5 ways to reign in your toddler's screen timeWith the acquisition of a Leap Pad for Christmas and a family iPad, things have gotten a little hairy around here. A situation we're not unfamiliar with, my 3-year-old has been a steadfast, walking iPhone endorsement since he first learned how to swipe the little arrow bar over to get to his beloved baby apps at age 1.
Too much technology?
We are a couple of parents who love technology ourselves and have careers that revolve around the heavy usage of said "equipment." So. Obviously our little ones want to be doing what we are doing, and who am I to deny them this occasional pleasure?
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To be honest, I'd rather let them play the interactive learning apps that you can download onto an iPad or a Leap OPad, than stick them in front of the boob-tube for some Cailou or Sponge Bob.
I think the important thing is to try in reign in that screen time. Which can be more than tricky because those games are so
- Babble.com | Team Mom – Wed, Mar 27, 2013 3:25 PM EDT
5 ways to reign in your toddler's screen timeWith the acquisition of a Leap Pad for Christmas and a family iPad, things have gotten a little hairy around here. A situation we're not unfamiliar with, my 3-year-old has been a steadfast, walking iPhone endorsement since he first learned how to swipe the little arrow bar over to get to his beloved baby apps at age 1.Read More »from (Remote) Control Freak: 5 Ways to Reign in Your Toddler's Screen Time
The lost art of spring cleaningIt's finally spring. The birds are chirping, and the sun is shining light on all the dust and grime from the winter. Author Jan Dougherty joins Easy Does Host Ereka Vetrini to school us on the lost art of housecleaning.Read More »from The Lost Art of Spring Cleaning
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According to Dougherty, we don't all just dread spring cleaning, we dread cleaning in general. She adds that she believes it's because "most people have never really been taught how to clean."
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Dougherty suggests using a caddy that contains critical tools that you need to do your job. "This way you can take them with you through the house as you clean." She says that the most important item is the detail brush, which is great for getting into all the nooks and crannies.
"The next most important thing is if you have kind of any hard water stains, you can use the pumice stone," she adds. She says that this is great to use in the toilet. And she also suggests keeping a scrubbie in
- This Old House Magazine | Team Mom – Fri, Mar 22, 2013 6:47 PM EDT
How do you make room for growing beautiful climbers and ramblers with limited space? Grow up! These easy-to-build trellis projects take vertical gardening to new heights and are sure to get your small-space garden "off the ground." -Tabitha Sukhai, thisoldhouse.comRead More »from Build a Trellis: No Space to Grow a Garden? Think Again!
Build a pyramid trellisWhether you call it a pyramid, an obelisk, or a tuteur trellis, this distinctive garden structure is a hallmark of cottage style. Trellises have a long history of supporting climbing and vining plants, and the tapered, freestanding version shown here remains a fixture of many an English garden, where it gives clematis and other flowering climbers a sturdy platform and a chance at sun. But we wouldn't fault you for using a trellis in a purely decorative way, either. For full step-by-step instructions to build this in just a couple of hours, see How to Build a Pyramid Trellis.
TrellisA wall covered with climbing vines may benefit the fairy-tale suitor who scales it to reach his true love, but in the real world the twisting tendrils
By Alonna Friedman for TheNest.comRead More »from How to Fake a Clean Home in 30 Minutes!
Shutterstock/ The NestDo you have company coming over? No time to whip your house into tip top shape? No problem! Check out these quick and simple tips to get a clean home in 30 minutes.
Declutter (4 minutes)
Pass through key rooms, picking up the following:
Catalogs, bills, and newspapers
Handbags and shoes
Wipe Down (10 minutes)
Spray an all-purpose cleaner on your kitchen countertop and wipe away grime.
Remove fingerprints from stainless steel surfaces using a glass cleaner.
Wipe down the dining table (if you have hardwood, just remove dust with a damp rag or microfiber cloth).
Spray the bathroom sink, vanity, and counters with an all-purpose disinfectant.
Wipe down the outer edge of the tub (it's something all guests will see) and pull the curtain or shower door closed.
Clean the mirror with vinegar and wipe with newsprint (it works).
Spritz all outside surfaces of the toilet with disinfectant before moving inside.
- Yahoo! Contributor Network | Team Mom – Wed, Mar 27, 2013 12:35 PM EDT
Green foods contain chlorophyll. Who's up for a botany lesson?
Colorful plates are healthy plates! Celebrating "green" is easy in the kitchen and gives us an opportunity to excite our kids about eating healthier. Celebrate Earth Day or Arbor Day this April with these fun and healthy recipes that you can make together. You might even learn something new along the way.
All kids love macaroni and cheese, and this version adds a healthy bit of baby spinach for a green version just right for Earth Day. Here is some fun spinach trivia you can share with your kids while cooking:
* Medieval artists used spinach to make green paint.
* Crystal City, Texas, which grows a lot of spinach, put up a statue of Popeye.
* Spinach is a member of the goose-foot family. The leaves look kind of like the foot of a goose.
Popsicles are a no-fail way to get your kids' attention. This version uses kale, pineapple, bananas and coconut for a healthier green version that is just as fun to make as it is to eat.Read More »from April is Earth Month! Go Green with These Fun Recipes
Laura St. JohnFor the first time in eight years, I can sit back, take a deep breath, and gladly say that all three of my kids are in school. Don't get me wrong -- I love spending time with them -- but I am just not one of those moms who's sobbing in the car after dropping off my preschooler. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) I am walking out that door, with my hand motion of "Yessss!" (...is that terrible?)Read More »from Is Preschool Worth the Investment?
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Any parent knows, or quickly realizes, that kids cost a lot. My husband and I tossed the idea around whether to invest now into monthly tuition for my youngest, or wait until he is older. Since I often work from my home office, he has gotten in the groove of playing and hanging out while I try to conquer the to-do lists sticky-taped all over my desk. But after much discussion, we agreed it would be good for him, and we considered what we would all get in return.
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