Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
CUCUMBER AND SQUASH
1) Wash and peel cucumber. Remove seeds. Dice.
2) Wash and peel squash. Cut into small cubes.
3) Boil both for about 10 minutes on medium heat.
4) Mash together until you get a strained consistency.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
1) Books - Cloth books are especially great because you can wash them if food gets on them. They provide a good chewing stimulus if the little one is teething.
2) Rings - Long rings can hook around a booster seat or a table leg and provides hours (okay minutes) of enjoyment. You can teach colours, shapes, patterns, and numbers using this simple toy.
3) Squeaky Toys - If you can stand the quacks and moos for half an hour, then any stuffed toy that makes a noise is perfect for your little one. It distracts, entertains, and teaches your baby that animals have dinner conversation too.
DINING TIP: Time it so that you can feed your baby while your meal is being prepared. Once your baby has finished his or her meal, your meal should be ready. Your satisfied baby can now (hopefully) spend thirty to forty minutes entertained by the above toys. If not, order something you don't need to cut with a knife and be prepared to hold onto your little one. Happy Dining!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Betty's Hair Clips are made of 3/4" alligator clips lined with colourful ribbons and a non-slip grip. The clips stayed in Hannah's hair until recently when she's discovered her hair and started to pull at it. Barring her wandering hands, the clips were excellent and could go in before we went out and last the duration of an outing. They didn't slip off when we pulled a hoodie over her nor when we got her in and out of the carseat. We also received many compliments on the clips' colours and designs.
Betty's clips are fashionable and as we found out, functional and practical. They work on thicker hair like Hannah's, but the non-slip grip made it work for thinner hair as well. Since they are not snap-on clips, they don't damage the hair shaft and are quite gentle. They certainly kept the hair out of Hannah's eyes so we could see more of her adorable face. There are numerous patterns to choose from including dots, stripes, flowers, and even seasonal ones that are perfect for Halloween or Christmas! Prices are quite reasonable starting at $1.75 each. With every 10 purchased, you can get 1 free. Check out Betty's clips and when you order, be sure to let her know that Hip Teacher Mama sent you.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Hannah is eight and a half months old now. She already has three teeth, holds her own bottle (when she refused bottles before), rolls around from belly to back and back to belly, and is now starting to crawl. Currently she drags herself forward commando style, but in those rare moments, she'll rock forward and back and move ahead. Just over the weekend, I saw her go from her belly to a full sitting position. She's beginning to pull herself up using the side of the couch which means we had to lower her mattress in her crib. My in-laws warned me that soon she'll stand and get out. My husband and I can't believe that our little girl is growing up quickly. We sometimes swaddle her in a blanket and say, "Oh, our baby! She's just one day old." Then we laugh and realize just how the days have gone by too quickly.
The most exciting milestone for me happened many times on Saturday. She's done it before, but not throughout the day. She finally said, "Mama." Although not always in context (she said it while sucking her toes and also playing with my purse), it's the word that matters. It's her first word, loud and clear, and she likes to repeat it often. I can't wait until she says it and understands the meaning behind it. Just hearing it though makes me smile and it couldn't sound sweeter. I know that in less than two months, I'll be going back to work and I'll likely miss more of her firsts. For now, I'll treasure the days I have left with her and keep recording these special moments.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Here are some ways to add yogurt to your baby's diet:
- Mix yogurt with baby cereal to give it a smoother texture and extra flavour.
- Combine yogurt, fresh fruit, and ice for a refreshing smoothie.
- Mix yogurt, green onion, and sea salt for a veggie dip.
- Add yogurt to a pancake or waffle recipe for a thicker, creamier taste.
- Use yogurt with granola and dried fruit for a healthy snack.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Here are some recommended ones that many babies seem to enjoy.
Little Dos and Don'ts Gift Box Set includes I Can Share, No Hitting!
and Excuse Me!
This set is a great way for little ones to learn what to do and what's faux pas in the world of social interaction. Bright illustrations demonstrate perfectly what we want kids to learn.
Along the lines of No Hitting! this book tells us ways to redirect a child he or she acts out inappropriately. Unfortunately, when they're young and can't speak yet, their teeth become their main (dangerous and sharp) tool of communication. This is a funny book that illustrates alternatives to biting, hitting, spitting, and kicking.
Karen Katz books are available on-line and at most bookstores including Chapters, Indigo, and Barnes and Noble.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Everyone arrived around five in the afternoon. Cooking dinner is easier when there are three other adults around to watch Hannah. She's learning to crawl and getting quicker by the day. Right now, she's dragging herself along the ground commando-style, but it's surprising how strong her little arms are. It takes her less than a minute to cross the family room.
My husband and I danced around each other in the kitchen, grabbing this and moving that. We washed, chopped, juiced, and grilled. He was the lead cook and I was happy being his sous chef.
Dinner was served an hour later and we were proud to serve up a cream of mushroom soup with grated carrot and minced ginger, baked garlic salmon, roasted chicken breast, and sides of broccoli, corn, and green peas.
After the delicious meal, we decided to take a walk. We headed to the closest park so they could see Hannah's reaction to the swings. They oohed and aahed (much like we did the first time) at her delight when she swung back and forth. The weather was perfect and even though the sun had started to set, the temperature was perfect. We walked further around the neighbourhood, passing by some soccer fields, a few more playgrounds, and finally back to our home.
Our evening wouldn't be complete without coffee and dessert so we served up some mixed berry pie and rich hot chocolate and coffee. Some of us watched tv and others surfed the net. Mostly though, we waited patiently for Yeh Yeh ("grandpa" in Chinese) to set up some of Hannah's toys we had accumulated by hadn't had a chance to assemble. By the end of the night, she had a new walker to play with, a rocking horse, and a car.
We had a fun night and soon my mom and in-laws decided to go home so we could try and keep Hannah's bedtime routine the same. It was a good evening and we hope to do it again another time.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I first tried on the FuzziBunz and found that the pocket-diaper was easy to use and a breeze to clean. The numerous snaps made it adjustable and Hannah's legs fit well (snug, but not too tight) with the closest setting. The material was soft and did not irritate. Unlike the All-In-One diaper I tried a couple of weeks ago, this material lay flat against her body so she didn't look as bulky underneath her shorts and jeans. FuzziBunz come in 8 attractive colours. The insert was a success and absorbant. I was very happy not to have to deal with any leaks.
AppleCheeks is Canadian made and also come in a variety of beautiful colours. With a micro-fleece lining and two rows of snaps, this envelope-cover style provides a breathable, comfortable diaper for your little one. You can buy inserts with a variety of layers depending on the needs of your baby. Boosters may be used if your baby is a heavy-wetter. For those new to the cloth diapering market, you can purchase a starter kit which provides you with everything you need including envelope covers (diapers), inserts, storage sac, bamboo terry wipes, hemp booster, instructions, tutorial DVD, and reusable box. Hannah's bottom stayed dry with the hemp insert and she received many compliments on her cover.
Monday, July 13, 2009
We arrived around 1pm and walked around Queens Quay for a bit before deciding on some subs for lunch. We found seating on the lawn and watched some kids dance as the DJ spun some old-school beats. I had no idea that ten-year olds could dance like that! I swear I thought they were going to break something, but I guess being that young everything still bends and popping here and there is just fun not risky.
Soon we were joined by Hannah's god-parents and their son and daughter. Aly is going to be one in a few days and the perfect companion for Hannah. As usual, they stared at each other with familiarity and fascination.
We sat around for a while wondering when the competition would begin when Hannah's god-father came swiftly back from his walk to tell us that we missed the big stage. We packed up in one minute flat and high-tailed it to the action.
Hannah was quite sleepy so she soon fell asleep. We didn't stay for the final result because it seemed like the competition could go on for another hour or more and there is only so long that babies can stand the heat and the noise. It was almost time for dinner too so we parted ways. I think we'll make it an annual event and see if Hannah will pay attention to the dancers next year instead of people standing around us. It was a great event and family friendly.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Hillcrest Mall is located at 9350 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA. 905.508.4540
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
At home, this also is true. That's why I thought it would be cool to have Hannah's name on her pacifier. No mix-ups at playgroups, no confusion during parties, and it's a great way for Hannah to see her name on something that she carries around with her. Personalized pacifiers are a wonderful product and besides making one for your little sweetheart, creating a unique one for your friends' kids would make a cool birthday gift as well.
Check out MyPacifier.ca. Made in Denmark, these pacifiers come in a variety of styles and come in many colours. They are reasonably priced at about 3 for $19.95 (the more you order, the more discounted they are). They meet safety standards and will take approximately three weeks to be delivered to Canada.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Mind you, this was not a giant swimming pool (much like the one we went to on Wednesday at my aunt's house), but a regular perfect-for-the-backyard-and-little-babies one. It cost only $12 and was lightweight and easy to carry. As I stood in line to purchase it, I began to imagine how it would be... babies in the water with their mamas by their side chit-chatting away. The only thing I had to be sure of was the assembly. Toys look fun, but the stress of putting them together can sometimes drive you crazy!
Luckily for me, it is simple enough. Simply unfold the pool and fill it with water. As you hold out the edges, the water pushes against the sides, thereby keeping the pool open and flat. I can't wait to try it out first before inviting Hannah's little playmates over for a quick swim. Although clearly they won't drown, it's still important to remind myself of water safety and young kids (much like in the tub). Never leave the baby's side, a ringing phone can wait, and test the temperature with my elbow.
Hopefully the temperatures will be on the rise soon. My friends, have your bathing suits on hand because the next email could be a pool party!
A VERY SPECIAL HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY HUSBAND, A HIP TEACHER PAPA!
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Over the years, Canadians have invented some spectacular things. Check out the list of cool inventions that are totally hip, fully functional, and Hip Teacher Mama-appreciated.
basketball - 1892
five-pin bowling - 1909
goalie mask - 1959
IMAX - 1968
Jolly Jumper - 1910
nursing pads - 1986
pablum - 1930s
portable high chair
Trivial Pursuit - 1982
In honour of time passing by so quickly (summer will fly by), Hip Teacher Mama is giving away 3 large refrigerator magnets. To enter this giveaway, simply find three friends to sign up as followers and then send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and let HTM know who they are (follower usernames). Be sure to include your name and full mailing address.
Three current followers will receive the colourful 2010 calendar magnets. Convenient and hip, this magnet is an essential for any mama who's booking playdates, planning vacations, or counting down the days until the weekend.
This giveaway will end on July 17, 2009. Winners will be notified by email.