Supplies and StuffAug. 25th

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Now that the kiddos are headed back to school, we have to get organized. Back to school shopping is so fun! Let’s take a stroll back to our own childhood. Here are some fun back to school essentials.

Backpacks:Backpack Buying Tips (Parenting.com)
How do you pick the best backpack for your child when you’re facing a full aisle in the store? Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re shopping.
Two straps: This will distribute the weight evenly and is safer for the carrier’s back, neck and shoulders.
Reflective: If children will be walking home from school or out at night, their backpack should have pieces of reflective material on the bag.
Fit: Have your child try on the bag before you purchase it. The bottom of the bag should meet the lower back, but should not be more than 4 inches below the waistline. The point at which the bag and straps meet should be 1 to 2 inches below the top of the shoulders.
Weight: When you’ve selected the right backpack, make sure you don’t overload it. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends that a backpack should not exceed 15 to 20 percent of a child’s body weight, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not exceeding 10 percent.

We love the ones on Land of Nod!

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Lunch bags: We found some cute snack bags on Etsy.com

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Labels: Cute labels for lunch boxes, cups and such. Keep track of your kid’s stuff. (Stuck On You)

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Supplies: Scented pencils?! Yep, gourmet pencils for all flavors! (Smencils)

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Cups/Feeding: Camelbak has great cups for kids!

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Learning Station:

Fun ideas from Decoist.com

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Hope your kids have a smooth transition! Make sure you take the tissues when you drop them off;) Happy school year!

Ice cream!Aug. 11th

What is summer, without ice cream?! Every kid (and big kid) wants to visit the ice cream shop during hot summer months! Even better, the ice cream truck!  These cheerful little vehicles have come a long way. With the food truck trend, the good old ice cream man has had to step it up a notch;)

Before the summer is over, you must check out some frozen treat trucks. The kids will love it and the big kid in you will too. Check out some of the cool trucks we found online. Maybe you will get inspired to grab a cone.

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Ding, ding…it’s ice cream time!

 

 

 

Wild and FreeJul. 28th

The baby/kid market is overflowing with adorable things. There is really no shortage of cute out there. We are loving the “Wanderlust’ looks in clothing and decor. We decided to share some of our favorite things from the web.

Tee Pee for playtime:

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(Tee Pee by StitchinNista on Etsy)

Tee Pee print with quote:

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(Tee Pee print by ModishCC)

Printed Leggings:

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(Leggings by Half Pint Hipsters)

Baby Bundle:

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(Baby bundle by Sleepy Tribe)

Arrow wall decal:

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(Wall decal by The Lovely Wall)

Adventure baby onesie:

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(Onesie by Feather 4 Arrow)

Adventure Awaits!

Family FunJul. 20th

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Have you attended  a South Park Walkabout? It’s a fun-filled evening festival to introduce you to the shops and cafes of a charming, hip and historic neighborhood. South Park is unique and friendly.Shops are open late, with entertainment, specials, and surprises. Browse, explore, shop, and celebrate! It’s free and fun! This Saturday, July 25th from 6pm-10pm.

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We’ll be at So Childish on Saturday, July 25th from 4pm-7pm. Come by and get your child’s hand or foot impression and join in the fun. There will be a balloon artist, face painter and silhouette artist there also. Baby Garten Studio is offering up some free classes that evening, starting at 5pm. They are located in the same building and right next door.

So Childish

Taste some of the fare the local restaurants are serving and take a ride on the FREE trolley from Beech to Juniper streets during Walkabouts. Take the #2 MTA bus right through the neighborhood, along 30th St. from Beech to Kalmia (and on to North Park).

It’s going to be a fun time,so don’t skip this family-friendly event!

Summertime FunJun. 22nd

Summer is here! Summer camps and vacations are in full swing. What are you up to this summer? We found some websites with guides to the best camps and the best summer activities and vacation spots. Take a look.

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Hottest San Diego Beaches: http://traveltips.usatoday.com/top-10-beaches-san-diego-area-19148.html

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Best public pools: http://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/centers/aquatics/locations.shtml

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Summer Camp Guide: https://www.sandiegofamily.com/resources/summer-camps-and-programs

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Best Weekend Road Trips: http://vacationidea.com/california/Weekend-Getaways-from-San-Diego.html

Have a safe and wonderful summer!

Inspiring KidsJun. 4th

Every so often, we run across stories of the amazing kids. We all do our best to raise our children and make them the kind of people we want to see in the world. These kids are leaving an impression on the world and civilization. We want our kids to be smart, kind, successful and lead happy lives. It’s so refreshing to come across articles that highlight kids who are really making a difference.

Helping the homeless:

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THE FULL STORY HERE http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/03/girl-builds-homeless-shelters-washington_n_7488460.html?ir=Parents&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000037

All in the family:

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READ MORE HERE http://www.people.com/article/family-road-trip-helps-others

Incredible drive: 

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CLICK HERE FOR MORE http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/child-amputee-doesn-t-let-disability-deter-her-dance-430257731587

A Leap for Legos:

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ARTICLE HERE http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/boy-invents-low-cost-braille-printer-made-of-legos-for-blind-415105603573

 

Playful EatsMay. 19th

As children, we were taught not to play with our food. Now we have reached a time where we are saying the opposite to our own kids. It is now acceptable to play with our food!Have a picky eater? No problem. Try making meals fun, but getting creative with food.

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Here are some cute examples of culinary cuteness at its best. You have the creative freedom to do what you want. Fool your kids into wanting to try new things. Come on…everyone is doing it;)

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Now it’s playtime. See what fun creations you can come up with and how they work for your child. Get on the food bus and see where it ends up. Good luck!

 

 

Summer CampMay. 5th

Do you have plans set for summer? What will you do with the kids? San Diego offers so many great summer camps. We looked into which ones are being offered in 2015. Your kids can learn about a number of things, by engaging in different types of activities. Here’s San Diego Family Magazine’s list of the types of camps for this summer.

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TRADITIONAL DAY CAMP EXPERIENCE

SPECIALITY

SCIENCE & DISCOVERY

TECHNOLOGY & FILMMAKING

LANGUAGE

PAINTING, DRAWING, CERAMICS

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

DRAMA/THEATER

DANCE/MUSIC

WATERSPORTS

SPORTS

ACADEMIC FOCUS

PLAY BASED

OVERNIGHT/RESIDENT CAMPS  

SCHOOLS OFFERING SUMMER PROGRAMS

For More details on the specific camps offered, visit https://www.sandiegofamily.com/resources/summer-camps-and-programs/433-time-for-camp

Green ThumbApr. 20th

Do your kids love gardening? It’s tough to explain the drought to children, but we found some planet-friendly ways to garden with the kids. Being in Southern California, you have to be outside and take advantage of the good weather. These water-saving tips will let them continue to enjoy planting and caring for a garden. Get out the tools and gloves! We even show you the basic supplies you will need for a fun outdoor project in the dirt.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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If you prefer to water on your own, make this up-cycled watering jug:
Easy gardening can save your time a lot it is also based on the preference to water on your own then you have to make up cycled watering jug by doing holes in jug. It is an easy way to watering plants and garden.

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Consider your pots, when re-potting. Use glazed terra cotta or plastic pots that aren’t porous.

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Grow what you need and know you will consume.

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Plant accordingly. Place plants that need more water together and separate the plants needing less.(http://www.shtfpreparedness.com/the-complete-companion-planting-guide/)

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Grow for the season. Only grow things that are in season to cut down on wasted water.

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Test for water. Dig in the soil to see if the plants even need more water, before you water.

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Collect the rain. Use pails or buckets to collect rain water to reuse for watering the garden.

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Go native. Plant things that are native to your region and can survive on minimal water. Chances are, if it’s native, it will survive even in a drought. If droughts are common in your region, it is likely that your native plants are used to less water.

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Do your part to save water and still have fun in the garden. Here is a great PDF that can help you find more ways to save water. http://emergencypreparedness.cce.cornell.edu/disasters/Documents/20%20ways%20to%20save%20water.pdf Stay mindful.

Creative Eggs-pressionMar. 30th

Easter is almost here and what better way to spend Spring Break with the kids, than doing a little DIY crafts? Gather some of your recyclables and let’s get to it. 

We love these adorable egg carton chicks and bunnies

Found on My Kid Crafts

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Make a bunny vase for your Spring flowers. Grab some paint and a jar and hop to it.

DIY craft by Weekend Craft

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Candy cones for your chocolate eggs! Aren’t they so cute?

Found on Heather Roselli Designs

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Create a buzz with these cute Easter egg bees!

Found on Family Fun Crafts

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Ever heard of silk dying Easter eggs? It’s a beautiful way to decorate your eggs! Hit your local thrift store for some old ties or silk scarves.

Found simple instructions on Instructables.

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Now you have some homework, but it’s the fun kind;) Happy Easter and have a great Spring Break with the kids!