Toddler Tips: Learning Colors

Maybe it’s just the little one I spend my days with, but it seems like toddlers get hooked on a color and that is the answer to every “what color is _____?” question.

A cow? It’s blue.

That yellow school bus? Also blue.

How about her favorite food? You guessed it. Blue.
Her favorite food right now is peas, y’all.

Every once in a blue moon (see what I did there? 😉 ) I’ll get an “orange!!!” out of her, but that’s still pretty inaccurate.

So enter winter vacation and I get to pinning (big surprise) and I stumble upon this amazing article about teaching Color Immersion, as I can only think to describe it. This genius momma, Jessie, uses her 11 week program to completely surround her littles in one color each week. She works it into playtime, reading, and even bath time! What a super-star mom!

If you’ve got little ones at home and are looking for creative ways to mix up their learning, check out Jessie’s blog immediately!

Nanny Notebook Update & More!

Hey guys! This past weekend and this upcoming weekend I have family in town so you won’t hear from me, but I’ve got a few exciting updates for you all!

1. The Nanny Notebook post is blowing up on Pinterest and the Blogosphere (thank you!!!!) and I have officially gotten around to posting the PDF versions of my Printables on the post. If you check it out here, you can easily download and print them from your home computer!

2. I’ve started a side project just for funsies and hope you’ll check it out. It’s called The Dessert Project and every week I’ll be posting a new splurge-worthy easy dessert to make at home out of box mix or other convenience baked good items you can find in your local supermarket! For all of you who have missed my unhealthy delicious recipes, this is for you!

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3. We’ve got almost 11,000 views and 128 followers and I just wanted to say….YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!! Thank you so much! I know The Wife Life isn’t a well known blog like some others, but, man, do you all make me feel so loved! When I started The Wife Life, I didn’t think I’d ever hit 10 followers, let alone over 100 and views in the ten thousands?!?!!!!!!!, I’m so overwhelmed and grateful! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart! Keep spreading the love and I love hearing from you all!

Introducing Nanny Nanny Boo-Boo!

I’m so pleased to announce the starting of my second blog and side project, Nanny Nanny Boo-Boo!

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Every Tuesday I will be posting a look into my life as a nanny. You will see why I became a nanny and all the fun adventures I take with my little lovely, “E”

I hope you all link up with 2n2b if you’re interested in Child Development, Parenting, Arts and Crafts for kids, and Child Care DIY/Printables!

Nanny Fashion

So as you guys know, I just started nannying full time. I am LOVING it, but I am definitely missing the traditions of teaching: the beginning of the year conferences, setting up a classroom, meeting all of my new students, and most of all dressing up!

Now while I loved Casual Fridays most out of the week, I do miss having an occasion to wear any of my 12 pencil skirts and cute blouses! Since I am nannying, I have been trying to find ways to incorporate some cute into my comfy.

I have found that the following things are necessary when nannying for an infant, in terms of clothing:

1. Super soft, vintage-y tees are a must! The softer the fabric, the better. My little one, E, loves to nestle her head into my shoulder before naptime and scratchy but cute tops are hard on her delicate skin. These Homage tees and Banana Republic tees are great!

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2. A scoop neck or low scoop neckline is an ultimate infant-soother! The skin-to-skin contact is integral to their attachment/bonding, but, being the nanny, I’m not about to get down to just a thin tank. Not so professional! Low scoop necks provide me an opportunity to give E the warmth she desired while protecting my modesty. I love my tanks from Target. They’re pretty standard, but are constantly on sale for $7! I have about 10 different colors!

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3. Stretchy, high back jeans are cute and comfortable. Now while these will come in handy more when E is a toddler and moving, I get down on the floor with her during tummy time and do this horribly awkward, but effective lunging move to soothe her when she is crying. These pairs from The Gap (L) and Levis (R) are awesome!

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4. A pair of comfy shoes is a make or break. Now while I’m usually barefoot in the house (wood floors + socks = dangerous while holding a baby), when I take E out on walks, I need some footwear that will show my style while not causing blisters! These TOMS-inspired kicks and my favorite flats from Target are great choices on the cheap!

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I’m all about keeping it comfy and cute as I know I am representing my little E’s family when I take her for walks and talk to the neighbors. Here’s a good example of what I’d wear to work, complete with diaper bag and stroller! Nix the necklace and you’ve got a great outfit that screams cute, but practical!

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Let me know what you think or if you have any great fashion finds that fit the nanny-bill!

Pinterest Post: DIY Nanny Binder

So I told you all yesterday that I would share with you my DIY Nanny Binder that was inspired by Pinterest. If you search “nanny binder” on Pinterest you will see a couple different options, all that can be purchased. Now I’m all for using someone else’s work if its genius, but these binders looked like some thing I could replicate on my own!

Here’s what I bought from Target to make it happen:
– A 1.5 inch binder
– 5 plastic page dividers
– A paper folder with pockets (do not buy if your binder has pockets!)
– A planner/calendar with 3 holes punched (to place in binder)
– A spiral bound notebook

Here’s what I’ve got now:

Front:

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Left Pocket
I had to paste in my own pockets into the binder by cutting apart the folder and rubber cementing them into place
Nanny 911 Printable – on Pinterest here

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Section 1
Baby’s Daily Schedule – made by me

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Section 2
Notes from the Nanny – made by me, inspired by this and this

I love the first printable inspiration page, but it used terms like “nappies” and “niggly” (cranky?) which is not commonly used in the US

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Section 3
Photo Log – made by me

I can’t imagine how hard it must be being away from your little ones, so getting a Polaroid or making little crafts to show mommy and daddy when they get home is helpful!

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Section 4
Development & Milestones – info taken from Early Childhood textbooks and resources as well as baby activity websites like this one

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Section 5
To Dos and Notes for the Nanny – made by me
I can use this section to remind myself of things I need to do in a day or overnight to prepare for the next day/the week

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Section 6
Planner/Calendar – now I can keep mommy’s, daddy’s, and my schedules all in one place! And it’s Chevron! Bonus!

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Section 7
Spiral Notebook – anything I need to write down can be put here as well as notes from the parents

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Back Pocket
Any extra papers necessary

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If any of you would like my Printables, leave me a comment and I can email them to you! I’m more than happy to share 🙂

UPDATE: I’ve had a great response from this post and my readers (thanks guys!) so here are my files for anyone wanting to use them!

Word Files
0-3 Development and Activities
3-6 Development and Activities
6-9 Development and Activities
9-12 Development and Activities
911 Nanny Form
Daily Child Care Schedule
Nanny Photo Log
Nanny To-Do and Reminders
Notes from the Nanny Daily Log

PDF Files

0-3-development-and-activities
3-6-development-and-activities
6-9-development-and-activities
9-12-development-and-activities
911-nanny-form
daily-child-care-schedule
nanny-photo-log
nanny-to-do-and-reminders
notes-from-the-nanny-daily-log