Appropriate Zoo Behavior?

On a recent trip to the zoo, my family and I spent some time watching the Grizzly Bears. They were very active and close to the glass so there was a bit of a crowd gathered around. There were two male bears and one female. The males were fighting on and off (presumably over the female – she was lounging in the sun nearby).

Each time they started to fight, a few young boys would chant: Fight, Fight, Fight. It struck me as really inappropriate, but not one single parent told their child to stop chanting. Yes, bears fight. It’s in their nature. But do we really want our children encouraging it?

My son isn’t old enough to understand what was happening. He just happily watched all the action. But when he is old enough, I really hope he doesn’t take part in the chant.

Am I wrong? Was this totally normal and fine behavior for the zoo?

“Spring Cleaning” giveaway event sponsored by Tip Hero

Welcome to the “Spring Cleaning” giveaway event sponsored by Tip Hero, featuring some fabulous bloggers and the opportunity to win a prize that’s sure to help you with your spring cleaning efforts!

We’ve featured many tips here at Tip Hero that can help you save money on spring cleaning. Our free homemade cleaners ebook, for example, features some great homemade cleaner recipes from us and from our extremely helpful readers. But if you’re in need of some of the basics for cleaning up or redecorating, a $100 Walmart gift card is sure to come in handy!

This giveaway begins on April 10th and will run until April 24th at 11:59pm US Eastern time. It will be open to residents of the US only, 18+. Use the PromoSimple form below to enter, and be sure to take advantage of the many entries you can gain. You can also come back daily for more chances to win. Good luck!

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5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party

Ultimate Blog Party 2013

I’m joining the 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party! Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog.

I’m a relatively new mom – my son is about to turn 1. I created this blog because I felt like it was hard for me to find great advice about being a new mom when I needed. It seems like everyone had a different opinion about what you should and shouldn’t do as a parent. It’s hard to know who to listen to!

So like most people, I found myself turning to Google, a lot. What else was there to do late at night while nursing? I was on the iPad constantly, searching for things like “nipple pain,” “can you get pregnant while breastfeeding,” and “foods that cause baby gas.”

Most of my searches brought up chat room discussions from years ago which were only partially helpful. So like thousands of other moms, I decided to create a blog where I could write about everything I’ve learned and share it with others. I can only hope that a new mom stumbles upon a post like “Tips for Increasing Milk Supply” in her time of need.

8 Things I Learned as a New Mom

1. How to do my make-up in less than a minute.

2. How to quietly listen to everyone’s advice, knowing I have no intention of using it.

3. Breastfeeding makes you even hungrier than when you were pregnant.

4. Breastfeeding is wonderful (after you get through the painful stage).

5. There is no way a parent knows if they have an ugly baby. Luckily mine really was adorable. (See what I mean?)

6. There are way too many door-to-door salesmen in my neighborhood. Must get “no solicitors” sign for next maternity leave.

7. Turns out that changing diapers is no big deal.

8. No matter how many books or blogs I read, nothing could’ve prepare me for this life changing moment.

Tip Hero’s Spring Cleaning Giveaway Event

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Zucchini Fritter Recipe for Toddlers

My son recently decided that he can feed himself. This is great. I’m all for independence and getting back to feeding myself at dinner. But it means I can no longer load up his purees with all the nutrients he needs for the day. I need to figure out how to provide him with healthly finger food.

I tried out this zucchini fritter recipe which I adapted from a baby/toddler cookbook I received as a shower gift. It was listed in the 18+ month chapter and my son is 11 months.

What You Need
2 zucchinis (shredded and drained)
2 tablespoons baby cereal (rice, oatmeal, etc.)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp paprika
1 egg
salt and pepper (optional)
oil
plain full fat Greek yogurt (for dipping)

Mix together zucchini, cereal, baking soda, paprika, egg and salt/pepper. Feel free to experiment with seasonings. Heat a couple tablespoons of oil in a pan. I used vegetable oil. Drop teaspoon sized balls of the mixture into the pan and lightly press them flat.

Here’s what it looks like:

zucchini fritter recipe for toddlers

Zucchini Fritters

Cook them for about 2 minutes on each side. Then let them rest on a paper towel before serving.

Plate of Zucchini Fritters

Plate of Zucchini Fritters

I broke them up into smaller pieces for my son since he is still only working with two teeth. He was hesitant at first, but when I added a dollup of yogurt (his favorite) on top he went crazy for them. This does add to the mess but I’ve already resigned myself to the fact that dinners are going to be messy for awhile.

If your baby has a favorite finger food, please share in the comments!

Win $15 in Enfagrow Coupons #Giveaway

When I had my son I didn’t put any pressure on myself to nurse for a specific amount of time. I knew I wanted to try it but I didn’t want to commit to a certain amount of time and then feel like a failure if I couldn’t do it.

I’m now approaching 11 months of breastfeeding. I plan to quit at 12 months – or at least start weaning at that time. I’m happy with my decision to nurse through the first year. But let me tell you, it was not easy. There were many times that I wanted to throw in the towel. Deciding to supplement with formula helped take the pressure off.

I keep a container of forumla at daycare so if my little guy drinks all the breastmilk I send along and he’s still hungry, they can make him another bottle. I can’t even tell you how much of a stress relief it was the day I made that decision.

So, to help other new moms out there, I’m giving away three $5 coupons for Enfagrow by Enfamil. Enfagrow is designed to meet the nutritional needs of children 9 months and up.

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