced on the Rafflecopter!
Go to the review post to see if it was YOU!
The winner has been emailed and has until 2 pm on Wednesday, 10/17 to claim it or a new winner will be chosen.

CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Free Baby Sling From Seven Slings!(RV $39.95!) Just Pay S&H!


 Black Magic





Northern Lights     


Green Vibe


Caramel Latte

These slings look incredible! And very comfy. I love the various patterns that are available!
 Here is a short blurb from their website about these slings:




















"Cut from a different cloth", our bold and unique fabrics are perfect for moms that don’t want typical gear.

97% Cotton 3% Lycra - making it comfortable to wear for both you and your baby- not losing shape over time.

Infants to toddlers (35 lbs or less). Machine washable.
Making moms around the world even hotter with every purchase so… get some!
 





What do you have to do to get one for FREE? 




It is SO easy - 
1. Go to their website - http://www.sevenslings.com/
2.  Click on "Shop Now" and select any baby carrier you like, be sure to visit our sizing page
     to get the correct size. 
3.  Once you have made your selection, you'll automatically be directed to the shopping bag. 
     Enter the coupon code " OctDFM2012 " and SevenSlings.com has agreed to deduct 100% of the cost of the carrier - all you pay is the shipping fees! 

Remember: the coupon code is " OctDFM2012 " and you can use it more than once - just open a new browser window each time you do. 

These Products make great gifts.
Selections dwindle quickly, so get yours today!


S&H is only $11.95!


Review and Giveaway for Kimbo Educational CDs (Ends 10/21/12 US Only)

Home - Kimbo Educational


I recently contacted Kimbo and they very kindly sent us 2 CDs to review for them. There will be a giveaway as well for one of them!

Kimbo has a fabulous website at http://kimboed.com/ where they have lots of categories for you to choose from. They sell DVDs and CDs, they have Spanish versions and versions geared for special needs children! You can even download from their website.

There are several ways to navigate their website - by child's age, by curriculum, active play, singable songs, Spanish, special needs and sets! You can even search by music artist.

The CD that I received that the winner will receive too is a BRAND NEW CD that is sold on their website here.

This CD is full of fun songs that all have to do with protecting our Earth. What a great choice for Growing Up Naturally!
This CD features:


GO GREEN! Caring About Our Earth. Songs about playing outdoors, recycling, planting a garden, stopping pollution, and more inspire children to connect to the Earth and encourage them to be responsible for the Earth. Action fun and singable songs motivate children to be involved and to be aware of the outside world. The resource guide, by Dr. Pam Schiller, includes creative activities and 2 literature links per song, that reinforce the important purpose of this kid-friendly, Earth-friendly, CD. The Wind; I'm Going To Plant a Garden; Cultivate, Germinate, Irrigate, Relocate; It's Everyone's World; My Kite; My Chance To Dance; My Brother, The Whale and more.

AGES: 4 - 8
and it sells for
Item Price: $16.95
Item Number: KIM9318CD

The link that I included to the CD allows you to listen to samples of each of the songs that are on the CD. These songs have great rhythm and beat and the songs can help teach kids how to be eco-friendly! This CD is a new favorite in our house.


The other CD we received to review is the Kimbo Music Sampler which features 31 full length songs from 31 Best Selling CDs! This is a great way to introduce yourselves to Kimbo. The songs featured are kid favorites such as "Let's Go Fly a Kite", "Purple People Eater", "Where is Thumbkin?" and more!
Our kids really moved and grooved to the "Alphabet Rock" song!

It can be seen here on there website. It is a STEAL at only $7.95!

While perusing the website, you can also find great things such as:

Kimbo's Dance Catalog

Activities and Information

You can request a catalog

Use their printable catalog.

Even check out their clearance section! (There are several items starting as low as only $5!)

Having been a preschool teacher for many years and having met him IN PERSON - I was thrilled to find RAFFI listed on their website here!

Read more about Kimbo here.


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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Education Reform - What Every Child Deserves!

Today, Growing Up Naturally In Home Child Care will have our very first blog post by a guest blogger. Please warmly welcome Addie Price.






Education and education reform has become a heated topic all over the U.S., so much so that it was a central topic at the Republican National Convention this year. With the education system in the United States falling behind other nations it has become a necessity for reformation.  Government education systems have tried to make our children fit their mold for way too long.  As parents we know that our children are all different and unique and this is reflected not only in the shapes of their bodies but also in the ways they learn. Traditional public education systems try to make a child fit a mold, much like trying to put a square peg in a round hole.  Both the system and the student come away damaged from this practice, this can all be avoided by offering options in education.



Across the nation legislation is being introduced to provide more options for parents to choose when it comes to their child's education. This can often be a very controversial step and is a learning process for all of those involved.  For many people charter schools, voucher systems and even homeschooling are unknown territory and people are often afraid of what they don't know. It is our job as parents to help educate the public so they can make an informed decision because their decision can impact your children.  Let your voice be heard because if you won't stand up for your children who will?

Georgians have a special day coming up - November 6th - where they have the opportunity for their voices to be heard. Amendment 1 will be on the ballot and will give voters the chance to give parents the ultimate local control over their child's education. The actual bill is 1162 and should be read in its entirety by every voter.

We have reached a point of no return, when our schools are forcing parents to medicate students who don't fit their cookie cutter mold so it makes their job easier we must change the system - not the child. Changes must be made today - our children can't wait another day so let your voice be heard when you go to the polls. You owe it to your children to research every candidate and make sure you are clear on where they stand when it comes to the education of the future of America. The government was set up to answer to the people not the other way around and it is time we demanded this become a reality again.



Addie Price joins us today from where she usually blogs over at

http://addieprice.hubpages.com/.

Learn a little more about who Addie is:
Bio:  I am a single mother of 3 beautiful children and take the responsibility that God has entrusted me with very seriously.  I am a life long resident of Cherokee County, where my family has resided for over 100 years and a product of the Cherokee County School District where I have experienced many of the positive and negatives of the traditional public school system.  My children have attended traditional public schools as well as public charter schools.  As a parent I have learned how unique each child is and understand that a one-size fits all system will not work for our unique and diverse children.  I don’t just want, but need to make a difference in our education system to provide options for all our children for the future of America.  Every child deserves to learn in an environment that he/she can excel in.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New Winner Announcement for Decomates!

I never heard back from the first winner drawn so I am drawing a new winner! Check here to see if it is YOU! This winner has until 4:oopm  EST on 10/12/12 to claim it!

Car Seat Safety





Picture 1



First of all, I want to start off by saying that the pictures included in the post were randomly pulled off of Google.  I do not know these children. I am sorry for privacy reasons if they happen to be your child(ren). However, I also hope that if they are your children, you read further because I would like for you to learn about car seat safety.



Let's play a little game here. Who can name 3 things wrong in picture 1? I can see one main thing wrong with Picture 2. I see two major things wrong in picture 3.


Picture number 1 - 
1. This child appears to be old enough to still be rear facing. The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that children remain rear facing until age 2 at a minimum. Daniella's car seat is rear facing until 45 lbs.
2. Chest clip is way too low. It is called a chest clip because it should snap closed at the child's nipple line/chest. If it is clipped at their belly and you are in a car accident, it can do major internal damage.
3. The child is wearing a winter coat. If this car were to get into an accident, that coat would decompress causing a wide gap of space between the child and the buckles. Unfortunately, more than likely this child would get thrown from the car seat. Always bring a winter coat along to put on your child upon arrival and have your child snuggle under a blanket (or use their coat like one) while driving. If you are making multiple stops, it might just be easier to layer your child and wrap them in their blanket when going between the car and the store.

Picture 2

Picture 2 - Like I said, I see one main thing here. This picture does not show if the car seat is rear facing or not, but the little guy looks like he should still be :) The concern I have here is the chest clip again.



Picture 3

Picture 3- HUGE RED FLAG - this BABY is in the front seat!!!! Never, ever, buckle a car seat into the front seat. I know in Georgia you are allowed to IF the back seat is also full of car seats. (We learned this when we were foster parents. Our son was 7 at the time and still in a booster seat and one foster placement we had was 3 siblings ages 5 1/2, 3 1/2 and 2. So they were all in car seats and at the time, I drove a Nissan Altima. So my son used his booster seat in the front seat. Always seat the eldest child in the front seat if you must. The eldest child will have the most neck support.
Second concern is the chest clip again. 


Picture 4

Picture 4 shows a child of approximately 4 years of age who is properly buckled.


Picture 5
Picture 5 shows 3 children buckled together in the same seat. The child furthest to the left should probably still be rear facing, but otherwise, the picture is great. I LOVE how the middle child/s seat belt is resting comfortably on his shoulder and not digging into his neck. Everyone's chest clip is where it should be.
Picture 6




Doesn't he look so cozy in his seat? He is rear facing which is awesome AND his chest clip is where it should be and it is properly tightened. PLEASE make sure to tighten straps from the rear of the seat to make sure that the straps cannot be pinched to make sure they are tight enough.



DON'T FORGET -
 

(ALTHOUGH THE CHILD IN THIS PICTURE NEEDS HER LAP BELT TO LAY FLAT ACROSS HER HIPS, NOT HER BELLY...)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Most Parents Do Not Know That They Are Using the Wrong Car Seat. Are You?

Something to Ponder...

How Much Are You Spending on Diapers? (Infographic)

Why Cloth Diaper? (Infographic)

Have the Baby Products That You Used Signed the "Safe Chemicals Act"? (Infographic)

Reasons to Use Cloth Diapers Infographic

What is USDA Organic? Infographic

Ever Wonder What the Difference is in Mineral Intake Between Organic vs. Conventional? (Infographic)