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March 28th, 2014 at 8:23 am

Multi-Use Foam Bath Letters


When they were younger, my boys loved playing with foam bath letters during bath time. They helped them learn to spell and read simple words, as well as recognize letters. Now that they take showers, we don’t play in the bath tub much, but we still love to play with the letters. I want to share with you some ideas for using this great learning aid outside of the bath!

  • A great way to repurpose foam letters is to glue magnets on the back. Use them with a magnet board to make word play fun!


  • You can also use them to practice words on the kitchen table, floor, or other flat surfaces.
  • Sensory bins are a great way for children to explore shapes and other items. Ever think of using the letters inside of a sensory bin?
  • Make baby photos cuter by using the foam letters to spell out their name or current age in months.
  • Decorate your child’s room by mounting words like FUN, PLAY, or even SLEEP in shadow boxes to make word art.
  • Let your kids use them in art projects by gluing them to their pictures.
  • Make letter flash cards by gluing the letters to one side, along with a picture of a recognizable item that starts with that letter.

Our foam letters are well used and loved at our house…how do you use yours?

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March 13th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

St. Patrick’s Day Fun



You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s an excuse to have some fun with the kids…make some treats, do some crafts, maybe watch a parade. Dress up in your best green gear and check out this list of St. Patrick’s Day fun!




Leprechaun Cupcakes

Lucky Charms Cookies

Leprechaun Hat S’mores

Mint Chocolate Pretzels

Green Ombre Rice Krispy Treats 

Pot ‘O Gold Rainbow Fruit Platter 



St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt

Leprechaun Visit – Footprints

Hanging Rainbow Pot ‘O Gold Craft

Fingerprint Rainbow Pot ‘O Gold Craft

Paper Plate Leprechaun Craft 

Handprint 4-Leaf Clover Craft



Coloring Sheets

Gift Tags


Quote Printables


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February 19th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Outfit of the Week


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Today’s outfit of the week comes from our boys infant/toddler collection, and has a cool new feature we’ve never had in our line before! Check out the photorealistic golden retriever graphic in pop-art style…each square has the dog in cool gear: sunglasses, bandanna, hat and headphones. The cargo shorts feature a simple skull print and pockets for carrying all sorts of things. Your  little one will be the coolest kid on the playground!

You can find this outfit in Walmart stores and on now!

Garanimals Infant/Toddler Boys Graphic Tee and Short Set

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February 11th, 2014 at 10:37 am

5 Fun and Free Apps for Your Toddler

Animal-Touch-Worlds-for-ipadNeed a little electronic diversion for your toddler once in a while? Something to keep them occupied while you take care of other business? Of course you do. Here’s a few apps that should help keep the little one happy and engaged, while learning important skills.

Puzzingo is a great app for your toddler to begin learning about vocabulary and memory in a really fun way. Games and puzzles that they can play alone or with you help build and develop important cognitive skills. Android and iPhone.

Toddler Counting 123 is a charming counting app with fun bright graphics, combining both photos and illustrations. You might even find yourself playing with this one. Android and iPhone.

Animal Touch Worlds is a very basic app that makes it usable for toddlers as young as 18 months. Tap on a scene and an element or experience is activated with a delightful short animation and sound. iPhone and iPad only.

With all the hype surrounding the new Lego movie, Lego® Duplo® Zoo will be a big hit with your little ones. Blending Legos and animals, this little adventure should keep them engaged. Android and iPhone

Oh and just for fun, and maybe for mom’s mindless entertainment too, there’s always Bubble Snap (iPhone) or the Bubble Wrap (Android). Because after all, who doesn’t like popping bubble wrap?

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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September 20th, 2013 at 9:59 am

Child-proofing your Home

At every doctor’s appointment my pediatrician reminds me that my child’s biggest hazard is himself. This means safety – fire, drowning, choking, poisoning and falls are some of the biggest dangers that children face. A few child-proofing steps can keep your family safe at home.

The Kitchen

  • Install safety latches on all cabinets and drawers to keep children from potentially poisonous household products.
  • Use the stove’s back burners and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove to keep hot pots and pans out of the reach of children.
  • Keep kitchenware and appliances out of reach and away from the edge of counters and tables.
  • Put visual reminders like the Mr. Yuk stickers from poison prevention centers on hazardous items.

The Bathroom

  • Install safety latches on cabinets and drawers to keep children from potentially poisonous household products.
  • Keep the water heater thermostat set to 120 degrees.
  • Unplug hair dryers, flat irons and electric rollers after use. Keep them away from curious children to prevent burns and electrocution dangers with water.
  • Use outlet covers in unused outlets.
 Around the House
  • Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs and in the doorways of rooms that you don’t want children in.
  • Put corner and edge bumpers on furniture and other items like a fireplace hearth to protect against injury.
  • Place furniture away from high windows so children won’t climb onto windowsills. Screens aren’t strong enough to keep children from falling through windows.
  • Watch for hanging cords on blinds and window shades.
  • Remove free-falling lids from toy chests.
  • Secure bookcases, shelving, and heavy furniture to walls with brackets and anchors. Put heavier items on bottom shelves and in bottom drawers.

Remember that child-proofing doesn’t make your home 100% safe. It is still important to watch your child at all times.

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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October 18th, 2012 at 5:00 am

A Halloween Costume Your Little Boy can Wear All Season


Halloween surely tests the limits of the monthly budget. We have been wracking our brains trying to think of ways to save money and still have a great halloween costume. Kim wrote about how her mom used to make her costumes, and that is one way. But sometimes the cost of crafting supplies is more than the cost of a store bought costume.

Last week we wrote about girl’s costumes you can make from Garanimals outfits and then wear all season. This week we are featuring an option for your little guys.

The football player is a classic costume. How many little quarterbacks do you see wandering around on the Halloween? It is an easy costume for moms and the boys love it. There is something about a little guy putting on a helmet that makes him so happy. Garanimals shirts can be paired with any of the athletic pants to make a multitude of sports uniforms. Add in a little face paint and a helmet that you have from a sibling or you can pick one up that you can reuse when your son is ready to play.

And the best part? You have a great outfit for the rest of the season. 

Any other outfits that you can see as costumes?

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October 19th, 2011 at 12:37 am

Visting the Zoo with Young Children

The zoo is often a young family’s first “field trip.” I know it’s fall, but many zoos are open year around. Buying a year-long pass is often a great investment for families with young children, since attention spans can be short at this age and repetition is a good learning tool.

I interviewed Rebecca Bearman, Lead Keeper of Program Animals at Zoo Atlanta (and our older girl) to see if she had any good tips about visiting the zoo with young kids.

“My best advice is to start with your local zoo’s education department,” said Becky. “Most zoos have one and they often have programs specially designed for young visitors. For example, here at Zoo Atlanta, we have a program called “Mommy & Me” for children ages 2-3. This gives you and your children a chance to learn from an educator who knows how to teach to that age group.”

Typically, participants in the Zoo Atlanta Mommy & Me Program sign up for a three-week session, one hour each week (although single-week options are available). The program includes:

  • a guided walk through part of the zoo to see animals.
  • an up-close encounter with an education animal.
  • discovery stations featuring crafts, play time, and other great activities.

“We also offer a program for even younger children called ‘Stroller Cubs‘ for ages 0-2,” said Becky. “This is designed as learning experience for our youngest visitors to the zoo. Each zoo is different, but most special zoo programs require reservations and additional fees, so be sure to call the education department or check the zoo’s website for more detailed information.”

Make plans to visit a zoo near you soon with your little ones. If you do have a season pass, you may be able to use it at other zoos when you travel, since many offer free admission and/or discounts to other zoo members. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums keeps a list of participating zoos.

Next week, will see look at some Halloween animals. Then, on November 2, we’ll get some more great tips from our favorite zoo keeper about what to see and do with your young family at the zoo.

Susan Bearman also writes at Two Kinds of PeopleMike&Ollie: 24-weekers Who Beat the Odds and The Animal Store Blogas well as being a regular contributor to The Chicago Moms and Technorati.


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