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The Duck and the Great Pumpkin: The Rubber Ducky Project Week 44

The Duck and the Great Pumpkin: The Rubber Ducky Project Week 44

by / on November 1, 2014, 6:00 am

Image Credits The Duck and the Great Pumpkin © 2013 Heather Johnson

My Little Pumpkins: How to Make a Toddler Pumpkin Halloween Costume

My Little Pumpkins: How to Make a Toddler Pumpkin Halloween Costume

by / on October 31, 2014, 8:00 am

For almost an entire year, my toddler daughter has said that she wanted to be a pumpkin for Halloween. Because October is unpredictable in terms of temperatures in our neck of the woods, I wanted to create her a pumpkin costume that offered some versatility. More specifically, I wanted to […]

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Halloween Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Halloween Lesson Plan

by / on October 30, 2014, 2:30 pm

Objective: To learn about Halloween Book(s): Ollie’s Halloween by Olivier Dunrea The Happy Trick-or-Treaters by Mary Packard Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz Heebie-Jeebie Jamboree by Mary Ann Fraser Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino Halloween by Harry Behn Scary, […]

Week 38 of Pregnancy: The Homebirth of Will

Week 38 of Pregnancy: The Homebirth of Will

by / on October 30, 2014, 8:00 am

I woke up on Sunday morning on October 19 around 6:00 AM to a fairly typical Braxton-Hicks contraction. At thirty-seven weeks into my pregnancy, practice contractions had become pretty common for me while laying in bed. When I rolled over as usual, the contraction stopped. I had a couple more […]

Sassy bumGenius Freetime: Daily Diaper

Sassy bumGenius Freetime: Daily Diaper

by / on October 29, 2014, 6:00 am

Whenever I am thinking about adding a new diaper to my stash, I like to look at pictures of the diaper in use. The Daily Diaper is a current features of The Parenting Patch that allows me to share photographs of the cloth diapers in my stash as a way […]

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Triangles Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Triangles Lesson Plan

by / on October 28, 2014, 10:30 pm

Objective: To learn about the shape triangle Message: Triangles have three sides. Book(s): Triangles by Anita Loughrey Tricky Triangles by J. Jean Robertson If You Were a Triangle by Marcie Aboff Triangle by Bryony Jones Triangles by Marybeth Lorbiecki Triangle from Play Bac Publishing Triangles Around Town by Nathan Olson […]

Week 38 of Pregnancy: Braxton-Hicks, General Discomfort, and Preparing for Labor

Week 38 of Pregnancy: Braxton-Hicks, General Discomfort, and Preparing for Labor

by / on October 28, 2014, 8:00 am

Today I am thirty-seven weeks and one day into my pregnancy with my second child, meaning I am now in week 38 of pregnancy. My baby is now the size of a jackfruit in length, measuring between nineteen and twenty-one inches from head to heel and weighing about seven pounds. […]

Toddler Nightmares: How to Convince a Child That Monsters Do Exist

Toddler Nightmares: How to Convince a Child That Monsters Do Exist

by / on October 28, 2014, 6:00 am

Always looking for inspiration, I recently stumbled upon another mommy blogger who provides writing prompts for her readers. I earned my undergraduate minor in creative writing, so I am thrilled to have found an outlet for my creativity and education. This week I am responding to the prompt “Something that […]

Week 37 of Pregnancy: Full Term for My Seventh Prenatal Appointment

Week 37 of Pregnancy: Full Term for My Seventh Prenatal Appointment

by / on October 27, 2014, 8:00 am

Today I am thirty-six weeks and two days into my pregnancy with my second child, meaning I am in week 37 of pregnancy. As of Thursday, I was considered full term! My daughter was born today during my pregnancy with her, so I am feeling super relieved not to have […]

‘Halloween’ Book Review

‘Halloween’ Book Review

by / on October 27, 2014, 6:00 am

“Tonight is the night when dead leaves fly likes witches on switches across the sky, when elf and sprite flit through the night on a moony sheen,” begins Halloween by Harry Behn with illustrations by Greg Couch. Recommended for readers age 5 and older, this book is also a fun […]

Weekly Menu Plan 27 October 2014

Weekly Menu Plan 27 October 2014

by / on October 27, 2014, 5:00 am

Monday Lunch Fish Green beans Cottage cheese Applesauce Dinner Waffles Veggie “sausage” patties Canned peaches Tuesday Lunch Macaroni and cheese Hot dogs Applesauce Dinner Oatmeal Scrambled eggs Frozen berries Wednesday Lunch Hot dogs Peas Cottage cheese Dinner Black bean burgers Cottage cheese Cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots with cheese sauce Thursday […]

Impact of Vaccines in the 20th and 21st Centuries Infographic

Impact of Vaccines in the 20th and 21st Centuries Infographic

by / on October 26, 2014, 3:00 pm

Prior to the introduction of the measles vaccination, approximately 530,217 cases occurred annually in the United States. In 2010, only 61 case of the disease were reported in the country. The measles vaccine reduced the rate of the disease by more than 99 percent. Other vaccines have reduced illness rates […]

Week 36 of Pregnancy: Continued General Discomfort and Counting Down the Days

Week 36 of Pregnancy: Continued General Discomfort and Counting Down the Days

by / on October 26, 2014, 8:00 am

Today I am thirty-five weeks and one day into my pregnancy with my second baby, meaning I am in week 36 of pregnancy. My baby is now the size of a Crenshaw melon, measuring between eighteen and a half and twenty and a half inches from head to heel and […]

‘Pumpkin Moon’ Book Review

‘Pumpkin Moon’ Book Review

by / on October 26, 2014, 6:00 am

Recommended for readers between first and fifth grade, Pumpkin Moon by Tim Preston with illustrations by Simon Bartram is largely a picture book with minimal text. My toddler daughter particularly enjoyed looking at the colorful illustrations throughout the book, so I recommend Pumpkin Moon for even younger readers and pre-readers […]

Week 36 of Pregnancy: Organizing My Birth Kit

Week 36 of Pregnancy: Organizing My Birth Kit

by / on October 25, 2014, 8:00 am

Although I am not “due” until November 6, my second baby could safely arrive any time between October 9 and November 19. On October 9, he or should would be early but full term at exactly 36 weeks, or week 37 of pregnancy. By November 19, he or she would […]