3 Easy Ways to Use Fresh Eucalyptus

When I mention the word eucalyptus, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Most individuals would associate it with feelings of ease and calmness. A vision of relaxing in a spa-like setting where the cares of the world are washed away. The capture of a woman meditating with fluid likeness of serenity also comes to mind. Now, if you ask my four-year-old what he thinks of when he sees or smells eucalyptus, he just aggressively screams “KOALA!” in my face. It’s such a zen-like moment (she said with sarcasm). 

 

Eucalyptus is more than something we see in a spa setting or while taking a walkabout in Australia (because that’s something we all do, right?); it’s a powerful and versatile plant full of healing properties. Incorporating it into your everyday life, especially in the home, can reap positive benefits for you and your family. 

 

Honestly, there is nothing quite like the uplifting potency of freshly cut eucalyptus. My heart just smiles thinking about it. If you’re like me and you don’t have immediate access to eucalyptus, there are services that can provide you with the benefits of freshly cut greenery. My friends at Eucalyptus Farms have a subscription service that brings fragrant happiness right to your front door. Their naturally grown, Californian eucalyptus is cut, bundled, and boxed the same day to ensure you receive fresh product every time. Each bouquet comes with sixteen to eighteen 20-inch stalks for $12 a month, plus shipping. Founded in 1973, these lovely souls know exactly what they are doing. Head on over to www.eucalyptusfarms.com to order your bundle today.  

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You can start the eucalyptus journey right now! Here are three easy ways to use fresh eucalyptus in your home. 

 

Smells Fresh

 

Eucalyptus is a naturally fragrant plant. Bringing freshly cut sprigs into the home transforms the space. Not only does it look great, the smell helps with the reduction of stress and anxiety. When I went through a dark phase of anxiety, eucalyptus played an integral part in positively boosting my mood. I had it EVERYWHERE! I guess this is where I publicly thank eucalyptus for helping me through that period of life. 

 

The fragrance from your eucalyptus bouquet doesn’t have to start and stop there. By drying your eucalyptus plant, you can utilize the leaves in other ways. It’s nature’s potpourri! Keep that smell floating around for months, by creating your own homemade air freshener or sachets. 

 

With scraps of fabric or mesh bags from your local craft store, you can keep your clothes smelling fresh, your mind clear, and the bugs on the outside. There are few ways to make your sachets, but in my experience, adding other dried materials, such as lemon peels (my favorite), keeps them smelling fresher, longer. 

 

Breath It In

 

Eucalyptus has properties that can help with congestion, asthma, and/or upper respiratory concerns. Like a good vapor rub, using freshly cut eucalyptus can help breakdown the mucus and open airways. If you plan on creating sachets, set aside some of the mesh bags for the tub. Place fresh eucalyptus leaves in the mesh bag and hang it underneath the bathtub faucet while you’re running your hot/warm bath water. This will release natural vapors you can breath in to open the passageways. It will also create a calming, spa-like experience in your own home. My self care comes in the form of hot baths, and eucalyptus is part of that process. Self care is the best care, am I right? 

 

Similarly, by boiling freshly cut eucalyptus leaves in a pot, and gently wafting in the vapors, you can tackle the congestion that comes on from colds and allergies. This is a lifesaver for our family. With two kids in preschool, ALL the germs make their way into our home. I swear, I think my husband and I get sick more than the kids. So, breathing in these natural vapors helps us get back on our feet, because let’s be honest, mom and dad don’t get a sick day. 

 

Lastly, hanging sprigs of freshly cut eucalyptus in the shower can emit the medicinal goodness of the plant. It’s important to hang the bundle behind the shower head and not in front. By hanging it behind the shower head, you will get all the benefits of the vapors, but you can keep your eucalyptus hanging up for about one to two weeks. 

 

Spill the Tea

 

Disclaimer – before consuming any eucalyptus tea, consult your primary physician. Safety first folks! 

 

Who doesn’t love a good cup of tea? When making eucalyptus tea, it is best to use fresh eucalyptus leaves versus essential oils. Eucalyptus essential oils are awesome for so many other things, especially when it comes to wound care, bug bites, hair health, pain relief, etc., but when it comes to the tea, use the leaves (unintentional rhyming right there). 

 

Place one (tablespoon) dried eucalyptus leaf, crushed, at the base of your 8 to 10 ounce tea/coffee cup. Bring your pot or tea kettle to a full boil. Once your water is boiled, gently pour (roughly 6 ounces) it over the top of the crushed eucalyptus leaf. Let the blend steep for no more than 8 to 10 minutes. I tend to steep my tea for 8 minutes. Once it is done steeping, strain out all of the crushed leaves from the cup. Do not directly consume eucalyptus leaves. You can add sugar or honey to sweeten the tea to your liking. This is a great way to tackle colds and congestion. The tea has similar properties to the eucalyptus bath, so enjoy those vapors as your sip on your relaxing cup of tea. 

 

Please remember to consult your primary physician before consuming any eucalyptus tea. 

 

This is just a brief introduction to the power of EUCALYPTUS! What more do you want to learn about eucalyptus? Let me know in the comments and I will share additional benefits and uses of this plant. 

 

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4 Ways to Create and Maintain a Successful Family Routine

When routine changes it can throw everyone off, especially a toddler who LOVES consistency. I recently started a new job that’s extremely fulfilling but requires more office time than my previous job. When I worked remotely I could drop my kids off later and pick them earlier than most parents, but now I must drop them off earlier and pick them up a little later than normal. My three-year-old picked up on this change immediately, and let’s just say, he’s not a fan.

My son quickly became hyper sensitive and started not listening/following directions as well as he used to. One could say this is happening because he’s at “that” age, but it seems suspect for this to have started around the same time I began my new job.  I’m not a detective, but I can clearly breakdown the evidence.

My husband and I sprang into action to make a new “norm” for our household. It’s important to us to have a space where our kids feel and actively participate in a healthy routine. Now, I’ve only birthed two little ones, so I can only speak from my experience with them, but thoughtful consistency is key.

Here are the four ways we successfully found our new routine:

  1. Communicate – Seems simple enough, right? You can never over communicate with your kids, at least in my opinion. We talk about and talk through our routine constantly with our kids, more specifically our toddler. He seems to respond to well to repeated verbal communication.
  2. Cool and Calm – As parents it’s easy to lose our cool when our kids react in a not-so-attractive manner when they get frustrated about the change in routine (I know from experience and I’m not proud of it). When we act in a level-headed manner, our kids will have a positive response. We set the emotional example.
  3. Sleep – When our kids are well rested, the world seems to be a safe place, but when they don’t, you might as well duck and cover. When my kids get a great night’s sleep, they are prepared to take on the day with a positive attitude. My one-year-old sleeps a solid 13 hours a night and my three-year-old clocks in between 10-11 hours a night. I truly believe sleep makes a big difference in achieving a new “norm.”
  4. Fun – It’s important to add a new and exciting component to the routine. Make it worthwhile for all involved parties. My husband and I “let” our toddler guide the bedtime routine. He picks the books, he turns off the lights, he arranges his bed, etc. We are known for putting on a performance. If it’s a song, a monologue, an interpretive dance of the book we are reading, we make it fun. This is part of the routine that is specifically tailored for him and something he looks forward to every single day. It’s HIS mom and dad time.

I’ll say it again, change is hard, but if you work to make it a positive experience, your kids will adjust. Fingers crossed we can maintain our son’s positive perspective and make the one-on-one time we have with him memorable in the best way. What are some tips that have worked for you? Let me know if the comments.

When Dad Is In Charge

When you’re a mom, it’s assumed you are the one to always power through and take care of everyone at any given moment, but what happens when you get sick? I know, I know, what a horrible thing to say, but it happened! I have been struck by the flu. THE FLU! A three-letter word we as parents, especially moms, never want to hear. It’s like “he who shall not be named.” Don’t say it! Get it out of my house NOW!

The origins of my illness are unknown. Could it have been something my kids brought home from daycare? Was it someone I shook hands with from work? The list of culprits is extensive, but none of that matters, I have been out of commission and the three men in my life – husband, toddler, and baby – have been left to fight for their own.

Now, I will give it to my husband, he does a great job, but a screaming toddler and teething baby can take a toll on anyone. As I laid in bed with a headache like no other headache I’ve experienced before (the fluorescent lighting was trying to take me down), I just let go of my mom control issues and just assumed the following would take place:

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  1. Lotion? What lotion? My husband hates the feeling of lotion, so I assumed my kids will not be moisturized and fall victim of the winter chap.
  2. My toddler would be exposed to some Netflix series, well over his head. Today they watched Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which I can’t complain too much. At least it wasn’t something ridden with gore and death. I’ll just have a nearly three-year-old question his existence on this planet. Swell!
  3. My children will bully their father. When you have two kids yelling at the top of their lungs, you give in. If my toddler will want puffs, pretzels, cheez-its, goldfish, fruit chews, pediasure, yogurt, and an orange and he’ll get it, because one screaming child is better than two.
  4. When they bump their heads, or face it with my child, fall off the couch, they get a rub on the head and a “you’re OK Bud” instead of some serious mom cuddles.
  5. Finally, my toddler may or may not wash his hands following the use of the potty. Who needs basic hygiene? Not my son!

I could highlight the things I would have done differently, but when it all comes down to it, my husband rocked it. He confirmed everything we speculated, he’s an AWESOME dad! While I was quarantined, my kids:

  1. Got quality one-on-one time with their dad.
  2. They were able to play lightsabers or ninja with their dad without mom chiming in on safety issues.
  3. My toddler was able to follow his dad around and help with his baby brother (who absolutely adores him).
  4. They learned about the infinite expanse of the universe with Neil deGresse Tyson
  5. Finally, they were showed how much they are loved by their dad – more than anything.

To say we are lucky to have my husband is a complete understatement. Hun, if I haven’t said it enough, I love you, the boys love you, and we appreciate everything you do for us!

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Bye-Bye Bad Dream

For a number of months my toddler was suffering from night terrors. He would wake up every night screaming and crying to the point where he was completely inconsolable. It would take nearly an hour to calm him down and get him back to sleep.

As a parent we want to do everything we can to make our kids feel better. It was breaking my heart to see him fill up with so much fear. During his time of bad dreams I tried everything to ease his soul, and I finally found the best solution for my little guy.

Here are the three steps we use to take down the monsters under the bed.

  1. Tabitha Fink Ninja at Night by Rick Felty – This is quite possibly the best tool in my nightmare destroying tool belt. Tabitha Fink is “a cat with one eye” and she “likes to try things no other cats try.” Tabitha helps her friend Bartholomew Blink the mouse confidentially confront his fears at nighttime by becoming ninjas at night. Along with becoming a night ninja, Bartholomew Blink gains the skills needed to confront his fears of monsters with curly noses, blue bears, trolls in the laundry room, etc. while learning his monsters could be misunderstood and just need a friend to care about them.

You can get your copy of this WONDERFUL book by going to https://www.amazon.com/Tabitha-Fink-Ninja-at-Night/dp/0989912841

  1. Essential Oils – Bye-Bye Bad Dream essential oil roller ball – My coworker is a consultant for Doterra (there are so many brands and everyone has an opinion on which one is better than the next, but this is the brand she uses) and she made a Bye-Bye Bad Dream mix for my little one. Every night before we tuck him into bed, he asks us to “put it on my back please!” What am I to do when I run out of this? I will say, as soon as we started incorporating essential oils into our nightly routine he has been sleeping more peacefully.

Bye-Bye Bad Dream roller ball oils:

– Lavender
– Marjoram
– Juniper Berry
– Cedarwood

*I would consult an essential oil specialist regarding the dilution of the oils. It is very different for child and you need to make sure you are using the right amount. *

  1. Best Buddy – My son is a creature of habit. He likes things a certain way and will, let’s be honest, freak out if something is out of sorts (according to him). My toddler has 5 friends he takes everywhere with him no matter what. He doesn’t have to carry them around, but they need to be within a 20 foot radius. God be with you if he’s friends are out of reach.

Best Friend Entourage:
– Anton – a 40 cent Alligator from Goodwill
– Buddy – a $3 Triceratops from the Target dollar section
– Lion – a Lion given to him by his doctor
– Sven – a McDonald’s keychain of Sven from Frozen that he received as a prize
– Chameleon – a 1997 Beanie Baby an elderly woman gave him in a restaurant (don’t worry we cleaned it)

Can we all agree kids are weird?

So, yes – armed with his 5 friends, he is ready to take on the nighttime “bad guys.” Does your kid(s) have a stuff animal they have to carry around everywhere? Also, how do you successfully detach your kids from their stuffed buddies? This may be a post for the future.

So when the “evil monkeys throwing fruit at your head” or the “bad guys stealing books from your bookshelf” (actual dreams my toddler has had) come out of the dark, arm your little one with artillery equipped with the tools to take the baddies down!

What do you do to help your little ones sleep peacefully without nightmares at night?

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DK Book Wish List + Giveaway

Reading together and sharing stories is a necessity in my household. My nearly three-year-old will not go bed unless we read three stories. I know what you’re thinking, “three stories?!” Yes! I truly cherish my one-on-one time with my toddler. With an 8-month-old it can be difficult to give him all of the attention he wants, but our nighttime routine is OUR time, so I’m OK with three bedtime stories.

The majority of our bedtime reads come from our good friends over at DK Publishing. From touch-and-feel books to encyclopedias all the way to flashcards and experiments, DK publishing has all of the books you need to keep a well-stocked bookshelf for you and your kids.

We want to share with you four of our favorite and most anticipated DK publications (even though our list could go on and on).

Pop-Up Peekaboo! Farm

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Finding a book my toddler and my baby both love has proven to be a serious task in the past, but with the Pop-Up Peekaboo! Farm book, we can all sit down and enjoy a book together. Under each individual flap is a pop-up surprise guaranteed to create lots of laughs and giggles. My oldest son loves to point out all of the animals to his baby brother (insert a collective “aww” sound). The baby loves his bog brother and gives him is full attention during Pop-Up Peekaboo Farm time!

Dinosaur A to Z

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Now, I’ve talked about this book in the past, and well, it’s still a favorite for all us. Folks, we read the entire, YES, the entire Dinosaur A to Z book every.single.night. My toddler probably knows more about dinosaurs than the most well-known and well-educated archeologist in the world (no joke). He thoroughly enjoys seeing the beautiful artistic adaptations, and every turn of the page is like seeing the book again for the first time. If your child loves dinosaurs, I strongly recommend you get your claws on this book (see what I did there?).

My First Animals – Touch and Feel Picture Cards

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My toddler is at the phase in life where he likes to learn new things, because he loves the praise that comes along with learning something new. The My First Animals – Touch and Feel Picture Cards is the perfect addition to our daily routine. Within this compact display are 16 colorful early learning cards your toddler will LOVE! Who doesn’t get excited when they see kittens and puppies?

How to be a Scientist – GIVEAWAY

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I grew up in a household with a dad who has his doctorate in analytical chemistry and I had no desire to learn science. The idea of going to my biology or chemistry class gave me an upset stomach. When we got our hands on Steve Mould’s How to Be Scientist book, I got excited about science. Oh how I wish they had this book when I was going through science classes. No matter how old your kids are, teaching them the importance of the sciences is essential. Who was Marie Curie? How do you make a compass? What is energy? These are all things you can learn in this gorgeous and educational book.

We love this book so much we wanted to give away a signed copy of Steve Mould’s How to be a Scientist.

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If you do both option 1 and option 2, you will have double the entries. This giveaway is not affiliated with DK Publishing, Instagram, or Twitter. The giveaway will run from Thursday, December 21, 2017 to Sunday, December 31, 2017 8:00 PM EST. The winner will be direct messaged if they are the winner and the book will ship following the New Year holiday. This giveaway is open to both US and International. Good luck!

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Toddler Time – Children’s Encyclopedia – The Book that Explains Everything

“Mommy what is that?” “Mommy what is it?” “Mommy! WHAT IS IT?”  We have finally hit the stage of development where my child has questions about anything and everything. His level of curiosity has taken off like a rocket headed straight for the moon (to quote my son “what is a rocket mommy?”).

I probably spend 90% of the time with my son answering questions about animals, food, colors, and so much more. I can appreciate his interest in learning. This new phase in his life is exactly where he should be. My toddler is finally clicking into the world outside of his own bubble, but goodness gracious it’s a lot for this mama to take on.

Fellow parents, I have found a tool that answers all of my son’s questions and can do the same for your child. DK Publishing’s Children’s Encyclopedia – The Book that Explains Everything, is a resource like no other. This hardback, 300+ page encyclopedia has information reaching from Africa all the way to zoo! With beautifully illustrated images and photos, this book makes explaining the concept of sinking and floating, for example, easy to do.

The other weekend we took a special trip to the Renaissance Festival. We make a point to do special things with each of our children, and that day was all about our two and half year old. We had been talking up the event with our son describing the delicious food, arts and craft, and the royal joust. When he asked what a joust was, I was able to look towards the Children’s Encyclopedia to help explain in a way that my son would understand. We flipped to the page all about knights where we found a definition for jousting. Seriously, this book has everything.

A wonderful feature of this book that I would like to highlight is the “see also” box where you are referred to additional pages throughout the book with similar content. For example, if you’re on the page about spiders it will tell you to also see animal groups, animal homes, food chains, insects, invertebrates, and sight. These helpful tips allow for additional thoughtful conversation and exploration.

Now that we have the Children’s Encyclopedia my son has more confidence. He loves to flip to the pages of his two favorite things: dinosaurs and sharks. He will sit there and talk to us about our prehistoric and under the sea friends. He even loves to bring his little figurines and read to them, sharing facts about dinosaur fossils and the great white shark.

The Children’s Encyclopedia by DK Publishing is one book we will be keeping around. This book is one that will grow with my child. Head on over to >> https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/558275/dk-childrens-encyclopedia-by-dk/ << and get your copy today! This is one you will want in your child’s bookshelf. Trust me!

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Potty Training a Stubborn Toddler

My parents love to tell the story of when they were potty training me as a child. For an entire year, from age two to three, I flat out refused to use the toilet. It wasn’t that I didn’t know how to, it was the fact that I was being instructed to go to the bathroom against my own will. I was, and I will admit, still am a control freak. The very day I turned three I made the proclamation I was going to start using the potty. All of the time my parents invested in potty training me for a year was resolved in a matter of moments when a control freak toddler decided that she was ready.

Mom and dad, I’m sorry…

Now, I’ve said it before and I will say it again, karma comes full circle. My oldest, my two and half year old, is a certified control freak like his mom. Using the potty is a control issue for him as well.

For a while my son would lose his mind when we would suggest the use of potty. You would have thought his dad and I, his teachers, my parents, etc. were trying to murder him. We collectively felt defeated in our efforts.

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You want me to do what?

After countless months working with my son, we had a breakthrough. We successfully broke my toddler of his control issues pertaining to using the bathroom! We used the process I like to call PIE to achieve our potty training goals.

P is for patience – This part is mostly for the trainer not the trainee. When you get frustrated and your little one chimes in on the frustration they start to feel discouraged and that my friends is the last thing you want to do. Patience will take you very far in the potty training game.

I is for incentives – This is a very polarized issue when it comes to potty training. Listen, my son knows what’s up; he’s no fool. We created a potty treat box that we placed on the counter in front of my son’s potty. The box contains small dinosaurs (his current obsession), stickers (dinosaurs of course), and Dum Dum lollipops (“pops” as they’ve been deemed by my son). He intensely stared at that box while going to the potty. The idea of getting a prize motivated him to use the restroom. After about a week of taking from the potty treat box, he became bored and no longer requires a treat to use the bathroom. He now goes with no demands.

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E is for encouragement – We make sure our toddler feels proud of using the bathroom successfully. He really responds to praise. There are lots of high-fives passed around. It melts my heart when he runs into the room screaming with a smile on his face “I PEEEEEED!!!” When he has an accident (which are few and far between) we tell him it’s OK and that he’ll make it to the potty next time and to let mommy and daddy know when he needs to go. Encouragement is key!

I’m not claiming this is the answer to potty training your stubborn toddler, but I will say we found success by following these steps! What are your potty training recommendations?

Toddler Capsule Wardrobe for Season Change

The feeling of fall has recently made its appearance, at least in North Carolina, which means the changing of my kid’s wardrobe is essential. I love the crisp fall air, the autumnal smells, apple cider, and the warmth of a bonfire, but it sure does stress me out. The reorganization has to happen, but it’s easier said than done.

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When you’re in moments of transition between seasons, the weather can be unpredictable. Not only are you equipping your kids with clothes for every situation, you are also giving yourself a moment to deeply assess their ever-changing and ever-growing wardrobe.

Here is my toddler’s capsule wardrobe for season change check list:

10-12 t-shirts
4 long sleeve shirts
2 pairs of jeans
2 pairs of long pants (khaki, dress, etc.)
4-6 pairs of shorts
4 pairs of pajamas (2 short sleeve; 2 long sleeve)
8 pairs of socks (you could probably get away with less, but my kid has sweaty feet)
1 pair of sneakers
1 pair of dress shoes
1 pair of sandals
1 light-weight jacket
1 sweatshirt
1 heavy jacket

Of course if you have a daughter, you’ll want to adjust this checklist to reflect her needs, but it’s a matter of an easy substitution. Change out the additional long pants for dresses and add some leggings. Her closest will be all set!

If you want to feel really adventurous, you can take the same steps with your wardrobe. I’ve already started the process and I have a feeling it’s going to take me a little while.

What are your tips for seasonal change? How would you adjust the wardrobe checklist? Let me know in the comments.

Toddler Time – Good Night, Baby Moon

If you’ve read my previous blog posts, you know how important the bedtime routine is in my house, in particular, the books we read together as a family at night. My toddler will mull over the books in his bookshelf and carefully select each literary masterpiece we read.

He is known is to pick the same books, even when he sits there and stares for five or more minutes at his collection. We can all admit, it’s easier to default to what we know and feel comfortable with, but I often encourage my toddler to step outside of his comfort zone and pick a book that is fun and exciting, but is also packed with educational opportunities.

DK Publishing’s Good Night, Baby Moon is the interactive, educational, and charming book, both child and parent will love. What’s cuter than a family of curious rabbits who have rhythm? Not much in my opinion! In this special book, your little one can follow this family of furry critters as they examine and learn about the various phases of the moon.

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We’ve recently been talking to our son about the sun, the moon, the stars, and the clouds floating by in the sky.  He’s finally at the age where he is excited to learn! Good Night, Baby Moon, provides the perfect opportunity for us to go outside and point at the moon and compare it to the journey of the little bunny family as they learn about the various phases of mother moon.

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Did I mention the front cover of this book lights up?! My son is so eager to press the button and see the moon behind the rabbits shine bright. I caught him the other night flicking the light on and off in the baby monitor. That’s right! He loves his copy of Good Night, Baby Moon so much, he insists on taking it to bed with him at night. Who needs a stuffed animal when you have DK Publishing’s Good Night, Baby Moon?

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Do you want to stroll through the woods with the rabbit family too? Well, your wait will be over soon. On September 5, 2017, you can get your hands of this perfect bedtime read. Mark your calendars, so you can make bedtime even more fun!

“Watching the moon helped the rabbits to learn, that when it goes away, it will always return.”

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Toddler Time – Monster Marshmallows

Growing up in a household with one parent in the medical field and one parent in the field of science, we were encouraged to do activities that expanded our minds and increased our curiosity. I never went to your “typical summer camp” where you lived in a bunk house and participated in kayaking and archery. My parents put me in marine biology, chemistry, and physic camps. It’s not what you would envision an elementary schooler participating in, but it was the best thing they could have done for me. My desire to learn more, I believe, encouraged me to participate in different courses and electives throughout my school career. I was excited about learning!

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I say this because it is never too early to get your kids excited about STEMS. When we got our hands on DK Publishing’s Maker Lab book of 28 kid-safe projects and crafts, it became the perfect introduction to the world of science for my toddler.

This wonderfully delightful book has step-by-step experiments, ranked from easy to hard, designed for 8 to 12 year olds. Even though this is designed for older kids, there are plenty of options for a mom and her toddler to get their science game on!

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I am constantly looking for ways to engage my son outside of his iPad on the weekends. When I came across the Monster Marshmallow experiment I knew I had found the perfect experiment for my two and half year old. What toddler doesn’t love delicious, gooey, and sticky marshmallows? I, myself, could go for a s’more right now!

All you need for this yummy experiment is a marshmallow(s), microwave safe plate, microwave, and an appetite.

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I had my son pick out his marshmallow and place it on the plate. Together we moved the plate with marshmallow to the microwave. I punched in 30 seconds and he hit the start button. About 15 seconds into the cook time, we saw our marshmallow expand and grow! He was in awe and learning about how “air heats up, and the pressure it exerts increases and the pockets grow bigger!”

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This wasn’t just a 30 seconds experiment for us, we did it over and over and over again. If you’re looking for a way to let your kids have fun and learn at the same time, DK Publishing’s Maker Lab is the book for you. I know we will be cracking this book open again very soon!

Get your copy of Makers Lab here >> https://www.dk.com/us/9781465451354-maker-lab/ << and let me know what experiments you try with your kids in the comments below.

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