Bugs are the youngest members at The Little Gym at 4-9 months
old. Look at how much fun these little cuties are having!
Learn more about classes for your little bug here.
1. Place the chopped mango and pineapple juice
in a blender container or food processor bowl. Cover and blend or
process until smooth. Cover and refrigerate the pureed mixture.
2. Meanwhile, in a large glass bowl, pour
boiling water over the tea bags and mint sprigs. Cover and let
steep 5 minutes. Remove and discard the tea bags and mint sprigs.
Cool, covered, for 1 hour. Chill for 2 hours.
3. Transfer the chilled tea to a 2-quart
pitcher; add the pureed mango mixture and sugar. Stir until the
sugar is dissolved.
4. To serve, pour the tea mixture into
ice-filled glasses. Garnish each glass with an additional mango
slice and a pineapple star. Makes 6 (8-ounce) servings.
We are hard at work on the Makeover Issue of MOM Magazine -
debuting early June. I can't wait for you to see the amazing
makeovers of our Cover MOM winners. While working on the story, I
stumbled on these great info videos from local NW designers:
And then I was so bad. I fell in love with the gorgeous orange
dress in video #4 and went directly to the Garnish
site. I ordered it in the brown top version, sight unseen. I never
do that! I'll let you know how it goes when it arrives. Check out
their designs - amazing!
We just finished off a weekend baseball tournament with a
perfect lunch at Calapooia Brewpub.
The kids always love the home-brewed rootbeer. Mom and dad
washed down a blue cheese cobb burger with Calapooia brew. Everyone
polished off lunch with cute little cupcakes from Rocket
The squealer, topped with candied bacon, is to die for. You must
order them right now. Props to a couple of amazing local mom-owned
businesses. Way to go ladies - well done! Thank you for a great
25 Manners Every Kid Should Know By Age
Your child's rude 'tude isn't always intentional. Sometimes kids
just don't realize it's impolite to interrupt, pick their nose, or
loudly observe that the lady walking in front of them has a large
behind. And in the hustle and bustle of daily life, busy moms and
dads don't always have the time to focus on etiquette. But if you
reinforce these 25 must-do manners, you'll raise a polite, kind,
Manner #1 - When asking for
something, say "Please."
Manner #2 - When receiving
something, say "Thank you."
Manner #3 - Do not interrupt
grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an
emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished
Manner #4 - If you do need to get
somebody's attention right away, the phrase "excuse me" is the most
polite way for you to enter the conversation.
Manner #5 - When you have any
doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you
from many hours of grief later.
Manner #6 - The world is not
interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself,
or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults.
Manner #7 - Do not comment on
other people's physical characteristics unless, of course, it's to
compliment them, which is always welcome.
Manner #8 - When people ask you
how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are.
Manner #9 - When you have spent
time at your friend's house, remember to thank his or her parents
for having you over and for the good time you had.
Manner #10 - Knock on closed doors
-- and wait to see if there's a response -- before entering.
Manner #11 - When you make a phone
call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with
the person you are calling.
Manner #12 - Be appreciative and
say "thank you" for any gift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a
handwritten thank-you note can have a powerful effect.
Manner #13 - Never use foul
language in front of adults. Grown-ups already know all those
words, and they find them boring and unpleasant.
Manner #14 - Don't call people
Manner #15 - Do not make fun of
anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and
ganging up on someone else is cruel.
Manner #16 - Even if a play or an
assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are
interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best.
Manner #17 - If you bump into
somebody, immediately say "Excuse me."
Manner #18 - Cover your mouth when
you cough or sneeze, and don't pick your nose in public.
Manner #19 - As you walk through a
door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.
Manner #20 - If you come across a
parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you
can help. If they say "yes," do so -- you may learn something
Manner #21 - When an adult asks
you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.
Manner #22 - When someone helps
you, say "thank you." That person will likely want to help you
again. This is especially true with teachers!
Manner #23 - Use eating utensils
properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach
you or watch what adults do.
Manner #24 - Keep a napkin on your
lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.
Manner #25 - Don't reach for
things at the table; ask to have them passed.
See full article from Parents.com here, by David
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Most Beautiful Baby of 2011 in the KRKT Beautiful Baby Contest. Voting starts May
9 and ends May 11 at 5 p.m. Winners announced Thursday,
May 12 during the morning show with Scott & Angie.
(This is Mia trying green beans for
the first time at 6 months old)
I recently tried a new recipe for dinner that didn't go over
very well, and I'm not surprised. Alex, the "good eater" had a few
bites, and Mia, the "picky eater" barely choked down her "try me"
bite. And ya know what? I am OK with that. For years, I
stressed about every drop of food and liquid that went into my
kids' mouths. My husband has reassured me countless times that the
kids will not starve if they don't clean their plates. And we've
done lots of research, reading, and trying different ways to
encourage our kids (particularly Mia) to eat. Through all that,
we've discovered some pretty interesting tidbits.
-The average number of times most toddlers need to be
exposed to a new food before accepting it? 8-10. It
can be unbelievably frustrating to spend time preparing a nice
home-cooked meal, only to have your toddler throw it on the floor
with hardly a taste. But if you ever want your child to eat it, you
need to be persistent. (source: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/475189_5)
(Medscape link requires login)
-The average number of times a new food is provided to a
child before the adult determines that he/she doesn't like it?
2.5. Quite a lot lower than the number of times that it
takes the child to make up their mind. Give it at least 10 tries
before you determine your child doesn't like a food.
-Toddlers don't need nearly the amount of food we think
they do. After age 2, the nutritional requirements of a
child significantly decrease, due to a decrease in the rate of
growth. Feeding patterns can be quite unpredictable, so
accept the fact that you will may have more leftovers than planned.
On those nights when they eat nothing, send your child to bed with
confidence, knowing that he will not waste away overnight.
-Don't turn eating into a power struggle with your
child! Parents need to keep the emotion out of eating -
this is not the time to exert control over your child. Forcing a
child to eat will only lead to further eating and power issues down
the road. (source: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/475189_5)
-Don't use bribery or punishment to force your child to
eat. Both reward and punishment reinforce the
characteristics of a "picky eater" and help to create bad eating
habits. (source: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/475189_5)
So what can you do through difficult meal times with
We've had some luck with recipes and techniques in
Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld (although Mia spotted
the spinach under the cheese on the pizza right away). But we
are living proof that continued exposure leads to acceptance. Mia
used to turn her head away from many of our go-to meals, like
veggie burgers and stir-fry, but now welcomes and looks forward to
them. We also did try-me bites. Instead of intimidating her
with a whole serving of a new food, we'd put one bite of the food
so she could just try it. If she liked it, we'd get her more, if
not, we'd wait until next time. You can also try
Flavor-flavor learning (pairing a new food with an already-accepted
food). Most importantly, don't let mealtime get the best of you.
The less you react and make an issue out of it, the less attention
you'll draw to the situation. And as with everything baby and
toddler related, it's most likely just a stage that your child will
grow out of.
Does your child have trouble sleeping? Do you suspect that
there's more to the problem that may need attention?
Come to the next
A.W.A.K.E (Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic) group meeting on
May 18, 2011. Special guest speaker
Dr. Vincent Gimino from The Corvallis Clinic Sleep Medicine and
Pulmonary Medicine departments and the Samaritan Sleep Disorders
Center will discuss common pediatric sleep issues and what
treatment options are available.
This free seminar will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Good Samaritan
Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. For more information, please
call (541) 768-5260.
Synergea Chiropractic is hosting a Family Wellness Fair on
Saturday, May 14th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club
Come Enjoy a Free Day of FUN!
* Activities and Booths - from various community partners such
The Little Gym, Chris Nordyke State Farm, The Smile Photo Booth,
VS Restoration, Arbonne, Team GFR, Tec Labs, CPR Works, The Gluten
Free RN, Dance Corvallis, Vertebrata Chiropractic, Pediatric
Therapy Professionals, Corvallis Bike Collective, PT Northwest and
* Demonstrations, Classes and Performances from The Little Gym,
Dance Corvallis and many more
* Drawings and Prizes - from Entwine Jewelry, Papas Pizza, and
* Yummy Goodies and FREE Balloons
* Great information how to be Healthy and Happy as a Family- such
as FREE ID cards!, Dental, Gait, Asthma Nervous System / Spine and
and much more!
MOM Magazine is pleased to be donating the following amazing items
for the drawing:
-Time Buddy - super
cool clock that teaches kids daily routines and time
-Body Rocks CD + Video - catchy songs to teach kids about
the human body - featuring Liz Phair, Pete Yorn, Minnie Driver
Paintable boots - fabulous rain boots kids can paint and
-Juno Baby - CDs and
DVDs to help preschoolers learn through music
-Filled diaper bag for an new or expecting mom from Buckhead
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