Archive for April, 2014

Raising Confident Children

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 by by

I want to raise strong confident girls. I take the simple things that Baby Bear does and make them meaningful and special. The is a prolific artist. That does not mean that I take everything that she makes and plaster the house with it. I do put up some of the artwork on her magnet board in the kitchen. She gets to help choose what to put on it. Since there is only a finite amount of space, she gets to choose what goes and what stays. Giving her choices is a helpful skill and also allows her to edit her own work in a simple way.




Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 by by

“Dad, don’t rub Mom’s shoulders. You’re not a butler.”

“I ‘m a husband. How do you know what a butler is?”

“I know it’s like a servant.”

“I think you just like saying butler because it has “but” in it.”

“No I don’t… BUTT-ler. BUTT-ler. BUTT-ler… It is pretty good.

Activities with Toddlers~Smelling Spices

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by by

skill building activities with toddlers-sense of smell

Baby Bear and I taught Mini how to smell spices.

different spices for baby bear hugs blog

Things you will need:

Spices of all different types for your child to smell

young girl smelling cinnamon spice

Be sure to demonstrate what you want your toddler to do. Be very obvious that you are smelling and coach them to use their nose and sniff.

baby eating spices

Mini didn’t understand what we wanted her to do at first, and kept trying to put it in her mouth. {but that is OK, let them safely explore}

By the end she was using her nose to sniff.

We could even hear her sniff. Now that she understands the concept, I asked her to smell other things like flowers and fruit. She knows what it means and how to do the action.

Check Up

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by by

“Mom? What did the nurse call the pee again?”


“And that’s the same word as all pee?”


“And I go in the cup?”


“Because they just want to see if I can do it?”


No Language Barrier

Monday, April 28th, 2014 by by

The language that Andrew is so easily able to pick up and master no less than amazes me. I totally have to watch what I say, because he WILL pick it up. Like today.


“No, Danny! Stop it stop it! No push! 3, 2, 1, outside!”

Think I count down a little when someone isn’t listening? Yeah, just maybe.

Excited and Scared! #ClothDiaper Potty Training Series #1

Monday, April 28th, 2014 by by

Yup we are ready and have been offering for the past month or so! Eeek! About three weeks ago we bought Annaleah a potty and she already knew what to do with it. She had been interested in the big toilet a few months ago, wanting to flush it and put paper in it. Three times I tried getting to sit on it, but she was still unsure as to why she would be sitting and quickly jumped up out of the seat.

So, one day at a time. She’s 20 months and we are both not in a rush to get her out of diapers. They (her and her potty) are just acquaintances! Summer time will probably be the best time for us to potty train her and she’ll probably be ready at that time. (more…)

Avocado Salsa Salad- Fresh AND Refreshing

Monday, April 28th, 2014 by by

I love avocado season, when the prices drop from 1.09 and up to…. 3 or 4 for 1.00! I always buy a dozen or so and go on kind of an avocado binge- I make guacamole, put it in my DIY Sushi- and, perhaps most frequently, this avocado salsa salad. I call it a salsa salad, because I eat it as both. It is mild enough that it can be eaten by the bowlful as a mid-day snack but is also great with tortilla chips or on a grilled tortilla. Bonus? Perfectly vegan.

*4 cups tomatoes, diced
*2 cups onions, diced (Walla Walla or Vidaila are best because they are sweet and mild)
*1/2 bunch cilantro, diced
*7 medium avocados
*juice of 3 limes
*1 Tb garlic salt
*1/2 Tb pepper
*1/2 Tb onion salt

All but the avocado…

Step 1
Mix together everything EXCEPT the avocados into a large bowl.

Step 2
Half the avocados, remove the pit (of course) and cut it horizontally and vertically (see the pic). Run your finger between the flesh of the avocado and the skin in order to remove it directly into the bowl. Once all of the avocados have been added, mix them in very gently, in a folding motion, with a wooden spoon.

Step 3
Enjoy! It’s just a perfect balance of mixed veggies and seasoning.


Here We Go Dodgers, Here We Go

Monday, April 28th, 2014 by by

“Mom, I saw a guy do a bunt at the game.”

“Is that right?’

“Yeah. I did a bunt this one time. It worked out pretty well.”

When in Doubt, Bake it Out

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 by by

I’ve had a lot on my mind lately: personal stuff, household stuff, kid stuff.  It’s a heavy burden to feel responsible for the well beings of so many people and things.  The way my head works, it’s far too easy for me to get caught up in the moments and feel immediately overwhelmed.  I have a tendency to feel like I have to solve the problems of the world in one fell swoop, but as we know, pulling the tablecloth out from underneath a fully set table is far harder than it looks.  Most of the time you end up with a lot of broken glass.

Being in the kitchen has always been therapeutic for me, but lately I haven’t spent much time there  The last several days have been especially draining, so this morning I decided that after I dropped Larissa off at school I wouldn’t race off to work out or run errands, I would come home and do whatever I felt like doing, as long as it wasn’t cleaning or laundry or worrying.  I decided that I would try a recipe that I printed out weeks ago.  It’s been sitting on my desk for ages – every time I would see it I would pick it up and scan the steps and then put it down deciding that it just seemed like too much work.  Sounds kind of like what I’ve been doing with my thoughts.

This morning I picked up the page, turned Spotify on my phone and got to work.

Turns out, I need to bake more often.  I have forgotten how relaxing it is when I take the time to do it right.

Today I took time pulling out everything I needed.  Typically I run around my kitchen (more…)

Man in the Moon

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by by

“Hey, Bob there’s a lunar eclipse tonight.”

“What’s that?”

“It’s when the earth is directly between the sun and the moon, aligned exactly.”


“Yeah, it’s happening around 2:30 in the morning. Should we all get up to see it?”

“Well Mom, you can set an alarm for yourself but I need my sleep. I’m a growing boy.”