May 29, 2010
If I get more than enough complaints about a service, product or store ... I will be removing them from all archive of this site. That means, if you have seen one of those listed previously and it is no longer on here: The Valley Mom is no longer referring it to be tried by anyone!
If I get more than enough compliments about a service, product or store ... I will be listing it at the end of the year as The Valley Mom's Top 5 picks!
Please be a part of this site with me and know that all feedback is welcome!
Thank you so much for reading!
May 28, 2010
The ABC collection can be seen on the most stylish children from coast to coast.
These headbands are quite simply the cutest girls accessories I have ever seen! And I swear it's not just because Alison and I have been friends for 26 years... THESE ARE A MUST HAVE!
I mean ... look at how cute they are! Not only are these headbands a must-have, but they make for a perfect gift! If I had a girl, I would probably own the entire collection. Please take a look at all of her styles by clicking here.
These headbands have amazing color, fantastic style, make any little girl look like an absolute doll, are incredibly soft and comfortable and are hand-made with much care.
I don't think I need to say much about these "to die for" headbands as the pictures truly say it all! While their website is under construction, you may visit their facebook page by clicking here or you may email ABC at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may call 646.320.0855 from 9a-5p EST. They will be able to answer all your questions and send you more photographs of their current summer line.
There are also a limited number of headbands available right here in the Valley at The Haute Closet! Please email TheHautecloset@aol.com for details on how you can come and get yours!
May 25, 2010
My body has changed overnight!
I owe much of that to Firm & Fit Pilates!
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May 24, 2010
Dylan went right to her, got right in the 90+ degree water and did EVERYTHING she asked him to do!
If you want your little one to take swim lessons ... now is the time and this is the place!
(I have contacted 5 different schools/instructors, this is my fave especially for the price)
"Let's have fun and be SAFE in the water"
Call or Text, she is busy with lessons throughout the day but she will get back to you!
12 lessons for the price of 10 for only $250!
BEST DEAL IN TOWN!
Hurry up and call to receive this special discount during the month of July!
I promised pictures and I kept a promise!
His progress is documented below!
The swim lessons are conveniently located at her house in West Hills right off of Valley Circle, very easy to find. Her pool is heated, so the kids are happy to dunk right in! There is a tent above the pool so there are no children crying that the sun is in their eyes. There are 3 instructors in the pool giving lessons. This is not Mommy&Me swim, you watch ... they teach. Or if you are like me, you take a bazillion pictures and yell "hooray" 20 times to your little one while they teach! ;)
During Dylan's first lesson he blew bubbles every time she asked, he kicked his legs as she sang it to him, he crawled the edge of the pool with his fingertips like a monkey just like she asked, he jumped into her arms when told, he picked up toys and rings from the steps, when she let him go for the 2 seconds, he came right back up! Plus, she had great baby goggles for sale right there cheaper than anywhere else ($9) and he wore them and LOVED them. Laura is truly amazing! And best of all ... she has a treat basket that keeps these kids wanting to do as they are told and to keep coming back! Genius!
I am not being silly either ... I know it was Dylan's first day! But I got to see 5 other kids in between the time we got there, swam and left. They were ALL swimming, kicking their legs, doing breast stroke and even floating on their backs! I was so impressed! I would recommend her to all of you Mommies and Daddies out there.
After the first day, Dylan started to figure out that he had to have his swim lesson and would start to whimper a bit. There were days he cried, days he laughed, days he zoned, and days he loved it. Either way... taking these lessons at this young, ripe age was the best thing we could have done for Dylan this summer. Every time we are in a pool, he is happy and confidant that he can do it! He blows bubbles, kicks his legs, when he goes under water he keeps his eyes open and blows air out and he can walk along the edge of the pool with his hands! It's nice to know while being supervised he is a confidant water goer! Yippee! I truly suggest these lessons to all parents with small children who plan to take your children swimming in their lifetime! It's an amazing gift.
I took video and pictures every day for 2 weeks while Dylan had his lesson so you could see the amazing progress for yourself!
I am still going to the lessons ... so Dylan will be a safe swimmer! ;)
May 23, 2010
Be there. Say yes as often as possible. Let them bang on pots and pans. If they are crabby, put them in water. If they are unlovable, love yourself. Realize how important it is to be a child. Go to a movie theatre in your pajamas. Read books out loud with joy. Invent pleasures together. Remember how really small they are. Giggle a lot. Surprise them. Say no when necessary. Teach feelings. Heal your own inner child. Learn about parenting. Hug trees together. Make loving safe. Bake a cake and eat it with no hands. Go find elephants and kiss them. Plan to build a rocket ship. Imagine yourself magic. Make lots of forts with blankets. Let your angel fly. Reveal your own dreams. Search out the positive. Keep the gleam in your eye. Mail letters to God. Encourage silly. Plant licorice in your garden. Open up. Stop yelling. Express your love. A lot. Speak kindly. Paint their tennis shoes. Handle with caring.
Children Are Miraculous.
*you can find this poster Here.
May 22, 2010
Answer doesn't always come as quick or as easy as you would like!
I get a daily email with an activity to do for me and my son. You can add as many children as you would like (from infant up to 5 years) and each activity is set to your child's age range! There are over 1800 activities.
I came across this site when I did a Parenting review on it and absolutely LOVED it! I won't lie, I do not use the activities sent to me every single day. But I always know I have one that is planned, fun and educational for Dylan!
Here's what Susan & Emily, creators of the site, have to say about their mission:
"Productive Parenting provides one new activity suggestion each day based on your child's birth date! If you have soap, shoes, rulers, and rocks in or around your home, you are ready to begin! Our activities require little to no preparation or materials; but don't let their simplicity fool you! Activities build on one another from infancy to age five to provide a solid foundation for learning and, at the same time, promote lasting parent-child relationships. Check out our sample activities and see for yourself why Productive Parenting is quickly becoming the premier activity resource for parents."
Click Here to be directed to their site now.
A quick example of a daily email:
Today's activity for you and Dylan is Puppets.
Share and connect with other parents when you:
|Link to your activity not working? We have little ones too and understand that things don't always work out as planned, but for this "glitch," we have you covered! Just cut and paste the following into your browser:|
A couple examples of a daily activities:
Where Do They Live?
- Target Age:
- Early Two-Year Old
- Materials You Will Need:
- sea animal figures, jungle animal figures, pictures of: jungle, ocean
- What To Do:
- Matching is a skill that prepares your child for reading and math. Collect jungle and sea animal figures and put them in separate baskets. Place pictures of the jungle and ocean in front of your child. Take out one of the figures. "Does it live in the jungle or the ocean?" Put the animal next to the correct picture. Move back and see what your child will do with the activity. If your child just wants to play with the figures, that is fine.
- Activity Contributor:
- Beth Bronsil, M. Ed.
- Target Age:
- Middle Three-Year Old
- Materials You Will Need:
- variety of artificial flowers, small vases or jars
- What To Do:
This activity will give your child an opportunity to be creative! Present your child with an assortment of artificial flowers and vases or jars. You and your child can have fun today creating beautiful bouquets together. After the arrangements are made, you and your child can distribute them around your home.
Use real flowers, if available.
You can unsubscribe at any time, but it's definitely worth having in your email-box once a day! Trust me!
Click Here to be directed to their site now.
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May 14, 2010
- 2 Cups of Pamela's Gluten Free Baking and Pancake Mix - Click Here to buy or go to Whole Foods
- 1+1/2 Cups of water
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Tbsp of organic applesauce (cinnamon applesauce better)
- 3 drops of vanilla
- Mix these ingredients in a bowl on medium, then add:
- 2 Tbsp of Coconut Oil - Click Here to buy or go to Whole Foods
- Mix these ingredients in on high to desolve
- 1/3 Cup of Sugar (this is entirely up to you on amount, you decide what's right for your family)
- 1 Tsp Salt (again, up to you on usage)
- 1 Banana (or 2) - take a fork and smash banana to chunks and bits, add to mixture and spoon this in evenly