Archive for May, 2012

Reusing Dish Soap Bottles to Make Water Toys

Thursday, May 31st, 2012 by by

I’ve been doing this for a few years, but this is the first time I’ve done it in the pool, simply because this is the first season we’ve had a pool! It worked well, and the kids were entertained for a l-o-n-g time. All it took was an empty and rinsed out dish soap bottle and some water… Viola! Their very own water shooters!

Easiest handmade water toy ever :-)


How to Teach Your Little Ones Sign Language

Thursday, May 31st, 2012 by by

If you are a parent of a baby or toddler (or currently pregnant), you probably have heard of “baby sign.” But what exactly is it, and why would you want to use sign language with your child? How? Where and when should you start? This is one of many posts I am writing this month on the topic of sign language and why I think it’s awesome for babies and children of all ages to learn it!

E signing “banana”

The last couple weeks, I shared the definition of sign language and why I am thankful I am using it with with my 16 month old son Ev. I also shared the many benefits of teaching sign to your little ones, when to start and what signs to start with. In addition, I explained why I recommend using ASL and provided ways on how YOU can learn ASL. With all this information in mind…how exactly do you teach your little ones sign language?

First…The Who, What, Where and When of Teaching Sign Language

  • Who: You can sign to your infant, toddler, preschooler, or ANY aged child! However, I am going to cater this post to signing with infants and toddlers, so preverbal to limited verbal little ones. (more…)

Cup o’ Pee

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 by by
This kid is crazy town.
So, last night I’m sitting on the bathroom floor playing with my phone. I’ve already bathed Haeden, but I’m entertaining myself while he plays with his toys in the tub. Out of the corner of my eye, I can see that he is standing up over in the corner. And he’s quiet. This obviously means he is up to no good. When I look up, I realize that he is peeing in his cup. You know, the one I use to rinse his hair with. Before I can even react (or take a picture), he turns around giggling and pours it out into the tub.

There Are Just Some Things I Don’t Want to Know

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 by by

And some things I do. At the top of that list is who killed JFK – near the bottom, what the sex of my baby is. We have the BIG ultrasound coming up in about a week. It’s the one where we can, if we choose to, find out the sex. I am still pretty adamant that I don’t want to know. (See To Find out Or Not to Find Out) I’m sticking with the same argument which is: how many real true GOOD surprises do we get in life? My friends who have found out the sex of their babies praise me for my patience. Nothing could be further from the truth, y’all. I normally want everything and I want it right now- just like the song. But this is different. (more…)


Wednesday: 9 Healthy AND Filling DELICIOUS Snacks for 150 Calories or Less – and ALL Under 10 Minutes for Prep

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 by by

Today’s Wellness Wednesdays article is, well, a mouthful. Let’s just say it is everything women want from their food. All of the following foods are:

-Under 150 calories

-Take 10 minutes or less to prep

-Healthful (nutrient rich)



This is really how to get those 150 calories to stretch to something that will actually carry you. (A lot more than a stupid ’100 calories cookie pack’ or half a candy bar…) Hope you enjoy these and that they help you when the snackies hit.

Guac Tac Roll (more…)

We can silence the sounds of Pertussis

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 by by
This post in in honor of my close friend’s cousin Francesca Marie McNally, who died from Pertussis, a preventable illness, at 2 months old and was buried this week .
Fanny McNally February 24, 2012- May 17, 2012

Francesca died of Whooping Cough or Pertussis, an illness that is preventable though a vaccine.  Pertussis is a contagious respiratory infection caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.


Fingerprint Flower Counting

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 by by

The other day my daughter brought home a cute project that she made at school. I was impressed with the way her teachers managed to incorporate art and math, and I decided to try the project at home with my other kids.
Supplies you will need:

  • White paper
  • Yellow and green markers
  • Ink pad



Memorial Day

Monday, May 28th, 2012 by by

My Grandfather, Robert Lee Zimmerman, Germany 1944

Today, I hope we’ll all pause what we’re doing and join together in the National Moment of Remembrance (3:00pm local time) to honor those who died in service to our country.

Have a wonderful Monday.

Wasted Thoughts On Dissatisfaction With My Body

Monday, May 28th, 2012 by by

Welcome to the 4th story in our series, beYOUtiful Mom!

Featured Writer: Beth Saavedra

I want to

Since my wedding day (that oft cited standard of ideal female weight), I’ve gained over thirty pounds. I’ve also launched a professional career, borne four children, made an international move, gained reasonable fluency in a second language, and read enough books to fill a truck bed.

So why is it that I often feel defined by my weight gain and not those other milestones?

Why does concern/worry/despair about my body take up so much of my thought life?

That’s valuable brain real estate I could really be using for other purposes!

If I could pick up all the thoughts I’ve wasted on dissatisfaction with my body, pack those thoughts into a ball, and weigh it on a scale, there would be a lot of energy represented in that sphere. (more…)

Long Weekend Fun

Monday, May 28th, 2012 by by

This holiday weekend is hot, hot, hot! And for the first time in my life, I am living with no AC of any kind. I have lived with central air, I have lived with window units in just a couple of rooms, and I have lived with a unit in just one room, but I have never lived without having the reassurance that there is somewhere to go to escape the heat.

To cool off in our yard, we decided to break out the very popular water table. I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to also try out sidewalk painting! It is very simple and took all of our minds off the beating heat.

What you need:
Food Coloring
Paint Cups or other containers (yogurt containers or old empty play dough containers would be great!)
Small bowl to mix the water with the color
Paint brushes
A good piece of sidewalk or driveway

In a small bowl, mix about 3-4 tablespoons of water with 6-10 drops of the desired color of food coloring. I like to mix the color into the water first, because that makes the color very even and easier to mix in. In the paint container, put about 2-3 tablespoons of cornstarch. You want there to be more water than cornstarch, however, the consistency is up to your preferences. If you don’t add enough water, the paint will be hard to spread on the sidewalk and will just kind of blob up. If you’ve ever made oobleck with your kids, then you are already familiar with the reasons why! But you also don’t want it to be too watery, because the paint will run all over and won’t be much fun. At any rate, place the cornstarch into the container. Slowly add the colored water until you get a consistency that you like, stirring as you add. Repeat with as many colors as you wish to have. The kids had a lot of fun helping to make it.

Take it outside, and find your inner Picasso! Or, in my kids’ case, Jackson Pollock!