Tuesday, October 28, 2014

~Bedroom Updo~

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Baby Bear is growing so fast and is so tall that her little toddler bed is getting too small for her.  We looked and looked for a solution for her new bed.  I thought about a bunk bed since she shares a room with Mini but I couldn't find anything that I loved enough to make a decision.  We got a metal bed frame and a board for the memory foam mattress.  We decided that the memory foam mattress was worth it for us over the $99 basic box spring for a few bucks more. I am so glad that we did because I have been cuddling in Baby Bears bed and so has Mini. 

Her great aunt got her this cool tent and Sofia the First sheets, so we went with the theme!  Then her Great Grandma got her the comforter to complete the look. 

The Reveal 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Apple Quick Bread Recipe {whole grain + sugar free}

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My girls love to help me cook.  Baby Bear wanted to make apple muffins, so I whipped this up with their help!

2 cups Trader Joe's Multigrain Baking & Pancake mix
2/3 cup yogurt, milk, or sour cream
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 egg
1Tbl vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup grated apple {I used more} you could substitute anything here like pumpkin, zucchini, carrot

optional: nuts and coconut sugar to sprinkle on the top

Heat oven to 400ºF. Put muffin liners in the tin. 

Grate your apples in your food processor or by hand.  

Mix all of the dry ingredients. Next add all of your ingredients together except the apples.   Once everything is mixed, stir in the apples.  Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown.  

Tip: Use a 1/4 cup scoop to get even amounts in all of the muffin cups. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fire Safety for Preschoolers

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This week was Fire Prevention Week.  I took Baby Bear to our local fire station open house.

They had lots of different fun things for kids to do, but I think that the most important thing that they teach kids is fire safety.  Baby Bear and Mini have lit candles for religious reasons and are not afraid of fire and can both do it safely.  It is important that they also know the dangers of what can happen if not used properly.  

The most important thing is to start the discussion. Here are ways to start:

Kids need to know how to call 911 in an emergency.  Show them on a land line and a cell phone. Kids know how to use cell phones from a really early age.  Make sure that they know how to use your cell phone to call for help in case of medical and fire emergency.  This means to have an entry that they know how to use to call and also how to use a home phone to physically dial 9-1-1 for help. 

How kids how to
in a case that their clothes light on fire.

Test your fire detectors monthly and have your kids help with a fun chart from NPW Kids here.  They have more learning activities and videos for kids on their site sparky.org

Lead by example and have them help you check your home for fire hazards or show them how to exit your home in case of fire and crawl under the smoke to safety.

If you don't know what to do~ call or visit your local fire department and ask them to help! 

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