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She bore you for 9 months, gave birth to you, fed you, soothed your boo boos and what not… If you are wondering whens mothers day you are most likely in a rush, thinking that you might have missed the day. Who has time to spell it right when today might be mothersday!?! Did you reach the second Sunday of May? Well, then yes, you missed it! At least if you live in the USA. In the UK it will be the 30th of March 2014 and the 15th of March 2015.
Something lovely for Mom
You don’t have to run out and by Mother’s days gifts. This is something you probably don’t have time to do when you are typing whens mothers day in a search engine hoping that you haven’t missed it. How about looking into mothers day poems that will show her just how much you care? You don’t even have to be cheesy, find something extremely funny and make her laugh. If you did indeed miss the day this could be a way to make up for it. Those who can’t compose their own funny poems for Mom can find them online and there must be some lines about forgetting about the most important person on earth and making her forgive you for it…
Do something together
She will probably enjoy a nice gift but even if you have the time to buy one, it is not always things that will express your true feelings for Mom. Try something different where you will spend some time together. A mothers day movie can be any film that you both feel interested in. Rent it and stock up with her favorite snacks or make it a night out to see the movie in a movie theater. Remember that doing something together can be far better than regular presents because it creates a memory that will be dearer to Mom than any diamonds or kitchen tools could ever be. If you have the time you could always get her a gift and present it as you have a snack before or after the movie.
Order a gift
If you still feel that mothersday demands a special gift you should be able to take care of this through your computer or phone. You really don’t have to hunt proper things downtown when you can order them online. Just go to Amazon or another trusted online store where you can find smart things and have them delivered to your door or directly to hers.
Here are some things you might want to go for and that can be found online:
• Flowers (real or fabric ones)
• Slippers and robe
• Skin care products
• Gadgets like an iPad or Kindle
• Rocking chair
• Workout equipment
There are so many things out there that could be just right for Mom. If you didn’t miss the date for Mother’s Day now is the time to take care of it. Write that poem (or find a good one online), order the flowers and set the date for your movie night, enjoy!
I borrowed the baby swing from Graco from a friend when my third baby was about 1.5 months old and I do wish I would have gotten a baby swing for his older siblings. The question of whether a baby swing helps to soothe a baby has a definite answer, yes it helps! I am not going to say that my baby sits content in this swing day around because he doesn’t, but it gives me time enough to do dishes, brush other kids’ teeth, pack a laundry and write an article, and that is a huge help.
Now, let’s look at the actual baby swing to review its pros and cons…
Putting it together
The Graco baby swing comes in 3 different parts that are easy to assemble. You don’t need a manual for this because the parts show you where they should go and how. This is a plus both for the actual process of assembly and for moving the swing around. Remember, I borrowed mine and we managed to pack it into a small car without any problems.
The swing is powered by 3 size D E95 batteries (the big ones) and it can be used for weeks without needing new ones (of course depending on how much you use the swing) The batteries are also easy to insert and you don’t need a screwdriver for this. A kitchen knife will pop the lid open but siblings won’t be able to do this, perfect!
Putting the baby in the swing
The swing has belts but I never figured how to get the upper part to fit over my baby, the lower belt is enough to keep him in so this doesn’t bother me. There is also a tray, with 2 toys, and this tray folds over the baby. I am not completely satisfied with the tray function because it can easily snap over the hands and fingers of the baby if you are not careful when putting it in place. You must raise the baby’s arms when sliding the tray in place.
Effects and music
The baby swing from Graco comes with a few classical tunes that can be played while swinging the baby. These are pleasant and I find that the rest of the family enjoys hearing them. You can also play white noise like birds chirping but I personally find these sounds annoying so I don’t use them. There is also vibration in the chair but I don’t use this either as it doesn’t seem to make much of a difference to the baby.
The speed can be adjusted in 6 steps. I find that level 1 and 2 are fast enough and levels 4-6 makes my head spin. Since my baby is starting to be too heavy for the swing (to 9 kg) I find that I often have to give the swing a push to make it run smooth. This could also be due to need of new batteries and it is not something that bothers me. You can swing manually if you want to.
To clean the swing you can take the fabrics off the chair and run them in the laundry machine. The materials are easy to keep clean and the rest of the swing is made of plastic parts that are easy to wipe off. The only detail that could be tricky to clean is the belt but the one in my swing is in perfect condition, this most likely because you don’t really feed a baby this age in the swing so it stays clean. Just make sure to instruct older siblings not to play with food, colors or other staining materials around the swing.
This Graco baby swing review will simply have to give the swing thumbs up. It is a big help and even if you will only use it for a few months it can do a lot to keep you sane and happy during a period when things can be very hectic. I would say borrow one if you can and buy one when you know that you will hopefully use it more than once.
Since the swing stays in such nice condition it should be perfectly fine to buy one that has been used without much difference from a new one.
I will put this post under gift for Mom because this is a great gift for a new Mom since it can really help out during the day and night!
When you arrange a birthday party for a 4 year old, it will be very wise to make sure that all participants get a gift. It is quite common to give out gift bags to all guests and in these you can put all sorts of treats including a nice present. The best person to ask for advice is your soon to be 4 or 5 year old boy. He knows exactly what he likes to see in those treat bags so ask him first. You can also try to recall the gifts he enjoyed when coming home with goodie bags from parties. The good thing about gifts for 4 year old boys and 5 years olds that participate in birthday parties is that they don’t have to cost much at all. In fact, your local thrift store probably has things that won’t cost half a dollar a piece and yet make your little guests feel as if they won the lottery.
Look for pocket lights. These are excellent gifts for a 4 year old boy as well as a 5 year old. You can usually find cool shapes like ice creams, ping pong rackets and other things that little boys enjoy. Anything with a button, light or noise will be a great idea for gift in the goodie bags so check out your local thrift store or online shops like Amazon to see what they have to offer within this category.
Yes, of course, balloons! You can get the regular kind or the kind that is meant for water games. Did you know that it is actually healthy for little kids to fill balloons with air? It gives their lungs a healthy exercise and this is especially great for asthmatic kids. The balloons also fit so well into the gift bags.
Stickers and glue
Stickers are always welcome gifts for 4 year old boys. They are also not the priciest thing on the market. You can probably find rolls with cool images that won’t cost you more than a few dollars or buy a package online. Glue is also a cool idea. Get the non-toxic kind. The parents will look like question marks when they see it but the little boys will know exactly how much can be done with a nice stick of glue…
You can also get big packages with small cars. Put one car in each goodie bag and you have the best gifts for 4 year old boys. These cars don’t have to be of the highest quality but if you are willing to invest in this birthday party present you might want to get the better kind made out of metal with doors that open. This will for sure be something that the guests will love, also the little girls because little girls can also see the charm in cars and anything else mentioned above!
Or why not ballons with a car theme…
Hello Michael, you are now about to be 5 years old and we would like to know more about the kind of things you would like for your birthday. First of all, what kind of things did you want as a 4 year old boy?
Michael: I wanted a glue gun
Okay, a glue gun is obviously a nice thing to have; do you want this as a gift for your 5 year birthday as well?
Michael: Yes, and also the glue
What else would you like to have?
Michael: I need a bike, but it must have support wheels because I can’t bike on the big bike, it needs to be small, for me.
Would you like some special toy?
Michael: Now it is hot and Mommy says I can play with water so I would like water balloons and a water splash gun, it should be big.
One more question, are you planning a party for your 5 year old birthday?
Michael: Yes, we will have one in preschool and I will bring cake and gifts for all my friends. I also want ices.
Thank you very much Michael and have a lovely birthday!
Pinworms are quite common among toddlers and pre-school kids and naturally those living with these youngsters risk getting the little white worms. If you are pregnant with pinworms the first thing you need to know is that it is not dangerous for the health of your new baby but, of course, it isn’t a pleasant experience and you should try to get rid of them in safe ways. Here are some important facts and advises if you need to treat pinworms when pregnant. Don’t despair; it is possible to get rid of them without medication!
Unfortunately you will not find conventional medicines against pinworms that are allowed for a pregnant woman. Treat your kids but don’t touch these medicines yourself! You will also find it difficult to treat pinworms when pregnant with natural medicines since they all state that they are not to be used when pregnant. This doesn’t mean that they are actually dangerous to use but rather that they haven’t gone through enough testing for their producers to stand behind a recommendation. This leaves a pregnant woman with pinworms without any medicines to treat the condition with, so what can be done? Plenty…
OK, you are not supposed to start a diet when pregnant but you should certainly try to eat healthy and to avoid overeating. Pinworms love sugar so your first step should be to drastically reduce your intake of sugar. You can get plenty of sweet through fruits so cut cookies, candy and white sugar from your diet. Remember that white bread is quite often loaded with sugar, switch to a whole wheat brand instead. You should also get enough fiber to ease your digestion. Fruit will be good since it can help you clean yourself and reduce the blockage that worms would enjoy for pockets of surviving.
It is well known that garlic works as a great medicine against pinworms and this is a natural medicine for pinworms that a pregnant woman can use. Make a salad and put in 2-3 cloves of garlic. Don’t cut the garlic into small pieces as this will take some of the power out of it. If you can muster eating garlic like this for a few days combined with a sugar free diet, you are well on your way to get rid of the worms!
This is the step that can be a challenge, and especially when you are pregnant and already in sore need of rest and not of more housework. If the house is suffering from the worms you need to switch sheets and covers every day. If you don’t laundry them, at least air them out and hang them in a sunny place, the sun will kill the eggs and the worms. Change your underwear frequently and try to clean your private parts each time you go to the bathroom. Trim your nails and wash your hands with soap after every visit to the bathroom and before you eat or prepare any food.
This is how you can treat pinworms when you are pregnant and the good things with these steps is that they will also leave you healthier and with a very clean and tidy house. In a way you might want to see it as a blessing getting pinworms when pregnant when the result is that you have to stay away from all of that junk that only adds to your waistline and not to the healthy development of your baby. Good luck!
What do we do with an afternoon when the weather is warm and pleasant? We go to the park of course! In the park there are other kids to play with, swings, a sand box, and stuff to climb on and areas to just let loose and yet the kids are looking for more. Here are some cheap toys to bring to the park…
Both girls and boys enjoy playing with balls. Bring a soccer ball, smaller tennis balls and perhaps some light weight balls to play with. If you need some ideas for cool games with the balls check online for good games for kids with balls and find the one that is age appropriate for your crowd. If you are looking forward to sit on the bench, you can relax; there are other kids in the park to engage in the game…
Street chalk is also an excellent idea for the park when you want to bring an activity that won’t cost you a lot of money and effort. With street chalk the kids can just paint whatever they feel like or draw the lines for fun games. Teach them to write the ABC or do a hang man with older kids.
Jumping ropes and stretch bands can be used in many ways. Girls are usually pretty good at games with these tools and they don’t cost much. Get the longer type of rope and watch a whole bunch of girls get active to the delight of the Moms that get to take it easy and just read a book or talk to like-minded.
If it is a really hot day nothing will beat the fun of water games. Get some cool water guns and let the kids fire away with them. Bring bottles with tap water for refill unless there is a tap in the park. Instruct the kids to play in a certain corner of the park as not to disturb other who might not be interested in these games.
It can also be fun with water balloons. These are amazing little toys that will keep your kids busy like never before. Bring smaller drinking battles with a thinner neck to make it easy to refill in the park.
Another fun game for the park is the bowling set. Get the plastic kind that is easy to bring along and not dangerous for little kids to play with. This is also a game that can have many different kids engaged at the same time but you need a flat surface for it which should not be right next to a road.
When 4 come around many get to meet the monster. We are talking about the boy that snatches toys from others on the playground, refuses to share his own and gets time outs every other 5 minute. Welcome 5! This is surely a time to celebrate but what gifts for a 5 year old boy should you invest in? If he has been good at expressing his needs and desires during the past year you might have an idea but here are some pointers to remind you what he’s been wining about…
I want to bike!
Little boys and girls love to bike and he has seen his friends busy with all sorts of two wheelers. Now he is ready to try it by himself but skip the balance trainer! The best gifts for a 5 year old boy are the ones that he can use for a longer period of time. That’s why you should get a real bike that he can grow with. Just set it so that he will reach the ground and remove the support wheels. Let him slide and glide till he gets it. For many little boys this will be maximum one afternoon while others need some more time. A bike is truly a great gift!
Glue guns are awesome…
If he is a creative little boy he might be asking for a glue gun like the one his preschool teacher is using. Don’t give him a glue gun but get him something to craft with, perhaps a crafts set, or something that will remind him of the tools that his teacher is using. There are so many cool crafts items to give as a gift for a little boy that likes to get busy painting, cutting and gluing. A regular stapler can keep him busy for many minutes at a time.
Walkie talkies are fabulous. These little gadgets usually don’t cost much but they will provide him with hours of fun. If he has siblings the gift makes a lot of sense and it will encourage them to play together. Just make sure that this gadget comes with batteries.
If you can stand the noise it might be time for drums. There are certain kids that just can’t seem to get enough of the songs and beats they learn in preschool and hear on the radio. Drums are really cool instruments and something that quite small kids can start with. If you think this will be over the top you might want to go for a regular electric piano with beats included so that he can enjoy seeing the effects that he can accomplish by simply pressing the buttons…
It might feel tempting to get him a new movie or computer game but try to find something that will get him moving instead. While games and movies can be a great help for busy parents they are not the best gifts for a 5 year old boy that should learn more about the world and his own abilities. Therefore it is highly recommended to stay away from these couch warming type of gifts and invest in sports equipment, regular board games, books or something else that will force him to think and do.
Dreaming of that perfect ring? Longing to wear that famous diamond engagement band worn by Jennifer Lopez, Princess Di, Priscilla Presley, or Elizabeth Taylor? With loose diamonds wholesale available online your dream can become a reality. While the rings worn by these four women contained many carats and cost millions, duplicating a famous ring is not out of the question. With a little ingenuity and the help of a diamond specialist you can design a ring that dreams are made of!
Famous Rings from the Past
Before the 1930’s engagement rings were not as widely worn as they are today. When the diamond mines in South Africa began extracting a surplus of diamonds, jewelers around the world recognized the opportunity for mass sales. The silver screen added to the allure…soon every engaged couple was seeking the perfect ring, no longer a luxury but a necessity, a statement symbolizing a bond that would last a lifetime!
Elizabeth Taylor is known for sporting a 33-carat, flawless, virtually colorless ring, presented to her in 1968 by her husband, said to be worth between 2 ½ and 3 ½ million dollars. This ring was just one of the many rings women around the world sought to emulate.
When Elvis Presley asked for Priscilla’s hand in marriage, she received a 3 ½ carat diamond surrounded by 21 smaller diamonds…the effect was stunning!
Famous Rings Today
Lady Di was the envy of millions of young women when Prince Charles gave his princess-to-be a lavish, blue-oval 18-carat sapphire encircled with a stunning array of diamonds.
Jennifer Lopez received an equally stunning pink diamond ring weighing 6 carats. Three white-diamond baguettes and an equally beautiful band of platinum accented the stones. At the time the ring was said to cost over a million dollars. The diamond created a huge demand for pink diamonds for weeks afterwards.
Copying Famous Rings
Then and now jewelers are asked to create beautiful replicas of famous jewelry. To duplicate the look of the original jewelry can be an expensive endeavor. The diamonds and type of metal used in the jewelry have a strong bearing on the final price. Famous rings can be duplicated in many ways. With a little creativity and the right loose diamonds, gorgeous jewelry can be designed in ways that closely match those worn by the rich and famous. While it’s possible to use synthetic diamonds the look is never quite the same, real loose diamonds wholesale can’t be beat. Like everything else in life, there’s really no replacement for the real thing, unless of course it comes to duplicating the precious jewels worn by the rich and famous!