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Teaching My Child How to Garden

I recently read this list of reasons why gardening is good for toddlers, and decided it was about time my three year old and I tried it out :

Nutrition – learning about where fresh food comes from

Creativity – finding new and exciting ways to grow food

Cooperation – including shared play activity and teamwork

Physical activity – doing something fun and productive

Reasoning and discoverylearning about the science of plants, animals, weather, the environment, nutrition and simple construction

Self-confidence – from achieving their goals and enjoying the food they have grown

Love of nature – a chance to learn about the outdoor environment in a safe and pleasant place

Understanding – as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants)

Responsibility – from caring for plants

So I don’t have much of a green thumb, in fact even my plastic cactus from Checkers didn’t make it. But be that as it may, gardening is exceptionally important for kids.

So I’m taking it upon myself to try to teach my son about gardening, with the hope that we get to harvest what we plant and not kill everything.

I tried

 

At this point I feel I need to make a confession: I bought the first plant and didn’t start it off from seeds.

First we watered the plant:

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Then we unwrapped the planters, I think this was my sons favorite part,

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Still playing in the wrapping, I think he has totally forgotten about the plant…:

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I’m sure we had a plan here…

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After both of us getting distracted in play time, we put the plant in his home for now

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(Note the plant still needs to be re-planted) Im really not great at gardening, Oh well we’ll get there eventually, baby steps.

We will get some more plant ‘friends’ for Basil soon.

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What is Bento? And other life saving products.

If you are a mom you might have heard of the term “Suicide hour”. Its a real thing, and most times it lasts much longer then just one hour. This is the definition on Urban Dictionary for those who don’t know:

the time of day between getting home from the school run and placing prepared food in front of one’s fractious offspring. Sometimes extends until children are dispatched to bed. Can often be halted by the pouring of drinks….
Suicide hour in my house usually consists of screaming, crying and hair pulling, and that’s just my reaction.

So, as I stated earlier, my son recently turned three, and those with small kids (or even big kids) will know that all kids go through picky eating phases. Some are more extreme than others, but its a phase they all go through. My son will eat everything and anything that I put in front of him one day, and the next, only eggs. And everything else is yukky!

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So my best (and healthiest) life saver is Squish 100% Fruit & Veggie Purée. This will stop a tantrum in its tracks. I usually have to hide them in my fridge, because if my son sees one he will instantly want it. Its a super awesome way for any picky eater to get in some good veggies. (I know a few grown ups who love the products as well) The packs are convenient, I can just open it up in seconds and my son is happy until dinner is served.

They are great for travelling, and even a school lunch snack. Squish have just launched a new breakfast range that I cant wait to try out!

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Now for Bento…

What is Bento? Wikipedia has it as the following:

Bento  is a single-portion meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. However, Japanese homemakers often spend time and energy on a carefully prepared lunch for their spouse, child, or themselves.

While I didn’t spend too much time and energy on my first attempt, I think with time I will get much better at it.

This was my first attempt:

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After googling the bear mould (the box was in Chinese) I realized that after pressing, it should go in the toaster, and I should have colored in the eyes and mouth. But my son loved it.

I also got the Dinosaur and Butterfly sandwich cutters. My son loved the dinosaurs and only half of the butterfly,, haha… Kids!

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I cant wait for my next bunch to arrive, I think I will try the Bento egg molds next! Let me know if you have any more fun ideas, I would love to hear from you!

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Please note that all opinions expressed in this post are my own, and I was in no way sponsored or endorsed.

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New Pamper Pants – What the packet doesn’t tell you!

So, alot of moms who potty train use some sort of nappy pants. I thought I’d give the new Pamper Pants a try since I’m already a huge fan of Pampers.

So firstly, what does the pack tell you, and does it live up to the hype:

– 2 Dry-zones: Quickly absorb liquids and lock them away from your baby skin
-All-around fit: Stretchy waistband and leg cuffs adapt to baby shapes and movements for a perfect fit in all positions
– Breathable: Micropores enable vapors to travel from inside to outside of the diaper to help your baby stay dry
-Soft like cotton – Crafted with soft like cotton* materials for your baby to feel comfortable in underwear like pants

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So far I found all the above to be true. I’ve had no problems with any leakage, and my son has had no problems taking his own Pampers Pants off and bringing them to me, with a huge smile on his face, especially when we have company.

But what does the pack not tell you?

The packs can withstand the full force of a bouncing toddler!

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The Pampers Pants make great gloves for chilly winter mornings!

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The Pamper Pants also make a great hat!

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And who doesn’t love a quick power nap!

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New Pampers Pants made for boys, girls and happy morning!

(Please note all the opinions in this post are my own, and I was in no way sponsored by anyone)

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What are little boys made of…?

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What are little boys made of?What are little boys made of?

Snips and snails
And puppy-dogs’ tails

That’s what little boys are made of!

With my little boy recently turning 3, this poem has never been more true! I never thought I would ever have to say the following: (Note that most of these are said numerous times a day!)

  1. It is NEVER okay to pee into the bed of your toy truck.
  2. Stop touching your penis.
  3. The toilet is not a car wash or dino bath
  4. Did you just lick that worm?
  5. Don’t touch my boobies
  6. You JUST ate.
  7. We don’t put our feet in our food
  8. Don’t run around the house with a blanket on your head
  9. If you lick the book again story time is over.
  10. Good job, you peed in the potty, I see it all over the floor, yup, and the wall, uh huh, and the out side of the toilet…did you get ANY IN THE BOWL?!
  11. Where are your pants?
  12. Please, put on your pants.
  13. Seriously. Where are your pants?
  14. No, I said ‘trucking.’ Your ‘trucking’ dad.
  15. Put down the dog poop!

Comment below some of your funniest Mom-isms! I would love to hear from you.

Keep an eye out fro up-coming product reviews and maybe a giveaway or 2!