We stopped by the Harvest Festival this morning to give you a preview of this amazing community event! We loved the section of kid arts & crafts, the friendly animals, the exhibitor cutting wooden mushrooms, vendors, and the pumpkin launcher!!! Check out our videos and pictures below!
This weekend Falmouth residents come on down! Dunk a teacher, games, arts and crafts, bounce house, and so much more!
Have you heard about the annual Harvest Festival? It takes place every year at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds and is scheduled for this weekend!
It's a really family-friendly event that is much more targeted at families with young children than the County Fair is. They really try to strike a balance between the kid-friendly attractions like the hayride, pony rides, animals, haunted house and the rides from Rockwell Amusements, with ones the parents will enjoy as well such as the 60 plus artists, crafters, food vendors and their farmers market.
Cost is only: $5, children 8 and under free. Parking is free.
Come by and check
I know I’m not the only one noticing how much shorter our days are getting already. Daylight savings 2012 will end on November 4th. Clocks are moved back one hour from 2 a.m. DST to 1 a.m. For parents of early risers, the upcoming change can be nerve-racking. “She’s already waking up at 5:30 a.m. Does this mean she’s going to start waking up at 4:30 a.m. now?!”
Fortunately the answer is no. You are going to gradually shift her schedule to the new time, just like when you are traveling.
So what will it look like? You have a few options. One is to allow your child to wake up at his natural time on the morning of the 4th. According to the clock, it will be an hour earlier than usual. If he usually wakes up at 7 a.m., he will likely awaken at 6 a.m. That’s fine. It will be short-lived! But try not to let him start his day before 6 a.m. Base the day’s routines (meals, naps, etc.) around the new clock time. If your son’s bedtime was 7:30 p.m., the clock will now read 6:30 p.m. Aim for good naps that day so he can make it to at least 7 p.m. (new time). You can gently push his bedtime back to 7:30 p.m. over the next few nights.
Alternatively, if going “cold turkey” doesn’t appeal, you can also approach the time change incrementally. Put your child to bed 15 minutes later each of the nights leading up to the end of daylight savings. If his usual bedtime is 7:30 p.m., he can go to bed at 7:45 p.m. on October 31, 8 p.m. on November 1st, 8:15 p.m. on November 2nd, and 8:30 p.m., on the 3rd. By the time daylight savings ends, he will already be adjusted – or at least well on his way.
Regardless of which approach you choose, stay consistent and don’t him start his day before 6 a.m. (new time). He’ll be adjusted within a week.
Note: If your little guy seems plagued by early rising, it’s time to get to the bottom of it. Click hereto read my earlier post about the common causes of early rising and how to address them.
*Includes information from Kim West’s Good Night Sleep Tight.
Oh Giada, you inspire the Italian carb lover in me! I made this Pirate Pasta last week to celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day and just had to share the delish recipe with you all since it was a huge hit with my son!
Total Time: 35 mins, makes 4-6 servins!
Ingredients: Kosher Salt, 1 Pound Penne (I used whole wheat), 1 c grated Pecorino romano cheese, 1/4 c extra virgin olive oil, 8 ounces mushrooms sliced, 2 cloves of garlic-peeled and left whole, Fresh ground pepper, 1/2 c med green olives (make sure they are pitted and cut in half), 1/4 c tomato paste/sauce, 2 talespoons of capers (drain and rinse first), 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, 10 ozs of tuna (use the kind you prefer), 1/2 c low sodium chicken broth, 1/2 c chopped fresh basil.
Kangaroo care, also known as skin to skin care, is an amazing way for a mother (and/or) Father to bond with their premature child. Most full term babies are encouraged to have skin to skin contact for reasons such as Calming, easier breastfeeding, and even attachment. But for a tiny Preemie, this care is so much more than that. Kangaroo care is a way to regulate heart rate, temperature, and even oxygen levels, as they are close to a very familiar body and smell. It also is an amazing way to bond. Having a child early, means your body, mind and hormones aren’t exactly “ready”for birth, yet they’re pushed to do so anyway. Having that skin to skin with your child helps release those hormones that stimulate breast milk supply, calm your body as well as your baby, and increase the sense of “Normalcy” that all of us preemie parents strive for. Babies as early as days old are usually allowed to have this care, and many NICU’s are equipped to allow babies on Vents, CPAP, oxygen and feeding tubes to enjoy this with their parents. As your baby is stabilized and calm, it increases the depth of sleep, which for a premature baby is CRUCIAL (our nurses used to tell us how if our preemie was sleeping she was growing!).
I’m not sure if ALL preemie moms get the chance to Kangaroo with their little ones, but it is an amazing feeling to hold your tiny child. To feel your baby’s skin, hands, feet and be able to see little movements is enough to send your love through the roof. I as a preemie mom recommend it for any and all parents (both mothers and fathers), but especially for premature parents (with the permission of your NICU nurse/neonatologist of course). I would love to hear other moms’ experiences with this, and how it affected your relationship with your baby (or babies).
My daughter, Annika’s very first Kangaroo at 5 days old
Bum Boosa Bamboo Products would like to announce a Cape-wide model search for our October photo shoot with talented photographer Michelle Tricca. We are looking for models 1 year to 2 years old. We will choose 2-3 models for a local shoot within the next 2 weeks. Please send a photo of your child to email@example.com by Saturday, September 29th.
Please see Bum Boosa’s website: www.bumboosa.com
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Many families wrestle over the decision over which parent should work, or if both should work. This week for Financial Friday, I have included one of our financial calculators to help you make a decision if you are considering only one spouse working. This calculator is designed to help you see the financial impact of adding, or removing, a spouse's income to your household. As with any decision of this type, there are many factors to consider, but knowing your finances is a good place to start. This calculator has been updated to use the new withholding schedules for 2012.
Should my Spouse Work Calculator?
As always, if you have questions specific to your situation, please comment below or contact my office at 508-540-3683 or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Financial Friday!
By: Sung Bin
What I enjoy most about approaching fall here with my family is that you can really feel and observe the changes that are coming. There is a natural rhythm that can’t be denied when you feel and rustle the fallen leaves or the drop in temperature and let’s not forget my personal familiar favorites from apple cider to pumpkin flavored beverages coming back in favor.
The month's full moon is the harvest moon and a good chance for me to teach my toddler about the autumnal equinox and with it the transition of the season. Some finds from our local library included Possum’s Harvest Moon by Anne Hunter about one last hurrah and party on the harvest moon before the coming winter. It’s a simple story about forest animals that are busy storing food and getting ready for the season. By the Light of the Harvest Moon by Harriet Ziefert is a fun book about farmers and the world of leaf
people who come to life during the harvest moon. Lastly, Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins is a great picture book with different tree types and lots of vibrant fall visuals to help teach the little ones about the different types of leaves they may see.
We’ve been collecting leaves this week to see the richness of fall’s colors from saturated reds to burnt oranges. It is a joy to see my toddler in the midst of the coming changes and to prepare a send off to our summer. How do you introduce or teach about the seasons to your children?
Cape Cod Moms