Time 4 Mommy http://time4mommy.com Freebies. Frugal. Fun. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:48:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Photography Themes for Toddlers http://time4mommy.com/photography-themes-toddlers/ http://time4mommy.com/photography-themes-toddlers/#respond Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:48:43 +0000 http://time4mommy.com/?p=2102 Photography Themes for Toddlers As kids grow, it is important to take as many pictures as possible. Preserving the fleeting moments during childhood provides memories that will last forever. However, this doesn’t mean parents shouldn’t have fun with the photo shoots. Some of the ideas below are among the most popular ideas for creative toddlers […]

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Photography Themes for Toddlers
As kids grow, it is important to take as many pictures as possible. Preserving the fleeting moments during childhood provides memories that will last forever. However, this doesn’t mean parents shouldn’t have fun with the photo shoots. Some of the ideas below are among the most popular ideas for creative toddlers that want to go on an adventure.

Princesses and Fairies
Little girls absolutely love stories about princesses and fairies, hoping to one day grow up as a princess in a world of magical enchantment. While all parents know that may not be a possibility, they can still give their daughter a beautiful, enchanted adventure while the camera follows. Extravagant fairy or princess costumes can be purchased, while interesting props (such as toadstools) can be a fun DIY project.

Cowboys and the Wild West
Little boys absolutely love cowboys and wild west themes. The toddler can be dressed up as a sheriff with his very own badge, and he can gallop away on his stick horse while looking for the outlaws. With a bit of rope, some boots, and a piece of tumbleweed, the wild west can quickly come back to life.

Vintage Travel
Vintage photography shoots are currently trending, especially vintage travel shoots. An old suitcase, a big fancy sun hat, heels, pearls, a flat cap, wagon, and an old pickup truck are perfect props for a vintage toddler set up. The photographs can be edited later to add vintage filters or overlays, or they can simply be enjoyed in true, raw color.

Out at the Ball Game
Sports are a wonderful theme for photography, especially baseball. Ball game shoots only require a baseball, toddler MLB clothing, a baseball mitt, some cracker jacks, and possibly a trophy! If the shoot can be done on a baseball diamond, it will add to the authenticity of the photographs. This particular shoot would be wonderful for families who are big fans of baseball or who have family involved with a local baseball team.

Setting up a photography appointment for a toddler can be incredibly fun, especially with the creative imaginations that kids have. If the toddler is choosy, he or she can give opinions on cool ideas for their pictures. Perhaps they want to get lost in a prehistoric world full of dinosaurs, or they might want to have one done at the park while fighting dragons.

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TOUGH TRANSITIONS: MOVING ON TO THE SIPPY CUP http://time4mommy.com/tough-transitions-moving-sippy-cup/ http://time4mommy.com/tough-transitions-moving-sippy-cup/#respond Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:14:24 +0000 http://time4mommy.com/?p=2096 TOUGH TRANSITIONS: MOVING ON TO THE SIPPY CUP Poli Sippy Cup Founder Gwen O’Keefe Helps Parents And Kids Transition To The Sippy Cup Change isn’t easy. Just ask any parent who has been through transitions with their kids. One of the most difficult transitions is from breastfeeding and bottles to sippy cups. Gwen O’Keefe, mom […]

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Poli Sippy Cup Founder Gwen O’Keefe Helps
Parents And Kids Transition To The Sippy Cup

Change isn’t easy. Just ask any parent who has been through transitions with their kids. One of the most difficult transitions is from breastfeeding and bottles to sippy cups. Gwen O’Keefe, mom and founder of Poli, home of the easy to clean, non spill Poli Sippy Cup, is here with advice for getting you and your little one through that tough phase and onto something new.

Tips for Transitioning Your Baby to a Sippy Cup

Many new and experienced parents alike are curious as to when the ideal time is to start their baby on a sippy cup or training cup. Some parents start their babies early on and others wait until their baby is moving from bottle/breast at a year. Sippy cups can be a great way for your baby to transition from nursing or bottle-feeding to a regular cup. Using a sippy cup can also improve hand-to-mouth coordination and development of motors skills. Here are a few tips to help you transition your baby to a sippy cup:

  • When to Start Transitioning to a Sippy Cup — The American Academy of Family Physicians encourages parents to introduce the sippy cup at six months of age in preparation for weaning from the bottle or breast at 12 months. Go ahead and try your baby with a sippy at 6 months but keep in mind that they may not be ready for a couple more months. And just like with any new skill, it takes time, practice, and patience.
  • How to Know When Baby is Ready — The key to baby’s readiness is the development of a good strong fist grasp and the ability to easily move things from the hand to the mouth. But keep in mind that using a sippy cup requires much more than simply picking up an object and putting it into one’s mouth. It’s a good idea to let baby play with it and get used to it, not expecting them to fully drink from it for some time. Model the sippy cup for them so they can see how it’s done and more easily understand the concept.
  • What Sippy Cups Work Best — All babies are different. Some take to the sippy cup immediately and have no issues with the spout and valve that prevent spilling while others have a harder time with the sucking. You may want to invest in a couple types of cups for your baby to try out. Even consider trying a sippy cup that has a straw.  Important things to look for are sippy cups that are BPA, phthalate and lead-free, pieces that come apart for easy cleaning (so bacteria and mold cannot get trapped), a chew-resistant spout, no small parts, and a lid for travel.
  • Do Not Drink and Toddle — Some parents allow their tots to constantly have a sippy cup within arm’s reach anticipating dire thirst. However, constant access to a sippy cup containing juice, formula or breast milk can create a new set of problems from filling up on liquids to issues with teeth. It’s best to offer the sippy cup throughout the day rather than allowing constant access. If your baby is very young and not speaking, teach them the sign language hand motion for “drink” and practice showing them the sippy cup equals a drink when they’re thirsty.
  • What to Put in the Sippy Cup — The best drink to put in your baby’s sippy cup is water. It’s also ok to offer breastmilk/formula, but it’s a great idea to start your baby with water when they’re young. Some parents use this opportunity to offer juice, but if you do opt for juice, make sure it’s watered down considerably (1 part juice to at least 3 parts water). Instead of store bought fruit juice, you can also make your own homemade flavored water using real fruit and water. Pick ripe fruits like peaches, mangos, and blueberries. Try one fruit at a time with the water to confirm your baby doesn’t have an allergic reaction to the fruit. No more than 4 ounces of juice or less per day.

Gwen’s suggestions are available to share with your audience with the below bio and link/credit tohttp://usapoli.com included.

Gwen O’Keefe, founder of Poli, created the Poli Sippy Cup after many frustrations with sippy cups that weren’t easy-to-use or clean and without so many small parts to lose. Using her love of painting and teaching children, she included designs from nursery rhymes to make the sippy cups both fun and educational.

What makes the Poli Sippy Cup ($17.95) different from all the others is it has a valve that comes apart for fast and easy cleaning – and a brush is not needed for cleaning! It’s also dishwasher safe, making cleaning that much easier. The Poli Sippy Cup is also free of nooks and crannies that icky bacteria is notorious for hiding in and turning into mold. These cups are BPA, phthalates and lead free. Aside from the health and safety benefits, parents won’t go crazy over losing parts because every piece is attached – you can’t possibly lose any!  Available at http://usapoli.com.

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She’s lucky he’s a charmer…

Lindi Parker works hard at being human, not an easy task for a weresnake. She has no desire to search for others like her—until a new case changes everything. When Lindi learns that she she’s not the only shapeshifter in the world, she realizes she might be next on a killer’s list.

In order to save herself and the abused children she works with, she will have to team up with Dr. Kade Nevala, a member of the shifter tribe responsible for eradicating weresnakes—and the most attractive man Lindi’s ever met. Even more terrifying, she’ll need to embrace her serpent side, a choice that has enormous consequences for Lindi, and for everyone around her.

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Margo Bond Collins is addicted to coffee (mmm…caffeine) and SF/F television, especially Supernatural (mmm…Winchesters). She writes paranormal and contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and paranormal mystery. She lives in Texas with her daughter and several spoiled pets. Although she teaches college-level English courses online, writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and the women who love (and sometimes fight) them.

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Planning Potlucks with Special Diets in Mind http://time4mommy.com/planning-potlucks-special-diets-mind/ http://time4mommy.com/planning-potlucks-special-diets-mind/#respond Tue, 31 May 2016 23:50:07 +0000 http://time4mommy.com/?p=2089 Those who have nutritional restrictions or follow a specific diet often find eating out or with friends to be almost too much trouble to bother. And potlucks might be the trickiest situation of all with delicious food that may not be labeled or contain surprise ingredients (who put chicken stock in the vegetable soup?!). But […]

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19191Those who have nutritional restrictions or follow a specific diet often find eating out or with friends to be almost too much trouble to bother. And potlucks might be the trickiest situation of all with delicious food that may not be labeled or contain surprise ingredients (who put chicken stock in the vegetable soup?!). But now, potlucks don’t need to be off-limits. Hosts and guests alike will enjoy these recipes and tips for a positively perfect potluck experience.

Farro, Apple and Pecan Salad

Farro, Apple and Pecan Salad Recipe

Vegan

Meat, cheese and sour cream seem to sneak their way into a lot of traditional potluck favorites. However, these bright, vegetable-forward dishes will steal the show. Sonoma Tofu Salad has all the appeal of chicken salad and satisfies the craving for creamy. Can’t enjoy queso or seven layer dip? Black Bean Hummus and Butter Bean-Zucchini Spread are two dip options as versatile as they are delicious.

Grain salads stay well at room temperature and can easily serve as a main for veggie lovers or serve as a side to the carnivores of the group. My picks are Minted Quinoa With Pine Nutsand Farro, Apple and Pecan Salad. And it doesn’t need to be a brunch bar with mimosas to pull out the celery. Spicy Celery Salad is tart, sweet, spicy and fresh all at once.

Whipped Sweet Potato Spread

Whipped Sweet Potato Spread Recipe

Grain-Free (Paleo-Friendly)

Dishes without grain are a popular choice right now with many of my friends, for many reasons. While I don’t follow a grain-free diet, there are so many seasonal, flavorful options that both my friends and I will love. Curried Coconut Chicken Salad will delight with its complex flavors. Avocado lovers (i.e., everyone) will flip for Kale, Carrot and Avocado Saladand Avocado Mango Salsa. Grab more vegetables than you need for dipping in this herbyWhipped Sweet Potato Spread, because it will go fast! Crab-Stuffed Deviled Eggs will erase anyone’s memories of sad potluck deviled eggs of the past.

Zucchini Noodles with Almond Pesto

Zucchini Noodles With Almond Pesto Recipe

Gluten-Free

Gluten-free? No problem. The whole crowd will appreciate easy to make and eat Grilled Corn Salad With Green Beans and Tomatoes and Cherry-Lentil Salad. Grab a rotisserie chicken to pull together this all-in-one dish in a snap – Quinoa Primavera With Chicken, Spring Peas and Asparagus. Even pasta lovers will fight over extra tastes of Zucchini Noodles With Almond Pesto with just five ingredients that pack big flavor. And Carrot, Red Onion and Cilantro Salad combines an unlikely cast of characters for a dish that complements most potluck dishes.

The dessert table is a blast but usually laden with gluten. A fun twist is Tahini and Sesame Seed Cookies.

Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe

Low Fat

Low fat doesn’t mean no fun (even if you can’t tuck into your aunt’s macaroni and cheese).Black Bean, Corn and Watermelon Salsa is a colorful, fruit and veggie-packed dip that’s enjoyable with or without chips. No one will expect Chilled Melon Soup With Basil, but it will become an instant potluck classic as a refreshing way to beat the summer heat.

Eggplant ‘Bacon’ is a smoky surprise that you really can share with the whole group — meat lovers, vegetarians and yes, those watching their fat intake. Speaking of low-fat vegan treats, Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are just as sweet as the classic.

Tips

  • Read the label to check for hidden allergens like milk proteins, soy sauce (which contains wheat) and more. Look for products that are clearly labeled as vegan or gluten-free. All our stores have a list of the gluten-free products they carry.
  • Skip the bulk section when buying ingredients. Though buying from the bulk bins saves money, there is a risk of cross-contamination of ingredients.
  • Choose recipes by using the Special Diets filter in the advanced search of our recipe database.
  • Savvy swaps like arrowroot powder instead of flour for thickening pie fillings, or coconut oil instead of butter, make recipes accessible.
  • Label dishes at your party so everyone knows which dishes they can eat. It will help cut down on questions, and make your guests feel welcome.?

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$.99 Book Blast Reluctant Stranger http://time4mommy.com/99-book-blast-reluctant-stranger/ http://time4mommy.com/99-book-blast-reluctant-stranger/#respond Fri, 27 May 2016 14:03:53 +0000 http://time4mommy.com/?p=2086 Leilani’s mother has never set foot in her school until the day she whisks her children out of their Pacific Island country, without their father and without explanation. Eighteen years later, Leilani just wants to leave the past behind, move forward. She has settled peacefully in California and like her long-lost father, she heals people. […]

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WelcomereluctantstrangerLeilani’s mother has never set foot in her school until the day she whisks her children out of their Pacific Island country, without their father and without explanation. Eighteen years later, Leilani just wants to leave the past behind, move forward.

She has settled peacefully in California and like her long-lost father, she heals people. But her tranquil existence is disturbed one evening.

A computer nerd and culinary whiz with a biting sense of humor, Justin is brokenhearted from the loss of his girlfriend who has left him after seven years. All he wants is to drown his sorrows. But he finds more trouble than he’s looking for when thugs assault him.

On her way home from work, Leilani sees the assault. An ace with a gun, she rescues him.

Weeks later, they meet again and find themselves attracted to each other. Fearing Justin is on the rebound, or has a rescuer complex, Leilani doesn’t want to get involved.

But Leilani cannot deny her feelings. As they begin to fall in love, her past comes back to haunt her.

A friend of her father arrives with news which forces her mother to reveal a shocking, shameful secret–the truth about the role Leilani’s father played in a deadly political web.

Can Leilani deal with the truth? But hero or villain, he is her father and only she and Justin can rescue him from the island she’d left long ago.

At the core of this women’s fiction is an Asian woman-white man interracial romance spun with international political intrigue and a young woman’s acceptance of her past. Welcome Reluctant Stranger is Book 3 in a family saga. In three tales of loss, love, second chances, and finding one’s way, three strong women cope with issues contemporary women face.

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SPR Independent Woman Authors 2015 bronze awardee Evy Journey has always been fascinated with words and 61KYqdGx5XL._UX250_seduced by beautiful prose. She loves Jane Austen and invokes her spirit every time she spins tales of love, loss, and finding one’s way–stories she interweaves with mystery or intrigue and sets in various locales.

She’s lived and traveled in many places, from Asia to Europe. Often she’s ended up in Paris, though–her favorite place in the world. She’s become something of an observer-wanderer. A flâneuse, as the French would say.

The mind is what fascinates her most. So, armed with a Ph.D., she chose to work in mental health, researching and developing programs. And writing like an academic. Not a good thing if you want to sound like a normal person. So, she’s written fiction (happy fiction) as an antidote.

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