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Indoor Toddler Activity Ideas!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 @ 08:01 AM
posted by mrscaz

I know in some places (not Florida) it’s pretty cold outside, so I’ve come up with a list of links to some pretty great Indoor Crafts for Toddlers. Take a look…

20 best indoor kid crafts and activities for rainy days - CLICK HERE! baby-84626_1280

Indoor Activities - CLICK HERE!

Top 10 Indoor Activities for Toddlers - CLICK HERE!

Indoor Activities For Kids - CLICK HERE!

6 Indoor Activities To Keep Your Toddler Occupied This Winter - CLICK HERE!

Now take these tips, and have some fun while stuck inside!

Image courtesy of Pixabay.comPublicDomainPictures 



The IMPORTANCE of Reading To Your Children

Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 08:08 AM
posted by mrscaz

A pediatrician. A researcher. An author. A children’s bookstore owner. A proponent of analog childhood. A father of three.

Read Aloud 15 MINUTES’ “SpokesDoctor” has many passions, but all of them align around reading aloud.

Dr. Hutton is a pediatrician and clinical research fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In collaboration with an expert team at the Reading and Literacy Discovery Center, his research applies cutting edge tools such as MRI to explore how home reading environment and interventions promoting reading aloud during early childhood help build critical brain networks. He is the author of the “Baby Unplugged” and “Love Baby Healthy” children’s book series, distributed to over 1 million families nationwide, and owner of the award-winning blue manatee children’s bookstore. Each of these is inspired by his experience as a father of three, fueling deep passion for reading aloud and “analog” childhood — the kind with limited screen time and lots of human engagement and free play.



Why Read Aloud? Click here!

For downloadable Posters – Click here!

Information, images, video and downloads are all courtesy of and Dr. Hutton.



Swimming & Water Safety for the Upcoming Months

Monday, April 25, 2016 @ 11:04 AM
posted by mrscaz

With Summer just about a month away and temperatures already spiking, I thought I’d address the safety issues for parents so we all hopefully have an incident-free Summer. Pools, water parks, hot tubs/spas, splash pads, and water playgrounds are great places to have fun, be active, or just relax. Having fun while you swim this summer means knowing how to stay healthy and safe while enjoying the water!

Swimming is one of the most popular sports activities in the United States. And just 2.5 hours of water-based (or other forms of) physical activity per week has health benefits, we each need to do our part to minimize the risk of illness and injury.

Make a Healthy Splash: Share the Fun, Not the Germs  healthyswimming_456px

Swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials can minimize the risk of recreational water illnesses (RWIs).

Prevent Illness

RWIs can be caused by germs spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols of, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs/spas, water playgrounds, lakes, rivers, or oceans. RWIs can be a wide variety of infections, including gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic, and wound infections.

Most outbreaks linked to the water we swim, relax, and play in are outbreaks of diarrhea. These outbreaks are caused by germs like Crypto (short for Cryptosporidium), Giardia, Shigella, norovirus, and E. coli O157:H7.

These germs—sometimes millions at a time—can spread when someone who is sick has diarrhea in the water. Other people can get sick if they swallow the germy water—even just a mouthful.

Pool chemicals, like chlorine or bromine, are added to the water to kill germs. But they don’t work right away. If used properly, they can kill most germs within a few minutes. However, some germs, like Crypto can live in properly treated pool water for several days.

The job of pool chemicals is to kill germs. But when pee, poop, sweat, and dirt rinse off our bodies and into the water, the chemicals break down these other things instead of killing germs. This uses up the chemicals’ power, which means there’s less to kill germs.

Remember, we share the water—and the germs in it—with everyone. To help protect yourself, your family, and your friends from germs, follow these easy and effective steps each time you get in the water:

Keep the pee, poop, sweat, and germs out of the water!

  • Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea.
  • Shower before you get in the water.
  • Don’t pee or poop in the water.
  • Don’t swallow the water.

Every hour—everyone out!

  • Take kids on bathroom breaks.
  • Check diapers, and change them in a bathroom or diaper-changing area—not poolside—to keep germs away from the pool.
  • Reapply sunscreen.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.

Check the free chlorine level and pH before getting into the water.

  • Pools: Proper free chlorine level (1–3 mg/L or parts per million [ppm]) and pH (7.2–7.8) levels maximize germ-killing power.
  • Hot tubs/spas: Proper disinfectant level (chlorine [2–4 parts per million or ppm] or bromine [4–6 ppm]) and pH (7.2–7.8) maximize germ-killing power.
  • Most superstores, hardware stores, and pool-supply stores sell pool test strips.

FREE Healthy and Safe Swimming Resources

Remember: Think Healthy. Swim Healthy. Be Healthy!


US Census Bureau. 2012 statistical abstract of the United States. Recreation and leisure activities: participation in selected sports activities 2009[152 KB]

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Five FUN Outdoor Activities For Toddlers & Kids

Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 01:04 PM
posted by mrscaz

As you know Spring has Sprung and Summer is just around the corner, us Mom’s (and Dad’s) need to keep the little ones busy. Here’s some creative and fun ideas that promise to do just that!

faces made from stones


1. Stone Faces – Use this FREE printable to turn a collection of stones into funny stone faces.  These face part stones are quick and easy to make and once made you can get creative making all kinds of funny stone faces. Toddlers and Preschoolers will love making these silly faces on stones, you can place them by your walkway, in your garden or give as gifts. Click image for step by step instructions and printable.


chalkpaint1-600x4002. Make your own chalk paint for awesome outdoor fun! This is super easy to make, with very little ingredients. Your children and toddlers will have a blast expressing their creativity outdoors (or indoors if you’re brave). It’s also safe, nontoxic and the best part…it will wash off with a hose or the next rainy day! Click the image for step by step instructions.



3. Make Enormous Bubbles - Oh my! Science does not get much cooler than this, you have to see the size of these bubbles!  You might enjoy this even more than the kids will. This is a very simple and fast mix, in no time at all you will be creating the most amazing bubbles. Click the image for instructions. 



1coverbug4. Alphabet Bug Spray - All you need for this fun project is a spray bottle and chalk! Draw on the sidewalk or driveway, a bug with a letter inside of it and well, it’s super easy and kids seem to love it and they forget they are learning. For game instructions click the image.




Summer fun chalk

5. Magic Sidewalk squirt paint - You don’t need to purchase much for this one either. The clear plastic squirt bottles are about $1 each. The kids will love this and beg for a refill when their bottles are finally emptied. What a fun way to spend some outdoor time! Click the image for full instructions.


Five Awesome Apps For Toddlers

Friday, April 8, 2016 @ 10:04 AM
posted by mrscaz

Some of these apps are really awesome! I only wish they were around when my kids were toddlers. These apps are not meant to be baby sitters, but definitely they help out when us Mama’s have our hands full (most of the time). These apps help with your toddlers eye-hand coordination, and some are learning apps as well! Okay back to making toddler belts for me!



Baby’s Musical Hands - A wonderful first app for toddlers who are developing hand-eye coordination and learning about cause and effect. There are no buttons, distracting menus, instructions, or commercial tie-ins — kids simply tap anywhere on the screen to receive instant audio and visual feedback. As kids get more coordinated they can press specific colored squares to hear different sounds, too.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android 



bubl-gelato-main-imageBubl Ice Cream - is a toddler-friendly exploration app. There’s no right or wrong way to play; kids simply tap or drag ice cream onto cones, bowls, or glasses and add toppings. The interface is kid-friendly with only one back button that could take a random tapper back to the home screen. Visual prompts plus whistles and cries of “Woo hoo!” get kids’ attention to encourage them to tap and play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android



busy-shapes-icon-mainBusy Shapes – an exploring-to-learn activity for toddlers based on Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. Piaget believed that the youngest children, in the stage of development he called “sensorimotor,” learn about their world by exploring and manipulating it. Busy Shapes gives kids a digital playground to explore and has lots of features in place to make it easy for the youngest users to play without crashing or accidentally swiping out of the app. It uses artificial intelligence to automatically adjust to keep kids challenged. Parents can set up different accounts for several kids (up to 40) and review how long kids played and the concepts they explored.    Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad


Moo, Baa, La La La! – an interactive version of the classic board book by Sandra Boynton. Like the book that inspired it, the app is aimed at toddlers. They can read the book with or without narration, and can hear individual words spoken aloud when they are tapped. There are lots of interactive hotspots for kids to find as they explore the pages, and tilting the device also creates some small movements on the page.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Fire phone, Kindle Fire




Nighty Night HD – a short, nearly wordless interactive book about going to bed. Kids get to tap the rooms of the house (or barn) that still have lights on, and then, once they’ve entered that room, they get to turn off the light and put the animals to sleep. There’s not much of a story and the few words are only spoken, not written, so parents shouldn’t expect this to be a reading app. It does however, have nice cause-and-effect lessons for toddlers (and will be just plain fun for preschoolers and kindergartners) and is accompanied by soothing going-to-sleep music.    Devices: iPad


Images courtesy of individual apps and information courtesy of Common Sense Media.


An Easy Recipe For All Busy Moms (with picky eaters)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 @ 11:04 AM
posted by mrscaz

As a mama with no extra time away from the toddler belt factory, I need an easy and fast recipe for dinner. I just have to try this!

Root beer Pulled Pork…just the name makes my mouth water. Add these simple ingredients to your crock pot in the morning and 8 hours later…viola! You may want to add some honey or buttery buns to the grocery list. Yum!

Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork


  • 1 (4 pound) pork shoulder roast
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle root beer
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke flavoring (or to taste)
  • 4 cloves garlic

Prep time – 15 minutes

Cook time – 8 hours


  • Place pork roast in a slow cooker and pour root beer, liquid smoke, and garlic over the top.
  • Cook on Low for 8 to 10 hours. Remove pork to a bowl. Strain liquid through a fine-mesh strainer, discard liquid, and add garlic to pork. Shred pork using two forks.

For extra easy clean-up try using a liner in your slow cooker.

*Image and recipe are courtesy


Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 02:01 PM
posted by mrscaz

I nursed all three of my boys for the first 6 months then incorporated the formula to satisfy the need for constant feeding while growing constantly out of their britches. Because I chose to breastfeed, I was able to save money, apply convenience because it is always accessible, comforting for the baby and very healthy for the mother mentally and physically. I believe the economic benefit of breastfeeding would be for the social services and assistance programs such as WIC (Women Infants & Children Program) and the EBT Food Stamp Program by decreasing the amount spent on formula and allow those funds to be spent on food for the mom to keep up a healthy milk supply for an ever-growing infant when ready to feed.

Now it has been a few years since I have had to buy formula but the last that I checked the cost is now upwards of $18-$40 a can depending on the digestive system and allergies of the little ones and that probably lasts about a week or so… so multiply the purchase of one at the common price of $28 and 48 weeks for the first year which will total $1,344. That’s a lot of money for some. Breastfeeding will allow that money to return to bills, healthy food for family, car payment?
In addition to raising their immunity and increase of mothers serotonin levels, you may be eliminating some expensive doctor, hospital and medication costs given the fact breast milk contains antibodies that formula just can’t provide.
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MOMMY-TO-BE & My Pants Wont Fit Me !!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014 @ 12:12 PM
posted by mrscaz

MOMMY-TO-BE and MY PANTS DON’T FIT ME!!! It wasn’t long ago you found out the exciting news, you’re going to be a mommy! There’s a bun in the oven and you’ve got a whole nine months of baking. Now, we face the changes of our bodies, our moods and maybe what we invest. Whether this is your first baby or your fourth our wardrobe will change. Then there’s the shopping for some maternity clothes, cause we still have to get dressed. Depending on how your body handles the pregnancy we may start to get a little bloated around 9-12 weeks. Shortly after our belly’s get a little tougher and start to expand. It’s hard letting those favorite pants go for the next six months, especially if they are your comfy pair. But what if… you could keep them on for at least another month or two? When our family designed the Dapper Snapper for toddlers, we kept you mommy-to-be in mind. By creating a front end belt that allows an expandable support for the belly, you can wear your favorite pants for another month or so. Boy? Girl? Both? lol, we have all boy and girly girl designs that will suite your trending themes for expanding accessories. Congratulations!



Holiday Coloring Pages

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 @ 02:12 PM
posted by mrscaz

Happy Holidays Moms & Tots! We sure hope everyone has had a wonderful Thanksgiving. As the older children may have returned to school, parents may be very busy preparing for Christmas and  New Years as it so quickly approaches. Attached are some printable coloring pages for you to share with your little ones. Just add a couple of crayons and inspire a moment of holiday creativity.


Printable Holiday Coloring Pages