We want to double our fans on our facebook page for the month of December!
In order to help us get there, we are giving away 4 Booksets!
1.) The Magic School Bus Set (6 books)
2.) If You Give....Set (6 books ie: If you give a mouse a cookie)
3.) Leo Lionni Caldecott Pack (3 books)
4.) Seasonal Stories (6 books including The Night Before Christmas
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3. For a third entry, share this post on your own blog with a link back.
4. For a fourth entry, suggest Cape Cod Mommies Facebook page to your friends.
5. For a fifth entry, TWEET this giveaway on your Twitter page and link back to the Cape Cod Mommies Twitter page!
Leave a comment in this blog post letting us know the entries you've done.
We will announce the winner if we've reached 176 fans! We will announce winner on December 22nd, so that the prizescan be used for gifts if the winner wishes!
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I'm definitely obsessed with healthy cooking and making sure that my kids get tons of nutritious foods daily. I love finding new recipes, and sneaking in veggies whenever I can! Below are Twelve brainy breakfast ideas that Ask Dr
Sears have posted online. I thought I'd share since they all sound yummy!!!!
Enjoy twelve brainy breakfast ideas. Try to incorporate into your child’s breakfast a mix of as many of these five foods as possible: eggs, yogurt, fruit, whole grains, and omega 3’s.
There are numerous reasons why parents choose to cloth diaper instead of using disposable diapers. Many do because of
economics, others for the environment, but these are the top 5 reasons why parents choose cloth over plastic for the baby’s bottom.
In general, a parent choose cloth diapers for one of these reasons or a combination of these. I’d love to hear your
reasons for using cloth diapers or making the switch to cloth and welcome you to post them here.
Ocean Spray is announcing a precautionary recall of its original flavor Craisins dried cranberries because they may have
small metal fragments inside. The packages that are cause for concern come in 5, 10 and 48 oz. packages, as well as 10 lb. bulk packages. The metal fragments are very small, and are being called "hair like." No injuries have been reported and no other Ocean Spray products are affected by the recall.
5 oz. Craisins UPC: 29456-000 & 29464-000. "Best by" dates (only these dates followed by the letter "M" are affected)
10/27/12 M, 10/28/12 M, 10/29/12 M
48 oz. Craisins UPC: 00678-318. "Best by" dates (only these dates followed by the letter "M" are affected) 10/27/12 M,
10/28/12 M, 11/3/12 M, 11/4/12 M, 11/5/12 M, 11/6/12 M, 11/7/12 M, 11/10/12/ M, 11/11/12 M.
10 lb. Bulk Ingredient & Foodservice UPC: 03477-000. "Best by" dates (only these dates followed by the letter "M" are
affected) 10/30/13 M, 10/31/13 M, 11/1/13 M, 11/5/13 M.
If you find one of these packages, Ocean Spray says to destroy them and save the UPC label and "best by" date and contact the Consumer Hotline at 1-800-662-3262 for a replacement.
Have you ever had one of those moments where you feel like you are in a movie. I had one yesterday. My family and I headed out around 10am to drive to VT to visit his family. We detoured to Falmouth to visit my Mother who recently had surgery.
We got through Boston and all was going well when it happened. And here it was a moment I felt like I was living in a movie. Our rear driverside tire blew out an we lost control. Our car spun around on 93 north across 4 lanes of traffic on the busiest travel day of the year. I remember being terrified. I remember think things like this dont happen to me. I remember thinking Oh My God my babies!! As we reached the breakdown lane we hit the guard rail and our car flipped onto it's side.
What seemed like hours was seconds! People surrounded our car! My kids were screaming. The baby slept through the whole crash! I was trapped in the passenger seat because of my seatbelt. I finally got undone by pushing myself up on the steering column. By then the police had arrived and they helped me go out through the tailgate of my van.
There standing on the side of the high were my children with complete strangers who stopped to help! And here is the amazing part of it all. No one had even a scratch on them. Our car was on its side on the highway and my children were completely unharmed!
And this is where my PSA is, the reason my children walked away without a scratch and my husband and I walked away without a scratch is because of proper seatbelt and carseat use!! The baby (14 months today) was rear facing in his Graco Myride. My 5 year old daughter was 5 pt harnessed in her Britax marathon and my 6 year old was in a Recaro Vivo high back booster! I do not follow the minimums for car seat safety! I make sure my children do not have bulky coats on and I adjust straps every time I put them in their seats.
So please remember your Children deserve to be safe!! And so do you, set the example by always wearing your seat belts.
Bedtime is a time that I cherish, that I look forward to, that I plan for and daydream about. However, the love and appreciation of bedtime is wisdom that comes with age. Louis does not feel the same way. Bedtime is a time that Louis dreads, avoids, plans to evade, and probably has nightmares about – for he is a toddler, and he is convinced that going to bed means missing something exciting and fun. After a week or so of the nightly routine of Louis yelling, screaming, and tantruming I decided to consult Miss Cathy – his teacher. I needed reassurance that I was not, indeed, torturing my child by wanting him to go to bed. Here are the pointers I picked up:
Now I am lucky in my bedtime battle because Louis does not yet know that he can try to climb out of his crib, so half the battle is won. I am secondarily lucky because when he was in infant I bought him a mobile that, unbeknownst to me, also turns into a projector that now makes a picture show on his ceiling. So here is our bedtime routine, which has virtually eliminated the night-mare from night-night time.
It took Louis a couple of nights of yelling “Mama! Mama! Mama!” before he really understood that I wasn’t coming back (unless he was jumping out of his crib or crying enough to make himself sick – but he doesn’t know those tricks….yet) and that it was time to go to bed. The projector works miracles and helps him drift off to sleep. Even though I have to sacrifice a lot of my playtime with him in the evening, and for working parents the evening is sometimes all we have, I rest assured knowing he needs his sleep and this is the best plan for us right now. I am sure, however, that Louis will request, quite forcefully, that we re-negotiate the bedtime peace treaty in a few months.
Let's talk about how the baby is smarter than I am - ok Correct semantics would be how he outsmarts me daily. As I have never had an official IQ test and neither has he, I will refrain from making any permanent judgments for now. Apologies, I digress - so in this blog I will take a moment to enumerate the times in which Louis has outsmarted me as well as the times that I chose not to listen to him when I clearly should have.
1. When i said "you can have a cookie when your dinner is all gone" and Louis promptly dumped his plate on the floor and said "all gone!"
2. When I told Louis not to take all the clothes out of the laundry basket and throw them on the floor because they were dirty and he put them in the toilet instead and said "wata! All keen".
3. When I was cooking dinner and Louis said "uh oh" and I said "what? Mommy didn't spill anything" then stepped in the milk he had dumped on the floor.
4. When I was changing Louis for school and he pointed to where i had put his pants and said "wha tha?" without looking (first mistake) I said "your pants." he said "wha tha?" and I said, still without looking (second mistake, or maybe
just an extension of the original mistake) "your pants!" he said "NO WHA THA" at which point I thought to myself - he has already been told they are his pants, time to ignore his questions and focus on getting dressed (third and biggest
mistake) and proceeded to reach for his pants and - surprise - the dog had left a present on the carpet. For the sake of my pride I will let you infer what happened next.
Let's be honest - I could go on and on here. These instances just keep driving the point home for me - whether I want to admit it or not, my little guy is growing and growing and learning about the world around him every second of every day. It is a tough job to keep up. So the Lesson learned? Easy - listening to the baby, excuse me - the toddler, will save you from a whole bunch of....poop.
Join us in welcoming Cape Cod Mommies newest sponsor: The Children's Workshop! The Children's Workshop has 16 different locations in MA and RI. One of their locations is conveniently located on Rte. 28 in Bourne and is run by director Bailey Kent. Bailey has over 10 years of combined teaching experience and is a mother to a baby boy as well! Bailey will be joining us as a guest blogger once a month-we are excited to read about her adventures!
They offer high quality child care and learning for preschool, pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and school age children! Their full-day Kindergarten offers a classroom size which is limited to 12-15 students, which provides a much better child-to-teacher ratio than the public schools, allowing for more individual attention. The center is located on Route 28 and this new building includes bright, developmentally appropriate classrooms, an indoor gross motor room and large outdoor playgrounds.
Their programs offer affordable rates, convenient hours and a great location. In addition, they utilize a nationally recognized curriculum and approach to education that you will see in action in all our centers. Their developmentally appropriate classrooms are warm and inviting and are designed with young children in mind. The curriculum provides a strong foundation for children's academic success and the teachers provide a warm, nurturing environment in which every child can be successful. Children retain more when they're having fun so their programs emphasize learning through play.
Take a moment and visit their website or give them a call and arrange a tour! I know we have some mom's already who use The Children's Workshop, we would love to hear what you have to say!
AWESOME UPCOMING EVENT FOR GIRLS!!!!
The Mashpee Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 2nd Annual Girl's and Doll's Daysponsored by Country Smiles Doll Shop on Sunday, November 13th from 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Special thanks to our supporting sponsors:
New Balance Mashpee & Thomas J. O'Neill Inc.
The day kicks off with registration at the Fitness Company for Women on Route 130 where each young lady will receive a gift bag with special offers and goodies and a map of participating merchants. This is also where the girls and their dolls will have a chance to have their hair styled courtesy of The Beauty Co.
Miss Lori from Klub Kidz, has special activities planned at the Fitness Center as the girls wait for their salon appointments. Once the girls and their dolls are decked out and ready to go, it's off to Mashpee Commons to take advantage of offers from participating businesses.
Girls who visit all of the participating businesses will be eligible for very special prizes to be handed out in the afternoon. The day will culminate with dinner at the
99 Restaurant in Mashpee from 4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal and the lucky raffle winners will be announced at dinner. Here is a schedule of events and participating merchants.
10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Registration and special activities with Klub Kidz will take place at the Fitness Company for Women on Rt. 130 (502 Main Street). The Beauty Co. which is in the same building, will style hair for girls and dolls. Appointments must be made in advance once a ticket has been purchased by calling 508-477-0792.
12:00 - 4:00
The next stop is Mashpee Commons where participating merchants will be waiting with planned activities, special discounts, and free samples including:
The Tea Shoppe - 20% off Teddy Bear Tea - Three small PB & J sandwiches with three brownie triangles, a teddy bear cookie and a drink. Also, register to win a birthday doll cake!
Country Smiles Doll Shop - Stop by for your free gift!
The GAP - Receive 25% off regular priced items. This is only good on Nov. 13th.
Woodruff's Art Center- Free craft activity for you and your doll!
New Balance - Stop by and have your picture taken for free courtesy of Thomas J. O'Neill Inc. and K Mac Photo!
Gelfi's Candy's & Gifts - Stop by for a free treat!
Zinnia Jewelry - Get 20% off your jewelry purchase and register to win a prize!
The Red Balloon Toy Store - Register to win a Carolle Doll and a jewelry box!
Cape Kaleidoscopes - Receive $1.00 off any toy kaleidoscope!
Zoe's Pizza - Stop by for free samples of their delicious pizza!
Verde Floral Design - Stop by for your free gift!
4:00 - 5:00
The day will culminate at the 99 Restaurant for dinner. Kids eat free with purchase of an adult meal. Raffle prizes will be awarded.
There will be a special offer for photo printing in your bags from Walgreens to capture the memories of your special day.
Tickets are $25 for 1 adult and 1 child and $10 for each additional person in the party. Tickets are available at Country Smiles Doll Shop and theMashpee Chamber of Commerce.
For ticket information and sponsorship opportunities call 508-477-0792 or e-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center for Vital Living Invites you to join us for Ladies Night TONIGHT!
When: Sat, November 12, 5pm – 8pm
Where: Center for Vital Living 704 Main St. Falmouth (map)
Description: The Center for Vital Living Invites you to join us for Ladies Night! November 12, 2011 5-8pm 704 Main St. Falmouth
Unwind with the following: *Blooming Lotus Yoga Studio will provide FREE yoga 5-6pm *Mulcahy Chiropractic will provide FREE Health Assessments and Spinal Screenings *Painted Red Nail Salon’s expert staff will demonstrate proper cleansing techniques and holistic approaches to skincare *KM Hudson will fit you for the perfect bra *Raw food demos and delights to sustain you ***Vendors will have products available for sale*** For more information: 508-457-0440 *This is a FREE event!*
George Harrison once said, "All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much."
I had the amazing opportunity to work with Cindy Stimpson, the owner of Sweet Art Designer Bakery. I had seen samples of Cindy's work in the past and she is amazingly talented. Sweet Art specializes in sculpted cake toppers and custom cookies for all occassions. She reminds me of the Cake Boss!
When my son's 1st birthday was rapidly approaching, I knew that between all the planning, cleaning and work, I would never have time to make a cake, let alone decorate it. As with other moms, I know there just aren't enough hours in the day! So I decided to delegate out the task, thus relieving some stress from my life (and my boyfriends's by not destroying our kitchen with my cooking abilities). I had seen some of Cindy's past work, which included a wagon full of toys cake topper and a antique car to name a few, and decided to give her a call.
We decided on a music theme for my son's first birthday because he is absolutely enamored with all types of music! We even brought tons of music toys so all the kids could make music during the party! He has a toy guitar which was given to him as a gift that he adores and plays sitting alongside his father. I gave Cindy a picture of what his guitar
looked like and the end result was a perfect match! The topper was made out of Rice Krispy treats and fondant! The birthday boy was beyond thrilled when he saw his guitar cake!
Cindy was so easy to work with and helped set my mind at ease during
the whole planning process. The cake and the cake topper (not edible) was enjoyed by all! I definitely recommend Sweet Art for any of your "Sweet" needs o add that little extra detail to make any birthday, shower or event one to remember! Thanks Cindy for helping to make my son's first birthday a memorable one!
Check out Sweet Art's contact info below!
It's not too late to take advantage of the American Opportunity Tax Credit, a credit that helps parents and college students offset the cost of college. This tax credit is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is available through December 31, 2012. It can be claimed by eligible taxpayers for college expenses paid until 2012.
Here are six important facts about the American Opportunity Tax Credit:
1. This credit, formerly known as the Hope Credit, has been expanded. Eligible taxpayers can claim qualified tuition and related expenses paid for higher education through 2012. Qualified tuition and related expenses include tuition, related fees, books, and other required course materials.
2. The credit is equal to 100 percent of the first $2,000 spent per student each year and 25 percent of the next $2,000. Therefore, the full $2,500 credit may be available to a taxpayer who pays $4,000 or more in qualifying expenses for an
3. The full credit is generally available to eligible taxpayers who make less than $80,000, or $160,000 for married couples filing jointly. The credit is gradually reduced, however, for taxpayers with incomes above these levels.
4. Forty percent of the credit is refundable, so even those who owe no tax can get up to $1,000 of the credit for each eligible student as cash back.
5. The credit can be claimed for qualified expenses paid during any of the first four years of post-secondary education.
6. You cannot claim the tuition and fees tax deduction in the same year that you claim the American Opportunity Tax Credit or the Lifetime Learning Credit. You must choose to take either the credit or the deduction.
If you would like more information about the American Opportunity Tax Credit please call us. We're more than happy to help. Contact our office at 508-540-3683 or email me directly at email@example.com
On Friday, November 18th the teachers of Little Milestones will be hosting a Babysitting PJ Party from 6PM-11PM.
Who: Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers and School aged children
What: A PJ Party!
Where: Little Milestones Childcare Center located at 147 Trotting Park Road in East Falmouth
When: Friday, November 18th from 6PM-11PM (you may drop off and pick up anywhere in between those hours)
Why: So you can have a night out!
How: Bring your little ones in their PJ’s (so it’s ok when they fall asleep). They will be provided with an age appropriate movie, craft and bed time story. We have several cribs and cots so your child may fall asleep when it is their bedtime.
Cost: 35 dollars per child, 60 for pair of siblings or 85 for three siblings
Call 508.388.7802 to sign up your little one for a PJ Party with Miss Ashley, Miss Alissa and Ms. Ginny!
*Limited availability so call to reserve your spot!
I am passing this awesome opportunity along from Alissa and Ashley! I usually have to pay my babysitter $10/hour, but this is 5 hours of babysitting for a great price! We all definitely deserve some time out with our significant others to rekindle the romance and have that time alone-it is a MUST to keep your relationship strong and healthy, so take advantage of this fab offer!
10th Annual Holiday Craft and Artisan Fair
The Quashnet School PTO is pleased to announce the 10th annual Holiday Craft & Artisan Fair on Saturday, November 5, 2011 starting at 10am. Browse the handiwork of a large variety or artisans in a comfortable indoor setting at Quashnet Elementary School, 150 Old Barnstable Road, Mashpee.
Two Cape Cod Moms Caitlin and Melissa will be selling their handmade wares for babies and children. If you have never met Caitlin & Melissa or bought one of these mommy's products then you are missing out! These moms are my personal go-to guru's on all things CRAFTY. Both these moms are extremely talented at what they do and they strive to make products that they know other mom's and kids will love and find useful! From homemade blankets to Sophie/paci scarfs, custom hats, custome onesies or shirts, Cape Cod Caps, make sure to stop by their booth and say HI! If you cannot make the event, then be sure to visit both their Etsy stores (click on their names above). Both stores appear empty right now because the merchandise has been pulled for this event, but check back often! Below are some samples of products from both these lovely moms!
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