Archives for May 2013

Calling all Nannies

Through some awesome nanny friends, I recently discovered Nanny Magazine. It’s for nannies by nannies. Although they aren’t officially launching until January 2014, they’re already active on places like Facebook and Twitter. They’re also currently accepting submissions for articles. You never know, you may see an article by me in there one day.

 

I have to say, I really am thrilled that this exists. Mainly through twitter, I have come to know a group of awesome ladies who are also nannies. It’s great to be able to have other people to talk to who understand that you have practically no adult interaction through out the day. There’s not many people out there who also understand how exhausting it can be to take care of a child’s (or multiple children’s) every emotional and physical need 40+ hours a week. On top of just meeting their basic needs, nannies also teach their charges which can be a whole separate job in itself. People in other professions tend to just not quite get what it’s like. That said, no one else gets how absolutely amazingly rewarding it can be. You get to see first steps, hear first words, and see them meet milestones that you know they worked so hard to reach. And that random “just because” hug we get in the middle of the day, well that pretty much beats anything.

 

I’m excited to see a publication specifically made for and made by fellow nannies (both some who I know and slme I don’t) who live the life I live and that will include issues that I deal with each day. Be sure to check them out! And, if you’re interested be sure to submit an article or photo!


Aly

Toddler Favorites

The girls are 17 months old now. Wow. I don’t know where the time went! They’ve really changed over the past few months. They’re both talking a mile a minute now, especially E, but M is catching up quickly. They’re running, “jumping”, and oh so curious about everything. They love going on walks – even though we only get half way down the block in about an hour. They like picking every flower (dandelion) they can find as well as picking up every stick, watching lawns being mowed, identifying cars and trucks being driven by, etc. They are so into learning as much as they can about every little thing. It’s really enjoyable to watch. 
They are really loving a few specific things right now, so I thought I’d share them in case you’re looking for a gift for a toddler!
The first is this Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess Songs Palace.
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The girls really like playing with this castle, especially now that they’ve figured out how to situate the princesses to make them sing. Every once in a while the princesses have an identity crisis and think they’re another princess, but the girls don’t seem to mind. E likes to make the princesses sing and then she’ll dance, while M puts the princesses to bed and then says “shhhhh!” These are pricey for what they are, but I found the girls’ castle at a local consignment event for $12. They are also about $10 – $20 cheaper at Walmart or Target than they are online.
Next up is Playskool Sesame Street Figures.
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E in particular loves taking these out and lining them up. They have quite a few sets available – Elmo & The Count, Telly & Cookie Monster, Bert & Ernie, etc. Target carries most sets. She has these and some smaller ones (not sure of where they came from) I also picked up at the consignment event for less than $2 or $3 for the set. 
Third up is crayons and paper.
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Coloring is easily the girls favorite activity. They ask for it upon waking up! 
The fourth and last favorite is sidewalk chalk.
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It combines two of their favorite things – being outside and coloring.

Aly