3 Easy Desserts to Make With Fruit

Nothing beats nature’s candy when it comes to sweets and desserts. If you don’t want to be weighed down by heavy cakes, doughnuts and pies during the summer heat, fruity desserts are a great alternative. We’ve chosen 3 of our favorite recipes that are undeniably tasty and totally fruit inspired.

1. Fruity Nutella Toast

Fruity Nutella Toast

Photo Source: My Honey’s Place

The world is in love with Nutella for good reason. This hazlenutty, chocolate spread is hard to dislike. This recipe is one of our favorite because it’s simple enough for children to make and it only requires 3 ingredients max. All you’ll need is a few slices of bread, nutella and fruits of your choice. For this recipe we highly recommend strawberry and banana. This is the heaviest treat on on our list.

  1. Toast your bread
  2. Dice up some fruits
  3. Spread a thick layer of Nutella on your toast
  4. Top your choco-toast with your diced fruit
  5. Enjoy euphoria!

2. Grilled Peaches and Cream

Grilled Peaches and Cream

Photo and Recipe Source: All Recipes

This flavorful dessert is simplicity at its finest. It uses cream cheese spread or a honey nut flavored ice cream if you’re feeling naughty. It’s difficult to find people who don’t like the taste of  warm peaches so this quick dessert is a home run with most!

  1. Slice peaches in halves
  2. Set grill to medium-high heat
  3. Brush your peaches with a light coat of oil
  4. Set peaches pit side down onto your warm grill and grill for up to 5 minutes
  5. Turn the peaches over and glaze with honey
  6. Scoop a spoon-full of cream cheese where the pit was
  7. Grill up to 3 minutes until the filling is warm
  8. Serve it up!

3. Greek Yogurt Parfait Tart

Greek Yogurt Parfait Tart

Photo and Recipe Source: Sally’s Baking Addiction

This is one of the simplest dishes you can put together for a special occasion. What we love about this one is that there’s no baking involved and if you prepare your fruit and tart in advance this whole dish can be thrown together in less than 20 minutes. First follow the directions on Sally’s Baking Addiction to create your crust/tart. You can also purchase a tart of your choice in the supermarket.

  1. Coat a 9 inch cake pan with nonstick spray
  2. Soak your dates in warm water for 10 minutes
  3. Pulse the dates and nuts until they reach a thick dough-like consistency.
  4. Spread the yogurt onto your crust
  5. Decorate with your colorful fruits. We chose kiwi, strawberry, pineapples, blueberries and tangerines.
  6. Store in refrigerator and serve!

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baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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The 5 Common Mistakes You Make While Potty Training

common potty training mistakesPotty training is one of the hardest things you’ll face with your toddler. You’ll probably hear moms brag that their kids just seemed to potty train themselves, but that rarely happens.

There is a ton of potty training information (including some great potty training books) out there, yet parents are constantly making the same potty training mistakes. When it comes to potty training, there are actually a lot of things you can do wrong; things that would cause fears or making it harder to potty train in the future.

Here are the five most common potty training mistakes.

1. Allowing diapers to be worn occasionally

This is one of the biggest mistakes people make. Once potty training starts, the diapers need to come off for good. You need to send a message to your child that the time for diapers is over and the only way to go is to use the potty. Yes, this means you’ll be inconvenienced by a wet or dirty set of underpants from time to time. This is all part of the process.

2. Training before your child is ready

Like many life changes, potty training only works when your child is ready. All children are different. Some potty train very early, others aren’t comfortable until later. You’ll have to gauge if your child can handle it. 15 months old is considered too early. Most kids are ready to start by 22 months. You’ll find that a younger sibling is ready earlier than his older sibling because he watched big brother/sister go through the process.

3. Giving up too early

Potty training can be a frustrating process. After a couple of days of messy floors, accidents, and even constipation, you might want to give up. Some kids take a few days to even understand the idea. Even then, they won’t be perfect right away. Give it at least a week. If you haven’t seen any progress after seven days, consider that your child may not be ready yet.

4. Going out too often during the training period

You are going to have accidents in the beginning. There’s no way to avoid them. You’ll want to stay home during this period so you don’t have an embarrassing moments out of the house. Plus, your child will be more comfortable on their own potty. Try to start potty training over a long weekend or other time when you don’t have to leave the house. Avoid busy holidays or days where you have errands to run.

5. Not asking for help

If you find yourself frustrated by failure over and over, you might have to change your potty training method. Some kids are just defiant and don’t want to use the potty. Traditional potty training tips might not work, you may have to dig deeper and ask other parents what worked for them.

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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5 Amazing Ideas to Reduce Stress during Your First Pregnancy

Five Amazing Ideas to Reduce Stress During Your First Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a very stressful time. Not only is a woman busy preparing for her bundle of joy, but is also adjusting to the changes her body is going through. It is important to remember that stress is bad for both mother and baby if you can’t get a handle on things. Especially when you’ve never experienced pregnancy or birth before, the nerves and stress can be really hindering to your health. Here is a list of tips for lowering stress during your first pregnancy and how to make it through feeling your best.

1. Have A Good Laugh

Spending some time doing what you love and laughing can help you greatly reduce your stress. Studies have shown that laughing helps reduce boost beta-endorphins. Beta-endorphins help alleviate both depression and stress. Not only does laughing help alleviate your stress and help you relax, but it also helps boost the immune system. Make time for fun and remember to live in the moment.

2. Take A Dip

You probably have already heard that exercise has a number of benefits for an expecting mother and baby. Stress relief is one of those benefits. Swimming is one of the exercises doctors and midwives recommend because it is easier on the joints than many other types of exercise. It also allows you to get a full body workout. Swimming will make it easier for you to avoid excessive weight gain and keep your body in shape. Make sure you check with your obstetrics provider or fetal care specialist before you start exercising.

3. Sleep More

It can be hard to sleep during pregnancy because of the extra weight, baby kicks, discomfort, and frequent trips to the bathroom. However, it will be easier for you to cope with stress when you are well-rested. When you frequently fight the urge to sleep, you put a strain on the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps you cope with stress.

If you are finding it hard to sleep, then there are a couple of tips and tricks that you can use. For example, many women find that it is easier for them to sleep when they turn the temperature on the thermostat down. You may also want to avoid eating anything at least two hours before you go to bed. Additionally, you may want to sleep with a body pillow. This will make it easier for you to get comfortable with that extra weight.

4. K
eep a Pregnancy Journal

Even if you are not a writer, you may find that keeping a pregnancy journal is very relaxing. You can write about the way you are feeling physically and mentally and take time to assess. Many people find that writing is an effective outlet for releasing stress. Not only is writing in a pregnancy journal relaxing, but also something you can share with your child. Make it a project and decorate your pregnancy journal with photos, mementos and more.

5. Have A Foot Soak

Swollen feet are a common symptom during pregnancy. The extra weight you carry during pregnancy can also cause your feet to become sore. You can alleviate swollen and sore feet by soaking them in warm water. You will need a shallow bucket or large pan. Fill the bucket or pan up with warm water and soak your feet in scented water for 20 to 30 minutes.

Even though swollen feet are normal during pregnancy, Dr. Gilbert Webb says this could be a sign of high blood pressure. Many women who suffer from high blood pressure during pregnancy are referred to a high risk obstetrician for treatment.

Pregnancy can be a difficult time and an all-around life-changing experience. Fortunately, you can reduce some of the stress by having a good laugh, swimming, sleeping more, and keeping a pregnancy journal. Take time to think about yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for help. When you have a good support system, you can get help and advice whenever you need.

Guest Blog by Brooke Chaplan, Freelance Writer and Blogger

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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Pregnancy Proofed Beauty Regimen

Pregnancy is a sensitive time for your body. If you aren’t careful, the smallest exposure to the wrong chemical can have detrimental effects on your baby’s development.  Pregnancy is a good time to let loose and go the low maintenance route, but for some us, we’d like to be as far away from looking like a caveman as possible.

You are not alone if you feel overwhelmed by all the do’s and don’ts of pregnancy, so we’ve put together a list of beauty products that are perfect for just this joyous 9-month occasion. Here is our pregnancy proofed beauty regimen.

SOPHi non-toxic nail polish

SOPHi non-toxic nail polish

FINALLY a line of non-toxic nail polish. This collection by Piggy Paint is designed  to keep the eco-friendly momentum of Earth Month going all year long. If you were a nail salon regular prior to being pregnant, this safe alternative may be great for you. SOPHi’s non-toxic collection of nail polish is actually more durable and pigmented than you’d expect it be.

www.piggypaint.com

Nine Naturals Hair Care

Nine Naturals Hair Care

This formula for shampoo is completely free of paraben, triclosan, sulfate, BPA, phthalate petrochemical and DEA. With citrus and mint nourishing  ingredients, Nine Naturals shampoos is one of the few shampoos on the market that is deemed safe for pregnant women. It is also created with without artificial dyes. Many have said this formula leaves their mane silky smooth unlike many drying shampoos that parade drug stores.

www.ninenaturals.com 

Mambino Organics for Stretch Marks

Mambino Organics for Stretch Marks

When it comes to matters of vanity, stretch marks are among the worst of women’s post pregnancy fears. I’m sure you’ve tireless read through the laundry list of products on the market aimed to avoid and even cure stretch marks but this Mambino Organics Anti-Stretch & Rebound Skin Duo has some pretty groundbreaking reviews. This combination does not release toxins into your bloodstream that could potentially be harmful to both you and your baby.

www.ambinoOrganics.com

Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash

Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash

Belli skincare offers an amazing collection of coveted beauty products that are safe enough for expecting mamas. This face wash tends to the acne prone pregnancy population. It leaves your face feeling clean and refined without drying it with potentially harmful salic/ lactic acid. Though these active ingredients are effective, they aren’t the best for expecting moms.  This face wash cleanses and exfoliates all while being a natural skin brightener.  Belli’s facial wash is teratology screened and even recommended by OB/GYN & Dermatologists.

www.belliskincare.com

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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6 Cool Tech Gadgets for Parents

Tech Gadgets for ParentsParents love all the help that they can get their hands on when it comes to taking care of their children. Whether it comes in the form of a helping hand from a friend, or a weird gadget that they have no idea how to use yet. Check out some of these cool tech gadgets that parents will love for their child:

1. Video Baby Monitor 

Many parents simply rely on audio monitors for their child. However, those parents clearly don’t have toddlers who pretend to be sleeping and then climb all over things when they leave the room! Whether you’re a nervous first-time parent who likes to keep a close watch on your child, or a seasoned parent who wants to peek at your baby while at work, a video monitor is worth every penny. 

2. Itzbeen Pocket Nanny 

Have you ever been so busy that you actually forget the last time you fed your child? Once you get into a routine of taking care of your child, something as simple as this can become tough to handle. The Pocket Nanny is made to keep track of your baby’s nap, feedings, and diaper changes – the trifecta of parenting help! 

3. Pacifier Thermometer 

These modified pacifiers are perfect for taking baby’s temperature! Beside the fact that the pacifier thermometer makes it so you don’t have to deal with flailing legs (and some crying), it’s a great way to see if baby has a fever in the middle of the night without getting him undressed and undiapered. Anything that minimally disrupts sleep is a must-have for parents.

4. Smartphone 

The best thing about smartphones is that they’re practically helpful with every aspect of life, and they’re always in your pocket or bag! Plus, we’re at the stage now where there’s an application for everything, including parenting. Between games, monitors, tracking apps, a high-resolution camera, and tons more, a smartphone is the perfect gadget for parents.

5. Breast Pump 

While we all know how special the traditional breastfeeding method can be for both mother and child, sometimes parents just don’t have the time. If you’re nursing, having a breast pump on hand is a very relieving gadget for busy moms. You can get everything done during the day knowing that your baby’s meal is already in the fridge waiting for them!

6. Smart Diapers 

Although this genius invention is still in the works, it’s almost guaranteed to become a great piece of technology for parents. The Smart Diaper is a disposable diaper with a chemically treated tab on the front that changes color based on the bacterial, electrolyte, and pH levels of your kid’s urine. Parents can then analyze the tab on an app to make sure everything is healthy with their child.

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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7 Interesting Facts About Twins

Interesting Facts About TwinsEveryone loves to read about interesting, fun facts about various subjects, and twin babies are no different! Just seeing two nearly identical human beings is interesting enough by itself, but there are so many other fascinating aspects of twin children. Check out these interesting facts about twins:

1. Twin Births 

In 1980, one in every 53 babies born in the United States was a twin. By 2009, that number had risen to one in 30, which means that over three decades, the twin birth rate (number of twins per 1,000 births) rose 76%!

2. Twin Gene 

There is actually a “twin gene” that exists in women. This gene is responsible for a woman releasing more than one egg at the same time. Most interesting of all is that a person can be genetically predisposed to this gene, which makes them more likely to have twins!

3. Fingerprints 

Identical twins actually have the same DNA, but not fingerprints. Although they start with the same fingerprints, during weeks 6 to 13 of pregnancy, when the twins start to move, they touch the amniotic sac which forms unique ridges and lines.

4. Bonding 

The University of Padova recently discovered that twins are as close in the womb as they are outside of it. At 14 weeks of gestation, twins were seen reaching for each other. Four weeks later, twins in the womb touched each other more often than they touched their own bodies. The twins were gentle to each other and made distinct gestures toward each other.

5. Family Ties 

If a pair of identical male twins marries a pair of identical female twins, their children will legally be cousins but genetically be full siblings! Since the genetic pool of identical twins is identical, these two sets of parents would produce children from identical pools.

6. Longer Lifespan

Women who give birth to twins are generally healthier and stronger to begin with than those who don’t. Some believe that twins are an evolutionary adaptation, where the healthiest of mothers take the chance to pass on double the genes at once.

7. Tall Predisposition 

The Long Island Jewish Medical Center discovered that taller women have more insulin-like growth factor (IGF) – a protein that increases a woman’s chance of ovulating. The more IGF a woman has, the greater the chance that she will become pregnant with twins. Other research found that women who gave birth to twins were on average one inch taller than other mothers.

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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7 Tips to Instill Good Habits in Your Kids

Instill Good Habits in Your KidsParenting sure isn’t easy. You think it will get easier once the kids can walk, help themselves to a juice box and reliably communicate with you. But in truth, you just enter a new stage of parenting where you deal with higher functions and abstract concepts, like good habits. Here are some tips to instill good habits in your kids.

1. Be a good role model.

You can’t expect your kids to behave properly if you don’t do so yourself. No matter how much you lecture, you’ll never get through if you don’t demonstrate. This is especially important for little children who don’t understand language yet. They need someone to emulate.

2. The root of respect is sensitivity

If you want your kids to be respectful, you need to be sensitive to their needs. If they feel like you are someone they can come to with their problems, you’ll find them amenable to your solutions. Acknowledge their feelings even if you think their problems are silly.

3. Teach polite words early

It’s funny how simple words like “please” and “thank you” make everyone get along. Children won’t understand the exact meaning of their polite words, but they’ll practice using them so they’ll be second nature when they finally get it.

4. Punishment rarely works

Negative reinforcement only teaches a child how to avoid the punishment. Positive reinforcement teaches them to repeat the behavior. When your kids do something well-mannered, make sure to bring it up and praise them openly. When they do something naughty, politely correct their behavior and move on.

5. Be consistent with your requirements

If you insist that everyone keeps their elbows off the table, you have to enforce it every time. You can’t let it slide for an evening because you are tired, or let the younger one get away with it because she’s little. You’ll just send mixed messages.

6. Remember that kids aren’t perfect

No child is going to behave 100% properly after the first instruction. It just won’t happen. It may take years to instill certain habits in your kids, but that’s the price of being a parent. You have to stick with it.

7. Be someone your children respect

In order to teach your kids anything, you have to be someone in their life they respect enough to listen to. This means maintaining a positive, healthy relationship with your kids. If you are absent all the time except to tell them when they have done something wrong, they won’t care enough about you to heed your advice. Make sure to be an attentive parent.

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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6 Easy Fixes for Kid Messes

Easy Fixes for Kid MessesKids are huge messes! I know, I have a bunch of them! I’ve walked into empty rooms and found messes that (conveniently) no one can explain. Here are some of the most common kid messes and how you can clean them up.

1. Crayon stains – If your house is like mine, you have crayons everywhere and they end up on clothing. Place the clothing stain-down on some paper towels. Spray it will WD-40 and let it side for 10 minutes. Then, flip it over and spray it once more. Next rub some dishwashing liquid into the stain. Rinse it off and apply stain remover if the stain remains. Machine wash as usual.

2. Gum, glue, stickers and adhesive residue – First, rub the spot with ice to harden and shrink it. Remove as much of the debris as possible with a dull knife or the edge of a spoon. Slather on some sort of lubricant, like Vaseline, to loosen any remaining residue. Scrap off what you can and rinse. If any stains remain, try dishwashing liquid and stain remover. Machine wash as usual.

3. Chalk stains – Now that it’s spring and nearly summer, your kids might be drawing on the sidewalk or your driveway. First, vacuum up or brush off any loose debris. Lay the garment stain-side down on some paper towels. Splash some rubbing alcohol on a cloth and blot the back of the stain. Rinse and repeat if necessary. Machine wash as usual.

4. Ink from carpet – If it’s ballpoint pen ink, splash some of your favorite cleaning agent on to a white cloth and blot the stain over and over. Wait 15 minutes for the area to dry and then repeat until the entire stain is lifted. Do not scrub or you’ll wear the stain into the fibers. If it’s permanent marker, first blot as much as you can, wait 15 minutes, then dip your cloth in detergent and dab repeatedly. Soak up the excess liquid with a dry cloth.

5. Paint stains – Did arts and crafts day turn out a lot messier than you anticipated? Wipe off any dried acrylic or water-based paint with a paper towel. Mix a solution of detergent and water and sponge it on to the stain to soften it, then remove all you can with a spoon or dull knife. Rinse away the soap and repeat as needed. Toss it in the washer as usual if possible.

6. Play-doh in the carpet – This seems like an obscure problem, but it definitely happens. Once that clay gets ground into the fibers, you might think it’s permanent. First, chip away at it with a dull knife until you’ve removed as much as possible. Then use a hairdryer to heat up the spot. Continue prying with your knife.

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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5 Steps to Teach Your Kids Patience

Steps to Teach Your Kids PatienceChildren hate waiting. They can stand in line with you for only a few minutes before getting into trouble. Never bring them to the DMV!

Waiting, unfortunately, is a hard fact of life and our kids need to learn to be patient. Whether we’re waiting for help, waiting our turn, or waiting for a colleague or customer to get their ducks in a row, the ability to wait patiently or (better yet) use that time wisely will help your child get ahead in life.

Here are some tips to teach your children patience.

1. Model patience wherever you can – This is the hardest step, but it has to come first. You can’t expect your kids to behave a certain way unless you behave that way yourself. You have to wait calmly without showing your internal frustration. Instead of melting down when something doesn’t go right, resort to humor and laughs. Don’t complain about the problem, verbalize solutions.

2. Use timers – Telling your kids you’ll help them “in a minute” is meaningless and vague. Is it one minute, or twenty? Or do you forget about it after a while? Children need to learn delayed gratification, but you have to eventually offer that gratification. Give hard timers on when you’ll be there or when they can have dessert or how long they can play outside.

3. Play activities that teach patience – These days, we are overexposed to gadgets and screens that offer instant entertainment. There’s no “delay” in “delayed gratification.” You can help your kids learn patience by setting them up with projects and games that take time, like arts and crafts, board games, and gardening. These activities will teach them to strive for a reward later.

4. Acknowledge everyone’s feelings – It can be tough for a little kid to sit there bored, impatient and frustrated. The longer he waits, the harder the waiting is to bear. With a calm voice, eye contact and stress-free body language, talk about how tough waiting can be. Let your child be heard so they understand they aren’t alone struggling with boredom.

5. Develop coping skills – In many cases, we don’t have any choice but to wait. Teach your children to cope with these moments of inactivity by entertaining themselves in simple ways. They can play simple games like “I Spy” or tell each other silly stories. It’s also a great time for one-on-one conversations without distractions. Teaching strong conversational skills is also important.

Of course, if you knowyou’ll be somewhere where you’ll have to wait, it’s great to bring something along to occupy the kids.

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

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Art of Playful Learning – Edutainment

Art of Playful Learning - Edutainment How play is important for learning and cognitive development!

The importance of play was first described by Dutch researcher Huizinga in his treatise; he refers to play as a “meaningful activity, which is carried out for its own sake; in a separate space and has separate time allotted for it”. The art of playful learning i.e. playing with toys or other gadgets or objects in a hands-on fashion, has been shown by research, to be required for the development of the cognitive skills of the child. In fact, research has shown that learning is better when play is integrated into learning. This has lead to the development of toys and games, which can facilitate learning. The principle is that when people are engaged in activities which they enjoy, their learning would be better and more effective.

What is playful learning?

Playful learning with toys and gadgets, as relevant to the topic under discussion, is considered as contributors to active learning; it is supposed to enable use of the full senses such as kinaesthetic sense etc. There are numerous opportunities for incorporating playful learning into the curriculum. An example is seen in the scenario where students are engaged in pursuing their own creative projects in the direction of a particular study-related goal: they are actually engaging in hands-on play and yet, through that play they are also playing and understanding concepts. Examples of such projects include art and craft, modelling, engineering, and computing projects. A more modern version of playful learning is on the rise. That is edutainment.

A new version of playful learning – edutainment

Edutainment is a version of “playful learning” and involves the use of electronic games, simulations in the teaching and learning of science.  The edutainment industry is growing by leaps and bounds as they seek to capture the attention of the student population who are into buying games. The industry is now incorporating the use of VGA chips (graphic accelerator chips), which can provide visuals, and graphics of very high quality. This is on the lines of the computer gaming industry, which uses these technologies in different kinds of games. Hence, such games could be used as models for development of educational games, which can be attractive, entertaining and also educational and teach students something. The gaming industry has the skills and expertise to do this when they are provided adequate background in education and pedagogy. This can be considered to be an example of serious gaming; a use of gaming for more serious purposes. There are various examples of such software, which enables students to create and solve puzzles concerning devices and physical phenomena, mathematics, creative thinking etc.

Is edutainment really an effective form of playful learning?

Some professors find that the use of edutainment as an approach to learning is highly artificial. The approach leans towards using entertainment as a tool to make education consumable. This, they feel, is not the correct approach. They teach you to consider entertainment as a reward for education. Learning is thought to be something indigestible and unpleasant, which needs to be dressed up in an appealing way to be consumed. Edutainment is here to stay; it is up to educators as to how much they can use it in a meaningful way without interfering with other more active forms of playful learning.

Guest Blog by Jacy Johnson

Jacey Johnson has been a member of the English Language Center and is now associated with www.aussieessays.com as student advisor. Her expertise includes planning and development of e-learning courses and programs. She’s writeaholic and passionate educator.

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