Toilet Training Tips

Disclaimer: We only have one child. These are ideas that worked for us! While they may not work for everyone, they’re worth a try.

There are three main strategies we used in teaching our son to use the toilet that were particularly effective:

The most unusual one is to start with nights. Read more…

7 Product Recommendations

Here are some things I really like that I don’t think I’ve mentioned before (I’m not affiliated with nor paid off by any of these companies):

1. Maggie’s Organics cotton crew socks. At first I bought a few pairs because organic cotton is better for the environment, but then I found them so comfortable that I was hardly willing to wear other socks! Maggie’s hold their shape really well, don’t get grimy-looking soles as easily as most socks, don’t smell as bad when they get sweaty, and don’t do that annoying thing of semi-separating into ridges that position themselves at the most sensitive spots on my feet during a long walk. Read more…

Canned Fish Concepts

These are not exactly recipes, more like general “how to cook” ideas that work for me. I prefer ideas like this to specific recipes because they’re easy to remember without digging out a recipe card.

Our family is mostly vegetarian. We do like fish, but we live far from the ocean, where fish tends to be expensive…except for frozen, battered fish, which is tasty but almost always made with white fish that are low in omega-3 fatty acids. We’re concerned about mercury in tuna, but canned salmon almost always is wild Alaskan salmon, which is low in pollutants and only about $2 for the large can. Recently, we read that sardines are a nutritional “superfood”, and then I saw some in Big Lots for 75c a can, so we tried them. We didn’t really care for the strong flavor…but then we tried the concept below, and we really liked them that way! Read more…

Hear now the Tale of Job!

My four-year-old son and I were in our car on the way to Trader Joe’s last Wednesday when this Seatrain song telling the Biblical story of Job came up on the CD my dad made for me. I turned off the engine right after the line, “Long, long they journeyed until they found Job in the ashes of his burned-out farm.”

Nicholas objected, “But wait! Why was his farm burned? and what happened next? Tell me the rest of the story.” I gave him a quick summary on the way into the store, and then on the way home we listened to the rest of the song and then played it over again all the way through. We talked a little bit about the moral: Bad things sometimes happen to good people; it is important to trust God even when things aren’t going so well for you. Read more…