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Still holding strong after missed miscarriage with blighted ovum and natural miscarriage

When I embarked on the journey of trying to conceive, I was the girl who believed in unicorns: we will get pregnant right away and have a beautiful, healthy child 9 months later! Throughout my life, the emphasis has been so much on preventing pregnancy, that I was sure you can get pregnant right away, every month. In fact, I got pregnant by accident when I was 22. Continue reading

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On bird pets, birdwatching, Rio 2 and the Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous_Hummingbird 1Having pets is a huge responsibility for children, and for parents alike. But this is a great way to teach children to become more responsible. Of course, it very much depends on the child’s personality, which would determine what sort of pet to get – and you as parent know better the odds of your child actually sticking to taking care of the pet.

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Baby Einstein: What is my baby good at, what should we teach kids?

baby einstein openingWhat our children can or cannot do, their skill sets, what instruments they will play -or not – how good they will be in school, whether they will be truly smart of just average, all this things come to mind of parents, parents to be, and even average families who do not yet have kids, but dream of having one day.

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My lessons from Malala: Protecting our kids’ education and childhood

child education UNThe name Malala Yousafzai might not ring any bells to you. It didn’t to me at first. But I kept hearing it around me, and then I saw someone in an airport reading the book “I am Malala’, so I decided to lean what this means. Malala is 16, in many ways still a child, yet is many more ways an adult. Continue reading

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The baby arrival gift registry – inspiration from Bed, Bath & Beyond

bed bath and beyondA lot of people share the happiness of the new parents or the parents to be, and very often, this tends to be shown in gifts. I don’t know about you, but we’d like to have a say in the gift department, so as not to get overwhelmed with the same kind of products. This is why somebody clever created the gift registries. What a good gift!

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Inspiration from Santa’s Lapland

santa-claus-01When I was a kid, I always wondered where Santa Claus live. Children nowadays not only ask themselves the same question, but now they actually can see that place. It’s a place called Lapland, in the northern part of several countries – Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia. It’s also a region in Finlald, which locally goes by the name of Lappi.

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Inspiration from the Kardashians: The family Christmas card time

christmas card 3So you’ve probably been reading about the famous Kardashian family’s Christmas card. We have. And you know what? It’s a great idea. Not sure how fashionable family Christmas cards still are, but I think they should be back in fashion. And with this move, they might as well be. So let’s get ready to shoot the Christmas card together.

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Thanksgiving cooking and crafting with and for kids

thanksgiving pumpkinsIt’s the time of the year when a lot of people talk turkeys and stuffing. Oh, how we love it. I bet you do too. What about the kids? Is there anything in this whole kitchen craze that can keep them entertained?

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My first bet would be on the stuffing. Or preparing the ingredients for you.

Here’s an idea, before you asked them to do small chores in the kitchen, do a warm up with this game, it’s fun, it shows how to chop vegetables first and then fruits, so they can get excited even before doing it. If somebody made a game about it, it must be something fun, no? This way they’ll discover the recipe and have a nice visual aid.

Another option is to ask them to help with dinner table and home decorations. We found lots of ideas on this Pinterest board. 

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I noticed this cool idea for table placecards on apples which the kids can work on.

Then we have something even more crafty, this board shows us what else can be done 

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This is yet another year one to do, provided you have a place where kids can go out and gather some autumn leaves, than use them for various arrangements for the table and for the house.

All these can be done while the turkey is cooking….

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Celeb kids: Autumn James Hallisay. Parents: Jennifer Love Hewitt & Brian Hallisay

jlh pregnant The first baby of the Hewitt – Hallisay couple just arrived! The baby girl Autumn James was born on November 26, 2013, and arrived into a family of actors. Both Jennifer Love Hewitt & Brian Hallisay are actors, perhaps her name is better known to audiences around the globe than his is.

babyletto jlhAt 34, and 35 respectively, the mother and the father got married in secret just before baby’s arrival, after they announced their engagement earlier this summer.

The couple had bout their daughter gear from Babyletto – we can only guess which of the products sold will welcome baby Autumn James home. It is yet too early for pictures of the newborn, unless the parents decide to share pics themselves on social media, like many others have.

(opening photo from the Huffington Post, second photo from Babyletto)

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Thanksgiving fun: Free Birds movie, maze, coloring pages, pumpkin carving designs

free birds 1This is s fun one to watch with the kids around Thanksgiving. It’s also a good excuse to teach them the meaning of Thankgiving and uncover the truth and the 400-year history of the holiday. It’s also a nice comedy to watch.

Relativity_FreeBirds_WordSearch imFor parents, the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler will be easily recognizable.

But be aware that the film might might it hard for the little ones to eat turkey at the Thanksgiving dinner, so be prepared for that talk, in case they raise the issue.

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The trailer is below, so you know what you’re getting into. For show times and venues, go here.

There is also a game based on this film, it’s called Free Birds baby turkey trouble, so if the kids like the film, they might like the game as well, it’s here for iPhone and Android.

If you’d fancy a more real world game based on this, you can also print out this maze Escape the Base –> FreeBirds_Maze

or download the coloring pages – Reggie, JennyJakegroup 1group 2group 3,   chicks.

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Or this word search game – FreeBirds_WordSearch.

All lots of fun to do!

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The first pet – the playful bulldog & Stella from Modern Family

Cute-English-Bulldog-Puppies-1Most children will at a certain point want a pet. It will be down to what sort of pet, and since usually dogs are the pets of choice for most families, it will be down to what sort of dog to choose.

Of course your children will have a preference of their own, but if you can influence things – and you should be able to, at least partially – we’ve found that the bulldog is a good choice.

It may not sound at first, cos bulldogs are usually associated with meanness. But even if it is among the most popular dog breeds in the world, a lot of people have preconceived ideas about bulldogs. Many think they’re mean dogs, just because they look intimidating. the truth is, they are really gentle dogs, and perfect for kids. Children have a tendency to overwhelm pets with their attention, and guess what, bulldogs love a lot of attention, they thrive on it!

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Bulldogs are also very good guardians for the children, and at the same time very playful. When young, they are full of energy, which is another match, as your children will have lots of energy too; it will be very good for the child and the dog to run together in the yard (hopefully you have a yard). So you might as well look at your bulldog as a nanny, somebody who keeps your children busy while you can do some other things.

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If shown proper leadership, these dogs are really nice and easy to handle. Just keep them away from water and from heat, and keep in mind they can also be quite stubborn – a lot like your kids!

The best combination is to get your kids a bulldog puppy, this way they grow up together and this will create a strong bond. Many other people chose to do so, here are a lot of examples.

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To give another famous TV example, the dog in the popular series Modern Family is a bulldog, her name is Stella, she is a French bulldog; there is also an English bulldog. She recently featured in a Target’s #MyKindOfHoliday campaign along with Sue Heck (Eden Sher) from The Middle and the Angles from Back in the Game.

And to end this in an ‘awww’ moment, here’s a video of a child playing with a bulldog – they’re so cute!

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Celeb kids: LeBron James Jr & Bryce Maximus James. Parents: LeBron James & Savannah Brinson

lebron boys instagramIt seems to be a fashion for couples to get married long after having children together, and I was wondering whether it’s awkward for children to live in a family like this. But society evolves, and we get used to new things.

lebron and wife instagramThis time I was looking at the LeBron James & Savannah Brinson couple. They finally tied the knot in September this year, but they already have two kids together, born in 2004 and 2007.

bronny james 9 year oldFor sure this kind of marriage must be more honest – at least they did not get married for the kids.

bronny james as a kidLeBron James Jr., now 9, is apparently taking up after his father – in case you did not know, LeBron James is a famous basketball player. He recently posted a video on his Instagram account showing his oldest son, nicknamed Bronny, playing basketball, and getting better and better at it.

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Savannah recently opened a juice bar near their home in Miami – where LeBron James plays for Miami Heat; the bar is called The Juice |Spot, and sells organic cold pressed juice.

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photos from LeBron and his wife’s Instagram accounts

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Kids’ clothing ideas from Forever 21: Polka dots dress, cute sweatshirts, colored leggings

forever 21 shoppingEven if kids these days, and especially girls, have the tendency to dress a lot like adults, there sre still plenty of clothing options for their age, even at large fashion brands. So they can be fashionable, without going overboard.

Here are some things we’d buy, this time we had a look at the online shop of Forever 21, but I guess you can find similar models elsewhere too, depending on the part of the world where you live.

polka dress forever 21A cute Polka dots dress and sweater

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Than the rose garden leggings

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Or the Snoopy Sweatshirt

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It appears this is what ids nowadays like to wear, so even if you’d prefer to handmake them something, this should ce good inspiration.

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A famous Bob: SpongeBob SquarePants

spongebob pilowOne never gets tired of SpongeBob, who has been entertaining kids since the late 90s. It is indeed one of the greatest cartons of all time, and here are a few ideas and spin offs which might help parents – either in search for gifts, or simply for some quite times while kids watch cartoons (yes, we all say we should not do it, but we all enjoy them watching cartons while we do, well, anything else)

Aside from watching the series – on Nickleodeon, here’s the schedule http://spongebob.nick.com/tv-schedule – there are several games starring the same character,  the most popular of which seems to be SpongeBob gone missing. 

spongebob mouseSpongeBob is a sea sponge who lives with his pet snail, Gary, in a fully furnished, two bedroom pineapple in the town of Bikini Bottom. SpongeBob’s dream in life is to be the ocean’s ultimate fry cook, and thanks to his job flipping Krabby Patties at the Krusty Krab, he lives that dream every day. SpongeBob is as optimistic and earnest as a sea-dwelling sponge gets, but he can’t seem to avoid getting himself, and usually everyone else around him, into trouble. He is best friends with Patrick Star, a pink starfish.

Here are some toys based on the famous character, our favourite so far is the pillow, it costs USD 23.

Or the SpongeBob mouse at USD 5.

spongebob halloween girlsThe Halloween Costumes are a bit expensive, but cute. For girls here, and for boys, here.

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But this chair at USD 70 is super cute. 

spongebob chairThen there’s the special Monopoly set SpongeBob SquarePants Monopoly from Hasbro. The instructions are here,  and it can be bought here.

A few SpongeBob videos below, for inspiration.

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Black Friday sets for kids: Disney Infinity & Cra-Z rubber bracelets & body painting

disney infinityThis year everyone seems so keen on pushing Black Friday days to weeks earlier, and while I don’t mind that much what each retailer decides to do, it is a bit confusing. Cos there’s one budget for family and kids, and I need to know when the race starts… With all these different start dates, it got so confusing that I might as well just not buy anything.

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Kids and films in a fantasy world: Ender’s Game

ender wiggin okIf you think about it, this new film Ender’s Game – which is based on the homonym book by Orson Scott Card – is actually about the exploitation of children. But when the book was launched, kids were mad about it, as for them, it was an adventure story, whose characters were incredibly gifted children. As an adult, it was hard to resist it either.

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The fish, minus the heartbreak: Robofish

robo fish blueWhen I was in university, I gave a friend two live fishes, but things got ugly and when trying to move them from the water bag to their fish bowl, well… let’s just say I suffered as I felt like a murderer. So I promised myself I would never try the experience again, and especially not around my children. So when I found out they made small fish robots, my curiosity peaked.

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Celeb kids: Thor’s daughter – India Rose. Parents: Chris Hemsworth & Elsa Pataky

Chris Hemsworth & Elsa Pataky Down Under With Baby IndiaBeing Thor’s daughter is quite something. Well, for those who do not know Nordic mythology, nor have seen the movie Thor, it’s nothing. But for baby India Rose, the name Thor will mean something. Well, when she’s grow up, cos now she’s only one-year old, she’ll know daddy has player the powerful (and handsome) Thor in several movies. Continue reading