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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!


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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!

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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.


Ten Parent Hacks That We ALL Need!

Friday, April 15, 2016 @ 10:04 AM
posted by mrscaz

Who doesn’t need and want to make life just a little bit easier? I know I do, even the smallest of tasks can become daunting with the monotony of the day-to-day chores and hectic schedules. So…with that being said, let’s take a look!

1. Put a “safety spot” sticker on your car to ensure an older child doesn’t wander off
while you load or unload the car.


You can improvise your own with a large, round sticker, or purchase the Parking Pal magnet here.

2. If your kids are always using new cups, give them their own designated cups with magnets to stick to the fridge.


Not only does this mean less dishwashing, but cups can be kept at kid-height instead of up-high cupboards.

3. Helichrysum is the essential oil you need for accident-prone kids.


It’s used by dentists to stop bleeding instantly. Read more about it here.

4. A plastic cup will keep little hands safe when handling sparklers on the Fourth of July.


5.  A crib sheet will keep an outdoor baby from getting bitten up by mosquitoes.


Sometimes you want to keep baby outside with you while working in the yard. A crib sheet provides shade and protection from bugs.

6. Use a glue gun to prevent shoes from slipping.


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7. Add Jell-O to your popsicles so they don’t melt into a drippy mess.


Get the recipe for this slow-melt popsicle recipe here.

8. Another use for your glue gun: Plug up those holes in your bath toys so they don’t get all moldy.


9. The “You Shall Not Pass” sign provides a visual limit to how much toilet paper your child can take.


10. And finally… this solution will SAVE YOUR LIFE (and your beds) during the potty-training phase.


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A serious time and sleep saver during a challenging time.

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National Autism Awareness Month

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 @ 12:04 PM
posted by mrscaz

April is National Autism Awareness month so…I thought I could use this blog as a platform to help raise awareness. 

One in every 68 American children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 just two years ago, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here’s a quick peek into what it’s like to live with ASD…


autism ribbonPut on the Puzzle! The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. Show your support for people with autism by wearing the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon – as a pin on your shirt, a magnet on your car, a badge on your blog, or even your Facebook profile picture – and educate folks on the potential of people with autism!

To learn more about the Autism Awareness Ribbon, click here.

To purchase the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon for your shirt, car, locker or refrigerator, click here.

Connect with your neighborhood - Many Autism Society local affiliates hold special events in their communities throughout the month of April. But if you can’t find an event that suits you just right, create your own!

Watch a movie - Did you know that something that seems as simple as going to the movies is not an option for many families affected by autism? The Autism Society is working with AMC Theatres to bring special-needs families Sensory Friendly Films every month.

Donate to the Autism Society - Help improve the lives of all impacted by autism with a financial gift to the Autism Society. Every dollar raised by the Autism Society allows us to improve the capabilities and services of our over 100 nationwide affiliates, provide the best national resource database and contact center specializing in autism, and increase public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with ASD and their families.

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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.

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Ten Tips For Moms of Toddlers

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 @ 01:03 PM
posted by mrscaz

I’m going to go ahead and call this… “The Top Ten tips for moms of Toddlers. These are random, yet important tips from a variety of categories…but all toddler related and much needed. 

1. Do Not use flat paint on the walls in your home. Best choice would be a Satin finish. Satin is easily cleaned and can stand up to high traffic.

2. To avoid middle of the night diaper leaks, try a diaper one size up. It should absorb more and get you through to morning.

3. Going to a friends for dinner, worried you won’t hear your sleeping toddler or baby in the guest room? Download this app to your iphone: If your child or baby awakes, your phone will call a number you have chosen (mom’s cell).

4. Lower your standards for cleanliness and organization. This will save your sanity. When the kids are older you can regain your rule of order and cleanliness, until then, who are we kidding, our house will never be a showplace from the pages of Trendy Home magazine. Seriously.

5. Make your life easier and say no to ironing. Wrinkle releaser is great, place the clothes on a hanger, spray and pull, viola! Wrinkle free and smells great.

6. Don’t aim for perfection. Nobody’s perfect, what things seem like on the outside, are usually different on the inside. New parents who are trying to be perfect for society are more stressed. Just do your best, that’s all you need.

7.  Be consistent. Between the ages of two and three toddlers are learning how their behavior impacts the people around them. If your reaction to a situation keeps changing, it’s confusing.

8. Try to do all of your errands in one day. For example, try to do all errands on Monday and all doctor appointments on Tuesday. This will make your life easier and your week more enjoyable.

9. Give yourself a bedtime. You can’t survive on five hours of sleep. Eight hours is probably not realistic for a mom of young toddlers, but you need the most sleep you can get and setting a bedtime for yourself will help you get more rest.

10. Drink water and remember you are doing the best you can do! Water is ultimately very important for you as a mom. If you are dehydrated, you can have headaches, fatigue and lack of energy. Be your best, be hydrated and keep up the good work!


Friday, December 5, 2014 @ 12:12 PM
posted by mrscaz

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Here are some of my personal favorites. Happy Holidays!

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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


Back To School Potty Training

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 10:07 AM
posted by mrscaz

Time to start Potty Training!

Check it out! My very first guest post on my blog!

Back To School Potty Training By Kay Green, Copyright 2010

Do you have a child enrolled in preschool this fall but not yet potty trained? Are you feeling stressed knowing the school rules say they must be fully potty trained? Well we have the answers. There is a way to potty train your child in just a couple weeks or less. Some moms have used my system to potty train their child in 3 days! So where do you start?

  1. Set a date to begin. Clear your schedule and plan to spend 3 full days with your child with no activities outside the home
  2. Purchase 12 pairs of the thick cotton training pants (yes 12).
  3. Get 12 small prizes for your child ( dollar tree is great option).
  4. I usually get a larger gift as reward for 5 days dry.
  5. Have a timer, food treats and a good attitude.
  6. The day before you begin remove all diapers and paper pull-ups out of your house..
  7. You will need 2 nylon covers (for night/nap)
  8. I also let them watch a Potty video every day the week before.
  9. A potty doll that wets helps the process along.

THE SYSTEM KEYS: Cloth underwear and timer!

HOW IT WORKS: Train the DOLL to go Potty. CLOTH UNDERWEAR! Take the child to potty often. Set a timer. Give immediate positive reinforcement when they go in toilet. Practice walking to the potty, clean up and change clothes for every accident.

MY CHILD: With this system Haley did not go in potty at all first couple days. We quickly changed after every accident. She would grab herself and say uh-oh when she went since the cloth makes the feelings wet and uncomfortable. Third day she said uh-oh and had not gone in panties so I took her to potty and she went. We clapped, shouted, got a treat, called daddy! Over the next 3 days every day was less accidents and more successes. After a week she had it mostly down so I could take her out. I used nylon pants over cloth to protect when out and about.

DAY ONE: I taught Haley how to have the doll go potty in the big toilet rewarding the child when the dolly goes potty. We played this game off and on all day. Watch the video, and read potty books. This is the teaching day.

DAY TWO: POTTY PARTY: I tell her she is a big girl like dolly. Put her in CLOTH training pants give her lots to drink. Every half hour check panties. If dry praise then take her to potty. If goes in potty reward with candy or sticker and lots of praise. Expect lots of accidents the first couple days until they get the uh-oh and are still dry. REWARD EVERY SUCCESS! For every accident help her run to the potty and say Uh-oh we must potty in the toilet then help her change into dry pants. Practice walking back and forth from the place of accident to potty.

TIMER: Use your timer. At first I set it for 30 minutes. I take her in every 30 minutes until we have a dry day. Then I go to 45 minutes until we have a dry day. Then I move to 1 hour. I continue sending them to the potty every hour for several weeks. Then as they start asking to go potty you can move the timer to 1.5-2 hours.

BED TIME: For nap and bed put a sheet protector under the sheet. Put on two pairs of cloth training pants and vinyl pants over. Change them to dry panties immediately upon waking. Use vinyl pants over cloth training pants only when out in public or in bed.

CONTINUE for the next 2 weeks. Praise every success. Help change every accident quickly. At the end of 2 weeks you will be having more successes than accidents. I find most kids really get it in this 2 week period.

PULL-UPS VS CLOTH: I get asked often why they cannot use paper pull-ups. Every mom I have known training with pull-up takes 6-9 months. The child simply does not get the uncomfortable, out of control, wet feeling with paper. CLOTH is the only way (in my experience) to potty train in 2 weeks or less. It really is the key.

ACCIDENTS: You may experience accidents again a couple weeks after training is complete. The solution is simply to go back to using the timer (set for 60 minutes) again. Usually the accident occurs when the parent stops sending the child to the potty regularly. The timer is a reminder to the parent and the child that it is potty time.

PRODUCTS: You can find a number of helpful potty training products at

Kay Green is a Wife, Mother of 4, Grandmother of 3, Business Owner, Small Business Mentor, Potty Training Teacher, and New Mom Mentor. Kay owns My Precious Kid – Child Safety & Baby Gear Store in Hillsboro Oregon. She has been writing articles on parenting, building business, potty training and other unique subjects for the last 9 years. She loves helping other moms feel successful in parenting.

You can follow Kay at these locations online:


On a side note, Kay is AWESOME! I consider her my business mentor and a good friend. She also sells Dapper Snappers! Thank you Kay for this wonderful post! You totally rock!