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1st Birthday at My Gym Yardley


My son turned 1 at the end of October. I was looking for a place to have a party where he could go “baby crazy” and where kids of all ages could have fun too. My Gym in Yardley totally fit the bill!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Gym is unique in that they customize your party to suit the needs of the ages of the kids that will be attending.  I let them know the range of ages and they came up with a plan to ensure they would all have a good time.

 

My daughter is 7 and is on a gymnastics team.  She LOVED practicing her moves on all of the equipment.

Two of my nephews are 6 and 9 and they had a BLAST playing and jumping on the trampoline.

Even my 12 year old nephew got in on the fun and ZOOMED on the zip line!

The party hosts were excellent with my son. They made sure he was the focus of the party and they even gave him a special ” First Birthday Parade!”

Birthday Parade at My Gym Yardley

The kids has a fabulous time and the adults all loved that they could hang out and talk while the kids played.  All of the work was done for me which helped to make it such a WONDERFUL and STRESS FREE  first birthday for my baby!  I would definitely recommend My Gym Yardley for your child’s next Birthday Party!

 

My Gym Yardley also has some fun holiday events coming up!

Cookies and Cocoa with Santa

Friday Dec. 6th and Fri Dec. 20th

Join My Gym for a festive holiday treat!  Cookies and Cocoa with Santa Claus!!!  You and your little ones can enjoy the gym, and then takes pics with Santa.  Don’t wait in line at the mall….bring your children to My Gym yardley and let them play and run around while waiting for Santa!!  After your pics, have a cookie and some hot cocoa!!!

Friday Dec 6th and Fri Dec 20th….. 5 pm, 6pm or 7pm

Mem $10   Non $15

AND

New Years Eve Bash

10 am to 1pm

New Years Eve Day Bash!!!

This is an awesome three hour New Years Celebration for your little ones.  They will be ringing in the New Year at My Gym with a balloon drop and Juice Box toast.  Drop off your children so they can have a special New Years Party  during the day!!!!  They will have games, gymnastics, pizza and crafts!

Contact My Gym for your Birthday Party needs or any of the special events that they have coming up.

My Gym Yardley
734 Stony Hill Rd
Yardley, PA 19067
(215) 321-1500

http://www.mygym.com/yardley

 

Mama’s Question of the week: What do you feed a picky eater?


For this week’s question of the week, Mama is wondering if any of MLH readers have any suggestions for what to feed picky eaters or how to handle picky eaters.  There are lots of strategies listed on various parenting websites.  What works for your picky eater?

On the Mayo Clinic’s website, they give some suggestions for dealing with picky eaters.  They include:

Respect your child’s appetite — or lack of one  If your child isn’t hungry, don’t force a meal or snack. Likewise, don’t bribe or force your child to eat certain foods or clean his or her plate. This might only ignite — or reinforce — a power struggle over food. In addition, your child might come to associate mealtime with anxiety and frustration. Serve small portions to avoid overwhelming your child and give him or her the opportunity to independently ask for more.

Be patient with new foods  Young children often touch or smell new foods, and may even put tiny bits in their mouths and then take them back out again. Your child might need repeated exposure to a new food before he or she takes the first bite. Encourage your child by talking about a food’s color, shape, aroma and texture — not whether it tastes good. Serve new foods along with your child’s favorite foods.

Make it fun  Serve broccoli and other veggies with a favorite dip or sauce. Cut foods into various shapes with cookie cutters. Offer breakfast foods for dinner. Serve a variety of brightly colored foods.

Recruit your child’s help  At the grocery store, ask your child to help you select fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods. Don’t buy anything that you don’t want your child to eat. At home, encourage your child to help you rinse veggies, stir batter or set the table.

Don’t be a short-order cook  Preparing a separate meal for your child after he or she rejects the original meal might promote picky eating. Encourage your child to stay at the table for the designated mealtime — even if he or she doesn’t eat. Keep serving your child healthy choices until they become familiar and preferred.

Personally, I’ve tried all of these techniques with my picky eater.  The main thing that seemed to help was to stop preparing separate meals every night.  Most nights, he gets a version of what the adults are eating, minus a spicy sauce since he prefers things plain/un-sauced.  There are some occasions when I know he’ll absolutely not try the main course and I’ll make him something else, but that is a rarity.  The other thing that helps is modeling good eating habits.  He will often be curious about what the adults are eating and ask to try.  He would be perfectly content eating strawberries, blueberries, yogurt and ice cream all the time!  Watching us eat a variety of things sparks his curiosity. The third thing that helped was giving him his own cookbooks and letting him choose the recipes to make.  A friend gave him two Sesame Street cookbooks that are filled with mostly healthy recipes.  He loves to pick out new ones to try.  Some are hits, some are not, but he is part of the process and has fun with it.  While we are not cured of our picky eating, my son is more adventurous now.

So what works for your picky eaters?  Please share your suggestions in the comments!

 

Mama Diane

Featured Mama of the Week: Sharon from Mama’s Lil Guide


This week’s featured mama of the week is Sharon, the owner and creator of Mama’s Lil Guide, a local online and printed publication that features information for area moms, such as events in Bucks County. She is the mother to three children, ages 20, 17 and 12. Sharon’s guide is a new business for her, but she isn’t new to the world of business. Sharon said, “I was in the corporate world for 22 years as a account executive in the Mortgage Industry, but was laid off 3 years ago. The industry took a hit and I could not find suitable work that allowed me the flexibility I had before with my kids. As the kids get older, I felt, it was even more important for me to be home for them after school. So, I created Mama’s Lil Guide, now I can work around my children’s schedule, be there for them when they need me and still have my own business.” She created her guide after receiving compliments from other parents for years because of the wonderful ideas she had for things to do with children and the fun birthday party plans she had. One night she couldn’t sleep because she had so many ideas for her soon-to-be created business in her head. She got up at one in the morning and wrote out all of her ideas with pen and paper. Mama’s Lil Guide was born.

Social media tools, such as Facebook, have been helpful to Sharon in regards to networking with other moms. She said, “Facebook has enabled me to reach out to a lot of fabulous women in business including Chrissy from Mamas Little Helper. It is amazing to me how many of us can connect through social media and help each other grow our businesses. We have our own mommy community and everyone is here for each other. I don’t know what I would do without all these fabulous women I have met.”  You can also find Mama’s Lil Guide on Twitter, to keep up to date with events.

Sharon is the mom to teens, which has been her biggest parenting challenge. Her advice regarding parenting a teen is “listen, listen, listen. Teenagers just want to be heard, not told what to do. And you will be amazed if you just hear what they have to say, and not try to tell them what to do, how they seem to figure it all out on their own.” Sharon finds the biggest benefit to parenting is the unconditional love received from her kids and the joy of seeing them incorporate the values she taught them into their lives. Those values include teaching her children that they can be, do or have anything they want, in they just believe in themselves. She said, “It was when my oldest was going to college and I told him this same statement, when I had my ah hah moment of Why am I not following my own advice? Then I did.” Sharon also teaches her children to be self sufficient and work for what they want in life. She doesn’t believe in giving her children everything they want, and instead encourages them to work to earn money for the things they desire. For example, she mentioned that her “two older children have had jobs since they were 14. My son purchased his own first car when he was 16. My 17 year old daughter works and is saving for her car, and my 12 year old is an entrepreneur in her own right. When she wants something, she either sells lemonade, or watches the neighborhood cats and dogs and has saved up to buy her own ipod, laptop and is now saving for an IPad that I know she will have before I have one. Believe me I was spoiling my kids when I was in the mortgage industry, because I could and a lot of it was guilt from working so much. But the best thing that could have happened to me was loosing that job. It humbled our whole family and made us see what was really important.”

When asked about what advice she would give to  new parents, Sharon replied, “I say it all the time, I wish I knew then, what I know now, And it is this. Don’t put yourself last. I know it is hard, but we as Mothers have to take care of ourselves in order to be better mothers . Exercise, Be healthy, and make sure you give yourself me time, to do the things you love. If you are happy and don’t loose yourself, you will give your kids the greatest gift of all. Showing them that happiness with yourself first, makes happiness for all those around you. ”

A favorite meal to make on Sundays at Sharon’s home is spaghetti with meatballs. She also shared the following recipe with Mama’s Little Helper readers:

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

  • 2 c (16 oz) sour cream
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 2 t poppy seeds
  • 2 1/2 c cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 pkg Ritz crackers (about 32)
  • 1 stick butter, melted

In a bowl, combine the sour cream, soup and poppy seeds. Stir in chicken. Pour into greased 11 x 7 baking dish. Combine the cracker crumbs and melted butter; sprinkle over top. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Says serves 4 but depending on serving size could feed more. Great with a salad or green beans.  If you find the sour cream mixture to be too rich, use only 1 cup of sour cream (it will still make enough to mix with the chicken) – or swap out the sour cream entirely for a second can of Cream of Chicken soup.

If you would like to contact Sharon about Mama’s Lil Guide, email her at Sharon@mamaslilguide.com

 

Sharon and her kids!

Thank you Sharon for sharing a bit of your life with Mama’s Little Helper!

 

If you know a mom you would like to see featured, or would like to be featured yourself, please contact Diane@mamaslittlehelper.org.

 

 

Annual Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village


Springtime means that it’s soon time for Strawberry Season!  Did you know that May is National Strawberry Month?  To get everyone in the mood, Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, PA is once again hosting the 42nd Annual Strawberry Festival on April 30 and May 1, 2011 from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm both days.  This is a free event, with free parking, and promises to be a fun family event.  This event is held rain or shine, so come prepared to have a good time in any kind of weather!

Photo courtesy of Peddler's Village

Visitors to the Strawberry Festival will be able to taste strawberries prepared in a variety of ways, including chocolate-dipped, smoothies, fritters, shortcakes, pastries and pies.  Fresh berries and jars of preserves and strawberry butter will be available for purchase.  There will even be Strawberry Pie Eating contests each day at 3 pm, where contestants will compete for a blue ribbon!  Live musical entertainment will be heard throughout Peddler’s Village and there will be craft areas for children to enjoy.

Here is the schedule of planned entertainment for the weekend:

Saturday, April 30

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.     Daisy Jug Band in the Gazebo

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.     Banjo Man Strolling the Village

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.               The Overtones Duo in the Courtyard

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.               Stiltwalker Strolling the Village

3:00 -3:30 p.m.                Strawberry Pie Eating Contest on the Main Green Balcony

3:30 – 6:00 p.m.               Blue Roots Bluegrass Band on the Main Green Balcony

Sunday, May 1

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.     The Mango Men in the Gazebo

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.     Banjo Man Strolling the Village

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.               Jim Rowland in the Courtyard

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.               Stiltwalker Strolling the Village

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.               Strawberry Pie Eating Contest on the Main Green Balcony

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.       Got String? Youth Orchestra on the Main Green

4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.       Give and Take Jugglers Solo Show on the Main Green

 

Peddler’s Village will celebrate it’s 50th anniversary in 2012!  Follow the winding brick pathways of the colonial style village throughout 42 acres of award-winning gardens for a unique shopping and dining experience. Peddler’s Village has something for everyone, from 70 quality specialty shops and six restaurants to the 70-room Golden Plough Inn and Giggleberry Fair family entertainment center.  For further information on The Strawberry Festival or one of the many other events at  Peddler’s Village, see their website.

Book Giveaway: Heaven Talks to children


HEAVEN TALKS TO CHILDREN
Have you ever wondered if your child was really seeing and talking to spirits of your deceased mother, father, grandparent, angels or other holy beings, and if so, was this a common phenomenon?
Have you been unsure about how to distinguish the difference between a good spirit and a negative one and how to safely protect your child?
Have you questioned whether your child’s supernatural experiences are compatible with your faith system?
Have you wished that you could find a basic reference guide to easily explain to your younger or older child the mysterious and complex concepts of afterlife contacts, spiritual gifts, death, angels, Heaven, God, and our life’s purpose?
Have you been looking for practical advice on how to help your child to recover from his or her grief?
Congratulations! You have finally found that all-inclusive book on all those many topics in one book in
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Christine Duminiak is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, founder of an online grief support and prayer group, author, speaker and radio co-host. She has been a featured guest on NBC’s talk show “10!” in Philadelphia, NBC 10 TV News, CBS 3 TV News in Philadelphia, “The God Squad” Show, the Fox News Strategy Room’s “God Talk”, and on NBC 12 the “Arizona Midday Show” in Phoenix. Christine has been quoted and featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Bucks County Courier Times, The Arizona Republic, The East Valley Tribune–Scottsdale, and The Reporter in The Villages, FL. Christine has given talks to The Compassionate Friends, to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Rotary Clubs, to church groups,  senior citizen groups, spirituality groups, bereavement groups, and frequently speaks at The Learning Annex in NYC.
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Christine has been kind enough to offer a copy of her book for one of Mama’s Little Helper readers.  For your chance to win a copy of HEAVEN TALKS TO CHILDREN please leave a comment below this post and share a supernatural occurrence that you or your child may have experienced, or a comment about why you want to read this book.  This giveaway will end on Tuesday, April 26th at 11:00 pm EST.  The winner will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.  The prize delivery is the responsibility of the author.

Visit Christine Duminiak’s website at: http://www.christineduminiak.com. If you would like her to speak to your group, please contact her at ChrisDuminiak@aol.com

 

 

Looking for other great giveaways?  Mama is part of a fantastic group of women called Philly Social Media Moms.  Check out this link for other great giveaways!

 

 

 

 

Baby and Toddler Expo, Mama will be there!


Baby & Toddler Expo 2011

The 16th annual Baby &  Toddler Expo is set to take place on April 16 & 17, 2011 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.  This year’s event offers a multitude of exhibitors, including Mama’s Little Helper!  The Expo will give parents and kids the chance to learn about new products and services, try out samples, as well as provide some fun entertainment.  There will be an all day inflatable Play Park both days of the expo for the kids to play.   A magician will provide great entertainment as well.  While the kids are entertained, moms, dads, and grandparents can learn about a variety of products, services, and attraction ideas from the region.  Besides Mama’s Little Helper being there, some other local mom businesses will be there as well, including Baby Pop’s kids superhero capes and 3 Little Giggles‘ adorable girls’ hair accessories.   The Expo will even hold a Diaper Derby for the little ones!

 

The Safe Kids Coalition of Southeastern PA will  hold car seat safety checks at the Baby & Toddler Expo.  The La Leche League of Eastern PA will man a nursing and change station, with diapers provided by Wegmans!

Tickets to the expo are available for purchase a head of time online.  The family four pack for $10 allows entry for two adults and two children, a savings of $10!  Regular admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-12 years.  Children under age 2 are free.  There will be plenty of free parking available at the Expo Center.

The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center is located at 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456.  Check their website for the most recently updated information.

 

Mama’s Question of the Week: TV viewing


Thanks to everyone who contributed to the discussion last week about half-birthdays here on Mama’s Little Helper, on our Facebook page and on Twitter.  It was great reading some of the creative ways to celebrate those winter birthdays.

This week’s question:  How much TV do you allow your children to watch and how do you control what they watch?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • The average child watches 3 hours of TV a day — 2 hours of quality programming is the maximum recommended by the Academy.
  • Active play time is needed to develop mental, physical and social skills.
  • Children who watch violence on TV are more likely to display aggressive behavior.
  • Young children don’t know the difference between programs and commercials.

In our house, with the exception of this past extreme winter, we try to limit TV viewing to about a half hour in the morning and an hour or so while mom makes dinner, although there are many nights my son is so involved in play that we don’t have it on.  When the weather is lousy and we don’t have a planned activity, I allow one movie in the afternoon for quiet time if needed. We mainly watch PBS.  Very recently he showed an interest in Disney Junior and Imagination Movers, so we have added that to our DVR recording schedule.  My son is three, so as he grows older I presume this type of viewing schedule will change.  He is easily distracted away from TV viewing with books, games and imaginative play.  What do homes with a variety of ages of children do?  Do you set time limits, or not?  No judgement here, just curious about everyone’s opinions!

Feel free to join this discussion here by leaving a comment!

 

Do you have a suggested question or topic for this weekly feature?  Email your ideas to diane@mamaslittlehelper.org. Thanks!!

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