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‘The Best Thanksgiving Ever!’ Book Review

‘The Best Thanksgiving Ever!’ Book Review

by / on November 24, 2014, 8:00 am

“It’s late in November, the blue sky is clear, and Thanksgiving Day is finally here,” begins The Best Thanksgiving Ever! by Teddy Slater with illustrations by Ethan Long. Thanksgiving ranks among my top three favorite holidays (preceded by Christmas and Halloween). My daughter also likes Thanksgiving, especially the turkey, so […]

Weekly Menu Plan 24 November 2014

Weekly Menu Plan 24 November 2014

by / on November 24, 2014, 5:00 am

Monday Lunch Cajun grilled Alaska Pollock Brown rice Frozen mixed veggies Applesauce Dinner Roasted garlic and quinoa patties Sweet potato fries Cauliflower and cheese sauce Tuesday Lunch Macaroni and cheese Chicken nuggets Frozen mixed veggies Applesauce Dinner Ranch tuna salad Whole wheat crackers Cheese slices Applesauce Wednesday Lunch Roasted garlic […]

Five Weeks Postpartum

Five Weeks Postpartum

by / on November 23, 2014, 11:00 am

Seriously, where does time go? As of Wednesday, my little guy is already a month old. Today he is officially five weeks old. I feel like only yesterday he was still snuggled safely inside my belly. Now he is a little boy who is already starting to hold his head […]

‘It’s Snowing!’ Book Review

‘It’s Snowing!’ Book Review

by / on November 23, 2014, 8:00 am

From the author of the Gossie & Friends series comes It’s Snowing! “It’s a dark dark, cold cold night,” begins It’s Snowing! by Olivier Dunrea. The sweet story follows Mama and Baby one cold winter night. Mama bundles herself and Baby up tight and brings Baby outside to experience the […]

The Duck and the Giant Cornucopia: The Rubber Ducky Project Week 47

The Duck and the Giant Cornucopia: The Rubber Ducky Project Week 47

by / on November 22, 2014, 8:00 am

Image Credits The Duck and the Giant Cornucopia © 2013 Heather Johnson

Mouse&Hatter Designs Fitted Cloth Diaper Review

Mouse&Hatter Designs Fitted Cloth Diaper Review

by / on November 21, 2014, 8:00 am

Although the majority of my stash consists of various covers, I recently delved into the world of fitted cloth diapers. I also recently forayed into the WAHM market. Thus, when Mouse&Hatter Designs recently offered me the chance to review both a one-size fitted and a newborn fitted, I eagerly accepted […]

‘Bear Says Thanks’ Book Review

‘Bear Says Thanks’ Book Review

by / on November 21, 2014, 6:00 am

As Bear sits alone in his cave listening to the wind, he finds himself feeling bored, bored, bored. He decides to throw a big feast for his friends but quickly discovers that his covers are bare. Then each of his friends show up, each with a different food to share. […]

Graco Recalls Eleven Models of Strollers for Finger Amputation Hazard

Graco Recalls Eleven Models of Strollers for Finger Amputation Hazard

by / on November 20, 2014, 5:30 pm

If you purchased a Graco stroller as far back as 2000, beware: Graco announced a recall of eleven strollers with a manufacture date from August 1, 2000 to September 25, 2014 today. The recall affects eleven Graco Children’s Products stroller products: Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, […]

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Octagons Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Octagons Lesson Plan

by / on November 20, 2014, 11:30 am

Objective: To learn about the shape octagon Message: Octagons have eight sides. Book(s): Circles, Stars, and Squares: Looking for Shapes by Jane Brocket Music: “Octagon Song” by Have Fun Teaching (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Mvlrp7r80M) Fine Motor Skills: SCEW page 10 Stop sign coloring page (http://www.bigactivities.com/coloring/safety/stop_signs/stop_sign_post.php) Gross Motor Skills: Take a walk and look […]

‘The Perfect Thanksgiving’ Book Review

‘The Perfect Thanksgiving’ Book Review

by / on November 20, 2014, 8:00 am

“Abigail Archer’s family is perfect in every way. Never is this more obvious than on Thanksgiving Day,” begins The Perfect Thanksgiving by Eileen Spinelli with illustrations by Joann Adinolfi. “Our smoke alarm is wailing. Our turkey, burnt as toast. Dad spills the gravy down his shirt — a less than […]

O Is for Owl Handprint Craft

O Is for Owl Handprint Craft

by / on November 19, 2014, 8:00 am

O is for owl! Help your toddler learn about the letter O by making a fun owl handprint craft. Materials Dark brown, light brown, orange, white, and black nontoxic paint Blank paper Paper plate or scrap cardboard Cotton ball Cotton swab or paintbrush Instructions Pour some dark brown paint onto […]

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Crescents Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Crescents Lesson Plan

by / on November 18, 2014, 11:30 am

Objective: To learn about the shape crescent (moon) Message: Crescents are circles with a piece missing. Crescent is another name for moon. Book(s): Shape by Shape by Suse Macdonald Fine Motor Skills: SCEW page 8 Gross Motor Skills: Baking crescent rolls. Preschoolers can help by taking the crescent roll dough […]

‘Thanksgiving Day (Holiday Histories)’ Book Review

‘Thanksgiving Day (Holiday Histories)’ Book Review

by / on November 18, 2014, 8:00 am

I first read Thanksgiving Day (Holiday Histories) by Mir Tamin Ansary to my toddler daughter last year before she even turned 2 years old. Although recommended for kids ages 6 and older, Thanksgiving Day (Holiday Histories) offers a great overview of the Thanksgiving holiday to readers of all ages. As […]

Baby Nip Molded Seamless Washable Nursing Pads and Baby Nipple Hat from Nursing Bra Express Review

Baby Nip Molded Seamless Washable Nursing Pads and Baby Nipple Hat from Nursing Bra Express Review

by / on November 18, 2014, 6:00 am

As a breastfeeding mother, I need a good pair of nursing pads to prevent annoying and embarrassing leaks. Without pads in my bra, I am guaranteed two large wet spots on the front of my shirt. Thus, when offered the chance to review the Molded Seamless Washable Nursing Pads by […]

Energy Drinks and Children Create Dangerous Cocktail

Energy Drinks and Children Create Dangerous Cocktail

by / on November 17, 2014, 5:00 pm

Energy drinks containing high levels of caffeine have gained in popularly over recent years. But children and energy drinks should not mix. Although marketed towards teens and young adults, the beverages account for 40 percent of calls related to children under the age of 6 consuming caffeinated energy drinks to […]