Chocolate Stains: How to remove from Children’s Clothes

Chocolate is a temptation for both young children and adults. We may find this sweet delight in different forms- chocolate spread, chocolate cookies, normal chocolate candies etc. Who has not grated at least one in his/her life with the spoon in the empty jar of chocolate? Not to mention the children, who usually eat the chocolate with all of their face. The proud mothers of these children are constantly looking for a way to remove the stubborn stains from the clothes, the carpet or the upholstery. In this article I would like to give you advice about how you can get rid of the chocolate stains once and for all.

The first thing you need to do is to be fast in your reaction. The sooner you take care of the chocolate stains, the better. Do not throw the clothes with the stains in the washing machine because the stain can not only remain, but it can also spread to the other clothes in the washing machine. So, think twice before you opt for the easiest way. If you want to get rid of the stain, treat the stain while it is still fresh. Scrape any pieces of chocolate which remain, but keep in mind that you need to be careful in doing this otherwise there is a chance of spreading the chocolate around and making the stain even bigger. If you want you can even put the garment with the stain in the fridge for a while, until the chocolate strengthen. It will be easier for you to remove the extra pieces of chocolate and avoid its spreading.

Secondly, apply a liquid stain remover and wait till it soaks into the stain. Now, you can put it in the washing machine for laundry. Contrary to the expectations, do not use hot water because it can “seal” the stain. Do not underestimate the inside tag for washing instructions. If the garment is white, you can add bleach as well.

But what if the stain still remains? Then be smart and pay attention on what the chocolate consists of… the answer is hidden there. Most of the chocolates have milk as their main ingredient. So, soak the stain in enzyme-based detergent to remove it. Enzymes will absorb the dairy ingredients in the chocolate.

The chocolate stains can appear not only on your clothing, but also on the carpet. Do not be afraid of it, it is not the end of your carpet. Start with vacuum cleaning of the extra crumbs from the floor. This will prevent you to step on them, smash them and make the situation even worse. So far, it is pretty much the same with the clothing. Then you can apply stain remover, but CarpetCleaning Chelsea advises to be careful with it, especially if your carpet is colorful. Because of the chemicals, some detergents can wash away the colors. Do not rub the stain, just leave the detergent absorb into the tissues of the carpet. After that put a towel or a kitchen paper over the problematic area and press it hard to it, again without rubbing. The idea in doing this is to absorb the moisture from the detergent. Do not use hair dryer to make the stain dry faster, because if the stain is not cleaned perfectly, the hot air will “seal” the stain and you cannot get rid of it.

With the upholstery you need to be a bit more careful. The problem is that its fabric is very fragile and thin. In cleaning the stains from the upholstery, one basic rule is never to apply detergent which consists bleach on it. Otherwise, you will not only clean the stains, but also you will get rid of the color. If you still like the color of your upholstery, and you just want to get rid of the chocolate stain on it, you may mix soap and water and apply it on the stain. Then leave it to dry by itself.

It may happen to anybody to spill something. Do not lose your temper in such cases. Even the chocolate stains can be removed if you know how to do it. In conclusion I can advise two things: first- do not wait till the stain absorbs in the tissues and second- do not rub the stains if you do not want to make a big shapeless figure on your brand new upholstery or dress.

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Emma Hamilton

 

 

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Parenting Differences: Then and Now

Parenting Differences:

Then and Now

Considering I am only 33 I don’t have very much knowledge of the parenting differences in the past 50 years. I was wondering what the big differences were from then to now. I decided to take a survey and do a little research to see how different the styles of parenting really are now.

Why do we have a fixation with parenting?

One possible explanation comes from the issues parents face in raising children in today’s society.

The media regularly report national statistics such as:

  • every 1 second a public high school student is suspended
  • every 9 seconds a child drops out of school
  • every 4 minutes a child is arrested for drugs
  • every 3 hours a child is a homicide victim

Parents are also frequently reminded by the media that child-rearing issues faced in the 1950s—such as children chewing gum in class, talking out of turn, and not cleaning their rooms—have been replaced with more serious issues such as drug addiction, suicide, violence, and teen pregnancy.

These messages can scare parents into the perception that parenting styles and methods today are more important than in past generations. Concerns about the importance of parenting in today’s society are strongly reinforced through our exposure to prevention efforts in the areas of drug abuse, violence, and teen pregnancy.

While parents should play a critical role in prevention efforts, these ideas indirectly suggest parents are the cause of many of the problems facing youth today.

The “parents are to blame” belief is further reinforced in the way the media portrays modern parenting styles.

Television has moved from Ozzie and Harriet and Leave it to Beaver to more controversial programs such as South Park, The Simpsons, and Keeping Up with the Kardashians. It is no wonder that many in our society perceive parents as unable to “control” youth.

 

What do you Think?

I asked on my various social media platforms what other moms thought about this subject, And reflected on their answers.

Here are some of their answers:

Facebook

The Coffee Mom commented:

“…one of the biggest changes is that, we as parents are more involved with our children. Especially fathers now are more loving and involved, many are even SAHD (stay at home dads)

My thoughts on this specific comment:

I do agree to a point. I also think that the reasoning behind those SAHD is more the effect of those men not being able to find a job, and not having another choice but to let their wives/SO become the sole bread winner. Which, some people might think is a good thing, I believe that its easier for women to be the stay at home partner (not because I think women “should” be the domestic) but, because we are the nurturer and its ingrained in us to be the homemaker.

Rebekah Martin from My Circus My Monkeys commented:

“…the amount of freedom and independence we give (or don’t give) to our children…. I remember riding my bike around for hours and just had to be home for dinner.

My thoughts on this: Yes, I completely agree with this comment. Even just about 15 years ago I remember being able to go outside for hours at a time. I would have to be in the house by the time the street lights came on at night. Nowadays, there are almost no children out riding bikes or hanging with friends.

Marielle Petkoff from The Resplendent commented:

“I think technology is the biggest difference. It affects so many aspects of parenting and the way children are raised. … With everything on the news and Facebook, we are much more of a fear-driven society.”

My thoughts: I also agree with Marielle. This day and age we are bombarded with news stories of missing and abducted children. It is so easy to be afraid and just keep our little ones close to us. They need to be able to be children and explore and learn the world.

Amaris Bannon Beecher from Crumbs and Glamour commented:

“More couples probably stayed together. I wish the divorce rate was lower. Children need both parents at home.”

My thoughts: While I agree very much with this comment. Having both parents together would be ideal, it is just not possible. Staying together for the kids is probably what most couples did back then. But, when two people are no longer happy together the tensions can be very high. Arguing in front of children was a big problem back then. While it is very sad divorce is a necessary part of life.

Instagram

@stephanielovelacehome says:

“chores are far less extensive and physically demanding, boredom is more prevalent”

My thoughts: Absolutely! I remember not being able to go out on any night, let alone a school night, if my homework/chores were not done. Also, on a side note, if I claimed to be sick and didn’t go to school, my butt was NOT going outside at all that day.

@simplymaderecipes says:

“I wish parents would be more strict nowadays like my parents and grandparents were”

My thoughts: YES! Parents these days want to be their childs “friends”. And hang out with them. Go get mani/pedi’s while sipping on vente Starbucks half caff latte’s or whatever. I am not my child’s friend, I am her parent and I will treat her as such until the day I die. I will always know better no matter how old she gets. 🙂

@jahoag15 says:

“I like that we don’t force kids to finish their plates… we need to teach them to listen to their bodies when they are full.

My thoughts: Yes, I always tell Allie that she needs to eat a little bit of everything. Then I ask her twice if she is sure she is done. In my opinion forcing children to eat forms a negative relationship with food and can lead to a problem in the future.

@21flavorsofsplendor says:

“kids being able to play outside all day and you didn’t have to worry”

My thoughts: Agree (refer back to Rebekah Martin’s comment from FB)

@lifeofaministermom says:

“I think there are a lot of people with the perception that discipline is somehow cruel and there are so many children that are entitled because rules aren’t enforced”

My thoughts: Yes, completely! This says it all.

@lifeofaministermom says:

“I think there has been a definite decline in the respect department”

My thought: Yes, the lack of discipline and structure these days has led to children disrespecting any type of authority figure, especially their own parents”

@undeniably_tk says:

“I wish that parents spent more time with their kids and not so much time allowing electronics babysit them.

My thoughts: I absolutely agree. It is very sad the way technology has taken over for parenting these days.

 

 

Twitter

@dawnjdmb says:

“Kids are exposed to too many things way to early”

My thoughts: I agree. This day and age there are way to many “adult” type things that we are giving to our young children.

I did some research on the effects of societal changes in the past 50 years and here is what I learned.

 

There is a trend for families to live very disconnected lives in our society. The factors that lead to this trend, include:

  1. young families moving away from extended family members;
  2. the increased rate of single parents; and
  3. free time limitations due to the work schedules of dual-income or single-parent families.

We as parents spend more time working to provide for our children’s basic needs and less time providing for their emotional needs. Because of this, we are participating less in social and community activities and interacting less with family members and friends. Which means we are receiving less emotional and mental support in raising our children.

It is important to remember that, in addition to parenting, children are impacted by various influences occurring at the individual, family, community, and social level. Parenting is not solely at the family level but within a larger network of interdependent sections. Parenting and families do not develop independently, and they typically reflect the problems of the larger society.

Whether at the individual or social level, stress can negatively impact parenting. Parenting styles are also influenced by the popular advice of the times. There have been several parenting experts who have influenced large numbers of parents. Social factors such as politics, religion, and media often influence the advice provided by experts. Thus, the advice offered by experts is often conflicting, and parents are left confused by the different advice they are offered.

We all deal with stress on a day to day basis. When we think of the effect of stress on people in general, we think of problems like headaches, hypertension, heart attacks, increased smoking/drinking, strokes, and various other medically related problems. But, stress can also have a large effect on parenting.

Actually, stress may be a major contributing factor to many of the parenting changes occurring in our society. Because of this, it is clear parenting in today’s society is occurring in an increasingly stressful atmosphere.

Parenting stress inducing points include:

  • high workloads

  • low social support

  • negative life events

  • daily hassles

  • and difficult child temperament

Parenting stress coincides with:

  1. inconsistent parenting (lax or overcompensating)
  2. more negative communication
  3. decreased monitoring/supervision of children
  4. setting unclear rules and limits on children’s behavior
  5. being more reactive and less proactive and
  6. increasingly harsh discipline

As the stress increases, the parent-child relationship suffers, and we are less involved with our children. Parent-child relationships often become more problematic when parents are stressed by minor “daily-hassle” events.

 

My final thought:

It is easy to be critical of other parents and their efforts; but, there is much more involved than simply they must not care or are obviously doing the “wrong thing.” This parenting thing is difficult under the best of circumstances. For more and more parents these days, the stresses in our society are making it very difficult to parent effectively. It is important to remember that parenting occurs within the context of a society, not in isolation, and parenting problems often reflect society’s problems. And, we all know how that is currently working out.

So, the next time you see a mom in the grocery store in pajamas or in line at Starbuck’s with a child on her hip, remember we are all in this together. Don’t judge her because you don’t know her story.

We all need to start loving each other instead of spreading so much hate.

It doesn’t matter what decade we are in or what country we come from or what religion we worship or the color of our skin, we love our children with every fiber of our being.

If you had to give one piece of advice to someone who was becoming a first time mom this year, what would it be and Why do you think that advice is important?

5 Reasons I’m not Piercing my Daughters Ears

Even before I had a child I have always had many opinions about different topics. Piercing my daughters ears is one of the big ones.

I have always felt very strongly against this but I never actually thought of the reasoning behind my decision.

I thought about this the other day. I came up with 5 reasons that resonate with me.

Here are the 5 reasons I will not be piercing my daughters ears myself:

  • If the earring is pulled it can tear the earlobe
  • No matter how clean a piercing place is, there is always a chance of infection
  • I have holes in my ears and I haven’t worn earrings in years.
  • It hurts, a lot.
  • If my daughter wants to get her ears pierced, I want her to make the decision on her own. Its her body, she should have the choice if she does or doesn’t want holes in her ears.

I will let her know the pros and cons of having earrings and taking care of them as they heal. It will be her duty if she so chooses.

I hate that I didn’t have a choice in the matter. My mom got my ears pierced when I was a little under 2 years old. I have not won earrings since high school. I am now 33 years old. I have these holes in my ears that pretty much act like black heads. They fill up with dead skin cells that then begins to hurt if I don’t remember to regularly clean them. Since I do not wear any earrings there is nothing blocking the hole.

How many people actually wear earrings anymore anyway? I feel as though many people decide to wear other types of jewelry these days. I think that a nice statement necklace and bracelet can go a long way. But, that’s just my opinion.

daughters ears

If your daughter’s ears are pierced or you decide to get them pierced, here are some very pretty earrings.

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I know this is not a very long or interesting post. But, the topic was on my mind and I wanted to get it off my chest.

I would love to know how you feel about earrings, and what age you think is appropriate to get them. Does your daughter or son have any piercings?

 

 

Ramblings of a Stay Home Mom

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

I have so many thoughts rambling around in my head today. It’s difficult to organize them and really know where to start. So, I’ll just say that this post is going to be all over the place.

This is pretty much going to be what the title says…. Ramblings of a stay home mom…

A lot of things going on in the world today are scary and depressing. Understanding all of it can be overwhelming.

Also, raising a daughter in this current time is terrifying. Thinking about that gives me chills.

Life has a strange way of knocking you down so far that you think it’s impossible to go any longer. Then, something happens to reignite the fire that was once burning in your core to go after everything you have ever wanted to accomplish.

Then, something happens to reignite the fire that was once burning in your core to go after everything you have ever wanted to accomplish.

And yet again you are knocked right down on your back.

Starting over again from scratch can be so scary. But, it is also very liberating.

You can do anything if you put your mind to it! It seems so cliché, but it is completely true.

So many times we get down and feel as though it would be so much easier to just quit and go along with whatever comes. But, that will only lead to more heartache.

Take control of your life!

You are the maker of your own happiness. Never settle for less than what you know you are worth.

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

More ramblings of a stay home mom….

When I’m feeling down on myself I do one of three things:

  1. Listen to music

  2. Read inspiring quotes

  3. Play with my daughter

When I listen to music it is for the most part up beat and fun. But, when I get into a mood it can be very sappy.

I absolutely love Garth Brooks. He runs the spectrum of fun happy songs to sad songs. A great fit for any mood.

I got this box set for Christmas and I am beyond happy with the music that is included!!! (affiliate link)

The inspiring quotes and sayings I turn to are mostly religious but they can absolutely apply to many different life events.

  • Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength”

  • We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations”

  • There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”

  • The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.”

  • If you change the way you look at things the things you look at change”

This calendar incorporates inspiring quotes and relaxing adult coloring pages for each month. It is a great way to de=stress.

Playing with Allie is and always will be my favorite stress reliever. No matter how my day is going or what has happened recently. She can put a smile on my face any time.

Articles to read:

 

Images that will make you feel and think, helping you to forget your problems and relax for a little while.

Some nights, when I can’t get to sleep, I grab my phone and bring up YouTube. There is a very relaxing thing that helps me drift off to sleep easily.

ASMR which stands for Autonomous sensory meridian response, is a euphoric experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine, precipitating relaxation. It has been compared with auditory-tactile synesthesia).

Many YouTubers perform this service on their channels. Some are better than others.

These are my favorite as of right now:

Massage ASMR

Whispers Red ASMR

Heather Feather ASMR

Another thing I like to watch on YouTube is Spoken word poetry. These people are so talented with their emotional poetry and their delivery as well.

Sarah Kay If I should have a Daughter (I can’t listen to this one without tearing up)

There is strong language in this one, if you do not like it don’t click. But, this is so damn true! Melissa Newman: 9 Things I would like to say to every teenage girl

Think on this Anxiety Group by Catalina Ferro

This one is so funny and I could see Allie’s daddy saying this To the boy who might one day date my daughter

ramblings stay home mom

 

The biggest advice I can give is to have patience. Your life will go the way it needs to go. You will get to the place you need to be in good time.

I just need to remember that.

How do you handle the everyday stresses? Do you have any meditation exercises? Maybe a mantra that you repeat to yourself when you feel overwhelmed. My go to mantra came from my mother,

“This too shall pass”

Hoping you can de-stress and enjoy your family  and friends this year.

And this has been Ramblings of a stay home mom

Have a wonderful day!

A Final Goodbye to 2016: Family Year Review

Family Year Review of the things we have been doing for the past year.

Around this time of the holiday season I find myself thinking over this past year as sort of a family year in review.

So many things happen in the short span of a year. We seem to easily forget and/or rush through many of these things. It is a nice exercise to go back and reminisce on our experiences with family and friends.

In the spirit of the Holidays, I got to thinking about the things we have done this year. I would like to share with everyone my experiences.

Family Year Review

In February, for Valentine’s Day, Allie’s daddy took mommy to the Art Museum. I really enjoyed it. The talent of these artists through the years is so inspiring. I had an amazing time and I can’t wait to go again.

 

We got a hotel room for the night in a very swanky place. We ordered room service and watched a few movies. While Allie was hanging out with mom-mom for the night. It was a much needed time of relaxation and fun.

 

The next thing for this year is that I started this blog on March 9. It is still greatly in its infancy. But, I take it in stride because everyone works at their own pace. I can do this in my own time. Mostly, I get distracted by this pretty face.

Allie

But she is obviously a welcome distraction. She is of course my reason for this blog.

Early in the year was very relaxing and we did not have much to do the first couple of months. Although, we were preparing for a Wedding. Allie was the Flower girl in Uncle Andrew and Aunt Kait’s Wedding on April 2. She did such a great job!!!

family year review

Then on May 21, 2016 my baby girl turned 2!

family year review

Our little girl is growing up so fast. She has greatly exceeded our expectations. Allie is so very smart at just over 2 1/2 years (31 months).

Next, we had planned to move out and into our own place around the middle of June. That plan had fallen through at the last minute. We are still living with Allie’s daddy’s mom. We do plan on getting our own place in the not to distant future. Right now we are saving money.

A few months go by and we have a pretty relaxing time.

Then we went to a 4th of July (also happens to be my birthday) party. My mom and niece watched Allie so we could have a good time without worrying.

I had such a good time that I neglected to take any pictures. That I am very sad about…

Then a little more time goes by, hanging out with my beautiful little girl.

        

 

Then, we went to the zoo a few times. Allie and mommy really love the zoo, especially the giraffes.

 

Then, Halloween snuck up on us so quick.

We went to a Halloween party similar to the 4th of July party,  only we wore costumes and it was at night. 🙂 Also had a good time that I didn’t take any pictures. Again, I am very sad about it.

Allie had a really fun time Trick or Treating this year. She walked up to almost every house with daddy close behind. Said Trick or Treat and Thank you to everyone.

If you give Allie more than one thing at a time, she will take 1 at a time and say thank you after each one. So, needless to say, any house that we went to who thought she was the cutest kitty decided to give her 4 or 5 pieces of candy. So for almost a full 40 seconds she would stand there taking one at a time and putting it in her bag. Every person got such a kick out of it.

She also had to pet every dog that was any where near her at any given time.

Allie was dressed up like a pretty Kitty Cat (Allie Cat). She loved her costume very much.

    

Thanksgiving is pretty much the same every year. We go to my brothers and have a great dinner that his wife cooks. She is a great cook!

Then we go shopping on black Friday. This year, just like last year, we got almost everything on our list. We had just a few more things to purchase for our family and friends.

Christmas Eve came and we went to my brothers for the gift exchange to the nieces and nephews. Allie got some great toys from her Aunt’s and Uncles, also a very nice Princess Castle from Mom-Mom.

Christmas Day lasted two days for Allie’s Daddy’s side of our big family. We all got some great gifts and enjoyed spending time with each other.

This year has been a whirlwind of ups and downs. Everyone has their own experiences. Most of the year has been very pleasant and enjoyable.

A scrapbook for all your memories each year. Scrapbooking is a great way to save your pictures, trinkets and, keepsakes in a cute way. Especially when you have little ones.

This is my scrapbook page for Halloween. Not much going on because I just like the simple look sometimes.

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Christmas this year was so much fun! Allie really got into the opening of presents. She still asks if we have any more presents for her. “More presents for me now?”.

 

The Things I enjoyed this year

From blogs to songs to quotes to Pinterest boards

These are all the things I have loved this year

In no special order

Blogs:

I have listed a lot of these in my blogs to follow posts but they are such great blogs that they stand another mention:

Mom Advice – specifically her Notebook that she posts every Wednesday about the things she has done that week

Lady and the Blog – especially everything

The Every Girl – I love her Coffee Talk under the Wellness category

Modern Mom – Anything under her Parenting category

Vintage Revivals – I check out this blog when I’m looking for décor inspiration

Okay, I am going to preface this with something. I am a 33 year old woman with a 2 1/2 year old daughter. That being said, I hate “adulting”.  So, I hold on to some seemingly “young”? things.

And, as such….. I am completely “fan girling” over this guy.  (fan girl: behave in an obsessive or overexcited way).

Ladies, I am not kidding right now. I commented on 2 of his Instagram posts and HE LIKED MY COMMENTS.

This is a normal everyday guy who just happens to be known pretty well for his Vines. Also, He is a very talented rapper outside of that. He also has a Snapchat that I check constantly. (hence fan girl).

J. Cyrus…….

Check him out!

Quotes

Always the #1: “This too shall pass” my mom

“Cheerfulness is the atmosphere in which all things thrive”

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best”

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started”

“Everyday brings new choices”

Allie’s Mommy and Daddy’s song:

 

 

I do not believe in New Year’s resolutions…

Why wait for a certain day to better your life? If you have something about yourself that you personally do not like, then do the things you need to do to change it now.

We all need to look at ourselves and evaluate the things that make us happy or bring us down. If there are things in our lives that do not help us move forward we need to move past those things. Life is more precious and important than what hinders us. Whether it be a person or an object or a habit. Take back your life.

Here is to hoping that 2017 is all that you need and want!!!

 

 

What is the one thing that you experienced this past year that you enjoyed the most??

I hope everyone has a happy healthy New Year!

Allie’s Mommy

6 Reasons Why I’m not giving my daughter “bangs”

Bangs: 6 Reasons Why I am against them

I would just like to start out by saying that I have always hated bangs. Ever since I was little my mom would “feather” my bangs. Do you know what that means?

That means my mom would take this thing…

And curl my bangs in different sections so they look like this…

But, I was 8… with a ponytail…. and a growing disdain for the hairs hanging just above my eyebrows.

I really wish I had a picture from that time. But, as you can probably guess, I stayed far away from any camera with that hair. I did not want that documented in any way.

So, fast forward to today where I sit and contemplate my daughter’s hair future. I could give her bangs, just to test it out. Because I have realized through the years that some little girls look very cute with bangs.

Then, I remind myself of the other six reasons I decided not to burden my child with those strands of hair on her forehead.

They are as follows:

1- Hair hanging over the skin of the forehead tends to get oily faster than the rest and looks dirty even when clean.

2- As a former wearer of bangs, I will tell you, growing them out takes FOREVER. I mean, the awkward middle stage where you get that little alfalfa sprout when you put your hair in a ponytail…. not cute.

3- Haircuts are already scary and traumatizing enough for children. Especially around the face where they can see the scissors coming at them. No.

4- Did I mention I had horrible bangs as a child?

5- Ultimately, it is her choice. If she comes to me one day and says, “Mom, I think I want bangs”. We will sit and discuss the pros and cons and she will make her decision. If she decides yes then she shall have them. Until such a time. No.

6- Styling hair without them is so much quicker and easier. Especially with a toddler.

And…

Who came up with that anyway? Who was styling hair one day and thought, Hey let’s cut some of the hair to the brow and see how that looks? I’m just curious.

According to Wikipedia:

“Hairstyles that feature bang’s have come and gone out of fashion as frequently as other hairstyles, and they can be worn in any number of ways. Influential people with bangs in modern times have included silent movie actress Louise Brooks, 1950s glamor model Bettie Page, the Beatles, and actress Elizabeth Taylor in the role of Cleopatra.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, curly, teased ones were in fashion. In 2007, they saw another massive revival as a hair trend, this time thick, deep and blunt-cut. In October 2007, style icon and model Kate Moss changed her hairstyle to add them, signaling the continuation of the trend into 2008.

In the 1970s, English actress, and singer Jane Birkin helped establish the iconic look of brow-length hair combined with overall long hair”

 

I hate trends.

I am teaching Allie to have her own style. Don’t worry about what the media says. It doesn’t matter what anyone else is wearing at any given moment. Do and wear what you like for yourself.

 

You are the maker of your own happiness.

 

Are there any trends/fads that you just do not want any part of right now? Let me know in the comments.

bangs yes or no

 

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

The Daily Dozen Best Odds for Toddler’s

 

“You can’t pour from an empty pitcher”

 

I did a post very similar to this a little while ago. I have learned a few things since then. If you would like to check that out first before you go through this you are welcome to click this link.

Eating and your Toddler: 27 Tips to hopefully make it easier

It’s hard enough to get toddler’s to eat three meals a day. With their resistance to anything new or green and leafy, and weird adversity to strange textures. If helping a child learn to eat well may never be easy it is especially difficult during toddlerhood, yet it is most important.

Eating habits formed during these years will pretty much last a lifetime. Those busy little bundles of endless activity need a steady diet of nutrients to fuel their never ending, on-the-go lifestyle.

A good diet is very important for growth and development. This doesn’t guarantee good health and long life but “the Best-Odds Toddler Diet can give your child the boost in that direction.

The Best Odds 9 Principles

 

  • Every Bite counts: With toddlers little bellies and fickle tastes, there are just so many bites we can expect them to take. It’s very important that each bite they take be as nourishable as possible.

  • All calories are no the same: always keep the quality of the calories in mind. (The 110 calories in the sugary cereal is not equal to the whole grain bran muffin)

  • Skipping meals isn’t a great idea but it’s a toddler’s prerogative: The toddler who skips regular meals can be prone to irritability and temper tantrums. Try to make up for the missed meal with a nutritious snack.

  • When possible, offer foods that satisfy more than one nutritional requirement. For the child who may be gaining weight slower that others foods like peanut butter, meat, avocado, cheese and beans are good choices.

  • The issue of carbs is complex: when offering carbohydrates to your toddler try using whole grain flours, bread’s, and cereals; brown rice, millet, quinoa, and other whole grains; legumes (dried peas and beans); and whole grain or high protein pasta.

  • There is nothing positive gained from sweet treats: Some studies on the effects of sugar on the behavior of some children have agreed on the idea that children “under the influence” of sugar exhibit hyperactive behavior. Whether you believe that or not, there are still plenty of reasons to limit your toddler’s sugar intake. Sugar has no nutritional value whatsoever. There are no vitamins and no minerals, nothing but calories.

  • The most healthy foods remember where they came from: Gone are the days when we ate what we grew. But, the closer we stick to the natural food chain, the better. Foods that remember their “roots” are much more likely to have the nutrients they had when they were harvested. Try to select baked goods, fruits, and vegetables that are fresh (or fresh frozen) rather than highly processed, canned, or overcooked.

  • A family that eats healthy stays healthy: You will succeed in your efforts to teach your toddler to eat healthy if you and the rest of the family show the example as well.

  • A good diet can be sabotaged by bad habits: the lure of seeing other children eating sugar filled foods and drinks can be tough to ignore. But, staying true at home will make it easier for your child to stay true out of the home.

For now, junk food is the biggest detriment to your toddler’s diet. Make the example for your child as they grow. Don’t indulge in excess with caffeine, sugar, or alcohol,

We know feeding a toddler can be tricky enough without turning food prep into a lab experiment.

Here is an example of an easy guide for The…

Best Odd’s Daily Dozen for Toddler’s

 

  1. calories- an average of 900 to 1,700

  2. Protein: four toddler servings (about 25 grams) one toddler serving is about… 3/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup yogurt, or 1 whole egg

  3. Calcium foods: four toddler servings: 2/3 c milk 1/2 cup yogurt, or 4 oz orange juice

  4. Vitamin c foods: 2 or more toddler servings

  5. green and leafy veggies and fruits- 2 or more toddler servings: 1 medium apricot, 1 slice of cantaloupe, 1 nectarine.

  6. Other fruits and veggies: 1 to 2 or more toddler servings- 1/2 apple, pear, or banana. 1/4 cup applesauce or 1/3 c grapes

  7. whole grains and other complex carbs: 6 or more toddler servings: 1/2 slice whole grain bread, 1/4 whole grain bagel or English muffin, 2 to 3 whole wheat crackers 1/4 cup brown or wild rice

  8. iron rich foods: a little very day- iron-fortified cereals, beef, baked goods made with carob or soy flour, whole grains, wheat germ.

  9. High-fat foods: 5 to 8 toddler servings daily- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, butter, or mayonnaise, 1 1/2 tablespoon cream cheese, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1/4 small avocado, 1 egg

  10. restrict added salt: While everyone needs a fair amount of salt in their diet. But, not the amount that the average American consumes. Restrict your toddlers salt intake to prevent a salt dependency in the future.

  11. Fluids: four to six cups daily- pretty much self-explanatory

  12. supplements: little research has been done to the need of toddlers taking supplements. But, if you think your toddler can benefit from a daily vitamin, I highly recommend Flinstones gummies complete

 

A sample toddler menu as a reference:

breakfast

  • 1/2 c orange juice

  • 1/2 c whole grain breakfast cereal

  • 1/2 c sliced banana

  • 1/2 c milk

 

Mid-morning Snack

  • 1/2 c milk

  • 1/2 slice whole grain bread

  • 2 tsp peanut butter

 

lunch

  • 1/2 grilled cheese on whole wheat

  • a wedge of cantaloupe

  • 1/2 c milk

 

afternoon snack

  • whole wheat pretzels

  • 1/2 c 100% juice

 

dinner

  • 1 oz pasta

  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese

  • 1/4 c cooked carrot slices

  • 1/2 c milk

 

bedtime snack

  • pear slices

  • fruit cookie

  • 1/2 c milk

 

I have been told by Allie’s doctor that it is a good idea to give her 3 main meals and 3 snacks every day. It seems like a lot, but considering she doesn’t eat all that much in one sitting, it works out well for us. The daily Dozen Best Odd’s is a great comprehensive guide. 

This has been a long post, but I have done some extensive research because Allie is on the smaller side of the weight chart. She is as tall as she should be, but a few pounds under for her curve.

If you have any other advice that works for you, please let me know in the comments.

Have a wonderful weekend!