Our 6 Favorite Patriotic Desserts

It is fun serving red, white, and blue desserts to children on patriotic holidays like the upcoming Labor Day holiday. These are a few of our favorite recipes we have posted for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day so you can choose which to make for this upcoming Labor Day Weekend. Patriotic […]

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Making a Patriotic Friendship Bracelet

An 8-year-old in my care is making red, white, and blue friendship bracelets for all of her friends for Labor Day. Rainbow Loom and the Mega Rainbow Loom kits allows kids to make all kinds of friendship bracelet creations. The Original rubber band set from Rainbow Loom is the perfect craft to keep kids busy […]

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Earning a Nanny Certification Versus a Nanny Credential

I confess I am proud of myself because I have earned the US Nanny Association Newborn and Infant Care Credential (NICP). First, I studied taking courses at the US Nanny Institute to get certificates showing that I completed the Nanny and Childcare courses and Newborn and Infant Care courses. Then, I applied for the Newborn […]

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Lemony Orzo Salad

I am always afraid that mayonnaise-based summer pasta and potato salads will spoil when left out during summer barbecues. After taking a Food Safety course at the Nanny Institute I probably won’t be using mayonnaise for picnics and school lunches ever again. So, I tried to make an olive oil based summer salad instead. Here […]

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Recycled Box Car for Dolls

When the weather is bad outside let the kids be creative. On a rainy day this week I grabbed a cardboard box out of the recycling bin for the child in my care to decorate. I helped her make a car for her dolls — allowing her to decorate the car all by herself. You […]

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6 Time Tracking Apps for Nannies and Sitters

Whether nannies are paid daily, weekly, or bi-weekly it’s important for in-home caregivers to track the hours they work so they are paid the proper amount of overtime. Many nannies use a piece of notebook paper, daily log, or paper calendar to write down the hours worked. But in this technological-age there are easy apps […]

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Pesto Cheese Melt Sandwiches

Children love helping make meals. If you care for a finicky eater it helps to include them in making their meals. They will eat what they prepare themselves. An 8-year-old I care for made these open faced sandwiches for her entire family. Use your favorite vegetables and cheese — whatever the members of your Nanny […]

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Cardboard Box Harp

Banjos, guitars, violins, cellos and harps are just a few of the types of Chordophones that all make sound by vibrating strings. Resonators can be made with tin cans, wooden boxes, and cardboard boxes. This is how to make a lap harp out of a cardboard box and rubber bands with children. You can purchase […]

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Vegetarian Stuffed Zucchini

This is a delicious recipe for vegetarians and carnivores alike that I found at the afamilyfeast web site. You can easily double and triple the recipe on the web site. You Will Need: 4 medium zucchini squash6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided1 cup sweet onion, diced2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced2 cup sweet red bell […]

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“A Pet for Pete” by James Dean and Paper Plate Craft

Pete the Cat can’t wait to get a new pet! He gets a goldfish he names Goldie. Pete paints a cool painting of Goldie and now everyone wants a piece of it! But Pete doesn’t have enough time to make one for everyone. Will Pete find a way to have fun painting Goldie and have […]

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