I have always struggled to open jars. I have tried the rubber jar openers, banging the jar against something or something against the jar, and running it under hot water. Sometimes those things worked and sometimes they didn’t. This jar opener always works and it doesn’t take a lot of effort to open the jars. One or two twists with the Oxo Jar Opener and the lid comes right off. If you struggle with lids or have to rush to get dinner on the table and don’t feel up to fighting with a jar lid, check the Oxo Jar Opener out.
ABC and 123 Learning is an awesome blog and resource to parents. You can select a math, science, language arts, or a themed area and find lots of resources. What I really like about her site is that she has lots of pictures that help you know what the product you will be creating could look like. I say could, because with a 17 month old things don’t always turn out the way you plan.
She recently had a list of things to do for a study on the letter I. There were snacks, crafts, games, and recipe for homemade ice cream.
She also links to other blogs that have great ideas like Mommy Adventures. I am definitely doing the greeting card book activity she has on her site with Daniel. It will be like getting a new book.
All junk mail is JDaniel’s . He loves to open the mailbox for me and see what he has received in the mail each day. While he goes through and looks at his mail, I am free to look through mine.
Actually I do this for lots of things. If I am looking through a book, I pull out one of his for him to look at. If I am looking through a magazine, he gets one too. I am very blessed he hasn’t torn any pages in books or magazines. He sometimes wants to switch reading material with me though.
My friend Linda shared this recipe for the Ultimate Cleaner with Mentor Moms last year. She said that she uses it for everything. She claims she is a clean window fanatic and this cleaner really does the trick.
1-pint rubbing alcohol
½ cup sudsy ammonia
Enough water to fill a gallon jug after you have added the ingredients above to the jug.
Add all the ingredients to the gallon jug.
Pour a small amount into a spray bottle.
Clean to your heart’s content.
It’s time for a new giveaway this week. I had so much fun reading people’s entries in the Salmon Bag giveaway. I can’t wait to see what you will write this time.
The new giveaway is for a cookbook called The Splenda World of Sweet Drinks. It has amazing recipes for beverages. I made the southern iced tea recently for a gathering at my home and everyone loved it. The frozen hot chocolate recipe looks awesome! I haven’t tried it yet, but if you win this giveaway maybe you will try it and let me know. The book even has a substitution chart you can use if you want to try the recipes with sugar.
There are so many reasons to use Splenda. We started using it because, my husband likes it. I started using it recently in baking due to the fact that I had a Splenda House Party for Houseparty.com. Everything I made was awesome! We had the breakfast trifle, sweet tea, pecan candy, and a lemon chiffon pie.
This giveaway begins August 3rd and ends August 17th at 11:59 p.m.
What do you need to do to get this great book?
-To enter leave a comment on this post.
For extra entries do any or all of the following leaving a separate comment for each entry.
* Subscribe to my blog or sign up as follower. Leave me a comment saying that you have subscribed (1 entry) Look to the right to find what you need to do these options.
*Go to the Splenda website and find a wonderful recipe using Splenda. Come back and post the name of that recipe. It cannot be for any of the recipes I mentioned above. I am always looking for new things to serve. (1 entry)
* Blog about this giveaway, and then come back and leave me the link. (1 entry)
That’s it, 4 chances to win. The winner will be chosen by using the random number generator at http://www.random.org/ . )
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
Did you guess that my favorite thing this week was going to be Laurie Berkner and her music?
“Fly Me to the Moon” is just one of my favorite Laurie Berkner songs. It appears on the album Rocketship Run. This album has been played over and over again at my house and in the car. We have checked it out from the library so many times that we should probably buy it. My son loves it. When he got really fussy on an eight hour trip to Washington, D.C., my husband would say, “Play JDaniel’s music.” That meant this compact disc or Under the Shady Tree another Laurie Berkner compact disc. He always settled down. It got to the point where we could all sing “Going on a Hunt” or “Rocketship Run”. The songs on the album are contagious. The beat is fun. Her voice is amazing. It is easy to make up movements to go along with the songs. JDaniel and I dance around the playroom to “Let’s Samba” and “Farm Song”.
Rocketship Run is my favorite compact disc so far, but it wasn’t our first experience with Laurie Berkner. JDaniel and I did movement activities and baby yoga to the music in ,Under the Shady Tree,. I asked my husband for it for my birthday. I loved it that much. “Drive my Car”, “I’m Me and You’re You”, and “Do the Dragon” were songs that were easy for me to make up movements that I could do with my son as a infant. We did a lot of baby yoga movement to them. It was a great album to play to wind down before bedtime. Now that he is bigger and walking, he can do some of the movements on his own.
We have checked out her other albums and have enjoyed them too. I just wanted to take a minute and highlight our favorites.
It works well for me. My little one doesn’t need a hamper. I just put his dirty clothes in the basket that will be coming downstairs in the morning, along with some diapers, his shoes, and anything else we need for the day that I don’t want to have to keep going upstairs to get. I put all the little toys he insists on bringing downstairs the basket on the stairs along with small purchases I made that day like diaper cream, and take it up at night.
If you have older children, they can bring the baskets up and down by themselves. My son is 16 months old and can’t do it yet.
We are heading to a family reunion and to visit friends ten hours from where we live. JDaniel has never been in the car for more than two and half hours for over a year. Back then he was four months old and slept most of the way. Needless to say I have been trying to plan out what we will need to make the trip successful.
The first thing I did was search the web for advice. I found the following sites helpful:
Baby Center- Packing Checklist for Traveling with Toddlers
Traveling with a Toddler
The second thing I did was assess what we already had that could entertain him and what I needed to get to help him stay happy while we traveled..
I have decided to take:
- a way to watch the Elemo and Curious George videos I checked out from the library. Thankfully a neighbor lent us their portable DVD player.
- a toy laptop that I found at a great consignment shop. (He loves computers.)
- many, many books
- an I Spy bag that I got off the internet at Etsy.com
- crayons and paper
- a magnetic puzzle book
- the PeaPodz teether (He likes to play with the peas.)
- an insulated sippy cup
- bubbles to blow at rest stops
- a ball to play with at rest stops
- my digital camera (If all else fails, he loves to view pictures on himself.)
The last thing I did was send out an e-mail asking for people to pray for our car ride. When you are traveling with a toddler, prayers are a good thing.
Thank goodness my mom is going with us. She will be able to rotate in to help entertain Daniel in the backseat. My mom is probably the most important thing we are taking with us.
What are your must haves when traveling with a toddler?