Ideas to Entertain a Bored Toddler

We asked the experts (other parents!) for tips on how to calm a fussy baby. The response we received was a treasure chest of creative ideas. Try one of our favorites the next time you have a fuss budget on your hands! “The best thing to stop my baby from fussing was to squeak one of our dog toys while bouncing him on my knee. I’m not sure what it was about the squeaking sound, but he loved it.” ~Miranda “To calm fussy baby, I would put her in my sling and walk (to calm her) or RUN (to entertain her – this always makes her laugh.) around our kitchen-dining-living room circle. Over and over, around and around, and sometimes …

Ideas On How To Use Container Gardening To Decorate Your House And Garden

Nearly every house and garden presents numerous attractive settings for container plants. Suburban gardens, estates, small city backyards, and summer cottages—all can be enhanced by this type of gardening. A few of the seemingly endless possibilities include entranceways, steps, courtyards, walls, rooftops, balconies, patios, breezeways, lawns, driveways, walks, sundecks, windowsills, porches, summer houses, even tree stumps can be utilized. Let us start with the entrance, a focal point for every house. A simple arrangement consists of similar container plants at each side of the doorway. If the house is informal, painted tubs will make a cheerful note, while urns or ornamental pots are more appropriate if the architecture is formal. The arrangement, however, need not be symmetrical, since a single …

Ideas For Decorating Your New Baby Nursery

When decorating for a new nursery, there are many ideas that can be used. Whether the new baby is a first-born, adopted, or one of many others, all children will take pleasure in a nursery room with a theme. Usually many parents spend hours trying to decide on the new theme for the baby’s nursery. They would like to be as original as possible in order to help stimulate their little boy or girl’s mind. Common baby nursery plans are cartoon characters, sports themes, and animals. Cartoon Characters As A Nursery Decorating Idea Any nursery decorator would tell you the best way to plan your decorating is to purchase the bedding in the theme you are looking for. So for …

I Saw An Angel At Work

Sometimes you have to see something to believe it. Like angels. Unfortunately, angels are adept at not being seen, yet many people believe in them. I saw an angel at work last year. No, I did not see the halo. Or the feathered wings. Or a flowing white gown dancing in the wind. But there was no mistaking the unique handiwork. When Little Lady was just one-and-a-half years old, we were visiting friends in another town. Sunday morning, we accompanied them to their church, which is surrounded by a great semi-circle hallway. You cannot enter the church itself except through one of the four or five doorways from the hallway. We entered the building, heading right down the hallway straight …

I’m Allergic To My Cat!

Having a cat allergy came as something of a surprise to me. Growing up, I had many pets – cats, dogs and birds. My family were animal lovers and pets abounded, so being in contact with animals was a daily occurance. No one ever seemed to suffer from a cat allergy or any kind of animal allergy for that matter. After my teens and my last pet had died, I wasn’t in a position to take on another pet for many years. Then, eleven years ago, a friend of a cousin was looking for a home for their last remaining kitten. And so it was that Kira came into my life. This was a cat with attitude (and still is!) …

I Can’t Weight (One Man’s Diet)

Like many people, I’ve decided I need to take off a little weight from the holidays—the holidays of six years ago. But I’ve never dieted before, so being a conscientious kinda guy, I logged into my favorite web browser for some advice. I found 3,978,158,342 sites offering help with losing a few pounds. (In fact, I was so overwhelmed, I had to grab a sandwich before even tackling the search.) As a public service, I’ll try to encapsulate what I learned, although I may have gotten a little confused by some of the terminology. Most of the sites spent considerable time talking about calories, so maybe we should start there. As far as I could make out, a calorie is …

I Can’t Wait! We Are Going to Cooperstown

My heart soared. We were going to take another trip to The Baseball Hall of Fame. One of my favorite places on earth. Just like the first trip to Upstate New York. I wanted to see the likes of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Honus Wagner, Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb and Yogi Berra. one more time. What I saw that day has stayed with me at the depths of my being, to this very day. More about that later. As we walked into the building in the spring of 1999 I was greeted by two giant size replicas of two great hitters Ted Williams and Babe Ruth. I loved seeing the Babe again. “My friend Babe Ruth. Hello. Hey Ted, you …

Humming Birds Make Wonderful Pets

Humming birds are wonderful birds that are smart, playful, and easy to take care. Many new bird owners are surprised by the intelligence that many birds show. They are also very playful. Make sure you do research on all of the different types of birds. Some types of humming birds are more expensive and require more care than do others. Fortunately, most humming birds require only a little care. If your bird will be alone for most the day, consider buying two birds, so they can keep each other company. Also, bird toys will help pass the time. Birds have advantages over other pets in that they require only a little space for their cage, will never have trouble with …

Hula Hoop Hoopla

Which favorite toy pastime is fun for all ages and makes adults nostalgic for their childhood? Hula-hooping, of course! Stock up on inexpensive hula hoops and try your hand…er, hips…at these silly games. 1. Hula Hoop Contest: Challenge your mom, dad, best friend, and even your little brother to a hula hoop contest. Turn the radio on to upbeat music and watch the clock. The person who can hula the hoop longest, wins! 2. Hula Hoop Jumping: Put a fresh spin on an old game of jump rope. Use a very large hula hoop to jump and skip around the neighborhood. Once you get the hang of it, have hoop jumping races! 3. Hula Hoop Obstacles: Set up a super …

How Will You Pay For Skilled Rehabilitation In The Nursing Home

One of the most frustrating events for individuals facing rehabilitation is thinking that their insurance is going to pay for everything and finding out that their insurance will not pay for the complete services required for a successful rehabilitation. Nursing home skilled units want to be assured that the necessary steps will be taken to assure that they will be paid. Nursing homes are most familiar with Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare Managed Care Plans, Medicare Preferred Provider Organization Plans, Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans, Medicare Specialty Plans, federal employee health program, military health program and railroad retirement programs. If your patient has one of these, they will be highly considered once that payer source is verified. Medicare Part A …

How Two Quarelling Kids Helped Invent the Better Behavior Wheel

When David was nine and Laura was twelve, the battles started. Prior to that, they got along great. Laura was always protective of her little brother, and he in turn, doted on her. Perhaps it was about needing space, asserting independence…whatever the reason, it drove my husband and I crazy. It would start over the tiniest of excuses. One minute the house would be quiet, and the next they’d be shouting at one another. “Mom, Laura won’t give my CD back!” “It’s not yours. It’s mine!” “No it isn’t. I got it for Christmas!” “No you didn’t. I did!” And on and on it would go. Until, finally, one of us would have to intervene. And there would be a …

How to While Away a Winter Sunday Afternoon with the Kids & Teach a Little EQ at the Same Time

1. Take care of the birds. First spend some time learning about birds. EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE FOCUS: Learning how hard the winter is on birds and helping. Appreciating your own warm house with plenty of food and companionship. Gratitude. 2. Next make some food for the birds. Never feed birds spoiled leftovers, salty snack foods or sugary cereals, and never chocolate (it contains theobromine which is toxic to birds, dog and cats). Only use peanut butter if you mix it with seed. Alone, it could choke a bird. Different feed attracts different birds. EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE FOCUS: That not everything is good for everyone [thing] to eat. Taking time to prepare something nice for the birds. Intentionality, empathy, teamwork, interpersonal skills. 3. …

How to Use Personalized Children’s Books as Learning Tools

How Personalized Child Books Can Be the Key to Faster Learning Have you ever noticed how your child learned his or her name first, before mommy, daddy or anything else you tried to teach him? His name becomes equal to his identity. He immediately becomes more interested in objects and concepts as it relates to him. A children’s story book that includes his name will instantly be more meaningful than a run of the mill children’s book. Personalized stories with life lessons that include his name and some of the things he loves to do will have that much more of a chance of really sinking in. The more personal information included in the story, the more of an impact …

How To Unlock The Power Of The Not So Humble Tea Light

There are two keys to using tea lights successfully. First, when you think tea lights, think quantity. A single tea light is a poor, lonely thing, pining for its fellows. Second, think containers. Glass or metal in particular completely transform the self-effacing tea light. Put them inside cut-glass wineglasses. Even inexpensive embossed glasses are transformed with a tea light inside. Enhance the effect by grouping glowing glasses on a polished tray- silver for preference, but other colors work equally well. And remember that although they are comparatively tiny, they can burn for four (or even more) hours. Put them in transparent holders. Arranged around a table centerpiece, they will provide lots of light at the table level – but remember …

How to Understand your Cat

Did you know that everyday your cat talks to you? Not with spoken words, but through body language, motions and gestures. Just like humans, cats feel happiness, unhappiness, boredom, affection and nervousness. Each of these is expressed by a special kind of body language. Your pet’s entire body tells you how she’s feeling and how you should react. It is like a game of charades, where your cat is acting out the clues while you decipher the meanings. By understanding these basic signals you can reach a greater understanding of your cat and form a close bond that will last a lifetime. You can tell much about how your cat is feeling just from observing the facial expressions. With ears …

How to Uncover Your Real Coat of Arms

Armorial bearings, or coats of arms, take us back to the glamour of the middle ages. In days of old, knights displayed heraldic devices on their horses’ caparisons, their servants’ liveries, and on their banners and shields. As war medals are awarded today, so coats’ of arms and other heraldic devices could be awarded to knights for their service in battle. But the primary role of coats’ of arms was identification in battle – the bright, vibrant colors and symbols identified the knight to his men, and his flying banner was a rallying point for them. Heraldry refers to the study of coats of arms, and takes its name from the Heralds, who were the special ambassadors and messengers of …