Keeping Baby Toys Clean Without Chemicals

Posted by Susan Brown on June 01, 2017 0 Comments

So, you've made it through the newborn stage - congrats, now the fun can really begin!  Once your baby gets to three to four months old, they'll start to be able to interact more with you and the world around them, which is a great time to introduce some bright, colorful (and possibly noisy!) baby toys. 

When you first get them out of the box they're lovely and clean, but what happens when they've been dropped on the floor a few times? Or been licked by the dog?  Babies often explore new things by putting them in their mouths, so you definitely want to make sure that they are cleaned regularly. But by the same token you also don't want them trying to eat something that you've just covered in a chemical cleaner! Some of the ill effects of using modern cleaning products can be poisoning, allergies, eczema, eye damage and other health effects. 

 

This article gives some great tips on the best ways to keep baby toys clean and how regularly to do so. 

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Gardening with Kids

Posted by Kathleen George on May 02, 2017 0 Comments

A few weeks ago my mother in law planted (pun intended) the idea of growing a garden in my preschoolers mind. Thanks a lot grandma! I know nothing about growing fruits and vegetables or really growing anything for that matter. I definitely don’t have a green thumb and I have managed to kill every flower or plant I have owned. I can’t even keep flower arrangements alive for longer than a day or two.

 

While I was initially able to deflect and postpone my little guys repeated requests to plant a garden his persistence got the best of me. I had no idea how to even get started but off we went to Home Depot! I really should have done some research prior to our shopping trip but assumed it couldn’t be much more complicated than dirt, seeds and a pot. I was under the impression we were going to plant one pepper and maybe a tomato but my son quickly informed me that a “garden” was much bigger than just two plants. Well two hours and a couple hundred dollars later we had all we needed to get our garden started. 3 peppers, 3 herbs, 2 tomatoes, 4 cumbers and a watermelon. Apparently when you are 4 years old that is what is required for the garden to be sufficient!

 

I was very surprised at how fun this activity turned out to be for both of us. It was a great way for us to do something new together and it provided a learning experience for us both as well. The greatest part for me is the ownership my son takes for his garden. He helps water it everyday and likes to remind me that the plants need their special food. I am pretty sure he just likes squirting the plant food bottle. Let’s just say the garden is probably a little over fertilized.

 

Shockingly all of the plants are still alive and our little garden is thriving! I guess my thumb might have a hint of green in it after all.

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Tummy Time!! or Torture Time?!

Posted by Kathleen George on April 26, 2017 0 Comments

Tummy time! I really dislike those two words. In our house we now refer to this necessary evil as torture time. My 3 month old has yet to get the hang of or enjoy her dreaded tummy time sessions. It’s so hard to watch her sweet head bobble and wobble back and forth as she screams and cries. I feel like I’m tormenting this tiny little human. For us tummy time resembles more of an ancient torture technique than a strength building exercise. Our sessions usually end with the inevitable face plant at which point we are both worn out. However everyday we repeat this painful process several times.Image result for tummy time

I understand the fundamental reasons for putting my child through such agony multiple times a day but I’m getting to the point where I am about to throw in the towel. I’ve tried all the tricks I know. Propping her over a pillow, laying in front of her so she can see my face, cheering and babbling, singing, shaking a toy but none of that seems to help. Is tummy time even really necessary? I mean, what’s the worst that can happen by not doing it? I doubt there are any long term consequences of taking a reprieve and forgoing tummy time for awhile. However I fear that once I stop I won’t want to start again.

 

I would really like to catch a ride on the fast track to tummy time success. The back of my daughters head is starting to look a little flat, actually very flat, and I know spending time on her tummy gives her flat little noggin some relief. It also helps to strengthen her core, neck and chest muscles so she will eventually not resemble a bobble head. I know it’s just a matter of time and she will eventually enjoy playing on her belly and seeing the world from a new angle. I just wish that time would hurry itself along!

 

 

 

 

 

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Hot Corn Dip Recipe

Posted by Kathleen George on April 01, 2017 0 Comments

This is our first recipe post! We thought it would be fun to change things up a bit and with BBQ season coming up and family gatherings underway who couldn’t use a great appetizer recipe. This one is also EASY and can be made ahead of time and just sit in the fridge until it’s time to bake. Here goes:

 

Ingredients:

3 Cups of Corn, frozen or canned (2 cans)

1 can of minced Hatch green chiles*

8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened

1/3 Cup Mayonnaise

1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella

salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Combine the cream cheese and mayonnaise. Add the corn, chilies, mozzarella, salt and pepper and mix. Pour into a baking dish (I use a glass pie plate but a cake pan works great as well) and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until the top is golden. Serve with tortilla chips and/or crackers.

 

*More heat can be added with hot sauce or jalapeno’s if you like your dip spicier. That’s what is great about this recipe is it can be catered to your taste.

This dip will go very fast! Hope you enjoy the recipe.

 

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Working Out After Baby

Posted by Kathleen George on February 15, 2017 0 Comments

Well, we are all guilty of it. We promised ourselves we would only gain 20 pounds during our pregnancy but cravings (and life) took over and we went a liiiiitle over that. Fine, a lot over that! It was all worth it for our healthy, well-fed, little bundles of joy. But now, it’s been three months and baby-wearing will only cover up this body for a few more so it’s time to get back in gear! Here are some basic tips from Moms that we’ve picked up and decided to pass on.

 

      1. Join a gym with childcare. Not only will you make other gym mom friends, you will get that much needed break to do something for yourself.

     

      1. Find a Mommy work out group if you can’t join a gym. There are so many work out groups run by local Moms. Hop on-line and find one in your area. You’ll get outside (or inside depending on the time of year) with your baby AND make new friends.

     

      1. Exercise with your baby. Ok, so you are not much into getting out and making new friends these days but bonding with baby is happening! There are lots of great exercises you can do with your baby to get back in shape. Here is a great link for ideas.

     

      1. Re-examine the way you eat. Your life is changing in so many ways and so will your diet. You may have to alter the type of food and the times you were used to eating. You may even find that some foods you loved before are no longer satisfying to you. Look at this as a great way to try new things and mix up your diet.

     

      1. Start tracking your food and/or exercise. My Fitness Pal is a fabulous app that allows you to input your daily food and exercise. At the end of the day, you can see your macros, calories burned and progress. This helps tremendously in keeping on track and not grabbing little snacks here and there that can add up throughout the day.

     

      1. DRINK WATER! I know, it can’t be said enough but, especially if you are breastfeeding, make sure to drink LOTS of water. A good rule of thumb is to drink your weight in ounces of water. Yes, it’s a lot but it will make a difference in your weight loss, skin and overall health.

     

      1. Subscribe to on-line support groups, fitness magazines, blogs and more. Keep your weight loss journey top of mind by subscribing to media material that provides tips and advice regularly. It will help keep you motivated and on track.

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