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Easy Card Holder for Little Hands: Egg Carton Recycled

We were playing the card game UNO with friends on Thanksgiving when our son was having trouble holding his cards in his hand. He didn't want them facing up (or down) on the table - so what to do? That's when I remembered the egg carton I had saved away months ago in...

Great Book for Kids: Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes

When a friend told me about a neat kid's book that also had a catchy song, I just thought it might be cute fun for my kids. But when I actually watched the live telling of Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, I instantly fell in love with this book - and its message....

Easy Tooth Fairy Ideas: Money, Notes, and Cute Tooth Holders

My son is almost 6 years old and just lost his first tooth today! The Tooth Fairy isn't something I am overly excited about, nor do I plan to spend much effort on it, but we will pass along the fun tradition. Here are a couple ideas I gathered for how the Tooth Fairy...

Funniest Parenting Gadgets You Might Actually Want to Use

There are so many baby items and gadgets for sale in stores that it can be overwhelming. You don't need everything! Really. But I wanted to share a couple baby gadgets that really helped me out and that you might want to consider using yourself. One of the items is...

Cheap Fun: Entertainment and Activities for Preschoolers for $1

Does your preschooler need a break from his toys? Need some activities for your kids to do while you make dinner (besides watching TV)? Need another indoor activity for bad weather days? Are you frugal like me and don't want to spend a lot of money? I have a few neat...

Easy Way You Can Teach Your Child to Read (100 Lessons)

A few months ago I started teaching our 4.5 year old son to read! After hearing about the book Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons from a friend, I purchased it and then did nothing with it for quite awhile; life got busy with the end of my pregnancy and the...

Mom! Dad! Don’t Forget! (Guest Post)

Since the birth of our daughter 3 months ago, I have been taking a break from the blog - a bit longer one than I had planned. I still want to provide interesting and insightful articles on my blog in the meantime. I will have guest posts from various bloggers, as well...

Videos for Expanding Children’s Horizons: Poetry and Yoga

It is HOT here in Texas and so we spend most of our summer afternoons indoors. We have activities to do but sometimes we just want a video to watch, and we don't always want the "zone out" videos that don't have special value. Are you looking for some quality videos...

3 Alternative Tips For Starting Baby on Solid Foods

There is a lot of information out there about starting your baby on solid foods, whether you do research or just follow what your child's pediatrician says. Therefore, most people know the basic, commonly accepted ideas on starting solids so I am not going to rehash...

Cars and Trucks Theme Birthday Party Ideas

My son's 4th birthday is nearing and I am deciding what to do for his party. I got to thinking about his "cars and trucks" themed party we had last year and thought I would share what we did in case anyone else wants ideas for their child's party. Like I said, the...

9 Natural Immune-Boosting Ideas for Kids

Now that cold and flu season is approaching, a few people have asked me what I do to boost my three year old son's immune system. I have shared my thoughts with them, and I thought I would also share with you. Before I do, I want to remind you to read my disclaimer. I...

Whole Food Based Children’s Vitamins

Because many toddlers and children seem to be picky eaters, many parents supplement their children's diets with a multi-vitamin. But if you choose a children's vitamin common on grocery store shelves you are probably getting a synthetic vitamin that not only may not...

Natural Ear Infection Remedies

Ear infections can be very painful for the little ones, so naturally you as a parent want to ease their pain. If your child has an ear infection, you have a few choices. If you've taken the child to the doctor, the doctor may recommand the child take an antibiotic....

Unique Breastfeeding Products and Gadgets

I've recently come across a few neat breastfeeding gadgets and I wanted to share them with you. Of course none of these are necessary for a nursing relationship; we all know the only things you need are a mom and a baby! But if you have the inclination, here are some...

Teacher Gift Ideas for End of School Year

The school year is almost over and chances are you are trying to think of a gift to give your child's teacher (or teachers). This decision can cause some stress if you don't have any ideas. My son's preschool was thoughtful enough to create a binder with information...

Review of Kids Konserve Stainless Steel Bowls

In a recent post I shared a 10% discount code for Kids Konserve products (parent365) which is valid until 4/30/09. I used that code myself and purchased my first Kids Konserve items - two stainless steel food containers! I am so pleased with my purchase! I no longer...

Sharing a Local Tradition: Pictures in the Bluebonnets

When I moved to Texas almost 11 years ago, I didn't know too much about Texas traditions. Over the next few years, I noticed that some friends took pictures of their kids sitting in a field of bluebonnets. Texas bluebonnets are wildflowers that pop up everywhere in...

How to Help Small Kids Remember Distant Relatives

We live about 1,100 miles away from our families and so we only get to see them a few times a year. We usually venture their way once or twice a year and they usually visit us once a year. Those few visits don't provide a lot of time for our two year old son to really...

Easy and Creative Ideas for Chore or Reward Charts

When faced with the chore (pun intended) of getting your kids to perform their daily responsibilities, chores, or jobs around the house, nagging quickly gets old for all parties involved and is probably not very effective. Many parents have turned to using chore...

Fisher-Price Rainforest Peek-a-Boo Waterfall Soother

We got the Fisher-Price Rainforest Peek-A-Boo Waterfall Soother for a baby shower gift. Friends had recommended having something like this and so I was happy to receive it. Little did I know at the time how wonderful it would end up being! I think we put it on our...

How to Increase Milk Supply for Breastfeeding Mothers

If you are nursing your baby and have a low milk supply and want to increase it, I have compiled a list of things that you can do. Before we get to the list, though, I would ask you this question: What makes you think your milk supply is really low? Many moms think...

Book Review: What Does Luke Do in Heaven All Day?

Explaining heaven to a child can be a very hard thing to do but I recently found a book that talks about what children do in heaven. What Does Luke Do in Heaven All Day? was written by my friend's mom Beth Weldon as a way to deal with her grief after losing her...

Tips for Displaying and Storing Your Child’s Artwork

Parents with school-age children might be able to make an argument that there is something else that's inevitable in life - your child will bring home a plethora of artwork! Being the proud parent you are, you want to display your budding Picasso's work; in fact, the...

The Good Nite Light: How to Keep Kids in Bed Until Morning

Are you tired of your three year old waking up at 5am? Have you tired unsuccessfully to get him to sleep in later? If so, I have found a gadget that just might help you; the Good Nite Lite! Kids between the ages of 3 and 5 have a hard time knowing when it's night time...

Natural Colic Help for Babies

Colic is a condition in which an otherwise healthy baby cries for extended periods of time without any apparent reason. Doctors define a colicky baby as one who cries for more than three hours at least three times a week for at least three weeks. Parents are told that...

Bib Alternative: Another Option when They Won’t Wear Bibs

Last summer our son (about 15 months old at the time) started pulling off his bibs at mealtime. It was easy for him to do and we couldn't get him to wear them. We went for a little while without using a bib, but his clothes got so dirty and I got tired of spending...

Indoor Activities for Toddlers: What to do on a Cold or Rainy Day

I feel lucky to live in Texas and to get to experience the occasional 70+ degree days in January. We love taking or son to the park on those days as he loves to play outside. But that's not the normal temperature for this time of year. It is January, after all, and so...

My Breastfeeding Journey

I guess you could say that my breastfeeding journey began in 1975 when I was born and was lucky enough to be nursed by my mom. This was pretty amazing considering back then the trend was to formula feed. When my sister was born in 1977 I observed my mom nursing her so...

Fun Ways to Measure Baby Growth

As you've read in my previous post about fun ways to measure pregnancy belly growth, I love documenting special times in my life. Once my son was born, of course I had to find as many ways as possible to document his growth. Here are a few fun ideas: Heartbeats We...

The Most Powerful Woman in My World is Me

I had that realization the other night about 11:45pm. Just after I had finally dozed off, I was summoned to my 21 month old son's room by his intense cries; he's sick with a bad cold and cough and probably wanted some comfort. Sure enough, when he saw me he held out...

Birthday Traditions: Unique Ways to Create Memories

Are you looking for a unique way to commemorate your child's birthday? Or maybe just a fun activity to do on that special day every year? If so, I have found several fun, unique, and special ways to create birthday memories. Finger Paint on a Canvas This is my...

Baby Wipes Alternatives: More Natural Ways to Clean a Bum

When I was pregnant I did some research about what to use for baby wipes. Are you wondering why I didn't just buy some "regular" baby wipes at the store? If you can't tell already by some of my posts, we are very aware of all the chemicals in many mainstream products...

Breastfeeding Tips: How to Prepare for Success

Even though babies were born to be breastfed and breastfeeding has been around for thousands of years, in our culture in the United States many women have drifted away from breastfeeding their babies for various reasons. So when you decide you want to nurse your baby...

Baby Products: What to Get and What to Forget

Are you pregnant and trying to decide what baby products to buy? Or what baby gear to register for? With the plethora of baby "stuff" in stores these days, it can be overwhelming to determine what you need and what you can live without. We don't all have unlimited...

Birthday Party Favor Ideas

Ah, party favors! I remember what we used to get years ago at parties. I'm not too sure those same items would be so popular at today's birthday bashes. Now, party favors are not required but if you want to give some party favors at your child's birthday party, I have...

Fisher-Price Safe Voyage Deluxe Car Seat Review

After our son was born I spent a lot of time researching convertible car seats. He was in the infant carrier type initially so I had a few months to choose the next one. It seemed like everywhere I turned, the Britax Marathon was the car seat of choice. Most of my...

Product Review: TinyDiner Portable Placemat

We purchased a TinyDiner® Portable Placemat just after our son turned one, when he was eating more solids and we needed a clean, safe place for his food when we were out and about. Some of my friends had one and it seemed like a great option. I had seen these mats...

Diaper Options: How Do You Do the Doodie?

When you have a baby, one of the choices you have to make is how to do the doodie; that is, how you will handle what comes out of your little one. There are many different choices available for everyone's wants and needs and they each have their pros and cons. Here is...

First Birthday Party Ideas

There are many important milestones in your baby's first year, but the first anniversary of their birth is the milestone that gets a party! If you want to throw a party, you probably want the party to be special, fun, and yet age appropriate. If you need some ideas...

Teething Bites! Natural and Alternative Ways to Ease Pain

There have been many tough areas of parenthood for us but dealing with a teething baby has got to be one of the most challenging. Poor little ones, it's got to hurt to have teeth poking through your skin. And believe me, if baby is in pain everyone's in pain. (Kind of...

10 Tips to Get Rid of Your Child’s Pacifier

Bye bye binky. Or nuk. Or nunu. Or paci. Or dummy. Or whatever you call that piece of plastic paradise that keeps baby silent and content. Chances are you've given your baby a pacifier as a way to calm him or her down. And chances are said baby has grown attached to...

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