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    October 24, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Dad “Fixing” Daughter’s Hair
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videoxzmsa4

    To be honest….the end result is actually really cute :)


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    October 23, 2014
    How NOT To Study For Finals

    Two weeks ago, I wrote a post on helpful study tips for students. You can read it here. While there are plenty of tips for how to study correctly for exams, there are also tons of things that you SHOULDN’T do. The best thing is, you don’t have to be in college to take advantage of these tips- anyone at any schooling level can benefit from them. When studying, here’s what NOT to do, by Rachelcerbone at SRTrends:

    -Do not save it for the last minute.

    -Do NOT get distracted- put your phone in another room, disable Facebook on your computer.

    -Don’t underestimate how much time you need to study

    -Don’t move on from a topic if you don’t understand it. Contact your professor and ask questions

    -Don’t be afraid to use your professor’s office hours! That’s what they’re there for.

    Photo Credit: Leo Hidalgo 


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    October 22, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Creative Kid’s Corner

    Photo from Ella Minnow Peas


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    October 21, 2014
    Baby Name Ideas: The ‘Write’ Stuff

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I LOVE collecting baby names. Now, I realize I will never use the majority of them, but the obsession doesn’t stop. I have around 5 naming books, pages and pages of lists, and 2 sites that I visit DAILY for new names. I also love writing- my own creative stories, and this blog. That’s why I love this list by Lauren Hartmann at Disney Baby- for names inspired by writers. Here are some of my favorites:

    -Blake

    -Langston

    -Maya

    -Kate

    -Morrison

    -Oscar

    -Walt (of course).

    Photo Credit: JE Theriot 


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    October 20, 2014
    Temper Tantrum 911

    One of the most emotionally draining parts of being a parent is dealing with temper tantrums. Every kid has them (some more than others), and it’s important to know how to deal with them- both for the health of your child, and your own sanity. While it can be extremely difficult, the most important thing to remember is to stay calm. Read this article by Rebekah at The Golden Gleam for more temper taming tips:

    -Serve as a coach: help your child understand her feelings; acknowledge that they are normal and valid

    -Define peace: act as a peaceful example

    -Let them know you love them, as much as possible

    -Give them more control and responsibility, but show discipline when needed

    Photo Credit: Citril 


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    October 17, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Brotherly “Love”
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox1aaeqg

    Siblings fight- these two are starting early.


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    October 16, 2014
    Halloween Costume Idea for Kids: Easy Zombie Makeup

    When I think of easy, cheap costumes- I prefer things that can be made with items I already have around the house. A few of my favorites? Fortune tellers (just throw on a bunch of scarves and jingly jewelry), pirates (similar, but with bandanas and an eyepatch), and thrift store pieces put together. Another very simple costume idea? Zombies! All you need is a little bit of makeup, and some old clothes that you don’t mind ripping up. Here’s how to apply zombie makeup, by Rachel at Madame Deals:

    -For an extra gross effect, apply ripped up toilet paper to the face to create a “wound,” then go over it with makeup

    -Add black eyeshadow all around the eyes

    -Use gray makeup on the rest of the face. If you want, you can use fake blood around the mouth as well.

    Photo Credit: Mislav Marohnic 


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    October 15, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Foxy Nursery

    Photo from Project Nursery


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    October 14, 2014
    In-Hospital Newborn Decisions

    After your child is born, there is a LOT going on- and there will always be a lot going on for the rest of your life as a parent. But it all starts in the hospital. Newborns, even if they are perfectly healthy, will need a lot of care in their first day or two on earth. And it’s up to you as the parent to research what needs to be done ahead of time- and decide what you want to do. Of course, always discuss healthcare decisions with a medical professional to determine what is best for your child. But for some beginning information, read this post by Christina Szarma at Keeper of the Home. Be sure to read the entire article for descriptions of each option, as well as pros and cons for each:

    -When to cut/clamp the umbilical cord

    -Washing/Weighing/Swaddling Immediately vs.”Kangaroo Care”

    -Prophylactic Eye Drops

    -Hearing Test

    Photo Credit: Nana B. Agyei 


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    October 13, 2014
    Theme-Based Learning + Ideas for Preschool Themes

    Theme based learning is popular among homeschoolers, and it’s incredibly useful for teaching young children outside of a classroom. Many preschoolers also use themes! So, what are they? Well, a theme is a unit structured around a specific topic. For example, one day, the theme might be “flowers,” and the next one will be “farm animals,” or “safety,” or “volunteering,” or “fairy tales,”. For more information on the psychology behind theme-based learning, read this article by Sandra Rollins Hurley, PhD at Early Childhood News. For now, here are some theme ideas by Shaunna at Fantastic Fun and Learning:

    Insects

    Ocean

    Dinosaurs

    Rainbows

    Zoo

    Rocks

     

    Holidays

    Seasons 

    Photo Credit: Sebastien Wiertz 


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