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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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

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Kid Friendly – Easy Crock Pot Recipe

Monday, April 18, 2016 @ 10:04 AM
posted by mrscaz

Slow Cooker Bacon-Wrapped Apple Barbecue Chicken (YUM)

This recipe speaks to me on so many levels! It has your protein, your fruit and the ever important BACON! I know this will be devoured in my house. Okay, no more drooling back to the belt factory!

With only a few ingredients and even fewer steps, this just might be the easiest slow-cooker recipe ever!

Ingredients:  chick recipe for blog

  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1-2 apples, peeled and grated
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 6-8 slices of bacon

Directions: 

1. In a small bowl, combine barbecue sauce, grated apple, and lemon juice.

2. Rinse chicken breasts and pat dry. Wrap 2 pieces of bacon around each chicken breast half.

3. Place wrapped chicken in a greased 4-5 quart slow cooker and top with BBQ sauce mixture.

4. Set to low and cook for 8 hours.

Enjoy!

Recipe and photo courtesy of MomsWhoThink

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

Here’s a bonus hack …or harmless plug – Dapper Snappers…Did you know we made a BuzzFeed list? Click here!

List Courtesy of BuzzFeed. Images credited in captions.

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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!

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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

 

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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

 

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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.

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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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  • 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 AllRecipes.com

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