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Month in Review (March 2015): Saying Goodbye to Papa

Month in Review (March 2015): Saying Goodbye to Papa

by / on March 20, 2015, 8:00 am

While I could write about story time and potty training or good behavior and bad, the month of March has been overshadowed by a loss in my family. My father — Papa to my daughter — passed away on March 7 after an almost two-year battle with cancer. Although I had […]

Baby Sign Language: Music

Baby Sign Language: Music

by / on April 26, 2015, 8:00 am

Teach your baby the sign for the word music in baby sign language with the following description and video. Music Hold a flat hand with the palm facing up in front of the chest. Move the other flat hand with the palm facing down forward and backward above the upward […]

Fruit Allergies in Children: Avoiding Healthy but Deadly Foods

Fruit Allergies in Children: Avoiding Healthy but Deadly Foods

by / on April 25, 2015, 8:00 am

Fruit allergies in children often continue into adulthood for many people who suffer from allergies to certain fruits during childhood. I am one of those people whose childhood fruit allergy has persisted into adulthood. In fact, the list of fruit to which I am allergic continues to grow. During my […]

ecoAble Wet/Dry Cloth Diaper Pail Bag with Handles Review and Giveaway

ecoAble Wet/Dry Cloth Diaper Pail Bag with Handles Review and Giveaway

by / on April 25, 2015, 6:00 am

Have you heard of ecoAble? After reading a review of the ecoAble all-in-one at Mommy’s Favorite Things, I contacted the brand about reviewing a product. In addition to the cloth diaper pail liner that I reviewed two weeks ago, I also received an ecoAble wet/dry cloth diaper pail bag to […]

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Reptiles Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Reptiles Lesson Plan

by / on April 24, 2015, 8:00 am

Objective: To learn about reptiles Message: Reptiles are animals that have dry skin and scales. Reptiles lay eggs. Alligators, crocodiles, lizards, snakes, turtles, and tortoises are reptiles. Book(s): Tortoise, Tree Snake, Gator, and Sea Snake: What Is a Reptile? by Brian P. Cleary What’s a Reptile? by Anna Kaspar What […]

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Letter G Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Letter G Lesson Plan

by / on April 23, 2015, 8:00 am

Objective: To learn about the letter G Book(s): Grandma, Grandpa, and the Letter G by Cynthia Klingel and Robert B. Noyed Hungry Monster ABC by Susan Heyboer O’Keefe Astonishing Animal ABC by Charles Fuge Alphaprints ABC by Sarah Powell Music: “The Letter People – Meet Mr. G” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxGquT17G6c) Fine Motor […]

Study Finds No Harmful Association Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

Study Finds No Harmful Association Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

by / on April 22, 2015, 11:00 pm

Adding to the overwhelming evidence that vaccines and autism are unrelated, a new study published in the child health-themed issue of the journal JAMA concludes that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is not associated with increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) even among children at high risk for the disorder, […]

Grasshopper bumGenius Freetime: Daily Diaper

Grasshopper bumGenius Freetime: Daily Diaper

by / on April 22, 2015, 8:00 am

Whenever I am thinking about adding a new diaper to my stash, I head online to check out 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 […]

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Letter F Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Letter F Lesson Plan

by / on April 21, 2015, 8:00 am

Objective: To learn about the letter F Book(s): Fred, Me, and the Letter F by Cynthia Klingel and Robert B. Noyed Animal ABC by Marcus Pfister Football ABC by Mark Weakland Music: “The Letter People – Meet Mr. F” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxGquT17G6c) Fine Motor Skills: CCBS pages 262-267 BPW pages 104-107 Language […]

Daytime Potty Training Success

Daytime Potty Training Success

by / on April 21, 2015, 6:00 am

Long before the birth of my daughter, I mused about the right age for potty training. I personally potty trained early as a young toddler. My baby brother, however, trained later as a preschooler. Heading into motherhood, I was therefore extremely aware of the range of ages at which kids […]

Paper Plate Bird Craft

Paper Plate Bird Craft

by / on April 20, 2015, 8:00 am

My daughter and I love making crafts together. For a fun spring activity that fit perfectly into a preschool lesson on birds, she and I recently made a paper plate bird craft. Materials Paper plate Colored paper Yarn Scissors Glue Google eyes Directions Cut some colored paper into small squares. […]

Introducing Solids: Will’s First Sweet Potatoes

Introducing Solids: Will’s First Sweet Potatoes

by / on April 20, 2015, 6:00 am

To my amazement, my son turned six months old yesterday. Following the baby feeding recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), I exclusively breastfed him for the first six months of his life. I plan to continue to breastfeed him until age one with the addition of complimentary foods. I […]

Does Microwaving ‘Kill’ Nutrients in Food?

Does Microwaving ‘Kill’ Nutrients in Food?

by / on April 19, 2015, 9:00 am

Whenever I share my baby food recipes in which I use my microwave to cook various fruits and vegetables to tenderness, I typically receive negative comments about the effects of microwaving on food. Although every American household owns a microwave, and microwaving has been a cooking practice for decades now. […]

Baby Sign Language: Hear and Listen

Baby Sign Language: Hear and Listen

by / on April 19, 2015, 8:00 am

Teach your baby the sign for the words hear and listen in baby sign language with the following descriptions and videos. The sign is identical for both English words. Hear Touch a flat hand behind the ear.   Listen Touch a flat hand behind the ear.   References Porpora, Tracey. 2011. The […]

Earth Day Paper Plate Handprint-Footprint Earth Craft

Earth Day Paper Plate Handprint-Footprint Earth Craft

by / on April 18, 2015, 10:30 am

Earth Day is a worldwide celebration held annually on April 22 to garner support for environmental protection. Celebrate the holiday with your child with a fun Earth Day handprint or footprint craft that locks a little piece of your kiddo in time. Materials White paper plate Blue and green paper […]

Induction with Pitocin: Most Expectant Mothers Unaware of the Risks

Induction with Pitocin: Most Expectant Mothers Unaware of the Risks

by / on April 18, 2015, 8:00 am

While reading up on the most recent news about pregnancy this evening, I can across an article about elective induction with pitocin on Medical News Today entitled “Health Risks to Infants Outweigh Convenience of Elective Deliveries” that was originally published on 31 August 2010. As a woman and a mother-to-be […]