June 29, 2012

June Favorites

Hair ties- here
Aquaphor Lip Repair Ointment- here
Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Protector B.B. Cream- here
Target fruit flavored rolls- here
Revlon Colorstay Bare Bones Polish- here
Target Weekender Watch- here and Interchangeable watch straps- here
Flower pot toy- at Target dollar section
Dried Fruit Apple slices- from Walmart like these
Diaper Clutch- from babysteals.com- here
Garnimal Sandals- from Walmart under $5

June 27, 2012

Forever 21 Jewelry Haul

I have fallen in love with Forever 21 jewelry because they have such a variety of inexpensive pieces. Every piece of jewelry in this video was under $5. Most were in the $1-$3 dollar range. 

Graduated Faceted Bead necklace (in three colors): here
Rhinestone bracelet (in mint and peach): here
Owl Necklace (slightly different from the one I showed): here
Rose Wood necklace (in red and blue): here
H&M Mint and Gold Bracelet: here

I can no longer find links to the floral pendant necklace or the necklace I am wearing in the video. I've found that Forever 21 changes their jewelry a lot so even week to week it may be different.

June 19, 2012

Feeding Your Toddler

Feeding a toddler can sometimes be hard. My toddler is very picky with what she eats. Here is a list of some of the foods we rotate through for different meals:

Breakfast- poptarts, cereal, pancakes, eggs, french toast, toast, oatmeal, eggo waffles, yogurt.

Lunch- fruit cups, fruit snacks, dried fruit, mini-anything snacks (goldfish, chips ahoy, pretzels, teddy grahams, etc.), sliced hot dog, PB and honey sandwiches, PB & J sandwiches, bread with nutella spread on it, cheese, olives, fruit/vegetables, jello, pasta, rice.

Dinner- usually what we eat, fish, meat, pizza, pasta, spaghetti, etc.

My philosophy is that I don't want my child to expect me to make them anything they want. And I also don't want to just feed my child snack foods. I try to teach her to eat what's in front of her. It has been very hard since she usually spits out food or throws it on the ground, but I know that if she is hungry, she will eat.

Do you have any suggestions for feeding your toddler?

June 12, 2012

Baby Signing Times Sign Language with your Child

I love signing with my toddler using the Baby Signing Times DVD's, CD's, and other products. It has been so beneficial to sign with my daughter. I recommend everyone start signing with their infant and continue into toddler hood and even beyond.

Here's the Baby Signing Times website for more information on their products: http://www.babysigningtime.com/

Also, I was renting the DVD's from the library for several months but finally decided to purchase them along with the CD's. I found an amazing deal (more than 50% off) at Baby Steals.com. Here is their website: http://babysteals.stealnetwork.com/

Just wait because the deal on their website will come up within a few months. I've seen it posted at least three times now, most recently a couple of days ago!

June 5, 2012

Developmental Toys/Activities for 1-2 Year Olds

Developmental Activities/Toys for 1-2 Year Olds:
Unbreakable mirrors, stacking objects, blocks, soft plush toys, pretend toys like trucks, cars, dolls, phones, etc. board books, containers, old magazines/egg cartons, toys that make noises, balls, containers of any shape or size, lacing cards, coloring with markers and crayons, musical instruments (keyboards, drums, etc.), and sorting shapes/colors. Of course always play with your child, sing to them, and talk with them.

Developmental milestones:
- talking, saying a few words to two-word sentences
- walking and running, standing on tip-toes
-follows simple commands, instructions
-can find hidden objects under 2-3 covers
- can stack 4-6 blocks on top of each other
- plays pretend or make believe (kitchen play, vacuuming, talking on phone, mowing)

Resources: - Huggies "Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5" http://www.amazon.com/Caring-Young-Child-Revised-Edition/dp/055338290X
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