Κυριακή, 23 Φεβρουαρίου 2014

Montessori For Toddlers: Nature Basket


Hello and welcome to my new series...Montessori For Toddlers!
In these posts you're gonna see how we implement the montessori philosophy at our home with our little toddler Nereus. What is different here, is that we don't have much space in this house. Nereus doesn't have his own room and most of the times finding a space in each room for him has been a huge challenge. Did I mention that we don't have much money? So, if you live in a very small house and there are not much money to spend or just seeking for ideas, I hope to inspire you and maybe you could try some of the activities and tips with you littles!

Today I want to share with you, something that we have started recently. The inspiration came after reading this book and taking the challenge to spend some time in the woods everyday for 21 days. I was so excited to do this but Nereus had other ideas. Like staying home. Crazy kid.

Those times we did reach the woods though, were so fun for both of us in a unique way. Among other activities, Nereus loved collecting rocks and pinecones. I got him a little basket to put them in and a magnifying glass to examine them! Do your research in flea markets and second hand shops first. If you can't find what you want, check out this amazing little basket and this magnifying glass!

His little treasure basket is on his table so he can has access to it whenever he wants. He loves taking out his finds daily and checking them out, telling me their names and their colors. He never forgets to remind me that we have to arrange a walk to take these back to the woods. This way kids learn to respect nature and that not everything belongs to them. It's a good start for not being materialists in the future.


Please let me know, do you have a nature basket with you kids?

Do you generally collect things you find in nature?

Montessori Monday

Δευτέρα, 17 Φεβρουαρίου 2014

Tots & Toddlers Giveaway -CLOSED-


I know that most of my blog readers are parents (well at least the active ones that connect with me somehow). Most of you are also eco conscious and of course you like super cool eco-friendly items for your kids. That's why I'm so happy today for sharing this giveaway with you. If you're a long time reader, you probably remember the yummi pouch from this post. These has literally saved Nereus's nutrition. Now that I work, sometimes I don't have the time to make a little smoothie, so I make a big batch once a week, freeze them and the little can have his green smoothie every day.

Check out these awesome brands!

Piggy Pajamas

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2 Mini-Me sets, an Infant and a Toddler size - Retail value: $119.90
Winner may choose the print.
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Yummi Pouch

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Yummi Pouch 2 sets of 6 reusable food pouches - Retail value: $30
Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches encourage healthy snacks for active kids. Our eco-friendly food pouches are freezer safe, dishwasher safe, BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and can be filled with healthy blended snacks and easily taken on the go, no spoon required. Our vision is to help moms and dads prepare healthy snacks for their active kids. Yummi Pouches are perfect to be filled with nutritious smoothies and purees prepared in batches, frozen or refrigerated, and easily consumed on the go. For more information visit yummipouch.com.

The Shrunks

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Indoor Tuckaire Toddler Travel Bed - Retail value: $79
Includes Air Mattress + Carry Bag + Electric Pump
The Toddler Travel Bed is perfect for sleepovers, travel, and for kids transitioning to a big bed. Kids feel secure and cozy, and right at home, thanks to the portable air bed’s unique design – standard sized crib sheets and blankets tuck into the inner air mattress. Constructed with the safest materials, The Shrunks Travel Beds are Phthalates-safe, BpA-safe and Lead-safe.
At The Shrunks, we believe that kids are cool. Creating stuff that makes bedtime fun and safe for them, wherever they are, is what we love to do. For more information visit theshrunks.com.

oogaa

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2 oogaa, baby silicone mealtime sets - Retail value: $33.98
Babyhood is a brief and precious time and we think it should be brilliant! Oogaa is all about kicking back against dull, plain and ordinary.That's why the stuff we make is bold, bright and engaging. We aim to enthrall your offspring – and make life as a parent easier too. For more information visit oogaa.com.

milkdot

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milkdot tangerine Stoh lunch tote - Retail value: $25
Stöh is a modern yet practical solution for a lunch bag that combines clean and simple design with features perfect for stowing your favorite food, drink and utensils and cool enough for the whole family to carry too. Sleek and timeless, Stöh is perfect for anyone looking for a stylish way to carry their meal on the go. It also folds flat for easy storage after use – making it the perfect travel companion. For more information visit milkdot.com.

Pura Stainless

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1 Pura Stainless Kiki bottle - Retail value: $19.99
Winner can choose color and size - 5oz infant, 11oz infant, or 11oz sippy
Pura is proud to offer the only 100% plastic-free feeding and drinking bottles on the global market. In addition, our bottles were designed with the Baby Grows... Bottles Evolves(TM) philosophy. All Kiki bottles transform from infant bottles to sippy bottles to water bottles as the child grows allowing for years of use. We are proud that our patented bottle system also operates with a wide range of industry leading nipples and spouts so Mom never has to use a inferior bottle because junior prefers a specific nipple!
Pura was conceived with a simple notion... to provide the safest and most adaptable juvenile feeding and adult hydration solutions to consumers around the world. We are proud to combine market-changing innovation with an award winning eco-progressive business model. Pura has been recognized with twenty one product and business awards propelling our brand into more than 35 countries. For more information visit purastainless.com.

The Patchwork Bear

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Keepsake Memory Clothes Bear - Retail value: $89
Everyone has favorite clothes saved away, full of stains and memories: baby/kids clothes, sports jerseys, college/team uniforms, race shirts... We preserve those memories and transform treasured clothes into a custom Patchwork Bear. For more information visit thepatchworkbear.com.


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Παρασκευή, 14 Φεβρουαρίου 2014

How to Sprout Alfalfa Seeds (with a diy sprouter!)



I love sprouts so much! I love observing these tiny plants as they're growing and I love eating them. Especially now in winter that we tend to forget to eat raw foods, these delicate refreshing delights can make my day.

Alfalfa sprouts are a good source of protein, vitamin C, K and B vitamins too. They also contain important amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.

And guess what, it can be very easy and cheap to sprout. Wanna try it?


Step 1
Add 1 tbsp of alfalfa seeds in a mason jar. Pour some water until seeds are totally covered. Now cover the jar with a towel (you don't want to drown any flies or mosquitoes in there,right?). Now, let them soak overnight or at least 12 hours.


Step 2
Draining time! Cover the mouth of the jar with a clean piece of fabric. You can use cheescloth, pantyhose, gauze or any other thick weave fabric (I have tried tulle but the seeds were coming through). Secure with a rubber band and make sure it's very tight. I know this sounds silly but you really want to do this properly (I had a couple of accidents). Now, turn the jar upside down over the sink.


Step 3
Rinse and drain the seeds about three times. You need to keep them clean, right?



Step 4
Put the jar on its side like in the picture. You need to keep it away from direct sunlight. All you have to do for the next 3-4 days is repeating step 3 every about 12 hours. If the weather is hot, you need to do it one or even two more times during the day to avoid toxin and organism growing in the jar.



Step 5
After 3-4 days (if the weather is cold it may take a little longer) and if your sprouts look like those in the picture, get them out of the jar and take them to the sunshine for a little while.

Now they're ready to be eaten! Put some in your salad, sandwich, over your pudla or scrambled tofu and even on top of your soup. Little Nereus loves eating them plain!

You can store them in the fridge covered for about a week.

Have fun!
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