The Buzzard's Bay Coalition's Discovery Center in Woods Hole is now OPEN! The Cape Cod center is free and offers a touch tank, interactive exhibits, and daily programs for visitors of all ages. It is open 7 days a week from 10am-4:30pm all summer. This is the perfect activity family activity and the kids will love it!
A mom from Granger Community Church in Indiana performed during a service Mother's Day weekend in a tribute to all mom's, singing her own rendition of "Let It Go" from the popular Disney film, "Frozen." The parody video has gone viral with over 4 million views collectively between YouTube and Vimeo.
Our favorite line in her song was about 1:30 into the video which made us stop and think:
"It's funny how such chaos comes from people oh so small, yet the joy that overwhelms me, when they learn to kick a ball."
These words really help sum parenting up, it is a constant whirlwind of trying to do the best you can which is all made worth it when they learn something. Those are the moments we love, the moments where we know we have done something right.
Let all the other stuff go and live for those moments.
By: Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
School is almost out and that means it is time to get ready for some summer fun! While it is important for kids to have a break from academics and recharge before the next school year, it’s also important to keep fostering their language development. Summer is a great time to expose your children to new experiences, which will naturally introduce new language and add to his/her background knowledge about the world. We are very fortunate to have some great destinations that are close by, inexpensive and great for language!
Woods Hole Science Aquarium
166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA
Buzzards Bay Discovery Center
21 Luscombe Avenue, Woods Hole, MA
Plymouth County Farm and Petting Zoo
74 Obery Street, Plymouth, MA
Nelson Memorial Park
Nelson Street, Plymouth, MA
Butterflies of Cape Cod
26 Herring Pond Road, Bourne, MA
Ellisville Harbor State Park
State Highway 3A, Plymouth, MA 02360
Over the next few months I hope to document trips to these awesome locations with my daughter and give suggestions for including language development in your visits. In the meantime, I hope you find some time to check these out and have some summer fun while also introducing new language!
If you can think of any other locations that are great for local, low-to-no cost summer fun please comment below. I would love to hear your suggestions!
Cape Cod Mommies has teamed up with some other amazing bloggers this week to bring you a series:
Experience Cape Cod Like A Local
Local Picks from Local Bloggers
Click on the links below after reading ours and check out other local recommendations.
The Holistic Mama
Cape Cod Mommies
Nap Time is My Time
Terrell Family Fun
Modern Day Wife
As part of this series we will also be featuring a giveaway-so see below for more info!
Visit my Cape Cod blogging colleagues and read about their Top 5 Favorite things on Cape Cod
Top 5 FREE Family Friendly Outdoor Cape Cod Activities
White Cedar Swamp in Wellfleet
(recommended by Cape Cod Mom Sarah)
Experience a gorgeous hike like no other, located near Marconi Beach, that makes you feel as if you are in a land of Once Upon A Time. The hike is approximately 1.5 miles and has a lot of uphill walking. There are some paths off the Boardwalk where you can cross to the dunes and see the beach, or you can stroll the winding boardwalk and pretend you are in another world.
Tip: Bring bug Repellent
Beech Forest in Provincetown
(recommended by Cape Cod Mom Bryana)
Another great tree paradise is Beech Forest. You can stroll trails and listen to the birds as you explore nature with the kids. You can even feed the birds and the little chickadees will actually land in your palm to feed.
Fish Hatchery in Sandwich
(recommended by Cape Cod Mom Trish)
We absolutely love the Sandwich Fish Hatchery and have raved about it before (Sandwich Fish Hatchery Review). It is the perfect place to entertain the young kids. Make sure to bring some quarters to get fish pellets. Toss the pellets in and watch the frenzy! Tip: Bring a paper cup with you for all the pellets.
The Petting Zoo at the Sheriff's Department Farm Plymouth.
(recommended by Cape Cod Mom Suzy)
The have all kinds of animals - cows, chickens, goats, pigs, bunnies - and in the spring/summer they give away free food so you can feed the animals. They also have a spot that you can have a picnic. Entrance is always free of charge. Come by and visit Mary the Cow and all her friends!
Address: 74 Obery Street, Plymouth, MA 02360
Burgess Park in Marstons Mills
(recommended by Cape Cod Mom Sarah)
Burgess Park is a Disc Golf course with 18 holes set in the gorgeous shade of the woods. It is fun for all ages and can be great exercise for the whole family. Even your littles will enjoy trying to toss a disc into the basket! If you are lucky, your kids will be exhausted after this busy day!
By : Sarah R
When I first became a mom last summer, I was determined to breastfeed my child. No one can prepare you for how tough it is with a newborn and how it changes your identity as a woman and a wife or girlfriend. Plus the underwear choices out there for a nursing mother are not the most attractive – cotton nursing tanks and full coverage lycra nursing bras are my everyday attire. The detachable straps that you can quickly unhook and rehook when your baby is screaming for food are key in those early days. When I went shopping at a big chain store, I wondered why there not more stylish, and frankly, prettier options. That is why when I received my Hot Milk Eclipse nursing bra that they generously sent me, I was pleasantly surprised that not only was it fully functional for the nursing mother, but also very sexy. Sexier even than most of my pre-mommy lingerie! The black lace and jeweled decal give it just the right look to entice your significant other and also helped me to feel a whole lot better about my postpartum figure. At the same time, I am able to nurse and pump with ease, as the straps are just as easy to hook as my plain-jane full coverage nursing bra from the big chain store. I have to admit that I plan to continue using the Hot Milk bra even after I stop nursing and pumping, as it is one of the sexiest bras I own!
By Tracy Martin-Turgeon
Myths about Math:
1. If children do not get basic math concepts in early years and elementary, they will just catch up later on.
· This is false; research has shown that if a child struggles in elementary school in math, they will still struggle in middle and high school. It is important for children to grasp math at an early age.
2. Teaching children math at preschool level is not serious until middle or high school.
· Not true; children who are exposed to basic number sense early on and in Kindergarten tend to succeed and progress more in math.
3. Toddlers should not be doing math.
· This is false; although you will not be teaching your toddler multiplication, toddlers begin to learn basic math through talking, singing, using blocks, simple puzzles and nesting cups.
4. When you spend too much time on math at a young age, it takes away from other learning experiences.
· False; when children learn math, they not only learn simple concepts and number sense, they are also learning communication skills, language, literacy, and writing.
Some activities to do at home to enhance math:
· When folding clothes, have your child sort the socks and match them for you.
· Have your child set the table with dishes and the silverware for one-to-one correspondence.
· While driving in the car, count how many white, red or green cars go by.
· Have your child find numbers on buildings, buses, taxies or houses that they can add or subtract.
· Find license plates and try to read the number. TM 3689 this would read three thousand, six hundred and eighty nine. How many states did you find? Which state had the most plates on the road?
· Cooking, measuring and estimating liquids and solids when baking. How much is a half or a quarter of a cup?
· Have them count out the change you get back from a purchase or what they have saved in their piggy banks.
The most important thing you can do for your child is not to ignore math and help them to love math as they grow.
Resources: Parent and child, and Parent fun math.
B-Roll: The Children’s Museum, books on math for young children, paper plates and silverware, socks, and change.
Tracy Martin-Turgeon has been in the field of early childhood education for 22 years. She started with The Children's Workshop in September 1999 as an assistant director for and has since served as director, regional, and currently as a VP regional overseeing seven facilities throughout MA and RI. Tracy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Early Childhood education from the University of RI. In her role, Tracy enjoys most supporting and helping the staff, families, and children she works with every day. When she is not working, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her husband and children.
By: Rebekah Thomson, Pediatric Sleep Coach
Many times after working with a family to solve their child’s sleep challenges, parents ask me for sleep tips for themselves. My training does not include adult sleep issues, but below are some excellent suggestions from Kim West that often solve the problem.
In addition to the following tips, I also highly recommend www.lowbluelights.com, who make night glasses and other products that block out blue light, thereby tricking the brain into secreting melatonin while lights are still on. In my household, we use the glasses, night-lights, iphone covers, and lightbulbs.
Here is to a great night's sleep for your entire family!
Tips for Sleeping Well Every Night by Kim West
Did you know that getting 7-8 hours of sleep at night can help you live longer, be thinner, think clearer and look younger? Despite these incredible benefits more then half of U.S. adults get less then 7-8 hours of sleep at night!
If you are one of the 75% of adults who report having a sleep problem, consider some of these helpful sleep tips to start to get the sleep you need and your body craves.
* Go to bed and wake up at around the same time every night (and while you have young children you might want to set your bedtime earlier than usual). Even on weekends, try not to modify it by more than an hour. Routines "condition" us for sleep, psychologically and physiologically, and the conditioned response then makes it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep. This tip is essential for children's night sleep and naps too!
* Give yourself one hour before lights out to wind down, letting your body and mind become more relaxed and ready for sleep. Listen to quiet music, take a bath, or read a book. Some people find that light stretches, meditation, creative visualization, or progressive relaxation helps. The average person (adult or child) takes 15-20 minutes to put her/himself to sleep.
* If you need to catch up, rather than tinker too much with your nightly sleep schedule, take naps. But either take a short twenty- to thirty-minute nap or take a longer ninety- to hundred-minute nap so you don't wake up during a non-REM sleep cycle and feel groggy. Before I learned that, I used to set the alarm for one hour and wake up feeling lethargic and lousy, like I needed a major infusion of caffeine.
* Make sure your bed and your bedroom are sleep friendly. Your room should be quiet, dark, and secure, and your mattress, pillows, and sheets should be comfortable. Sort out any temperature-control issues with your partner or spouse!
*Avoid any "screen" time for one hour before bed. That means turn off the TV, computer and cell phone and don't bring them in to the bedroom. The light from the screen tells the body not to secrete melatonin, the drowsy making hormone, making it more difficult to go to sleep.
* Exercise at least twenty to thirty minutes three times a week, but try to do it in the morning or during the day, not in the evening. If possible, leave at least three to four hours between strenuous exercise and sleep, and you certainly don't want to work out right before you go to bed. The same goes for rough housing with your child before bed, try to keep things quiet and mellow at least an hour before bed.
* Try to get some natural light in the afternoon. Go for a walk or sit in a sunny room, and try to get out of the house or at least briefly escape your artificially lit office cubicle. This tip will help your child too!
* Eat dinner at least three hours before going to bed. This of course does not apply to babies.
* Reduce your caffeine consumption (two cups maximum), and don't have any caffeine for at least six to eight hours before bedtime because it stays in your bloodstream. Caffeine doesn't just mean coffee--it means tea, many sodas, chocolate, and some over-the-counter cold and headache remedies. We become more sensitive to caffeine as we approach our forties.
* Nicotine is a stimulant, so if you haven't stopped smoking, poor sleep is yet another incentive.
* Watch your alcohol consumption. Alcohol may help you fall asleep, but more than three to five glasses, even less for some individuals, fragment our sleep. We wake up more often at night and earlier in the morning.
*See your doctor if you or your child has asthma, allergies, reflux, anxiety, depression and significant stress to make sure it is not interfering with your sleep.
Sleep is as important as a good diet! Sleep deprivation can cause depression, heart disease and weight gain...not to mention it makes you age faster. There really is such a thing as "beauty sleep.”
Make it a priority to get 7-8 hours as an adult, and remember that children need between 10-11 hours of sleep at night for the first 10 years of their lives!
Cape Cod Children’s Writers of Falmouth, led by Joan Walsh, presents parents and grandparents with three interactive picture books, Cape Cod Memory Makers Explore the Town of Falmouth, Cape Cod Memory Makers Explore the Town of Sandwich, and Cape Cod Memory Makers Explore the Town of Chatham, by Joan Walsh and Anne Sessions Barber.
Each book in the series takes children, who love to explore, write, draw, and scrapbook, to special places unique to Falmouth, Sandwich, and Chatham. Writing and scrapbooking space is provided within each book. Twins, Amy and Josh take turns sharing their adventures at every location, and they invite children to become official Memory Makers. All illustrations are original water color paintings.
Books one may be purchased at Eight Cousins Books in Falmouth, book two at Titcomb's Bookshop in Sandwich, and book three in the series may be purchased at Where the Sidewalk Ends. Each of the stores are happy to send copies if you are unable to shop in person.
Our goal is to promote the arts on Cape Cod, family travel, and towns that feature unique, independent book stores. Please peek at our Cape Cod Children’s Writers website athttp://www.capecodchildrenswriters.com
By: Amy E
A few months ago I was grocery shopping in one my my favorite local grocery stores, Windfall Market, and I cam across boxes of popcorn I had never seen or heard of before. Right from the get go I was intrigued by the delicious sounding flavors I read on the boxes. I debated on whether to purchase at first because there are only 2 bags in each box and costed approx $5 in Windfall. But after reading the box and the ingredients I decided to pick up a box of the Parmesan & Rosemary Quinn Popcorn. The idea of a organic GMO free popcorn (which is hard to come by as most of our corn crops are GMO) that tasted delicious and was all around a better alternative not just for me and my family but also the environment and small business really intrigued me further!
As soon as I got home, I opened the box and got it started. It is not your typical popcorn making process. You place a bag (which has no bad plastics and chemicals on it-yay!) into the microwave and popped away. When it was done I poured the expeller pressed sunflower oil into the bag. then I opened up the 2 additional smaller pouches and poured in the parmesan (from rBGH free milk) and rosemary. The Tiny One and I sat down to watch some Frozen (for the hundredth time) and enjoy our treat and boy were we surprised!
This popcorn is seriously out of this world awesome! I immediately knew this was money well spent! I don't think I will ever be able to go back to eating other popcorn ever again. I returned again and again to my grocery store to pick up other flavors. During the winter frequently brought them into work with me and shared with my co-workers who LOVED them! Even my parents could not get enough and every time they visit, they almost always sneak a pack from me!
Currently they have the following microwave popcorn:
And recently they added Popped popcorn (which I have not tried yet but am salivating at the thought of kale and sea salt!!!
Quinn Popcorn began as a result of the two owners, a husband and wife team named Coulter & Kristy (yay mom & dad businesses!) brought their son Quinn home from the hospital. They set out on a mission to clean up the old microwave popcorns and transform into a healthy snack that people can actually feel good about! They have removed all chemical coatings from the bag so there is no PFOA, PFCs, plastic liners, etc soaking into your bloodstream or your littles. The bag is greases proof and even compostable!
In terms of their ingredients they never use GMO corn, preservatives, or artificial ingredients. The popcorn is organic. The cheeses are rBGH-free. The maple comes from Vermont. The expeller pressed oils are high in omega-3′s.
I haven't told you the best part yet!
Knowing where your food comes from is fundamental, and it’s about time snack companies open up. At Quinn Popcorn they have decided to MAKE A STAND! You can enter your batch number of popcorn on their Farm to Bag Page to learn where each ingredient comes from.
Complete transparency. This has never been done in snacking before!
They want to bring you the best bag of microwave popcorn you have ever had and trust me when I say it really is!
After having such a great experience with Quinn Popcorn, I reached out to the company to share with them just how much I loved it. I really wanted to be able to share with others how good it was and how much better of a alternative this snack is to the regular options of popcorn there are. I asked the company if they might be willing to send me some boxes so that I could include it in a review I was already going to do so that a lucky fan could share this life changing popcorn with me! They were happy to oblige and now ehre we are. So today we are giving away 3 boxes of Quinn Popcorn: Olive Oil & Herbs, Vermont Maple & Sea Salt, and Parmesan & Rosemary! Please make sure to visit them, connect with them, support them! Quinn Popcorn is a company that is passionate about their products and they don't sell out-we really need more people like this in the world-it gives us all hope that the future will be bright!
Which flavor of Quinn Popcorn are you MOST excited to try?
Quinn Popcorn Giveaway!
Monday night, May 12th from 8-10 pm, The British Beer Company in Falmouth Heights will be hosting a Ladies Night event including several local vendors, raffles and wine tasting.
Proceeds from the evening will benefit the family of Leo Finn, a BBC employee and friend who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year. Leo left behind a wife and three children; his wife and oldest child still work for the BBC. He was also the biggest supporter of fund raising events in the company, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in his tenure with the company for great local and national groups.
Vendors at the event will include:
Cape Cakes by Kristen
Alison Wells with Mary Kay
Partylite by Annie Lee Speroni
Athenas by Katrina
Bzzyfingers handmade children's items by Melissa Oliveira
Lia Sophia with Brooke Kowalski
A fun filled night with good friends, fun vendors, great raffle prizes, and fund raising for a local Cape Cod family are what the evening is about. Tuck the littles in bed and grab your BFF for a night out! Make a night out of it by grabbing dinner or appetizers with the girls.
This is a family friendly event and is not limited to just the ladies. For more information, "like" the British Beer Company Falmouth Heights facebook page and check out the event listing!
BBC : https://www.facebook.com/BritishBeerFalmouth
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