Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I think it's safe to say that most kids like fruit. My boys LOVE fruit salad. We have fun picking the different fruits that go into it. Last week I made "Rainbow Fruit Salad" - and we had a little bit fun during snack time naming each color and fruit that was in it. I used:
- Strawberries (Red)
- Oranges (umm...orange...I hope you knew that before I explained it) ;)
- Mangoes (Yellow)
- Honeydew Melon (Green)
- Blueberries (Blue)
- Red Grapes (Purple)
Super colorful and superfun. I know a lot of people don't like to cut up mangoes, I used to find it was a pain myself. Then I found a mango slicer on Amazon. Oxo Good Grips Mango Splitter
Check it out! It made life so much easier.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
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Monday, October 19, 2009
Every year, people starting buzzing about what the hot christmas toy will be. And that's a great question. Many moms, like myself, want to get a head start and perhaps beat the crowds and get that hot christmas toy. So: what ARE the hot Christmas toys of 2009? I've put together a list that I hope will help all you early shoppers!
Fisher Price Elmo Live Encore : What would a hot Christmas toy list be without some mention of an elmo doll. It looks like this toy is currently in stock at most major retailers, but who knows for how long. Black Friday (biggest shopping day of the year - isn't far off.
Zhu Zhu Pets : Wow is all I can say about this toy. Again, there always has to be a toy on the list that makes all adults scratch their heads. I guess you get a hamster without having to feed it and clean up after it. It moves and kids can buy all sorts of accessories for this faux hamster - including a car. Right now, Walmart, Target, and Toys R Us are out of stock - the only place to get it is Amazon - which is fine by me...it's where I do most of my christmas shopping anyway.
Fisher Price Smart Fit: This commercial makes my son go CRAZY. He really wants this and I think for under $45 (@ Amazon), that's not a bad price. It would be great to get him to wear some of his energy off when we're stuck inside all winter!
Fisher-Price Kid Tough Digital Cameras : I'm quite intrigued by this one. It seems like it's about as close to the real thing as you can get, without paying a ton of money. Durability is key as is it's realism. My son received a camera last year as he love taking pictures, but it didn't have the screen on the back to preview the picture. This camera from Fisher-Price does.
Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Learning Farm : I love this one. It's the newest version of their Laugh & Learn Home, which entertained my son for a LONG time. If I already didn't have that one, I would so get this. It's a REALLY great toy and I would highly recommend putting this on your hot toys list this year.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
On October 6, 2009, an article was published by Medpagetoday stating that
a milk protein supplement, taken alone or in combination with a probiotic, seemed to reduce the incidence of sepsis among the smallest of premature infants
Mayo News also published an article just yesterday (Oct 12, 2009) outlining that eczema could also be helped by both probiotics and prebiotics taken daily.
What I've come to realize is that probiotics can also be used to treat chronic constipation. My eldest son was always constipated. We had tried so many things and just continued to get frustrated. We ate a lot of fruits and vegetables and whole grains. I started giving him wheat bran mixed with applesauce or yogurt and that helped but didn't solve it. I started eating Activia yogurt and he would have his own...eventually his intestines seemed to improve. He was no longer constipated. He has a yogurt every day. When he goes awhile without Activia, he starts getting problems again.
My youngest now, is showing signs of the same chronic constipation. I reached for my Udo's Infant probiotics and started giving him some 2x a day and eventually, his stools became much softer. I'm hoping that I can prevent 2 years of constipation, like my oldest had to endure by being proactive with my probiotics.
How to keep the kids busy when the weather isn't too friendly for the kids to go outdoors?
I tend to lean toward arts and crafts. My kids tend to LOVE doing all sorts of different things like painting, cutting out paper and glueing... here's a list of some of the arts and crafts we've tried out.
Assorted Animals Puppet Kit By Martha Stewart Create
Zoo Animal Puppet Kit by Martha Stewart Create
The Usborne Book of Art Ideas (Usborne Art Ideas)
Elmer's Fantastic Finger Paint Pack of 32, with Paper, Smock & Table Mat Included
Melissa & Doug Dinosaur Stamp Set
6. Spider-Man 3: Coloring and Activity Book and Sticky Spider
So the last two might be a little boy-centric - but that's what I got. Most of the time, I've seen that if the kids are occupied with something constructive, they tend to not act so much like maniacs. And non-maniacal kids means a happy afternoon for momma.