Tv Programs For Kids: For Parents Who Don’t Mind the Boob Tube



Being a SAHM while being a first time mom has its ups and downs. You question every decision you make when it comes to your child. You worry how every major choice you make affects him. Tv time is not one of those things for me. I don’t let him watch tv all day nor does he want to. But when I let him, it’s always a show I think he can learn from. Not all shows are good ones. And I don’t like having superheroes playing in the background. So I made a list of shows and arranged them by subject and where to find them since we got rid of cable.

(N) = Netflix   (A) = Amazon  (H) = Hulu  (YT) = YouTube 

Martha Speaks (N)
Between the Lions (YT)
Super Why (N)
Animal ABC’s (N)
Word World (A)
Scholastic Storybooks (N)
VocabuLarry (H)
Word Girl (N)
LeapFrog Phonics Farm (N)
LeapFrog The Amazing Alphabet Amusement Park (N)
LeapFrog The Magnificent Museum of Opposite Words (N)
LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures: The Letter Machine Rescue Team (N)
LeapFrog Letter Factory: Word Explorers (N)
Reading Rainbow (A)

Charlie and the Numbers (H)
Emily’s First 100 Days of School (N)
Peg + Cat (N)(H)
Team Umizoomi (A)
Animal 123’s (N)
Numbers Around the Globe (N)(H)
Counting with Paula (A)
LeapFrog Number Land (N)
LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures: Counting on Lemonade (N)
LeapFrog Numbers Ahoy (N)
LeapFrog Math Adventures to the Moon (N)

Colors and Shapes
Team Umizoomi (A)
Color Crew (N)(H)
Tricky Tracks (H)
Babytv: Shape-a-Majigs (YT)
Preschool: Shapes and Colors playlist by Aprille D (YT)
LeapFrog Adventures in Shapeville Park (N)

Sid the Science Kid (N)
Wild Kratts (N)(H)
Magic School Bus (N)
Tillie Knock Knock (N)(H)
Wonder Pets (A)
Dinosaur Train (N)
School House Rock Earth (N)
The Blue Planet (N)
Animal Party (H)
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! (N)
Peep and the Big Wide World (N)
Look Around You (H)

Music and Art
Little Einstein (N)
Creative Galaxy (A)
Baby Genius Favorite Nursery Rhymes (N)
Baby Genius Favorite Children’s Songs (N)
Baby Genius Favorite Counting Songs (N)
Baby Genius Baby Animals Favorite Sing-a-longs (N)
Baby Genius Favorite Sing-a-longs (N)
Baby First Art and Music (N)(H)
Concertino (H)
Crafty Rafty (H)
Bob Zoom (N)
The Notekins (H)

Curious George (N)(A)
Blue’s Clues (A)
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (N)
Flip and Flash (H)
Hippa Hippa Hey (H)
BunnyTown (N)
Vocabulary with Fred and Fiona (H)
Pitch and Potch (H)
Bath and Bed (H)
Hungry Henry (H)

Hulu has BabyFirst and BabyTv programs. I suggest checking out what else they have to offer. Creative Galaxy is one my son’s favorite, and mine I must admit. First episode talked about pointillism and an artist associated with that art style. YouTube has all sorts of stuff. I even found the original School House Rock.


The only kind of baby blanket I make


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I must be addicted to Pinwheel Blankets. Aside from making the occasional square for a group effort blanket for kiddos all of the blankets I’ve made on my own are pinwheels. This one is my fifth, if I’m remembering correctly.

The formula is so simple. It includes ten sections that you increase with a yarn over on every other round and knit your heart out. Variagated yarns have a chance to sing, and I get to knit my heart out with rhythmic and soothing stockinette. pinwheelI’m sure there are scads of amazing baby blanket patterns out there, but I’m really hooked on this one. I’m also making this as close to Z’s baby blanket without using the exact same color of yarn. I used a Dream in Color yarn for Z’s as well and I’m really pleased with the way the yarn has held up with almost daily use…

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Why we’re not losing weight after 35


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Supposedly it’s harder to keep in shape or lose weight after age 35.

I’m closer to 40 than I am 30. I’m beginning to see changes in my body. I’m thinking: At this rate what will my body look like 10years from now? How do I keep it in shape and avoid that “middle age spread”?

We all know wIn Shape after 35 Pichat our diet should be to keep healthy and loose weight if we need to. We forget because of the deluge of information out there on what we should do and do not do.

There’s the brand-named diet plans out there like Atkins, Weight Watchers and South Beach. We have our super foods that’s supposed to either help you loose weight or make you extra healthy. And we have our on going battles about what food items are good or bad. Is coffee good or bad. Are eggs good or bad?

But what seems to…

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Fresh Mango Smoothie





Since many of us are trying to eat a little healthier after the holidays, I thought I’d share this recipe for a Fresh Mango Smoothie I made the other day. Mangos happened to be half price the last time I went to the grocery store, so I thought they would be great for a smoothie! I usually use plain or vanilla Greek yogurt in my smoothies and I like sweetening them with honey. I added a little ground flaxseed in this for extra fiber, too. This smoothie is so thick and creamy! It’s perfect when you want something that tastes dessert-like but is really good for you!


Makes 1 (12-ounce) serving

  • 1 cup chopped ripe mango
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup skim or low-fat milk
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed or wheat germ
  • 2 to 3 ice cubes

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Self-Saucing Pear and Whiskey Cake


This sounds delicious. I hope to make it soon.


I asked my husband this week-end if he ever had self-saucing cakes as a boy.  He had never heard of such a thing.  Same with the moms I asked at the arena.  They had no idea what I was talking about.

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It’s right up there with moms heart-shaped cookies she used to put in our lunch or the sweet apple strudel she would buy as a treat on the week-ends sometimes.  Those magical boxes of mix that would bake with a warm, bubbling sauce on the bottom and a moist, warm cake layer on top?


I tried a scratch version last week-end that was insanely good and brought back all the comfort of eating desserts as a kid at mom’s house again.

Minus the whiskey…..


It was a last minute decision to generously splash some whiskey into the caramel sauce on the bottom.  I can’t even tell you how much I used.  But I could taste…

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Surprise Visit to Washington State


Space Needle Reflection

A few months ago, I was able to surprise my mom with a random visit. Her reaction was one of joy, shock, and excitement. In other words, priceless. I’ve watched the video of her reaction several times and it still brings a smile to my face. She missed us, the baby and I, and we missed her just as much. The visit was needed. We had fun and I got to see my new nephew!

I got to visit downtown Seattle and took way too many pictures of the glass museum. Of course my son was bored so we didn’t stay long. Overall, my trip was a great one and I hope I get to surprise someone else with a visit. Nothing can top my mom’s reaction. It just warms my heart.

Chihuly Glass and Garden

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They’re Back! Holiday Tags: Free Download


Nice and Knit

A few years back we posted a free download for holiday tags to go along with all of your handknit gifts. We’ve redone them and have a new download for you!  Print these off onto some nice thick card stock, cut them out, and then write your signature, care instructions, size information or pattern information on the back of the card and your gift is complete!



and enjoy!

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