Room Fresheners

Ready-blended home fragrance spray, available in a wide variety of scents, including floral, citrus and spicy blends, is another instant way to refresh and scent your surroundings. It also helps mask the smell of tobacco smoke, pets or cooking. Simply spritz it into the air or spray it onto carpets, curtains or bed linen. Formulas that contain alcohol should not be used on fabrics that might fade. You can mix your own room sprays by adding 2 drops of essential oil to 150 ml of warm water in a clean plant mister. Tea tree oil is antibacterial and antiviral, so it can be included in a room spray to reduce the spread of colds or flu. Use this mixture to wipe door handles and telephone receivers, too.

Things that you can do at home.

The easiest way to exercise and spend quality time with the kids is to put on some upbeat tunes and get down. Believe me; the kids will also dance with you. You are not burning your calories only, but you will be setting a fit example of the kids. The best part is, it doesn’t feel like you are doing an exercise. You might forget the time also while having fun with your kids. Your time is valuable, so multitask, mama! While you are waiting for the washing machine to stop spinning, make a little exercise like bending, stretching, or jumping jack.

After a day spent sitting in front of the computer, nothing feels better than twist. This twist helps to promote relaxation while improving blood flow and posture. Sit at the edge of your seat with your feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart. Put your left hand on your right thigh, and exhale gently twists to the right of the chair. Every exhalation, rotate slightly deeper into the twist. Complete a few breath cycles, then slowly return to center. Repeat on the opposite side.

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My Handsome Nephew and the Pacifier

He’s my youngest nephew, and the youngest son of my brother. This boy is so good and never gave headache to anybody at home. He probably got his very silent behavior from his mother, because my brother when he was a little boy, he was so annoying kid.

Anyway, it was my sister-in-law who sent these photos to me on my inbox. I was so happy to see him again. We didn’t see him in person yet. They are in Canada, and the family has planned to visit us hopefully early next year.

 

Sleeping with his pacifier.

Toddler sleeping

 

Playing with a pacifier on his mouth again. Huh! He can’t live without it.

Barry

Driving Your Car Forever

One of the best ways to keep your car running longer and with fewer trips to the repair shop is to drive it properly. If you follow these tips, you’ll put less strain on the engine and other parts, and take less money out of your pocket replacing them.

Warming Up
It may come as a surprise, but not only do cars require very little time to warm up, but letting them warm up for too long puts extra strain on the engine. Idling, or running the car in neutral, for more than 30 seconds is bad for your car. That doesn’t mean you should just start your car in the morning and race off, however. Take it easy and drive slowly for the first few miles. Also, never rev the engine during warm up.

Even in the winter, it is not necessary to warm up your car for more than 30 seconds. Just drive cautiously. In cold weather, oil takes longer to reach the cylinders, and hard driving can cause parts to fail, resulting in premature damage to engine bearings. So take it easy and wait about three minutes before turning on the heat or any other power-hungry accessories.

Balboa Park, San Diego, California

Balboa Park is one of the world’s best zoos–and one of the few places in the U.S. to see giant pandas, rare sun bears, and Australia’s adorable koalas. If you are looking for a park, visit Panda Trek first or last in the day, when crowds are lightest, to see the zoo’s black and white superstars, as well as red pandas. Don’t miss: Elephant Odyssey, where the pachyderms often have pool parties; and Northern Frontier, to watch polar bears swimming underwater. Summer “Nighttime Zoo” hours mean you can stay till 9 pm for special shows and animal encounters. Want to camp out overnight? Check out the Family Sleepovers, available on select dates. You can bring your babies, toddlers and gradeschoolers here.

 

San Diego Zoo

How Babies Sleep

A baby’s sleep pattern early in life typically involves from two to four hours of sleep at a time, followed by a period of wakefulness, a pattern that may recur around the clock with no regard to whether it’s day or night. Your baby has spent the first nine months of her existence in your uterus, where it is always dark, and it will take her a while to associate light with activity and with being awake and alert to what’s going on around her.

Miko and Barry

Differences in sleep patterns among adults are very normal. The same is true among babies. Though certain patterns are average, a deviation from that pattern is usually still quite normal. Just like everyone else, babies are individuals. Most babies begin to demonstrate a rudimentary but recognizable personality at an early age. You would hear your friends say things like:

“She is a happy baby.”
“He is a fussy baby.”
“She is a placid baby.”
“He is so alert and interested.”

They also show their recognizable differences in other ways, and one of these is in sleep patterns. So if you know someone with a baby the same age as yours who sleeps more, or less, or simply at different hours, don’t worry about it. We’re all different, and babies are too.

Teach Your Child Skills for Coping

Are you finding that your six-year-old daughter/son still has many temper tantrums and episodes when she/he loses control? Think she/he should be “over it” by now? Is she/he very compliant and quick to calm down and respond to your guidance? Can you easily help her solve problems and manage the crisis, when you’re there? But the problem is, when you are not around, she/he can-not control her own behavior? You know you will not be able to hover over her/him every waking moment. What can you do?

Helping Your Child with Self-Control

Much of parenting is about connecting with your child and guiding your child’s behavior. You must intervene to stop or redirect your child when her/his behavior is inappropriate or unsafe, much as a police officer would. Children without self-control may behave appropriately in your presence but continue to act out or sneak things when you are not there. Of course, you cannot always be there; eventually your child needs to make independent choices and control her own behavior. This is the goal of self-control, to internalize rules and standards of behavior.
There are many skills for your child to master to learn self-control. In many cases, you can provide experiences of direct instruction to promote self-control. You do not have to wait for opportunities to occur naturally.

Super Power Bracelet

Last Christmas, a family friend of mine gave me a magnetic bracelet as her Christmas gift to me. The bracelet was not an ordinary bracelet because it has also a healing power or something like it can help to cure headaches, stomachaches, and more. My friend says that it can also help to promote energy so it is advisable to wear it every day. At first, I always wore this, even if I was just at home.

 

magnetic bracelets

Later, I stopped wearing the bracelet because it seems like I was not comfortable with it anymore, especially when I had to get something on my pants pocket. A while ago, while I was surfing on the net, trying to look for gifts for my son’s birthday, I stumbled upon on this site who sells magnetic bracelets. I was glued on the site, and I have learned that these bracelets are also pain reliever. I like the double style bracelet, but the price is also doubled if you get the double style.

 

Tips to Prevent a Public Temper Tantrum

Engage your child. Even when the errand is not of interest to him, you can interact with him and keep his interest. Simply ask questions such as, “Who do you think could wear such teeny shoes?” or “How amny people can you can count in our line?”

Involve him.

A child who is involved with the activity is less likely to become bored, restless, or frustrated. You might let him hold the coupon book or sort the items by color. Older children can help bag groceries and may even be able to contribute ideas for the day’s agenda.

 

shopping with a kid

 

Have an emergency kit.

Bring a little backpack or tote with age-appropriate items for times when your child has to wait or may be restless or cranky. Depending on your child’s interests, it may include sticker books, picture books, handheld games, and more. Keep this in your car so it is readily available. Be sure to rotate items to maintain interest.

School Bag for Girls

In public schools, classes started on Monday, (June 02) while private schools, some of them started on Monday also, but the regular classes will be on Monday (June 09). And I am glad that regular classes will be next week because my niece has no new school bag yet, and she asks me if I could find her a new pink bag. Her father, who is my brother, doesn’t know how to choose a nice bag for her daughter, and it was me who bought her school things since she was in nursery. If you are following this blog, you would know that my niece’s parents are separated, and she is living with us, and not to her mother. Anyhow, back to school things, I have planned to shop for her bag this coming weekend. I guess I will tag her to the mall to ensure that we will buy a bag that she likes. She loves pink, specifically a Barbie bag design.

 

school bag

school bag

 

I like this style because it has many compartments outside.

school bagWhen she was in 1st Grader, she used a trolley school bag because of her books. It was too heavy for her to carry a bag, so I bought the trolley type of school bag. I am not sure if she likes to have another trolley bag now that she is in Fourth Grader.

school bag

 

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