Welcome Baby with the Basics

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photo from freepik.com

Getting a nursery ready for your first baby can be an exciting time in your family’s life. Unfortunately, as a new mother you probably don’t know where to begin. Your family and friends will all have advice about what items are necessary for the baby’s care while advertising will make you think you need everything under the sun. Use the following as a guide to the basics.


The furniture will be your first and most important purchases. A crib is a must. Your child will use this from their first night home until they are approximately two years old. A changing table is a nice convenience, but not necessary. Think about using a chest of drawers instead. Padding and safety belts can be added to the top for baby’s changings. Keep safety in mind at all times. Don’t forget to include a comfortable rocker in the room for yourself.


Linens include bedding, window treatments, clothing, and towels. Bedding needs to be kept to a minimum with no pillows or bumper pads that can pose a risk to the baby’s safety. Avoid blinds that have strings or slats that a toddler can become tangled in. Instead choose room darkening drapes that will be extremely helpful during afternoon naps. Many new moms think they have more than enough towels and clothes on hand, but you’ll learn quickly how many of these items a baby can go through each day.


Complete the room by adding the comforting items. Plush animal mats from stores like Purple Pumpkin Gifts are ideal for letting baby’s lay on the floor to play. Bouncy seats can be both comforting and entertaining while exersaucers provide hours of fun. Keep plenty of story books on hand. Even a newborn baby loves to hear their parents read to them. Plus it is a wonderful first step in education.

Now that you have the basics in place you can rest assured that you are ready to welcome your baby into your home. You can add additional things that others recommend or that you discover from experience to be useful as time goes on. For now, relax and enjoy this special time in your life without all the pressure.

A Day Camp for Children

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image from https://encountertrinity.com

Local children in the Tacoma, Washington, area that are between the age of 3 and 19 can attend a children’s day camp Washington that is offered by the nonprofit The Rain Foundation, which is sponsored by the Courageous Women Ministries.

The next Day Camp will be August 12, 2017. Two for 2017 have already been held in May and July, and they are regularly offered several times a year between May and September. The main mission is to connect able-bodied and disabled children with horses and further their lives with a little encouragement. The camp is wheelchair accessible, so disabled children are encouraged to attend and enjoy interacting with animals, doing arts and crafts, taking part in a wide range of activities, and having fun.

Each day camp runs from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Five different stations teach about farm animals, and children have lunch on the patio with animals around them. There is also a DJ that plays the children’s favorite music.

The day camps are free except for the cost for four preregistered horsemanship classes, if desired. Those are $20 per child for each class, and siblings are $15 a class for up to three children. The “free” is paid for by generous donations that are encouraged from the community and elsewhere to enable a camp attendance that would cost about $450 each.

Courageous Women Ministries

This is a Christian ministry with the mission to encourage women to support one another while keeping God in their daily lives. It is headed by Vickie Hoefer, who speaks at Seattle, Washington, area women’s organizations and special tea parties offering words of encouragement and hosting support groups for women to connect with and help each other through chronic illnesses and life’s rough patches such as having to be in shelters or abusive relationships. These type of events provide a way for women to learn from others in similar situations and find answers to problems.

Would You Like to Make a Donation?

Whether you would like to help a child go to Day Camp or pay for horse food and supplies for the camp, or would like to support Courageous Women Ministries, or both, your donation can be made online, in person, or through the mail. If you work where there is a Matching Gifts Program, your employer will match your donation.

If you want your donation to be of time and you live in the Tacoma, Washington, area, learn about becoming a camp counselor, which is a great opportunity to perform a wonderful community service.

Playtime Is Every Day At Doggie Day Care

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credit to google image

When you are running errands or working, it is important to leave your dog in good hands during the day. The best thing you can do is leave him at a reliable doggie day care in Michigan. Your dog needs to get his daily exercise and stay entertained, which is why the doggie daycare provides a morning and afternoon play session each day.

Group Play Designed Just For Your Dog

You do not have to worry about how your dog socializes because he is placed in the right playgroup. Every playgroup consists of dogs of the same size and activity levels, and the dogs in each group have the same interests. Grouping the dogs by size ensures they are safe during their play session. The dogs are grouped by interests and activity levels to keep them entertained.

Outdoor Play For Dogs

Your dog is sure to enjoy a play session in the outdoor exercise pen, which features soft K9 grass under their paws. The exercise pen is fenced in for their protection, and it is heated to keep them warm on cooler days. There is plenty of space for your dog to run around and play in the exercise pen.

Indoor Play For Dogs

Your dog also has the option to play inside the spacious playroom. The playroom is cushioned to keep them safe, and it features a variety of colorful play equipment. The indoor playroom is perfect for extreme weather or dogs who prefer to stay inside.

Supervised Play

It is natural to worry about your dog when you leave him at doggie daycare. You can rest assured that the staff is taking good care of him when you are away. Every play session is supervised by a trained staff to ensure it goes smoothly. The staff makes sure the dogs are getting along, staying within the designated area and not playing too rough with one another.

View Each Play Session

When you have some downtime, you may want to check on your dog to see how they are doing at the doggie daycare. You do not have to drive to the facility or disrupt the activities just to peek in at your dog. The doggie daycare provides web cams so you can check out the play sessions from home or while on the go.

Your dog is sure to enjoy the play sessions at the doggie daycare in Michigan.

Easy Fraction Craft for Toddlers

Just before our homeschool year ends, I was able to teach my preschooler about fraction. Something that I dread off teaching because I was bad at fraction back in grade school. But  and I am so grateful with the free online resources available these days, it makes teaching math fun & easy.

I got this free pizza fraction craft from Jennifer Bates. The craft is intended to reinforce the fraction vocabulary of fourths and quarter. It’s a five pages PDF file, perfect for your toddler’s Math portfolio.

IMG_4365_zpsjingidhaThe little one, enjoyed this fun & hands on activity, and I think he got the concept of fraction.
I have compiled links below to free fraction activities that might help you and your toddler learn fraction.

Pizza Fraction by Jeniffer Bates
Flower Fraction by RaraDT
Apple Fraction by teachwithme.com 

DIY Montessori Fraction Material from http://livingmontessorinow.com

Books about Fraction from http://www.kcedventures.com