Monthly Archives: May 2011
Is your baby ready to start exploring the world of finger foods? How about starting baby out on the right little foot with healthy baby finger food? We love the site Wholesome Baby Food because it has easy-to-make recipes for baby finger foods, tips for what baby food to give at what stage and much more!
Check out the site & let us know what is your favorite baby finger food!
We hope you are enjoying the long weekend whether that includes a day at the beach, a parade, or more, we hope you enjoy the time with your family.
Today we also are thinking of all of those who have given their lives for our freedom. Have a safe and happy holiday.
Memorial Day – a time to remember those who have died for our country, a time to be together as family and the official kick-off to summer. We wanted to share some easy recipes and fun activities that you can do with your kids this Memorial Day weekend.
Picnic & BBQ time!
- Easy-to-make Pork BBQ, hot dog skewers and chicken nuggets!
- Fun patriotic desserts your child can help you make!
Memorial Day Activities!
Bucket Beauty – Let your child express her creativity by painting your beverage bucket!
What you will need:
- Large bucket from the dollar store or Kmart
- Non-toxic finger paint
- Smock to put over your child’s clothes (or have her wear clothes you don’t mind pain getting on)
- Let your child paint the buckets with stars, stripes, flowers – whatever she thinks will add festivity to your picnic!
Memorial Day Crafts & Activities!
- Your child will love these patriotic crafts for decorating the house or picnic area for Memorial day!
- Check out these short stories, coloring pages and more for Memorial Day.
- Take your child to visit someone in your family who has served in the military. Have your child make a card for the Vet and thank him or her for their military service.
- Check out your city’s local events for parades, festivities and more!
What will you be doing for the Memorial Day Holiday?
We all want to provide the best for our children and give them a healthy, happy start to life. But what if you couldn’t even buy your child essentials like diapers, food, clothes? This is where charities like K.I.D.S. come into play. For 25 years, K.I.D.S. has been helping children who are homeless, whose parents are imprisoned, who are poor, sick, who have been impacted by natural disasters…and the list goes on.
Kolcraft has partnered with K.I.D.S. for many years by donating products and funds. We also started a program where our Kolcraft Moms can help K.I.D.S. We are so proud of our Kolcraft Moms who through their blogs, raise donations for these children whose only hope for a future is your kindness.
Will you join K.I.D.S. and Kolcraft in helping children? No donation is too small to bring hope.
Your child’s first steps, first words, first smile – these are precious memories you always have with you. Some people scrapbook these memories, others journal them, but how about a way to not only keep these memories but share them with family and friends?
My Mom Memories website is a way to share your memories with others, but you can also save them in your own personal memory archive as well! The best part is you can’t misplace this, it can’t get damaged by water or other household disasters!
How do you keep your mommy memories alive?
Memorial Day is around the corner and with that comes picnics, vacations, the beach and lots of fun in the sun. This is a welcome break to the drab days of winter, but with sunshine comes the chance of your child’s delicate skin burning.
A few sun safety tips to keep summer burn-free and pleasant:
- Avoid sun in the middle of the day especially between 11 am and 3 pm.
- Cover as much of your baby’s/child’s skin with loose-fitting clothes and use sunglasses on them.
- Use sun hats. We love these sun hats from Buy Buy Baby with neck flaps to keep the sun off delicate neck skin.
- Buy UV sun protection clothes when possible.
- Always use sunscreen. We recommend baby and child safe sunscreens that contain fewer chemicals. Always opt for one that has a SPF of 30 or higher. Apply sunscreen a good 30 minutes before going outside and two hours thereafter as well as after vigorous play or time in the water. We like Parents’ quick guide to 7 safe sunscreens.
- Don’t forget to protect your child from sunburn in the car. Use window shades to keep the sun’s harmful rays off of your child.
Burns aren’t just painful, they can lead to skin cancer later in life. A few easy steps can prevent burns and keep your child happy in the summer sun.
What summer sun tips do you have?
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. -Berthold Auerbach
We recently became acquainted with Candice Night and her music which has topped the charts at Billboard. We love how her voices haunts and soothes as it blends with the mix of traditional and modern day instruments against a folk-rock background. What caught our attention even more is that Candice is a new mom. Grab a cup of coffee or tea – you are going to love this interview.
Candice, you have been singing melodies since 6 months (yes, 6 months readers!), been actively involved in theater, modeling and all forms of the arts. Would you say your involvement in the arts from childhood helped lead you to a singing career?
I think it led to my insatiable appetite for music. A great enjoyment and huge appreciation for it as a medium, an escape, and an outlet, My household was always a very musical one, with both parents playing piano and singing and listening to everything from big band sounds to show tunes. As I got older I really delved into the lyrical side of songs and saw many parallels between my own emotions and what was being expressed in certain songs. In my teens my escape from pressures was always to get lost in the world of music. It was a powerful calling. So I knew I had to be around music somehow as a career. I thought I might work for a radio station or record company, but when I was interning at a radio station and met Ritchie, (my husband and then guitarist of Deep Purple, who is also my co-writer and guitarist of our band Blackmore’s Night), my life took a very unexpected and wonderful turn. Looking back, it was the fact that I was enrolled in acting and theater productions at the age of 4 that allowed me to be able to slip into another character so easily. It fed my imagination and that in turn helped me in my lyrical writing and my stage presence. It was my modeling that honed any skills on video and photo shoots for the cds and my singing from such an early age that gave me a precise ear for pitching. So, it all came into play!
You recently became a mom to a beautiful girl Autumn. How has being a mom inspired your singing?
I actually did the American tour and recorded all of our cd, Autumn Sky, while I was pregnant. I recorded until 2 weeks before I gave birth! It is a very cathartic experience to be able to create music. You are basically sharing your most intimate journal entries, your hopes and fears and dreams with the world within your songs. Then people either dismiss them or adopt them as their own. But when you are creating music and creating a life within you at the same time, that just goes beyond anything words can describe. That parallel of creation is breathtaking. I wasn’t sure if I was having a boy or a girl, and at that point it didn’t matter, but now reflecting on the songs I wrote, my daughter is present as in inspiration in so many of them. Whether it is Strawberry Girl, which is basically what I imagined her to be like if I were to have a girl, and it is amazing how she came out just as I dreamed! Or Believe In Me, a reflection of me, yet so incredibly individual and different at the same time. She is almost 1 and continues to inspire me every moment of the day. I am constantly amazed by her.
Did you sing to Autumn when you were pregnant? Does she seem to “remember” the songs you sang to her? Do you have a favorite song to sing to Autumn now?
I sang to her, I played my instruments, I even played my cd player with my headphones on my tummy! She loves music and she always gets a big smile and dances whenever she hears music, whether it is me singing or from another source. But there are those incredibly intimate and special moments when I will be singing a lullaby or a song I wrote to her and she will just be in my arms, looking into my eyes or watching my mouth and touching my face and you think there is no where I would rather be and I want to live in this moment forever. I do still sing her Strawberry Girl and some songs written especially for her that we haven’t recorded because they are so personal. And of course the standards like Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. But I am thinking of collecting some of the more unknown lullabies and recording a cd because there are some really beautiful songs out there that you never hear of. Some of my fans started sending some to me after I gave birth and I fell in love with some of the songs. There were some songs that made me so emotional that I couldn’t even sing them to her.
Your career brings you on the road a lot. How do you balance being a working/traveling mom and home life?
The most difficult thing I have had to do was to leave Autumn at home at the age of 3 months for a whole month because we needed to perform in Germany. I am lucky to have my parents live close to me so they took good care of Autumn for that month. But, although I knew she was in good hands, it didn’t make the separation any easier on me. There were bets placed that I would be on a plane home as soon as I had a couple of days off, just to hold her. Before I left I recorded a dvd of me talking and singing to her. I recorded a lullaby cd for her to hear my voice. My parents played them for her everyday so she knew Mommy was around. I also skyped her twice a day so I could at least see her and she responded to me on the computer screen. I just recently tried doing that while I was on tour here and now that she’s 11 months, she saw me and tried to reach me through the screen and got very upset when she couldn’t get to me, so I can’t use that mode of connection anymore! Luckily, she will be coming with us on our upcoming international tours so I won’t have to. Now that’s she’s a bit older, we feel more comfortable having her travel with us. So the upcoming tours will be very interesting! It is hard to balance things though, as a working Mom. There is so much you need to do for work purposes and so much you need to do for home and family. Sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day. But I find that you don’t have to put so much pressure on yourself, you aren’t super human. You do as much as you can, and then everything else will get done when you can do it. It helps to prioritize. But sometimes, you just have to say “No- I can not do that right now”. And as Moms, or as women, that’s not in our genes or comfort zone, sometimes. To admit we’re human, or we can’t fix or take care of something at that very moment. Its a hard lesson to learn.
What tips do you have for keeping in touch with your child when you are out of your regular routine when traveling?
I really loved the idea of recording yourself on a camcorder so your child can see you and hear you, whether its reading a book to them or just a goodnight message or a daily “I Love You”. Phone calls are always great, Autumn just hears my voice and grabs the phone and I listen to her press all the buttons and often, accidentally hang up on me. I love it. I like to leave something behind that smells like me also, so she can sleep with it at night and it is comforting. A compilation cd is great- of the songs you sing to your child or that they hear while you are around. It really depends how old the child is, I know, and as she gets older, she will be able to understand more that Mommy is coming back soon and the communication will be easier via Skype or phone. Right now, we’re at a separation anxiety stage a little bit, so its tricky. But she’s better with me on the phone when I have to go away, I think its still the fascination of Mommy’s voice coming out of a box and her button pressing that she enjoys.
What is the latest project you are working on? How has Autumn become part of this project & your music in general?
We are recording a new cd, as well as I will be releasing my solo cd later this year. Actually, when Autumn was born we changed the name of our current cd from its working title to Autumn Sky because of her. We wanted people to know that the cd was inspired by her and to have hopes that she will have no boundaries in life. The sky is the limit…. I even did her nursery in a sky theme so she has her own Autumn’s sky in her room with Moons and stars on the walls. Ritchie has been holding the guitar over her for her to strum since she was just a couple of months old. So whenever she sees the guitar she gets so excited and wants to strum it. She sings along to everything from her See and Say- which she has been humming to since she was 5 months old- to the dial tone on the speaker phone. She dances all the time. While I was doing mapping tracks for our new cd Autumn grabbed one of my recorders and started blowing into it! How she even figured that out is a mystery to me. So on many of the mapping tracks we can hear Autie playing recorder or singing along on top of what we are doing. Maybe I’ll do a hidden track on the cd for her performances! I also have to do a video for my new solo cd which I will be filming later on this summer and I am trying to write a story board that will allow her to be in the video with me. She is a part of everything we do now. I bring her with me whenever I can. I call her my Pocket Princess because I love to take her with me everywhere. I am constantly hovering over her with a video camera or a still camera. I call myself Mamarazzi I take so many photos of her. Ritchie can be Paparazzi. Ritchie wrote his first song for her when she was home for just 2 days from the hospital. She was in her swing , sleeping, and he wrote the most beautiful words and music inspired by this little sleeping angel. She inspires us all the time.
Candice at a glance
If you had no commitments or obligations, what would you do with a free day? I would spend time outside in nature with Autumn showing her how the grass feels beneath her feet, the wind in her hair, the smells of the flowers, the sand and water on the seashore. Just spending time in nature is so relaxing and invigorating at the same time. It heightens my senses but also cleanses my spirit. I want to share all the wonders and beauty of the natural world with Autumn and for her to be brought up with that same wonder and awe but also respect for nature. We would hear the birds, watch the sunset and then chase fireflies at night. The perfect end to a perfect day.
How do you recharge your mommy battery? I nap when she naps if at all possible. No better way to recharge than much needed sleep. Just shut everything else off and quick cat nap while my angel is napping as well. Or just getting outside to feel the fresh air is a quick pick me up. A total luxury for me would be to run down the road and get a facial or a massage. But those are few and far between!
What is something that is always in your fridge? Eggs. I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant and I was allowed to have 2 4 inch pancakes and an egg for breakfast. Now that I no longer have diabetes, its still my favorite breakfast, though I have more than 1 pancake these days. But its breakfast food as well as making omelets for a quick lunch or dinner if you run out of ideas or ingredients.
What is your favorite genre of music? I don’t think music should have genres. It always amazes me that something that is born of creative expression and freedom needs to be fit neatly into a box with a nice little label on it for people to be interested or understand it. What we do has so much variety than no one know what box to put us in! So, I have to say I love music that is melodic. That has an air of mystery to it. That has thought to the lyric that brings you on an emotional journey. I love Sarah Brightman, Maggie Reilly, All About Eve. Romantic and visual lyrics and captivating female vocals is what I am drawn to.
If someone were to write a song about your life, what would the title be? Inspired by the Mystery
Bring yourself a little piece of heaven – hear a sample of Candice’s music here
May 23rd is World Turtle Day! It’s a great day to teach your children about nature and do some fun turtle activities!
- Did you know that World Turtle Day was started in 2000 by the American Tortoise Rescue?
- Sea Turtles are among the most endangered animals on earth.
- In Hawaii it’s considered good fortune if a sea turtle swims by you!
Fun Activities for Your Kids
- Send your child a free Happy World Turtle Day card
- Make a bowl turtle with this easy, fun craft
- Donate to the Tortoise Rescue
- Learn about turtles on the internet or go to the library and meet some of these famous turtles through the world of reading
- Play turtle games with National Geographic
- Go to your local nature center and learn about turtles
Have fun celebrating World Turtle Day!
We all know that as much as we love all the hope and promise that pregnancy brings, it’s not the most comfortable time for our bodies. Pregnancy pillows can alleviate some of that pain.
You know you need a pregnancy pillow, but would getting another item free with your pregnancy make you more apt to buy it? We would like to know!
Please let us know your thoughts in the comment section!
If you were buying a pregnancy pillow, what item would you like free with it?
- Cocoa butter for stretch marks
- Comfy maternity pj’s
- Belly Band
- Maternity bra
We love children here at Kolcraft so when Take Your Child to Work Day came around, we were excited to have the opportunity to get to know some of our co-workers’ kids a little better. They spent the day learning about what their parents do, creating some fun crafts, going on scavenger hunts and eating pizza!
We also learned a lot from the kids as we saw Kolcraft through their eyes.
Enjoy the video from our Kolcraft Kids!