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Product Giveaway! – Make Sure to Enter Before 9/03

1 Sep

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to announce a product giveaway – this comes from Andrea over at Simple Organized Living  she runs a business and blog about organization/simplicity and is the proud mama of a little girl named Nora. 

I really hope all you mom and dads really enjoy this – and Good Luck! Below is what’s included in the giveaway:

  • Johnson’s baby essentials special pack
  • Johnson & Johnson tote
  • Neutrogena beach ball
  • Froggy wash mit
  • Bath tub toy organizer
  • Tub lights
  • Foam letters
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Free Videos

7 Aug

Quickly I wanted to update you about a free video resource. You can search by category or topic and they are all available online to view (just like the one I shared the other day about Sesame Street and Utensils)

Watch This Video With Kids on Eating Utensils

6 Aug

Looking for a way to teach your little how to use their utensils. Well I came across this kid friendly Sesame Street lesson – isn’t it cute?

Free Educational Resources & 17,000 Free Downloads!

5 Aug

Its safe to say that one of my favorite things is to help share free resources because I think people in general are so unaware how many completely free resources exist out there. Also I know plenty of people really don’t know how to search and find the free resources that are out there so they’re left out of ever getting to use them because they don’t know how or where to look.

Go here to view what interests you and to be able to download the FREE Resources.

Also please note things like the Online math – provide free grading  but if you click on the online math you can also choose the option to work offline which will open the worksheet in your browser and allow you to print it.

Free Illustrated Books and Flashcards

3 Aug

Here’s some more handy resources that are completely free! In my search of free endless resources I have compiled a list of two more items that I think will make you happy. These illustrated books and flashcards are completely free you download and print whatever ones interest you and your little. I found this great site which specializes in educational materials and they offer several free items which I feel is great especially with today’s economy and tighter budgets. 

Learning Tools for You Little Ones (for Free)

2 Aug

HI Everybody, I am sorry my updates have been a little slow and far between this past month but I assure you I have lots of good postings coming up. First off I decided that since kids will be starting school again pretty soon (bummer I don’t know where the summer has gone I am shocked its 8/2 when writing this) I decided to feature some items for those of you who are  home school parents or just parents looking for extra resources to develop your little ones mind beyond the classroom or to get them better prepared for K5 even if you can’t afford a traditional PK-4 program. So here goes:

Alphabet Posters A-Z download here

Handwriting Practice Sheets download here – I know you can purchase these in the store but here there free 

Number Posters 1-5 download here

Number Posters 6 -10 download here

Number Posters 11 – 15 download here

Number Posters 16 -20 download here

 

Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know

1 Jul

Here’s what your little one is looking for (and just doesn’t know it yet) – personally I think bed time stories are a great way to help children wind down from the day and go to sleep. So feel free after washing faces, brushing teeth follow it with a lavender bath and then go ahead have your little one put on their pajamas and read them one of these classic fairy tales while laying in bed. Reading together at night will allow for more bonding time with your child and less stimulation form the television or other distractions. I recommend this book whether its for your child, grandchildren or a gift.

This book includes the following: Enchanted Stag; Twelve Brothers; Puss in Boots; Jack and the Beanstalk; Princess on the Pea; Ugly Duckling; Light Princess; Beauty and the Beast; Hansel and Gretel; Jack the Giant Killer; Second Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor; Story of Aladdin, or the Wonderful Lamp. Illustrated with 8 engravings by Mary Hamilton Frye. Hamilton Wright Mabie (1846-1916) was an American essayist, editor, critic, and lecturer.

Summer time activities with your children

5 Jun

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Don’t let your children’s summer be wasted by playing video games and watching TV. My suggestions below are to help you find activities in everyone’s budget and age range for mom’s and dad’s to do with their kids. If your a stay at home mom (SAHM) I hope these will inspire you and why not get together with a friend or sister that can bring their kids along too and have some adult company.

  • Make a scrapbook of your entire summer
  • Get a pack of balloons, fill with water and have a water balloon fight in the backyard
  • Enroll your kids in swimming lessons, especially if you live in a hot climate
  • Go to your local dollar store or Wal-Mart buy some chalk and jump ropes for some outside activities
  • For days when it maybe raining out buy a couple colors books from the dollar store for little ones and you to color during summer showers
  • Why not get the schedule from your local library for book reading and  movie showings perfect for your children
  • Teach your children to ride a bike
  • Spend 30 minutes every day learning a new language together (try some educational videos)
  • Make sure your children are active each and every day public schools have cut too many phys ed  and art programs so the summer is a great time to stay active
  • Go to a museum or aquarium together, take lots of pictures
  • Save $ by creating your own mommy and me group (have yourself and 2 or 3 other SAHM) get together at each others house a set day every week and cook together, go swimming in the pool, let your kids play together its a great mommy day and child day

Make every day of your summer count!

How to Store Baby Clothes

16 May

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Storing baby/child clothes can be a challenge, because people tend to get over cluttered and frustrated so they just give up leaving themselves with overstuffed closets and one big mess.  Now I know some professional organizers would say to donate, sell or get rid of the clutter- however when properly organized these garments will not be clutter in your home and stored properly they can be relocated to an attic, garage, or basement. If you end up having another baby down the road the clothes could come in hand saving you lots of time and money. Here’s my simple steps:

  • Sort all clothes
  • Wash/Dry all clothes – so they are clean for storing
  • Now you need some storage tubs with lids you can find them in a variety of shapes, colors, & sizes  (tubs are my personal favorite because they keep water, dirt, & bugs out)
  • Here’s where to buy tubs: Wal-Mart, Rubber maid online store, The Container Store, and Amazon
  • Also, you need 1 dryer sheet per tub (you will tape this to the inside of the storage lid) for a fresh scent
  • Don’t roll clothes, gently place them lying as flat as possible on one another – rolling will take more space and incur wrinkles
  • Label the boxes like you see in the above picture (sizes and items – visible to the outside of the container)
  • Make a separate bin for non clothing items (baby wash clothes, towels, crib sheets, blankets, etc)

 

This project may take a day or two but its well worth it and make it fun have your kids help sort clothes and carry them to the washer

Bento Laptop Lunches

2 May

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Kids need healthy lunches to help give their brains the strength the focus on their studies and their muscles the ability to partake in school sports. The solution – check out these Bento Box Laptop Lunches

Often parents resort to the trusty sandwich because they feel they have no other options, since many schools don’t allow kids to heat up lunches (this would make it hard to pack leftovers from dinner the night before.)   And what’s not to love about these lunch containers: they’re made in the USA, free of toxic substances, recyclable and made to last, plus they’re easy to keep clean. Why should you purchase these for our kids:

  • They can use them at school but you can also use them during family outings like picnics, at the parks, camping, etc.
  • You get to customize each kit (so you can color code them to each child so you can easily identify each child’s lunch)
  • Great for long car rides when your visiting family & friends save money on the drive thru and pack their lunches for that road trip
  • They’re great for toddlers going to daycare or PreK4 programs

Looking to save time this link provides you a weekly lunch menu for creative ideas

I hope this will help inspire you to take charge of your child’s nutrition and not resort to those crappy school lunches!