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October 30, 2014

5 Tips for Engaging with your Newborn

So you have this tiny little babe that you're now responsible for and everyone is telling you to play with her and that she should be doing x/y/z. But...how? Your babe probably sleeps all day, is only really awake long enough to eat, so how exactly do you engage them in play to help them develop?


Songs

Does it seem strange to sing to a little one who can't interact much? Well...if you sang to an older child while you were pregnant, chances are those same songs your baby will recognize those same tones if you sing to them now. Singing, no matter whether you're in tune or not, is a great way for your baby to recognize the different tones of your voice. Try working in their name into the songs too!

Mirrors

For some reason, babies really love looking at their reflections in the mirror. Play Who's That Baby In The Mirror, use their name and giggle right along with them. Alternatively, use the camera on your phone if you don't have a mirror handy.

Patterns

The sharp contrast of black and white patterns has been proven to engage babies and help their brains develop. Try printing out black and white patterns (chevron, stripes, polka dots) and taping them on the bottom of your mobile, or side of the crib so your baby can gaze at them.

Faces and Places

The face that your baby loves the most? It's yours! Smile, laugh, make silly faces and see their eyes light up with glee. Is your baby starting to babble? Babble back using the same ah-goo tones. Mimic their facial expressions and ask questions! Oh is that right? What would you like to do today? The tone of asking a question, when your voice raises at the end, seems to be very pleasing to a baby!

Snuggle Time

One of the best things that you can do for yourself and for your baby is to snuggle. Whether you babywear or simply lounge in a recliner snuggled up with your babe, the use of physical touch is really important to bonding. It helps your baby know your smell, and who to trust. It helps them pick up on your emotions, and naturally releases hormones in your body to keep you calm and happy!

No matter which way you choose to engage or play with your newborn, know that you are doing a great job and all they really need is your love and attention.

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October 29, 2014

Don't Take Any Crap #motivation #style #confidence #coaching

When looking for a coaching topic for this month, as we enter in the final Quarter to really make an impact on ourselves and our businesses, this quote stuck a chord with me.


Clearly, I always advocate for wearing something cute, and the "take no crap" attitude is one that I impress on my clients, so this quote I really really love.

I used to be one of those people who always said yes, who always took the crap that I was given. While I may have always been a wee bit on the stubborn side, I've also always been the one to say yes sir and yes ma'am, regardless of how it impacts my schedule or stress level.

No more.

Take no crap, and that includes being asked to do things for people who aren't willing to give you an ounce of their time. I've written about this before, here and over on MomBiz.com. These people are energy vampires. You give and give and give, and all you get back is...well...crap.

Know that it is okay, and necessary, to say no and to not accept the crap. You are so much better than it, and deserve to interact with people and make connections that put a stop to the crap.

So, repeat after me.

I will wear something cute
I will not take any crap

Go into this last quarter of the year with a renewed sense of strength and self!
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October 28, 2014

Free Halloween #Printable #zombies #vampires

With Halloween just days away, here's a free printable that you can download at home, then hang on your door to greet the ghouls and goblins as they come seeking candy


Definitely creepy, and inspired by everything zombie and Walking Dead related, but isn't that what Halloween is supposed to be about? One night of fright!

Download HERE for free!
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October 27, 2014

The Doctor Is In #spinach #juice #recipe

Iron stores a little low? Try this iron rich juice recipe!


3 handfuls of baby spinach
2 cups blueberries
1 apple
1 pear

Start with your greens, then push your apple through. Follow with your blueberries and end with your pear. Swirl, and enjoy!

This recipe is rich in iron, so make sure that you only have it once a week. Too much iron in your system and you'll be begging for something fibre rich!
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October 24, 2014

Fall Crafts with Acorns #DIY #crafts

As the leaves fall off the trees and we start getting ready for snow, other things are also falling...like acorns! Crafting with them can be as simple as collecting them and filling a bowl for a centrepiece, but there are so many other things that you can do with them!


 Clockwise from Top Right

Personalized Acorn Christmas Ornaments from My Nearest and Dearest
Acorn Cap Candles by Create for Less
Acorn and Leather Napkin Holder
Acorn Tea Set by Red Ted Art (hello, adorable for a little fairy tea party!!)
Bell Shaker by Mini Eco

All it takes is a little creativity, and what I love most about using these elements is that your little ones can help gather the acorns, and prep them by sorting and washing them. Full prep instructions here!

My favorite project from the collection above is the acorn tea set. These little projects for fairytales and imaginative play are so awesome for little ones, and they definitely make me yearn for a little girl. I've seen fairy gardens and homes all over Pinterest, so this tea set would be perfect if your daughter loves all things fairies.

So get out there and collect your acorns, sort and wash them, then prep them for crafting. No matter what project you choose, it'll be a great, hands on experience for you and your children.
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