Buying for Baby’s First Year: Do’s and Don’ts for the First Year of Life

Having a baby can be nerve-wracking and overwhelming, especially for first-time parents. It’s estimated to take new mothers up to 4 whole months to get the hang of motherhood so, if you’re a first-time parent and are struggling to manage, it’s totally normal!

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In addition to love and care, babies also require a lot of material possessions too. With an average of $12,000 being spent during a baby’s first year of life, it’s essential you spend wisely and don’t waste your hard-earned money on pointless items. If you’re a new parent struggling to establish which purchases are necessary and which aren’t, here’s a few key tips to ensure you buy the most useful items for your baby.

 

Do’s

For first-time parents, having a baby is a completely new experience. It can be difficult to know exactly what you need and what you don’t, so here’s a few must-have items to make sure you have ready for when your little one arrives.

  • Diapers – A common essential, but many new parents underestimate the amount of diapers their baby will go through. It’s estimated a baby will go through 10-12 diapers a day during the first few weeks of life, so ensure you have enough stocked up.
  • Clothes – We all want our babies to look cute, but comfort is more important. Opt for comfortable, breathable fabrics and an array of different clothing sizes. Sizes will vary from brand to brand, so it’s a good idea to get a couple of different sizes to establish which fits best on your baby.
  • Car seat – An absolute essential as without one, you can’t safely drive your baby anywhere. Stay away from a second-hand seat and ensure to purchase the correct type for your baby’s age. Visit this site to discover a variety of spacious, family-friendly cars ideal for car seat fitting.

 

Don’ts

Whilst the baby market is saturated with new and upcoming products, not everything is wholly necessary or appropriate for a new-born baby. Here’s a few items you should avoid purchasing.

  • Blankets – A popular gift-choice, fluffy blankets can actually cause more harm than good. They put your baby at risk of overheating and can cause them to feel very claustrophobic. If you are going to get a blanket, opt for a thinner swaddling-type blanket instead.
  • Toys – Whilst a huge essential when your baby gets a little older, toys are often a waste of money for newborns. They’re far too young to properly engage with anything other than your voice and face, so save the toy buying until your baby is old enough to properly use them.
  • Shoes – If a baby can’t walk, why bother with shoes? A pair of cozy socks will be more than sufficient for a new-born.

Having a baby for the first time is a huge life milestone, and it’s important to spend wisely and be as prepared as possible. As long as you don’t waste your money on unnecessary items and only buy the vital essentials to begin with, you’re sure to have a happy baby as well as a happy bank balance!

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How to Properly Clean Refrigerators

Keeping a refrigerator clean is one way to keep them working properly for years to come. A build-up of spilled food is a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew.  It also creates permanent unsightly stains.  This is the perfect time to check all components of the refrigerator and freezer to make sure they are in good working order. Read on to know how to properly clean refrigerators.

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Remove Food Items, Drawers, Racks and Shelves

All food items will need to be removed in order to reach all areas of the refrigerator for cleaning. Remove all of the crisper drawers, shelving and racks and set to the side for a thorough cleaning. Clean the freezer compartment separately so that your frozen items will not overly thaw during the process.

Wash the Interior

Cleaning the interior portion of the refrigerator can be done using a mild detergent mixed in warm water. Use a small sprinkle of baking soda on any stains and stuck-on foods. Rinse the surface with clear warm water. Let the surface air dry as you clean the other parts of the refrigerator that you removed earlier.

Wash All Drawers, Racks and Shelves

The parts removed from the refrigerator might fit in the dishwasher, but do not be tempted to run them through a cycle. The parts can become warped from the heat of the water, or damaged from the jet spray. Clean each piece separately, by hand, using dish washing liquid and warm water. Rinse with warm water and dry each piece with a towel. Make sure they are completely dry before returning them to their position inside the refrigerator.

Use a Vinegar and Warm Water Rinse

Protect the interior from mold and mildew by wiping with warm water and vinegar. Allow the surface to air dry as you prepare to reassemble all parts. Use a stiff cleaning brush to make sure the seals and gaskets are free of dirt and mildew.

Completely Dry Interior and Reassemble

Wipe the interior of the refrigerator with a towel before replacing all racks, shelves and drawers. It is important that the interior and all parts are completely dry to avoid the development of mildew on the surface. Replace all food items once all parts are back ion their proper position.

Contact Sub Zero repair West Palm Beach FL professionals for your total refrigerator maintenance needs.

6 Reasons to Install a Kitchen Island

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Adding extra usable space to your kitchen is as easy as installing a kitchen island. You can have the perfect island designed and installed quickly, at a price that nearly any budget can afford.

Versatile Material Choices

You can use almost any material to create the perfect kitchen island. The top can be created of butcher block, laminate or a variety of stone. You can easily match the kitchen decor you already have.

Extra Seating for Guests

Large gatherings at your home for holidays and events can leave seating limited. Creating an island that can seat several guests is a way to maximize the value and make all of your guests feel comfortable. This can also double as a breakfast counter or late snack station.

Instant Homework Destination

When kids get home from school there is normally a little homework that needs to be done. The kitchen seems to be the hub and center where everyone connects. Dinner is usually being prepared and having available space for the kids to work on homework at the same time is brilliant.

Mobile Units Can Be Tucked Away

Having a kitchen island on wheels provides all the convenience of the island, but the opportunity to maximize floor space by pushing it to the side. It allows you the flexibility to utilize the island when needed, but not have it in the way, if space is limited.

Added Food Prep and Cooking Space

Kitchen islands can be built to include cooktops, grills and even small food prep sinks. There are available slide-out cooler drawers and warming ovens. This is the perfect solution for those with large families and those that love to entertain guests with dinner parties.

Lots of Extra Storage

Extra storage space is always needed in a kitchen. Having special areas to tuck certain items away will help you stay more organized on a daily basis. There can be a mix of pull-out drawers, cupboards and an overhead rack to hang pots and pans. You only limited by your imagination and budget.

Contact home improvement professionals like www.renovationexperts.com/freequote.asp and get a free quote on affordable kitchen remodels that include an island.

One Lemony Quarter in Our Homeschooling Journey

Life threw so many lemons at us on our second quarter  so we made use of them in our third quarter – figuratively and literally. LOL! (wink to my bez gen!)

Oh ok, it wasn’t a deliberate plan to make lemons the theme of our third quarter lessons but everything just fell into place and made it a wonderful lemony learning time.  This is the first themed quarter we’ve had so I’m sharing it with you! ♥♥♥

It all started with a lemon battery kit the kids have had for more than two years but have not been able to use at all.  Since their Science topic for the third quarter was Matter, Energy, and Electricity, we decided to try the kit out.  I was actually only interested in seeing whether it would really work but our special Science teacher this quarter, engineer Lolo Mel, had so much more to teach.  From a simple lemon battery kit, the kids learned about electricity (they now know more about positive-negative terminals, voltmeter, etc, than I do!) and how even common acids at home can power a simple clock.  Kids also learned how to use Lolo’s handy-dandy voltmeter!

Since Lolo Mel was helping the kids with Science, we thought it would be great to get the whole family involved and asked Lola Mira to teach the kids about common household uses of lemons.  Kids learned that lemon rind can still be used to clean and deodorize the house. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

Then we asked Tita Lala to prepare an art activity using lemons.  She came up with an awesome invisible ink painting activity where the kids learned about “oxidation” as well.  That’s Science in Art! This is also very easy to do.  All you need is some lemon juice (any weak acid would work – try it with calamansi or vinegar), cotton buds, paper, and lots of creativity.  Draw on paper using the cotton buds dipped in lemon juice, wait for it to dry, pop it in a warm oven for a few seconds, and watch the magic happen.  (my kids would say though – “It’s not magic. It’s Science!”)

For Health, we researched on the health benefits of lemon and, of course, checked some recipes out.  Tita Che sent us recipes for Dory with Lemon Caper Sauce (which we weren’t able to cook) and Lemon Squares (which Jade can bake all by herself now!).

It was quite easy to integrate Science with all the other subjects this quarter.  For reading, we classified acids and bases and created a Pie Chart.  We made a Line Graph to show the relationship between the number of lemons and their total voltage.  We also made a Bar Graph to show the voltages of different acids.

Since we were also studying the different parts of a book, we made a “book” complete with Table of Contents, Chapters, Glossary, and Supplements.

For Language, Bible, and Character, the kids wrote short stories about a “lemon character” who learns about the importance of Obedience and Self-Control.  They wanted to make just one story book but I told them they had to make separate ones so I can include the books in their respective folders.  They still collaborated though so we have volume 1 and volume 2 of The Lemon Rascal. 🙂

For AP and Filipino, the kids also wrote short stories. This time about a “calamansi character” who shows people in the community how they can help protect the environment. The kids wrote the stories all by themselves.  It may be barok but I’m glad that they both tried their best and managed to write in Filipino.

There may have been days when we were unproductive, days when I felt like giving up and just sending the kids back to school, days when the kids seemed to have conspired to go on a school strike…but, overall, I think this is the best quarter we’ve had so far (we’ve only had three though, tee-hee).  What I love most about this quarter is that the kids were also able to spend time with and learn from other family members.  I’m hoping we could have more of these as we continue our homeschooling journey.

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Fun Programs at The Galileo Summer Learning Camp 2017

Still in search for summer activities for your kids?  Check out the fun programs at the  Galileo Summer Learning Camp.

 

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Importance of Summer Learning

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The summer vacation has arrived and students are all very excited to hit the beach or go out of town. After spending ten months inside the classroom, finishing projects, doing homework at night and weekends, and studying for examinations, students definitely look forward to taking a break during the summer time for play and fun with their friends.

For teachers, the break means an uphill battle with the “summer slide.” Studies show that students could lose up to 2 months of literacy and math skills throughout the summer season, especially that the preschool and grade school years are the crucial stage to develop foundational skills needed in the long run. To solve this problem, enrolling kids in a Summer Program that runs for an hour or two per day answers the learning gap.

We at Galileo acknowledges the different learning pace and style of each child, taking into account one’s need for an encouraging and positive learning environment. Our organization aims to improve students’ academic aptitude by cultivating mastery of Math and English skills in a fun and meaningful way, thereby making them lifelong learners.

This summer, Galileo will be offering programs that will help prevent summer learning loss in an exciting ways. These innovative programs tap into the interests of the students while at the same time teach them with essential and practical learning skills.

The Galileo Summer Learning Camp (SLC) is a summer program that taps into a child’s interests while exposing him to a wide range of activities, preparing him for school, and further enhancing his social skills. This year, the Galileo Summer Learning Camp brings the fun and learning to the streets through its theme: Celebrating Filipino Games and Culture. This module celebrates the Filipino culture of connecting with friends through games, while at the same time strengthening body coordination, strategy, and skills.

The two-module Summer Learning Camp features well-known Filipino games for children and bring it to the classroom. These games will be integrated with other activities unique to the Galileo Summer Learning Camp such as art activities, creative storytelling, interactive songs, and cooperative playing.The SLC focuses on bodily-kinesthetic learning enriched with cognitive- related learning because the toddlers’ age, (1.5- 3 y.o) is the time when they need to develop motor skills, along with their thinking and perception skills.  In addition, some learning concepts such as shapes, colors and few letter recognition will be introduced.

The Wikang Filipino is a Filipino Reading Program — students will be reading Filipino texts to develop their reading comprehension and vocabulary in Filipino. Explore the world of wonder and discover what it means to be a child in a Filipino culture.

The two-module program offers local titles from Adarna Publishing House that not only teaches students to comprehend Filipino texts, but also increases their appreciation for the Filipino culture.

The Summer Math Club is a program integrating Math concepts to real-life situations, it aims to enhance student’s mathematical ability, creativity, and critical thinking skills.

The two-module program aims to teach money management and entrepreneurship along with the Math concepts essential to each lesson such as basic operations, percentage, decimals, measurement, and graphs.

The Junior Robotics: Creative Engineering is a theme-based program which uses LEGO Education’s WeDo materials and activities. It encompasses specific subject matter such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Language.

Based on case study, each project task will eventually lead the students of all ages into the ability to acquire new knowledge. Being well-equipped with the continuous knowledge they had learnt, students will have better capability to adapt in the ever-growing technology environment. This program is in collaboration with Cyberland International Education Centre Singapore.

The Digital Summer Camp: Coding and Technology is a techie summer treat that allows children to have fun while learning digital skills. This programming course aims to break classroom walls and create a learning space that will boost child’s creativity using technology. It also encourages learning through collaboration and cooperation. With Power Mac trainers as their mentors, children will be able to enhance their use of digital tools and bring life to their imagination. This is in collaboration with Power Mac Center, one of the recognized leading Apple Premium Reseller, Authorized Education Reseller, Authorized Training Center and Authorized Service Provider in the Philippines.

For more information about Galileo Summer Programs, you can call 8451234 or email  info@galileoenrichment.com.