Parenting milestones nobody mentions Pt. 2

on Aug. 11, 2014, at 9:16 a.m.
And now, since babies grow and develop exponentially fast, here’s a second installment of parenting milestones not mentioned in the books: :: The first (or 15th) time you wake up on the floor of the nursery snuggled up with a baby-sized blanket and a stuffed animal under your head. :: …

Now that we are mobile

on Aug. 08, 2014, at 9:59 a.m.
The Bug isn’t quite crawling, but she’s not staying in one place anymore either. She’s perfected the “scroot” as we like to call it — the crawl/scoot, and it’s gets faster everyday. Movement forward started a few weeks ago and since then, very important lessons were learned rather quickly: 1. No …

Move Over Crayons, Hello IPhone

on Aug. 08, 2014, at 9:54 a.m.
While we might still teach our kids about right or wrong, grammar, and manners our children can teach us a thing or two about computers and smartphones. The Wall Street Journal reports six-year-olds knows more about technology than 45 year olds. Six year olds! And 14 and 15 year olds …
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Ten Birthday Wishes

on Aug. 08, 2014, at 8:56 a.m.
Yesterday was my birthday. It was a wonderful day being thoroughly surprised by my husband, cupcakes at work, and lots of hugs from my amazing boys. There are a few more birthday wishes I wouldn’t  have minded receiving for my birthday though: How about some sleep?  The night before my birthday was …
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Parents, it’s time to take back dinnertime!

on Aug. 08, 2014, at 8:03 a.m.
Join us as we teach our kids healthy eating habits #ONENEWFOOD at a time!

Breastfeeding is not sexy.

on Aug. 06, 2014, at 3:46 p.m.
There.  I have your attention.  I used the words “breast” and “sexy” in my title, which led you here. I am writing this piece in honor of World Breastfeeding Week. I’ve thought about sharing this before but I usually shy away from stirring things up on sensitive topics.  Well, nothing is …

Literacy: The first year

on Aug. 06, 2014, at 10:07 a.m.
We know now that literacy skills begin developing during the first years of life. Programs like “Raising Readers,” which many Maine hospitals and doctors offices participate in, gift books to children right from birth knowing it sets a good foundation. Now, we’re not talking ABC’s in the hospital room, but those …

A back-to-school list to live by.

on Aug. 05, 2014, at 1:05 p.m.
I started seeing them back in June.  School supplies officially hit the stores. I began to feel the uneasiness and anxiety that is back-to-school for a parent. School had literally just ended and our summer had yet to begin.  I hadn’t even bought bathing suits for the kids. My daughter didn’t skip …

Sesame Street Live returning to Bangor this fall

on Aug. 04, 2014, at 12:53 p.m.
Maine children can boogy and shake with Elmo and his friends once again this fall when Sesame Street Live’s “Let’s Dance!” performance returns to the Cross Insurance Center. This is the show’s second stop at the new auditorium in Bangor and shows are scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 14 and Wednesday, …
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What I Learned at AAC Camp

on Aug. 04, 2014, at 10:58 a.m.
Our top five takeaways from our weekend at AAC Camp. Check them out and see if they will help your pre-verbal or AAC-using child!

Weight Loss is Not Always “THE” Goal.

on Aug. 01, 2014, at 8:32 p.m.
Hello friends. It seems I have lost some weight. This is not something I tried to do. In fact, I really didn’t notice until some friends began to ask me about it. And then there was the scale at the doctor’s office that confirmed that indeed, I have shed some …

(Almost) No Dishes Required

on Aug. 01, 2014, at 10:15 a.m.
Tuesday night for dinner I had onion rings and asparagus. That’s it. And the asparagus only ended up on the plate because I felt guilty about not eating something green. But it’s all I could cobble together after a long day at work and a long day of being a …

You went where with a baby?

on Aug. 01, 2014, at 9:10 a.m.
Last week, I did something that just a few months ago I thought was impossible. We took our 7-month-old daughter on an international vacation — just the three of us, no in-laws or relatives to help. Granted, it was only to Halifax, Nova Scotia, an eight hour drive, but it …

Surgeon General Joining the Fight Against UV

on July 30, 2014, at 2:14 p.m.
Once upon a time, smoking was awesome. No really. Joe Camel was cool. Big Tobacco companies marketed it as healthy! Actors and models would pose with a cigarette as a prop. And then little by little more information came out that it caused cancer, something that was preventable by not …

It’s a breastfeeding flash mob

on July 30, 2014, at 8:54 a.m.
  CALLING all Maine nursing mommas! Join others at Knowlton Park Saturday at 10:30 for the annual Big Latch On, an attempt to break last year’s record of 14,536 children simultaneously breastfeeding in 28 countries. The Big Latch On is an effort that started in New Zealand in 2005 as …
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Fenway Park comes to Maine

on July 30, 2014, at 8:53 a.m.
A dream come true: Fenway Park comes to Maine
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Let’s Go That Way

on July 28, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
We pulled over on to the side of the road once the rain made it practically impossible to drive. Of course, it would be my luck that we pulled over where we did.

Going Gluten Free – Tips and Tricks

on July 28, 2014, at 1:28 p.m.
So if you read my article – you certainly got a chance to see that I have submitted some links to common things that have gluten hidden in them. The two big things are Malt and Barley. They don’t sound like wheat, so you’d expect for them to be fine. …

Gluten Free & Clean Eating Recipe – Fall Off the Bone Lemon Pepper Chicken

on July 28, 2014, at 12:48 p.m.
Fall Off the Bone Crock Pot Lemon Pepper Chicken Depending on the size of your chicken, you will need a 4 or 6 quart crock pot. Ingredients 1 Whole Chicken 5 Large Potatoes or a bag of gourmet baby potatoes (I find with the baby potatoes you can just chuck …

Gluten Free & Clean Eating Recipe – Coffee Cake

on July 28, 2014, at 12:16 p.m.
Coffee Cake Based on this recipe by Betty Crocker -preparation time: 10 mins Topping – 5 mins ¼ cup Butter (not melted – it should be firm!!) 1/3 cup GF Bisquick 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon ½ cup packed brown sugar Coffee Cake – 5 mins 1 ¾ cup GF Bisquick …
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