Just Improvise. A few fresh ideas when stuck in a creative rut. | Parenting Tips

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If you are like us, finding fun entertaining yet educational content for a toddler can be challenging but I think sometimes if you can’t find what you are looking for then that means you have to create it!

Yes if you are looking for innovative new fun activities to do with your children, sometimes the best thing you can do is wing it. Start the conversation with your child (This works well for kids 9 and under) about a fun game or story then just  go with the flow. You never know what activity can be created with just one line of a story like “It began long ago on a cold winter’s night…or The Pirate Ship had a long plank ahead staring out at a crystal blue ocean…Go ahead, I dare you to tap into your inner child and wing it.

The story could lead you to coming up with makeshift pirate costumes. Or maybe even having an astronaut puppet show with aluminum foil and Popsicle sticks. Who knows? Just put on your silly hat and let your imagination be your guide!

Happy Playing



Amy’s Piano Studio Grand Opening! | Music Education

Amy’s Piano Studio Grand Opening!

In keeping with the thought of the day on the importance of Music Education, I am so proud to announce the Grand Opening of Amy’s Piano Studio in Tinley Park, IL!!! Amy is not only an amazing teacher and music instructor but also a member of my personal village as she is my sis in law and friend. She truly understands the importance of music and other extra curricular activities when it comes to early child development. It is evident in the way she and her Husband Sean are raising two of the smartest and adorable boys Jack and Dylan.

I encourage all of you to make music apart of your lives and if you are in the Chicago area make sure to add Amy’s Piano Studio into your family routine. http://amyspiano.weebly.com/

Kudos Amy!



A Must Have for Infants and Toddlers! | Books

“first 100 words” big book by bright baby is A must have for young minds.

First 100 words for babies

“first 100 words” big book by bright baby is a must have for helping your tiny tot associate words with pictures. I remember reading this book with Ace and after 5 years it is still proving valuable for Kingston. It’s so precious watching Ace help his little brother learn new things!

The Pictures are so large and colorful, it helps to keep baby’s attention for long periods of time. Repeating the words written out in large print helps Kingston learn how to read in the process.

National Geographic Kids Magazine | Make Learning Fun

Great magazine subscription for Kids of All Ages!

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National Geographic Kids offers a wonderful magazine for curious little minds.

It offers exciting and interesting articles for kids and parents alike.

Your child will also get a kick out of getting their own personal mag in the mail!

I encourage you to also sign up for their  free website for Kids.




How to Create a Savvy Little Shopper! | Parenting Tips

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Teach your kids to be savvy and responsible shoppers with a grocery-shopping challenge. In this grocery-store challenge, kids will shop for and purchase 3 items for under $10.
The great part about this game is that they get to keep the change! So the more they save the more they keep for themselves.

You might be surprised that they even decide to not purchase more than one item if nothing at all in order to save. This fun game will teach kids how to comparison-shop and spend wisely so they save more. It also forces them to determine if they truly want the item at all!

Our 5-year-old Ace truly is one of those kids that can be in a store and not ask for everything on the shelf. This activity will do wonders for your young one and your pocketbook)

3 Tips on how to get your picky eater to enjoy mealtime! | Parenting Tips

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  1. Fix finger friendly items as often as you can (especially for toddlers). My tried and true go to is using won-ton wrappers. You can usually find them in the Asian food isle at most stores. These work wonders because you can literally stuff what ever you want in them (meat, veggies, fruit, cheese) and then bake at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes and then you have instant happiness at the table.
  2. Let your children become involved in the food preparation. Most times they will be more excited and interested in giving their creation a try.
  3. Lastly if your picky eater has siblings don’t be afraid or guilty by using the ole’  “I see you’re not eating your meat. Mind if I give it to your brother Ace?” trick. I don’t know why but this instantly provides motivation for  my toddler Kingston to immediately shove everything on his plate into his mouth. (Bwaaa Haaaaa) There’s that devious mom laugh again…

I hope this helps, Happy Mealtime.





Halloween Safety Tips | Safety Tips

Tips for a Fun and Safe Trick or Treat

1. Never Trick or Treat Alone.

2. Make sure to eat a healthy and warm meal before heading out.

3. Bundle Up. Sometimes we forget how chilly it can be.
It’s no fun to be uncomfortable while getting your trick or treat on!

4. Always inspect your candy before eating.

5. Never go to an unlit home and knock on the door for candy

6. Always be respectful and remember your manners.

7. Be silly, Have fun and Get into character

8. Don’t eat too much candy at once

9. Share your candy with your Parents

10. Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes before going to bed.

Happy Halloween!

What’s good for the goose may not be good for the gander! | Loft & Learn

What’s good for the goose may not be good for the gander!

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Go Ace Go!

That is definitely the case when wanting your child to share your interest in hobbies, clothes and taste buds. Let me tell you I learned that lesson quickly the hard way. I had a preconceived notion in my head that of course my child would enjoy the same things I did and cringe at the same things that made my skin crawl. But I realized pretty early with my son Ace that I could not have been more wrong. Yes even in the womb he exerted his independence. Let me tell you, from the beginning I should have known that I was in for it when after I had been on a vegetable, fruit and occasional chicken and fish diet for the better part of 10 years, along comes Ace and from my very first trimester on I could not satiate my craving for anything that did not say oink or moo. Folks I’m talking full on meat mania. The Idea of my perfect meal for the better part of 5 years (breast-fed both boys until at least 18 months) became a grand double burger smothered in bacon. How did this happen?

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