The joy of toothbrushing….

The joy of toothbrushing… Brushing the little duck’s teeth is a nightmare in our house. First, I always forget. If I do manage to remember, it is usually late at night when he is in no mood to let me anywhere near his mouth. To combat this trouble, I keep toothbrushes everywhere. Yes, I hear you laughing at me. He is always running off with them, so I find them in the oddest places, but I always return them to the sinks, preferably by my…

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More keyboard decor….

Let me preface this more keyboard decor post by noting, as I have noted before, that he does not sleep. He does not nap. He does not go to bed at a normal time, he does not sleep in. He never needs to sleep, even when I need to sleep. It’s 11pm and he’s still awake, chattering happily on the cell phone to his daddy. He has been into everything today – he brought me the Tron DVD that we rented from Blockbuster that was…

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Go spice up your life??!!

My little man apparently decided that things were just too boring around here last night, so he decided to spice things up a little. There is a large container of seasoned salt in my pantry that must have also been bored, as it allowed the little one to take it, unscrew the top, and empty its contents all over my bed. Not just on the comforter, as I was too lazy to make the bed that morning (that ought to teach me). All over the…

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Coffee table: a new art form??

My coffee table is a work of art. Because of its design? No, it is just a plain wooden top and metal legs. Because of what lies upon its surface?? No, usually it is cleared of any odd items as soon as Lil’ Duck Duck enters the room. The art is in the things that have happened to it, making it uniquely our own. It occupies a place of honor in the middle of our great room – not because of any lofty ideal, just…

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Our mutual love for Starbucks

Our mutual love for Starbucks He trots eagerly thru the parking lot and into the store, commenting on what he is going to eat along the way.  As we enter, he runs up to pick out his prime slice of pumpkin loaf thru the glass, then scores his own straw cup full of soy milk (and perhaps even whipped cream). Then he perches happily on a big chair, flirting with all who pass by as we both enjoy our drinks. I can almost forget that…

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Easy Toddler Meal Ideas

Easy Toddler Meal Ideas – A list of items that real toddlers actually do eat (from moms on my message board): Breakfast: – Aunt Jemima pancakes & eggs – Frozen waffles/french toast sticks – Gogurt yogurt tubes – Sweet potatoes Lunch/Dinner: – Sloppy joes – Cut up bananas – Rice made with low-sodium chicken broth (try mixing meat/tofu/veggies into the rice, sometimes they will eat things that way that they wouldn’t otherwise). – Sandwiches (tuna, egg salad, peanut butter for older toddlers, turkey, hummus, etc)…

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How to give the illusion of a clean house in 20 minutes

Since the little duck came along, my house has never again been clean. I have to strike a balance between pure chaos and just a general baby house, however, and since I hate cleaning, 20 minutes is all I will devote at one time to basic chores. Vacuum (It’s really about the prep work). By the time you pick everything up off the floor to start vacuuming, things look better already. Getting all the stuff up off the floor is just a perk. Flip the…

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5 ways to develop your toddler’s musical abilities

Music education begins at birth. If children are immersed in quality music, they will develop a musical ear that will allow them to learn to read & appreciate music as they grow! Here are 5 ways to develop your toddler’s musical abilities: Listen to high quality music every day, from various genres (variety is excellent for training the ear). Develop rhythm with various activities. Using body parts (feet, hands, arms, etc), encourage tapping, clapping, flapping, etc – along with music and alone. Using various tools…

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