Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Weekly Trip to the Library What can you make with one oval, two circles, and eight triangles? Just ask three clever mice. In Mouse Shapes,the mice play with shapes while hiding from a cat. In the end, the mice build big mice to scare the cat away. After reading the book let the kids trace […]

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Pork Lo Mein

Cooking for Kids Lo Mein is a popular Chinese dish made of noodles mixed with stir-fried meat and vegetables and a savory sauce. The roast pork in this recipe is char siu, the same gorgeous reddish-brown pork often displayed and sold in Chinatown shop windows. Instead of buying the pork ready-made, you can also roast […]

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Best Perks of Working as a Nanny

Nanny Confessions Beyond being paid an hourly rate and provided standard benefits, there are a lot of great perks that nanny jobs provide. I confess, the added perks can save me a ton of money. Here are just a few: Meals A great way for nannies to save money is eating meals with the children […]

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Valentine Emojis

Creative Wednesdays For more than 23-years of making Valentine Cards with my nanny kids I needed a new idea I hadn’t tried before. The brilliant 7-year-old I care for thought of making these cute Valentine emojis. You Will Need: Yellow Card Stock Paper Red and Black Construction Paper Heart-Shaped Cookie Cutter Safety Scissors Pencil Glue […]

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Hands-Free Baby Bottles

Helpful or Hype Baby bottles are one of the most essential baby items nannies need when caring for babies. I’ve seen a few Hands-Free Baby BottlesĀ on the market promoting a way to safely feed babies in the car seat while their caregiver is driving, or while pushing a stroller, or simply need an extra pair […]

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Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs

Cooking for Kids My nanny family said this recipe was best meat dish they ever had last night. It is so tender and flavorful.The family doesn’t even like sweet potato but the sweet potatoes flavors the cooking liquid perfectly. I just used pre-crushed garlic bought at grocery store and ground cinnamon instead of a cinnamon […]

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Shaving Cream Marbleized Paper

Creative Wednesdays It’s winter here in New Jersey and I need to keep my six-year-old nanny kid busy indoors. We decided to make marbleized stationary to use for birthday cards and thank you notes. There are tons of different ways to marbleized paper but the kiddo I care for just loves playing with shaving cream […]

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Hosting a Nanny Play Groups

A Happy Nanny Makes Happy Kids Working as a nanny can be an isolating caring for kids in a home all day. It’s essential for in-home childcare providers to make friends, just like the kids. The best way to keep happy at work is scheduling plenty of playdates and play groups with other moms, nannies, […]

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Paper Lanterns

Chinese New Year Chinese New Year celebrations start this upcoming Saturday, January 28, 2017. The Lantern Festival marks the last day of traditional Chinese New Year celebrations. My six-year-old nanny kid and I made several simple and colorful paper lanterns to adorn her room in preparation for Chinese New Year. Here is how to make […]

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Best Chicken and Dumplings

Cooking for Kids Nothing warms a tummy on a cold winter’s day more than chicken and dumplings. Former nanny and current mother, Heather Marinkovic made this delicious dinner for us following a recipe from Taste of Home which we share below. You Will Need: 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, divided 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly […]

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