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Fun Play Time Ideas For Young Children

I’m a nanny for two little ones (an almost 4 year old boy, and his 1 year old sister), and a mom to Moriah who is just about 2 years old. We spend our days together playing and enjoying a variety of fun that is also enriching, I hope! I find most of my inspiration these days from Pinterest, making any helpful adjustments to fit our needs. I try to think ahead and plan for a few creative play activities each week.... Read More »

Win a Trip to the Bahamas From Shutterfly

Time for another giveaway, but this time it's not from me directly. Shutterfly is offering a trip to the Bahamas for using the link below to like them on Facebook. You simply Like them, then add a photo that corresponds to the theme for the week. I'm a big fan of Shutterfly and their products and I encourage everyone to go like their Facebook page and add a photo for a chance to win a great trip. ... Read More »

Baby Sign Language Tips for Ordinary Parents

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I read a lot about teaching sign language to your baby in order to help them communicate. Until I researched it, I thought that it could be a bad thing because it would prevent her from learning to say the words and she would be less vocal, but everything I found said the opposite. Research shows that children will have a higher vocabulary and will speak earlier when they learn sign language. So I decided I would teach... Read More »

Making Your Own Baby Food – Starting with Frozen Foods

Some foods are just so much easier to start from frozen, whether it’s because it is winter and hard to find fresh produce or because they are things like peas and you don’t want to shell five million of them! Turning frozen veggies into food for your baby is easy! Here are some of the best foods to make for your baby from frozen: peas (non-organic is okay), spinach (buy organic – one of the highest levels of pesticides!), corn (only after 1... Read More »

Social Media For Parents: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

What's been really interesting is to watch how facebook posts have changed from students complaining about professors and exams, to parents bragging on our children and posting family picture albums for all to see. And since I've started blogging I've also gotten involved with Twitter @OrdinaryParent and Pinterest. After blogging and using these sites for the first year of my parenthood, I've come up with my interpretations of how parents use these sites. I'm definitely making fun of myself in these, so if... Read More »

Making Your Own Baby Food – Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a great food for your baby and can be done many ways. They are pretty acidic, so they definitely should not be one of the first foods fed to your child and you definitely need to watch for signs that they are upsetting your child’s stomach. Cooking them really helps to reduce that level of acidity, so I highly suggest starting that way. I love to make a very simple tomato sauce for my daughter and mix it with whole... Read More »

Enter to Win a $20 Shutterfly Gift Card

Welcome to Ordinary Parent's first giveaway! I've personally ordered 8 photo books from Shutterfly to date, and when a friend of ours offered to give us a gift card I really wanted to use it for myself. But my wife and I decided to give it away to OrdinaryParent visitors and fans instead. Don't forget to receive double the entries by liking us on FB (current fans automatically entered) and completing the form below. Winner will be notified by email and posted on... Read More »

Making Your Own Baby Food – Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a fantastic first food. Babies love them and they are nutritious, with a good source of fiber and several vitamins. There are a few options for making sweet potatoes depending on the age of your child. I will walk through the steps of a few of those options. The age ranges below are approximations and not set guidelines. Some babies are ready for food earlier or need to wait longer before they're ready for finger foods.... Read More »

Why New Parents Must go to Yard Sales

I'm guest posting today over on http://littlemamajama.com/2012/05/22/why-new-parents-must-go-to-yard-sales-by-jason-ross-guest-post/ and encourage your to go check it out, along with other posts from Kristin. My guest post is about reasons I think every new parent should go to yard sales. Enjoy! ... Read More »

Making Your Own Baby Food – Beef

The second meat I gave my daughter was beef. I tried out a couple of meats, but settled with ground beef for long term. It needed to be very tender for her little gums to eat and I didn’t want to be spending the money on filets! There were fewer options for organic meats and of course they were so expensive, so with trying to save money but keep the health of my child at the top of my list of importance,... Read More »
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