Planner for Baha’i Parents

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  1. I am remembering a story of a friend of mine who was DELIBERATELY told by his parents that a cow was an elephant and an elephant was a cow. (And no, I don’t mean a female elephant, I mean a moo-cow.) They did this as some kind of joke or experiment as so when the kindergarten teacher revealed the truth….well, there may have been some scarring. In your case however, I’m sure your little boy will adjust to his new reality with no permanent damage.

  2. Wow, I cannot imagine why they would do that to their poor child! Especially to let the joke go on for so long. I think in our case it is all mostly unintentional, except for things like telling him those lollipops he sees in his picture books are honey sticks! We’ll see how long we can get away with that one…

  3. Love your philosophy and look forward to following your posts πŸ™‚

  4. Lots of great ideas and links in your resource pages, love it! πŸ™‚

  5. A very ambitious blog, one that seems all-inclusive! I appreciated a link to some music Chris is creating, so I’ve already benefited from my first visit! All the best to you in this endeavor! Uncle Johnny

  6. Thank you for your encouragement! I’m glad you found something useful!

  7. Thank you! Hopefully will be adding more soon!

  8. I am really enjoying your blog… thank you! I can’t wait to read more!

  9. I love this blog and especially the “Unparenting” tab!

  10. It looks like I will be going to the library to borrow these books!

  11. This post reminded me of a poem I came across in a ‘Mothering’ magazine when my first child was still an infant…it was a poem that I really ‘got’. I wrote it in my nursing journal (so named because that was the only time I found for journaling – the journals ended when the babies were weaned). I admire you for continuing your journaling and for sharing it with others so that we (I) can benefit from the insights gleaned from your experience with this most blessed occupation.
    Anyway….here is the poem…

    Already I know how to annoy you,
    who only wants to suck and dream of milk
    while I, like a mother chimp in a National Geographic special,
    scrape the flakes of cradle cap from your scalp,
    trim your paper-thin nails with my teeth,
    wipe the wax out of your ear with the tip of my pinkey.
    I want to be a good mother.

    But this morning I did not get to you quickly enough
    My dream wrapped around me like a blanket I could not kick off.
    By the time I rubbed my nipple against your mouth you were angry,
    and shook your head until finally you drank,
    only to fall back asleep.
    Was it enough?
    Sometimes you smile only for me.
    Will I sour, like milk?
    One day I will reach over to touch your hair and you may look away.

    So I trace your eyebrow with my thumb
    as I might trace your future, memorize the soft butter of you skin
    and hope that you will never
    move across country,
    never marry a woman who hates me,
    never stop wanting me
    to look at you like I am looking at you
    as you suck, suck, suck on the certainty
    of this sweet milk,
    then rest your head on the pillow of my breast,
    the pillow where, for now, both of our dreams
    come true.

  12. Aw, Nadia, I love it! Thank you for sharing.

    I do feel like a mother chimp sometimes, how appropriate πŸ™‚ And what a sweet time nursing is, amazing to think how they will grow from those little babies to become boys and girls and then…men and women?? Hard to imagine!

  13. How beautiful. So many of the moments we love are not at all what we had planned!

  14. What a beautiful post. I know exactly what you mean. Personally I prefer the world with the mismatched socks (Lord knows I’ve been there) and holding hands with little ones who won’t be little for long.

  15. This is so beautiful! I love how you are really living in each moment and appreciating the beauty even in the chaos :). Thank you for the inspiration and for creating this wonderful blog!

  16. That last comment was meant for the “In An Alternate World” entry πŸ™‚

  17. Thank you, Laura! It is sometimes hard to remember, but when those moments of clarity come they are priceless!

  18. Wow! Please continue to share:) I really enjoy your blog!

  19. Good for you for putting in the effort to figure out what he was trying to tell you! It’d be easy to dismiss and just think he was being silly. He’s a lucky boy!

  20. great post..sweet and simple and resourceful! πŸ™‚

  21. I hadn’t really been thinking about how to celebrate Ridvan with my little people, but I’m inspired now! Thanks for the post!

  22. Life’s beauty is found in the little moments of chaos! Thanks for sharing this at Natural Mother’s Seasonal Celebration Sunday! x

  23. Congrats on your latest endeavor, little bird. Wish this was around when I had a toddler. Got any ideas for pre-teens??? XOX to you and the fam. Jenna

  24. We will make flowers too! I love the string flowers you hang on the ceiling…hhmm..maybe i should do that too.

  25. […] bear with a big smile in the picture below – tie in’s to the latest lessons in the Radiant Hearts […]

  26. Pretty cute pancakes! When did you find he was interested in cool shapes? I just don’t think would appreciate the extra effort yet, though he does surprise me. He has also gone on smoothie hiatus, not even trying them anymore πŸ™ Blueberry pancakes tho, for sure! I will have to try and get veggies in them somehow πŸ™‚

  27. Hmm, seems like we’ve been doing it for a while now. The shapes really turned things around, since before he wouldn’t pay much attention to the pancakes. You could always try one or two and see if it sparks any interest. Too bad about the smoothie hiatus! I did try veggie pancakes when he was really little, but I never followed up on it. Let me know if it works for your little guy, and maybe I will give it another shot!

  28. Oh, are those chocolate chips in the pancakes? Mmmmm

    • No, frozen blueberries! Another trick to keep him interested, since he loves those πŸ™‚ We’ve also done chopped strawberries. I bet chocolate chips would be great, though!

  29. do you have the book, ‘Super Baby Food’? it’s loaded with ideas, recipes and tons of creative suggestions for life in general with kids (eg, parties). you are beautifully and fully immersed in the wonderful days of early childhood. i enjoyed reading your post. πŸ™‚

    • Yes, this is a great book! There is so much in there (not just for babies, but for toddlers, too) that I feel like I’ve just skimmed the surface. Thanks for the reminder! Another good one is Simply Natural Baby Food. I’ll add them both to my resource page. Thank you!

  30. […] Pictures of the “tent” we created to help our little Monkey understand and celebrate the festival of Ridvan. […]

  31. the flowers are beautiful! do you make different flowers everyday and put it in the tent?

  32. This is such a great site. Will be visiting for sure for all the great ideas and recipies.

  33. Wow, thanks for sharing this post. All the best with your work.

  34. I like the idea of doing it under a table. Our tents always collapse in on us at some point because we just hang sheets from chairs and couches.

  35. It is simply incredible, Lynn, that all of your challenges motivated you to help others. What a gift that you are sharing. Good luck with your work and with your boys!

  36. […] a friend and I co-hosted our Baha’i community’s celebration of the Twelfth Day of Ridvan.Β  We worked together to create a short program with music, readings, and a story for children […]

  37. Thanks for your wonderful post! I loved having you link up to our “Seasonal Celebration Sunday” Hope you’ll be back Sunday! Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network x

  38. Beautiful! So much fun! Those little ladybugs are so cute. I’m going to have to look into beetroot powder.

  39. I really liked the beetroot powder. It was so easy to work with! I know you can use beet juice as a dye, but this is so much less messy, plus you don’t have to deal with the problem of adjusting for the extra liquid.

  40. I love the shape of the butterfly! Thanks for the honest “strawberry on the loose” picture :^) I once had to hold 2 cake layers together with toothpicks because the frosting was so runny-but it tasted great anyway.

    • Thanks for your encouragement! I was disappointed that I hadn’t noticed the runaway strawberry when I was taking the photo, but I’ll just say I was trying to encourage others whose efforts are also good but not perfect πŸ™‚

  41. […] Below is the second installment of my three-part interview with Lynn Rosser, founder of “The Complete Caregiver.”Β  You can read the first installment here. […]

  42. I thought I wasn’t invited…but I looked at the old emails and found the invite! Will definitely put it on my calendar right away so I don’t miss this! See you on the 23rd :).

  43. These are adorable! I especially love the butterfly cake – how creative! The blackberry ladybug spots are genius, too. I have used beet juice and pureed beets in recipes that needed a red color, but I have never seen the powder. I’ll have to look for that and give it a try!

    • Thank you! I was really pleased with how everything turned out, although there is definitely room for tinkering. And I would absolutely recommend beetroot powder – so easy to use, and the results are stunning.

  44. What can I say…..that is going to be my sons next birthday cake. You did an amazing job!

  45. Thank you so much for this interview. Very useful for anyone looking after someone who needs help. We love this blog!!

  46. Wow, you are an awsome mom! Thank you for all the ideas!

  47. Cool post! Some other thoughts:

    Numbers and expectation of how many “extras” can be invited to the core group. Getting too big can become an issue.

    Adult conversation. Are kids to overhear their parents’ gossip, negative language, talking about their personal issues/skills?

    Discipline. What happens when a kid hits another one – do they go to time out, do they “have” to say sorry, does the child have to leave? Open communication about group “rules” can be helpful.

    • Great points! Thank you! Just to touch on a couple- that is a great idea to lay out ground rules for dealing with child (mis)behavior because parents can have very different ideas about discipline and what constitutes acceptable behavior.

      And it’s funny you should mention adult conversation- I had never given this much thought until recently, when we’ve really become aware of how much of our conversations our little Monkey is absorbing, even when he appears to not be paying attention. And of course, we know he has been soaking it up all along, but we have been able to ignore that until now.

      How have you gone about laying out these ground rules ahead of time, and how have the other parents responded? Thanks!

      • Hi Leanna, I have no suggestions about how to “lay the groundrules” because I have never participated in a regular playgroup really, just met up with friends casually. Have you read Simplicity Parenting? There is a lot there on “adult conversation” and from what I know of you, I think you would really love the whole book. It is my #1 recommended book to all parents πŸ˜€

        • Hi Chelsea, I haven’t read the book, but it has been recommended to me before, so I will have to bump it up to the top of my “to read” list! Thank you!

          From the very beginning we have thought a lot about what our little guy is overhearing and the need to lift his spirit by talking to him in positive and encouraging ways. Yet it can be easy to forget that he also absorbs conversations not directed toward him.

          It is a challenge, though, “saving” our adult conversations until after he goes to bed! A work in progress…

          • Yes we are by no means experts in saving our conversations till the right time either – it’s hard! especially when decisions do need to be made (and my husband does shift work so sometimes we have no time to talk alone for a few days!).

            SP changed my life. I felt confused, overwhelmed, unsure so much before I read it and even though I dont feel like I have everything figured out, I know now that’s okay and at least I have my direction figured out. I also did a course online with the book – check out their website if you would be interested in that. Hope you like it πŸ™‚

          • i just requested the book from the library – can’t wait to read it! I will be sure to look at the course outline as well. It is a great website.

  48. A beautiful tribute, and so very true. πŸ™‚ Happy Mother’s Day to YOU, too.

  49. I know I could not read that without tears in my eyes, so I know my sister is probably reduced to a puddle! Very nice, sweetie!

  50. So sweet!!! I can relate to nearly all of these points πŸ™‚

  51. I love this post. How well you’ve expressed it. And what a great woman!

  52. Wow! Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing your Mom with us. Happy Mother’s Day to you and your mom… two amazing women:)

  53. What an inspiration she is!
    Happy (late) Mother’s Day to both of you!

  54. […] Rosser, founder of β€œThe Complete Caregiver.”  Also be sure to check out the first installment, “General Intro and Resources,” and the second installment, “If You Are A […]

  55. […] Below is the final installment of my three-part interview with Lynn Rosser, founder of β€œThe Complete Caregiver.”  Also be sure to check out the first installment, “General Intro and Resources,” and the second installment, “If You Are A Caregiver.” […]

  56. Thank you, Leanna, for providing me this space on your blog to discuss TCC! It is truly a labor of love. And people can get in touch with me via my email if they want to ask a direct question.

    Most appreciated!!

    • Glad to shed a small spotlight on such amazing work! Readers, please do get in touch with Lynn if you have questions – she has lots of wisdom (and heartfelt empathy) to share!

  57. Hehe cute post πŸ™‚ I’m sure you might be addressing brands in a future post which I look forward to reading as we may be buying a few more when we visit the US in July (our Fuzzi bunz are getting seriously old and unusable). Are you also going to go over the types of appliances you can get to help wash out the diapers? I honestly never do this… I usually just get whatever I can off with toilet paper and then do a rinse before I wash… but am curious what everyone does because I know there are lots of ways πŸ˜‰

  58. Great information! We are recent cloth converts and I absolutely love it. My daughter has eczema and is very prone to diaper rash. We have seen a huge improvement in her skin problems. We also switched to cloth wipes and we are now saving $100 a month (we have two in diapers). Like Chelsea, we do not rinse ours in the toilet – just an extra rinse in the wash and regular sunnings.

    • Elizabeth, that’s great! I know cloth has been much gentler on my son’s skin. And I am a big advocate of cloth wipes. I’d love to hear more about what kind you use!

  59. Thanks so much for highlighting this with us at Natural Mother’s β€œSeasonal Celebration Sunday.” Caregivers need care too! Hope to see you again this Sunday / Monday!! Rebecca x

  60. Hi! I’m visiting from the Weekly Kid’s Co-op. You have inspired me to host a playground playdate for my son with his friends from school during this long Memorial Weekend. Thanks for linking up!

  61. Hi! I am visiting for the first time by the Weekly Kid’s Co-Op. So happy to have found your blog and I am excited to explore more of your posts. :O)

    I found your comments section on this post to be very helpful. I am a former preschool teacher who now does children’s programming at my local library. I will be recommending the book you mentioned and a few others at my next few storytimes so that I can start a dialogue with my storytime parents about the importance of recognizing that adult conversation is not always appropriate around their little ones. Thank you for the book suggestion!

    I would like to invite you to swing by my blog at I share Activities, Books, Crafts, and Snacks (ABC’S) on favorite toddler and preschool topics like farms, bugs, etc. You might find a few fun ideas to add to your next playgroup. ;o)

    I hope you have a lovely Sunday!

  62. […] in case any of you thought my Mother’s Day post was pure sentimentality, witness how she easily solved my impossible crisis from nearly 3,000 miles […]

  63. […] milk mixed with beetroot powder for coloring.Β  (I still had some beetroot powder on hand from an earlier project).Β  I knew that we had used this method to “paint” sugar cookies when I was a kid, but […]

  64. […] promised in an earlier post, here is the full story behind the star cookies we made recently for the Declaration of the Bab […]

  65. Following you from lines across. Those tips are so true. I love to cook with my toddler but it is stressful πŸ˜‰

    Follow back! Love for you to link up to Mom’s Monday Mingle…

  66. Your cookies look great, and as someone who cooks with a toddler often, I can also say that your tips are spot on! The biggest thing for me is the one about making sure I “mean it” when I invite my toddler to bake with me. Sometimes I just don’t have the patience or stamina, and it’s better for both of us if I make sure she has something else interesting to do while I work! When I’m in the right frame of mind, though, it’s a joy!

    P.S. Thanks for linking up with Culinary Wanderings! This month’s post just went up, and you’re more than welcome to add the link to that one, too, so it gets seen a bit more πŸ™‚

  67. Love the star cookies! My boys love to bake with me, I really need to do it more often. These are great tips!

  68. These are GREAT tips! I like the “toddler efficiency” one…that is a really good way to think about it, and stay patient!
    The star cookies turned out so cute!

  69. Excellent and thorough article on cloth diapering. Thanks for linking this up at Seasonal Celebration Sunday! Rebecca@Natural Mothers Network x

  70. What great tips! It’s always good to have appropriate expectations when kids are involved!!! Thanks so much for sharing this on the Kid’s Co-Op weekly linky!

  71. Thank you so much for linking up in our Saturday Showcase this past week! We were thrilled to have you and hope that you stop back in on Saturday and link up more crafty ideas!

    Have a super weekend!
    Susie at Bowdabra

  72. Love the frozen cubes of broth! Great idea. Thanks for the like on facebook. Have a great weekend.

  73. Great tips on staying patient and being flexible with this activity! I look forward to trying similar recipes out with my little one. I am stopping by from the Moms Mingle Monday hop. Have a great weekend!

  74. I’ve made crockpot chicken broth, too. But, I first cook a whole chicken in my crockpot, then use the water that’s left behind, bones, and veggies to make the broth. Super easy!

    Thanks for stopping by the Super Stalker Sunday hop! Great to see you this week.

  75. What a great idea to use your crockpot! I just might actually make some chicken broth now. Thanks so much for sharing this!
    I am stopping by from Monday Mingle. :o)
    Hope you enjoy your week with your family!
    K @ Storytime Fun

  76. […] And so I thought it would be appropriate to highlight some of the fire truck books we’ve been reading lately.Β  (You can see more of our favorite kids’ books here). […]

  77. My little Jack is looking at this page, giggling “There firetruck! And nother firetruck!” Love it! Don’t know several of these…

  78. My son would love all of these. We already love anything Richard Scary. Thanks for the list! Off to check them out of the library!

  79. I love your stock recipe and great idea to freeze veg scraps for stock as well as the addition of egg shells.I loved that you linked this up at Seasonal Celebration Sunday!- thank you! Rebecca@Natural Mothers Network x

  80. Fresh beets are so under-appreciated. I like to roast them with olive oil and sea salt. Thanks for the recipe!

  81. I’ve always looked at those beetroots and wondered what to do with them. Thanks for linking up to the Culture Swapper Link up.

  82. Looks lovely! And its great to have colourful food it really makes you feel to tuck in!

  83. This is a new one for me. When I had a garden I used to cook the tops like spinach – delicious!
    I”m a new follower on f/b…hopping here from Super Stalking Sunday hop.
    Huge green hugs,

    • Pat, thanks for stopping by! And thanks for the tip about cooking the greens – it seems like such a shame for them to go to waste, so I’ll have to give it a try!

  84. Coming to you from Super Stalker Sunday Blog Hop. I just made cake with beets. If you like them, I recommend you try it!

    • Thanks for the visit, Gina! The cake sounds really intriguing. I can’t wait to try it!

    • Wish I had this recipe for the past few suemmrs, when we belonged to a CSA farm and I never could figure what to do with the beets. My husband and I are, unfortunately, the type of people who feel that, no matter what you do to them, beets literally taste like dirt. Every year, I’d try some new recipe and hold out hope and then .nope, still tastes like dirt! We no longer do the CSA, but this might actually inspire me to buy some beets!

      • That’s too funny! I have really enjoyed this recipe, so hopefully you will, too! Maybe the beets won’t take like dirt with a little dressing up πŸ™‚

  85. […] you’ve considered cloth diapers and decided to take the plunge.Β  Where to get […]

  86. […] of all, check out the resources listed on our newly updated Natural Parenting Resource Page for some great overviews about getting started with cloth […]

  87. A belated thank you to my sister, who introduced me to the websites mentioned above and gave me a thorough orientation to cloth diapering (including most of the information above) before my little Monkey was born (and after!) Thanks, Sis!

  88. Okay, you are a life saver! I love that I now have all the steps in writing, thank you very much! The breakdown is so helpful. I can’t wait for the breakdown on cleaning cloth diapers… will definitely also need to learn this process. Again, THANK YOU!

  89. I love roasting fresh beets, either whole or chopped, and sometimes I roast them as part of a medley of root vegetables with some balsamic vinegar. I really like the sound of this Ensalada Rusa recipe; it has so many wonderful flavours! It was interesting to read about the history as well.

    • Thank you! I thought the history was fascinating. I love that versions this salad have now spread to so many parts of the world! And thank you for sharing your tips. I think I really need to try roasting beets – it sounds great!

  90. I love beets and always enjoy discovering new ways to prepare them. Thanks for sharing this with the Gallery.

  91. I wish I had known all of this when my girls were born!
    And yes, that bottle is a blast (no pun intended) from the past!

    • Thanks, Stephanie! Yes, I was lucky to have my big sister to give me advice on cloth diapering. Otherwise I would have been completely lost! And it seems like they hand out that bottle in every hospital, no? πŸ˜‰

  92. Hahah, my daughter loves firetrucks too. We should get these books. She’s so funny, she wants to be a firefighter princess when she grows up. She says she will “wear pretty dresses and put out fires.”

  93. By the way, we have the old Clifford books… I will probably be so disturbed when I see a new one with that new art!

  94. Lovely idea! We recently did a hand print craft for my husband’s birthday. I posted about it here:

  95. Lol great quotes. And cuuute pics!!

  96. PS I like your new About πŸ™‚

  97. I didn’t start cloth diapering until my 2nd baby came along, but so glad I did. It wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be. Would totally do it over again. Found through the Seasonal Sunday blog hop! Thanks for sharing.

    • Kelly, I’m so impressed that you started with your 2nd baby. I would think it would be so much harder to start a new routine when your attention is already divided between your baby and your older child. Good for you, and thanks for the visit!

  98. I loved this tip: “Tip #2: If you invite your toddler to help you, make sure you mean it.” And also #4. Wow, patience, patience, patience! πŸ™‚

  99. What attention to detail. I love this post. I would love to share this on our fb page! I Loved that you linked this up at Seasonal Celebration Sunday!- thank you! Rebecca@Natural Mothers Network x

  100. So very happy to have had someone else do all the (thinking) work for me. Now if I can just convince the wifey that I’m deathly allergic to changing diapers of all kinds…

  101. What a sweet idea! Thanks for sharing this at the Kid’s Co-op.

  102. […] perro dice,” which goes through the sounds that various animals make.Β  Since we are raising him to be bilingual, these cute, fun songs were a real help in reinforcing some basic Spanish, especially since […]

  103. What a brilliant list of songs and music. I think I want to try every one listed!
    My kids listen to a lot of stuff in the local Swiss dialect, and I have to say I have picked up a lot of language skills from kids music CD’s.
    Andrew Bond is a particular favorite (and I think he also does stuff in English).

  104. These look great! Pass the ketchup, please!

  105. Music is such a great way to expand a child’s world and to raise a global citizen . It truly is an international/intergenerational language. Lucky little monkey!

  106. yum! I love zucchini! I will have to try this.

  107. Excellent post! My daughter just loves all types of music and we haven’t yet tried some of these cd’s. Music is just such a great thing to use with kids of all ages!

  108. […] here to see the original: Kids and Chiropractic Care: An Interview with Dr. Andy of Rosser … Comments […]

  109. Excellent selection of CD’s with music form around the world! There is something for everyone here in your wonderful round-up! Thanks for sharing this with us on Seasonal Celebration Sunday! Rebecca x

  110. Very interesting post! Thanks so much for sharing on this week’s Kids Co-Op link up!

  111. Thank you – glad you stopped by!

  112. Thank you, Rebecca!

  113. Every time I hear my 2 year old flip effortlessly between two languages I am reminded how wonderful it is for this to be happening now and not when they are 11 like it was for me.
    Thank you so much for sharing this with me at – I’m really looking forward to seeing what you get up to this month.

    • Thank you, Rachael! We are currently visiting relatives in Costa Rica, so it will be interesting to see how our son’s speech changes during our stay. Thanks for the visit!

  114. […] we are raising our little Monkey to be bicultural, for him I include national headlines, etc. from both the US and Costa […]

  115. Thank you for linking up with me!! These pics are great, I’m just wishing I could go there every week instead of my tiny Farmer’s Market with only 2 stalls. Costa Rica is one of my dream destinations, thanks for sharing these πŸ˜€

    • Glad to have found your blog! We are lucky enough to live near a great farmer’s market in California, but it is nothing like this one! I just can’t imagine being able to buy great locally grown mangoes, pineapples, etc. every week!

  116. Wow, that is a FABULOUS Farmers’ Market!! πŸ™‚

  117. Thanks for linking up to Wordless Wednesday Again! These photos were truly wonderful with the large variety of things to eat – yummy things! If I wasn’t so full from my dinner, this would make my mouth water! What a great place!

  118. This looks just amazing! I wouldn’t know where to start! Yes, I do-the pineapple!! Thanks for sharing this-I feel healthier just looking at it :^)

    • Yes, we had a wonderful time! The great thing about farmer’s markets is that they are a gift that keeps on giving! We are still enjoying the fruits and veggies we bought that day πŸ™‚

  119. Looks like an amazing farmers market! What a wonderful selection!

  120. As a mommy of a green baby , I have become obeesssd with cloth diapers (and making my own baby food, but I’ll have to wait for your blog on that one)! I love them and have done my best to explore the ins and outs of everything out there! I’m all for buying local, but, here in Richmond, VA, there isn’t much as far as cloth diapering goes. The only people I know who use a cloth diaper cleaning service here use one out of Charlottesville. Personally, I’ve found it super-easy to wash at home once you get in the routine. Anyway, Green Mountain Diapers ( has a great website super informative. They also sell wonderful ORGANIC unbleached cloth diapers. I also like’s reviews for various cloth diapering products.Regarding dunking and swishing Emerson (my daughter) is 8 months old (today!) and we went through the transition from breastmilk poop to solid poop (stinky!!) in the last few months. I highly recommend disposable, flushable liners (specifically made for cloth diapering). They are cheap (maybe $0.05/each), biodegradeable, and can actually be reused (well, not according the instructions, but I throw the only-wet ones in the wash with the diapers and they come out of the dryer even softer than before keep using and washing until a poop or until they finally fall apart I usually get at least 4 or so rounds).Hope this is helpful.

    • Raj, wow, great advice! Thanks for sharing! I had never heard of disposable liners before, but a friend of mine is having a baby soon and put them on her registry. Sounds like a great idea! Best of luck and please come back to share more!

  121. […] mentioned in an earlier post, right now we are lucky enough to be visiting family in Costa Rica.Β  Besides the joy of seeing […]

  122. […] As mentioned in an earlier post, right now we are lucky enough to be visiting family in Costa Rica.Β  Besides the joy of seeing relatives we see only every few years and of being in such a beautiful country, the visit is also something of an experiment for raising our bilingual toddler. […]

  123. What a wonderful place! I especially loved the one where you compare the earth to Jupiter! Thanks for linking up to WWA!

  124. Yes, we had a great time! Thanks for the visiting and for hosting “Wordless Wednesday Again”!

  125. That looks like such a cool place! I would love to visit Costa Rica someday! Our Natural History Museum in Milwaukee has a huge rainforest exhibit, which is 2 stories of Costa Rican Rainforest. That’s always been my favorite part of the museum!

    Thank you so much for linking up with me, I’d love to see you back next week!


  126. Featuring you tomorrow! Stop by and link up again!

  127. Oh my goodness. I just found this post. I am honored. Thank you for your support and kind words. Keep writing. I love this blog and you have important ideas to share with the world!
    -homa, @growingupglobal

  128. I loved reading about your experience. How lucky you are to have relatives to visit in Costa Rica! I speak to my son in (non-native) Spanish (and not all the time) and that’s most of his exposure. He does understand everything, but definitely prefers to respond in English…like your son.

    • Lynn, wow, I really admire that you are speaking to your son in a non-native language! I am lucky that I can just use my native language and know that my son is getting Spanish from my husband. Good luck and thanks for the visit!

  129. I LOVE this idea. I really need to get on the ball and do something like this. I’m terribly behind on the baby books. πŸ™ Thanks for the reminder! And for sharing in the Kids Co-Op last week.

  130. […] July Blogging Carnival on Bilingualism is up!Β  You can read my post on our trip to Costa Rica with our little Monkey, as well as lots of other great posts.Β  Be sure to check it […]

  131. This is the ultimate experience! Very inspirational. Combining fun with learning is always the best way to really absorb what it is you are learning. Your son probably doesn’t realize he is learning.


    • Great point! Especially for little ones, making learning fun is a must. And it’s so easy to do, since they are so curious about the world and wired for exploring it. Thanks for stopping by!

  132. What an incredible opportunity for your son!

    • Thank you! Traveling with a toddler is not easy, but it was definitely worth it! We just arrived home late last night, and although my husband and I are still quite tired, my little Monkey is already asking to go back to the airport!

  133. […] You can start from scratch by buying the raw fruit in its seed pods, but if you want to save yourself the trouble of trying to peel the sticky fruit out of the dried shells, I recommend buying a package of prepared “wet” tamarind from an Indian or Mexican grocery store. While in Costa Rica, we easily found it at the Farmer’s Market! […]

  134. […] recent three week trip to Costa Rica has made me appreciate quality convenience foods.Β  While on the road, packaged foods are a […]

  135. […] As mentioned in an earlier post, many parents (ourselves included) don’t like to give too much juice to their kids, since it can fill them up on too much natural sugar without all of the benefits of the whole […]

  136. […] mentioned in an earlier post, I spent a lot of time planning how to commemorate my little Monkey’s first birthday.Β  I wanted to make it memorable for him not just in the present moment (which he would soon […]

  137. What a cute idea πŸ™‚ for our daughter’s first and second birthdays we put together a video/slideshow put to music and with captions showing her milestones for thr hear. First trips, visits with loved ones, first steps, etc. Sadly we did not continue beyond the first two years. We are bad like that πŸ˜›

    • How sweet! Yes, these things are hard to keep up, especially something like the videos you describe, which take so much work! Another way to look at it is that the videos were something special you did just for those early years!

  138. Good interview. Thanks for posting it online.

  139. Thank you for the information. I will go to C.R soon and I was thinking to take my children to this museum. I wasn’t so sure about it but you just convince me.

    • Wonderful! We had a great time, so hopefully you all will, too. The cost of admission is pretty low (can’t remember exactly how much), and if you don’t want to take found there is a pretty reasonable little restaurant just inside. Please stop by afterwards and let me know how it was! There is also a Parque de Diversiones (amusement park) that is a lot of fun, or Parque de la Paz, which I believe has a duck pond for the kids. Have a great trip!

  140. What a great idea! I’m hosting a linky party “One Creative Weekend” at I’d love for you to visit and link up this idea and/or anything else you’d like to share.

  141. […] I suddenly learned words I had never known (or needed) before.Β  And I learned even more during our latest trip to Costa Rica, now that our little Monkey is a toddler.Β  (By the way, I never heard anyone use a Spanish […]

  142. […] CamiΓ³n de bomberos (Cahm-YON day bom-BEAR-ohs) – My little Monkey loves firetrucks, so we used this phrase a […]

  143. I think total immersion is the best way to learn any language. I tried learning French for 4 years and didn’t get anywhere but as soon as I moved here and worked in a French speaking office I learned a ton in months.

    • You are so right! Nothing compares to being forced to use a language all day, everyday. Besides all the practice you get, I have found that the language I had learned in the classroom was very different from what people used everyday. It’s hard work, though. Good for you!

  144. I tried these a week ago and they made a great toddler snack! Thanks Leanne!

  145. Β‘Hola! How interesting! I speak Castilian Spanish and I work as a translator, so, obviously, I loved this post! I don’t think we have a word for “toddler”, “cute”, we say “mono” (yes, it also means monkey!), agua/ agΓΌita, yes, we love to end things with -ita so they are tiny (tiny is always cute, or very cute, monΓ­simo :-)), woof woof is “guau”, not to be confused with “guay” (cool), and for stroller, we say carrito or cochecito. If you have any doubt, feel free to write me! Best regards from Barna,

    • Hola, Marta! How fun! I especially love “mono,” of course! I love learning about the variations in Spanish in different regions. Thank you for sharing!

  146. I love this idea. How special it will be for your son to read all these notes from people who have cared so much about him since he was little. I especially like how your sister-in-law imagined what he will be like at 15. I think it will be fun for all of you to compare that to the 15 year old he becomes.

    • Thank you! Yes, I had a lot of fun putting it together, imagining him opening the box on his 15th birthday. And even though in many ways he’s already changed so much in the year and a half since we did the time capsule, at the same time much of his little personality is the same. It will be interesting to see how it evolves by the time he is a teenager! Thanks for the visit!

  147. I’m so glad you linked this up at One Creative Weekend! I love it! I hope to see you back tomorrow.

  148. […] Convenience Foods We Love Β« All Done Monkey! […]

  149. […] you’ve decided to do cloth diapering, and you’ve gotten all of your gear together.Β  You’ve just taken a moment to sit back […]

  150. […] you’ve decided to do cloth diapering, and you’ve gotten all of your gear together.Β  You’ve just taken a moment to sit back and relax a little when – oops!Β  […]

  151. This is great Leanna! I love your confidence on the topic! πŸ™‚ This is something I definitely struggle with…wondering about future fluency and how each interaction with Spanish may impact that journey. Our daughter is four and my husband and I have been thinking about doing a trip abroad to help in our home because neither of us is truly fluent.

    Overall, it’s been a bit of a disappointment for us as non-fluent speakers because it’s so essential that we pass it along, but it’s also a huge struggle.

    Thanks for linking up to the blog hop and for sharing all your thoughts on immersion! I will be sure to keep these in mind if we end up going soon! πŸ™‚

    • Hi Chantilly, thanks for the visit and for hosting the linkup! Your blog is such an amazing resource! I actually have some anxiety about this topic, but I’m trying to learn to relax about it and think about how much more my little guy knows of Spanish than I did at his age! I’m also really lucky in that my husband is a fluent speaker, so that takes a lot of pressure off of me. (Although I speak Spanish, I’m not a native speaker). I would really encourage you to do the trip, especially since your daughter is a little older. (My son is 2 1/2). Not only will it help her learn Spanish, but it will be a wonderful experience for her culturally as well – and probably really fun for you and your husband too! πŸ™‚

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  153. I had the same idea when my son was a baby! He is now 22 years old… I kept coins, stamps, newspaper clippings, and other dated items. I added more each year and he opened an ongoing time capsule when he was 21 πŸ™‚

    • How fun! I love the idea of making it ongoing. And I hadn’t thought about coins and stamps. We do have the newspaper from the day he was born, but I believe that ended up in his baby book, not the time capsule. What a great idea! I’d love to know what your son thought about it when he opened it!

  154. One thing I remember when I was a kid, was when my mom read to me πŸ™‚

  155. What a sweet memory! I always associate reading and trips to the library with my mother as well.

  156. I wish I had done this with my kids. Learning another language is so valuable. I taught them a lot of sign language, but since I don’t use it with them now, it probably won’t help them much now! (It sure helped when they were little, though!) Thanks so much for linking up at One Creative Weekend! I hope to see you back tomorrow!

    • Thanks, Heidi! And I wouldn’t be so sure it didn’t help! Even if they don’t remember sign language itself, I think the experience of learning a new language, especially at a young age, affects the wiring in the brain, making it not only easier to learn a language later on but to learn anything new and to see things in a new way. And sign language is great because it helps develop motor skills and connections between physical and mental. So way to go, mama!

  157. Wonderful! Now I know what to do with that leftover pastry!

  158. So glad to’ve discovered your blog, it’s the newest addition to my blogroll πŸ™‚ Maybe we can swap guestposts sometime!

  159. WOW! This is adorable and love the fishy shape! What a fun mom you are! Thanks for linking it up to our Crafty Saturday Showcase! Have a super week.

  160. What a wonderful and whimsical treat!

  161. Have you found a good diaper cream that is cloth safe? My first never got rashes, but our new little guy has redness frequently, but the stuff we use is so sticky it would ruin our prefolds, so I have to use a liner. If you have a recommendation, I’d love to hear it! πŸ™‚

    • Hi Melissa, We use Burt’s Bees Diaper Ointment. It seems to really help with the redness, and I’ve never had a problem using it with our prefolds. And especially when he is really sore, I use a layer of Vaseline before I put on the cream. Hope that helps!

  162. Oh it looks so yummy!!! Thanks for adding to my Our Favorite Things Link Party

  163. A great post for new mums. I used to get terribly thirsty when nursing, so the bottled water is a top tip!

  164. You have a wonderful website. I’ve tweeted about it and hopefully I can send some new Moms your way! In particular, I like what you said about taking care of yourself. That is soooo true. πŸ™‚

    I’m visiting from the MMM Hop and I’m now following by email subscription. I would love for you to visit us and reciprocate. Also, be sure to check out our Summer Reading Weekly Book Giveaways if you pop on by. Thx and cheers!

  165. […] you had a chance to check out the Culture Swapper lately?Β  We’re up to 31 crafts, recipes, and activity ideas from around the […]

  166. Love your post Leanna! Thanks for sharing.
    Interestingly, we say in Colombia that we speak castilian…but I read a post above that has a different castilian…never thought there was more than one…lol!
    In Colombia, we say mono o rubio to someone with light hair. I called my boys micos (monkeys) because they climb everywhere. And I say que hablan como loritos (speak like parrots because they never stop πŸ™‚
    Don’t think we have a word for toddler either. We refer to young ones (1-2yr old) as ninos de jardin o guarderia (kids that go to daycare).
    How nice to see different words and comments. Thanks for giving us the opportunity Leanna!

    • Hi Ivonne, thanks for sharing! It’s so fascinating to learn about all the regional variations. My Spanish teacher in high school was from Barranquilla, and I remember she used to tell us she was teaching us “Castilian.” In Costa Rica they call people with light hair/fair skin macho/macha (which was really confusing for me at first, since I was used to the Mexican and American meaning for “macho” as in “machismo.”)

      And I love “mico” – I’ve never heard that before. And ninos de jardin sounds like it fits the same age range as toddler, although with a different reasoning.

      Thanks for your comments!

  167. That is a terrific idea – my girls would love this!

  168. Great idea! I rarely make pie, but when I do (Thanksgiving) I’ll give this a try! Thanks for joining the party at One Creative Weekend! I hope to see you back tomorrow.

  169. This is such a creative fun idea! And I always have leftover pie crust =-) I just wanted to let you know I featured this at TGIF this week ( Thanks for sharing this fun idea and linking it up to TGIF! If you’d like, feel free to grab an I was featured button. I look forward to seeing you again this week!!
    Have a GREAT weekend,
    Beth =)

  170. I had a nursing spot, too. Thanks for the great tips. Beginning nursing is not easy! It helps to have good advice. Thanks for sharing this week at One Creative Weekend! Have a great weekend!

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  172. […] The support and love shown by relatives and friends is also inspiring, as they help with babysitting, meals, and encouraging words.Β  Emily has done us all a real service by including, at the end of the book, a list of suggestions about how to support someone who is going through a similar situation.Β  (For additional suggestions you can read this list). […]

  173. Wonderful review, I will certainly check this out and refer it to my mom. When I was a little girl I was diagnosed with Lupus. It was a misdiagnosed thank goodness, but my mom has shared similar stories of how it was to take care of me during that time. Thanks for sharing on my Our Favorite Things Link Party. Have a great week.

    • Karri, thank you for sharing your story. So glad to hear it was a misdiagnosis, but that must have been really scary time for your family! I think you and your mom would definitely get a lot out of this book. Thanks for the visit and for hosting the linky party!

  174. These are great tips. I skipped the nursing spot and it made things really hard for me nursing my twins. I do have a twin mom who nursed for over a year featured on my blog today and she will agree with everything you just said

  175. Useful-we are looking for German books. Thank you for the ideas.

    • Thank you, hope it helps! I would love to hear more about your experiences once you are able to do some searching. I am really curious about how things are different or the same with different languages.

  176. I loved the English-Spanish picture dictionaries we used when I was a kid. They stayed on the shelves for a long time!

  177. Great ideas. Thank you for sharing them. We are lucky that our library has a very nice sized Spanish children’s book collection.

  178. […] – Sometimes I wonder… Toddler Approved – Super Mom Debunked All Done Monkey – In an Alternate World Royal Baloo – The […]

  179. Great post! Thanks for touching on the regional variations in the Spanish, that is so true! Being Puerto Rican in Arizona where a lot of the Spanish speaking population is Mexican has taught us a great deal on that! Amazing how one word can mean two totally different things. We have found so many great bilingual books at our local library and school book fairs, we have been lucky. Of course I also pick them up whenever we visit Puerto Rico, of course πŸ˜‰

    • Liz, I would be curious to know what some of the differences are that you’ve encountered! That’s wonderful that you have good sources for bilingual books locally and that you are able to get some in Puerto Rico as well. Thanks for mentioning the school book fairs! My son is not school age yet, so they weren’t on my radar. Thanks for stopping by!

      • One clear difference that stands out is the word “chavo”. For Puerto Ricans that is how we refer to coins, change, money, etc. In the Mexican dialect it refers to a kid or child. Imagine our surprise when we thought someone was looking for their change/money and in reality they were looking for their child πŸ˜€

        • Liz, how funny! That must have been quite a misunderstanding! When I was in Bolivia, they only knew the word “chavo” from the Mexican TV show “Chavo del Ocho” and only had a vague sense that it might be something more than just a nickname. It wasn’t until I returned home to the US and met some friends from Guatemala that I learned that “chavo/a” was often used to mean boy or girl – even a teenager.

          Thanks for sharing! I don’t know much about Puerto Rican Spanish, so it’s fun to learn!

  180. I am the children’s librarian at my branch. Unfortunately, I don’t select any books. We have a whole department dedicated to maintaining our library’s collection. I have a minor in French, so I have some favorite children’s books in French. Those seem to be easier to find. I take full advantage of InterLibrary Loan, which is free through my library. I get great suggestions from Goodreads. Visiting from TGIF…

    • Miss Courtney, thank you for the clarification! Though children’s librarians may not select the books, I’m sure they know them well and so would be able to help direct patrons to good foreign-language materials. Thank you for the tips!

  181. This was a great post. We are doing Spanish this year in our homeschool and I have found the library to be a wonderful source of books, we actually have a section for children’s books in Spanish so I can go right to that shelf. I love the tip about getting books abroad and using friends travels to add to your bookshelf!

  182. Thank you so much for linking up!:) I love to network with other multicultural/global families who believe in teaching our kids about the world.

  183. Wonderful idea! I’m happy to ge a part of it :0)

  184. I’m thrilled you found me in the blogsphere and I now have the priviledge to get to know the blogs that you do. I can spend hours here, its a maze I’d willing get lost in. I thoroughly enjoyed Tallulah’s guest post. I’m going to stop by there now ;0)

    • I feel the same way about your blog! I really enjoy reading it! And yes, I’ve been lucky enough to find some other really great blogs out there (including yours πŸ˜‰ I know you will definitely enjoy Tallulah’s blog!

    • Just sending you an email about an upcoming project you may be interested in. Let me know if you don’t get it!

  185. What a wonderful post! We have our children in a dual-language program (Spanish and English) as we are on the US/Mexico border but I grew up in a mixed household (Asian/Caucasian)…I think it is inspiring that so much thought goes into ensuring your children view themselves in a positive light- the daughter’s response was perfect!

  186. Just stopping by from the weekend blog walk to say hi.

  187. Great review. Thanks for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party. I agree it’s hard to find activities for kids under 5. Thanks again.

    • Thanks, Karri! Yes, it seems like little ones are often just sent to the nursery or given toys to play with. I was so happy to find something systematic that was taught at their level. Thank you for the visit and for hosting the Link Party!

  188. Thank you for visiting my blog…so I could find yours!

  189. Thanks for this, it does seem very crucial for kids around this age to get a good dose of positive identity!

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  191. I love it all! πŸ™‚ I’m also a *part time* cloth diaperer (sposies at bed time and while out) and I breast fed both my littles (my son JUST weaned) and we co sleep and baby wear πŸ™‚

  192. Congratulations on your guest post! I loved reading your book reviews – some of the titles are new to me and I’m intrigued by “Press Here.”

  193. […] Finding Books in Spanish for YourΒ Toddler? Leanna of All Done Monkey! will tell you how. First, ask your librarian. Second, go abroad. Third, search the Internet, and last, follow the leads. But Leanna’s article has much more juice. You got to read it! […]

  194. Fantastic ideas! We are starting to learn Spanish in our homeschool this year and I plan to put our local library to good use. Thank you for linking up this week to my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop!

  195. […] of articles from all over the web on raising kids to be bilingual.Β  In addition to our post on Finding Books in Spanish for Your Toddler, you can also read about everything from games to build vocabulary, reflections on whether to push […]

  196. Love this list of books. I need to check some of them out from the library, because they look like ones my kid would like too!

  197. What a great post! So many people want to add another language, but are unsure where to start so they end up missing out on introducing it in the early years. Thanks for linking up at TGIF! I featured it this week: I hope you’ll come by and link up again this week =-)

  198. Cool, cheers Marie

  199. Definitely some great ideas! My sons attends a bilingual charter school and his teachers use Tumble Books,Reading AZ, There are also some great websites like: and a few others that are eluding me. Finally, I usually search Pinterest’s education page and they happen to have Spanish ideas/books to follow. Here is a bilingual teacher who I enjoy ready:


  200. […] post today for the amazing Tallulah of Bilingual Babes.Β  If you missed her guest post here on helping kids deal with being “different,” you must check it […]

  201. Beautiful post and a beautiful lesson. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party. Have a great week.

  202. I’m working on setting up my nursing spot at the moment…great post ( :

  203. So flattered to have my Easy Stitch Cards included in this round up.

  204. There are some great ideas here! I wish I had read this post before our last trip to the States – my kids would have loved the purse full of credit cards and the felt activities. I will be bookmarking this for the future – I think they will be ready for the easy stitch cards by the next really long flight. Thanks for sharing.

  205. Great Post!!! I have used my library to look for books in Spanish, and their selection is very small. The librarian at the children’s section knows us, however; I will have to suggest for more books in Spanish. Thanks!

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  208. This is such a great roundup of ideas. Thank you for sharing them! I really love the lavender sensory tub – I think that would help *me* relax before bed πŸ™‚

  209. Sweet! I especially like the chalk roads and how expertly the cars have been parked!

  210. That’s so cool, I wish our paving stones were smooth enough for this!

  211. Thanks for sharing and promoting this movement and being part of it. Please link up posts as you have them!!

  212. I have to say as a family the library is our main source of education and fun. We love the fact that it is a family adventure of finding new books, sharing and reading them together as a family. TV does not allow for this degree of interaction. It is also a lot less stressful to not have to worry about what commercials are going to be seen by little eyes.
    Thank You for the great web site.

  213. What a great initiative. Do you know why the color is orange? I found it really interesting because when I was living in Zambia I learned that there was a hungry time of year – when the food from the last harvest had finished but the new crops were not yet mature. People lived mostly on pumpkins during that time so I think orange is very fitting.

  214. This is a brilliant cause. My husband lived through a famine when he was young and it sounds horrendous – no child should have to go through it, especially when there is enough food to go around… I’ll look out for your further links.

  215. What a treasure trove of activities! Thanks for posting

  216. This is a great cause. I cannot imagine the anguish of the parents forced to watch their kids go hungry.

    • My sentiments exactly! And brilliant post on – I have always wondered how to talk to my son about these issues, and it looks like you did a great job!

  217. What a wonderful cause. Thank you so much for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

  218. So cute! I pinned this so that I remember to do it when my little girl gets a little bigger! lol Thanks for sharing!

  219. How adorable is this!!! I remember doing this with my now not so little ones! perfect! πŸ˜‰

  220. I love this! I’m definitely going to be using it with my toddler in October for some Halloween/Fall decorations! I’ve pinned it! Thanks for sharing.

  221. I love this idea! Max and I will absolutely try it. Thanks!

  222. Such a great idea! We have done tissue paper/contact paper art before, but I hadn’t thought to put a seasonal spin on it. I love your pumpkin!

  223. This is adorable – I will have to try it with my girls. So nice when you find a craft that the little ones love and that creates such a cute end product.

  224. I love this idea! Looking forward to sharing it with my grandson this weekend!

  225. What a cute craft!

    I came across your site from the Naptime review. Feel free to check out my site

  226. Yum! It is like a pop tart. Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  227. Will definitely go check it out! Both my kids absolutely loved painting and by the time they were done, there literally was paint everywhere! πŸ˜€

  228. This is a fantastic cause. I was abused as a child both mentally and physically, and I would do anything to keep children from going through any similar torture. My childhood has affected nearly every aspect of my life, even imprisoning me in a wheelchair for more than a decade.

    • Adriana, I am so sorry to hear of the torture you endured. I cannot imagine going through something so horrific. But how wonderful that you had the strength to not only survive but to ensure that other children do not have to endure the same.

  229. This is great, something that I feel very strongly about. So much so , that we are traveling the world, indefinitely, with our children from next year. Keep up the good work!

  230. Thanks for linking up at What’s Cluckin this week! You are one of our top links, stop by for your button!

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  238. I will hop on over and read the article. Thank you for linking up this week to my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop!

  239. What a fun craft. I’m almost positive I tried that as a kid! I’m so glad you linked this up at One Creative Weekend! I love it! Hope your weekend is fantastic.

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  241. Thank you so much for the giveaway! =)

  242. Thanks for sharing! Will have to go have a look πŸ™‚

  243. Thanks for linking up with the FIRST EVER Super Sunday Sync! Pass the word around πŸ™‚

  244. Hello from The TT Diaries your newest follower from the weekend blog walk. I also believe in getting kids in the kitchen, I am hoping that my children will all be able to feed themselves properly when they leave home.

  245. I used to make these types of project with my day care kids years ago. I really need to start bringing out the art supplies for Alexa and I to play with. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party and giving me some inspiration

  246. Omg, I need this. I’m just like you. I’m laid back, except when it comes to messy. Didn’t know till I had kids. Don’t like wet, sticky, muddy, painty – none of those. This will be helpful because I’ve avoided all paint projects unless it’s a nice day outside where they can freely destroy the ground or drive way. stopping by from Dawn’s Disaster.

  247. I’ll have to check it out sometime, my little girl would love it. πŸ˜‰
    I’m stopping by from the Sunday Sync. I’d love for you to visit my blog at

    Have a great day!

  248. What a great idea to feature one blog at a time from your common circle… and I was delighted to discover a blogger from Ghana πŸ™‚

  249. Wow! You’re definitely busy πŸ™‚ I pinned something on pinterest a while back on “random acts of kindness”; loved the concept and idea, and thought of doing it myself, but put in it in the “back burner” LOL but now seeing your post, I’ve been re-inspired to do it! My birthday is in October :)) and most likely I will do this with my little one.

    • Frances, I know just what you mean! I had done the same thing, but a friend finally convinced me to actually carry it out. And committing myself to it here on the blog definitely helps! I’d love to hear about it if you are able to do this for your birthday!

  250. I love contact paper. There are so many uses. I really like the Fall Leaf idea. Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  251. thanks for hosting this. In October, I want to do more for Hispanic Heritage Month. Right now, I am still overwhelmed by Hunger Action Month!

    • Hi Jen, yes, September has turned out to be quite a busy month! I admire all that you are doing for Hunger Action Month. Thanks for linking up, & come back when things settle down a bit!

  252. […] Finds, Hardly A Housewife, Magic Onions’ Friday Nature Table, and Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop Fiesta! Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like6 bloggers like this. Tags: Central […]

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  254. Woohoo! Awesome can’t wait to participate. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the invite. On Sep 19, 2012 11:03 AM, “All Done Monkey! Embracing the Magic in the

  255. Fantastic post! Thank you for talking about so many books. Max loves trucks, too! I’ll have to get him Peter Sis’ Trucks, Trucks, Trucks. I’m so glad the Kid Lit Blog Hop fell on the day our library books are due!

    • Thank you! Today was library day for us, too, although I’m impressed you can look for specific books while you’re there! Usually my little guy just wants to run around, so I end up grabbing things off the shelf. Instead, I usually use the library’s online system to request particular books, which I can just pick up from the hold shelf. So much easier! Thanks for the visit, and hope Max enjoys the books as much as my little Monkey has!

  256. Stopping by from the Kit Lit hop – my son loves all things having to do with firemen (and women!) and trucks! We’ll have to check out some of these πŸ™‚

  257. Following you via Kid Lit Hop. This is definitely a big deal for most kids anything about firetrucks. Following every way I can! Grabbed you blog button.

  258. What a great post Leanna! My son is an anomaly – he never seemed to get excited about firetrucks (not the way I do!) However, he did love Clifford when he was little. Strangely, we’ve never read a Richard Scarry book even though everyone raves about them. Weird…I need to get one at some point.

    Thanks for hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop with me – this is so much fun! πŸ˜€

    • Thank you, Renee! That is so funny that your son was never very excited about fire trucks. They are a big hit over here! I wasn’t very motivated to try a Richard Scarry book, but someone gave us a few and they quickly became favorite.

      And thank YOU for putting together the Kid Lit Blog Hop! It’s great!

  259. […] communicating: I have written more fully elsewhere about my reflections on our recent trip to visit my husband’s family in Costa Rica. During our visit, my little Monkey’s Spanish-speaking grandparents were frequently left in […]

  260. […] book to him, she had no idea which book he was asking for!Β  (He was referring to Press Here, a book about dots and circles that is a current favorite of his.Β  Ironically, it was one given to […]

  261. I started reading your blog a few weeks ago. We are also a bilingual family and my older daughter learned to distinguish between English and Spanish speakers around age three, so I am sure your son will learn soon. My younger daughter learned even sooner by imitating her sister.

    • Thank you, Elisa! That is good to know! And it will be interesting to see how our younger son’s development is different because of being able to imitate his big brother. Thanks for your comment!

  262. I’m sure this will be very helpful for struggling grandparents, and any other relations who are trying to keep up. When you are so focused on your child’s burgeoning language skills, it can be hard to factor in adults feeling left out too.

    • Tallulah, that is such a good point. Sometimes we are so focused on our little ones that we forget to factor in others that are close to them, yet if everyone is on board our efforts will be so much more effective. Thanks for the visit!

  263. Well said! I am going to share this article with my little one’s grandparents, thank you very much.

  264. Congrats! Your post is being featured in our Feature Friday top crafty bloggers post today!! We appreciate you sharing your projects with us! Here is your feature:

    We will give you a Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest shout out today! Have a great weekend and we can’t wait to see what you share with us in the new Saturday Showcase!

    Susie @Bowdabra

  265. I forgot to mention that we sent you an invite to our Feature Friday Pinterest Board. THis board is just for bloggers who we have featured. You can pin any crafts!

  266. Very cute! Perfect for my 2 little monkeys.

  267. I have seen this all over Pinterest and had to stop by to tell you how darling I think it is! Such a creative idea!!

  268. Awesome! I love farmers markets. Someday I hope we get the chance to live in a place where we can have one open every day, all summer long. β™₯ Great pictures!

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  271. Thank you! What wonderful resources!!

  272. Stopping by from the Super Sunday Sync!
    New follower, for sure πŸ™‚
    Have a wonderful Sunday!


  273. Hi Leanna, I looked over the images and the Colonel Sanders and Hamburglar one was really cute. Did you add one? I just wanted to let you know that there issues with the links to the participating blogs above. Have a wonderful week!

  274. This is such a great idea! I love Halloween. I was in the States for my oldest daughter’s first Halloween but that is the one one she ever got to celebrate. Hope we have another chance before they are too old – homemade costumes are the best!

    • Yes, my mom made all of our costumes growing up, but I am afraid I won’t be able to do this! I managed to do one last year, though, and I was so proud! What do people in Malawi think about Halloween? In Costa Rica it was a fad for a while but apparently has gone back out of fashion. Too bad – dressing up is so much fun!

  275. How adorable! I also have seen this floating around Pinterest and think it is such a sweet craft for the Fall. Thank you for linking up this week to my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop!

  276. We have just started working on a mouse costume at our house.

  277. So cute, Alexa will have fun making this, she loves paint. Thanks for sharing on my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

  278. Now this is something I never thought about blogging playdates! πŸ™‚ My li’l one and I belong to a Mommy/Kids playdate group; and have had plenty of playdates and pictures! πŸ™‚ Thanks Leanna!! Love the suggestions, and ideas.

  279. Oh yes. Been here. Wrote the blog post. πŸ™‚ The good news is (two years later) that it gets a lot better. Bad news is it never gets totally better, because there’s always that culture and language gap between grandparents and grandchild – a place the grandparents can’t follow because they don’t know the child’s other “self”.

    I think your advice is good for grandparents or other family members finding themselves in similar situations. Good one! πŸ™‚

  280. Very cool. I like how you used it with the trains. Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  281. YES! It is so frustrating when my kids speak English in front of my in-laws. I wish we lived closer so that they were able to visit with them more:(. I think there is so much that kids can learn from their grandparents.

    • Agreed! That grandparent-grandchild relationship is so important. And we have the same problem of living far away from both sets of grandparents. I’m hoping when my son is older we’ll be able to do longer visits, and maybe eventually even some on his own.

  282. Very cute! Thanks for linkin up!

  283. It is truly a gift to your child to be bilingual even though it presents some challenges. Sounds like you are handling it very well. Good advice.

  284. Nice article! My family speaks only English with any fluency, but I have a friend who is from Germany and raising her children bilingual. It has been really interesting seeing them develop. Her oldest is 5 now and clearly understands when to speak English and when to speak German. Recently when their German grandparents were visiting, I met the 5-year-old on a city bus with just her grandfather, who speaks very little English (I tried talking with him; my high school German from 20 years ago was about as good as his English) so she was his native guide and doing a great job!

  285. Great idea and I imagine such fun to make! Thanks so much for sharing this with us on Seasonal Celebration!

  286. Awe a little too late to enter my link πŸ™ when I clicked on the link, it says the linky is closed…. I guess it will be for next time. πŸ™‚

  287. […] is this the case?Β  Lina of Best4Future (the host of last month’s carnival) has some wonderful observations about why using song and rhyme works.Β  In addition, she made a […]

  288. […] Of course, bilingualism has social implications as well.Β  Cordelia writes about her child’s growing understanding of how to distinguish which language to speak to which people, while I wrote about how being bilingual has affected my little Monkey’s relationship with his monolingual grandparents. […]

  289. Fabulous! Thank you for hosting. Sharing now and can’t wait to delve into all the articles once our move is done.

    • Cordelia, you won’t be disappointed! There are so many fabulous articles in this month’s carnival. And thank you for your contribution, I really enjoyed reading it!

  290. Looking forward to reading these posts. We are hoping to get serious about the girls learning a second language – maybe I’ll find some inspiration here!

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  292. Great article Leanna! I have to say that I readwhat I think is the original Grimm Brothers version. As with all Grimm Brothers tales, it is very, very dark and not really a children’s story. I appreciated your comment about the stereotypes of the evil step-mother and step-sisters. If you examine that closely within the Disney movies and books, most of the time, the mother dies and the step-mother, if there is one, is evil. Somebody clearly had “mommy issues”. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Renee! I remember the first time I read some of the original Grimm Brothers tales – it was shocking! Not what we would think of today as children’s stories, although people thought about this much differently back then. I read an interesting book once (wish I could remember the name!) that said that psychologically the split between the mother and stepmother helped kids deal with the fact that sometimes Mommy is nice and sometimes not so much! Splitting her into two characters made it more understandable to them, according to the author. Who knows! I just know that many stepmothers are wonderful people who love their stepkids and so probably despise the old stories!

      • I thought this looked familiar! I agree with your last thoughts about step-mothers. I have a dear friend who is a new step-mother and I can say with no hesitation that she loves that little boy as if he were her own. He comes first in her life! πŸ™‚

        • Oh, that is really sweet! I think that is true in so many cases. One story I read put a nice twist on it, saying that stepmothers were just fairy godmothers in disguise πŸ™‚

  293. Thank you for hosting such a wonderful carnival! It is so neat for you to organize articles according to their topics. And I am really enjoying reading those wonderful tips from similar-minded parents. Thank you for doing an excellent job!

  294. Thanks for the great post, Leanna!

  295. These stories sound lovely. The ending of Smoky Mountain Rose with the older couple in their porch swing sounds particularly sweet and I love that you can see the green cow horn in the background of the Little Gold Star’s cover. Sounds like a really interesting version of the story.

    • Yes, I really enjoyed reading them! And I wish I could have found a picture online of the final page of Smoky Mountain Rose – it is a really sweet painting πŸ™‚

  296. featured the on this week’s Sunday Showcase. Love the fab change up to the classic TP roll tree – this is just wonderful. Thanks for sharing with us.

  297. Wow, so interesting, thanks for hosting!! I’m new to this blogging carnival, I like it a lot!

  298. Thank you for hosting, Leanna! I like how you divided the posts up into categories.

  299. I was talking about this very subject at work the other day. One of the Moms there mentioned that her two grown daughters (now Moms themselves) had never spoken a single word to their grandmother because of language barriers. So sad. Your suggestions are just wonderful and I think they could be applied to all sorts of situations. Thanks for linking up to The Sunday Parenting Party.

    • Thank you, Ness! Oh, that is a sad story. Yes, unfortunately, the language barrier can make family relationships strained. Thankfully it seems like more and more families are recognizing the importance of teaching more than one language, especially when there are family members that only speak one or the other. And there is a lot more support for it these days. I suspect that this was not the case when the Mom you spoke to was raising her daughters.

  300. These sound like two beautiful Cinderella books. I have not read either of them. I am especially interested in the Appalachian version. Thanks for pinning this to my Book List board!

  301. Great reviews. I’m inspired to see if there are versions to match my families origins. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

  302. These sound so interesting. I know there are many Cinderella versions out there but it’s great to talk about ones highlighting other traditions. Thanks for linking up to The Children’s Bookshelf.

  303. […] that you are as excited about the Pinterest Scavenger Hunt as we are, here is your first clue!Β  As the Hunt progresses, you can always find a full list of […]

  304. […] Post navigation ← Cinderella Around the World: US Southwest and Appalachia Pinterest Scavenger Hunt (Day One): Seven Thirty Three → […]

  305. My grandmother is Vietnamese. I wish I could speak the language, but my Dad never taught me. It really is a great gift you are giving to your child. I understand the frustrations it may cause. However, it really is sad when a child cannot communicate with a loved one. I know my English grandmother would understand if I was trying to learn Vietnamese. Some great thoughts on this and I think it is an awesome skill to teach your children. Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

    • Thank you! Yes, it seems like not learning a second language is a much bigger problem than learning one, in terms of family relations. That is wonderful that your English grandmother was so understanding. We have been really lucky in this respect as well, although I know this isn’t always the case.

  306. […] living room.Β  I cut ten small pumpkins out of craft foam, using the same template I used for our Pumpkin Suncatcher, just scaled down to a smaller […]

  307. We’re always searching for resources for learning other languages such as Hindi and Russian with both our families. It’s hard to find but spanish books are a little more common here in the states. Just shared your ideas on on Bilingual Babies Pinterest Board.

    • Thank you! That is such a great Pinterest board! And yes, we are lucky that our second language is Spanish; here in the US it’s much easier to find resources in Spanish than in most other languages. I have seen a few kids’ books in our library in Russian, but I don’t think I’ve seen any in Hindi!

  308. I love these games! What wonderful ideas and you will be illustrating a children’s book long before I will:-) What a wonderful way to build extra learning activities onto a favorite book. I love reading about your ideas.

  309. […] you’d like to do the October Pinterest Scavenger Hunt with your child, go halfway down on the Pinterest Scavenger Hunt Page to the Scavenger Hunt Clues section for the daily clue. If you do the Pinterest Scavenger Hunt with […]

  310. I love it!! You’re such a fun Mommy!!

  311. I love learning about different cultures and this swap sure helps me meet new people! πŸ™‚

  312. […] each day’s clues, go halfway down on the Pinterest Scavenger Hunt PageΒ  at All Done Monkey to the Scavenger Hunt Clues section. If you’d like ideas of how your […]

  313. […] to Day Two of the Pinterest Scavenger Hunt!Β  Remember you can always find a full list of the clues on our main Pinterest Scavenger Hunt […]

  314. Don’t give up on your illustrating dreams just yet, I don’t think they’re that bad! πŸ™‚

  315. These are wonderful learning games, and I adore Duck and Goose!

    Thanks for linking up to Learning Laboratory!

  316. Such a cute idea!! You may like my Ten Apples On Top activity too!
    My three year old had a blast with it

  317. Thanx for linking up @ The Thinks You Can Think, Tuesday Blog Hop! We are happy to have you. I’m your newest follower =-)

    Check me out @
    {I always follow back}

  318. […] to Day Three of the Pinterest Scavenger Hunt!Β  Join in the fun for a chance to win great prizes!Β  Remember you can always find the guidelines […]

  319. thanks for hosting the kit lit hop again! πŸ™‚ this is so cute and i love the activity!

  320. The “not your mother’s slow cooker” recipe book has been on my list to check out for quite some time. Thank you for the reminder – will have to check it out soon. With the cool Fall air rolling into town, all I want to do is make chili! Found you at the fabulous Kid Lit Blog Hop. πŸ™‚

  321. Beautiful post! I’m going to share on the Kids’ Co-op FB page this afternoon so that others can discover and learn from it too. Thank you for your honesty and thoughtful list of solutions.

  322. Omigosh Leanna – you are so creative! What a fun little game you created. Thanks for contributing this post to the Kid Lit Blog Hop! You sure are a busy mama! πŸ˜€

  323. Hola Leanna!!!

    I’m going to have to steal this idea from you. :))) This is a great interactive activity to do with a fun book! Thanks for sharing!

  324. […] Day Two: “Activities for the prettiest season of all!” on Living Montessori Now […]

  325. […] Day Three: “Make a Yummy Mummy for Your Mommy” on Crazy About My Baybah […]

  326. […] to Day Four of the Pinterest Scavenger Hunt!Β  Join in the fun for a chance to win great prizes!Β  Remember you can always find the […]

  327. This game looks so fun! Also, I found foam pumpkin pieces at the Dollar Tree, 12 for a dollar. Just fyi πŸ˜‰ Thanks for hosting!

  328. I’ll try to hook up for the Autumn craft next week. :0) SO many great ideas where do you find the time an energy.

  329. […] Seasonal Sunday Celebration, My Little Bookcase’s The Children’s Bookshelf, and the Kid Lit Blog Hop #2. Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintPinterestLike this:LikeBe the first to like this. Tags: […]

  330. […] post has been shared at the Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop Fiesta and the Kid Lit Blog Hop #2. Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintPinterestLike this:LikeBe the first to like this. […]

  331. […] to Day Four of the Pinterest Scavenger Hunt!Β  Join in the fun for a chance to win great prizes!Β  Remember you can always find the […]

  332. This looks like a great book! Can’t wait to check it out. Love your blog!!