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My little Nudist!

Despite my very best efforts to keep her clothed, she is always determined to be naked more than I would like. She can have her clothes off in a minute flat. Yes, we are running out of the door… late as usual, I will dress her to go out and turn around to get her shoes and there she is, totally nude! – In the world of a toddler, running around naked must be a great game and in my world I never care much I usually let her be especially when we don’t have company.potty training

In Kenya, it can get sooo hot that everywhere you look there are naked kids and no-one bats an eyelid. So I try my best not to overreact but I had to really over react today…I’ve tried putting pajamas on her that button, buckle but she can be totally undressed in less than a minute. And those onesis she will stretch the neck and shimmy out, also she takes forever to go to sleep because she spends hours putting her clothes on and taking them off. …Yes. She undressed herself in the crib… Poop everywhere Yuck! grrr….cleaning poop and disinfecting was not in my to do list today — I have to draw the line when she undress at nap time, poop, and then paint with it…

I have been reading and my friends and family suggested these tips for bedtime:-

  • Duct tape around the waist of the diaper and overlap it in the back
  • Fastening the disposable diapers backwards
  • Pair of panties over her diaper or a onesie underneath her clothes
  • When they want to run around necked let them and start potty training
  • Let them be naked –  we’ll raise a generation with a balanced and healthy view of bodies
  • Pajamas inside out at night
  • Putting a diaper pin through the zipper of the one piece Pajama’s works for us.
  • Try the little keeper sleeper  www.littlekeepersleep.com
  • instead of using disposable diapers at nap time use the cloth diapers
Lets see what will work – Anybody out there with a lil nudist? Any tips?

Facebook’s Social Web: How to Protect Your Privacy

JR Raphael, PC World

Protecting your privacy on Facebook can feel like a full-time job. The social network has made a habit of tweaking its privacy policies with some regularity — and in many cases, it’s up to you to take proactive steps in order to keep your info out of the public eye.

This week’s introduction of Facebook’s “Open Graph” is no exception. By default, you’re now opted in to the company’s new social sharing services, and this time, they stretch way beyond the confines of Facebook.com.

If you’re comfortable with that, more power to you. But if you’d rather keep your personal preferences private, here’s a step-by-step guide to taking back control.

Facebook’s Social Web and Your Privacy

Facebook Like ButtonFirst, let’s take a quick jog through what we’re actually dealing with here. There are two key pieces to Facebook’s new Web-wide social services. The simpler one is the universal “Like” button (not to be confused with the universal “Indifferent” button, which I keep hoping will be adopted).

The universal “Like” button looks like Facebook’s regular “Like” button, only it appears on blogs and news sites all over the Web. If you click it while on any external Web site, know that you’re authorizing Facebook to publish your activity right onto your Facebook profile (and hence also onto your friends’ news feeds). Any friends of yours who visit the third-party Web site could also see that you were there. Translation: Don’t click “Like” while visiting NakedOiledNannies.com.

That’s the easy part. The second (and slightly more creepy) part is what Facebook calls “instant personalization.” This is a partnership-driven service in which Facebook automatically enables a “personal and social experience” on certain external Web sites.

Facebook Social Web

So what’s that really mean? Here’s how Facebook explains it:

“When you and your friends visit an instantly personalized site, the partner can use your public Facebook information, which includes your name, profile picture, gender, and connections.”

Put into a real-world example, if you sign-on to Pandora — one of Facebook’s initial partners — the site could automatically dip into your Facebook account and pull your favorite bands from your profile. It could then use that info to build specialized stations for you before you can even say “Selena Gomez.”

The external info-sharing doesn’t stop with you, either: Pandora can also notify anyone on your Facebook friend list if a band they’re listening to happens to appear within your Facebook profile. Yes, your co-workers and other professional contacts will soon be privy to your late-night Miley Cyrus jam sessions.

The same concept applies at other partner sites, which thus far include Yelp and Docs.com.

Facebook Privacy Protection Guide

Prefer not to have your info automatically disclosed? There are five steps you need to take.

1. Head to Facebook’s “Applications and Websites” privacy settings page. Look for the option at the very bottom of the page entitled “Instant Personalization.” Uncheck the “Allow” box, then confirm that you want to opt-out.

Facebook Privacy Settings

That causes your personal data to be deleted from the partner sites, but it doesn’t stop your Facebook friends from accessing and sharing it in the future. In order to do that, you also need to manually block each site manually by performing the next three steps:

2. Go to the Facebook Docs app page. Click the link that says “Block Application” — located on the left-hand side, toward the top of the page — and then click “Block Docs” on the confirmation box that appears on your screen.

3. Go to the Pandora app page. Repeat the process from step 2 to block the application.

4. Go to the Yelp app page. Repeat the app-blocking process once more.

Once you’ve done that, head on to the next step:

5. Back on the “Applications” privacy settings page, click on the button to edit the settings for “What your friends can share about you.” Make sure all the boxes there are unchecked — unless, of course, you want your friends to be able to publicly share any of those types of information — then click on “Save Changes.”

But Wait, There’s More…

Those five steps will protect your privacy for now. But Facebook may add more autosharing partner sites in the future.

Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be notified when that happens. But you can keep tabs on this Facebook Help Center page; it lists all the approved partners, so you’ll be able to see if any new ones have been added that may need to be blocked.

Retrieved from: http://www.pcworld.com/article/194821/facebooks_new_features_how_to_protect_your_privacy.html

Denver – Free Days

In case any of these interest you — here is a list of 2010 free days for you and your family.
2010 FREE DAYS

DENVER ZOO
·         2300 Steele St., Denver, 303-376-4800
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Saturday November 13, 2010

DENVER ART MUSEUM
·         100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, 720-865-5000
(The art museum is free the first Saturday of every month: )
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Saturday June 5, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010

DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS
·         1005 York Street, Denver, 720-865-3500
Monday, January 18, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Thursday, October 23, 2010

DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS @ CHATFIELD
·         8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 303-973-3705
Friday, January 1, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010

DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE
·         2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver, 303-322-7009
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010

KIDS EAT FREE DAYS:

**Everyday**
O’Charley’s Restaurant
Old Spaghetti Factory (with coupon from Kids Pages Magazine)
IHOP – Actually $0.99 – 3-9pm
McAlister’s Deli – after 5pm

**Sunday
LoDos – $1.99
Lansdowne Arms – after 4 pm
La Msa Mexican Restaurant
Sunset Grill
Jose Pepper’s Authentic Mexican Food
Chartroose Caboose
Big D’s BBQ (Parker)

**Monday
Brothers BBQ
Buffalo Wild Wings – $0.99 – 5-8 pm
C.B. & Potts
CiCi’s Pizza
Chartroose Caboose – after 5pm
Cinzetti’s – 5-9 pm
Fuddruckers – $0.99 – 5-9 pm
Gunther Toody’s
Rio Grande
TGI Fridays
Big D’s BBQ (Parker)
Bono’s BBQ

** Tuesday
3 Margarittas
Bennigans
Black Eyed Pea – after 5pm
Brothers BBQ
Champps
Chick-Fil-A
Cinzetti’s – 5-9 pm
Denny’s – 4-10pm
Fazolli’s – $0.99 – 5-8pm
Fuddruckers – $0.99 – 5-9 pm
Lone Star Steakhouse
Perkins
Pizza Street
Planet Subs – after 4pm
Ponderosa Steak House – after 4pm
Salty Iguana Mexican Restaurant
Big D’s BBQ (Parker)
Treo (& ½ price hamburgers)

**Wednesday
Applebees – $0.99
Old Chicago
Rainforest Café – after 5pm
Zarda BBQ
Big D’s BBQ (Parker)

**Thursday
Buffalo Wild Wings
C.B. & Potts – $1.00
Big D’s BBQ (Parker)

**Saturday
Lone Star Steakhouse – 11 – 4pm
LoDo’s – $1.99

To buy i (pad, phone, pod…)something or not…

So I am usually one of those girls who jumps into the technology bandwagon after the prices go down – Marketing gurus have a name for people like me and i just cant seem to remember it. Like right now I am still waiting for the kindle starting prices to be below $100 or even 49.99. I know it will happen – :)- Anyway I found this flow chart and thought it was brilliant and really hilarious – enjoy!

Retrieved from: http://maniachi.com

Did this make your decision easier? he-he-he

Easter Egg Tips

Here is a list of natural items to dye eggs with. For natural dyeing boil eggs with these items with vinegar about a tablespoon, even more wouldn’t hurt. After boiling for 20 to 30 minutes letting them set longer will deepen the color. (http://easter-stuff.net/Easter-Egg-Tips.htm)

  • Tea or Coffee – Gives a brown or yellowish tan hue.
  • Onion Skin – Yellow or purple hue, or reddish pick with red onions.
  • Beets – Dark purple color.
  • Red Cabbage -Purple hue or bluish.
  • Turmeric or Saffron – Yellow color.
  • Grape Juice or Dark Concord Grapes – Lavender color.
  • Blueberries – Blue color.
  • Spinach – Green color.
  • Dandelions – Yellowish color.
  • Orange peels – Lemon Peels – Yellow hues.
  • Shredded Carrots – Yellow Orangish hues.
  • Black Walnuts – Tannish stain hues.
  • Chili Powder – Brownish Orange hues.

Easter Stuff - Easter Egg Tips - Coloring Easter Eggs.

Preschool: Advantages and disadvantages

 So I am still in search for a preschool of my liking (well and my son’s too) and this week I happen to think; what are the advantages of taking my son to preschool? So here are some of the advantages and disadvantages I found on baby center.com

Advantages

Preschools are inspected for licensing purposes, teachers are supervised (many groups and classrooms have more than one teacher), and a director oversees the entire operation. This regulation and order can be very reassuring. And your child benefits from this formality, too. Many preschools offer children a structured environment. Other benefits include clear-cut rules for parents to follow (specific pickup and drop-off times, for example), low-fuss installment payments, and the opportunity to meet other parents, who may be able to lend support and babysitting time. Good programs feature a wide variety of fun activities — including singing, dancing, arts and crafts, storytelling, free play, and both indoor and outdoor games and projects — designed to teach children different skills. Children may also learn some academic basics such as counting and the alphabet. Plus, most preschool teachers have training in early childhood education, so they know what to expect from your child developmentally and are able to help her along accordingly. Children in preschool also have the opportunity to socialize with other kids their age, an appealing advantage for parents who used a nanny or relative care when their children were younger. A final advantage — especially when compared to nanny care, home daycare, and relative care — is that a sick provider doesn’t mean a last-minute scramble for emergency childcare. Your child may miss her favorite teacher, but when Miss Jones gets the flu someone is always available to step in.

Disadvantages

 Children benefit from interacting with their peers, but in some preschools, emphasis on groups can overshadow the individual attention kids need and crave. This is a particular risk if the preschool doesn’t follow the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s recommended teacher-child ratio of no more than ten preschoolers per staff member. Even that number is high; a ratio of 1:8 or 1:9 is better for four-, five-, and six-year-olds, and three-year-olds do best with one teacher for every seven children.

 Though many parents appreciate the clear rules and guidelines imposed by preschools, understand that, as with any kind of group care, those guidelines may sometimes be inconvenient for you. If your preschool is closed for holidays or for any other reason (such as staff training), you’ll have to find backup care; if they require children to be toilet trained and your daughter isn’t ready for the potty, they may not let her attend. You may also have to pay high fees for late pickups and end up having to stay home with your child if the preschool says she’s too sick to be there. Finally, some schools’ programs may not leave room for your child to explore and learn at her own pace. If the schedule seems inflexible when you visit, keep looking.

 Source: www.babycenter.com

Still looking, give me your thoughts on some of the advantages and disadvantages you have.

Preschool what is right for your kid?

The moment has arrived. My little baby has sprouted wings and is ready to leave the nest at least for a few hours a day. I am looking to find a preschool this fall that’s right for my baby (well not baby anymore), one that will make his days pleasurable, enjoyable with a nurturing and stimulating environment that I can get a peace of mind when I drop him and leave him.  I know there are all these labels (Jean Piagét, Rudolf Steiner, or Maria Montessori) on preschools but I wonder what they really mean.  So this is what I am looking for in short;

Where my child will be allowed to make choices about what he learns; Where a large part of the activities are directed by my child; My child’s social and emotional growth and developing values will be taken seriously; A  pleasing environment, fun activities, and great attitude from the teachers (joyful & warm); Where I can be involved and is opened to parents and their ideas..I sound like a NEEDY Parent!.

So after reading this  “According to the U.S. Department of Education, preschool plays a large role in later academic success. Children in high quality preschools display better language, cognitive, and social skills than children who attended low quality programs.” I decided to pull up my socks in the search and really get ontop of it.

Danielle wood (www.education.com) gives the following tips on what to consider when choosing a preschool;

  1. Credentials. Make sure the schools you are considering employ teachers that have earned early childhood education degrees. Ask if the school itself is accredited. For more information, go to www.naeyc.org, the website for the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
  2. Hours. There’s a difference between day care and preschool. Day care often offers more hours for kids of working parents, in a less scheduled environment. Preschool programs tend to be shorter, and more structured. Decide your needs and look for a program that correlates.
  3. Discipline. Ask how the school deals with behavior such as hitting or biting. Ask how they deal with conflict – do they believe children should work things out themselves? Do they believe in “time outs”? It’s important that you agree with a school’s disciplinary approach and trust their judgment – small children have a hard time with mixed messages.
  4. Nutrition. One of the great things about preschool is that children are positively influenced by their peers – they may not touch fruit at home, but if everyone else is eating apples, they might be coerced to try them. Of course, they may also be negatively influenced. Does the school provide lunch and/or snacks or will you pack them from home? If they supply the goods, ask what they serve. Pretzels and cheese cubes, or cookies and milk? Don’t choose a school with a teacher who loves to bake if you don’t want your kids eating sweets. If your child has food allergies, make sure they can ensure their safety.
  5. Look at the Art. A picture is worth a thousand words, so look at what’s hanging on the walls. Does everything look the same? Is all the crayon within the lines? Some schools emphasize facts: “Trees are green.” Others encourage imagination:  “Interesting. I’ve never seen a baby growing on a tree before!”
  6. Visiting. Does the school have an open door policy? Can parents visit at any time, or are there set days for observation?
  7. Safety. How does the school ensure student safety? How do they keep track of pickups at the end of the day?
  8. Philosophy. More brain development occurs in the first five years of life than at any point thereafter. Educators have different views and approaches, even as early as the preschool years. Some schools are completely “play based,” others have kids as young as three or four tracing numbers and letters to prepare them for kindergarten. It all comes down to learning style.

So I will keep looking with all these good information in hand.

Have you found a preschool? Any more tips? What did you like most in your childs preschool?

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