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Happy New 2017 Year!

Wishing all of you a Very Happy New Year๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ†! I am so grateful for having my family, in good health, and all together! I wish to bottle these special times, and have them last as long as possible, though I know change is inevitable.

I have started my blog few months ago (in 2016), and it has been such an amazing experience of sharing my passion and love for learning with all of you! Thank you for following our Montessori life journey, for all your comments and support! Having interactions makes it all real! So many of you have inspired my posts and taught me so much! I look forward to New collaborative Year full of fun ideas! Thank you and all the best wishes in 2017!

DSC_0038Children are wearing Janie and Jack Holiday collection. 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I look forward to a New collaborative Year full of fun ideas!

Thank you and all the best wishes in 2017!


๐Ÿ‚Fall ๐ŸŽƒ Decorations

Autumn is our favorite season!

We love the vibrancy of the deciduous trees as its foliage change color and eventually descend gracefully, revealing peacefulness and serenity of bare branches which are to revive with life once the spring season comes around. The weather is perfect: not hot or humid and not too cold, luring us to be outdoors as much as we can. And the season is full of family holidays, filling us with anticipation of cuddles, burning fireplaces, hot cacao, storytelling and more. So, we try to decorate our house to reflect our spirit, where children are engaged fully in all the decorating activities!

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HAPPY FALL!


Adrian's Bathroom

We designed Adrian's bathroom with his needs in mind:

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DSC_0032.JPG-001Have you heard of a biodegradable toothbrush made out of cornstarch?  Well, now you have :)  

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My children love the cute characters, the matching cups and toothbrushes. Rinse cups are made from bamboo and rice husks, and both a cup and a brush handle are biodegradable within 90 days in commercial compost! (All Jack & Jill products are BPA and PVC free.) Adrian received a Blue Bunny matching set, while Julia a Pink Hippo


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The toothpaste has certified organic ingredients, and is rich in Xylitol and Calendula to soothe sore gums, and it is yummy! It is also FREE of fluoride, sugar, color, SLS, and preservative, and features a safety seal and easy open flip top cap. The result: Adrian is looking forward to the "task" of brushing his teeth, which he can do independently from the beginning to the end! He actually enjoys it so much, that I have to limit the brushing to three-times a day, otherwise, he would be brushing them all day long:)


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DSC_0049-001Make sure to set the water temperature to a level that will not burn your child even if turned all the way. 

DSC_0107.JPGAdrian likes to use these Ocean Animals during the bath time.

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We also use Jack N' Jill Buzzy Brush, which has 3 modes with memory function, and one of the modes is a Buzzyโ€™s original instructional song, which kids love to sing to - it makes brushing so much fun! The toothbrush comes with the cutest stickers, and replaceable brush-heads, so Julia and Adrian are sharing the handle, and just switching the brush heads.

Buzzy-retail-display Toothbrush

 

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Some other toothpastes we use:

  • Earthpaste Natural Toothpaste - all ingredients (clay, salt, essential oils) come from the earth! It may take some time getting used to it, since it has a peculiar taste, but, in my opinion, it is the most natural toothpaste on the market - no titanium dioxide to make it white, nor any foaming agents.
  • Tom's of Maine Anticavity Fluoride Children's Toothpaste, Silly Strawberry
  • Natural Dentist Child Toothpaste, Berry Blast
  • JASON Natural Toothpaste, Peppermint (Julia just started using it, but for Adrian it is too "spicy" as he says)
  • Children also love Weleda Children Tooth Gel - it is a German company, and at first, I was a little skeptic since it does not say "organic", but Weleda uses the highest quality natural ingredients, and I totally trust all their products.

To sum up, the teeth-brushing routine:

  • Julia and Adrian each brush their teeth independently first (to get the big chunks of food out if any) using a 2 minute sand-timer;
  •  flossing  (well, I floss them; I started to floss Adrian at around two years old);
  • then it is my turn to brush their teeth (with Adrian, I alternate regular toothbrush and Silicone Gum Brush);
  • they each clean their tongues with a stainless steel tongue cleaner
  • lastly, they rinse with Anticavity Fluoride Rinse (after rinsing, the only liquid they can drink is water)

I would love to hear your ideas on toddler-bathroom-setup.  

p.s.  You can read here about the Ocean books we are reading and on more ways we use ocean animals