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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What to feed a toddler….

If you give him eggs and grits, he will smear them all over the house, then eat dried pasta and lint. If you give him pasta with veggies and chicken, he will use them to decorate the kitchen cabinets, then eat several sticks of sidewalk chalk. If you give him veggie crackers and cheese, he will leave them all over the living room carpet, coffee table, and couch, while he proceeds to find anything chocolate-based and eat it, then drool it out of his mouth…

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Balloons and bananas!

Balloons and bananas! What would normally be just another trip to the grocery store is now a great adventure! You see, there are big cars with letters on them as you walk into the store, all of which need to be inspected closely. Then there are carts to be felt, a cover to put on the cart, and then a high perch in the cart allows you to see everything. Not to mention that there are balloons everywhere – all colors and sizes, even one…

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The drama of the nap…

The drama of the nap… (and other ways to constantly question your success as a mommy) It is always something. It starts before they are born, with people asking you, “Should you be drinking that coffee?? The baby will never sleep!”. Once they are born, it only gets worse…. “You are going to give him some formula, right? He needs to eat!”….. “You gave him formula?? Do you know how awful that is??”… endless hours of dizzy lack of sleep, vague thoughts of scheduling, hopeless…

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