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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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May 19th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Top 10 Daily Accomplishments When You are a New Mom


Hi all. This is still Amy, you have me a little while longer while Christine adjusts to the new addition to her family. The fun part for me is getting a chance to reminisce about those early days of motherhood.

I remember when I had my first child and I was so surprised at how much time that little person could take up. A few years later when her brother came around she made sure to remind me how much time she could still take up. There was no way she was going to be upstaged by an infant. I can only imagine Christine’s juggle with #3.

Here is my list, in no particular order, of things I think should be considered huge accomplishments during the first few weeks of your baby’s life. Please feel free to rate them or add any of your own in the comments.

1. Taking a shower before 11:00 AM. (I thought this was huge).

2. Dressed in something other than sweats (mom and/or kids).

3. Making a home-cooked meal (this one can be flexible, anything that involves a heating element will qualify).

4. Walking the dog (the poor family pet is always the one whose needs are the most compromised in transition).

5. Remembering anyone’s birthday (even your own).

6. Keeping up with the mail (this includes remembering to pay bills on time… ‘Hello phone company? Why is my bill late? Um, I just had a baby!)

7. Blowing out your hair (this one is sort of ridiculous and goes along with putting on make up… this one rarely happens in the first few weeks).

8. Laundry. (enough said)

9. Food shopping (with infant and toddler in tow – this is somewhat like a game show task).

10. Sleep more than 3 consecutive hours! (they tell you to sleep when the baby sleeps… anyone ever do this? Silly, that is when we do numbers 1-9, if we are lucky)

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