Plum Perfect

Makeovers are so fun. Amiright? I often get very enthusiastic when browsing online about finding a new eyeshadow or lipgloss so I can change up my daily routine and give myself a much needed update. Then my new purchase shows up and I inevitably realize it looks terrible on me because it is so not my color. So I end up going right back to my old, boring make-up routine because I know that it works.

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That is, until I found Plum Perfect. The app is simple. You take a selfie and the app analyzes your hair, eyes, skin and lip color and then recommends products that would look good with your coloring. The app will also pair products to create “looks,” such as natural, office or glam. So far, I have discovered a new lip gloss and eyeshadow that look great and I never would have thought to buy. Instant makeover!

Stop Interruptions

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If you have a preschooler, then you probably definitely know the feeling of having nearly every adult conversation interrupted by her urgent need to tell you RIGHT NOW that she saw a plane fly overhead.  Or that she likes goldfish.  Or that Elsa is her favorite princess. It’s nearly impossible to talk over my daughter’s little voice (her voice is actually not so little when she tries to get my attention). I sound like a broken record, repeatedly saying “hold on” and reminding her that it is rude to interrupt, all of which reinforces her behavior because she gets exactly what she wants – my attention.  It also makes me feel kind of rude myself, which sets a bad example.  By the time I am able to turn back to my grown-up conversation, I have pretty much forgotten where we left off anyway.

Recently, I made it my mission to tackle this problem.  I did research on the Montessori method for handling interruptions.  Here is what I have taken away:

A gentle touch – When my daughter wants my attention while I’m in the middle of something, I have encouraged her to place her hand on my wrist.  In turn, without stopping my conversation or whatever it is I am doing, I place my hand over her hand to silently acknowledge her.  When I find a natural break, I turn my attention to her.  I have found that this has really worked, so long as I give her hand a squeeze so she knows I haven’t forgotten about her and I don’t wait too long to turn my attention to her.

Teach to interrupt only when it is necessary – There are, of course, times when interruptions are inevitable and necessary, such as needing a trip to the potty.  Remind your little one to use the phrase “Excuse me” when whatever it is cannot wait.

Don’t acknowledge an interruption – Sometimes it’s just easier to answer your child’s question rather than fight with her about interrupting, but I have found that answering my daughter’s question just reinforces her habit.  Restraint is key! I place my daughter’s hand on my wrist so she remembers how to get my attention.

Plan ahead – If I know I have an important phone call to make, I let my daughter know beforehand that I will need some mommy time, and find an activity to keep her occupied, whether it be Play-doh or an episode of Doc McStuffins. If she’s busy, she is less likely to seek my attention when I can’t give it to her.

Your Turn: How do you curb interruptions and reinforce polite behavior?

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Cookie Calls

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Sometimes, you just need something that will distract your child so you can finish food shopping, wait for a doctor or go to the bathroom in peace. During these times, I have no problem foregoing education and learning for good old fashioned entertainment. When I am in bind, my first go to is Cookie Calls (you can also get Elmo Calls too). The premise is simple. Cookie (or Elmo) calls and talks to your little one and it looks just like Facetime because your little one can see themselves as well. Cookie gives little lessons about math, eating well and daily habits. You can either spontaneously use the app to call or you can schedule calls where Cookie reminds your child to brush his teeth or get dressed. The app is really cute and can keep my 3 year old occupied for just enough time for me to finish making dinner. It costs $2.99, but that makes it priceless.

Baked Chicken Taquitos

This recipe is a healthier spin on taquitos by baking them instead of frying. They were a huge hit with everyone too!

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You will need:

1 1/2 pounds of thinly sliced boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cumin
12-6 inch flour tortillas
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup 0% fat greek yogurt
salsa

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the spices in a small bowl and then rub onto each chicken breast. Cook chicken over medium heat in a skillet until done. Remove the chicken from the skillet and shred.
  3. Divide the chicken between the tortillas and place in a line in the center of each one. Add a handful of cheese to the chicken.
  4. Roll the tortilla tightly and place on the baking sheet with the seam face down. Spray each tortilla with cooking spray.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes, until the edges of the tortillas are brown and crispy.
  6. Serve with salsa and greek yogurt as dipping sauces.

3D Dinosaur Puzzles

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Know a dinosaur lover? I happen to live with a three year old who thinks he is a T-Rex. (Thankfully his arms are a little longer). I recently came across these adorable 3D Dinosaur Puzzle from Muji and my son will not put them down. The recommended age for the puzzle is 6 and up, but my three year old was able to put these together with my help. The puzzles are made of a very sturdy cardboard that can withstand a rougher touch. Not to mention, they look really really cool. Which for a three year old is probably the most important part.

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