Posts Tagged ‘Parenting’

Playgroup Granola Bars

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 @ 08:04 AM
posted by mrscaz

Want to bring something different and delicious to playgroup? This is it!

Playgroup Granola Bars

Prep – 15 m       Cook – 35 m      Ready In - 50 m


  • 2 cups rolled oats  granola bars
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.

Recipe by: PREGOCOOK “My girlfriend brought these granola bars over for a playgroup one morning and ever since they’ve been a staple! My son requests them almost daily so I usually triple the recipe and make 2 trays so we have plenty on hand.”

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Taming Toddler Temper Tantrums

Friday, March 3, 2017 @ 08:03 AM
posted by mrscaz

I bet you can’t say that five times fast! So…I’ve done some research and pulled links from some informative sites that should help us all deal with our munchkins mini meltdowns. Take a look…

  • Taming Tempers – KidsHealth – Click here! baby-215867_640
  • 10 Ways to Tame Your Kid’s Tantrums – Parents – Click here!
  • Temper tantrums in toddlers: How to keep the peace – Mayo Clinic – Click here!
  • Toddler Temper Tantrums | What to Expect - – Click here!
  • How to Stop the Tantrums – Parents – Click here!
  • Preventing Temper Tantrums in Children: Strategies and Tips for Parents – Click here!
  • 9 Fast Ways to Stop Toddler Temper Tantrums – What to Expect – Click here!
  • Preventing tantrums – Supernanny – Click here!
  • Tantrums – How to Stop a Temper Tantrum When Kids Lose It – Click here! 

We hope these links can shed some light on this issue and help you to maintain your sanity. :)

The above image is courtesy of Pixabay.comPublicDomainPictures


Tips For Toddler Parenting (Surviving Toddlerhood)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 08:02 AM
posted by mrscaz

Here’s a list of links, from trusted sites, that offer some great advice on parenting your toddlers…

  • Parenting tips: How to improve toddler behavior – Mayo Clinic CLICK HERE! child-1997729_640
  • 9 Mistakes to Avoid With Your Toddler – CLICK HERE!
  • 7 Secrets of Toddler Discipline – CLICK HERE!
  • 16 Tips for Surviving The Toddler Years – CLICK HERE!
  • Toddlers: Your Game Plan for the Terrific Twos  - CLICKHERE!
  • Daily Life with Your Toddler: Eat, Love, Play – CLICK HERE!
  • Discipline: Managing Your Toddler so you can enjoy him  - CLICK HERE!

Image is courtesy of pixabay.comJFGagnonPhotograhie 


Ranch Mac ‘n Cheese (The Kids Will Love This)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 @ 08:01 AM
posted by mrscaz

This is a must try…

Ranch Mac ‘n Cheese


  • 3 cups gemelli pasta, uncooked
  • 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk  mmmmmm
  • 1 cup Hidden Valley(R) Original Ranch(R) Salad Dressing
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3 cups grated Asiago cheese
  • 1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse and drain.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk evaporated milk, dressing and eggs together until smooth. Fold in the cheese. Add the cooked pasta and mix well. Spoon pasta mixture into an oiled 1 1/2-quart casserole. In a bowl, combine bread crumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle on top of pasta. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the top is nicely browned and heated through.


Recipe by: Hidden Valley Ranch “This mac ‘n cheese gets a lift from the ordinary with Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Dressing and grated Asiago cheese.” 

This recipe and image are sole property of Hidden Valley Ranch and/or


Last-Minute Gift Ideas – Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2016 @ 08:12 AM
posted by mrscaz

There’s always that one person or couple that you just don’t know what to get, and you end up putting their gift off to the very last-minute, only because of the sheer frustration. Here’s a helpful list of links that will most definitely aid in this gift-giving dilemma.

  • 21 Last Minute Gifts That Are Actually Thoughtful! Buzzfeed – CLICK HERE!
  • 16 Last-Minute Christmas Gifts Anyone Will Adore! – CLICK HERE!
  • 50 chic, last-minute gift ideas under $50! – CLICK HERE!
  • 25 Genius Last-Minute Gift Ideas: All You Need is a Grocery Store! The Penny Hoarder – CLICK HERE!
  • Here are some of the best last-minute gifts of 2016 – Business Insider – CLICK HERE!
  • Oh and don’t forget your Dapper Snappers! The perfect gift for Parents of a toddler or Mom-to-be! CLICK HERE!



MERRY CHRISTMAS from all of us at Toddler Tech USA!

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2016 Christmas Gift Guide (for kids)…

Friday, December 9, 2016 @ 08:12 AM
posted by mrscaz

I know shopping can be hard especially for kids who aren’t your own. I’ve compiled a few sites and linked them so you can hopefully find that perfect gift.

The Toy Insider:  HOLIDAY GUIDE: HOT 20  - CLICK HERE! Top toys of 2016 for every kid on your list!

The Toy Insider:  HOLIDAY GUIDE: STEM 10  - CLICK HERE! Top toys that spark a kids passion for learning.

The Toy Insider:  HOLIDAY GUIDE: TOP TECH 12 –  CLICK HERE! The most innovative Tech toys your kids will love.

Brostrick : 2016’s Most Popular New Toys for Kids This Christmas - CLICK HERE! The hottest toys are on this list…if you don’t know what a Hatchimal is…you better get to reading or see below and click the image.



Happy Shopping! 

The above image is courtesy of Toys R us and/or Hatchimals




Christmas Printables, activities and more…

Monday, December 5, 2016 @ 08:12 AM
posted by mrscaz

I’ve compiled a list of sites that offer FREE Christmas printables, cards, activities and more. Enjoy!

Here ya go, hope it helps…

Christmas Theme Activities for Preschool –  CLICK HERE!  snow-globe-160725_640

Christmas Printable Activities & Worksheets – CLICK HERE!
(for Preschool and Kindergarten)

70 Free Christmas Printables – CLICK HERE!

FREE Christmas PreK/K Pack {Updated and Expanded!} – CLICK HERE!

Christmas Printables (Cards, games, printables & more) – CLICK HERE!

Christmas Printables, coloring, puzzles and more – CLICK HERE!

Christmas countdowns, printables and more – CLICK HERE!

Enjoy and have fun!

Image courtesy of Pixabay.comOpenClipart-Vectors 


Impressive Clean Eating Recipe – Graveyard Dirt Cupcakes

Monday, October 31, 2016 @ 08:10 AM
posted by mrscaz

I stumbled upon this recipe and I have to say that I am impressed with not only the fact that it’s “clean eating” but, also delicious and great for anyone, the kids will never know.

Clean Eating Graveyard Dirt Cupcakes Recipe


  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour graveyard-dirt-cupcakes-v
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup safflower or grape seed oil (any light flavored oil will work)
  • 1 whole, large egg
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract


The above recipe and image are courtesy and sole property of the amazing

If you haven’t checked out The Gracious Pantry, you won’t regret it, click the link above!


Tips on How To Improve Toddler Behavior

Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 08:10 AM
posted by mrscaz

We all know that toddlers are infamous for tantrums and other behavior issues. To encourage listening and cooperation, follow these parenting tips.

Show your love

Make sure your displays of affection for your child outnumber any consequences or punishments. Hugs, kisses and good-natured roughhousing reassure your child of your love. Praise and attention also can motivate your toddler to follow the rules.

Prioritize rules

Rather than overloading your child with rules from the outset — which might frustrate him or her — prioritize those geared toward safety first and gradually add rules over time. Help your toddler follow the rules by childproofing your home and eliminating some temptations.

Prevent tantrums

It’s normal for a toddler to have temper tantrums. To reduce the frequency, duration or intensity of your child’s tantrums: boy-1637872_640

  • Know your child’s limits. Your child might misbehave because he or she doesn’t understand or can’t do what you’re asking.
  • Explain how to follow the rules. Instead of saying, “Stop hitting,” offer suggestions for how to make play go more smoothly, such as “Why don’t you two take turns?”
  • Take ‘no’ in stride. Don’t overreact when your toddler says no. Instead, calmly repeat your request. You might also try to distract your child or make a game out of good behavior. Your child will be more likely to do what you want if you make an activity fun.
  • Pick your battles. If you say no to everything, your child is likely to get frustrated. Look for times when it’s OK to say yes.
  • Offer choices, when possible. Encourage your child’s independence by letting him or her pick out a pair of pajamas or a bedtime story.
  • Avoid situations that might trigger frustration or tantrums. For example, don’t give your child toys that are too advanced for him or her. Avoid long outings in which your child has to sit still or can’t play — or bring along an activity. Also know that children are more likely to act out when they’re tired, hungry, sick or in an unfamiliar setting.
  • Stick to the schedule. Keep a daily routine so that your child will know what to expect.
  • Encourage communication. Remind your child to use words to express his or her feelings. If your child isn’t speaking yet, consider teaching him or her baby sign language to avoid frustration.

For more of these great tips visit

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What Exactly Does A Dapper Snapper Do?

Friday, September 23, 2016 @ 08:09 AM
posted by mrscaz

That’s a good question…What exactly does a Dapper Snapper do? Or should we say, what does it do, that other belts don’t do?

We all know what a belt does, but a Dapper Snapper isn’t your average, old school belt. It’s a belt (half belt) specifically designed for babies and traveling toddlers. The Dapper Snapper fits on the back of your toddlers pants, shorts, swimsuits or skirts, even if they don’t have belt-loops, and it keeps their pants up, so you don’t have to chase after them and keep adjusting, pulling them back up, practically lifting their little feet off the ground. :) (Admit it, you’ve done this, we’ve all done this).

Take a look:

Here’s an “ADORABLE” little boy who could really use a Dapper Snapper…


He’s just doing his job, being cute…totally oblivious to the fact that he could be walking around in a stylish Dapper Snapper with his pants in check.

Here’s another picture of the same adorable boy, he’s about to be walking around in his skivvies…


He’s too cute to lose his drawers. Now let’s take a look at what it looks like when a Dapper Snapper is worn…


Join with us and chant “No More Droopy Drawers”! Unless you’re after the extra calories burned from chasing after the little ones, just to catch them to pull their britches up endlessly. :) I love calorie burning, but seriously, Let them play, let them be free, well….as free as they can be with our eyes on them. Join the Dapper Snapper revolution and say “No More Droopy Drawers”! #NoMoreDroopyDrawers

If you’re joining us and you have yet to get your Dapper Snappers…you can grab one, or ten… ;)  Click here!

*The top two adorable images are courtesy of the talented “Hannah Sons Photography”! You can check out her Facebook page here:

Thanks for reading and have a Dapper Day!