Posts Tagged ‘ Valentine’s Day ’

Can You Control When You Go Into Labor?

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Unless you have a scheduled C-section or are induced, you have no say over when your new bundle makes its debut, right? Maybe not, suggests a new study at the Yale School of Public Health. After examining U.S. birth stats over an 11-year period, researchers found a 5.3% decrease in spontaneous births on Halloween and a 3.6% increase in spontaneous births on Valentine’s Day. The theory? Cultural connotations surrounding the holidays affect a woman’s desire to deliver and they’re able to will themselves to go—or not go—into labor if they’re due around those days. Now, before you read any further, it should be noted that I’m a person who believes in mind over matter. I’m convinced that I’ve successfully fended off a cold or the flu simply by repeating, “Now’s really not a good time for me.” Is this likely the reason I didn’t get sick? No. And even I’ll admit that I was skeptical when I heard about the study. But might I prefer to have my baby on a day associated with hearts and flowers or not have him on one characterized by witches and ghosts? Sure. And if you end up delivering or not delivering on those holidays, who does it hurt to believe you willed it to be so? In my experience of staving off sickness, it’s a bit of a confidence boost! So, in light of the fact that Halloween is on Monday, I’m willing to get swept up in the supernatural and say, “that’s some powerful thinking, expectant mamas! I’m impressed.”

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Thanks, Temple Israel Preschool

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Back in February we asked a bunch of kids, 200 to be exact, to taste-test the most popular nutritious snacks on the market. The kids ranged from 11 months to 11 years, including an entire class from Temple Israel Preschool in Tallahassee, Florida. They nibbled their way through 50 snacks, and Parents compiled a list of the top 20 kid-tested, expert-approved snacks.

Our young friends at Temple Israel who were not only excited to be a part of the testing, but also thrilled to be in the magazine, sent us the most thoughtful handmade card. We received it in the mail today. It reads:

“Dear Parents magazine staff,

We loved our picture in your magazine. Thank you for letting us taste all the snacks. Happy Valentine’s Day.

Love,

All Your Friends at Temple Israel Preschool.

Tallahassee, FL.”

The card was signed by each preschooler. We’re so touched!

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A Sweet Heart Braid for Valentine’s Day

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Your child will fall in love with this hairstyle, perfect for Valentine’s Day–a heart braid!

I came across this very sweet and unique braid in a new book, “Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair: The Cutest Cuts and Sweetest Hairstyles to Do at Home” by Cozy Friedman.  Cozy Friedman is the experienced hairstylist and owner of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids hair salons in New York City, salons that are just for kids.  As a mother of two, Cozy also has a line of hair products, So Cozy Hair Care for Children

Her book is a comprehensive guide to hair, with explainers on hair types to recommendations for hairstyling tools and products  to solutions for hair emergencies (gum, green hair, and lice).  There are also chapters devoted to everday and special occasion hairstyles.

The heart braid is perfect for girls with medium to long hair of different hair types–straight, wavy, or curly.  For moms who are experienced braiders, this hairstyle should take 15 minutes, and requires only combs, hair clips, and ponytail holders.  You can check out step-by-step instructions for creating the heart braid on Cozy’s site.   An upcoming slideshow on Parents.com will also feature step-by-step instructions for creating another hairstyle, the Ballerina Chignon. 

Happy Heart Day!

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Valentine Coloring Pages

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Skip the aisles of pre-packaged Valentine’s Day cards and help your kids get into a sweet mood by making their own.

Parents has everything your child needs to create personalized cards. Print these Valentine’s Day coloring pages and free Valentine’s cards to decorate with crayons, glitter, and printable Valentine’s Day stickers.

Your child can also try these simple printmaking techniques to create lovely, homemade valentines or use clay to make a heart-shaped holder to display Valentine’s Day pictures.

More sweet ideas from Parents.com:

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Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve (or Head)

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

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I started to write this post as a Valentine craft round-up, but when I saw these precious felt crafts from Katie Did, I decided this was as much cuteness in one post as I can handle.

The felt heart headband is so sweet and would look precious when crafted in any shape or color. And in lieu of candy valentines for friends at school, her daughter addressed these cards while Mom helped to make these sweet bracelets (hearts for the girls, arrows for the boys).

Sweet, simple, inexpensive, and surely, made with love.

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Good Deed Monday: My Fair-Trade Valentine

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Card.JPGI am a lover of holidays, especially the holiday of love. So it’s no surprise that in the years I was single I started my own Valentine’s Day tradition, sending messages to say “I love you,” to all the honeys in my life: both my grandmas, my sister, my best friend (living two cities away), you get the idea.

This year I’m happy to say I found the perfect Fair Trade Cards, made in Haiti by members of the sewing cooperative, Cooperative d’Artisanat. Not only are they gorgeous and hand-beaded but when you buy these or any Haitian product through eBay World of Good, 10% of the proceeds go to UNICEF.

Spread the love!

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The Color of Love

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

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Valentine’s Day is one of my very favorite excuses to craft, and if you’re looking for a non-sugary, inexpensive gift, look no further. The Long Thread posted this adorable heart crayon, made by melting crayon scraps, but she took it one step further by mounting it on this sweet card! And she’s that nice that you can dowload two different heart cards from her blog for free.

Now that’s true love!

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Made with Love

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

6808-crayonheartsHEadYes, it’s that time again…time to spread the love. It’s almost Valentine’s Day! And really, there’s no better reason to craft!

Cool Mom Picks has teamed up with Etsy for this very cool Color-Your-Own Valentine’s Day Card Design Contest. They are looking for nine creative, cool Valentine’s Day cards that kids can color themselves and then pass out to their friends. They’ll pick their favorites and whip them up into a downloadable and printable PDFs for purchase at Etsy’ own shop.

And better yet, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Heart Foundation, which helps children impacted by congenital heart defects, the number one birth defect in the USA.

The winners will have their work featured as one of the nine limited edition printable cards. Plus, the lucky winners will be showered with love and admiration on Cool Mom Picks as well as on the Etsy Storque Blog and their respective Twitter and Facebook pages. Winning designs will also be featured under the special “Etsy Contest Winners” section on the Cool Mom Picks homepage for the entire month of February with your name and a link back to your etsy shop or web page.

Contest rules here.

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