Keep Em’ Busy

Here’s a list of activities to keep the kids busy during the holiday school break:

 

1. Movies, now is a great time to check out our top movie picks.
2. Museum, it’s nothing wrong with staying hydrated with education during the holiday break time.
3. Volunteer, teaching a life lesson like helping those who are less fortunate can never be taught too early. Take a trip to the local soup kitchen.
4. Puzzles, stimulation for the mind in other ways than academics.
5. School work, it’s very likely that your pupils have assignments from their teachers dedicate 1hour a day to the school work and when it’s time to go back to school they’ll be all done.

Holiday Cookies!!!

This is a fun activity for you and your little ones that can be shared for the next few weeks. Kids always love participating in things grown-ups do, cooking/baking is no different, so for the next couple of weeks you should incorporate your little one in being your little helper for dessert time. There are lots of recipes floating around for holiday cookies and your little ones would love to have the responsibility of kneading the dough for any holiday cookie recipe. Wash those little hands and break out their miniature rolling pin and put their little elbows to work, they will love it. There is also nothing like fun shapes during holiday time. Crafty dollar stores have plenty of cookie cutter options available they will love being head cutter:
• Christmas Tree
• Star
• Cross
• Santa clause
• Reindeer
This is just to name a few. Another step children will love is measuring, once you explain to your little one how important it is to make sure the measurements are right he or she will see how important their job is and really appreciate their title. There is also things you can add to the cookies that make them kid friendly;
• Powder Sugar
• Edible Glitter
• Food Coloring
• Frosting
Here is a simple sugar cookie recipe to get things started…
What you guys will need:
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough

Directions:
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, place cold cookie sheet on top for 10 minutes to chill. Cut into desired shape, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking time. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack. Serve as is or ice as desired.

Why won’t my baby take my breast?

If you have made the choice to breastfeed even before baby arrives things can get very sticky when baby does not take your breast. There are several reasons for this and if you are having any of these issues please seek out other alternatives.
1. Positioning.

When breastfeeding it is very important to make sure you and baby are comfortable. There are several positions to put yourself in as well as baby in, here is list; try them and see what works best for you:
• Reclining Position
• The Clutch Hold
• The Cross-Over Hold
• The Cradle Hold

2. What’s in your diet?

Remember whatever it is that you are taking in; you are giving to the baby. Make sure you are keeping with a well balanced diet. There are some fish or even vegetables that you should stir clear of like broccoli. Broccoli tends to make us as adults very gassy and it does the same to babies taking less mercy on their sensitive stomachs.

3. Check your surroundings.

Baby will not be comfortable if you are not comfortable. You’re being anxious or frustrated may put a stop to baby wanting to eat because they sense your aggravation.

4. Pump only.

Some tots can’t get the hang of the human nipple and are only comfortable receiving from the bottle. That’s okay you’re still nursing your baby, it’s just the pump is the route to go for when it’s time to feed.

Let’s Talk Bottoms!!!

Which are best disposable diapers or cloth diapers? The truth is cloth diapers are actually making a cute comeback. I know when you think of cloth diapers you think “old school” and “no one does that anymore” and maybe even “yuck that’s not sanitary.” Well today some moms are taking notice to how cost efficient using cloth diapers can be. A lot has changed with how the diapers are maintained today. Here are few facts about cloth diapers that may change your mind or at least have you considering using cloth diapers those days you’re relaxing at home.

1. No more soaking pooped filled linen or cotton. Now cloth diapers are made so that when they are filled with fecal matter you can simply empty the waste into the toilet and toss the diaper in a lined waste basket until laundry day. Different companies have their own washing procedures but the primary directions are the same, which is dump waste, wash, and reuse.

2. Gentler on skin. Cloth diapers are made of cotton which is gentler on skin because baby’s sensitive skin is able to breathe while being wrapped up all day.

3. You will spend way less in purchasing cloth diapers. In one year you can spend up to $265 a year with cloth diapers oppose to $530 a year in disposables. You spend less because you are laundering the cloth diapers instead of constantly replacing disposable.

4. You help with our world’s toxic dump problem. We all need to do our part and you and your little one will be doing just that when using cloth diapers. Disposable diapers are transferred to a biodegradable plant that holds fecal matter for up to 500 years. Now that’s something to yuck about.

Whichever you decide remember to treat the earth right it does say on every diaper box, disposable and cloth to dump all waste matter into a toilet before you dispose of the actual diaper. Mommy District is not biased to either choice; this post is just to expose moms to another choice of taking care of you and baby.

Eat Those Veggies!!!


Here are a few tricks to get your little ones to eat and enjoy their vegetables.

1. Have them eat the vegetables first.

Convince your tiny tot to eat the green part of the meal first and save the best, usually the starch or the protein for last. You can even go as far as putting the green on a separate small plate and have them finish the smaller plate first before they move on to the more enticing part of the meal.

2. A little salt and pepper goes a long way.

Don’t be afraid of a little seasoning on the food. It doesn’t have to be dowsed in salt and pepper or garlic and it doesn’t have to be bland either. Little one’s have taste buds as well and they want to enjoy their food too. You can also try cooking the veggies in chicken or beef stock to give it some flavor if you don’t think your child is ready for salt and pepper.

3. Juice, Juice, Juice!

Try juicing or blending the vegetables down to a puree form and mixing it with rice or pasta. Children generally like these two dishes and they probably won’t shy away from them because they are colorful.

Solonge’s Mother Son Dance

Solange had a beautiful wedding and she did it all her way. She went left with the ceremony from top to bottom and we relished in it all because it was done beautifully. That also includes her mother son dance with Juelz, the dance was special and touching but very contemporary. take a peak below

Holiday Movie Picks

The movie theater is one of the most loved places for a holiday outing with friends for kids. Here are our top picks for this holiday season.

Penguins of Madagascar
Continuing with the Madagascar series this new film follows penguins; Skipper, Private, Kowalski and Rico in their own spy thriller.

Annie
There’s a new twist on this classic remake but it looks as though it still holds the same message and that’s family and love.

Into the Woods
A combination of timeless tales intertwined amongst themselves to tell one story.

 

What age is the Right age to leave your KIDs HOME ALONE

What age do you think to leave your kid home alone? Most say after 13 is an ok time to make a quick 15 min run.

Top 3 tips you should try before walking out the house:

1.Before jumping in the car, set the house rules

*Do not answer the door

*Using Stove, toaster, Iron and etc

2. List all emergency contacts

* Note: Parents Cell Phone

*Poison Control, Fire Dept, Police dept,

* Reassure your child

* Make sure they contact you for any and every concern

3.Start Slowly

*Begin with 15 min and return quickly and ween them into the time itervals.

 

 

New Mommy Alert!!!

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are expecting their first child. The couple married in Italy, October 2012. This will be the first child for both.